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Mission to Mars

Posted on 04 December 2015 by admin

By: Baylea Bruce @Baylea_Marie [Executive Yearbook Editor]

Out of over 200,000 people an elite 24 will be chosen for a chance of a lifetime. They will then go through long intense amount of training and preparation. Their mission is to sustain life on a barren, dusty red planet. No this isn’t the newest sci-fi movie, people are going to Mars with this exact mission. Laura Smith-Velazquez is hoping to be apart of this few that get to go on this life altering event.

Velazquez wanted to be an astronaut all of her life. She put in a lot of hard work to make her dreams a reality. The first half of Velazquez presentation was more an inspirational piece. How anybody could make their dreams a reality if they truly tried. While Velazquez isn’t currently an astronaut she is hoping to make the final cut to become one and be one of the first humans to live on Mars.

The application process is very intense. The candidates had to submit multiple videos, resumes, and undergo countless interviews and evaluations. The next round is group challenges. This challenge is going to be televised, much like a reality show. At the end viewers will be able to vote on which candidates they think should be able to make the long trip to space.

Once the final 24 candidates are chosen they will undergo multiple tests and prepare for what they might face. While this training will include learning how to do multiple different things so that a handful of humans can sustain life, it also will train the participants for everyday life. The journey to Mars isn’t a quick two hours, it’s nine months in a small carrier. Once the team arrives to Mars they have very small personal spaces and will be confined to the inside of their habitat for the most part. Candidates will have to get use to being in small spaces for long periods of time.

Perhaps the most astonishing part is what all these brave few would be giving up. Leaving everything they know, never to return again. For Velazquez she would be leaving behind her husband, who also applied but didn’t make the cut. She also would be leaving behind her friends and family. This may sound like a lot to lose, but it also is an opportunity to gain more knowledge and for Velasquez to finally make her dreams come true.

While Earth is rushing around, one might take the time to stop and look up at the stars in the sky. Eventually there will be actual human beings up their, truly reaching for the stars.

 

This picture of a Mars Rover is similar to what will inhabit the planet Mars just before people begin to land on the planet. It will search for the best location for the people to inhabit.

This picture of a Mars Rover is similar to what will land on the planet Mars a year or two before people begin to land. It will search for the best location for the people to inhabit.

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“Live” at the RAK Shack [video]

Posted on 04 September 2015 by admin

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Tribe Talk: Girls’ Tennis [video]

Posted on 30 April 2015 by admin

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Tribe Talk: Girls’ Tennis [video]

Posted on 30 April 2015 by admin

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Mr. Semler: A+ for Education [video]

Posted on 26 March 2015 by admin

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Tribe Talk: Wartburg Indoor Meet [video]

Posted on 10 March 2015 by admin

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Tribe Talk: Girls’ Regional Finals [video]

Posted on 24 February 2015 by admin

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Tribe Talk: Boys’ Districts [video]

Posted on 23 February 2015 by admin

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Needles, blood, and free snacks

Posted on 30 October 2014 by Alex Coleman

Ashley Lappe @frappelappe [Ads Editor]

Each year Marion High School hosts a blood drive to give students the opportunity to donate whole blood or platelets. It’s for a great cause, and many people participate in the event. For those students who choose not to participate, it is often due to a fear of needles or blood; sometimes both. For the students who don’t mind seeing the bags of red liquid and the large needle entering their arms, it is a great chance to get out of a class and help out a sick person in need of blood.

Bobby Vanderlin, junior, started doing the blood drive last year as a sophomore. Although he may not be nervous this year, he was last year. “Someone passed out right before I was about to give blood,” he said. After how smoothly things went last year, he is sure there will be nothing to worry about.

Everyone participates in the drive for different reasons, some want to help by donating their blood, others want to get out of class, and then there are the few people who do it to get a free snack and drink. For Vanderlin it was for two reasons. “It’s for a good cause and I get out of class,” he stated. No matter what a person’s reasons may be for participating in the Marion blood drive, it is a great way to help out a person in need in our community.

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Media Associate takes library by storm

Posted on 21 October 2014 by Alex Coleman

Emma Hartman @Steal_Your_Hart [Staff Writer]

A new school year brings new changes. With new classes, news students, and new schedules, there is one change we might have overlooked. Mary Brandhurst, the new library media associate, is not truly a newbie to the job considering she had worked at the high school for seven years. Brandhurst has been working in the Marion district for 17 years in various positions. She worked at Emerson for seven years, at Vernon for two, and has worked as a Special Ed teacher.

Coming back to work at the high school was really no problem for her. “I knew Apra and other teachers, it was a nice change.,” Brandhurst commented. The media associate says she never pictured herself as a school librarian. “I just thought at this point in my life, it might be a nice transition. I really enjoy working with kids,” Brandhurst explained. She has a degree from William Penn college in K-12 P.E.

Brandhurst is married to her husband Jay, and they have two adult children. Their son Casey is married to his wife Lindsey, and they have a two year old daughter named Reid. Their other son, Sean, is 23 and not married.

Outside of work, Brandhurst enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her friends and family. She also spends some of her time rooting for the Hawkeyes. “They need all the cheering they can get,” Brandhurst said with a chuckle .

Mary Brandhurst said that she does not have a least favorite part about working in the Librarian. “Probably just having to tell students to not eat at the computers,” Brandhurst stated. Her favorite part is being around the students, some she has known since they were little, and being able to help them and talk with them. Mary Brandhurst loves her job at MHS and is happy she made the decision to come back here to work.

Mary Bandhurst, the new media associate in the library, sits behind her desk

Mary Bandhurst, the new media associate in the library, sits behind her desk

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