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Tiger Tribune 2019 April

Letter from the Editor

This month’s issue is entirely on cute cats! Just kidding - April Fools! This month’s issue of The Tiger Tribune contains fascinating facts on April’s history (including the story behind April Fool’s Day), National Poetry Month, Autism Awareness Day, and many more! We wish you all a beautiful spring and hope that you enjoy your last month before finals! (Good luck!)


Jannah Khan


The Tiger Tribune

April Survey/Staff Question

By Rida Abdulwasay

“If you could be any flower in the world, which one would you be? Why?”

Anaya Cambridge

I would be a sunflower. They are so pretty and bright! Sunflowers make me very happy and that’s what I want others to feel, happy.

Zahra S.

Peruvian Lily


The Lithops Weber: it can disguise itself to look like a rock, which is probably a practical skill to have.


I would be a Magnolia, because they symbolize dignity, nobility, and beauty. And also because they smell very good :).

Thanhthanh Nguyen

I would be a tuberose, because it feels kind of like butter, and it smells like perfume.



Sumaiyah Shah

I would be a rose, because not only is it unique, it is beautiful much like any other flower.  It’s beautiful and it has thorns to protect itself; this is the flower I’d choose.

Misbah Syed

Either a Chocolate Cosmos (because when it blooms it smells of chocolate, but unfortunately, there is only one left in existence) or a Jade Vine (it's coloring ranges from green to blue, and produces a luminescent quality) or a Ghost Orchid (which only blooms for three weeks, and has no leaves which makes it super hard to see).

Cohl Behrmann

California Poppy. I am choosing this flower because it is so simple but also so beautiful.

Rida Abdulwasay

I would like to be a Chrysanthemum. These flowers are always so vivid and lively, and they are known to be some of the most versatile types of plants. Plus, they make great household decorations!

Abdullah Mohammad

I want to be a mimosa plant because I spark interest into many owners.


This Month in History - April

By Zayan Abdallah Khan


April 1, 1865 - During the American Civil War, Confederate troops of General George Pickett were defeated and cut off at Five Forks, Virginia. This sealed the fate of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's armies at Petersburg and Richmond and hastened the end of the war.

April 2, 1513 - Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon sighted Florida and claimed it for the Spanish Crown after landing at the site of present-day St. Augustine, now the oldest city in the continental U.S.

April 2, 1792 - Congress established the first U.S. Mint at Philadelphia.

April 2, 1863 - A bread riot occurred in the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, as angry people demanded bread from a bakery wagon, then wrecked nearby shops. The mob dispersed only after Confederate President Jefferson Davis made a personal plea and threatened to use force.

April 2, 1865 - General Robert E. Lee informed Confederate President Jefferson Davis that he must evacuate the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia. Davis and his cabinet then fled by train.

April 2, 1982 - The beginning of the Falkland Islands War as troops from Argentina invaded and occupied the British colony located near the tip of South America. The British retaliated and defeated the Argentineans on June 15, 1982, after ten weeks of combat, with about 1,000 lives lost.

Birthday - Fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was born in Odense, Denmark. He created 168 fairy tales for children including the classics The Princess and the Pea, The Snow Queen and The Nightingale.

All dates and facts from

April Fool’s Day

By: Anaya Cambridge


April Fool’s or All Fool’s Day takes place on April 1. This is a day where people play harmless jokes on others, later revealing their intent by yelling “April Fools” to their victims. Many do not know when this tradition started, but some historians speculate it started in 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. People who failed to change to the new calendar celebrated the new year through the last week of March to April 1 instead of celebrating in January. Others took advantage of them by placing a paper fish on their backs as a reference to the “poisson d’avril” (April fish). Poisson d’avril symbolized a young, easily caught fish or a gullible person. Nowadays, people all over the world have their own ways of pranking theirs: whether it be a simple sugar to salt switch when “sweetening” the coffee or placing sticky notes all over someone's car, people keep getting more and more creative with their pranks each year, so watch your back and make sure you don’t have a paper fish attached (or a kick me note...).

National Poetry Month

By Jannah Khan


It’s April, and that means National Poetry Month! I’m super hyped for this event because I love writing poetry and encouraging others to write as well.

Poetry for me is a way to express my feelings in an unstructured and free format. It allows me to use any words to express any emotion I’m feeling, and to use grammar and sentence structure to paint a picture that goes beyond the words on the page.

According to the Poetry Month website, “National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April.”

“The goals of National Poetry Month are to:

  • highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets
  • encourage the reading of poems
  • assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms
  • increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media
  • encourage increased publication & distribution of poetry books, and
  • encourage support for poets and poetry.”

The National Poetry Month website has an amazing list of 30 ways to celebrate poetry this month, one for every day in April. I’m really excited to participate, and I hope you’ll join me!

National Superhero Day

Misbah Syed


Since childhood, superheroes have been adored and loved by millions. April 28 was officially dubbed National Superhero Day by employees of Marvel Comics in 1995. This is a wonderful day to appreciate the work of both real-world and fictional superheroes who have made our home a better place. Many are familiar with the classics such as Iron Man, Black Panther, Spiderman, and Captain America. But take some time to read about some real masked vigilantes!

  • Redbud Woman a.k.a. Beijing Bauhinia: a masked woman in Asia who has been spotted helping the needy in Beijing. Wearing a tight black outfit, blue mask, and black cape, she is found giving out coats and food to the homeless, even during freezing winter nights.
  • Urban Avenger: a member of the crime fighting team, the Xtreme Justice League, since 2010, based in San Diego. Although he is often spotted with his spring-loaded power-bocks that enlarge his small, agile frame to a giant 6 foot 8 inches, his costume continuously changes.
  • Mr. Xtreme: a more famous San-Diego based superhero who, even though he founded the superhero team Xtreme Justice League, has managed to keep his identity a secret. He has been seen several times protecting the streets by using his self-taught martial arts such as Brazilian jiu jitsu. 
  • Phoenix Jones: is considered the most famous real-life superhero who is also a mixed martial arts fighter within the World Series of Fighting. He dons a full black and gold super suit, and is said to have made over 130 arrests. Although he is somewhat of a controversial hero (he once took his crime-fighting to the extent that he was arrested for assaulting someone using a pepper spray), he is greatly admired, and continues to fight crime with his wife, Purple Reign.

Arts and Crafts Appreciation

By Anaya Cambridge


It’s a beautiful thing that brings people together to craft something while creating memories with one another. Even though some may feel that they are not gifted in craft making, there’s something special about trying a new hobby with friends. Many people enjoy the aspect of chatting and catching up with one another while others enjoy having a day to sit down and make whatever they want. Whichever the reason, crafting is a great way to relax and take a break from everyday stress. Don’t be afraid to try something new; there is wide variety of crafts to try! There's crochet, pyrography (wood burning), embroidery, sewing, origami, and so much more. If you’re not sure where to start, pick a craft, invite a friend or group of friends, and learn together. Everything's better when surrounded by people you love and want to spend time with. So next time you want to try something new or don’t know what to do with friends, set up a craft day; pick a random craft and see what happens. I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun and make great Memories.

National Pet Day

By Sumaiyah Shah

Dog and Cat

National Pet Day is celebrated on April 11. Whether you are a pet owner or not, this day is meant for those animals who don't receive that extra special love. The best way we can help is to head down to the nearest animal shelter and make a new friend. There is no pressure on a person to get an animal, but who knows, you might fall in love and bring home your new furry friend. I myself am a dog owner of a beautiful pitbull, and believe me when I say it’s always an adventure with her. Days like this ought to be celebrated more; the world is always a better place when there's so much love and happiness to spread and show. I mean, looking at these pictures, who wouldn't wanna bring home or spend time with such adorable animals. Happy National Pet Day to all the pet owners and animal lovers out there.

National Poetry Month

By Zahra Shaikh


In the 1990s, Black History Month and Women’s History Month were becoming more successful and more popular since they had been created. And it’s probably true you’ve heard the names of these holidays before. The amount of recognition and honor that these two festivities received gave hope to those who wished to create and establish a holiday which celebrated poetry. The Academy of American Poets soon gathered in 1995 to discuss the need for a month-long celebration of poetry. The Academy of American Poets not only consisted of poets but also of literary organizations and groups, teachers, booksellers, librarians, and even publishers. It was finally decided after so long that this holiday held an immense amount of value, and it was finally launched and first celebrated in April of 1996. Since that time, National Poetry Month has been celebrated across the United States. For instance, President William Clinton did the first presidential proclamation of National Poetry Month in April of 1996, when the holiday first began. Even the Empire State Building was illuminated in 2005 in honor of the 10th Anniversary of National History Month. April has been always a month of happiness. There are several events and activities which display the message of National Poetry Month and are enough to inspire you to keep you celebrating this blessed month all year long!

Worldwide Autism Awareness Day

By Noshi


Worldwide Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) takes place on April 2. This year is the 12th annual Worldwide Autism Awareness Day. This day was officially created by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a light on the people all around us with Autism.

Many countries observe this day by hosting Autism-related events. Artwork done by Autistic children can be seen at several museums, and many schools have programs specifically geared towards children with Autism.

One major event is called “Light It Up Blue,” or “LIUB.” In this event, people wear blue shirts, and many landmarks across the globe shine blue lights. Some of these landmarks include: The Empire State Building, Niagara Falls, Egypt’s Great Pyramid, Australia’s Old Parliament Building, and the Princess Palace in Monaco.

The full form of Autism is the Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. The word Autism comes from the Greek word “Autos” which means self. It was used to describe conditions where a person is removed from social interaction, leading it to also mean “Isolated self.” Eugen Bleuler, a Swiss psychiatrist, was the first person to use the term.

According to scientists, “you know at least one Autistic person, even if you do not know it.” In 2018 the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 1 in 37 boys and 1 in 151 girls have autism.

Did you know…….

  • Although Autism is often called a disease, it is really a diagnosis.
  • If they had been alive today, Einstein, Mozart, Newton, and Tesla would all have been diagnosed with Autism.
  • Although many people diagnosed with Autism tend to miss obvious details, they are also more likely to notice the small details.

National Siblings Day in the United States

By Thanhthanh Nguyen


April 10, 2019, is National Siblings Day in the United States! National Siblings Day was created in 1995 by Claudia Evart in honor of her late siblings. Though it is not a presidentially proclaimed holiday (as it most likely will not show up on most calendars), it is still an important day to take note of and celebrate. After all, around 80% of Americans have siblings, and that means that plenty of people can celebrate!

Here are some of the things you can do with your sibling(s) on Siblings Day:

  1. Hug them, do your secret handshake, dance your sibling rain dance, or whatever—celebrate YOUR unique relationship!
  2. Give each other something. Handmade personal gifts are the greatest—and free!
  3. Play games. That includes board games, card games, video games, etc.
  4. Cook. If you like cooking, try making a family dinner for that day.
  5. Dive into nature with each other (but don’t go scuba diving without a wetsuit). The great outdoors is an awesome place to connect with each other.
  6. Anything! Just make sure you do it together.

It’s important to remember that it doesn’t really matter what you do (well, actually please refrain from attempting to set a world record for eating the most frosted cupcakes in ten minutes, as it will result in uncomfortable stomach problems in ten minutes if you’re unlucky); it only matters if you and your sibling(s) are spending this time with each other. It’s called Siblings Day, after all!

Happy Siblings Day, everyone! Now I’m off to find my own siblings to give them a hug…

Stress Awareness Month

By Amir Chermat



On a daily basis, thousands of people in America feel stressed by grueling work from both school and careers. Although they may not know it, or are not willing to admit so, stress can have a very negative impact on our health. According to The American Institute of Stress, stress can cause depression, anxiety, heart attacks, strokes, as well as direct effects on the skin, just to name a few. Stress can also escalate insomnia and disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

Many American employees and employers do not know how dangerous stress can be, which is why Stress Awareness Week launched in April 1992. This year, The Health Resource Network is sponsoring the event. During the month of April, the HRN is working with health care organizations to create educational materials dedicated to teaching others about the effects of stress. 

During the month of April, remember to reduce stress in your work environment. Simple strategies such as planning ahead of your work deadlines or aiming for at least eight hours of sleep every night. Simple things like these can help reduce your daily amount of stress and overall improve your health.

The Book Column: April Edition

By Tasneem Nasim


In celebration of the recent Black History Month (in February), this month’s book choices follow the theme of African American history. Here are two amazing books that give insight into the courage, perseverance, and strength displayed by many African Americans during the dark times of American History.                                                                                                       

Chains by Halse Anderson

Middle Schoolers: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

This book has remained on my list of favorite books ever since I read it in 7th grade. It tells the story of a twelve-year-old slave girl named Isabelle who lives during the Revolutionary War. Her father died when she was much younger, and when the story begins, she has just lost her mother. As she dies, Isabelle’s mother makes her promise to take care of, and protect, her younger sister, Ruth, who is only five years old at the time. Isabelle and her sister are sold to the Locktons, who proudly support the British side during the Revolutionary War while living in America. While she works for them, Isabelle gets her first true taste of what it means to be a slave, and the courage she must have to keep her and her sister together- and alive. This novel provides a description of the horrors of slavery and really allows you to connect with the main character and her fight for freedom. And luckily, if you want more of Isabelle and her story, there are two sequels to Chains: Forge and Ashes

Uncle Tom s Cabin Book Cover

High schoolers: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

This classic novel is often credited for contributing to the start of the Civil War by personalizing slavery and helping some people empathize with those who were oppressed by slavery. The novel tells the story of Uncle Tom, who originally belongs to a humane slaveholder named Shelby. He is sold, however, to a vicious slave trader named Haley after two other slaves attempt to run away. On his way to New Orleans, Tom befriends a white child named Eva St. Clair and ends up saving her from drowning. She begs her father to buy Tom for their plantation, and he agrees. Tom leads a comfortable life on the St. Clare plantation until Eva becomes ill and dies, as well as her father. Her mother then sells Tom to Simon Legree, a notorious slave trader. Stowe gives a painfully truthful description of the life of a slave and leaves out no details which may be considered too vivid or brutal*. This novel gives the true insight into slavery without holding back any of the “ugly” details.  The book is an important part of history, and reading it allows you to really understand why many credit this book for causing the Civil War, and one of the first insights into the struggles and journeys of African American slaves.

*This novel contains brief, but mature content, which may be a sensitive topic for some readers. Please check before reading.

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