The Legend of Korra
By Kelsey Gulick, Grade 9

Do you remember back when Nickelodeon’s hit show Avatar: The Last Airbender was on television? Do you remember how audiences young and old were swept away by the great story and wonderful characters that the show contained? Ladies and gentlemen, the Avatar returns!

Placed seventy years after the time in which Avatar: The Last Airbender’s story takes place, Nickelodeon’s upcoming mini-series, The Last Airbender: Legend Of Korra, will follow the story of Korra, Aang’s successor. The show, unlike its mother series, will stay mainly in one location: Republic City, a place where all the nations reside.

This time, rather than fighting against a rebellious nation, Korra must fight against a new anti-bending belief - all while mastering airbending (the only bending technique left for her to learn).

The show is now set to premier with twenty-six episodes in the next year, although it had previously been set for November of this year with only twelve episodes. There will be no filler episodes, since it is a mini-series. Joaquim Dos Santos and Ryuki Hung will both be returning to the show, where it is assumed that they will be working on things like the animation and the design, since that’s what they did in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Also, Jeremy Zuckerman will return to create the soundtrack for the series, as he did in the previous series.

Some of the original cast will return to voice characters in the Legend Of Korra, such as Dee Bradley Baker, the voice of both Appa and Momo, and Dante Basco, the voice of Zuko. Although Basco will not be playing Zuko, it has been confirmed that the character will be, in some way, related to Zuko’s character.

I don’t know about you all, but I am definitely looking forward to the premier of The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra.

Image by Hannah Fishbough, Grade 12

5th Quarter: A Movie Review
By Nicole Sills, Grade 9

This story may make you rethink letting teens drive at age sixteen. "5th Quarter" is an inspirational movie based on the true story of young man named Luke Abbate - only fifteen when he died.

The story behind the movie: in February, 2006, Luke Abbate needed a ride home.  His friend offered him one and Luke accepted. Luke was not the only one in the car with this driver; there were several other people. The driver decided to experiment, despite the objections of Luke and the other passengers. At almost 90 mph, the driver lost control of the car; the car spun off the narrow road and onto an embankment, about seventy feet below them.  

Luke was rushed to the hospital with irreparable brain damage. There was nothing that could be done, and he died two days later, four days before his sixteenth birthday.  

On the day of his death, his parents made a difficult decision: to allow the doctors do what they wanted with Luke’s organs. Within the next few days, the doctors found five people who needed organs that Luke could give them. One of the patients included a mother who needed a heart transplant. They rushed the heart across the country where the mother lived, and because Luke and mother both had the same uncommon blood type, the doctors could save her life with Luke’s heart.

Luke’s brother, Jon, was considering giving up his football career, but knowing what his brother would have wanted, he did not. Upon his return to the team, he got approval from the head coach to change his number from forty, to his brother’s number: five.  After the third quarter ended in a game after Luke’s death, Jon held his hand up high and outstretched his five fingers. His parents followed, and slowly his teammates caught on. Gradually, the fans of Wake Forest, and the fans of the opposing team, joined in. The final quarter of each game became known as Luke’s Quarter - the 5th Quarter.

Make sure to see this movie today, it is sure to be a huge hit!


Rachael Britton
7/24/2011 02:41:02 am

Oh my goodness, I can't wait for the Korra mini-series!! :DD The first series was truly amazing! I'm so excited for MORE! Though I'll miss Aang, Sokka, Zuko (<3), and Katara. They were awesome. :)

And yes, I may be 15 years old, but I still love my cartoons <333

7/26/2011 06:37:25 am

Great article, Kelsey!

I loved "Avatar: The Last Airbender," and I can't wait to see the new one. And I am SO happy that Zuko is going to play a part. He was always my favorite. =D

7/26/2011 06:39:48 am

Woah. I totally misread that. Wishful thinking. Well...I'm glad the ACTOR is returning, although now I'm very disappointed they won't be bringing the character back. :/

Anna H.
7/31/2011 10:16:59 am

That's awesome news! I loved Avatar! It's my favorite cartoon ever!

8/6/2011 10:44:41 am

Yeah, I know! Avatar is totally my favorite cartoon! The story was just so great, and the characters were just awesome. I just finished the series earlier this year (I started watching it less than a year ago) and was so dissapointed when I finished (not because of the ending--Although they should've let us know if Zuko found his mom--but just because I finished...), but then I saw they were making a miniseries! I can't wait!!!


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