The Pirate Log The student news site of Poteau High School Thu, 14 May 2020 19:56:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WHY AM I SO OBSESSED WITH THE HUNGER GAMES DURING QUARANTINE? Thu, 14 May 2020 19:56:33 +0000 The Hunger Games was never a franchise I was too invested in when it was at the height of it’s popularity. If I’m being honest, I had to stop reading the first book because it scared me too much, and that kind of story had never appeared to me that much. I would antagonistically tell fans that President Snow was right and that I was a big fan of his. I watched Catching Fire for an incentive in middle school but didn’t think much of it afterwards. 


So why am I suddenly so obsessed with it now?


Yes, in my dull quarantine I have found my way back to The Hunger Games. Mostly because I’m actually really excited about the prequel that’s scheduled for release it a few weeks (surprise, surprise, it’s about President Snow; sixth grade me is ecstatic and twelfth grade me loves a good villain origin story), and partly because the stories interest me now. 


I’m fascinated by the concept of the Hunger Games, and if a major studio were to make films re-enacting every Hunger Games I would totally be front row in the movie theater (if they ever reopen), watching eagerly as I stuff popcorn in my mouth. 


I think I would probably find my sudden enjoyment of this fictional bloodsport a bit odd, especially considering my earlier reticence to it, if it weren’t for the situation we find ourselves in now.


Which leads me to my point: why am I obsessed with the Hunger Games during quarantine? The answer is simple: I like the escapism of it all. 


Just as I found comfort in watching films like Outbreak and Contagion, both of which chronicle far more serious, but fictional, pandemics and how the world would handle it, I like The Hunger Games because it reminds me that it could always get worse. 


Yes, we are currently all stuck inside, longing for a time when we could actually be bored with our schoolwork in person. Yes, we are going to miss out on a lot of important events. But at least we aren’t living in a dystopia where 24 children are forced to kill one another for the sick enjoyment of an oligarchic ruling class. 


So my advice during this quarantine? Watch The Hunger Games, and feel super grateful.


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TV TO WATCH DURING QUARANTINE Thu, 14 May 2020 19:52:00 +0000 Below are five TV shows that are a must watch during quarantine, especially if you haven’t seen them before!


  1. The Office

– The Office is not only hilarious, but heartwarming filled with great comedic talent, from Steve Carell to John Krasinski. It should also be noted that this show is insanely rewatchable and addictive, which is everything you could ask for during quarantine.

  1. How I Met Your Mother

– Premiering one year after Friends ended and, in my mind, it’s clear successor, I actually far prefer How I Met Your Mother. It’s a great comedy about a man on a mission to find the woman he’s meant to be with. Filled with great performances anchored by the amazing Neil Patrick Harris, this show never gets old. 

  1. Mom

– This is a show I first watched casually on Nick at Nite after Friends ended for the night. My love for the show crept on me, and now it’s one of my favorites. Chronicling the lives of a mother and daughter who are both recovering alcoholics, the show is funny while also touching on important topics in a manner that isn’t preachy, which is hard for shows these days. Allison Janney is the highlight of the program, and won two Emmys for her role. 

  1. The Good Place

– I’ve been rewatching this show with my family recently and have been reminded of just how great it is. While it lags in it’s final two seasons, the first two are amazing, and realizing what the big twist is is a moment you’ll want to relive again and again. 

  1. Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48

– Interested in true crime? This is the show for you! Famed O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark investigates the first 48 hours of famous unsolved crimes. Clark is a great host who genuinely cares about the victims and bringing justice to their killers. And, you don’t need a streaming subscription to enjoy this series! All of the episodes are currently on YouTube for free!


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YOUTUBERS TO BINGE DURING QUARANTINE Thu, 14 May 2020 19:48:26 +0000 I often find myself resorting to YouTube and watching the same videos rather than watching a movie I’ve never seen or a reading book I’ve never read, so here are some of the best:


  1. Stephanie Harlowe

– Stephanie Harlowe is a true crime Youtuber who does in-depth series on everything from serial killers to cults. Harlowe is incredibly detailed in her reporting, and the perfect person to start with if you’re interested in the True Crime side of YouTube.

  1. Watcher

– Helmed by Shane Madej, Ryan Bergara, and Steven Lim, Watcher Entertainment is filled with fun series that are full of laughs. My top recommendation would be their series “Puppet History.”

  1. Be Kind Rewind

– This channel analyzes former Best Actress winners, brilliantly relating their individual stories to the larger narrative of the film industry at the time. It’s always educational, and never boring!

  1. The Take

– If you’re just getting into video essays, this is the best place to start. While I tend to prefer others video essayists, this is a great launching place for anyone interested in dissecting different topics, and informative.

  1. Drew Gooden

– Gooden’s commentary videos are pure gold and he’s always good for a laugh. Whenever he partners up with friend and fellow YouTuber Danny Gonzalez, however, you know things are going to get interesting.


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HOW WILL CORONAVIRUS AFFECT THE 2020 ELECTION? Thu, 14 May 2020 19:43:56 +0000 Many seniors at PHS have recently turned eighteen are preparing to vote in their first ever presidential election.


Coronavirus has obviously complicated these plans, as it has all others, by making the very concept of voting a hazard to an individual’s health.


So, if COVID-19 continues to be as severe as it is now into November, how will it affect the election?


First, the election will proceed as normal, and it is highly unlikely that it will be postponed for any reasons. To postpone the election would set a dangerous precedent, and it’s important to stick to the country’s four year election system. 


What both the Republican and Democratic parties need to make sure to do is ensure that all registered voters can vote in a safe and healthy way. 


Election security has obviously become a big concern in the wake of Russia’s interference in the 2019 election, so what the United States must focus on is providing a way of voting from home or a secluded place that does not leave itself vulnerable to cyber attacks, which will be very difficult. 


The top priority for both the public official and citizen alike is ensuring that voter suppression does not become an issue with this crisis. If the proper precautions are not taken, many voters could feel discouraged or find themselves unable to vote because of extenuating circumstances. 


It’s important that registered voters and responsible citizens make sure that they can vote in the November election. If they find themselves blocked from doing so, there should be proper channels set up to ensure that they can.


To all PHS seniors: remember to register to vote!


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UNDETERRED BY COVID-19, PHS STUDENTS MAKE EVENTS VIRTUAL Thu, 14 May 2020 19:41:33 +0000 The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has turned the world upside down, and high seniors across the country have had to come to terms with the fact that their last year of high school would not end as they had originally planned.


With in-person events impossible at a time like this, PHS students are taking to quarantine and social media to celebrate the events they wish they could have had in person.


Juliet Flanagan, a junior, has been celebrating events like the senior tea and prom with her cousin, senior Jill Cochran. “Although we are in quarantine, we can still celebrate all the events that we have been looking forward to this year. Even though we aren’t able to experience these events in the ‘normal’ way, being in quarantine gives us room to be creative and make high school memories in a non traditional way. I’m a sucker for a good tea party, and if we hadn’t been in quarantine I wouldn’t have gotten to experience Senior Tea with Jill because we are in different grades, so it’s really been a great opportunity for us to make memories together.”


“At this point, I’m not surprised this is happening to our class,” senior Niky Gutierrez wrote in an Instagram caption attached to a photo of her in her cap and gown, “We really got our senior year taken away from us.”


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SENIORS HONORED AT COSTNER STADIUM Thu, 14 May 2020 19:36:47 +0000 Costner Stadium showed appreciation for the graduating seniors who have not been able to enjoy a normal senior year by providing them with a special event on the night of April 23.


Seniors were honored by having their names and pictures shown on the scoreboard, and people were encouraged to drive by to support the seniors. The field lights were also turned on in honor of them. 


People were encouraged to come while also practicing social distancing regulations, with the school asking they remain in their vehicles.

20 TO 20: The baseball field, along with the softball field and Costner Stadium were bright in honor of the class of 2020.
LIGHTS ARE ON; NOBODY HOME: As Pirates drove by the athletic fields, they found the lights on in honor of the senior class of 2020.
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PHS FINISHES THE SCHOOL YEAR ONLINE Thu, 14 May 2020 19:23:25 +0000 The school year has officially come to an end as classes finish on May 4, 2020.


It was the end of an eventful, surprising, and wildly unconventional year in which the last few weeks of school were conducted entirely online. 


Distance learning, as the practice became known, was what PHS faculty and students had to turn to in order to complete their school year.


Google Classroom and Zoom calls were all utilized to make the learning experience as immersive as possible.


Still, distance learning has proven to be a challenge, one that the PHS faculty and students have conquered, but most certainly don’t want to do again.


Fortunately, they won’t. Until further notice, school is expected to resume as normal in August 2020. For the first time, students might find themselves relieved to be learning on campus.


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PHS STUDENT HONORED WITH ARTS RECOGNITION Thu, 14 May 2020 19:16:34 +0000 PHS junior Trista Fassio is being honored with the State Superintendent Award for Arts Excellence in regards to her work in drama and theatre.

Chris Barber, Chair of the Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education and fine arts administrator for Owasso Public Schools, described the award as “the highest accolade by the State of Oklahoma honoring students, teachers and administrators who exemplify arts excellence.”

Fassio is honored to have been recognized, saying: “I’m very excited to be one of the students honored for arts excellence in Oklahoma. The arts sometimes go unnoticed in schools and awards like this help bring visibility to the students who work hard for artistic and academic excellence.”

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OKLAHOMA PROMISE APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR THE YEAR Thu, 14 May 2020 18:55:16 +0000 Each year, Oklahoma Promise provides lucky students with the financial aide to get them through whatever higher education they might seek.


The enroll in the program, your family must meet income requirement, you must be an Oklahoma resident, and you must be enrolled in the eighth, ninth, or tenth grade.


The scholarship will provide students with tuition for colleges based in Oklahoma, and are great opportunities for students who would not otherwise be financially able. 


To see more details, visit:


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QUARANTINE FILM RECOMMENDATIONS Thu, 14 May 2020 18:53:56 +0000 As a film junkie, I’ve found myself using this extra time to get through movies I’ve always wanted to see but never gotten around to. Before I give my recommendations, I would suggest downloading the app Letterboxd, a fun movie review app, to chronicle your film watching during this time. And follow me! (@madelinebrennan)



  • Outbreak (1995)


The Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding Jr.

The Premise: When a dangerous virus threatens the well-being of all humanity, Colonel Sam Daniels (Hoffman) rushes to find the source of the virus and stop it in its tracks, but not without some pushback by those he thought he could trust.

Rating: ⅗ stars

The Review: Though ultimately a cheesy and pretty dated film, I’ve found that films like Outbreak, in which the characters are experiencing a much scarier and dangerous version of what the world is going through now is oddly comforting. Plus, the general campiness of this film provides the viewer with a lot of laughs.



  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)


The Stars: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei

The Premise: Average high schooler Peter Parker finds his world turned upside down when he develops superhuman abilities that make him the Spiderman. Struggling with the mundane everyday tasks of a teenager and the extraordinary responsibilities of a hero, Peter has to learn how to make his own way in the world.

Rating: ⅗ stars

The Review: I like all of the high school scenes but the subplot with Michael Keaton isn’t at all interesting, and wouldn’t Bryan Cranston have made a better choice than Keaton? Outwardly normal suburban dad who’s secretly involved with criminal activity? Come on, Marvel!



  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)


The Stars: Matthew Rhys, Tom Hanks, Chris Cooper

The Premise: An investigative journalist disillusioned with life is assigned to do a fluff piece on Mr. Rogers about heroes. What could possibly go wrong?

The Rating: ⅖ stars

The Review: I want to punch Mr. Rogers in the face. Also, the marketing of the film leads audiences to believe that Mr. Rogers is the leading role; he isn’t. 



  • Rain Man (1988)


The Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise

The Premise: When spoiled rich kid Charlie Babbit discovers he has an austisic savant brother named Raymond after their father’s death, he makes a desperate attempt to get some of the inheritance money that was left entirely to Raymond. Along the way, the brothers form an unbreakable bond.

The Rating:

The Review: This is a delightful film about brotherly love that also manages to be incredibly funny and engaging. While there’s definitely a discussion to be had around the film’s depiction of autism and it’s real life impact, both Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise lead the film with incredible performances. Note: this is in no way, however, an endorsement of known cultist Tom Cruise.



  • Philadelphia (1993)


The Stars: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Antonio Banderas

The Premise: After being unjustly fired from a law firm, AIDS patient/successful attorney Andrew Beckett sues his former coworkers, citing homophobia as the primary reason for this firing. Bringing on a former rival to represent him, Andrew fights for equal rights, and his life.

The Rating:

The Review: A heartwarming film with great performances by Hanks and Washington. The last few minutes were just heartbreaking. You can definitely understand why Hanks won the Oscar for Best Actor.


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