Original versions of fairytales

By Rita Nicholson

It’s common in popular fairy tales for characters to resolve their troubles and find a happy ending. More often than not, that’s a lie. Many original versions of fairy tales have features that are darker and lesser known.

But what exactly is a fairy tale? In a translation of the Brothers Grimm story collection, Ken Mondschein writes that “a fairy tale is a form of folk tale—a traditional story that doesn’t have a definite author but belongs to everyone equally.” Fairy tales often, but not always, have a magical element, like characters such as witches, dwarves or actual fairies.

The Kennedy Center states that many fairy tales “were passed along by word-of-mouth.” The Grimm brothers were some of the first people to collect such stories into a literary form. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were born in Germany in respectively 1785 and 1786. Mondschein says that “before the brothers were out of their early teens, they had begun collecting notebooks of Märchen.” The Grimm brothers called their collection Märchen, which meant tales, or Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children’s and House-Tales).

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Tragedy brings compassion to SHS

By Savannah Baird

Student council members collect money on hat day for the Smith family. Photos of the Smith’s house show that bedrooms were tossed around, rooms and objects were charred, and the house got so hot that the metal roofing on porch melted down.

“It all happened within like five minutes. We just ran outside and waited for the fire department,” said Jordy Smith (10).

At roughly five in the morning on March 14, the home of Jordy Smith caught on fire due to a short circuit in the utility room. Jordy’s mother Linda Smith said that she left for work at 2:30 a.m. and then her husband left at about 4:30 a.m. at five she got the call that her home was on fire.  

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Science Olympiad places 4th

By Jillian Smith

Science Olympiad, a mind challenging club, competed on March 2 at Ivy Tech in West Lafayette. Faced with 23 different events, the team placed 4th out of 5 teams. The team had 10 members medal with several students placing in 2nd place.

The students started to prepare on their own for a month before the competition. When it gets later into the season, the team meets and starts collaborating together. Asking questions, building different items, and having your coaches there for help made their team even more successful.

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Review of And the Trees Crept In

By Rita Nicholson

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Silla and Nori can’t catch a break in And the Trees Crept In, written by Dawn Kurtagich. They run away from their mother and abusive stepfather to the manor house, which is where their mother and her sisters grew up, to live with Aunt Cathy. For the first couple of years, everything is great until the trees move closer to their house, Nori starts to play with a strange, creepy man that only she can see, and Aunt Cathy goes to the attic and never comes out.

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