Do You Really Know What St. Patrick’s Day is All About?

By Mikhail Stephenson, staff writer

Understanding St. Patrick’s Day


“Tell me what you know about St. Patrick’s Day and what it is about,” I said to my friend Cal Stephenson. “Well, I know that people wear green. Um, it came from Irish people. Some people get drunk and people pinch others when they don’t wear green. That’s all I know man.”

Shamrocks? Check. Green clothes, hair, food, and drink? Check. Pinching anyone who doesn’t wear green and celebrating. Check, check, checkity-check. However, is that all St. Patrick’s Day is about? It’s time to find the origin of this day and find out where, how and why it was created.

St. Patrick was born in the town Banna Venta Verniae with the name Maewyn Succat. The town was in Roman Britain. His father, Calpurnius, was a deacon in the early Christian church.  When Maewyn was sixteen, he was captured by a pack of Irish pirates and enslaved for six years as a shepherd. During those years, he learned the Irish culture and language. He tried to escape but it was futile. He has captured again, but by the French and was taken to France where he learned of monasticism. He was then released and sent home to Britain where he continued to study Christianity.

In 432 AD he went back to Ireland and acted as a missionary to the Irish. While Maewyn was there on Ireland, he confronted the pagan Druids at Tara and abolished their rituals. Maewyn became a bishop, and after his death, he became Ireland’s patron saint. The celebration for St. Patrick was not tremendously celebrated until the Irish immigrated to the U.S.

More than one million Irish immigrated to the U.S due to the Great Potato Famine in 1845. There, the Irish faced prejudice for their Catholic beliefs and accents by Protestant Americans who despised them, portraying them as monkeys when they celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in a drunken revel. The Irish were humiliated, but soon after learned that with combined strength, they could change the way they were perceived socially and politically.

Today, through the efforts of both St. Patrick and the Irish immigrants of the past, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Hopefully, through this article, you can celebrate knowing the truth about St.Patrick’s Day. Have a great celebration!

The Harkni Journey of a New Life

By: Haley Danis, Staff Writer

Bringing a new life into the world is a blessing from God. Our very own Jon and Kasey Harkness began the adoption process in April 2017. On February 2 2018 at 12:58 pm James Marshall was born. The adoption process was very challenging for the Harkness’.

“Since we decided to do a private adoption without the use of an agency, we needed to arrange for our own pre-placement assignment (home study, where they do super extensive background checks, family histories, and a social worker conducts several interview with you to decide if you can handle an adoption of a child) and we had to hire an attorney,” Harkness explained.

Village and many other friends of the Harkness’ donated to the gofundme account that was made for the arrival of James Marshall and raised over $7 thousand after fees. Students of village shared the link to the gofundme account every social media that they have to get the word out of the adoption. Picking a baby’s name can be the hardest part of a birth. Putting a meaning behind a name will make the name very special to the parents of a new life.

“We have always liked the name “James”, but on top of that my sister’s name is jamie, and since she’s the one who had the connection that found the baby in the first place, we thought it was very fitting to honor her. As for the middle name we got the idea of “Marshall” from the character on “How I Met Your Mother”, who our friends like to joke about and say the character and Jon have a lot in common,” Harkness commented.

The first time a mother lays eyes on their newborn child, it is a very magical and heart warming experience. As for the Harkness’ they were in awe that it really came true, and that they actually had him in their arms after ten months.  

There is more to come with James Marshall and the Harkness’ journey on a new family!


Olympics 2018 Pyechongang

By: Carson Young, staff writer
The Olympics are starting today with mixed doubles curling which means there is one man and one woman per team from eight different countries. Today is the Olympic debut for the sport. They will be competing in a shortened match with 5 stones instead of eight different stones.

Tomorrow the figure skating team event starts with men’s and pairs short programs and is likely to offer the first glimpse of  U.S. champion Nathan Chen. The last American to reach the podium in figure skating was Evan Lysacheck in 2010; Chen has a chance to be on the next American on the podium.

Opening ceremony is on Friday February 7 at six in the morning. The drama will be on who will kindle the cauldron at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium. The best bet is Yuna Kim, the 2010 figure skating champion who retired after taking silver in Sochi in 2014.  The rest of the Olympics will start after the opening ceremony.   

I am projecting that Germany will win 40 medals having 14 gold medals, 12 silver and 14 bronze. Norway will win 37 medals total having 14 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 12 bronze. The US will win 29 total medals having 10 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 9 bronze medals. France will have the fourth most medals with 24 medals, 9 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 6 bronze medals. Coming in 5th place will be Canada with 33 total medals but only having 7 gold medals, 12 silver medals and 14 bronze medals.

Chloe Kim says this about this year’s Olympics “It’ll be a good experience to go through such a crazy event with my family,” Kim told TIME. “But at the same time, I’m very worried, ’cause it’s the freaking Olympics. I want to do really good. I’ve got to nail it.”

Nathan Chen says this about this year’s Olympics “I think that my very best performances are the times when I completely block everything out and it goes on auto drive — I don’t think about anything,”


The Origins of Valentine’s Day

Staff Writer Mikhail Stephenson                                                                  

Is there love in war? No, not if you want to be a great soldier protecting your kingdom according to Emperor Claudius II. He put to death one man who defied his command, a priest who is now remembered as the patron saint of couples and the name of Valentine’s Day.  

When Rome was being attacked by numerous enemies, Claudius II put out an edict stating that it was illegal, as a soldier, to marry since he believed that marrying would lead soldiers to long for their spouses with the result being that their training would be handicapped and desertion of the army. One priest named Valentine defied the emperor’s edict and married couples who came to him in secret. He was eventually discovered and was brought before Claudius II. Claudius II was impressed by Valentine’s conviction and dignity and attempted to bring Valentine into agreement, even trying to convert the priest. Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius, only angering the emperor and earning himself a visit to jail until his execution.

In jail, he met the jailer and his daughter. After meeting the jailer’s daughter, he developed a great platonic love for her. When Valentine’s execution came, he wrote a hasty letter and finished the love note with the well-known phrase, “From your Valentine”.  Twenty-four years after Valentine’s death, the Catholic Church, recognizing Valentine as a martyr, made a holiday on the fourteenth of February to honor him.

Valentine’s Day made its way into the United States in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries but it was not until the 1840s when Valentine’s Day started to become widespread. IT was popularized by Esther A. Howland. She is known as the “Mother of the Valentine” due to her popularization of Valentine cards mass produced by factories.

Who knew a day for love, appreciation, and affability for one another could have such a bloody past. I guess not everything is as rosy as we thought on Valentine’s day.