The Explorer The Student News Site of John Glenn High School Fri, 06 Dec 2019 15:39:23 -0600 en-US hourly 1 Is a trip to the DIA really worth it? Fri, 06 Dec 2019 15:37:32 +0000 A museum with artwork that can be worth as much as $60 million and multiple security employees and cameras in each room. I wonder, is it truly a mesmerizing experience, or is it uncomfortable and crowded? I believe it has its pros and cons, but the museum was, simply put, fun.

A large group of French students visited the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Impressionist exhibit and general collection Dec 5 with Mrs. Manohar. They had a mix of opinions.

If I got too close to a painting, I’d be cautioned to step back, having one employee even warning, “If you get too close the alarms will go off.” I did not see a single sign mentioning this, but I may have not noticed it which is still a sign the museum should inform the public to the best of their ability before someone gets too close to the “Animals In Landscape” and causing chaos before their eyes.

Sophomore Jeanine Borghina was unapologetic and said, “I think it’s okay. Some of the stuff are kinda boring and.. very um, not like, good, cause’ they were just brush strokes but it’s okay because a lot of things were nice.”

Whereas, 11th grader Briannah Stickney believed, “It’s pretty cool, I like it. I really like the sculptures… I’m not a very big, um, art geek, but, yeah I really like the sculptures so far… and the 3D stuff.”

I personally think the museum’s strongest points were the pop art, portraits, and the room which holds knight gear and has a beautiful ceiling. Its lowest points were being constantly watched by the same suspicious employee and being yelled at to get away from a painting. Feeling like you are extremely untrusted, expected to touch the art when you aren’t supposed to, or fooling around because of the fact that you are a high schooler were not the best emotions.  There were a number of people but the museum was so spacious that even in a photo, it would rarely catch anyone. The museum states on Google that Thursdays tend to be “usually not too busy” throughout the day.

DIA employee Genevieve Jackson, 74, said, “It’s very busy but we have chaperones here to help control it.”

Many historical artists and figures have left their mark on the world with their perceptive, emotional, or creative art work. These valuable and irreplaceable works have been placed in the DIA for the public to view and enjoy. The Louvre Museum in Paris, France, was so “suffocating and overcrowded” earlier this year on May 27, that it had to close, leaving hordes of tourists outside. This is precisely why museums with such caution and higher numbers of people visiting towards the end of the day as well as week must do their best to make the experience pleasurable and keep it under control, especially when it is not free.


The Detroit Institute Of Arts gives Wayne County residents and those who go the extra mile the opportunity to explore various cultures and time periods. It would be a shame if its own employees or lack of personal space among visitors ruined the experience. Luckily, besides the rude looks and impatient requests to move, the DIA has many beautiful pieces to take in and if one gets the chance, it must be visited at least once.

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What makes Tiktok tick? Tue, 26 Nov 2019 16:35:27 +0000 The latest new trend among teens and young people alike is the highly successful short-form video platform called TikTok, which has over 1 billion all-time downloads according to Business Insider. How it works is that users share videos from a vast amount of different categories, from viral challenges to lip syncing videos. But what makes it popular though? What attracts the 1 million daily viewers to the social network? 

     “The duet feature offered on the app,” said senior Christen Luzadas. The duet feature is a unique trait only on TikTok, where it offers people to have their videos placed beside each others so they play at the exact same time. According to the verge, duets are a core part of the TikTok experience.

      “People want to jump on the bandwagon and know what everyone’s talking about,” said junior Sarah Hunter. This correlates with the statistics from Globalwebindex, where 41 percent of TikTok users are aged between 16 and 21 years of age. So, with this being said this statistic shows the true prominence that TikTok has over teens. 

“Seeing a lot of people on insta using it made me want to get it,” senior Sydney Lawrence said .   

Lawrence helps support Hunter’s statement of teens wanting to jump on the bandwagon of what’s popular, and people popular on Instagram set the trends for others to follow. 

Is TikTok healthy for teenagers mental health? According to sophomore Trista Gornicz, it might have more of a negative impact on teens.

“Social media in general has a big impact and it can distract you from other important things, like homework,” she said. 

According to Eastside Online, Netflix and Hulu have the ability to steal someone’s time for hours due to the fact that students would much rather watch their favorite shows and movies than work on their homework. This applies to TikTok as well, as students often put off their studies for the app. 

Hunter agreed with this, saying “Highschoolers spend too much time on it, which causes stress.” 

According to The Jakarta Post, people experience stress due to social media because they’re unable to get quality sleep which will then lead to stress in not doing well in school or work. 

But TikTok also allows its users to showcase their creativity and passion through making their own content, which can be a positive and negative outcome depending on the individual.

 “It’s a good way to express your feelings,” said Lawrence. 

  However, as stated before, there can be some negatives with using TikTok creatively. 

TikTok can be a negative thing based on the inappropriate duets that people make,” said Luzadas. 

TikTok can be a positive or negative thing to someone depending on how they use it, and how much time they spend on it. However, by itself based on the statistics and other sources listed, it does not seem to be a toxic thing to the public. 

“From the one who sent you this-a TikTok viral trend,” Hunter said. 

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Senior headshots 11/7/19 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 16:43:22 +0000 Posing is senior Madylin Johnson.

Photo taken by Editor Alexa Richardson.

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Deadline for AP exam registration has been extended Mon, 04 Nov 2019 16:48:47 +0000 The AP exam registration deadline was November 1. However, with a lack of students that registered for the exam, School Counselor, Ms. Martin, has chosen to extend the deadline.

The new deadline is November 7, students will be able to register and pay up to this date. After this extended deadline has expired, there will be a $40.00 late fee to any student that wants to register after then.

The Total Registration site will now be open until February 27 to accommodate any student who still wants to register.

This will be to any students benefit that did not meet the first deadline.

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Are people aware of how much plastic they use and its effects Tue, 29 Oct 2019 14:30:20 +0000 Many students and teachers at John Glenn High School are knowledgeable on plastic and its impact on the environment in present time [Oct. 2019].

Science teachers had very passionate views on the topic and the “average” John Glenn student had bold thoughts.

When senior Cameron Hubbard was questioned about his awareness of the number of plastic he uses, he was quick to answer with, “Uh yes. It is a significant amount. I try to use as less as I can.” Following with, “It can cause several deaths on many endangered animals, actually taking them from endangered to extinct.”

Climate change has been a heated topic for a while now. Outside of John Glenn, where the majority is opinionated and has a firm position on the topic, is the many populous platforms of social media which have climate change spokespeople making an effort to convince the public of their truth.

During interviews, some teachers believed the topic is irrelevant and a complete waste of time to worry about while other students and teachers were determined to fight for what they believe is possibly in danger.

“It’s a collective action problem… we have to be activists,” said Andrew Coleman, a math teacher for various grades.

Some students think the popular material is doing potentially irreversible damage.

Kennedy Edwards, a junior, stated, “[Plastic] has made [the Earth’s] condition worse…” She then said the Earth may be saved if people are quick to try.

There was a selective few that opposed movements and do not fear for the state of the Earth’s condition.

Mr. Kaminski, a chemistry teacher, had a lot to say. First of which was, “I don’t mind the use of plastic, it should be recycled.” As well as, “I don’t think the Earth is in dire straits of needing saving.” When asked about if plastic has made the Earth’s condition better or worse, he replied, “Perhaps worse.” Also, after being asked to name a few stores that may use plastic bags, he answered, “Every grocery store I’ve ever been to.”

Interviewees had a glimmer of hope in their eyes while suggesting ways their home can be saved. Others were relaxed, unbothered, and very at ease because in their eyes, there is no real threat. A current spokesperson that a numerous amount of people know of is 16 year old Greta Thunberg. Mr. Conn was even eager to say, “I follow her on Twitter. She’s the G.O.A.T.”

There doesn’t seem to be another efficient material as cheap and easy to use for multiple things like plastic according to Hubbard, “That stuff costs more money which is why people keep going back to plastic bags.”

People are searching for proper substitutes for plastic. An idea that is often brought up was stated by Mr. Conn, “I think plastic needs to eventually become obsolete. We need to go to biodegradable materials.” He then added, “I think plastic’s terrible when used improperly. I think it was the best technology we had at the time. Now that we’ve advanced, further, we have better technology to change that.”

After wrapping up the interview with Mr. Kaminski, he had a final piece of input, “Animals should be smart enough to not eat plastic.”

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Spirit Week day 1 “Monday on the Moon” 10/7/19 Mon, 07 Oct 2019 14:41:29 +0000 0 Homecoming Court Wed, 02 Oct 2019 15:30:18 +0000 Tomorrow afternoon (October 3) at the beginning of sixth hour, the annual Homecoming Court will be announced.

However, opposed to the usual three boys and three girls on court for freshman, sophomores, and juniors; there will now only be one boy representative and one girl representative.

Representatives from every class will take Homecoming Court photos, wear their sash during spirit week, be in the parade, honored at the Homecoming football game, and honored at the dance. Homecoming Court photos will be taken on Friday, October 4 at 9:30.

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