Wednesday, May 10, 2017

NFL draft

--Nate Gaines, Tristen Lee, Cody Williamson, Zach Norwood
The National Football League held its annual first-year player draft April 27- 29 in PHiladelphia. For 253 players their dreams came true; they are now NFL players. The SEC led the draft with 53 selections from the conference, including 12 in the first round.
Myles Garrett was the first overall pick by the Cleveland Browns, a defensive end from Texas A&M, an SEC school; Garrett was the consensus first pick leading up to the draft. Mitchell Trubisky from North Carolina was the second pick in the draft by the Chicago Bears, and Bears fans let their opinion be known by loudly booing Trubisky when he came up to the stage to meet the commissioner Roger Goodell. The University of Arkansas produced three selections-- Jeremy Ledbetter (a 6th round pick by the Lions), Jeremy Sprinkle (a 5th round pick by the Redskins), and Deatrich Wise Jr. (a 4th round pick by the Patriots).  Chad Kelley, a quarterback from the University of Mississippi, was the last pick of the draft by the Broncos and became “Mr.Irrelevant.”

Starting April 29, 2017, Arkansas has taken on some major weather issues. From tornados across the state to severe flooding in places like Missouri and Pocahontas, Arkansas. Black River, which runs under the bridge in Pocahontas, is expected to reach heights never seen before. Flood water from the Meramec River streams over a railroad bridge in Valley Park, MO. River levels are cresting in several Missouri communities as floodwaters slowly drain from the state, although forecasts for more rain could cause another round of damaging high water. Families and businesses have lost their homes to the floods, with thousands of dollars in damages. No one is for sure about how long it will take for the waters to get to regular levels, but thoughts and prayers will be with all the families in need.

--Maranda Lee, Jacob Meeks, Tyke Taylor, Austin Tyler, and Davanna Gargaro

A for academics

On Tuesday, May 2 Westside High School hosted the second annual Westside High School Academic Awards Ceremony. This took place in the Fine Arts Center at 9 a.m. Students that received awards on this day were mailed an invitation from Mr. Graham.  After the ceremony, there was a reception in the library. The awards that were given varied between all A’s to certain subject awards like the English award. The senior signing also took place in the Fine Arts Center at 12:00 on the same day. During the senior signing each senior signed the banner reflecting his/her post-graduate plans. Several students have signed with the U.S. Military, but most are pursuing a college degree.

The draft started in World War II around the time of 1940 and lasted until 1973. Men were drafted to fill vacancies in the US Armed Forces that could not be filled through voluntary means. 50 million men from the ages of 18- 45 were registered, but only 10,110,104 were inducted into the military. Rumors are spreading that if we enter another conflict, the draft could be reinstated. Except this time maybe both men and women could be drafted.

The NBA playoffs

Kevin Durant returned to the lineup, and the Warriors completed their first-round sweep of the Blazers. Also in playoff news the Raptors are at the height of their powers and are the second best. The NBA announced today the criteria for the 2017 playoffs, which begin Saturday, April 15. The NBA will continue to release play-by-play reports of all calls and material non calls in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter or the last two minutes of anything overtime period of all games within five points at the two-minute mark of the relevant period.

The Red Sox organization will not  allow the use of racial slurs towards Fenway Park, and the Red Socks have apologized to those of any race affected.  The team says  in a statement, “There is no place on earth for racial epithets at Fenway Park, in baseball, or in our society.” The Red Sox have turned the fact over to the Boston Police Department; they will further investigate within  their Civil Rights Unit and determine if it merits further action. No one on earth should have to go through anything like this. It is unnecessary behavior. --Chris Potts
United States Anti-Missile Defense in South Korea:Image result for anti missile defense south korea
As more tension develops between America and North Korea, including the current missile test launches, the United States has produced a new anti-missile defense system. This new system is called the “THAAD,” which stands for “Terminal High Altitude Area Defense.” A part of the problem transpired because Donald Trump wanted South Korea to pay for the expenses of the system, which is estimated to cost at least $1 billion dollars. South Korea had already told its citizens that the United States would pay for the systems operation and maintenance, as long as South Korea provided land and support infrastructure.  

By: Brandon Smith and Marc Carter