The Eyrie The student news site of Eden Prairie High School Fri, 10 Jan 2020 18:09:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Playlist of the Decade Fri, 10 Jan 2020 18:09:51 +0000

The 2010’s have been a decade full of great music with many different genres and artists emerging. We have made a playlist full of some of the biggest songs of the decade from every year. This playlist has around 80 songs, so every person and every genre is represented.

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The Unacceptable Gap in STEM Fri, 10 Jan 2020 18:01:36 +0000 It’s no surprise to anyone who’s taken a computer science, physics, or math class that the class presents a shocking ratio. Both my AP Java and Physics classes had just three girls. And this is just high school, the first opportunity for students to somewhat pick and choose their courses. Somehow, in girls’ first 14 years, they’ve been discouraged from pursuing STEM. 

But did you know just how staggering the gender gap really is?  

After high school, the gap widens even more. In 2015, women received just 18% of computer science, 20% engineering, 39%  physical sciences and 43% of mathematics majors. In 2016, women of minorities earned 12.6% of bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering, 7.8% of master’s degrees in science and engineering, and 5.0% of doctorate degrees in science and engineering.

Moreover, although women make up half of the U.S. college educated workforce, they comprise only 28% of all the STEM workforce. Basically, 1 in every 4 adults working in STEM is a woman. 

The gap begins to form in childhood. We need to encourage young girls to find confidence in themselves and the scientific process–to overcome the existing pessimism and just keep trying.

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Student of the Week: Carter Dixon Thu, 09 Jan 2020 18:45:46 +0000 Q: how many years have you been doing swag ball

A: 3 years


Q: how many games do you play?

A: 17 games all season


Q: what position do you play? 

A: shooting guard


Q: how many points do you average? 

A: around 10


Q: Has your team been doing well?

A: yes we have only lost 6 


Q: How many people are on your team?

A: here are 10 other players 

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Uncut Gems Thu, 09 Jan 2020 18:43:40 +0000 “Uncut Gems” is one of the best movies I’ve seen all year. Yes, it stars Adam Sandler, but don’t let that turn you away. He’s been in a lot of junk in recent years, but this is one of the best movies Sandler has starred in for awhile. Here he plays Howard Ratner, a jeweler crippled with gambling debts. When gets his hands on a rare black opal, he plans to auction it off to pay his debts. But of course, for our entertainment, things don’t go as smoothly as planned. 


This is by far one of the most stressful and frantic movies I have seen in a long time. People are constantly talking over each other to create a disorientating feeling. Sometimes in noisy settings the level of dialogue is lower than usual, so you really have to strain your ears to listen to it. None of this bothered me. In fact, it kept me on the edge of my seat. I’ve felt more stressed watching this movie with mostly dialogue than I have watching action movies. In several scenes my heart was racing and not many movies can get that reaction from me. 


What really made this movie work for me was Sandler. He’s the rug that ties the room together. Without him the audience would just be lost in a massive rioting crowd. But with him we have someone to help us navigate through it. His persona and the humor he brings works perfectly in turn with the films stressful nature. 


I highly recommend “Uncut Gems.” I honestly can’t think of anything substantial that took me out of the experience. The echoey dialogue bothered me a bit, but I’m not sure if that was an artistic choice or just a problem with my theatre.  And sure, maybe the movie could have been a bit shorter, but I’m really grasping at straws at this point. Check this movie out. It is not one to miss.



Rating: 4.5/5

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Frozen 2: Can we just “Let it Go?” Thu, 09 Jan 2020 18:38:56 +0000 I did not care about the plot of Frozen 2 nor did I understand it. Maybe my two experiences are related, but as a semi-intelligent viewer aged older than ten, I generally go into Disney movies expecting to know what’s going on. It was going to take much more than just magic to make a cohesive plot, and that’s where Frozen 2 ultimately failed for me.

I wasn’t widely affected by the first movie. I knew all the words to Let it Go but had no desire to dress up like Elsa or watch the movie without any social obligations. However, I did enjoy it whenever I’d watch it. Although Frozen was entirely deserving of a sequel, the original had absolutely no lead up to a second movie. Ana and Elsa were happy. Ana and Kristoff and Sven were happy. Olaf was never going melt again because Elsa made him immortal, that’s pretty darn happy.

But wait! Elsa’s hearing a mysterious voice. And in completely unprecedented fashion, things fall apart, friendships fall apart, and now no one is happy? There was little propelling the plot: no villain, no impending disaster.

The songs felt oddly placed, only adding to the uneven pacing and slow start. The characters were dull. Olaf was the only comic relief, and the script squeezed every quip out they could. I forgot how annoyingly polite Ana and Elsa were, and that really comes out in their interactions.

The movie was visually gorgeous. As always, Disney’s animations beat what little competition is left. The problem is, the high visual quality is already predetermined about a Disney movie. It lacks substance that makes the difference between an “ok” movie and an “interesting” one.

Go ahead and see it if you’re really that bored, but there’s gotta be better movies out in theaters that you won’t fall asleep watching. I, personally, would rather watch the first Frozen for the fifth time in a row. Or even better, go build a snowman.

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Mental health in the Classroom Thu, 19 Dec 2019 18:31:49 +0000

The mental health of teens affects everyone, especially in an environment filled with students such as a high school. Student mental health is one of the most commonly referenced topics in hallways, classrooms, and lunch tables–though it is often in the form of jokes and self deprecating humor. In our world, it is more acknowledged than ever before, but it still remains ambiguous to many–youth in particular.

Depression is a common occurrence in teens, with teen suicide and self harm rates at a record high. According to the Minnesota Student Survey, 4 percent of male 11th grade students at EPHS had self harmed within 30 days prior, while 16 percent of females had self harmed.

Students and their mental health to
be inhibiting to academic performance.
“It is something that is a huge reason for some students not performing as well,
and I think if [teachers were to] take that into consideration, there would be a big increase in performance,” said senior Karin Seaver. Mental health shows a strong pattern of recurrence with struggling students.

Strategies implemented by the ad- ministration designed to improve mental health often have little effect due to lack of accessibility explained senior Aria Miles. Therapy dogs and social workers are un- helpful if teachers won’t let students leave class, she said.

Students are often aware of the harmful nature of many coping mechanisms. Only 4.5 percent of 9th graders and 6 percent of 11th graders surveyed that they express their feelings in healthy ways. Social worker Steven Banks explained that when students know that their behaviors are unhealthy but choose not to change it is much more difficult to help those students.

Based on the Minnesota Student Survey, 7.4 percent of youth in grades 9-12 report-

ed that they had made at least one suicide attempt in the past 12 months. When asked about this statistic, Seaver said, “No, it does not surprise me. I think it’s really clear to see all the people that are really struggling.”

Eden Prairie is infamous for “AP Culture” or the pressure placed on students to take high level courses and pass them with high grades. Seaver contends that the highly competitive nature of EPHS can negatively affect mental health. “If you’re in a higher class, you’re doing better than everyone else but also not doing good enough. It’s a constant comparison,” said Seaver

The stigma around mental health at the high school is no different than that of the country. Staff and students feel that the community at EPHS is growing more willing to talk openly about depression and suicide, though the reputation still exists, as Banks explained. Students with anxiety are often unable or unwilling to approach a teacher about their mental state, pointed out Miles.

Banks stresses the importance of paying attention to the mental well-being of oneself and everyone in a community, saying, “It’s relevant to everybody. Because, despite the stigma, we all deal with it from time to time.”

With the definition of success being so subjective at a high school age, it is very easy for students to compare. “We put so much of our self value into school and
we don’t see ourselves succeeding to the standards that we think success is. That immediately makes kids feel like they’re worthless,” said Seaver. Miles agrees, saying that the self esteem, and often mental health, of students at EPHS is often dependent on comparison.

Mental health is an important issue with our community and the teenage demographic. Paying attention to the wellbeing of yourself and those around you can make a serious difference in the quality of life within a community.

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Not Having Sex? You’re Not the Only One Thu, 19 Dec 2019 18:22:05 +0000

In many ways, Eden Prairie is an above average high school, but not when it comes to sex. About 35 percent of 11th graders surveyed last spring by the Minnesota Department of Edu- cation had had sex before. Compared to that state-wide average, in the EPHS junior class, 21 percent of males and 14 percent of females have had sex. These numbers have stayed constant in the past six years, though other numbers relating to relationships have changed.

Relationship violence, both physical and verbal, has decreased since 2013 for every surveyed group at EPHS except for 11th grade females. For this demographic, there has been a slight in- crease in the number of women who have encountered physical or verbal violence in a relation- ship.

With heterosexual sex, the biggest concern is often pregnancy. Condom use has signi cantly improved at EPHS since 2013. In the 2013 survey, 62 percent of female 9th graders who have had sex reported not using a condom the last time they did so. In 2019, that number was 0 percent.

More troublesome data are the responses of female 11th graders to the same question, whose trend was inverse of that of the 9th grade girls. The percent of 11th grade girls who did not use a condom the last time they had sex doubled from 2013 to 2019.

Overall, trends in sex and relationships have not increased or decreased drastically. Though it may seem like everyone around you is having sex, that simply is not the case.

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Eden Prairie Nordic vs. Weather Thu, 19 Dec 2019 18:17:49 +0000

How much does weather affect Eden Prairie Nordic? Skiers practice and race enough to know about good and bad skiing conditions. These athletes spend many hours

on the snow, and it plays a big part in this sport.
The perfect condition to ski in is when the snow is super packed down; not too icy, but also not too soft.

It’s possible to work with almost anything but it can be difficult.

The weather can affect this sport in many different aspects. Senior Kareena Bovitz said, “For example, the temperature determines the type of wax that’s needed for skis. Also, if temperatures are warmer, the snow conditions tend to be much slower and harder to ski on.”

Weather affects what they do that day because it depends on what the weather is like, if there’s no snow they can’t ski.

During the summer, Nordic holds a summer program called Stryke, which consists of hill training, strength, agility, and rollerskating. It’s dry-land train- ing that will help them improve their team. This helps them during the winter and they come in stronger each year from their summer training.

Practice almost never gets cancelled unless there is a cold advisory. “We’re not allowed to ski if temperatures get too low such as -40 windchill, but -20 degrees without windchill. Otherwise on the warmer side of things, we try and make the best out of the places that make snow,” said Bovitz. If that isn’t possible, they go back to dry-land training and lifting like in the summer.

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How do these athletes keep warm during these cold temperatures? Bovitz said, “There are certain things we have to do if the weather gets below 15 degrees. We have to wear hats rather than headbands.” They always need to make sure everyone is dressed appropriately for the weather. If the athletes are cold, then they need to just keep skiing on.

Senior Lisel Paulsen, is also a part of Nordic team, said, “We practice as a whole team for about two hours every day after school and Saturdays, so about 12 hours a week.” They obviously spend many hours outside, but no matter the weather conditions, these athletes will always and a way to work hard and make up for bumps in the road.

Kareena Bovitz, Rachel Boelke, Allie Gross, Liesl Paulsen

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Dancing Through The Ages Quiz Answers Thu, 19 Dec 2019 04:22:43 +0000 Top Left: Soulja boy

Middle Left: Juju on that beat

Middle Right: Renegade

Bottom Left: Whip

Botton Middle: Whoa

Bottom Right: Nae nae

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Crossword Puzzle Answers: 2010 Trends Thu, 19 Dec 2019 04:15:28 +0000 1 Down. Leggings

2 Across. Apple

3 Down. Uber

4 Across. Uggs

5 Across. Retro

6 Down. Thrifting

7 Down. YouTubers

8 Across. VSCO Girls

9 Across. Tik Tok

10 Across. Vine

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