• Feature

    Vegan or Vegetarian?

    By Hannah Favorite (Editor-in-Chief of Happenstance) This post is an extension of Hannah Favorite’s article “Healthy Life, Happy Life”. If you haven’t read it yet, check out our February 2018 issue! Millennials are all about what’s in, and currently veganism and vegetarianism are in. But are these hot trends really good for you? Vegan vs. Vegetarian Vegans do not consume any animal products, including milk, eggs, fish, all meats, honey, and anything that animals may produce. Vegetarians are a little less strict, and have more wiggle room. Vegetarians traditionally do not eat meats, but will still eat fish and other animal products. There are many health benefits to both lifestyles, but…

  • Opinion

    Don’t Gag the Press

    By Bre Jarvis (Web Editor) “The Philippines’ slide towards illiberality is accelerating,” writes Washington Post writer Manuel Quezon III. The country has recently erupted in fear and confusion in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to denounce several news outlets. However, amid the protests and riots taking place in the Philippines, perhaps the United States can find itself in danger of the same fate. The freedom of the press, a right guaranteed by the First Amendment, has recently come under scrutiny by various American political figures, particularly President Trump. “It’s frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want,” he said last October. Since the beginning…

  • Feature

    Bullying in Today’s World

    By Bella Ibrahim (News Editor) Bullying has been a problem across the United States for a long time.  While rates of physical bullying have gone down across the past seventy years, verbal rates have stayed around the same, and new technology causes a new problem: cyberbullying (ecommons.luc.edu).  Sixteen percent of high school students have experienced cyberbullying in just the past year (americanspcc.org), and this problem is not going away — it is only getting worse. Fifty-two percent of all LGBT students have been cyberbullied before graduating high school. The state of Florida has strict laws against bullying and harassment at school or on school property, including the bus, but there…

  • Opinion

    Better Together

    By Nicole Scarbrough (Sports Editor) There has never been a more distressed time period in modern history. America has become a nation divided by an extreme difference in ideologies, to the point where a simple discussion cannot be held between either dominant party. The agreement that the government deals with domestic issues isn’t unheard of to any political party, regardless of their respective belief system. But while our foreign affairs begin to escalate, remaining in national unity is imperative to pulling through and remaining in an extensive period of prosperity. It is common knowledge that the political system remains in possession of three political parties, all three feuding in one…

  • Entertainment

    I Remember Mama

    By: Julia Jordan (Entertainment Editor) Nease’s drama department is gearing up for their newest play, “I Remember Mama.” The play is set to premiere on October 19 and continue through October 22 in the Performing Arts Center. The Thursday, Friday, and Saturday showcases will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the Sunday showcase will begin at 2:00 pm. Tickets for the show can be purchased for $5 per ticket. The play is about the ups and downs of a Norwegian immigrant family living in San Francisco. Lead actress Katie Logue, who plays “Mama,” says that “the play has a heartwarming message about family, but can also make you laugh.” Displayed below are the lead actors and actresses performing in…

  • Front Page

    Happenstance Calendar Contest

    By: Bre (Web Editor) This year, all Nease students are invited to submit their original art and writing for a chance to be featured in Happenstance’s 2018 calendar!  If you are interested in participating in this contest, please print and fill out the submission form shown below. Make sure to turn in your completed form, attached to your original artwork or writing, to Mrs. Bourquin in B-108 by October 27. Once printed, the calendar will be available for purchase.

  • Feature

    Halloween Fun

    By: Bella (News Editor) and Maria (Opinion Editor) Halloween is coming up and we are going to help you plan the best party on the block! Pre-Party Fun: Corn Maze Harvest Fields Corn maze 2300 FL-40, Ormond Beach, FL 32174 Pumpkin Patch Mandarin United Methodist Church 11270 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223 Party Decorations & Set Up: Glow-in-the-Dark Party (karaspartyideas.com) For a glow-in-the-dark spectacular, replace your light-bulbs with the very low budget black lights. With this minor change of lights, your guests will glow in the dark, making your party very spooky and entertaining for all ages. DIY Photo Booth (celebrations.com) This inexpensive custom idea will leave your guests wanting more.…

  • Nease News

    Nease Homecoming 2017

    By: Victoria (Publisher) Homecoming is right around the corner this school year on Saturday, September 23rd. The homecoming football game will be held Friday, September 22nd against Creekside at Nease. The dance this year is being held in our very own gym. The tickets will be on sale starting Monday, September 18th in Ms. Gruhn’s room (Portable 24) 8-8:30am before school, after school, or during excel time in front of the PAC until Friday, September 22nd. They are being sold for $15 dollars a ticket, a student can only buy up to two tickets! The attire is formal: homecoming dresses for girls and a shirt and tie for the guys.…

  • Front Page,  Sports

    2017 Sports In Review by Hannah Favorite

      Nease High school students are involved in countless sports teams, their hard-work and dedication has taken some teams to districts, states, or even nationals.   After school, countless hours of practice were put into this year’s football season, as well as practices before the season started. The team’s hard work paid off, as they played to victory in 2 games of their season. Nease’s girl golf team won District 6 Championship. Nease’s girls swung their way to Districts where they won runner up and placed fourth at states. They played a score of 308 at districts in total. Our competitive cheer team had been working around the clock. They won first place — Small Varsity Division at the UCA All Out Championships at UNF.…

  • Entertainment,  Front Page

    Retro Musical and Ghostly Comedy Take the Stage By Vikki Damon

    Nease’s musical theatre students performed the musical “Back to the Eighties” on April 18th and 19th in the PAC. Both Mrs. Poe and Mrs. Laird’s classes participated in the production. In addition, the drama department hosted an additional performance, with Mrs. Laird also directing Nease’s annual spring play; this year, the play was Blithe Spirit and was performed on April 6th, 7th, and 9th. Back to the Eighties is a musical in which every song is a famous hit from the 1980s, such as “Time of My Life”, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, and “Material Girl”. The story follows an awkward teenager named…