Student News for Horizon Honors Secondary School

The Horizon Sun

Student News for Horizon Honors Secondary School

The Horizon Sun

Student News for Horizon Honors Secondary School

The Horizon Sun

Lauren Bander

Lauren Bander, Columnist

After her first year of Journalism, Lauren Bander is excited to be back for another, this time in Journalism 3-4 and the 8th grade. This being her third year at Horizon Honors, Lauren is a member of NJHS and Middle School Student Council and looks forward to putting more time into charity work. She loves the Horizon Honors Drama department and hopes to continue performing with them after discovering being a part of the production team was so much fun.
Also an avid reader and writer, Lauren takes Journalism to expand her knowledge on the world of nonfiction and news writing. She writes to share her opinions and creativity with people other than just herself and close friends. But she hopes to someday share her writing with the world through books as a published author. When not writing, she doesn’t mind having some downtime to watch shows like Doctor Who on Netflix or reading and fangirling over her favorite books. She also loves her two cats and spends time trying to get them to sit on her when she wants them to, which rarely happens because they have minds of their own.

All content by Lauren Bander
The Horizon Honors 2014-2015 yearbook came out May 15.

“Dare” to Remember

The 2014-2015 yearbook is full of fabulous pictures of events, staff, and friends. Here are some highlights.
Lauren Bander, Columnist
May 23, 2015

Average Adverts

Advertisements show pictures of photoshopped people and give us unrealistic expectations for our own bodies. Why isn’t the average person shown instead?
Lauren Bander, Columnist
May 15, 2015

Being Jewish And Japanese In 8th Grade Humanities

As someone who shares so much connection to World War II, what I’m learning in Humanities is traumatizing. But that’s how it’s supposed to be.
Lauren Bander, Columnist
April 23, 2015
Candles in Bloom

Candles in Bloom

Have fun creating three different flowery candles out of duct tape and getting into the spring spirit. All three flowers are super simple, taking less than five steps to make each.
Lauren Bander, Columnist
April 11, 2015

Germanwings Flight 9525

On Mar. 24, a Germanwings commercial airplane with 150 people on board crashed into the French Alps. The investigation is currently ongoing.
Lauren Bander, Columnist
April 10, 2015
Seniors Zach Boledsoe Downes, Bryce Pharr, and Garrett Leake are ready to finish out their senior year with a new baseball season

Touching Base With Senior Athletes

Three seniors, Zachary Bledsoe-Downes, Bryce Pharr, and Garrett Leake, have all been on Horizon Honors’ baseball team since their freshman year. The boys recount all their years of playing since they began and give us a glimpse of the future.
Lauren Bander, Columnist
March 4, 2015

Not Quite Goodbye

Principal Nancy Emmons has been a large part of Horizon Honors and is now stepping down from her position, but she may not be gone as long as we think.
Lauren Bander, Columnist
February 14, 2015

YouTube Meets The President

Three famous YouTubers interview President Obama and while their professionalism was questionable, the publicity stunt was effective.
Lauren Bander, Columnist
February 1, 2015

Bashing Behavior Isn’t Beneficial

Even though you might have one less story to tell, think before you judge others and gossip.
Lauren Bander, Columnist
January 22, 2015
The members of the honors ensemble sing their signature holiday classic, Sleigh Ride.

A World of Wonderful Music

Bella Voce and Cantabile had their second choir concert of the year on Tuesday, 9 Dec. The concert brought fun holiday music for people of many different cultures.
Lauren Bander, Columnist
December 13, 2014
As teenagers we are faced with finding schools and scholarships, the question remains, how young should you start?

ECAP Too Excessive?

ECAP is Arizona’s Education and Career Action Plan, but it can be seen as going too far and starting too young. Is this effective or excessive?
Lauren Bander, Columnist
December 9, 2014
Cover art for Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

Ecstatic About “Eleanor & Park”

“Art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
Lauren Bander, Columnist
December 5, 2014
One of the best quotes from the Twelfth Doctors first episode, Deep Breath. It was one of the lines that made me excited for this season.

“Doctor Who” Season 8: Promising But Imperfect

“Doctor Who” season eight was very promising, bringing in both new and familiar characters. But did they extend the familiarity too far? Warning: spoilers.
Lauren Bander, Columnist
November 23, 2014
Weve all experienced it, those first moments of a paper when you cant figure out how to start, but what should you do?

Bearing the Block

Writer’s block is a constant struggle for people who have a habit of jumping from idea to idea. Sometimes having too many can be a problem.
Lauren Bander, Columnist
October 31, 2014
The final installment in the Heros of Olympus series has its highs and lows.

“Blood of Olympus” Could’ve Been Better

The final book in the “Heroes of Olympus” series just came out, and it’s slightly disappointing compared to other Riordan books.
Lauren Bander, Columnist
October 27, 2014
(Almost) No-Sew Stylish Skirt

(Almost) No-Sew Stylish Skirt

Lauren Bander, Columnist
September 15, 2014
Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) and Fiona (Odeya Rush) are pictured in front of the Community, with faces of the Giver (Jeff Bridges) and the Chief Elder (Meryl Streep) behind them. The Giver opened 15 Aug.

Give Us Back “The Giver”

The film adaptation of Lowry’s 1993 classic, "The Giver", misses the mark.
Lauren Bander, Columnist
August 31, 2014
The Giver by Lois Lowry. Not all the books you pick up over summer have to be beach reads.

What To Read Over Summer

Lauren Bander, Columnist
June 13, 2014

Being the New Kid

Having the courage to make new friends
Lauren Bander, Columnist
June 2, 2014
Journalism students pull up the homescreen for their favorite social media site during class. pose for a picture of their computer screens. Only one students picked Facebook.

Is Facebook Fading?

Lauren Bander, Columnist
March 17, 2014
I got a chance to pose with a Blue Man after the show. I was excited to do this, as I had a great time at their performance; it amazed me that he stayed in character even when taking pictures with fans.

Mirthful Blue Men

Lauren Bander, Columnist
March 10, 2014
Seventh grader Preston Asher plays basketball in the hallway outside of the multipurpose room during the Middle School third quarter social. More people were inside enjoying the music and food.

An Evening at Sports Center

Lauren Bander, Columnist
February 24, 2014
Students write for their speech and debate class. This writing is required, not for their own entertainment.

Reasoning for Writing

Lauren Bander, Columnist
February 22, 2014
Freshman Zane Greenawalt takes a selfie with freshman Mykah Hernandez during lunch. Selfies have become a large part of people’s daily lives.

Selfie extravaganza

Lauren Bander, Columnist
January 20, 2014
According to the Pew Center, teenagers sent around 60 texts a day in 2009. How many do you think they send today?

Phone Frenzy

Lauren Bander, Columnist
November 1, 2013
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