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Helping promote FITE Nite, Brianna Bogart, 8, makes a poster to advertise the event. (Photo by Kashmir Baillie)

By Chloe Mayes
Cougar News Blog

     Cactus Canyon will host FITE Nite from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. The event gives families an opportunity to learn what their kids has been doing in school.
      FITE Nite, which stands for Families Interacting Through Education, will be filled with games, food, music, and other events. This event will be on March 29, from 5:30 to 7:30. This is an event where families can interact, connect, and learn.
      “We will have minute games and other competitive activities that allow people to earn prizes,” language arts teacher John Leal said. “The jazz band will be there for some of the time, we will have face painting, and some other carnival activities.”
      One of the main events that will be going on at FITE Nite is the Chemistry Cookoff, where student bring either an entree, main dish, or dessert that they have made and explain the physical and chemical properties that occur while making it. These students will serve samples of their food along with a presentation.
      Mr. Leal and science teacher Regan Roach are two of the teachers that helped plan this night, which takes lots of preparation to make it successful.
      “We have been planning this event for most of third quarter off and on, when we can all meet together,” Mr. Leal said. “I help plan some of the games and I, along with Mrs. Roach have students in positions to help us setup, takedown, and cleanup the area.”
      Although there are going to be many things going on at the event, it is mostly about the families being able to interact and have a good time while learning a little bit about what is going on at school.
      “This allows us to demonstrate not just student learning, but it also allows for families to connect over the activities,” Leal said.

By Chloe Mayes
Cougar News Blog

     There has been a murder at Rundown Abbey. Follow along with the characters to find out who the killer is at the Cactus Canyon drama production.
     Students can come see Murder at Rundown Abbey at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, Apache Junction High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are only $1 and will be available at the door.
     The play, set in the 1920s, follow detective Sam Splayed as he goes undercover as a butler to solve a murder at the English estate owned by the Crumbledowns.
     Adviser Lisa Schroeder wants her student to enjoy the experience and develop a love for drama.
     “I want them to enjoy this process and it is my hope that they truly fall in love with the theater and want to explore more or similar opportunities in the future,” said Schroeder.
     The drama students have been working for about two and a half months to prepare.The student have many techniques that they use to practice. Some students like when they can practice with their fellow peers that are also in the play.
     “When I practice, I find I improve when I talk to someone with my lines,” said seventh grader Nevaeh Erlandson.
     Since CCJH has not had a play in about five years, the class had to come up with all the costumes and props. Although, thanks to some generous people, they were able to get donations for most of the things they needed. All the money that the play raises is going toward their next play that will be in the spring.
      “We had to obtain all aspects, such as costumes, props, set pieces, etc.,” said Schroeder. “We obtained these items from various resources such as teacher, parent, and community donations. We made many of our items from recycled materials such as old boxes, and fabrics.”
     Drama students said they are really grateful to get the opportunity to put on the show and said the experience has made the group like a family.
     “Drama has taught me that no matter who I am I can always act and be myself because family isn’t always blood,” said eighth grader Kaitlin Greathouse. “It’s the people in life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”

By Chloe Mayes
Cougar News Blog

      Trolls is a heartwarming movie about a crazy adventure that Poppy and Branch make together to save all their friends. Poppy, played by Anna Kendrick, is the princess and the most happy and joyful troll of all her subjects. Branch, played by Justin Timberlake, is the opposite of Poppy; he is an overprotective, over-prepared troll. They both set out on an adventure to save all of the other trolls that have been taken by the Bergens that invaded Troll Village, which means they have to put their differences behind them. This movie was based off of the troll dolls that were popular in the 1980s. Trolls was directed by Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn.
      The Bergens are meat eaters that devour the trolls. They believe that in order to be happy they have to eat trolls. Whereas the trolls believe in singing, dancing, and hugging. In this movie, the trolls escape from the Bergens, only to be rediscovered by them years later.
      This movie is worth watching for families and people of all ages; it teaches the lesson to never give up, like how Poppy never gives up even though there is a lot in her way. This film has comedy that will make people of any age laugh. Although this film has many great qualities, such as its special features, it is really short. This film is only an hour and a half, whereas other movies are usually an hour and 45 minutes to two hours. It did seem to be a little rushed, but overall it was a great movie.
      I would rate Trolls 4 out of 5 stars. I feel like this movie was very good quality, although I feel like they should have made it a little longer. I recommend this movie to people of all ages that are looking for a good laugh.