HTTC 2018: The Ephemeral Party

Ephemeral Party
President: Freddie Longshore Neate
Vice President: Andrew Eweis Labolle
Economic Advisor: Ayden Powers
Press Secretary: Sarah Mark
Campaign Manager: Amelie Laloire

The Ephemeral Party is a liberal party including President Freddie Longshore-Neate, Vice President Andrew Eweis-Labolle, Economic Advisor Ayden Powers, Press Secretary Sarah Mark and Campaign Manager Amelie Laloire.

“The Ephemeral party basically means ever changing. Our theme is based around the concept that change is the only constant in life. We use this concept to promote the idea that for the short time that we are potentially in power we should change as much for the better as possible.” Says Eweis-Labolle, explaining the party’s name. “Our power issues focus on the environment, Womens and LGBTQIA+ rights and finally gun control,” continued Eweis-Labolle.

“We’re kind of like cynical neo-hippies. Very environmentally conscious, very progressive, pacifist, but realistic,” stated Longshore-Neate.
The group wants to take a very pacifict theme throughout the election. “We’re gonna have flowers and stuff to illustrate our view, these were common symbols for the hippie movement in the sixties and seventies. We hope to be passionate and inspirational in our ideas and speeches,” said Longshore-Neate.

Focusing on very liberal and important human rights issues, this group hopes to take an inspiring role throughout the campaign and appeal to voters with love and passion.

HTTC 2018: The Theorists

The Theorists
President: Michelle Monheit
Vice President: David Greenfield
Press Secretary: Sarena Solodoff
Campaign Manager: Shane Shubert
Economic Advisor: Magnus Bush

The Theorists are a libertarian party comprised of President Michelle Monheit, Vice President David Greenfield, Press Secretary Sarena Solodoff, Campaign Manager Shane Schubert, and Economic Advisor Magnus Bush.

“We are the Theorists and we vouch for conspiracy theories that have been pushed to the side or ignored,” says Sarena Solodoff. “We know the truth and we believe it’s time that the public is informed on what is really going on in America,” she continued.

This party is a putting special attention on the environment and the unknown, such as aliens and lizard men. “Our power issues are saving the environment from the lizard people, funding the search for life outside of earth, and an end to government surveillance,” explains Solodoff.

“By ridding our country of big government, which is the root of almost all issues. We will reveal the truth and make America the country it truly is supposed to be,” said Solodoff. The Theorists will play a large role in this years election by focusing on problems which are currently unaddressed by other parties.

Currently, The Theorists are endorsed by the Macero PAC and can be seen on professional days covered in tinfoil.

HTTC 2018: The Grey’s Anatomy Party

Grey’s Anatomy Party
President: Chase Furman
Vice President: Chase Furman
Campaign Manager: Sage Furman
Economic Advisor: Molly Hammond
Press Secretary: Matthew Wong

The Grey’s Anatomy Party is a liberal party for hail to the chief. The group includes Chase Furman,vice president and Sage Furman, president who is the campaign manager, Molly Hammond, economic advisor and Matthew Wong who is the press secretary, all seniors ar DaVinci.

“Our platform is shown through our power issue of free healthcare for all US citizens, because it shows that we value the health of people,” said Sage Furman, a Grey’s Anatomy party team member. Hail to the Chief groups choose power issues to focus on, and following the idea of the medical show Grey’s Anatomy, it would make sense to prioritize healthcare.

Parties need to be endorsed by Super PACs and some have more trouble than others. “We have already found that we have opposing views with some Super PACs, but we also agree with some of them,” said Furman.

Low Cost and DIY Gifts

The holidays are the most stressful time of the year, especially with all the pressure to find great gifts for your friends and family. Thankfully with a little research, finding the right present is not the end of the world.

For shopping under 10 dollars there is a great BuzzFeed article titled “42 Gifts Under $10 That Won’t Make You Seem Cheap” which features great gifts for every person in your life.

The up and coming poet Rupi Kaur’s first book “The Sun and her Flowers” is under 10 dollars on Barnes & Noble and Amazon, featuring short poems about love.

A handmade heart-shaped wooden serving spoon with a cute “made with love” engraving from ModCloth for nine dollars, would be perfect for your family baker.

For a ring holder or just a cute table decoration “Elegant Animal Ring Holders” from Anthropologie for eight dollars is available in a slender penguin and vibrant polar bear.

Some beautiful multicolored and gold accented mugs are available for $9.80 on

Some more expensive but still reasonable gifts if you want to seem extra fancy are a face mask collection from Sephora including masks infused with avocado, lotus, pomegranate, etc. for 25$ at Sephora.

A scratch of world map that is perfect for your avid traveler! On Amazon for only $23.03, dont worry there are promising reviews.

A beautiful galaxy themed eyeshadow palette for the makeup guru so they can do an eye-look that is out of this world. For a little under 12 dollars you can order the Galaxy Chic palette from

Don’t feel like giving your credit card information to an online source? Well here are some cute and easy homemade DIY (do it yourself) gifts
For the first gift, a spa-like lavender sugar scrub that is easy-peasy to make at home.

First you will need one cup of granulated sugar, four tablespoons of coconut oil, 10-15 drops of lavender essentials oils and food coloring (optional).
Microwave all your coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl until it is melted.
Then mix in the melted oil to the cup of sugar until it is a good consistency
Add your food coloring, any color you want
Add 10-15 drops of lavender essential oils
Put the mixture into a glass mason jar (or any other container), decorate it with a bow or stickers, and get to gift-giving.
Now a second gift, a small cute garden which will calm any family member after the stress of the holidays. You will need a glass container with a wide mouth, a bag of decorative sand (any color), and a few fake succulents or air plants.
Fill your glass with sand
Put the plants in the sand
Then add sticks, rocks or leave it how it is and you have a mini relaxing garden

And now last but NOT least, for that sweet tooth best friend or partner, chocolate bark candy decorated however you want! You will need a pound of dark, white, milk chocolate or all three! Then you will need an assortment of nuts, dried fruit, coconut shreds and sprinkles.
Chop your chocolates into slivers and melt in a microwave safe bowl (microwave for 30 seconds then stir, continue until completely melted but be careful don’t overcook it! )
Pour your melted chocolate over wax or parchment paper
Then before the chocolate dries, top with all your toppings accordingly
Put topped bark in the freezer and when completely frozen break into serving size pieces. Wrap with decorative plastic wraps or place in decorated ziplock baggies and give to your dearest pals 🙂

Winter Themed Recipes

The holidays are a time for friends and families to come together, and one way people connect is through cooking.

A great holiday recipe is peppermint popcorn. For this treat you will need: 1 pound of white candy coating coarsely chopped, 24 cups of popped popcorn, 4-6 crushed peppermint candy canes, and red nonpareils- or green for Da Vinci Pride! (optional) The directions for the peppermint popcorn are
(1) Melt the candy coating in a microwave and stir it until it is smooth
(2) In a separate large bowl, combine the popcorn and the crushed candy canes
(3) Pour the candy coating over the popcorn, and toss the bowl to mix
(4) Pour onto a baking sheet with wax paper and sprinkle on the nonpareils if wanted
(5) When it has hardened, break apart and store in an airtight container. (This recipe was provided by Taste of Home at

The second fun and easy holiday recipe is peanut butter blossom cookies. This recipe requires: ½ cup of granulated sugar, 1 cup of packed brown sugar, 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, 1 cup of butter or margarine, 2 eggs, 3 cups of all purpose flour, 1 ½ teaspoons of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, an addition 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, and 7 dozen Hershey’s Kisses. The steps to create these cookies are
(1) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
(2) In a large bowl mix the granulated sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, and eggs with an electric mixture. Stir in the flour, baking soda, and baking powder
(3) Shape the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in the additional granulated sugar and place on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart from each other
(4) Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges are light brown
(5) Immediately after taking them out of the oven, press in the Hershey Kiss to the center of the cookie and let cool. (This recipe was provided by Betty Crocker at
With these creative recipes, the holidays are sure to be fun and delicious!

Anonymous Students Discuss Plagiarism

Everyone knows that plagiarism gets you an F at Da Vinci. What people don’t always know is that other students DO recognize when “their work” isn’t really their work, damaging their reputation as a collaborator.

It may be tedious to cite every source you use, but the consequences of plagiarism are never worth it. A plagiarised text is one of the few assignments that will get you a 0, not even a 40 percent, at Da Vinci. High school students are expected to phrase in their own words and credit their sources. These anonymous students have all experienced ugly situations resulting from people labeling other’s work as their own.

Video Plagiarising:
“Last year in English class during one of our final projects, we were asked to make a story with a video. The content in someone’s video was deliberately plagiarized from another story or online video. One of the team members didn’t know and just went along the idea. While the video was playing, people in the classroom knew it was not an original story. We all heard about it happening but no one told a teacher.”

The Fearless Flapper:
“So, 1929 night articles were due and there was this one person in our group, who, I read over their article and it was just not their words, and they would not admit that they had plagiarized, even though all the teachers knew and anyone who read their article could tell.”
Penguins against plagiarism
“My friend plagiarized a paragraph about penguins in 7th grade.”
Teachers just know
“I cited the wrong sources and Ms. Gist could tell right away. She was like, ‘this has nothing to do with this.’”

Wikipedia Did My Homework:
“Someone left the footnotes from wikipedia on their essay. Literally just copied and pasted from Wikipedia, it was on the history of Saudi Arabia, in like 7th grade. They didn’t do their work the night they turned in the essay. They didn’t really format or anything, its like, a bunch of different fonts from what they wrote, from what the wiki article was, and Thompson comes up like, “did you write this?” and they’re like “uh why are you asking me that..?” Thompson goes: “because you have a bunch of different text sizes and a bunch of weird footnotes… I don’t think you wrote this.” “uhhhh yeah guess I didn’t…”. The student ended up with a zero and had to do community service for Thompson.”

That Thievery That You Do Not Think is Thievery

According to, plagiarism is “the act of taking someone else’s work and claiming them to be your own,” and has the ability to destroy entire careers, or in students’ cases: Their grades.

“It comes down to stealing something that doesn’t belong to you and saying that it belongs to you,” says teacher Emma Gist, who has dealt with plagiarism several times over the course of her career as an English teacher at Da Vinci High. Out of the many subjects students tend to take each year, English is one of, if not the most, subject to plagiarism. Even with several workshops, instructional powerpoints and the like over the year, students still plagiarize, even if they know the consequences.

Even teachers get tired of it. “It’s frustrating,” says Ms. Gist. “It makes me wonder if they took it seriously or if they think it was a problem or not, or if they just failed to learn what the difference was.”

One of the primary objectives of schooling is to give people the ability to make things of their own creation. So having someone completely copy another person’s work is the complete opposite of that. That’s not to say you can’t be inspired by someone’s ideas and use them in your work, but if you’re using the exact same words they had written down, then that’s plagiarism.

Plagiarism has shown up in almost every form of media imaginable: books, movies, music, and even government documents. Anyone who’s been caught for doing these acts of plagiarism has had their reputations consequently ruined, if not getting into legal action due to copyright infringement.

Even in Da Vinci, plagiarism has led to the destruction of friendships, the breaking of trust, and massive reductions to grades. It’ll be marked on your record and most likely ruin your chances of getting into a few colleges. Plus, because of Da Vinci’s project-based curriculum, if the plagiarized work ends up being the final products of projects, or the entire project ends up being plagiarized, then it’ll give everyone in the group a big zero and marks on their records.

Sometimes students will unknowingly plagiarize something because of other group members’ work. A student describes how they felt when this happened to them, “The feeling I had when that happened was something like defeat or emptiness. I had to talk to the principal and I had to tell them that I didn’t really know what was going on,” they continued.

This student, along with many others, is just one victim of the easily preventable problems caused by plagiarism. The end product of this copied project wasn’t a slap on the wrist, it was a destruction of faith between two friends, and a permanent mark on not only their records, but their conscious as well. Of course, that’s not to say people can heal from this.

“I think about it off and on, but it’s something you have to come to terms with and accept at that point whether there was influence on that person to do that or whether it was because they were lazy or whatnot,” said the anonymous student. Students can have any reason to plagiarize, but this victim gives advice for those who feel tempted by it, saying, “Don’t copy things word-for-word. Read something, internalize it, and try to write your own version of it. That’s the only advice I can give.”

Consequences of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a serious offense that Da Vinci teachers warn students about. Personal stories are always more compelling than threats and warnings from teachers, and conveniently, paraeducator Antwanette Wiley had her own experience with the repercussions of plagiarism during her time at UC Davis.

“As I was finishing up my last course of my 5th year at UC Davis in 2013, I was doing a lot of reading and writing. My final for this upper division History course was a 20 page paper on some boring topic about Ancient China. I turned in my paper, like any other day, and it wasn’t until a few days later when I received an email from the Judicial Affairs at UC Davis that summoned. Come to find out, I cited the wrong person. One man was citing another person and I did not cite the right person,” said Wiley about what had happened. Judicial affairs is the administration that upholds a university’s rules and expectations for it’s students, much like Mr. Milsap does at Da Vinci.

Wiley had to face a jury to explain herself and have her repercussions decided upon. “As the Judicial Affairs representative finally decided to to give me the benefit of the doubt on the assignment she also gave me a warning. That if this was to happen again I would not have the opportunity to explain myself and I would be kicked out of school, have a black mark on my final transcript, and would have further legal issues for stealing someone else’s work.” Though this sounds like she got off easy, there was more she had to do. “I then had to complete a plagiarism course/test that showed I understood all types of citation and how to do it properly. The professor still originally had an A- in the course prior to the final but the professor gave me a D for my final grade.”

While an experience like this is obviously very disconcerting, it was also a chance to learn. “Plagiarism is taken seriously, as if it was a big crime,” saif Wiley. “Even with such a simple mistake of citing the wrong person, they seem to not care about that and only cared I did not cite properly.”

Since Wiley had this experience, she now has valuable advice to pass onto Da Vinci students. “I advise all DV students learn how to cite and cite properly.” she said. “The real world will not be kind and take the issue at face value. Although some complain about how harsh their English teacher is, it’s for your own good. This is the time to learn and correct your mistakes.” Da Vinci students should take this advice to heart and learn from Wiley’s mistakes in order to avoid similar situations.