The Pace of Space

By Austin Lopez

Constantly changing, hardly aging
Space’s only race is against its own pace
Infinitely spanning, unimaginably fanning
Never will it end, clever though some may rend
For huge we may deem, tiny are we as a seam
In the shadow of forever in a fervor of self-importance
Space puts a perspective, a lace that unties perfective
This is the case of space’s pace.

Quiz: Space Exploration

Why Die Hard Is a Christmas Film

By Austin Lopez

What makes a Christmas film? There are many different answers to this, but first we must ask
what Christmas itself is. Christmas originated as a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of
Jesus, but today it has taken on a new meaning for many millions of people all across the globe.
Christmas symbolizes a new year, a new slate, a new chance. Christmas is a holiday were
families gather around the fireplace and drink Hot Cocoa. Christmas is candy canes, stockings,
snow globes, presents with frilly bows, and Santa Claus, but it is also about hope.

Clipper in a Christmas hat on background.

I can imagine many factors you could take into consideration when deciding what a Christmas
film is, but chief among them is hope. If a supposed Christmas film does not embody hope and a
chance to celebrate that hope, then it is no Christmas film despite what exterior furnishings the
film might have of cheery elves or the jolly man in red. A true Christmas film is the one that
brings joy to the sadness and warmth to the cold.

That brings us back to the question of whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas film and as I’ve
said there are many factors you could examine hope is the most important one. Die Hard is a film
about New York police officer John McClain who is visiting his ex-wife and his two daughters
for Christmas in Los Angeles. He goes to a company Christmas party with her where we learn of
their tensions, but terrorists quickly take over the high rise, Nakatomi Building. John McClain
escapes their notice, and we get a sense of despair as John McClain is both at odds with his
family and in imminent danger of being discovered.

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Then John McClain steels his courage and transforms into the John McClain we all know and
love. Guns blazing, one by one he picks off the terrorists and cooperates with the police on the
ground to defeat the terrorists. Hans Gruber, the leader of the terrorists discovers he has John
McClain’s wife and holds her hostage. They have an intense standoff ending in McClain’s
triumphant victory kicking the terrorist off the side of the building. McClain and his wife are
tearfully reunited, and they resolve their issues after a last bit of suspense with a terrorist.
From this I think it’s clear that Die Hard is without a doubt a Christmas Film. It presents a
flawed, but compelling character who find it within himself to change and become better for
him, his family, and everyone around him. He represents the very spirit of Christmas, displaying
a level of hope that every great Christmas film has within it. Thus, Die Hard may be an action
film on the outside, but it is also a Christmas one at its very heart.

Tribute to Kobe- Lakers beat Heat to win 2020 NBA Finals

By Aarushi Saxena

2020 has just been a devastating year. Starting with the loss of Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant followed by this global pandemic. What a crazy year, but this year just can’t get any better. With my brightest spot being the Los Angeles Lakers taking it home for Kobe. 

Lakers 2019-2020 overview of season 

The Lakers were first in the west this season, Lakers have been through the roller coaster ride of ups and downs the entire season but in the end they brought it home with LeBron James and Anthony Davis leading the way along with the new Head Coach Frank Vogel. I can see them staying with Lakers for years to come especially after bringing home a championship, and this is LeBron James 4th ring. Kobe was the last one to win it for the Lakers. What A tribute to Kobe bringing home the chip a decade later.  

Miami Heat 2020 

The Miami Heat: 6th in the east. It has been 7 years since the Miami Heat last showed up in the Finals. Heat legend Dwayne Wade retired last season brought home 3 chips for the Heat. This year the Heat was made up of many young stars. Their Head Coach Eric Spolestra has led them now for 12 years. He has been a big help to this team. He has won championships with the Heat before. Now making another appearance. The Miami Heat had a spectacular season, but not enough to take the chip home. I can see Spolestra staying for a while longer, and the Miami Heat dominating in the east. 

Kobe Bryant Backdrop 

The Lakers legend Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. Along with Kobe Bryant the world lost Gianna Bryant (Kobe’s daughter) and 7 other people in this crash. Kobe played 20 seasons with the Lakers bringing home 5 championships, 7 trips to the finals, 2 NBA finals MVP, 18-time all-star, 2008 MVP, 15 times on all NBA team, and 12 time member of all defensive team.  Yes, he is a legend!  Kobe will always be remembered and will always be the Lakers Legend we love and know. 

Congrats to the Lakers for this chip, Rest in Peace Kobe! 

Sun and Moon

By Madison Burba

Blazing in the sky

In a fiery orange haze

Lighting up the world

With its serene gaze

Man toils beneath it 

Attempting to avoid its harsh rays

Rising when it asks

Sleeping when it says you may 

The sun is our harsh master

That we all must obey

For without it we would be lost

In a world without the day.


Glowing in the sky,

In a sea of winking starlight,

Rising over the world.

The moons unending journey,

Across the starry sky,

Brings rest to all who gaze on it,

A break from the blazing sun. 

The moon passes through the night,

Never staying long.

For soon its soft silver light,

Gives way to the sun’s radiant beams.    

The moon looks after us from above,

Never once ceasing its fight. 

Knowing that no one can survive, 

In a world that’s only day.

Book Bugs By Kate Jeong


Book Bugs is a free YouTube platform for young children to grow in their passion and love for literature. As the founder and creator, I am able to virtually read story books aloud to kids, teach phonics, and much more.

It all started when I moved to the United States from Seoul, South Korea, in the second grade. I had been fortunate enough to where I’d already learned the language and could speak English without too much trouble, but it still had its bumps and cracks. I stumbled over words occasionally, and was corrected on silly, simple words by my amused peers. There was no ill intention, but it never felt great. I spent hours with my mom at the local library almost every week, pouring over books and collecting words. From there, I attempted to spring them together- and discovered my passion for writing. I loved that I could share my thoughts and create an imaginative world to run and roam freely.

Fast forward years forward- and now, this fall, I am to enter a high school that allows me to concentrate in studies on creative writing. Little me would never have believed myself to be able to pursue my passion at such a large scale- especially when I once had struggled to pronounce “Chipotle.”

With Book Bugs, I am able to share my knowledge and my love on spreading literacy education for kids worldwide. I believe everyone should have a chance to be able to have stories read out loud to them and letters taught- especially at a young age- and that everyone has the potential to fully learn a new language. 
You can learn more and join the Book Bugs community here at Youtube.

Book Bugs by Kate-Yeonjae Jeong, 2020