The big fish tank

Story by: Emme Longman, staff writer
Photos by: Zoe Jenkins, staff photographer


The Newport Aquarium was an adventure that I had been looking forward to since I traveled to Cincinnati in the sixth grade. On the trip, students were allowed only an hour to look at the entire museum, which was not long enough for me. Luckily, my family and I were able to find time to go during spring break, and I had no idea what I was in for.

The first sight when we walked in was children, heaps of little children, screaming and running around frantically. While the aquarium is a beautiful place, it is also crowded and a popular field trip spot. If the visitor prefers a less crowded place that is peaceful and calm, Newport is not the place to travel to.

The aquarium has numerous fish exhibits, but some of them are very unappealing to my eyes. They were dirty, murky and filled with bits of fish food. When looking into the exhibit, the fish were sometimes not visible because of all of the dirty-looking water in the tank.

The aquarium in general was more on the smaller side. Also, it felt a little bit cramped when full of visitors, especially when the exhibit was filled with elementary children on a field trip. They did not know what the phrase “personal space.” When the aquarium is crowded, it gives a sense of being rushed, and can be difficult to explore the exhibit.

Once the aquarium cleared up and was less crowded, it was a sight to see. The inhabitants in the exhibits were exotic. When I did not feel crowded, I felt like I had more time to really appreciate the exhibits and see more of the aquarium.  

“My favorite part about Newport aquarium is seeing animals that aren’t in Indiana,” Ava Hampton, 9.

jellyfishAnother positive part of the aquarium is that it is truly beautiful. Walking under the tunnels full of fish swimming around is something that never gets old, and gives the visitors such a feeling of excitement. Also, the jellyfish exhibit is beautiful and is one of the more exciting parts of the aquarium. It is dimly lit, and the tanks are displayed in blue light, which made their clear or light pink color stand out more.

“If I went to an aquarium I would be most excited to see the sharks,” Gabi Sternari, 9.

There were plenty of exotic sharks and exciting stingray. One of the newer exhibits is a shark walk, where the visitors got to walk over a shark tank, covered by a bridge. It was something that a normal person does not get the chance to do every day, and gives a very exhilarating feeling.

Overall, Newport Aquarium is a great place to go on vacation and see sights that are not something that are seen every day. It is a beautiful place to explore exotic creatures and learn a little about them too


The happiest place on earth

Story by: Dakota Fisher, Sports Editor
Photos by: Dakota Fisher, Sports Editor

Disneyland castle

Disneyland California, which ranks in the top 10 best amusement parks in America, contains over 80 different attractions. Thousands upon thousands of people are in attendance each year and on Friday February 12, 2016, I was one of them.

Disneyland entranceUpon arrival, bags are checked and metal detectors are used to insure safety, but as soon as guests pass the security checkpoint the magic begins. To enter the park, guests pass under a bridge with a plaque (see left)  that reads “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy,” which is a nod to two of the lands within the park, Tomorrowland and Fantasy Land. Tomorrowland was my  favorite of the two.

The park itself is easy to manage; however, a map is recommended as the sea of people can make travel a little more challenging.

The Star Tours ride in Tomorrowland was by far my favorite attraction. Star Tours is a 4D Star Wars experience that races through the depths of space and takes riders through deadly, high speed chases while weaving in and out of asteroid fields and running from the infamous Boba Fett.Disneyland cars

Another highlight of Tomorrowland was the Jedi Training. As a 16 year old,
I was not eligible to participate; however, watching the performance of the “New Jedi” was absolutely adorable.

One of the most magical things that happened in the 14 hours I was at the park was
the night parade. Each character paraded down Main Street accompanied by incredible dancers and each character rode on a float of their own with music. The characters were so cute and energetic that it was impossible to get bored.

I can definitely see myself visiting Disneyland again in the very near future and experiencing the magic over and over again.