Why America’s women’s soccer team deserved to win
By Olivia Donohue
The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) is the best team and deserved to win the World Cup. They also won the last World Cup. This is their second consecutive win and they defeated all the opposing teams and seem to have a pattern of greatness.
From beating Thailand with 13 goals (most goals ever scored in a FIFA World Cup) to slipping past France with two goals, they seem to have it down. Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scored the game-winning goals in the finals, but they don’t just walk out there and play. The variable that sets them apart is that they train daily, rain or shine.
You can’t deny that the USWNT is the best team. Overall they dominated the Women’s World Cup. As I watched on my television, they demonstrated strength and communication throughout the field. Everyone is always on the same page and is always out there enjoying the game, always seeking to better the team.
The tournament occurs every four years, and when they’re not playing, they’re training. They train vigorously to ensure a win. They usually run 30-35 miles every week of training. Not to mention the weight lifting and push-ups and sit-ups. It is amazing just how strong they are. They are one of the most respected and physically dominating teams in the world because of all their training.
Many people who aren’t fans of the USWNT say that team’s players are arrogant because they celebrate their goals, but they do a great job and deserve to celebrate all their hard work paying off. It is, of course, natural that the USWNT should celebrate a job well done. There are limits, though. As a team it is important to show good sportsmanship and respect the opposing team.
Overall, the USWNT does a great job playing soccer, and I am proud to have them as my national soccer team. It not only unifies the team but also the families that watch it. There is nothing like the feeling of pride after watching your team succeed. After all, they have saved our crown for another year!
Are macaroons the new cupcakes?
By Evie Hunter
You’re probably thinking, “Seriously, macaroons are the hardest thing to bake. How can they be the new cupcakes?” Or at least that’s what you might have heard.
Macaroons are so delicious that they surpass the classic cupcake in my book.
When you think about macaroons you probably think of this fancy French dessert that only professionals make, but I say differently. To make macaroons you do not have to be a professional. When you learn how you prepare them, it’s actually pretty easy. All you need is buttercream, which is a mix of butter, sugar and milk. The actual cookie part is just egg whites, sugar and flour. So, it’s pretty simple.
I will admit that it’s a little hard to not deflate the batter, but with a little practice it would be easy peasy. My favorite flavor of macaroon is pink lemonade.
Even if you don’t want to make macaroons, you can still eat them because they are delicious. They are better than cupcakes for multiple reasons. First of all, cupcakes only have two layers and macaroons have three layers. Macaroons come in many more flavors and they are smaller than cupcakes, so they can easily fit in your purse so that way you can eat it wherever you go. Macaroons also have so many textures. The cookie part is light and fluffy but crunchy, and the buttercream completes it with its smooth, thick, creamy icing.
You can make macaroons all different shapes, while cupcakes are always the old classic shape. With cupcakes you can decorate it all you want, but it doesn’t look as creative if you just put toppings on it and it looks a little messy. It is also really hard to make it into shapes.
Surprisingly, a really good place to buy macaroons is good ol’ Costco.
Can macaroons be the new cupcakes? I don’t see why not. They are more fun, better tasting and more creative than cupcakes. I definitely see a clear winner here. Ding, ding, ding, you got it, macaroons.