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If you like Harry Potter, then you will like "The Lightning Thief." There are many similarities. Like Harry, the main character, Percy, finds he has special powers. Soon enough Percy is whisked away from his mother’s arms and lands at Camp Half-Blood, a camp set up for demigods to train to fight monsters. Sound familiar? While staying at camp, Percy soon learns his father is Poseidon, a Greek god. Harry found out his parents were famous wizards. Percy is accepted on a quest and gets to chose two friends to go along. He picks Annabeth, daughter of Athena, and Grover, a satyr. Harry has two friends also, Hermione and Ron, who face many dangers with him. I have read this book many times. It never grows boring because it is action-packed with numerous battles between good and evil.
— JACOB LAWSON, freshman, Elizabethtown High School
Throughout time, extreme sports have always been part of our culture. As the times go by, the intensity of our sports waxes and wanes, but the concept never changes. Thus, it’s no surprise the exciting medieval sport of jousting has experienced a renewed surge of popularity. On the show "Full Metal Jousting" on the History Channel, real men saddle up in steel armor and ram into one another with their lances. One point for a touch, five for a broken lance and ten for an unhorsing. Although the sport has become less dangerous with advances in armor technology, the sport is still incredibly enjoyable. Despite its ancient roots, "Full Metal Jousting" is something fresh and exciting to watch on the tube.
— MICHAEL NEMEYER, junior, homeschooled
With the release of their fourth studio album it would be easy to sweep The All American Rejects under the carpet. They could easily be considered one of the bands who's radio singles you sing along to but make little more effort than that. That would be a major discredit to the four Oklahoma boys, though. While sticking to their very basic pop punk sound they have yet again experimented and attempted to expand their sound, very much accomplishing what they set out to do. With themes of heartbreak and growing pains, "Kids in the Street" has something anyone can relate to. With a career spanning more than a decade now, it's safe to say that Tyson Ritter, Mike Kennerty, Nick Wheeler and Chris Gaylor will be making music for a very long time to come.
— AUTUMN SANDLIN, senior, Elizabethtown High School
As expected, "The Lucky One" will win the heart of any fan of Nicolas Sparks. However, this movie goes beyond just cheesy lines and heartwarming acts of love. Just as in the book, the unique storylines of each of the multi-dimensional characters will have an effect on any viewer. The differences between the movie and the book are insignificant enough to only slightly bother a reader. In addiction, the explosion-filled war scenes of the first 15 minutes ensure that even males won’t be completely miserable if dragged to this movie on date night.
— SAVANNA BOLIN, senior, Central Hardin High School
How would you like to ride a machine that could read your mind? One company has been perfecting a bike that can do just that. This bike, called the Prius Project Concept Bike, was first shown at a conference March 9, where an audience saw the bike shift gears on command.
The Prius bike is controlled by your thoughts, which are captured in a neuro-headset placed inside a helmet. The headset reads your mind and sends wireless signals to some sort of computer, whether it is an iPhone, laptop or tablet. The computer is strapped to the rider’s vest. The computer then translates the thought into a “shift up” or “shift down” command and sends it to a controller on the bike. The controller then tells the electronic shifting system to move according to the command. The bike not only reads the rider’s thoughts, it also monitors his movements and can automatically shift gears if it senses a steep course, such as a hill.
The only downside is the bike does not have the human understanding of the concept of “up” and “down," so it must be trained to respond to the rider’s idea. The rider himself is limited in his interpretation because the computer must be able to recognize the command to shift gears easily.
While the Prius bike is extremely cool, it will not be released for commercial use. Toyota commissioned a company to develop an unusual campaign for Prius, and does not plan to produce it for consumers. However, a bike manufacturing company has adopted the idea, and has sent its own prototype in for testing. Keep your eyes peeled and your mind open for this new concept in bicycles.
— KERRY SKIFF, senior, Christian Educational Consortium