My Thoughts About The Year

This year in Media Production was one of the best classes I’ve ever taken, we learned quite a lot in this class about how to create media. My three favorite things about this class are learning how to edit, being on the announcements (plus not having the emotion of a plank of wood), and being part of/creating skits for the commercials.

Editing is one of the best skills a person can learn when it comes to the film industry. It allows you to take any recording you have and make something great out of it, whether the thing you want to make is epic, terrifying, or just plain funny, editing allows you to create something amazing out of some vary basic footage. However, depending on how creative or crazy you want the final product to be, recording can be a bit awkward and/or time consuming (for example if you want to edit a picture into the final product and point at it, during the recording you’ll be pointing at nothing.

Being on the announcement crew is an amazing experience. What we do is we create a script (or if both you and your partner are willing, your script could just have some notes of what you need to mention and you could improvise the rest), review it and make sure it sounds natural, and then you record (hopefully you don’t sound like a plank of wood), it’s that simple yet it’s rather fun to do.

The last thing i’m going to talk about in this piece of writing or whatever you want to call it is creating skits for our I.R.O.A.R commercials. What we did for this is we would go to a board that has our IROAR definitions and a bunch of general examples for each letter and we would create a skit that shows how to act in that situation.

My year in Media Production was an amazing one and i’m really looking forward to doing this again next year. To anyone whose thinking about whether to join the Media crew next year, I have to say DO IT.

Media Productions Final

Media productions final

            Throughout this semester I learned multiple things in this class, but there are three skills that I learned that I feel like I can use throughout my life. But first the reason that I wanted to be in this class is because my step dad is the owner of snob productions the largest production company that specializes in lighting, audio, video company, and ever since he has come into my life it has interest me to learn how to do the things that he does with his company that is growing at a fast rate.

One of the skills that I learned is how to edit audio and video on a basic level that will at least get me started in that field of work. Thither things I could use that for is I can do small projects on hunting and fishing videos as side projects because that is a huge part of my life I am constantly doing things up in the mountains and I want to show my experiences with others and this class showed me how to add pictures into videos and put music along with it which could be an important skill in my future carrier.

The second skill I learned was how to blog even though I am not very good at it is still something that could come in handy for advertising and getting the word out of my family’s company’s and learn how to put stuff on the web to show what experiences I will be going through in the future.

The most important skill that I learned is how to edit photos and that is because I am interested in photos in the outdoors and I eventually want to continue my brothers and friends small hunting clothing line and do everything I can to get it on a big scale so where we could actually be making a huge prophet out of it and the reason I feel like I need this skill is I want to take our personal hunting experiences and advertise our brand and the animals that we hunt and to do that I need to learn how to put our brand on those photos I take and go and remake our logo out of one of the pictures that I took.

In conclusion I feel like these three skills are the best for me to learn and take out of this class along with the many others that I have learned. These skills are going to help me in my carrier choice no matter what I do I will need to know how to run this software and the computer so I just want to thank Mr. Decker for showing me these skills and teaching me not to be camera shy and to push me to work harder.



Video Media Productions Final

Video Media Final

Throughout school I’ve asked the same question many times, “When am I ever going to use this in my life.” This question usually pertains to math or science, because I’m never going to have to use the Pythagorean theorem to figure out how much to tip a waiter,(there’s a calculator on my phone,) and there’s no way I’m smart enough to be any sort of scientist. Even though most things I’ve learned in school won’t matter in a few years, I feel that I’ve learned very valuable skilled in the Video Media Productions class.

The first valuable skill I learned was how to video edit and how to add audio to make mini movies and commercials. In today’s world, technology is vastly used to advertise products being sold and to entertain people all over the world. By learning how to edit videos, there’s many things I could do when I go into the work force. I could start designing my own products and make commercials for them using the skills I’ve learned. I could start making entertaining videos and posting them on the internet. I could make videos on awareness of a topic that I feel needs attention. The amount of things I could do just from learning how to video edit is almost endless. Especially right now, with technology being how many people are reached throughout the world.

Another valuable skill I learned was how to use Photoshop. Like I said in the last paragraph, many people are reached through technology and advertisements. By knowing how to Photoshop, I could design billboards or flyers for a company trying to promote their product. I could also design sports teams’ logos or a company’s custom logos. I could design book cover for authors, make poster of famous people that kids hang in their room. The amount of knowledge I’ve gained using Photoshop and the wide use it was in today’s world could really help me when I decide what career I want to pursue on the future.

The last skill I’m going to mention, and it’s as vital as the two before, is working in a group. I’m going to work in groups my whole life, so to have already been exposed to it, and learning how to do it will benefit me, when I have occupations that involve group work. Several jobs, well, almost every job requires some type of group work on some portion of the project. If you “can’t” work with other people, the likeliness of the project being subpar is high because few ideas are being shared and listened to and eventually no one will want to work on the project. Being able to work in groups can help you do things more precisely than if you’re working by yourself. Being able to work adequately with a team or a group of people is an easy skill to obtain. If you learn how to do it, it will help you with future tasks.

Overall, being in Video Media Productions was a great experience where I learned several valuable skills that I will one day use. I would recommend this class to anyone who has an interest in technology, broadcasting, commercials, or video creating. Video Media production was a useful class and helpful class. I learned a lot from it that will benefit me as I move through life.

Kanye West

        There’s always a lot of arguments about hip-hop and rap legends. Who deserves to be titled the G.O.A.T.? Many hip-hop and rap artists are very successful and I don’t think you can talk about the greatest rapper of all time without considering Kanye West.

          Kanye has come out with many albums during his career, the most recent being, “The Life of Pablo.” This is probably the best album that Yeezy has released. The flow, style and lyrics of the songs featured in this album are very unique and give a bit of insight into the life of Kanye. This album had several thousand digital downloads and is predicted to be number one on the Billboard top 200.

However, this isn’t his first album that’s been number one on the Billboard top 200. His albums, “Graduation,” selling 957,000 copies in the first week, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” which won a grammy award for best rap album, “Watch the Throne,” a collaboration with Jay-Z, which received seven grammy nominations and was certified to be platinum, and “Yeezus,” which received two grammy nominations for best rap album, are among a few of the reasons why Kanye West should be seen highly when talking about Legendary rappers. He clearly knows what the people want, having several grammy nominations and several number one albums.

Kanye has accomplished so much in his rap career, more than a lot of other rappers his age. Even though the media may make him look bad sometimes by making up fake stories and false accusations, all the feats he has accomplished throughout his career can’t go unnoticed. He put hours of work into his albums and got the recognition he deserved. He may be 39 years old, but I’m sure he’s got more planned for the future.




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Roger Federer: The Greatest

Throughout the history of tennis there has never been a player as great as the man, the myth, the legend, Roger Federer. With Eighteen grand slam titles, and nineteen years of dominance over every player on the ATP tour, it is without question that Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player of all time.

He was man who the ATP never saw coming. Roger Federer started his tennis career in Basel, Switzerland, where he was born. He took on the sport easily and started playing when he was eight years old. After three years he was among the top three in Switzerland and after three more years, He was crowned the national champion in Switzerland. At eighteen years old, Roger turned pro.

Federer’s dominance was early to come when he knocked out the reigning number one player in the world, Pete Sampras in 2001. In 2003, Roger won his first grand slam (which most players work their entire life to be a victor of a slam) at the age of 22. This was only the spark of Roger’s wildfire supremacy. Following Wimbledon, Federer’s momentum was not thwarted when he was crowned the champion of the US open, The Australian Open, and he defended his title at Wimbledon. In all of his historic career, Roger Federer won 18 Grand Slam titles, which is the most by any male tennis player in history.

Roger Federer holds the Grand Slam record of all time for a reason. Most tennis players are not pretty. Their shots sometimes look awkward or not intentional even at the pro level. Fed takes this principal and shatters it with his smooth play. His elegance is inspiring to witness and it looks effortless. He pushes himself over any other player and has never retired a match. Also, there isn’t any other player from any era that has a one-handed backhand as smooth and powerful as Roger. Nobody can match the craftsmanship he has with a yellow fuzzy ball and a graphite Wilson Pro Staff RF97. With his cyborg-like rhythm, Roger broke another record while going 105 points without a single error. The most elegant player of all time definitely has correlation to be the greatest player of all time.

The Swiss Maestro is considered the greatest of all time because of his dynasty of his rule over the professional tour. Federer holds the record for the number of weeks he has been ranked number one in the world and this record is 302 weeks. And of course, he also holds the record for the number of consecutive weeks ranked number one in the world, which is 237. Roger’s dominance is nothing to be taken lightly. Six years without dropping a ranking is GOAT criteria without a doubt.

From the moment he stepped on the court in Gstaad, Switzerland for his first professional match, to January 29th 2017 when he won his 18th grand slam at the Australian Open, Roger Federer has shocked humanity with his skill and determination. Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player of all time.


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The Ship of Dreams


She was said to be the “the Ship of Dreams” and from the minute she departed from South Hampton on her maiden voyage, The RMS Titanic has been considered one of most magnificent passenger liners in human history. Piloted by Captain Edward J. Smith, the Titanic left a mark on history in many ways.

Her maiden voyage officially started on April 2, 1912. The Titanic sailed to Cherbourg, France and then Queenstown, Ireland to pick up all of its passengers for the journey across the Atlantic Ocean. The “unsinkable” Titanic arrived in Queenstown on April 10th, and the last day she saw land was Thursday, April 11. The Titanic left Queenstown and departed for New York City at 1:30 PM after loading her docks with 2,223 people aboard, awaiting their ultimate doom.

The Titanic was years ahead of its time, yet it lacked many of the ideal safety features we have today. On the gelid fifth night of her voyage, the atmosphere on the ship was altered dramatically. The ship had six guards on lookout in the crow’s nest of the ship; their main purpose was to keep watch for icebergs. Fredrick Fleet was the guard on the crow’s nest. His 11 o’clock shift was minutes from being over and there seemed to be no problems. Titanic cut through the waves like butter, at a speed of 22 knots. At 11:40 PM a loud scream broke the silence that night, “Iceberg right ahead!” and the message was passed on by mouth all the way to the bridge. Captain Smith was sleeping at the time, but received a very alarming awakening with the news of his ship colliding with a 100 feet tall iceberg.

The ship of dreams that was said to be “unsinkable”, but it crashed into the iceberg leaving a 200 foot gash into the hull of the ship. She began to take on twenty-eight degree Fahrenheit water. The freezing water flooded five of the compartments near the bottom of the ship. Sadly, the Titanic was equipped with only twenty lifeboats, which only has the capacity to hold half of the passengers on the ship. Captain Smith and the crew tried to keep everyone calm and they didn’t think the ship was going to sink but after about thirty minutes of analyzing the situation they knew that Titanic was not going to see land again. They started by filling the lifeboats with women and children first class passengers. The 2nd and 3rd class passengers had to wait until all of the first class was on the boats before they could go to the top deck of the ship and board the lifeboats. During the three hours of chaos, the crew had to fend off men and lower class passengers from boarding the lifeboats.

The Titanic broke into two pieces as the pressure of the water was too much for the ship to handle. At the time that the ship went down, there was 1,517 people who went down with it and died, either drowning or freezing to death. Only 706 people survived the sinking of the Titanic and there could have been so many more. The ship had the capacity to hold 64 lifeboats and the crew only took 20 because it “looked better” aesthetically. The RMS Carpathia arrived at 4:00 AM and brought aboard all of the lifeboats they found which took four hours. After three days, the Carpathia arrived with the 706 survivors in New York.

Although this disaster was nobody’s fault, there could have been so many more lives saved. The first life boat that was launched held 12 people, with the capacity to hold 65. Only 31% of the people on the Titanic survived and 61% of those passengers were first class. 23% of third class passengers survived and 42% of standard class survived. In this disaster, we can not go back in time to fix what has been done, but we can learn from it. No life is worth more than another. As Titanic lies at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean its legacy lives on, forever.


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The Yeezy Boost is the most sought after shoe in the world, selling out almost immediately after their release. The master mind behind these shoes is 39 year old, Atlanta native and multimillion dollar rap star, Kanye West. I’m sure you know what Yeezy’s are, anyone who knows even minimal about shoes or Kanye West knows that these shoes are very expensive and hard to obtain due to rapid selling out and the limited number of models made.  Kanye has created many different color ways and designs, but where did it all start? How did the price of Yeezy’s overtake the price of retro Jordan’s? How did “Yeezy jump over jumpman?”

When you think of Yeezy’s you probably think of the brand Adidas, however the first shoe released by Kanye was a collaboration with Bape, a Japanese clothing line. The shoe was the Bape signature “Bapesta” and feature Kanye West’s “Drop out Bear” a signature logo from his earlier albums. The shoe was released in 2007, in very limited quantities, and they still remain elusive to this day.

His next two releases came in 2009, but he had switched from the company “Bape” to the high end company “Louis Vuitton,” and the athletic company, “Nike.” The shoes was named “Louis Vuitton Don” and the “Air Yeezy One.” Each had three colorways, and were very expensive. The “Louis Vuitton Don” sold out fairly quickly, but the “Air Yeezy One” took more time than expected for Kanye fans to buy the shoe, however others were excited about the release. The “Louis Vuitton Don” costs between 990 and 1,140 dollars, while the “Air Yeezy One” costs around 215 dollars when released, but since the number of models made was so low, they now resell for around 1,000 dollars.

Kanye’s next release didn’t come until 2012, where he released the second version of the shoe “Air Yeezy” and as you can probably guess, it was called the “Air Yeezy Two.” These were his best shoes yet, being worn by NBA athletes and A-list celebrities on the red carpet. The shoe sold out quickly, only costing 245 dollars, but just like the “Air Yeezy One,” there was limited models made, bring the resell price of the shoe much higher than the original price. Three colorways of this shoe were released, two coming in 2012 and one releasing in 2014, due to Yeezy’s departing with Nike, and transitioning to Adidas.


When Kanye first collaborated with Adidas, they celebrated the partnership by releasing the “Yeezy Boost 750.” This shoe showed more creative freedom from Kanye, which is the reason many believed that he departed from Nike. The first released of this shoe happened in October of 2016. This shoe is still pricey, but is more common than his previously released shoes. Before the “Yeezy Boost 750” the “Yeezy Boost 350,” was released in the summer of 2015. The “750’s” costed about 350 dollars, and came in three colorways. The “350’s” costed about 220 dollars, and came in 9 colorways, releasing in two separated versions. The second version having “Supply 350” on the side. Both types of shoes resell for around 1,200 dollars on sites like Flight Club and Stock X.



Kanye has had a very successful career as a rapper and as a shoe designer. He’s made a lot of designs and colorways and I’m sure more will be released in the future. I hope I can get my hands on a pair, only if I had a thousand dollars. Maybe I’ll try and cop the next Yeezy release.


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Mr. Steve Cooper

High school can be very mundane at times, but one teacher who always makes everything a little bit more exciting, while adding humor by using his favorite word, “Pinhead” is Mr. Steve Cooper.

Mr. Cooper is currently sixty years old, and is a physical education teacher at the Fruita 8/9, in Fruita, Colorado. Although he lives there now, Mr. Cooper, or “Coop” as some people call him, was born in Rifle, Colorado in 1957. Growing up, he went to Rifle Junior High and then Rifle High School where he played football, basketball, and baseball. He described himself as an average student, “Dead center average,” is what he told me. He graduated from Rifle High in 1975, and went to many colleges prior to his graduation.

After Mr. Cooper graduated from high school, he attended several colleges, including Colorado State University, Abilene University, and Colorado Mesa University, formally known as Mesa State. He majored in selective studies, with a physical education emphasis. He minored in history and taught social studies, before physical education.

Throughout Coop’s life, he’s had many interesting jobs outside of teaching. He worked for the city rec department in Rifle, the trash service in Rifle, he worked on an oil shell, and was also the JV football coach at Rifle high.

Even though Coop is older than most people still in the work force, he still finds time outside of work to do things he’s passionate about. Hunting, fishing, gardening and shooting are the main things he likes to do in his off time. Coop is married, and has one twelve year old son.

Mr. Steve Cooper is a great person to be around, always making jokes that make everyone laugh, calling that kids who never listens a pinhead, waving hello to you in the morning as you’re walking down the hallway. He’s very old school and likes to keep his classes strict, but still allow the freedom to have fun. You definitely want to stay on his good side, or one day you might hear, “Hey pinhead,” and think, crap he’s talking to me.



Taking a high school level class of any category is difficult and challenging, but the right teacher could turn a painful class into an enjoyable one. Ethan Johnson is one of those teachers.

Mr. Johnson was born in Michigan with very little memory of his time there, as he moved to Grand Junction, Colorado for his parents work. He enjoyed his childhood playing lots of sports and achieving excellence in his school work. Ethan has always been the creative type; Art was his favorite subject in school and he also attended art club.

From art, to soccer, to NHS, Mr. Johnson was a very well rounded student. He attended Grand Junction High School in 2004. During his freshman year, he played Varsity soccer for the high school. Throughout his high school career, Ethan played Varsity soccer, making it to state twice, and he was a captain for the team his junior and his senior year. Mr. Johnson graduated in 2008 with a 3.9 GPA.

For Mr. Johnson, high school wasn’t the end of his passion for soccer. He got a scholarship from Colorado Mesa University to play division two soccer. This was a very impressive feat by continuing his soccer to the next level. He played soccer throughout his studies at CMU, and did a very good job balancing his difficult classes with the busy schedule of a college athlete. Mr. Johnson graduated in 2014 with a degree in Art education.

If you looked at Ethan Johnson’s résumé you would see that he worked at Pablo’s Pizza in Grand Junction, and he also worked at multiple Romanian food vendors. His commitment was put to the test during this time because he had a very busy schedule with schoolwork, his jobs and also soccer, clubs, and he still needed time to summon all of the energy left over and direct it towards his art. After college, Mr. Johnson applied for a job here at Fruita 8/9 and began his career as an art teacher. Mr. Johnson also didn’t leave his soccer passion behind. He is also the boys’ varsity coach at FMHS and the Girls Varsity coach at Central HS.

Overall, Mr. Johnson has grown a lot from the boy he was in Michigan. The biggest obstacle that Mr. Johnson has overcome to get where he is today was surprisingly, his confidence. Mr. Johnson pushed himself going out of his comfort zone, by being confident and putting himself out there. By doing this, he achieved greatness in academics, athletics, and his hobbies. I believe it’s safe to say that confidence was Mr. Johnson’s biggest obstacle, but is now the root of his success.

2017 NFL DRAFT… Who will be picked??

2017 NFL DRAFT, who will be picked?

It’s that time of year again, every College Football players dream, and often the NFL fans favorite day of the year. Yes, I’m talking about the 2017 NFL Draft. College football players go through a grueling couple month process that shows their determination and work ethic. They start with having a great season and proving they are good enough players to get NFL coaches attention. If they are lucky enough to do this, they might get invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Here they show off their skills, and get rated on their abilities. After they prove their good enough to get a good rating they participate in their Colleges Pro Day which is like the NFL Combine, but with more focus on the individual player. All this hard work and they are still not guaranteed to get drafted./ The NFL Draft has 7 rounds with a pick for every team in each round, still making it hard to get drafted because only the top 200 or so players get drafted leaving over 1000 unsigned players crushed of their dream. In this article we will look at the Top 10 picks and what these teams are looking for.

`The first thing to talk about is what position each top 10 team is looking for. The first team is the Cleveland Browns, they are a team with a struggling future who are always looking for a star player to take the team to new heights. This year they will be looking for either a star player on defensive line, or a star running back or quarterback. The next pick up is the San Fran 49ers. They are a dent team however they lack a good defense to take them to new heights. This is who I look for them to draft with this pick. After them is the Chicago Bears, although they have a good offense they lack a stellar defensive back. They will look deep into the Safety position to pick the perfect candidate for this selection. Next up will be the Jacksonville Jaguars, they are a star studded team but haven’t performed well in recent years. This pick will be hard to predict, but I’m thinking they will draft a defensive lineman with this pick. Coming up next is a young team with promising talent, the Tennessee Titans. They are a good team all around, but  I am thinking they will be bold and draft a wide receiver with this pick.

Coming in with the 6th pick, is the New York Jets. They have had a couple good seasons in recent years, but lack a star player to carry them to the playoffs. With this pick they will get a running back. After the old but always good Jets is the LA Chargers. They have been sliding downhill in recent years, and are desperate for a good defensive linemen, so I expect them to get a big D-Lineman with this pick. Next to the podium after the new city LA Chargers is the former NFC Champion Carolina Panthers. After a disappointing season, with this pick they need a talented Offensive Lineman to keep their greatest player healthy, Cam Newton. Next after the disappointed Panthers is the Cincinnati Bengals. They are a great overall team, however they are lacking a good running back. Rounding out the top ten is the Buffalo Bills. They have had some great teams over the years, however right now they are in desperate need of an Offensive Lineman.

Now to the best part, the players who are getting drafted, I have predicted the positions, now here is the players getting picked. With the first pick, I have Myles Garrett being taken as a no brainer with the first pick. With the second pick I have a surprise, and I have a surprise pick, Malik Hooker from Ohio State. And with maybe my most surprising prediction yet, I have Jonathan Allen from Alabama being taken 3rd.  Coming in with the 4th I have Jamal Adams from LSU being taken. Coming I with the 5th I have the Titans drafting Corey Davis from Western Michigan. Right behind him at number 6, I have the Jets taking arguably the best player in the draft, Leonard Fournette. After this, I have the Chargers taking Marshon Lattimore from Ohio State. And at the 8th pick I have Takkarist McKinley being chosen. Coming in at the 9th I have Dalvin Cook getting scooped up by the Bengals. And last but not least, coming in at #10 I have Forrest Lamp being taken to fill the Offensive Line position.

In all the NFL Draft is always a big deal and you can expect it to be a great event as always. The teams in the top ten will get great players who will fill the voids in their teams. Surprisingly enough this year, I don’t have any player being a bust… Every player in the first round of the draft seems to be able to make an immediate impact on their team. Thanks for reading and I hope you learned something.

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