EHS Nest Network The student news site of Eaglecrest High School Sun, 19 Dec 2021 17:55:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Abortion Has Come into Jeopardy Again? Wed, 15 Dec 2021 02:59:20 +0000
A paper copy of the case of Roe v. Wade (1973), the case that legalized abortion at the federal level in the United States. (The Library of Congress. )

On January 22, 1973, the US Supreme Court decided in a shocking 7-2 decision to officially legalize abortion in the United States, being one of the first countries to do so. This decision allowed abortion up to the end of the second trimester with few restrictions. This gave leeway for states to only prohibit abortion during the third trimester. The court case is widely remembered as Roe v. Wade. The debate over the legality of abortion in this country was finally done. Or so we thought…

The people of the United States have never stopped arguing in regards to the reasonable legality of abortion. Every single person in this country has a different opinion, whether based off of moral, religious, scientific, or many other factors. This can be seen by all the different state regulations displaying the differing opinions of the country.

Here in Colorado, abortion is legal anytime during pregnancy. In Missouri, abortion is legal up to 22 weeks unless the life of the mother is in danger. In Mississippi, a new ban has been placed at 16 weeks into pregnancy, which has now led to another Supreme Court case, already a rare occasion considering the few court cases that lead to the Supreme Court.

The implication of this case can lead to the alteration of not only abortion laws in Mississippi, but it can alter or even eliminate Roe v. Wade all together. This is no guarantee however, as the court has not made a decision on this case just yet. However, there is still the risk.

For the majority of United States history, the Supreme Court has been historically conservative with few decisions that can be considered liberal. Some of the most historic cases has been liberal decisions, such as Brown v. Board of Education (1954), outlawing segregation in the United States, or Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), which legalized birth control.

Many are concerned of the implications this case could have over abortion laws. If this decision deteriorated Roe v. Wade completely, 12 states would automatically ban abortions at any level, known as “abortion trigger laws.”
Large protests have occurred at the Supreme Court chambers in Washington D.C. Both sides have shown both in support and against the concept of abortion to voice their thoughts on the case that is out of the hands of the people.

Image of a protest on the topic of abortion at the Supreme Court back in 2016. These protests on abortion have occurred on a common basis over the past 50 years. (CBC)


Texas is an even stricter case in terms of abortion restrictions. Texas plans to instate restrictions on abortion at 6 weeks of pregnancy, far below what Roe v. Wade mandates. Some argue that many women do not even know that they can be pregnant at 6 weeks, placing great strain on the effectiveness for abortions to occur. On top of that, enforcement is done by “private citizens” according to the state, meaning that citizens can report cases of illegal abortion with a punishment of a civil lawsuit with a minimum reward of $10,000. 

Members of Congress such as Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota stated on Meet the Press that it is possible for abortion to be protected via federal legislation, with the majority of Democrats supporting this decision, along with some moderate Republicans, according to the senator. 

“The answer may well be doing it through the political process now,” said Senator Klobuchar. “I don’t think that’s the right thing to do, but it may be the way to do it.”

The key to the future of abortion rests in the hands of the Supreme Court of the United States, and we will not know the decision until next year. However, this is not the end for abortion in the United States if the court does alter or dissolve Roe v. Wade. Through the voice of the people as well as the possible support of Congress, abortion is not completely dead in the United States. 

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It’s almost 2022: What are Eaglecrest students looking forward to? Tue, 14 Dec 2021 15:59:26 +0000
The Times Square Ball Drop from Manhattan, New York City is one of the most famous New Year’s Day traditions. (MJ Photos/REX/Shutterstock)

Holiday music is playing, temperatures are dropping, snow is (occasionally) falling, and the year is coming to a close once again. We’re officially in the final month of 2021 and are just a handful of weeks away from 2022. As is typical, the new year is encouraging people to both look back at the previous 365 days of our lives and look forward to the next 365.

Beginning with the former, many have used 2021 as a buffer time between the chaos of 2020 and a return to true normal. “I feel like coming back to normal society and not being trapped in our houses was nice,” freshman Talon Smith said when looking back on the year.

2021 was as good a time as ever to reflect on yourself — something Brett Gutho took advantage of. “I’ve experienced a lot of growth this year and I’ve learned a lot about myself,” the junior said. “I’ve been able to just like to spend more time with myself and just become happier as a person.”

But with the year coming to an end, many are looking forward to the future, and 2022 has a lot for people to be excited about. “I’m going to graduate and I’m going to try to get a job,” senior Draven Clere said about plans for the upcoming year.

“At the beginning of next year, I’m getting my [driver’s] license,” said junior Brett Gutho on events coming up in 2022.

Some are hoping that 2022 will finally see the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. (Marcus Turner)

But not everything about the new year is set in stone, and there are plenty of hopes for 2022. Much like this time last year, a lot of those hopes surround the pandemic. “Not having to wear masks at school would be nice,” said Clere about her hopes for the new year.

Needless to say, 2022 has a lot to look forward to. The new year will be shining with opportunity, and regardless of if you actually follow your new year’s resolutions, hopefully, everyone will be able to find improvement in 2022.

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Tragedy Strikes Once More Tue, 14 Dec 2021 15:20:58 +0000
Oxford High School on December 1st, one day after the shooting. (CNN)

On November 30th, the deadliest shooting since Santa Fe’s in 2018 occurred in Oakland County, Michigan. Four students died at the hands of perpetrator Ethan Crumbley — Hana St. Juliana, 14; Justin Shilling, 17; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; and Tate Myre, 16.

Juliana, a freshman, was jersey No. 9 on the Oxford volleyball team, and she played the sport since middle school. She was also a part of the school’s basketball team, making her debut the night before the shooting. 

Shilling was co-captain of his bowling team, as well as “an exemplary employee” at Antia’s Kitchen in Lake Orion. 

Baldwin, soon after the shooting, was reported missing by her grandmother on Facebook. She stated that her other grandchildren were safe, but Madisyn was still missing, and that her family were searching for her on foot. They soon found out that, unfortunately, Baldwin’s life was taken. Her grandmother described her as a “beautiful, smart, sweet, loving girl.” Her family say that she loved to draw, read and write. They also stated that she had been accepted into several colleges before her death, some even with full scholarships. 

Myre was a junior who loved to play football. He was dedicated to his sport, being on the varsity team since his freshman year. Along with football, he excelled in school and took honors classes. Myre had passed away in the back of a patrol car shortly after the shooting. Due to the quick response of the police department, the tragedy only lasted a total of five minutes, Police dispatched at 12:52pm, just two minutes after the shooting began. They received over one-hundred 911 calls. 

Photos of the four students lost to the shooting. (Twitter)

As with most school shootings, student Ethan Crumbley planned his attack. On Friday, November 26th, Crumbley’s parents had bought him a Sig Sauer 9mm pistol as a Christmas present. On the same day, Crumbley had posted photos of the weapon on Instagram, with the caption: “Just got my new beauty today [Heart-Eye Emoji] SIG SAUER 9mm. Ask any questions, I will answer.” 

Over the weekend, he and his mother went to a shooting range to test out the weapon. On Monday, November 29th, Crumbley’s teacher saw him researching ammunition on his phone. The teacher told school officials, who contacted his parents. They never responded. Later that day, his mother sent Crumbley a message about the calls: “LOL I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught.” That night, Crumbley recorded two videos on his phone detailing his threats against the school. Along with these videos, officials found threats in his journals.

Photos from his Instagram page of the gun. (Twitter & CNN)

On Tuesday, the day of the shooting, another one of his teachers found a paper on Crumbley’s desk with drawings. The drawings included depressing and suicidal phrases, with pictures of guns and people shot and bleeding. Crumbley’s parents were contacted once again, this time with a response, and Crumbley, his parents, and a school counselor discussed the drawing. While waiting for his parents to arrive, Crumbley worked on science homework that he was concerned about completing, appearing to have an eerily calm demeanor in response to the conversation with the counselor.

After his parents had arrived, they discussed Crumbley’s behavior. During this, Crumbley insisted that “the drawing was part of a video game he was designing and informed counselors that he planned to pursue video game design as a career.” They asked questions about his intent to harm himself or others; his answers satisfied them enough to let Crumbley return to class. The counselor instructed that the parents find counseling for Crumbley within 48 hours, or they would contact Child Protective Services.

On his way back to class, Crumbley had stopped at a bathroom, entering with a backpack, and exiting with the pistol he had gotten just four days earlier. Authorities say he moved “methodically and deliberately” through the halls, shooting students who had not managed to escape. 

“Before the shooter was able to walk a short distance to enter the main hallway, students and staff had already entered classrooms, locked doors, erected makeshift barricades and locked down, or fled according to their training. The suspect was not able to gain access to a single classroom,” said superintendent Tim Thorpe. Three minutes after he began shooting, six students and one teacher had been injured, police arrived and Crumbley dropped his weapon. 

Ambulances and police line up outside of the school on a snowy November afternoon. (CNN)

He was arrested and is being charged as an adult with one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Crumbley has pleaded not guilty, and no bond has yet been set. His parents have also been charged with involuntary manslaughter because they bought a gun for their 15-year-old child. After not arriving to court on Friday, a manhunt began, with $10,000 to anyone who could provide information on their whereabouts. On Saturday, they were found and arrested in a warehouse in Detroit. During their arraignment, they pleaded not guilty and were set with a $500,000 bail for each of them. 

From left to right, James Crumbley, Ethan Crumbley, and Jennifer Crumbley’s mugshot. (CNN)

Many vigils and memorial services were held for the four students whose lives were taken that day. Along with these services is a petition, asking the school to change their stadium name to memorialize Tate Myre. A similar remembrance was put in place with a softball field at Columbine, named after Dave Sanders, the teacher who died in the 1999 tragedy. People on social media have been saying that Myre risked his life in an attempt to stop the shooter, just as Dave Sanders did. If this is true, they argued, he deserves his legacy to be maintained via the sport he cherished and played. Sign the petition here:

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The Holidays With or Without Snow? Tue, 14 Dec 2021 15:15:49 +0000 Students at EHS eagerly waited for the first snowfall of the year, and their patience finally paid off when it snowed on Friday, December 10th. Before the snow fell, there were mixed emotions among students about the absence of snow.

Senior Katelynn Miller enjoyed the lack of snow because of how easy it was to drive to school without worrying about the icy roads. She did not have to worry about getting her car stuck in the snow, which was a relief for her. Even though safely driving to school is a priority for Miller, she still missed the snow because the holidays didn’t seem right without it.

“It makes me kinda sad that we haven’t had snow. Without the snow, it just doesn’t feel like a magical Christmas. When we were kids it was always snowing, but now it never snows,” said Miller. A “white Christmas” is Miller’s ideal one. Before it snowed on Friday, her ideal Christmas seemed distant. But with the change in the weather, this Christmas may be a white Christmas after all. 

Ever since Katelynn Miller was a little kid, she has dreamed of a white Christmas. (Crystal Li)

Just like Miller, junior Eliana Peña struggled to get into the holiday spirit before it snowed. Peña has not even started listening to holiday music because it felt weird to listen to music when the weather did not match it.

“I really am hoping for a white holiday season. I have decorations set up outside of my house, but it’s looking pretty lonely without that snow,” said Peña. 

Even though it was hard for Peña to get into the holiday spirit, she was more concerned about Colorado’s climate. The late snowfall points to the urgency of global warming.

“It’s sad that it’s so warm [right now] because it’s just our environment to have snow during this time of the year. Without the snow, it just shows that we’re really going to have a drought next year, and there will be a lot of forest fires,” said Peña. Unfortunately, this is becoming our dire reality every year. Nevertheless, Peña still hopes that the holidays will be filled with snow because it will help her get into the holiday spirit and Colorado really needs the moisture.

Eliana Peña hopes for it to snow more this holiday spirit. (Crystal Li)

While some students hope for a white holiday season, others like senior Haylee Jewers are content with the weather being warmer than it is supposed to be during the holidays. And, the lack of snow has not stopped Jewers from getting into the holiday spirit because Christmas is one of her favorite holidays. 

“I think it’s kind of weird because, normally, we would have had snow by now. It’s kind of different, but I like it because I like being in warm weather. I like the snow too, but only in moderation. I don’t really associate Christmas with the weather, so not having snow doesn’t affect me [getting into the holiday spirit]. I really love Christmas, so I always push for my parents to decorate early for the holidays,” said Jewers. 

The lack of snow has not stopped Jewers from getting into the holiday spirit. (Crystal Li)

Because Colorado’s climate is unpredictable, students have learned how to enjoy the holidays even when the weather is not going their way. With or without snow, students spend their holidays resting and spending time with family and friends.

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Holiday Quiz Fri, 10 Dec 2021 18:25:52 +0000

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Winter Jazz Concert Fri, 10 Dec 2021 15:20:14 +0000
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Mary Perez Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:34:42 +0000
Fatimah Rasmi

“I’ve gotten things like candles, room decorations, and even snacks. I’ve gotten these small perfumes that can fit in my bag and small lotions but its been harder to find good cheap products because of the price on literally everything rising”

-Mary Perez 

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Markie Fisher Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:33:25 +0000
Fatimah Rasmi

“Press on nails! Seriously! They range from $5-10$ at most and they stay on for 2-3 weeks. Never spending 60 dollars on a set of nails again. I also work at Target, so I’m always checking people out and I always see good hair products that are under 10$ or cheap makeup stuff. Plus people are buying gifts right now so I mean that’s what the majority are.” 

-Markie Fisher

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Reecha Basnet Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:31:55 +0000
Fatimah Rasmi

“I always go to 7-11 for slime and chips, my total was always like 8 dollars and something cents. I always got stuff from Walmart like skin care stuff, CeraVe lotion is 9$, but since people have raised their prices in everything due to economic inflation, i’m not so sure that we’ll be able to find things under ten dollars soon”

-Reecha Basnet 


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Gabriella Otero Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:30:08 +0000
Fatimah Rasmi

 “I think since I always like finding small little things to give people, 5 and below has been a place where I would say has a lot of cute & affordable things for 10$ or less. Like makeup, clothes and candy, it’s like dollars at dollar tree” 

– Gabriella Otero

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