Current Events

Current Events

Boy Kissed by Pope

Imagine you, or someone you care deeply about, develops a terminal illness which they likely will never heal from. It takes every piece of sanity you have to digest the news, and then all that rationality diminishes, leaving you broken. You make every attempt to improve the life for yourself or that person who has the disease, but sometimes the one wish they want can never come true and you despise yourself for being incapable of giving them the thing they want most. Brenda Lombardi was one of these people. Brenda is the mother of Peter Lombardi, who, when he was only the mere age of nine years old, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It wasn’t long until a representative from the Make-A-Wish foundation made a visit to Peter’s hospital room, asking for his wish.

Peter Lombardi wished for the man in white to kiss him like he was kissing all the other children, and according to CNN news, his mother Brenda responded, “Pete, your wish is to get a kiss from Pope Francis?” The Make-A-Wish foundation did not have the ability to grant Peter’s wish, and instead granted his second wish: a lightsaber fight with Darth Vader.

In June 2017, Peter began to heal from his cancer, and as celebration, his parents took him and his three siblings to Italy. They had never imagined that they’d have an encounter with the Pope, and even be recognized by the holy figure, but that is exactly what happened.

Long story short, Brenda Lombardi met a man while on their trip named Butorac, who was friends with a woman, who was married to one of the Swiss Guards (the guards who are in charge of the safety of the Pope).  The woman took Peter and his family to meet the Swiss Guards, and helped in attracting the attention of the Pope as well as lifted Peter when the man went by. As he did, one of the guards lifted Peter and the Pope kissed him on the forehead, as well as let the boy ride in the cart with him, granting Peter’s greatest wish, that he had come to believe wouldn’t come true.

Friday the 13th Superstition

If you hadn’t noticed, the 13th landed on a Friday last week. When this happens, many people believe something terrible will happen to them throughout that day. A lot of people take it serious, they will be very cautious, watching every step they take the whole day. However, not many people know why or where this superstition started. Some people believe it was started with the fear of the number 13, which is called Triskaidekaphobia. The number is considered unlucky because it is the next number after 12, and 12 seems to be “the perfect number” since 12 is the amount of months, zodiac signs, tribes of Israel, apostles of Jesus Christ, days of Christmas, etc. The fear of Friday the 13th also has its own name, paraskevidekatriaphobia. Another reason this superstition started was because the Last Supper had 13 guests, and one of them, supposedly the thirteenth to sit at the table, ended up betraying Jesus Christ. The the next day, Good Friday, was Christ’s crucifixion. But just because the 13th fell on a Friday this month, don’t think it won’t happen again. If you are superstitious, beware of July 13th also. Along with those black cats and broken mirrors.

March is National Autism Awareness Month

Donald Gray Triplett was born in 1933 in Forest Mississippi. He was also the Case 1 of autism. Ever since then an estimate of 7.3 million people have been diagnosed with autism. So many people have experience in what people with autism have to go through you can wear blue. National Autism Awareness Month is similar to National Women's Month, they are both recognized as months designated for awareness of a subject, but they both have one specific day. National Women's month has national women's day, National Autism month has 1 day also designated 1 day for awareness of autism. Across America “Light it up blue” is annually celebrated on April 2 to show awareness for autism by wearing blue and telling the organization “Autism Speaks” their story with autism. This month I challenge you to wear the color blue to promote awareness of autism?

Why We Celebrate April Fool's Day

We all know about the first day of April and how it’s supposed to be a day full of pranks and jokes, but we all don’t know about why or where it started. According to, the tradition, formerly “All Fools’ Day,” was popularized by the English in 1700, but the exact origin is a mystery. Some historians believe that it started in 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, which stated that new year started on January first instead of March first. The change didn’t catch up to everyone, so through the last week of March and first days of April, people continued to celebrate the new year and those who didn’t would prank the ‘fools’ who celebrated the new year in March and April, but that was over 400 years ago, why do we still celebrate it now? It must be because the English got a kick out of it and started pranking each other, too, spreading the tradition around Europe. While I listed one case that April Fool’s could have started, there are many more and just as likely cases, we wouldn’t be able to know for sure why this tradition actually started. Lastly, the most common pranks back then were sending others on fake errands, calling it “hunting the gowk,” gowk meaning cuckoo bird, which was a symbol for fool and pinning tails and signs that read “kick me” on each other.

Memorializing Gun Victims Assembly

Wednesday, March 14th, was the one month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. Many students around the nation planned to walk out of their classrooms at 10:00 A.M. to raise attention to mass shootings, and then sit outside of the school for 17 minutes, to commemorate the 17 students who died in the Parkland shooting. However, students from our school went above and beyond for this event and put together an assembly as well. Sarah Vandenbos started this project and her friends joined the train and helped out. Sarah, along with Olivia Webster, Jamie Sugai, Kylie Makris, CiYara Dye, and Emma Gunn got in contact with our Student Body President and Vice President, Caden Cobb and Tucker Heindel, and the district Superintendent, Wendy Johnson and they helped them set up the assembly. They set up a panel and invited the mayor of Kuna, Joe Stear, Idaho State Representatives Matthew Erpelding, John Vander Woude, and Paulette Jordan, who is currently running for state governor, and the chief of police, Jon McDaniel. Two students asked the panel questions from students around the school about the safety of our school and how we can avoid school shootings and/or be safer during them. Then President Caden Cobb gave a speech about our school and how we P.R.O.T.E.C.T. the Kave. Each letter stood for something different: P was for persevere, R was for respect, O was for own it, T was for trust, E was for excellence, C was for courage, and T was for triumph. Not only should we stand for our school and sports teams, but stand for each other. Show respect to others, trust others, encourage others and have courage in yourself. Persevere in your classes and gain excellence and triumph from your hard work. The assembly overall seemed tense, but everyone was silent and very respectful towards the speakers. Anyone who was there surely should be proud of our school and what these students put together.