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Archery Team Keeps Their Eye on the Target

The Heavener High School Archery Team is heading to Oklahoma’s state competition in Tulsa at the Expo Square on Thursday the twenty-first. This is the first year Heavener has had an archery team, so it is a bit unclear how the competition will play out, but that is no reason to not remain hopeful.

“I think that we have a few individuals that have a good chance to do well, but there are several on the team that have not practiced much lately and I fear that it might show. I think that the state competition will be fun and will hopefully raise interest in the [archery] program going forward,” Coach Travis Cook remarked. Out of the sixteen-person team, fifteen are going to compete at state. The team admits feelings of unpreparedness due to being moved out of their original practice space in order to make room for spring sports, but they are not letting that dissuade them from performing at their best. After all, to quote Kahlil Gibran, “The archer sees the make upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.” The archery team is focused; they are not going to lay down their arms in response to the daunting task of state competition. The Wolves refuse to leave without a fight.

--Mackenzie Slusser

Slowpitch is in Full Swing

In seven days our slowpitch softball team will be getting the bats and gloves out and in the dugout here in Heavener. The game will be played at the Heavener Lady Wolves softball field on March 4th and will be a match played against the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets. Junior Lillian Smith, when asked if the team is prepared for the first game she said “ we have been working since fastpitch season ended for slowpitch. I think our team has improved since the fastpitch season, but our team is young and we still have a lot of work to do.”

Last year the team had seven players that were seniors. This year there is not one senior playing on the team. Lillian Smith says “ we don’t have any seniors this year, which means we have a whole season to work on improving and we won’t lose any talent.” In the past couple of years, the slowpitch team has made it to the state tournament. In fact, the team received the title of state runners up last season. Lillian Smith is in fact very hopeful that they make it to state yet another time this year.

So mark your calendars and come out and support the Lady Wolves slowpitch team in their first game of the season next week against the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets!

--Gracie Summers

IS IT WORTH IT?: Morphe 35W Palette Review

The Morphe 35W is a palette that I have recently purchased off of the Morphe website. In my opinion, It is a great palette to add to my collection. These eyeshadows are highly pigmented and a little goes a long way. Super soft and easy to blend.

This palette has a sleek black case that holds 35 amazing shadows. It has mattes and shimmer shadows included. The color range also presents a great deal of artistic freedom. You can create a look that is more neutral and wearable, or something dramatic and smokey, or even something with a lot of different colors. The cost of this palette on the website is $24. To me, that is a lot cheaper than most high-end eyeshadow palettes that have almost the same colors, and same quality. After using this palette for over a week now and have done many looks, I can say that is palette is one that I will be using for a while, and will not be giving away.

My overall thoughts of this palette are that it has a great range of colors, with relatively good pigmentation, and is very cheap compared to other palettes that have similar quality of eyeshadows. This palette would be great for different skill levels, whether you are just starting out with makeup, or if you are very experienced and feel comfortable with eyeshadow. I definitely approve of this palette. I am going to say the Morphe 35W is worth the purchase!

--Gracie Summers

Deadlines Suck! Journalism Staff Tells All

We all deal with deadlines in our own unique way. Many people take the somewhat detrimental route that is procrastination. I have a confession to make; I am one of those people. When I get to the crux of the problem, it is that I am stuck in the neverending, unyielding loop that is perfectionism. I want so badly for my assignments (especially those that have to do with writing) to be things that I can be proud of and that I can confidently stand behind. So, I invariably put off working on my assignments until the night before they are due because of the pressure I put on myself. There have been too many late nights and crying jags to count because of my endless ride on the conveyor belt of procrastination. Procrastination seems almost impossible to shake but I will try my hardest to be rid of it, regardless.

Senior and co-editor of the yearbook, Emily Cox, said, “I try to work ahead because I never know what I have going on. I try to have everything done a week before, so the week of the deadline I can go and perfect everything.” To get her creative juices flowing, Emily revealed that she turns to “deep or sad songs” in order to write motivational texts for the yearbook. Senior and co-editor of the yearbook Jaycee White admits that she is a “big procrastinator.” “Once the [creative] juice kicks in, I’m ready to go. I can get it done really fast.” When asked what motivates her, she responded with, “Music. Country music, like Brad Paisley and George Strait; the old-school guys.” Music seems to be the key to motivation among the journalism staff, myself included.

Sophomore Katie Grice states that she has to “get in the zone” when dealing with deadlines. “I do have a bunch of late-night thoughts about it. I’ll be thinking about it and I get ideas about it. It’s like one of those things where it’s like at the moment you can’t think of anything, but then when you’re, like, thinking about it at a different time you know what you want to do.” Creativity ebbs and flows and, for some, it is impossible to complete an assignment in a timely manner because they are waiting for that right idea or angle. There are a few people who simply toe the line that lies between procrastination and good time-management. Balance is definitely a virtue. There are quite a few people who can miraculously achieve balance in many aspects of life, including time-management. Sophomore Keily Brown is one of these people. “I try to get everything done as soon as possible so I’m not super stressed out. It’s very stressful though because I really like being on the newspaper staff but it takes a lot of effort.” We, procrastinators, have something to learn from non-procrastinators. In the end, putting off work that needs to be done causes an inordinate amount of stress. Especially considering that the assignment could have been completed days before the actual date that it was due. Unfortunately, it seems like procrastination turns into an almost unbreakable habit after some time. For health and sanity of mind, I implore you to not join the club of procrastination. Life is not about stress, after all.