Oswego High School students participated in the first-ever Meme Day for Homecoming Week last Tuesday. Student Council put the spirit week dress-up days to a vote on social media, with Meme Day ending up at the top. Check out the photos below!
1An Avocado! Thanks…
Freshman Reagan Sanders wears a “An Avocado! Thanks…” shirt, referencing a Vine of a little boy getting an avocado for Christmas.
2I can’t believe you had the audacity…
Freshman Victoria Trevino dresses up as Tyler the Creator’s character from a parody of an episode of “The Real Housewives.”
3Road work ahead? I sure hope it does!
PICTURE 28: Freshman Delaney Matson references to the “Road Work Ahead? I Sure Hope It Does” Vine by Drew Gooden.
Apple Inc. was started in just a garage by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne. This is where the very first Apple inventions were made, and where the company got its name out.
Apple has as of recently has stopped with large innovative in technologies. The Samsung Galaxy S8 sold more than the iPhone 8 or iPhone X. They seem to be lagging behind nowadays, since there is only so much that can be added to a phone or computer before it becomes redundant. Before 2015, Apple reigned supreme in the phone industry. Business was booming, and the company created some of the most amazing pieces of technology the world has ever seen. Since then, Apple has been pumping out a variety of products – both resulting in failures and large successes. In order to understand the evolution of Apple, one must start at the very beginning.
These were the starting years for Apple. Three kids in a garage, making computers, trying to get their name out into the world.
Apple’s first invention, hand-built by Steve Wozniak, was completely made out of wood. To pay for the creation of the Apple I, Steve Jobs had to sell his Volkswagen Microbus and Steve Wozniak had to give up his HP-50 calculator. Collectively, they got roughly $1000, finally having enough to create the Apple I in April of 1976. This was just a prototype and it looked like a simple typewriter.
This was one of the first highly successful microcomputers. Released in June 1977, the Apple II was absolutely revolutionary. The Apple II was the first computer to display colors, resulting in the original Apple logo to be rainbow. Since it was the first computer marketed towards household families instead of businessmen, the company was gifted with sudden success.
With how fast technological advancements are made in today’s world, we are used to a version of a device released every year. Yet in June 1979, the Apple II Plus was the first computer that was the same technology released before it, with just some updated hardware. The Apple II started the large trend. This was also the first Apple product to be shipped to European and Japanese markets.
During the ’80s, Apple branched out – instead of making just computers, they started making printers, modems, displays, and drives… all of which failed. This was in comparison to their flagships, such as the Macintosh. During this time, Apple still was not for the average consumer – mainly because of the expensive prices of their computers.
Unlike the Apple II, the Apple III was a more business-oriented computer – and a complete commercial failure. The original computer was set to release in May 1980, but because of extreme issues with the stability of the computer, the release date got pushed back into the second half of 1981. It was marketed as a more advanced Apple II, even though the Apple II was made for the average american household.
This Apple computer re-release upgraded the Apple II by taking all of the old upgrades and add-ons and building them into the machine. This was the last surviving unit of the Apple II line, and it is the longest surviving computer in Apple history. This computer sold for 11 years with small changes to the computer at that time.
Apple III Plus
The Apple III was discontinued in 1983, due to it violating FCC regulations. The FCC told Apple they needed to change the device to fit the radio frequency interference qualifications for business equipment and that is exactly what they did. The Apple III Plus included a built-in clock, video interlacing, standardized rear port connectors, 55-watt power supply, 256 KiB RAM as standard, and a redesigned, IIe-like keyboard. This completely changed up the game from the failure that was the Apple III. This was the start of the real boom for Apple, surely making its mark to the public.
The original Macintosh was a behemoth of a computer, with a 9-inch thick case and a handle on the top of it, so it could be held like a briefcase. This computer was introduced with a famous price of 370,000 USD (Almost 900,000 dollars in 2019), but at the time of release in 1984, it was 2,500 dollars USD. Unlike the Apple I and Apple II, the Macintosh had a mouse and keyboard that wasn’t built into the computer. The Apple I and II had a smaller screen with a larger base and the Macintosh had a larger screen that took up a majority of the system with a smaller base
This computer was the first Macintosh to have a colored display. It was introduced with a price of 5,500 USD (12,000 USD in 2019). A year and a half after the launch of the Macintosh II, an upgraded computer called the Macintosh IIx was released. It had an upgraded CPU, and the price was raised to 7,000 USD (16,000 USD in 2019). These re-releases kept coming out as sales numbers dropped. The Macintosh IIxc and Macintosh IIfx were created with little to no improvement to the previous piece of hardware. The Macintosh IIxc was even a smaller, more compact version of the Macintosh II – and it didn’t have as much hardware in it, with the same price tag.
The ‘90s were a time where Apple was on top of their game. They were creating new innovations left and right. This was when Apple put their name on the map for the basic consumer market since their computers were slowly lowering in price.
This was shipped along with the Macintosh Classic and was roughly the same as the Macintosh II for half of the price. This mainly started the push by Apple to have computers cheap enough to be sold to school boards. This computer was such a success, that Apple dropped their Macintosh II line of computers to completely focus on the Macintosh LC line in 1990.
This was a re-release of the original Macintosh, but it was less than 1,000 USD. It was mainly used in schools, due to how cheap the computer was compared to everything that Apple had created prior. This system was exactly like the original Macintosh. Apple decided not to change anything about the Macintosh Classic, which was criticized.
The Macintosh IIsi was marketed as a low-cost alternative to a Macintosh II, even though it was still 3,000 USD. It out-performed the LC model, and also supported expandability. The IIsi was just like the LC – it had built in sound, a color display, and a screen resolution of 640×480 in 8-bit color.
This was the first battery-powered Macintosh and was revolutionary until it ultimately failed due to the 7,000 USD price tag (15,000 USD in 2019). On the other hand, the Portable had a hinge, which made it possible to fold the screen down and carry it like a suitcase. This line of computers would eventually be rebranded as the Powerbook.
Macintosh Classic II
Just like the Classic I, it had a relatively cheap price compared to the other models of only 2,000 USD (3,500 USD in 2019). The Classic II was the last computer made by Apple to support floppy disks.
All three of these PowerBooks were released simultaneously, were all more expensive than the previous one. Sony added a helping hand in making the PowerBook, and they designed and manufactured the Powerbook 100.
This computer showed to be two times better in every area compared to the LC II. It was 700 USD cheaper than the LC II. The only difference between the Macintosh III and the III + was that the III had a 25 MHz CPU while the III+ had a 33 MHz CPU. This was the cheapest Macintosh that Apple had ever made up to this point at about 1,350 USD (2,350 USD in 2019).
The LC 520, 550, 570, and 580 were all small upgrades to the last one in the series. The LC 500 Series was a line of Macintosh computers that were very bulky but were cheaper than the compact Macintosh models. The LC 500 series was originally only sold in Japan, Canada, and to US schools.
Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh[/caption] This computer marked Apple’s 20th birthday in 1979. It had been 20 years since Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne came together to create Apple Computer Inc. The price of this system was 7,500 USD (12,000 USD in 2019). That price made it exclusively for collectors or executives. There was absolutely no difference to the software
Apple wanted to get closer to removing redundancy, which is what they did with the G3. They took the eight previous power models and put them all into three different models. This was the start of Apple selling build-to-order G3’s straight from their website. The only people doing this at the time was Dell.
This was the first Macintosh computer to rebrand itself as “iMac”. At this point in time, Apple was in complete financial ruin and needed something to turn that all around. The iMac G3 is what changed everything for Apple .It was the highest selling Apple product at the time and put Apple in a place where a lot of people started recognizing their name. It was criticized for abandoning floppy disks and integrating USB into the hardware.
This was the first mass-consumer laptop to offer WiFi connectivity. The iBook was extremely popular in education systems due to the cost and WiFi capabilities. Apple later turned the iBook line into the MacBook line.
The roaring 2000s were an amazing time for Apple. Every single year, it seemed like there was at least one product that gets released that was a commercial success. At this point, Apple completely shifted to making products that everyday consumers could afford.
There were six generations of the iPod Classic, and all that was changed from each model was the storage capacity. The iPod Classics lifespan, before it got discontinued, was almost 13 years. The iPod paved the way for future portable media players. This was the first iPod and the first device that was about to hold music on it without a CD or a cassette
While it was being produced, the iPod Mini was the best selling device on the market. They were usually out of stock due to large public demand. It had a touch-sensitive scroll wheel and could hold up to 20,000 songs. The iPod Mini had a four button click wheel where you could go to the menu screen, play/pause, skip forward, and skip backward. The iPod Mini was eventually replaced with the iPod Nano.
This was the first Apple desktop to ship without a monitor since 1988. Apple marketed this tiny silver block loaded with Mac OS as “Bring your own Display, Keyboard, and Mouse” in attempts to take people away from Windows PCs. The Mac Mini was a silver box that you plugged into any monitor through HDMI. This made it possible to get the Mac OS on any monitor even if it wasn’t an Apple monitor.
This was the replacement for the PowerBook, a thin laptop that was also high powered. As of writing, Apple is still making the MacBook Pro. The first generation had very sharp edges to it, and it was shaped more like a box, while later generations of the MacBook Pro were rounded and thinner.
This was one of the first touch screen phones, abandoning the typical buttons of past Apple devices. Most of the features are considered obsolete now, but at the time the features of this phone were like something the world has never seen in something like this. This included extremely fast cellular connectivity and fast data transfer.
The iPod Touch was an iPhone, but without the phone part. It still had a touch screen and was made for people who didn’t need to call or text. Still, one could download apps that enabled those features. By 2007, 100 million units had been sold.
With the death of Steve Jobs in 2011, the company had to figure out how it was going to recover. Tim Cook took over for Jobs, and as time went on, prices for each device slowly got more expensive.
This was the first line of tablets made by Apple. The initial run of this device didn’t support WiFi connectivity, but a few months after, a new model was released that could. Even though it wasn’t supposed to be, the iPad was compared to laptops and was a large competitor for them.
This was the beginning of Apple releasing a sequence of phones at the same time, with slightly different features. At the time, this was the thinnest phone in the world. This phone started the race to create the slimmest phone, which is still going on today. These phones were sleek in their design, and comfortably fit is almost anyone’s hand.
This series of phones replaced the iPhone 5 as the flagship phone for Apple. These phones had updated CPUs, upgraded cameras, and improved LTE and WiFi capabilities. More than 10 million units were sold in the first three days. Even though they had extremely positive reviews, there was a lot of problem with the 6 Series. These phones had a tendency to bend in a person’s pocket, or the phone’s touchscreen would disconnect from the logic board and stop working.
This watch incorporated health tracking along with integration to IOS. The Apple Watch relies on connectivity to an iPhone to perform calling or texting. They did provide limited connectivity ability while away from your phone.
The phone was absurdly similar to the previous iPhones, aside from the glass back. Notable changes with these phones include its wireless charging, an extremely faster processor, and a slowly improving camera (as always).
Apple completely skipped over the iPhone 9 and went to the iPhone X to celebrate ten years of iPhones. Apple started another trend with this phone, trying to get rid of the “notch” on the top of the phone as much as possible. Apple considers some of the technology in this phone as being tech of the future. The screen on the phone is an OLED and the original model started at 1000 USD. OLEDs are very thin flexible sheets of material that produce light. They’re brighter and more efficient than normal LEDs
Apple’s rich history has been a rollercoaster of glory days and unprecedented failures. As of recent years, Apple has fallen behind in innovation. After a certain period of time, there isn’t much more that can be added to a phone that is something new, before one goes back to being redundant. When Steve Jobs was alive, the company was about creating something for the consumer. Now, it seems like the company is down a path where they’re trying to create something new, but there isn’t much more that can be created. Even then, modern technology is being created at a rapid rate, and we can’t wait to see where the next lines will take Apple as Silicon Valley continues to compete ruthlessly.
From Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, I got the chance to not only spend an amazing three days in Chicago with 10 of my fellow 42Fifty students and my adviser, Ms. Sarah Hands, but I also got the chance to capture our adventure through my love of photography.
Over the three days, our team got to walk through the “Saturday Night Live” Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, learn from sessions presented by experienced journalists at the Journalism Education Association Conference, and connect with one another on a more personal level.
The sixth floor of the Palmer Hilton Hotel, where we stayed, was definitely 42Fifty’s hangout spot during the trip. The floor consisted of only offices, ballrooms, and lobbies—no guests were staying on the floor, and it was mostly vacant all three days, with the exception of a hotel worker doing a security check once in a while. The table where we all sat was where we held our daily debrief meetings, shared what we learned in our lectures, and gave ideas to improve our publication. When we were there, we also had free time. During free time, I don’t think there was a moment when we weren’t all together. Our team always wanted to do things as a group—even after bed check, we would still be talking over the phone with one another.
Our JEA trip was where my classmates became more than classmates—more than just people who sit next to me for 45 minutes of my day. I got to watch my classmates’ eyes light up with passion for journalism, share meaningful conversations, and make jokes that made us laugh until there were tears in our eyes. JEA was where our classroom-setting relationships developed into sincere friendships, and our overall care for one another increased.
Capturing each aspect of those moments was overall my favorite part of the trip. Some people have said the worst part of being a photographer is that you’re in none of your photos, but in those moments of pure happiness and joy, I rarely think about being in the frame. I think about capturing others’ happiness because I already know how I’m feeling, but the real challenge is showing how they feel in a single still moment. As I’m sure my friends who went to JEA would agree, the trip was both an educational field trip as well as a personal adventure, and I was so happy I got the chance to capture “Our JEA Experience” through the lens of my camera.
The 42Fifty team stops on the walkway of Chicago to regroup on where to head next, and to take a look at the famous Chicago riverwalk view. Managing Editor Jacob Anderson cracks a joke, making the group break out into laughter.
Pictured, left to right: Charlotte Conkrite, Lizzy Sorensen, Jacob Anderson, Riah Trevino, Ms. Hands, Charlie Recchia.
”This was a big trip for us, so our energy was high,” Anderson said. “Everyone made me very happy in those moments.”
Adviser Ms. Sarah Hands leads the group in discussion and has fun with her students as well.
“I was so happy to see my students bonding with each other and growing their passion and enthusiasm for journalism,” Ms Hands said.
Managing Editor of Editorial Content Jamani Reed sits in one of the “Saturday Night Live” cast makeup chairs at the Museum of Broadcast Communications on Thursday.
“Walking through the ‘Saturday Night Live’ experience was a huge deal for me,“ Reed said. “I have always wanted to be a part of it for as long as I could remember, so seeing the process they go through weekly made me more excited to eventually be on the show myself as a cast member or even as a host.”
At the museum on Thursday, Entertainment Editor Charlie Recchia enjoys the set of Wayne’s World as he sits on the couch, pretending to play the guitar.
“I felt like a part of history,” Recchia said. “Sitting on the Wayne’s World couch felt very special, as it’s one of my favorite skits.”
Walking through the museum, Blog Editor Kenzie Cook also stops for a moment on the set of Wayne’s World, laughing while lying on the couch of the set from the show “Saturday Night Live.”
“I always wondered how they set up the show, and seeing the behind the scenes really put it in perspective for me,” Cook said.
Entertainment Editor Dylan Jahnke walks into the JEA Convention on Friday, excited to start his seminars for the day.
“I couldn’t believe it was actually happening,” Jahnke said. “It was like a dream come true to actually be doing something in the real world…that was journalist-related.”
Exploring the “haunted” Palmer House Hilton, Managing Video Editor Charlotte Conkrite vlogs the group’s ghost hunt on Thursday.
“Videotaping the trip was so much fun,” Conkrite said. “Being with that group of people…I felt I was part of something, part of a group where I fit in.”
Sports Editor Alex Mielcarz shares laughs with the team on the way to the convention on Thursday.
“The whole experience was a good one. It was very useful,” Mielcarz said. “It got me hyped up, because this is something I’m considering pursuing in life.”
A game of Jenga breaks out in the exhibition hall between the 42Fifty students.
“I learned the importance of working as a team and really communicating,” News Editor Lizzy Sorensen (pictured left) said. “The game of Jenga was just one way for us to build the team mentality within 42Fifty.”
Together at the exhibition hall, Anderson and Sorensen win as a team in Jenga.
“It was very exciting…just the people with Lizzy and everyone made me very happy,” Anderson said.
Every night, the 42Fifty team debriefs the information from the lectures on the sixth floor, which is also is where the team plays games and talks during free time.
“My overall favorite part was the down time, because we all were able to bond as a class and get to know each other more on a personal level rather than just on an educational level,” Jahnke said.
Are you feeling like you want to do the minimum amount of work, and you just want to sit down and kick back a bit? Then that means you have senioritis! Senioritis is when you feel like you need to take a REALLY long break during your senior year, and then your grades go down afterwards. There is no known cure for senioritis—however, this does not mean all is lost. Here are my tips on how to prevent senioritis.
1. Grades still matter
My first tip is to remember that grades still matter. If you think you or your grades are untouchable, you’re dead wrong. Your grade will go down because you think you’re good enough to pass. Don’t bet on letting your grade stay the same for the entire school year or semester, because it won’t. My suggestion is to do as much work as you can so that gets your grades go way higher than they were before. Students get better grades by working harder, participating, etc. There are lots of ways to get that grade up. Like getting a higher grade on a test/quiz, and turning projects on time.
2. Focus on earning college credit
My second tip is to focus on earning some college credit depending on which college you want to attend. If you want to go to the college of your choice and you’re not in a good position, then you need to find a way to catch up immediately. If you have any missing work, turn it in, if you have to make up a test, think of a good day to do it, and make sure to give yourself enough time to study too, and ask the teacher how to make your grade go up a letter grade or two. So If you want to go to whatever college your bound to go to then work hard to meet their requirements whether it be better grades or better SAT score.
3. Set specific goals for yourself
My third tip is set specific goals for yourself, whether it be to get back to work, to focus more in class, or just do whatever you need to do. A lot of people use goals as a great way to get things done, and to push people beyond their usual effort. If you need a little boost in your work, goals are a big help with that.
4. Don’t get into bad habits
My fourth tip is to not get into bad habits. It’s hard to break bad habits, especially when we have about three months of no school during the summer. However, you have to learn to get used to it eventually. Don’t make a habit of slacking off during your senior year, and don’t make a habit of putting your work off, either. For example, if you have a paper due in like two weeks and you decided to hold off on it until one week before it’s due, then then that doesn’t give you a lot of time left to do it. So if I were you in that predicament, I’d say to make every second of that time count.
5. Stay busy
My fifth tip is to keep yourself occupied. I’ve mostly been known for working on, like, 1 million things at once, and I never got senioritis because of it. So, if you have about three things to do and all of them were due on the exact same day, I’d say do them all, not at once, but rather one at a time instead.
6. Have fun!
My sixth and final tip is to not to forget to have fun, because high school doesn’t last forever. Even though it feels like it has lasted forever, it will be over before you know it. Go to a party, hang out with friends, do what you think is fun. Plus, it’s more fun later to get that nice high school diploma in the palm of your hand, telling you, “you did it, buddy.”
Well, there you have it. Those were my six tips on how to prevent senioritis. I hope you find them useful in some way. Think of being a senior as being a college student in training. Like I said, your high school years don’t last forever. Do what every high school student does: make every single piece of work count.