When people say they see their life flash before their eyes, they really do. Recently, I was involved in a car accident and it was the scariest experience of my life. From this I learned how many people are affected by reckless driving and really how important car safety is. It was a normal Tuesday morning and I was on my way to school. Everything seemed normal until it wasn't. All I can remember is a loud noise and a car filled with white smoke. It was terrifying.
Did you know nearly 1.25 million people die in car accidents each year, that's 3,287 deaths each day. North Carolina is responsible for 267,494 of those deaths. In 2016 Buncombe county had 23 deaths due to car accidents. Car accidents are the leading cause of death that occurred in 15-29 year olds. Apart from the deaths, another 20-50 million are injured or disabled each year from car wrecks. Worldwide car accident are the 9th most premature death. According to ASIRT, by 2030 car accidents will be in the top five of the most deaths worldwide.
In order for this issue to stop, or at least slow down we need to fix it. The most important thing to do is put your seatbelt on as soon as you get in the car so if anything were to happen you would be as safe as possible. The next thing is to always remain focused on the road. If you feel yourself dozing off, pull over and get some water to wake you up, get out and walk around, and if you really have to take a nap because it's always better to be safe than sorry. Don't ever look at your phone while you're driving, whatever is happening on your phone can wait. The most accidents occur during rainy or snowy weather. To stay safe listen to your local radio station to see if it's risky or not to be on the road. When you are driving try and stay mindful of all of these things and keep as safe as you can.
Story by Maya Fuchs
I have had dyed hair since the beginning of the summer, sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what’s going to work for your hair, I am here to help you figure out what can help you keep your colored hair in tip top shape.
Story by William Euler
Sunburn - Have you ever been to a beach? Have you ever been forced by an adult to wear sunscreen? Do you think they are just putting it on you to be annoying? Well to answer your question, they're not. Sunburn and sun poisoning are very harmful and can cause severe skin burning and blistering, massive fluid loss and dehydration, loss of bodily fluids, and infection. Sometimes, too much exposure to the sun and severely untreated sunburn can cause shock or poor circulation to vital organs such as your brain, heart, kidneys, liver and lungs. Sometimes in rare cases, you can die from sunburn. The two most common types of burns are first and second, second degree burns result or end up in redness on your skin and even blistering. Extensive heat is also a very important but very harmful thing. Heat is one of the leading weather killer in the U.S . It causes more deaths than floods, hurricanes, lightning and tornadoes combined together!
Here are some things to look out for to know if your burn is severe or not: A headache, chills and a fever… if you have any or all of these symptoms that are accompanied by sunburn seek medical help right away!
Rip Currents - Rip currents are accounted for 80% of rescues usually done by surf beach lifeguards. What are rip currents? Rip currents are powerful channeled currents of water pulling away from shore that can easily pull swimmers out to the ocean. Rip currents can usually occur or extend from shoreline, through the breaking lines and the surf zone. Here are some tips to help you make sure to not get pulled out to sea: recognize the danger of them, don't fight it if you get caught, make sure you always swim at a beach with lifeguards or professionals around, swim parallel to shore, swim back to shore or land at an angle.
Lightning - It is never okay or safe to swim during lightning. Lightning regularly strikes water less than land, but when it does strike the ocean or water that you are in it conducts and spreads the electricity… it can even kill fish and hit boats nearby. Their is also no safe place in the water during any kind of storm! Here are some tips and ways to stay out of the storm: Go into substantial buildings, and hard topped cars or vehicles. Rain shelters, small sheds and open vehicles are not safe to be in, and at least wait 30 minutes till you hear the last crack of lightning.
Sharks - Shark attacks or getting bit by a shark are slim, especially when you're on shore. Some attacks or bites near shore can happen if a shark is in the sandbar or swimming in between the sandbars and can get trapped by low tide. According to ABC’s Amanda Onion, their were 91 incidents of shark encounters last summer. Also if you are near drop-offs that can also lead to one. The chances of getting bit by a shark are 1 in 3,748,067 in a lifetime. Here are some tips to help prevent attacks and to be safe: Don't wear bright or shiny jewelry because it can resemble fish scales, don't swim too far off from shore if alone, always swim in a group, don't go in the water if you have a cut or are bleeding, also avoid very neon or brightly colored bathing suits, don't swim at night or during twilight, and avoid to swim at dusk or dawn if swimming, surfing etc.
Falling Coconuts - Now this may sound like a joke to you, “falling coconuts she's gotta be kidding right?” That's probably what you are thinking right now… but think about it. 9 pound coconuts falling from nearly 100 feet off the ground, now that can hurt someone badly. Coconuts can even be more deadly than a shark attack. ABC says that people are more 15% more likely to get killed by a falling coconut than getting bit by a shark.
Story by Sydney Edwards
You may have heard that space travel is getting to be so advanced that pretty soon companies could just send up tourists with a lot of money to visit the cosmos. You could wait around for that to happen, or you could go to school and train to be an astronaut.
Within the next few decades, humans could be leaving their footprints on Mars. That means NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is looking for our generation to take on the challenge.
The qualifications that NASA is looking for astronaut eligibility include:
Astronaut candidates must also have skills in leadership, communications, and teamwork.
NASA’s Astronaut Selection Board reviews the applications and assesses each candidate’s qualifications. Then, the board invites about 120 of the highest quality candidates to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Texas for interviews. Of those interviewed, about half of them are invited back for a “second round”. When the final astronauts are selected, they have to complete a two-year training program.
To be an astronaut, you’d probably want to go to a school that focuses on things like science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Some exceptional schools to become an astronaut include:
With NASA's plans for the future, new astronauts will fly farther into space than ever on lunar missions and may be the first to land humans on Mars. It's a rigorous and difficult journey to even get into the space program but once you’re there, the cosmos is within your reach.
Story by Ava Macie
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1. The Biltmore Estate
2. Chimney Rock State Park
4. Blue Ridge ParkWay
5. Flat Rock Playhouse
6. Linville Gorge and Falls
7. Grandfather Mountain
8. Old Cardinal Gem Mine
9. The Smoky Mountains
Story by Ariella Valdiviezo
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Have you ever been so bored that you start whining to your parents saying “mom/dad I want to do something fun”? Well we've got quite a few options for you to choose from:
Fun depot is a place where people go for birthday parties or just for fun. Fun depot is an arcade place. If your worried about your babies, they can go too, upstairs there is a play house and it is super fun, and there are inflatables but a parent has to be with them most of the time. I recommend doing laser tag, it is super fun and if you have a big family this is especially going to be fun. It gives you a little competition with your family and you’ll have a blast. I also recommend go-karts, indoor and outdoor. If you're tall enough you can drive yourself, but you have to be eleven or older.
The Nature Center is a good place to go if you love animals. The nature center has animals from a-z. The nature center also helps animals that have been hurt before. My personal favorite animal at the nature center is the cougar! Mariela said that her favorite animal is the cougar too! The nature center also has a petting zoo. https://wildwnc.org/
Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock is one of North Carolina’s State parks. In my personal experience, I got to see the mountains and beautiful sights that were unforgettable. You can walk up to the top or even climb to the top according to ncparks.org, but sadly they're not open Wednesday and Thursdays. I think that Chimney rock is one of the best places in North Carolina that you could ever visit.
Cinemark Movie Theater
The Cinemark movie theater is a nice movie theater, they have very comfortable seats. On Tuesday it is only 5 dollars!! They even have reclining seats, and when you get there you have to reserve your seat. They have amazing movies there to watch, like the new movies “Black Panther” and “A Wrinkle in time”. While you're there you can recline in your chair and have a good time with your friends or family.
Do you like burritos or tacos? Well Mamacita’s is the place for you. Mamacitas is a Mexican food place. It’s full of different varieties of hispanic foods. They even have food for vegetarians. Mamacitas was opened in 2004. Mamacitas is famous for their amazing hispanic inspired food and their variety of food.
Do you like jumping? Well Skyzone is the place for you. Skyzone is a super fun place. Sky Zone even has baby places where the babies can jump in a foam pit. Do you also like basketball? Well skyzone has basketball, if you're short they have a small goal, if you're mid size they have a medium size, and if you're tall they have a big goal. They have an obstacle course, it is super hard and if you don't feel like waiting they have two obstacle courses. They also have a climbing wall. The climbing wall is hard too.
Story by Mariela Grijalva-Vasquez and Kamora Codrington