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Rare Disease Day  By: Tyler Marteney

This world unfortunately has many diseases, with some being rarer that others. Fortunately for people with rarer ones, there is a day to celebrate them, being called Rare Disease Day. Rare Disease Day takes place on the twenty-ninth of February, which only happens on leap year once every four years. To respect the people with  diseases, we first have to know what a rare disease is. A rare disease is a disease that infects fewer than one in two-thousand people. There are roughly three-hundred-million people who have rare diseases, which doesn’t seem like much, but that is only about 0.000375% of people. With these rare diseases, about seventy-two percent of them are genetic, and seventy percent of them start in childhood. This day is unfortunately not very well known, and when it first started in 2008 only eighteen countries celebrated it. Things for this day are getting better, with petitions for it to be celebrated, and it’s now being celebrated in over one-hundred countries.

 Groundhog Day and Its History

By: Tyler Marteney 

What is Groundhog Day?

Groundhog Day is a small holiday celebrated in the U.S. and Canada, but what is it? Some of you readers may already know, but it is a relatively simple holiday. Every year on Groundhog Day, a groundhog comes out of its hole, and if it sees its shadow, then winter will last six more weeks. If it doesn’t see its shadow, then it will be as normal, with winter over.

                                                                                        Picture of the current groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil

How did it come to be?

After hearing about the wacky holiday that is Groundhog Day,  you might be wondering how it came to be. Pennsylvanian immigrants from Germany came over, and brought their traditions with. The Germans had a tradition of marking February 2nd as “Badger Day”, where similarly, if a badger came out of its den on a sunny day and casted a shadow, then there would be four more weeks of winter, whereas ours has six weeks. Groundhog Day was first observed within German communities in Pennsylvania around the 1840’s.

In conclusion, Groundhog Day is a charming little holiday celebrated in the U.S. and Canada, it traces its roots back to Germany, and a groundhog predicts the weather. This quirky little holiday started in the 1840’s and is still going on to this day. Hopefully this goofy little holiday keeps on going well into the future.

By: Sarah Skinner

Super Bowl

The Fifty Eighth Super Bowl in Las Vegas was an interesting game played by the San Fansico 49ers and the Kanas City Cheifs. The 49ers started off with a strong start in the first quarter leading. The 49ers were still leading 10-3 going into halftime. Usher led the halftime performance singing a mashup of his songs. Usher was joined by Alicia Keys, Jermaine Dupri, H.E.R, Lil Jon, Ludacris, and Will.i.Am. The Cheifs caught up to the 49ers during the third quarter leading 13 to 10. The game went into overtime with the Cheifs and 49ers had a tied score and went into overtime. In the last six seconds of the game the Cheifs scored and the score was 25 to 22. The Cheifs won the Fifty Eighth Super Bowl in Las Vegas. 

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