Tailgating: Why’s it so great?

Looking ahead at the upcoming NFL season has many excited and presents the opportunity to tailgate on each and every Sunday before your favorite team kicks off. Once Sunday rolls around it’s time to break out the coolers, grills and team jerseys. If you have attended a football game whether it’s at the high school, college or professional level, you know that tailgating is a large part of pre-game.
Although nobody really knows where tailgating originated from, it has evolved over the years. The past few years, tailgating has consisted of going to the game, setting up your grills, filling coolers with cold drinks and wearing your favorite team apparel. Some activities you can do before the game are a game of catch and bean bag toss.

To some, tailgating is the most fun part of going to the game. This may be because you can hang out, drink your favorite soda and eat your favorite junk foods. Not only before the game can you eat, drink and hang out but at the same time you can support your favorite team.

Food is the aspect of tailgating people usually enjoy the most. Some of the most common foods consumed while tailgating include barbecue, buffalo wings, Cincinnati chili, New England clam chowder and Philly cheesesteaks. These delicious meals originate from cities and regions and are not limited to just those areas.

Even though you may not fit into all of these statistics they are certainly eye-opening. The most common age of tailgaters is ages 25-44. Two out of every five fans spends greater than $500 over the course of the season tailgating. Some fans go so far as to customize their cars and other vehicles to their team colors with logos, flags, and stickers.

Some argue whether they prefer tailgating at an NFL game of at a college football game. It all depends on age because NFL fans are generally older than college fans because their usually more restricted in what they can participate in.

Not only does tailgating vary from level to level but it varies from sport to sport. A popular sport for tailgating other than football is NASCAR. According to zeroto60times.com, the most common age for NASCAR is 25-54 years old. This is greater than 60 percent of all NASCAR tailgaters. The top five tailgating spots for NASCAR across the country include Pocono Raceway, Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Motor Speedway.

Some negative aspects of tailgating are that it can get out of hand due to the fans anxious or fans having too much to drink. This can lead to vandalism and other types of damage. Usually stadium officials and workers can control the environment and keep it safe for all members.

Tailgating is one of the best ways to spend your time before you watch your favorite team battle against their opponent. You get to eat, drink and play games with fellow fans. Tailgating creates an atmosphere like no other and will continue to evolve as the needs of fans does as well.

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Rachael Blaine

Hello everyone! My name is Rachael Blaine, and I’m a sophomore at Northeastern High School. I’m so excited to be able to write for the Teen Takeover program!

Being able to work with the awesome people at YDR is such an honor to me. Most of my life consists of writing – along with the occasional band practice – so I’m thrilled to be able to share some of it with other writers/those who read this blog. I would love nothing more than to be able to sit at home all day and write, but between school, band, and having the attention span of a fish, that’s not always possible. Despite that, I’ve managed to write a few stories myself, as my dream would to one day become a published author.

I have a slight addiction to music; you’ll almost never see me without my iPod. I’m in my school’s special chorus group. Outside of school, my other hobbies are collecting pens, crocheting/knitting, and aimlessly wasting any free time I have on the internet.

Well, that’s a short summary of myself; I’m much better at writing about things other than myself. I can’t wait to get some of my other writings out there!

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George Mason University

This summer, amidst doing homework for my AP classes and playing tennis, I had the pleasure of going on a few college visits. One such visit was to the home of the Patriots, George Mason University.

Located in suburban Fairfax, Virginia, about 21 miles outside of Washington D.C., George Mason University is a large, public university that houses roughly 22,000 undergraduate students on-campus. However, despite the large number of undergraduate students, the student-to-faculty ratio at GMU is 15:1 and the average class size, excluding some the required general education courses, ranges from 25 to 30 students. Continue reading “George Mason University” »

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What senioritis does to prepare you for the future

Senior year is that most mystical time of a young person’s life where they walk into a school on day one and realize that they’re less willing to do work than they were on the last day of last year.

But it’s not just some attitude the poor kid discovered. It’s something that comes with the sober realization that school is legitimately just 12 years of your life, a 12-year segment that’s reaching an end.

12 years is a long time when you stick it right at the beginning of everybody’s life, and so it’s understandable that, mired in the middle of tenth grade, school sounds like a synonym for life.

But by senior year a cataclysmic change in the status quo is upon you. You’ll either adapt or die. How do you prepare? Senioritis.

What’s senioritis do for people other than breed complacency, you ask? Well –

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Summer jobs at summer camp

A typical teenage summer can be comprised of lazy days relaxing pool side, hanging out with friends and de-stressing from the hectic grind of the school year. But those days spent soaking up the sun can be quickly darkened by the empty pit of a wallet. And when parents stop funding those spur-of-the-moment shopping trips or annual Friday night movie theater visits, the only choice left is to start applying for the oh-so-dreaded summer job which will inevitably conflict with family vacations or plans with friends.

With this new added stress and the reconstruction of an already complicated social life, it’s easy to think back to previous summers that had been spent in a much simpler way, maybe due to a beloved summer camp. Back then, there was no need for a job or money, summer was solely reserved for nature, friends and adventure. Growing up has a way of making those yearly trips become distant memories. But they don’t have to be.

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Is Homecoming just ‘not your thing’? Here are five alternatives.

School dances…they’re not for everyone. Expensive dresses, itchy suits, and a room full of teenagers dancing to bass-heavy pop music can be a headache. “I’m not one for school dances. They’re kind of awkward.” said Freyja Shepard, a sophomore at Northeastern High School.

However, no one wants to sit at home alone while all their friends are having the time of their lives. What should I do? You might ask.

Well, you’ve come to the right place. After talking with several students at my school, I’ve discovered that the average teen, male and female alike, spend anywhere in the range of $40 to $200 on homecoming. With that said, below is a compilation of things you could do this fall that you could spend the same amount of money (or less!) on instead of dresses and tickets.


1. Why dance when you can mosh?
There are many big concerts coming up this October, and there’s a variety of music types to suit nearly anyone, including music from Bastille and Demi Lovato & Christina Perry. There’s also Self Help Fest, a music festival featuring bands such as A Day to Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, The Wonder Years, and many others.
Katlyn Breen, a junior at Northeastern High School, even turned down invitations to Homecoming to attend Self Help Fest. “I don’t like to dance and don’t feel the need or want to spend large amounts of money on a dress. Plus, music festivals are super fun!” she said in an email.

2.  ‘The Maze Runner,’ anyone?
Imagine this: you and a group of friends go to the movies on homecoming night. Walking into the lobby, there’s practically no line to get popcorn and the theater your movie is playing in is totally empty besides your posse. You have your choice of seats and when there’s a major plot twist, you don’t have to worry about keeping quiet. Also, considering that the experience of going to a movie costs considerably less than that of Homecoming, you could find anywhere from $20 to $80 extra in your pocket. “I would rather go to the movies with my friends,” said Stevie Winter, also a junior at Northeastern. “I have a lot more fun at the movies than at dances.”

3. Treat yourself.
Sometimes the stress of school, jobs, friendship drama, and extracurricular activities can be overwhelming. Homecoming can be the perfect excuse to take a night off from everything and indulge in a bit of me-time. Most drugstores and grocery stores sell some sort of home spa treatment for a decent amount of money. Or, if you feel extra creative, there are countless remedies and treatments using common household items to experiment with after a quick Google search.
However, if beauty care isn’t the way you’d imagine spending your night, you could buy that food that your house never seems to have enough of or get that new video game that you’ve been dying to get your hands on and spend your homecoming night comfortably in bed and not have to worry about getting blisters from those horrible dress shoes and heels.

4. Help others treat themselves.
Ever tried a Service Saturday? Now’s your chance! Grab a group of friends and get to work! There’s so many places in York to help. For example, the York Rescue Mission is a great place to start. Those that work there are more than willing to take anyone who can help. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t help out an organization, though! Write kind or encouraging notes on index cards and hand them out in your neighborhood or town. Have a mini carnival for the kids in your area. Even something as simple as a picnic at the park open to everyone can be a blast. This also opens you up to meeting new people and making friends of all ages.

5. DIY Homecoming!
You can dance to music you actually like with people you’re actually friends with. The same amount of money it takes to simply get a Homecoming ticket could buy you enough food and drink for at least 10 people. Using free apps on your phone like Pandora and Spotify, you can be your own DJ. Not to mention that being off of school property enables you to be able to do tons of things that may violate school rules, like wearing any clothes you want.


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What you need to know about the protests in Ferguson

The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed when shot and killed by a Ferguson, Mo. police officer, has sparked national outcry and protests by people who believe Brown, an African-American, was killed from alleged racial discrimination

These protests began shortly after Aug. 9, when Officer Darren Wilson, driving his squad car, asked Brown, and his friend, to stop walking. During the confrontation, reports say Brown ran at the officer at which point Wilson, according to pending investigation, shot him six times.

Brown’s case is not the first death to occur out of alleged prejudice in the past few years. Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager who was shot by George Zimmerman in 2012, also caused a media debate that racial bigotry was still strongly evident in the United States.

Through a trial, Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter which caused even stronger controversy over inequality. With Brown’s case proceeding before a grand jury, people are taking to the streets demanding that this time justice be served.

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Madison White

Hello blog readers! My name is Madison White, and I am a junior at William Penn Senior High School. I am one of the new Teen Takeover blog writers too! It feels awesome to be able to type that!

Anyway, my interest in journalism stems from my love for writing. I am always carrying a notebook with me, just so I can jot down story ideas. In school, I am one of the best writers in my class. My writing pieces are well thought out and properly detailed. Although most of the time I only write for my own pleasure, I am ecstatic that I will be able to share my work with you! I will write about daily life through the teenagers point of view. From balancing work and school, to the reaction of a Fangirl who just saw the “love of her life” in concert, I will write about it all.

My hobbies consist of reading, listening to music, art, and school. Reading lets me escape daily life, and travel to different worlds. Music and art provide the same escape. My taste in music is extremely varied, meaning I don’t have a favorite genre, but my all-time favorite band is 5 Seconds Of Summer. School is a hobby, because I absolutely love it! I am a participant in student council, and yearbook. I plan on continuing my education by hopefully going to college in New York. I would double-major in English and History. My dream job is to become a book publisher.

So, that’s me. I am super stoked to have this opportunity with Teen Takeover! This is going to one of the best experiences of my life! Let’s get this party started!

P.S. I am leaving you will my favorite inspirational quote,

“Shoot for the moon, because even if you fall, you will land among the stars.” -Les Brown



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Seven fun things to do and see in Washington, D.C.


The Washington Monument

The Washington Monument

This summer was my first trip to Washington D.C. for the United States Junior National AAU basketball championships. The tournament was held at the Washington D.C Convention Center. There were more than 200 teams playing on 30 courts. Basketball players were present from around the country.

Over the course of four days, teams played an average of six games. there were college scouts from schools including University of North Carolina, Duke University and the University of Notre Dame. Professional athlete Skylar Diggins, who plays for the Tulsa Shock in the WMBA, even made a surprise appearance.

With the tournament being held in the middle of the city, there were plenty of things to do and see.

Yes, I was indeed a tourist.

There is a bit of something for everyone to like in Washington D.C.. Here is a list of my top 7 favorite things to do in D.C.: Continue reading “Seven fun things to do and see in Washington, D.C.” »

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Well to start, I’d like to tell you something’s about myself. I recently turned 16, I attend Central York High School and my name is Spencer Blake. One of my favorite topics to write about is sports. This is most likely due to my active personality. Watching ESPN almost everyday showed me the opportunities that are out there. Sports are my passion and always will be. When you get to know me better you will discover another passion I have. It is more discrete and is something I have gotten into in the past year. My newly formed passion is shoes, I have started collecting shoes ranging from Nike to an less popular brand, Li Ning. I hope that through this group we will all get to know each other better.

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