Blood Moon over Brenham

On the 15th of April, a “blood moon” was visible over Brenham and much of the Americas as a result of a total lunar eclipse.

During the night, the Moon passed through the southern part of Earth’s umbral shadow (the area opposite where the sun hits, causing a shadow). It peaked just after midnight, around 2 am. The moon left the Earth’s shadow around 3:30 am.

Numerous events were scheduled to observe the events. They were managed by museuems and observatories across America, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia. Notable ones included were hosted online by NASA, Great Basin National Park, the National Park Service, and on two islands of Hawaii sponsored by the University of Hawaii. NASA participated in Question & Answer sessions online at their site, and on Reddit.com.


Animation of the total Lunar eclipse including the moon’s movements and color shifts
Image from the Wikimedia Foundation

United States Army downsizing

Secretary of Defense and former Senator Chuck Hagel has recently announced plans that include the downsizing of the U.S. Army and the entire military to pre-World War II levels.

In correlation to this, the budget for the military will be adjusted accordingly. The total Army will be reduced to roughly 440,000 to 450,000 personnel. It currently has 520,000 personnel. As previously stated, cuts will also be made to other branches, which includes the retirement of U-2 and A-10 aircraft.

At the moment, the U.S. Defence budget is higher than it was during most of the Cold War, during which the U.S. was heavily competing with Russia for superior armed forces. Hagel also stated that it was “a time for reality” after undergoing two costly foreign wars. Republican representative and opponent to reformation Michael Turner stated that cutting the military budget, which is currently 600.4 billion USD (roughly as large as the United States’s 12 closest competitors in defense budget combined) would leave the U.S. militarily vulnerable.


Chuck Hagel speaking about the budget.
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Yesterday, on February 23rd, the 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia, concluded with the closing ceremony.

While the Russian Federation was host to several political controversies, plenty of focus was placed on breathtaking and record-breaking sports. Below is a list of notable events that occurred in Sochi during the Winter Olympics.

  • For the first time, the Olympic Torch was carried off planet Earth to the International Space Station
  • Norwegian biathlete Ole Bjørndalen became the most decorated Winter Olympian in history
  • The Jamaican Bobsleigh team returns after a twelve-year hiatus, also becoming the first to be funded through the use of digital currency
  • Dominica, Tonga, Malta, Paraguay, Togo, Timor-Leste, and Zimbabwe attend the Winter Olympics for the first time
  • World records broken include Alla Tsuper of Belarus scores a record-breaking 99.18 in freestyle skiing, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov break the pair figure skating with 84.17 points, and Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White break the ice dancing record with 195.52 points.


Meryl Davis and Charlie White ice dancing together in Sochi.
Image from the LA Times

FCCLA headed to Region IV meeting

photo (3)The BHS FCCLA is attending the regional meeting in Galveston February 13-15. Members will compete in various STAR events and some will attend as voting delegates or compete for a regional officer position.

Students attending are Addyson Schroeder, Lundy Porter, Olivia Howk, Elizabeth Schulze, Julia Lane, Meg Jahns, Hannah Damon, Whitney Blalock, Shelby Thiel, Marshika Johnson, Jakayala DaBera, Ali Roberts, Claire Hueske, Shelby Olsen, Baylee Leisure, Chesley Rudasill, Alexis Boothe, Kate Wellmann, and Miriam Cangelosi.

Pictured are Miriam Cangelosi, Shelby Olsen, Alexis Boothe, Elizabeth Schulze, Lundy Porter, and Chesley Rudasill.

FCCLA is a national career and technical student organization in family and consumer sciences education. FCCLA gives members the opportunity to become leaders and develop problem solving and decision making skills.

 

FIFA Ballon d’Or – 2013

After having been extended to November 29th, the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or, awards for the top football players and coaches of the year, have completed and been announced.

Cristiano Ronaldo, member of the Order of Prince Henry, forward for the club Real Madrid, and captain of the Portugese national team, was voted as the winner. Since 2009 he has been the highest-paid footballer in history, being paid €21 million per year (after taxes), equivalent to $28,557,900 USD. Other winners were Nadine Angerer for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, Jupp Heynckes for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football, Silvia Neid for FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football, and Jacques Rogge and FIFA Presidential Award.

Cristiano competed against over twenty other competitors for the title, and their countries ranged from Wales to Uruguay to Poland. He was picked as a finalist, and just a few months later, was given one of the highest titles possible for a professional association football player.

Cristiano Ronaldo, winner of the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or playing against Germany at UEFA Euro 2012.
Image from the Wikimedia Foundation

Candice Evans

This year I am a sophomore. I am in FFA and I am a student sports trainer. In FFA I am on the archery team and the wildlife judging team. I am on the yearbook staff and I am also the editor of the school newspaper. I hope this year goes well for me and GO BRENHAM CUBS!
~Your life should not be a game of follow the leader, pave your own path and dance alll over it.~

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