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Maze Runner has audiences running for more

Maze Runner has audiences running for more

Natalia Rehman and Manisha Chawla

September 24, 2014


Filed under News, Pop Culture

Modeled after the famous book by James Dashner, “The Maze Runner” was released in theaters on September 19, 2014. Directed by Wes Ball, the film contains an outstanding group of crew and cast members. “The Maze Runner” stars Dylan O’ Brien as Thomas, a curious young man that arrives at the...

What’s worth the prize is always worth the fight- Band Camp and the coming season

Natalia Rehman and Manisha Chawla, Staff Writers

August 28, 2014


Filed under News, Pop Culture

Band camp proves to be a success, once again at Amador Valley High School as 330 students convened during their summer to prepare for the upcoming school year. Students like Senior Austin Kim, the woodwind captain, has expressed the notion of band members being connected to each other as a family....

’12 Years a Slave’ to be added to high school curriculum

’12 Years a Slave’ to be added to high school curriculum

Michelle Christman, Staff Writer

April 15, 2014


Filed under News, Pop Culture

It seems no one can stop talking about the Oscar-winning hit, 12 Years a Slave. Directed by Steve McQueen and based off the autobiographical novel by Solomon Northup, the film has received almost universal praise. However, the National School Boards Association recently announced its plans to invol...

Franco’s inappropriate flirtation could just be publicity stunt

Shriya Bhindwale, Features Editor

April 13, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Pop Culture

I have always considered James Franco one of the most intelligent actors of our time -- he went to Columbia School of Arts, teaches classes at the University of California, Los Angeles in his free time, and hits the trifecta of entertainment: acting, directing/producing, and musical theater. Perhaps...

Closing applications drains iPhone battery, despite common belief

Closing applications drains iPhone battery, despite common belief

Brianna Reynolds, Opinions Editor

April 13, 2014


Filed under News, Pop Culture

When the 10% battery notification lights up on iPhone screens, iPhone owners use many tactics to save battery, including turning down brightness, connecting to WiFi, and clicking out of open applications. But some prove to have the opposite effect. By double-tapping the iPhone home button and swiping...

Frozen’s unique story appeals to all audiences

Frozen’s unique story appeals to all audiences

Michelle Christman, Staff Writer

February 21, 2014


Filed under Pop Culture

Disney’s latest release, Frozen, has received universal praise from critics around the world. Some critics claim it to be the best Disney animated picture in recent history, and the film has grossed well over nine hundred million dollars worldwide. The soundtrack has topped iTunes’ best-seller char...

‘Flappy Bird’ falls — for the final time

‘Flappy Bird’ falls — for the final time

Jamie Altman, Editor in Chief

February 20, 2014


Filed under News, Pop Culture

Seemingly out of nowhere, ‘Flappy Bird’ spread like wildfire among smart phone users. Twitter feeds were consumed with screen shots of high scores and complaints about the near impossible application. But on February 8, game creator Dong Nguyon declared he had had enough. “I am sorry 'Flappy...

App Review: Flappy Bird

App Review: Flappy Bird

Brianna Reynolds, Opinions Editor

January 30, 2014


Filed under Pop Culture

The new iPhone, iPad, and Android application, "Flappy Bird” by Dong Nguyen, had created a huge hype here at Amador. Flappy Bird is an application where users are challenged to get “Flappy” through a series of green tubes without hitting the edges of them or crashing to the ground. Users tap...

Changing from page to screen

Changing from page to screen

Brianna Reynolds, Opinions Editor

January 27, 2014


Filed under Pop Culture

Most readers and movie-watchers feel film interpretations of books are not at all what they are cracked up to be. Three recent movie releases claim to be based on highly influential and well-known books The Great Gatsby, The Book Thief, and Catching Fire, but their film counterparts may not always...

Catching Fire makes a hot debut

Catching Fire makes a hot debut

Nicole Morote, Staff Writer

January 27, 2014


Filed under Pop Culture

Catching Fire, the much-awaited sequel to The Hunger Games, came out on November 22, 2013. The movie shows the next installment of Katniss’s life after she emerges as victor from the Hunger Games, a brutal game in which children are forced to fight to the death. The Hunger Games received criticism...

Band travels to Chicago

Band travels to Chicago

Nicole Morote, Staff Writer

January 27, 2014


Filed under Pop Culture

Marching band, one of the school’s most widespread programs, has selected a small group of people to go to a Chicago band festival. This is a very prestigious opportunity, as only four schools in the United States have been invited to play, and Amador Valley was accepted on the first audition. Amador...

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