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Tiger Tribune 2019 February

Letter from the Editor:

Tiny buds are blossoming, leaves are beginning to show the faintest hints of green, the rain is pouring - it’s almost spring! Spring semester, however, is right here and with us, and I wish all of you good luck in your classes! This edition of the Tiger Tribune is short and sweet, almost a reflection of the month of February itself. As always, we are accepting new writers! Just email your name, age, and grade to Within these pages you shall find many fascinating historical articles relating to February, an article on Soup Week, Polar Bear Day, and much more! We at the Tiger Tribune hope you enjoy this issue, (by the way, we are open to suggestions for improvement - email with your ideas!) and we wish you all an amazing month!

Best wishes,

Jannah Khan

Editor in Chief

The Tiger Tribune

February Survey/Staff Question

By Rida Abdulwasay

“If you could change the ending of any book, which book would it be?”

Melody Moy

Well, I plan to write my own books, but if I could change the ending, it would go on and on forever


Any book with a cliffhanger or unresolved ending. It's fun to try and guess how it might end, but soon I overwhelm myself with fan-theories and etc.

Abdurrahman Mohammad

I would change the ending of the dictionary.

Rida Abdulwasay

I want to change the ending of all the books I've read with an unhappy ending. If a book ends that way, I feel unsatisfied and wish I hadn't wasted my time.

Abdullah Mohammad

The Unwanteds. I want Artime to still be hidden.

Misbah Syed

*Spoiler Alert* This is a really, really hard question, so I’ll stick with about three. (1) Newt shouldn't die in the Maze Runner, (2) Fred Weasley shouldn't die in the Harry Potter Series, (3) Rudy Steiner shouldn't die in the Book Thief. (For some unfortunate reason, all my favorite characters end up dying at the end of the book.)

Noshi Kapoor

I would change the ending of Tom Sawyer. If I could, I would make sure Injun Joe didn't get trapped in the cave, but got some other punishment.


Little Woman.

Thanhthanh Nguyen

Ramona's World by Beverly Cleary


George Washington

By Melody Moy

George Washington

George Washington was born in Virginia on February 22, 1732. He first attempted to join the British Navy but his mom wouldn’t let him, so he became a surveyor for unclaimed land. However, he did many things that brought the British through battle times - demanded the French leave the area when they built forts, hiked through snowy woods, almost drowned, and went through a freezing night without shelter, had horses shot from under him and bullets shot through his coat. He was given command over Virginia’s entire military force.

On January 6, 1759, George Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis who was widowed and had two children, John and Patsy. Between 1759 and 1775, he was a farmer at Mount Vernon. In 1775, the Congress commissioned Washington to take command of the Patriots to fight the British. There were many battles, retreats, and victories. In the middle of the night on Christmas Day, he left the fires burning as a distraction; then they crossed the perilous river, captured many men, causing Lord Cornwallis to finally surrender at the Siege of Yorktown in Virginia on October 19, 1781.

In 1787, the Constitutional Convention wanted George again. He was hesitant, but agreed as he did not want his country to fail. When the presidential elections occurred, Washington received a unanimous vote. He served for two terms from 1789-1797. During that time, he organized the different branches of government, served alongside Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Knox, and James Madison, and worked through foreign affairs. He did many things as a foundation for building this country.

CWCS will be observing President’s Day February 15-19.

February 11 is National Inventors’ Day!

By Noshi Kapoor

Clock Interior

Established in 1983, this holiday celebrates inventors and their inventions. President Ronald Reagan chose this date because it is also Thomas Edison’s birthday. Different countries may have different dates.

There have been countless inventors over the course of history. Some are very famous, like Thomas Edison, and some are unheard of. Here are a couple of famous inventors:

Leonardo Da Vinci: One of his most famous inventions was the flying machine or “ornithopter.” had a pine frame and silk wings, but it did not work as Da Vinci had hoped. He also invented many other things, including a more accurate clock.

Marie Curie: She is famous for her work with radioactive elements. She discovered two new elements, radium, and polonium.

Many inventors are rarely heard of, such as:

Garrett Morgan: He invented traffic signals, hair straighteners, gas masks, and more. Many people use his inventions without knowing who made them.

John Walker: He invented matches. While working as a chemist, he discovered a paste that would burst into flames upon contact with a rough surface. Unfortunately, he never patented his matches, and Sir Isaac Holden got the credit and fame.

Jeanne Villepreux-Power: She created the aquarium. Aquariums allow us to study marine wildlife easier and enjoy the beauty of the ocean without going there.

Margaret E. Knight: She invented the paper bag. She designed and built a machine that would make the bags, but a man stole the patent for himself. Knight took him to court for patent interference where he said that “a woman could not possibly understand the mechanical complexities.” Knight won the case when she provided proof that she designed the machine.

These are just a few of many inventors. Many things we take for granted are a result of years of hard work by inventors. So, if you know any inventors, be sure to thank them and say “Happy National Inventors’ Day!”

Superbowl Sunday

By Adeeb Syed

Super Bowl

The Superbowl is the NFL championship game held annually on the first Sunday of February. The best teams face off each other. All eyes all around the country are watching this match, tension hanging in the air. Even if you aren’t a football fan, that tension is enough to keep you engaged. Usually, the Superbowl is the most-watched program in America. In fact, after Thanksgiving, the most food eaten is on the day of the Superbowl. By 2015, commercials in the Superbowl had cost 4.5 million dollars for 30 seconds. That’s about 150,000 dollars per second! The Superbowl is a very important unofficial holiday in the U.S.

Polar Bear Day

By Amir Chermat

Polar Bear

Polar bears: the obviously superior bear.* Well, all bears have their strengths, and everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but I have always had a fondness for the polar bear. When I heard there was a whole day dedicated to them, I was excited! However, Polar Bear day is about more than babbling about the superiority of polar bears. International Polar Bear Day was actually formed to raise awareness for the polar bear’s habitat. The Arctic is warming up, meaning it is no longer a suitable place for polar bears to live. Every day in the Arctic, they face challenges like a lack of sea ice (which they require to hunt). Some scientists predict that polar bears could possibly go extinct in the near future. This is where International Polar Bear Day comes in. On February 27, you can reduce your carbon emissions by lowering your thermostat. This could slow or even stop the global warming that affects polar bears. Of course, there are more things you can do to help the polar bears and none of them are restricted to February 27. Make every day a polar bear day and help save the superior bear!

*Note: this opinion is that of the author and not of the Tiger Tribune as a whole. Unfortunately, not everyone can see who the best bear is.

Adventure in the Zoo

By Safa

One day, a little six-year old girl named Sarah was visiting The Great Zoo. Sarah went there about once every two weeks. She loved everything about it. While at the zoo, she loves to pet the sheep, feed the giraffes, and most of all, watch the monkeys swing from one branch to another.

On this special Saturday, when she finished looking at the fast cheetah inside its area, she caught sight of the monkeys. "Can we see the monkeys, Dad?" Sarah said excitedly. "Okay, Sarah," her dad said. They crossed over from Dashing Cheetah Land to Monkey City. As they approached the monkey jungle, a zookeeper named Bob came toward them.

Sarah was watching all types of monkeys. Some monkeys were grooming each other, and some were happily sitting down and eating bananas. While Sarah and her dad were enjoying Monkey City, Bob started talking to them. "Today's your lucky day," the worker said. "We're letting kids take care of our young monkey named George. Would you like to take care of George?" Sarah asked her dad if it was okay, and her dad said yes.

Sarah went to meet George. George was about one foot and a half, and his fur was dark brown and white. "Is George nice?" Sarah asked Bob. "He's kind and trained since he is a Capuchin monkey, but he's very shy." Sarah knew what he meant. George was running away from all the children and he wasn't going to play with them either. "I want to go home!" one of the kids cried. "I hate monkeys!" another kid yelled. Sarah wished she could know how to make George and all the other kids happy.

Suddenly, a light bulb went on in her head. "What type of food do Capuchin monkeys eat?" Sarah asked Bob, eagerly wanting to know. "They eat bananas, of course! We have a few bananas right there." Sarah ran to get the most yellow banana, she peeled it, held it through the bars, and then Sarah made clicking sounds. George heard a noise going "click click click" at the direction where Sarah was. Then George saw the banana, and he was tempted to get it; he slowly went to her, quickly grabbed the banana, and sat in front of her while eating it. After he finished eating the banana, he saw the monkey rattle and started holding it. A few seconds later, George gave it to Sarah. They became friends, and George learned not to be shy. Over time, George became friends with everyone else and children were loving monkeys again.

Sarah and the kids were playing with the monkey rattle with George. Everyone had so much fun, but after a few hours, the zoo closed and everyone went home. "So, did you have fun?" Sarah's mom asked. "I loved it!" Sarah exclaimed. "I got to take care of a monkey!" "That's nice. Dad doesn't have work tomorrow, so we all can come to the zoo tomorrow!" Mom said. Sarah was so excited that she couldn't sleep.

The next day, Sarah was at the Great Zoo. There were lots more children at the Great Zoo today than there were yesterday. Sarah was stumbling through the noisy crowd, but she found her way through. When Sarah and her dad visited Monkey City again, they saw George and now he had a bigger monkey cage because he was sharing it with other monkeys that now live with him, and George was having more fun then he used to. Bob was also there that day. "Hello Sarah," he said. "Now the kids can hold the monkeys! Would you like to hold one?" he asked. "Yes," Sarah said excitedly. "I want to hold George." She held him. George was so happy to see Sarah, that he hopped on her head and when he went down, he did a monkey dance. After seeing all the monkeys, Sarah saw all the other animals in the zoo and had the best day ever!

Notable Dates of February

By Abdallah Khan

February 1, 2003 - Sixteen minutes before it was scheduled to land, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart in flight over west Texas, killing all seven crew members. The accident may have resulted from damage caused during liftoff when a piece of insulating foam from the external fuel tank broke off, piercing a hole in the shuttle's left wing that allowed hot gases to penetrate the wing upon re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

February 2, 1990 - In South Africa, the 30-year-old ban on the African National Congress was lifted by President F.W. de Klerk, who also promised to free Nelson Mandela and remove restrictions on political opposition groups.

February 3, 1870 - The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing the right of citizens to vote, regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

February 4, 1985 - Twenty countries in the United Nations signed a document entitled "Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment."

February 8, 1910 - The Boy Scouts of America was founded by William Boyce in Washington, D.C., modeled after the British Boy Scouts.

 All dates and Information are taken from

National Soup Day

Zahra Shaikh


The year 2019 has just commenced and with just a month gone, there is no better way to start off and enjoy the new year than to gulp down a bowl of aromatic, steaming hot, colorful soup, rich in flavor and spice, and incorporating various flavors from all around the world. This exotic dish can be prepared with anything from oysters and shrimp to fillets of freshly caught fish to roasted chicken to cooked beans. That capturing blend of several herbs and spices such as garlic, orange peel, saffron, basil, and bay leaf can impress anyone. Every culture has its very own twist to this stew, and, since it is so alluring to different individuals all around the globe, it was given its own day to be honored: National Soup Day. On February 14 of every year, families strive to taste soup, either by eating out or making it at home. So this February 4, on National Soup Day, let’s get ready to be delighted by this multicultural dish, soup.  And as always, the most important step is to have fun and enjoy!

Tennis Day

Misbah Syed

Maria Sharapova

Tennis is a sport which requires speed, quick reflexes, and agility. It had gained millions of players and is also an Olympic Sport.

Here are some famous tennis players:  

  • Maria Sharapova
  • Anna Kournikova
  • Ana Ivanović
  • Arthur Ashe
  • John McEnroe
  • Serena Williams
  • Roger Federer

NASA Spacecraft Did a Flyby of the Furthest Space Object to Be Explored

By Thanhthanh Nguyen

On New Year’s Day, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew by the trans-Neptunian object nicknamed “Ultima Thule,” meaning “beyond the known world.” After safely encountering the space object (and taking a lot of pictures!), New Horizons continued on its way, speeding deeper into space at 36,400 miles per hour. On January 2, NASA held a press conference where they released “the first picture” that New Horizons took of Ultima Thule.

Here are a few pictures to illustrate New Horizons’ experience (all photos are from John Hopkins University, or AccuWeather, who received the photos from NASA):

Ultima Thule

This is New Horizons’ first picture of Ultima Thule (officially known as 486958, or 2014 MU69).

(Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute)

Ultima Thule Pathway

This is an infographic from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, showing where MU69 is and New Horizons’ path.

(Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)

Ultima Thule Snowman

Fun fact: Ultima Thule’s shape resembles a snowman. A name is given for each “snowball” of the space object’s figure. Here, you can see that Thule is the name of the smaller “snowball,” and Ultima is the name of the larger one.

(Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute)

Can you believe that NASA could find a 21-mile-long object that is about 4 billion miles away from us? That is only possible with NASA’s dedicated team and expensive, cutting-edge technology and spacecraft, and we can’t wait to see what other surprises that NASA’s spacecraft will find in the future.

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