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Great Grad Gifts

YunaLee, Staff Reporter

Graduation is only weeks away – meaning all things grad parties and grad gifts! It’s a huge milestone in our lives, and we deserve the celebration. Trying to make the perfect grad party can be difficult because we want to make it better than so and so’s, and trying to find the perfect grad gift can be a harder task than trying to ace a test we haven’t studied for or actually coming to school. So here are some ideas to make our last moments as Chattahoochee High School seniors memorable and fun!  Some of these projects/ ideas have links on how to make them, so make sure you check them out if you want to save some money and DIY them!


Grad Party ideas:

  • Try a cotton candy bar
  • No photobooth? What are you doing?????
  • A huge chalkboard or corkboard to write/post messages of well wishes
  • 2018 balloons are a must.
  • “Through the grades” garland with pictures of you and your friends from kindergarten to senior year
  • For party favors, make a cute college survival kit
  • Starch bar’s with potato chips, french fries, and hash browns are the next big thing


Maybe you’re not hosting a grad party, but you’ll probably attend a couple so here are some grad gift ideas!

  • Money lei –DIY Money Lei! – YouTube
  • A small care package that remind them of home for college if they are going out of state
  • Meaningful photo album/ frame with handwritten notes
  • College gear for the college they will be attending
  • A shower caddy is essential to the dorm experience


Ultimately, personalized graduation parties and gifts make it special and meaningful to you so try thinking about the good things from the past four years of highschool! Oh, and best of luck to the class of 2018!


Which Member of “The Speculator” Staff Are You?

HannahKornegay, Features Editor

You messed up! Today is copy day and you don’t have any of your articles completed. What do you do?

  1. Fly under the radar and hope your section editor doesn’t notice.
  2. Tell Mr. White the truth and hope that your contrite behavior will grant you an extension.
  3. You would never turn anything in late. Your article has been submitted for days now.
  4. Don’t show up to class; if you aren’t there, Mr. White can’t yell at you.

It’s your week to provide cookies for Cookie Wednesday. Which ones are you reaching for?

  1. Chocolate Chip; it’s a classic.
  2. Peanut Butter; they’re your favorite even though half the population can’t eat them.
  3. M&M because there’s nothing better to spice up your humpday.
  4. Lemon or Ginger, something no one’s brought before. 

Which was your favorite issue of Speculator from the 2017-2018 season?

  1. The Woke Edition
  2. The Hu(e)man Experience
  3. Spice of Life
  4. Bright Eyes, Blue Skies

When do you usually complete your articles?

  1. After Copy Day, but before C&S.
  2. The day before Copy Day; I don’t want to stress the section editors.
  3. Ideas Day was Thursday, so they’ll all be finished and shared by Friday afternoon.
  4. After Mr. White has called me out on them being late.

How many articles do you complete each round?

  1. One, maybe one and a half, but that one will blow you away.
  2. Two.
  3. Between 2 & 5.
  4. However many are assigned to me.

What’s your favorite section or article type to write for?

  1. Features/Editorials: I like voicing my opinions, whether it be satire or a review.
  2. Sports
  3. Seniors and Editorials
  4. Writing the staple articles that appear in every issue provide a good guideline to follow.  


Mostly 1s: Nadia Dowlatkhah/Hannah Kornegay/Grace Sassaman/Sireesh Ramesh: You have a very high creative intelligence and you’re very headstrong in your opinions. You have the tendency to lie low and observe the world around you and are very perceptive in regard to other people. While you are very intelligent, your lack of motivation sometimes prevents you from bringing your ideas to fruition

Mostly 2s: Rithik Doddla/Matt Kohn: You are the calmest, the coolest, and the most collected of the calm, cool, and collected; your tendency to be the most laid back person in the room can lead others to underestimate  you.

Mostly 3s: Mr. White/Caroline Kurzawa/Olivia Erickson/Ethan Benn/Kehisha Johnson : You’re dependable, reliable, and often the strongest person in the group, and because of this you are leaned on quite a lot by the people in your life. You’re steadfast and headstrong, willing to do whatever it takes to get a problem solved as efficiently as possible. While you’re helping everyone else get their lives together, don’t forget to focus on yourself.

Mostly 4s: Brett Greenberg/Jayden Chin/Brendan Huet: Your nonchalance makes it seem as though you don’t care, but you always take the time to explore new ideas and think creatively and challenge the norm.

Your Newest Watchlist

CarolineKurzawa, Staff Reporter

The idea of television has evolved as online streaming services, like Netflix and Hulu, have taken off. Additionally, very few people watch TV in real time anymore. More often than not, shows are recorded and watched during free time. However you watch TV, make sure you tune into these shows.

“Timeless” (NBC)

This NBC drama is on its second season and is slowly growing a devoted fan base, known as “clockblockers.” The series follows a trio of characters: Wyatt (Matt Lanter), Lucy (Abigail Spencer) and Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) as they time travel to save important historical events. They have traveled from colonial times all the way to the 1980s. The show earns its merit with great acting, well-written plots and accurate time period clothing.

“Blue Bloods” (CBS)

While this series has been on air for eight seasons now, it seems to have fallen by the wayside and been forgotten. For eight years, the series has followed the Reagan family as they balance family life and their jobs in law enforcement. Frank Reagan, played by the famous Tom Selleck, is the police commissioner of New York City, his two sons are members of the NYPD and his daughter is an assistant district attorney. “Blue Bloods” uniquely combines humor, crime scene mystery and heartfelt family moments, making it an all-around great show.

“One Day at a Time” (Netflix)

This Netflix comedy-drama is a reboot of the 1970s sitcom by the same name. The series has had two seasons so far and follows a Cuban-American family as they struggle with fitting in, while also maintaining their Cuban culture. The main character is a single mother with two kids who also lives with her mother– played by the famous Rita Moreno. “One Day at a Time” realistically demonstrates struggles families face while also maintaining a comedic tone.

“The Crown” (Netflix)

“The Crown” is a historical drama that follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II and has completed two seasons. It illustrates the many challenges the young queen faced after taking the throne, following her father’s sudden death. It embraces the reality that nothing is what it seems, and that you can never know what is happening behind closed doors. While the first season focuses on the queen’s first year in power and her coronation, the second one highlights how her position impacted her marriage. Other important royal family members like Prince Philip and Princess Margaret are featured throughout the series as we learn more about their personal struggles as well. Currently, the series is recasting in order to accurately portray the ages of the royal family.

“Younger” (TV Land)

After divorcing her husband of over 20 years, Liza (Sutton Foster) must find a way to reenter the workforce, but it’s not easy when you’re 40 and have been out of work raising your daughter. When Liza realizes she’ll need to appear younger in order to get work, she assumes the persona of a 20 year-old, changing her style and covering her digital footprint so that people will only know her younger self. She finds work in a publishing firm and befriends an up and coming editor, Kelsey (Hilary Duff). Things get tricky when she must hide her secret from everyone at work and her new twenty-something boyfriend. The series comes back for its fifth season on June 5.

“Teachers” (TV Land)

This series, started by a group of female comedians, follows elementary teachers and the daily struggles of teaching and relationships. Each teacher has their own personal issue, anywhere from being forever single, to possessing self destructive tendencies, to being an unorganized hot mess, that they are having to face while shaping of the minds of students. They remodel your typical idea of teachers, while also making you laugh out loud. Though there have only been two seasons so far, the punch lines these comedians provide could keep the show going for years to come.

“The Bold Type” (Freeform)

This summer drama is loosely based off of “Cosmopolitan” magazine and follows three twenty-something women: Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee) and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) as they attempt to make their way in the fashion and publishing world. “The Bold Type” follows pop culture and includes strong narratives like a woman’s place in the workforce and even addressing the topic of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. It is both empowering and heartwarming to watch as these women make their presence known in the world while also establishing lifetime friendships. The second season will premiere June 12.

“Jane the Virgin” (The CW)

“Jane the Virgin” has maintained a devoted audience. The series begins with a young woman named Jane, who through a series of events becomes accidentally artificially inseminated and ends up pregnant with another man’s child. The show follows the pregnancy and eventual birth of the child while also examining the dramatic characters involved now that two families are combining. While many may not take this show seriously because of its telenovela style dramatic twists, Gina Rodriguez who plays the main character, Jane, won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy following the first season of the show. If you want a show that’s heartwarming, laugh-out-loud funny and suspenseful, this is a show for you.

“How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

Shonda Rhimes has not disappointed audiences with another drama series. “How to Get Away with Murder” is a stunning and suspenseful series that follows law professor, Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) and her five law interns/students. However, this law professor is anything but law-abiding. Each season begins with a glimpse of a cliffhanger and then each episode works backward until the night of the tragic event. This unique style of storytelling keeps the audience coming back for more, so they can know more about the night in question. After four seasons, the show only seems to be getting better and more intense. A true thriller, each episode will have your heart racing.

“This is Us” (NBC)

This NBC drama has taken audiences by storm and is only two seasons in to what will surely be a long run. The series takes place in both the present and past and follows the Pearson family. In flashbacks, you see the three pearson children at various ages, but you also see the parents, played by Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia, as a younger couple. This show is all about family. Each Pearson child faces their own struggles, whether its obesity, alcoholism or extreme anxiety. Every episode carries a lesson and helps to demonstrate that even when you think all hope is lost, family is always there for you. Do yourself a favor and watch this show, but don’t do so without a box of tissues nearby.



OliviaErickson, Editor-in-Chief

In the midst of professionally-taken senior photos depicting high schoolers donning a t-shirt with their future college logos and prom pics with girls in hundred-dollar dresses, I stumbled across a rather casual selfie of one of my friends with her dog, with no filter, and a lighthearted post accompanied by the caption #makeinstagramcasualagain. This led me to realize the pressure my friends and I feel to post only the most perfect of pictures. I thought to myself, when did posting to Instagram become such a formal affair?

Whenever my friends and I go somewhere, literally, anywhere, we take at least 50 pictures, then spend the ensuing 20 minutes sorting through them to find the best one. Then, we use one of the hundreds of editing apps currently offered on the App Store to make sure our acne is hidden and our dark circles are nonexistent. After that, we feel the need to go even further and find a flattering filter to overlay onto our pictures. This entire process takes at LEAST an hour altogether, which, when considering the total time a group dinner or social outing takes in total, is a ridiculously large amount of time.

Obviously, my generation has an addiction to technology, but when a group of girls go out to dinner, they shouldn’t spend more time staring at their phones looking at pictures of their friends rather than just looking at their friends. I believe that if the entire population of Instagram set out on the quest to #makeinstagramcasualagain, we wouldn’t feel as much pressure about our posts and maybe even spend less time obsessing over the pictures we’re surrounded by.

Leftist College Students OWNED by Conservative Commentator

EthanBenn, Staff Reporter

Ethan Benn, a writer for Fox News, reports on contemporary American culture on college campuses. For this article, he followed Hannah Kornegay as she toured America’s institutions of higher learning. 

The students of UC Berkeley were treated to quite the sight as famed conservative commentator, Hannah Kornegay, arrived on campus under heavy police escort. Naturally, the brainwashed liberals of Berkeley were out in force, holding up signs declaring “No Hate Here” and “Dump Trump.” I suppose the very thought of a black, female conservative was enough to make these commies quake in their boots.

Equipped with her trademark sunglasses, Kornegay sashayed past the diverse crowd of students and hired protesters, the pockets of their skinny jeans full of money from the globalist George Soros. Further back, a few members of “Antifa” were acting rather like fascists, unfurling a banner which bore the simple slogan: “Hate Speech is Not Free Speech.” While the rest of us real Americans supporting Kornegay were being oppressed by the heat, these leftists were oppressed by figments of their own imaginations. With any luck, Kornegay would free their minds from words ending in “ism” or “ist,” and preach the values of western civilization, democracy and capitalism.

Inside one of the student buildings, Hannah prepared to deliver the best speech these fragile-minded munchkins would ever hear in their young lives. The overwhelmingly white male members of the College Republicans soon showed up to listen to their invited guest speaker. Both of them sat down in the front row, their boat shoes matching the tan color of their khaki shorts and coordinated, freshly-pressed button down polos.

Eventually, the room filled in as other students began to arrive. The crowd settled in and quieted down as Kornegay stepped up to the podium.

“Good evening, everyone. Let’s get started – hit me with your best questions!”

Someone made their way to the microphone and grasped it tightly, the awful shriek of feedback echoing through the room.

“So, um, like, yeah – the government is good because it paves roads, and you like need roads, so. So we pay our taxes, which is good, because you know roads, they’re good? Like yeah, so can you explain why roads are bad?”

Hannah shook her head. “Well, okay. So you know what theft is right? It’s when somebody uses the threat of force to coerce you to give something up, right? So that’s what the government does, right? Because, right, if you don’t pay your taxes, then you’re a criminal, okay, and they won’t respect your status as a sovereign citizen, alright. So taxation, it’s theft, okay? And if roads are so important, you’d pay for them anyway, right? We could privatize it, drive on private roads, you know. So great.” The very thought of private ownership seemed to bring tears to her eyes.

The self-proclaimed socialist snowflake who had asked Kornegay the question in the first place evaporated, and another student took her place.

“As a queer Latinx womyn, I think that you and Donald Trump are working to kill me – why are y’all literally Nazis, like really?” The crowd erupted into applause over this deeply emotional and thought-inspiring question.

Hannah looked around the room as she contemplated an answer in her head. What to say, what to say? Aha! She had her response now: “I’m a black woman, so no. Not a Nazi, but nice try though.”

As she finished, the crowd broke from cheering into chanting wildly – “No Nazis, KKK Anti-fascist USA!” over and over. In the panic, someone had pulled the fire alarm, adding more noise to the cacophony.

“Oh my God,” bemoaned Kornegay. “Look at the color of my skin compared to Hitler’s. I am not, I repeat not, a white nationalist!”

And when the crowd had finally died down, and Hannah’s security detail had rushed her into another room, the questions resumed.

“What can we do to dismantle negative systems of power which incorporate cis-hetero patriarchy, class warfare, internalized misogyny, transphobia, fatphobia, Islamophobia, homophobia, xenophobia, capitalism and fascism in their foundation? Do you, as a black woman, need to acknowledge your privilege and help us overthrow the status quo?”

Kornegay put her hand over the microphone and mouthed, “Is this a joke?” With a deep breath, she plunged headfirst into the question.

“Could you repeat that, sir?”

A hush fell over the crowd. Hannah had committed the gravest of sins, the cardinal offense of social justice, the irredeemable sin for which no repentance could absolve her of,


“Did. You. Just. Assume. My. Pronouns?”

Knowing her blow had been well received, Kornegay continued onward. “Oh, snowflake, I’m so sorry to offend you. Look, the United States is the best country in the world, period. End of question. You and your merry band of communists are the issue, right? You’re the worst. There isn’t a ‘cis-hetero patriarchy.’ Speaking of which, do your parents know your tuition is going to this garbage education by these garbage professors you have? Or did you figure that you’d tell them when you need some place to go after your gender studies degree doesn’t work out? Oh, how sweet. And stop with all these phobias, right? I know you guys are all about mental illness, but you don’t need to create one to feel special. That’s right, say it with me…” Hannah took a deep breath,

“Liberalism is cancer!”

The microphone hit the floor with a clang. And as Moses parted the seas, so too did Hannah Kornegay part the waves of C-students who clamored around her.


Conservatism in Gen-Z

EthanBenn, Staff Reporter

Generation Z will be the most conservative age group in America since the Baby Boomers, just you wait! The Democrats better watch out – these kids are fiscally responsible and less progressive than Gen X and Millennials!  

Odds are you’ve probably heard something like that in a headline before, or maybe even that exact phrasing. When the media turns its focus from Millennials ruining things, it tends to land on their successors being their political opposites. And so comes the question, how conservative – or liberal – is our generation? With the help of The Speculator team, the results for the CHS student body’s political views are in.

The methodology was fairly simple: have students self-identify their political views by clicking terms which described them and then asking them to vote for a 2016 presidential candidate. Follow that up with an actual test to get some hard data, and the results should speak for themselves. Of sixteen students surveyed, seven identified as “liberal,” six as “moderate,” five as progressive as well as five as Democratic, two for centrist and two for libertarian. No students self identified as conservative or Republican, and with sixteen possible checks for each term, liberal and moderate were by far in the lead. The test, known as “8values,” asked students to strongly agree, agree, disagree, strongly disagree (or say they were unsure) to questions about economic, diplomatic, civil and societal questions. Liberal and Social Liberal were once again the most common results.

Even though the sample size for the survey was quite small, the respondents’ results were not surprising and probably represent the beliefs of CHS students in general. However, it is interesting to note that many of them identified as moderates – if Gen-Z is liberal or left-leaning, then it’s certainly not as partisan or hardline as their older Millennial or Gen-X counterparts.

And that’s what so many news outlets and commentators are seizing on when they shout about this generation being the next wave of ultra-conservatives so Republican it would make Ronald Reagan smile: they’re just not as solidly Democratic as their parents or older siblings. Going back to the survey again, fifteen of the sixteen students responded to the question about the 2016 presidential election, with Hillary Clinton getting seven votes (46.7%), Donald Trump, Jill Stein, and Joe Biden all receiving two votes each (13.3% per candidate), Bernie Sanders receiving one vote (6.7%) and one student undecided. These results can be interpreted various ways, but I see it as a younger generation rebelling against ineffective political parties and status quo politics – while Clinton had a plurality in this mock election, she lacked a majority due to spoiler candidates (and if you consider Trump, Stein and Sanders outsider candidates, it’s easy to see why).

Judging from these results, perhaps the name should be changed from the Post Millennial generation to the No Business as Usual Generation. Mostly born into a post-9/11 world, having experienced financial crises, domestic terrorism and dramatic social change, this generation is anything but resigned to the usual norms of politics. Look at Emma Gonzales and David Hogg from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, as two no-nonsense go-getters tired with a system which doesn’t work.

This generation isn’t so much blue or red as every political party’s color under the sun – the Republicans and Democrats aren’t going to be able to fully control, or appease, this new generation of soon-to-be voters.

Aaron Feis: A Local Hero

BrettGreenberg, Staff Reporter

Feb. 14, 2018: A day that will go down in history. At approximately 2:21 p.m EST, Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. During the shooting, beloved offensive line football coach and school resource officer, Aaron Feis, risked his life for the safety of the students and threw himself in front of the bullets sprayed out by Cruz.

Coach Aaron Feis was a figure in the whole Douglas County community, always putting others before himself and assuring he was someone that could be depended on for anything whether that be the safety of students, being the resource officer or getting his players to be successful on the football field and help them pursue their dreams of playing college football and taking the next step athletically. Local school spokeswoman, Denise Lehtio, remarked, “He died the same way he lived he put himself second. He was a very kind soul, a very nice man. He died a hero.”

Feis’s impact was felt outside of the school as well. In a interview two days after this shooting, Chief Sherriff Scott Israel stated that he, “knew [Aaron Feis] personally, coached with him for 2 years and [Scott’s] kid played for him.” Feis has been around this community for as long as anyone can remember, graduating from Douglas High School in 1999 and coming full circle to return  and coach the football team from 2002 to 2018.

Aaron Feis is a man that will live in the hearts of all the students, parents, staff and first responders for the rest of their lives.


RIP Aaron Feis 1980-2018:

A local hero, dedicated worker, caring coach and a man of incredible character.