After We Collided review

written by McKenzie Murdoch

After We Collided is the second movie installment in The After Series. The After series was originally on Wattpad and was actually a One Direction fanfic written by Anna Todd, but Gallery Publishing Group adapted them into actual books. This book series contains five books and so far two of them have been produced into movies. Beginning with After, which was released in 2019, it stars Tessa Young portrayed by Joespehine Langford and Hardin Scott played by Hero Fiennes Tiffin. 

Tessa Young is a freshman in college, with a very protective mother. She is a very good student and never really does anything she is not supposed to. She meets Hardin Scott, the typical bad boy in every book or movie with tattoos and a bad past. They meet at a party her roommate Steph (Khadijha Red Thunder) takes her to and is dared to kiss each other, but Tessa doesn’t go through with it. Tessa and Hardin simply seem to connect instantly and would eventually fall in love, but Tessa’s mother does not approve at all. 

Tessa’s mother is a bit controlling when it comes to her daughter and says if she continues to see Hardin she is getting cut off. This really only pushes Tessa and Hardin closer as they soon move in together. Now, all book lovers and movie watchers know that good things don’t seem to last and that’s what happened when Tessa finds out why Hardin seemed so interested in her in the first place. With that new information, that Hardin was really only initially interested in Tessa was because of the deal he made to get her to fall in love with him, Tessa went home and fixed her relationship with her mom and her ex-boyfriend Noah (Dylan Arnold), who she actually cheated on. She knows she has to go back to college, eventually, in spite of being basically betrayed by her boyfriend and all of her friends. Although, despite her fallout with everyone, she actually applies for the internship that would be similar to her dream job. All the meanwhile, Hardin is downfalling because he realizes he does actually love Tessa.  

At the end of the movie we are left with Tessa and Hardin sitting on the dock of the lake where they initially started their relationship, but are left with questions about it because they aren’t talking and there is no body language that can give anyone a hint at what is to come. Unless you have read the books, of course.

The second movie starts with the unresolved feelings Tessa has towards Hardin after finding out the bet he made to take her virginity. Being realistic, if someone walked into a relationship with those expectations and solely off of making a bet, even at first, I don’t understand how she let him back into her life after figuring it out. Alas, she did and our favorite toxic relationship is back. No viewer of After can deny that the relationship Hardin and Tessa have is toxic, but everyone seems to enjoy watching them. Although, I think I still liked the second movie better despite the fact that the first After movie had a way better soundtrack.

I will say the second movie was way more funny than the first. There were scenes which may seem a little raunchy, but were still hilarious. Also, I really enjoyed Tessa having some character development and not being such a pushover in this movie. She definitely grew up and grew a backbone.

In this movie we were introduced to some new characters including Trevor played by Dylan Sprouse and Kimberly played by Candice King. I really liked seeing Candice King in something other than The Vampire Diaries and she gave a really good performance. Also, the character she played was a nice refresher. She started out as a good person and was a good friend to Tessa without ulterior motives. Also, she isn’t a college student like the rest of them.

When first being introduced to Trevor, I was very skeptical of him. He is definitely a representation of the opposite of Hardin. Although, I have to admit that my first thought of Trevor and Tessa’s relationship was that it was cute, whether it was a possible relationship or just friendship. By the end of the movie I didn’t really like Trevor. It seemed like he always had ulterior motives. He is smug and thinks he knows everything, which I did not like.

Now regarding a returning character, Molly, played by Inanna Sarkis. Molly seems like the character that is just causing all the problems and is always at the root. I really just hate how she is depicted. She is often seen as jealous and desperate, especially when it comes to Hardin. I feel like Molly has so much potential as a character and I really hope she gets a redeeming arc. I think she has so much wasted potential.

One of my favorite characters, Landon, is Hardin’s step-brother and one of Tessa’s friends. Landon is played by Shane Paul McGhie in both movies, but is rumored to be leaving the After cast and his role will possibly be recast. I wish we actually got to see more of Landon, especially when it comes to his relationships with Hardin and Tessa. It feels like he is more of a side character than a main one and I hope the future movies bring his character more screen time. One of the other characters we don’t get to see much of is Noah, but in the second installment we got to see him a little bit more. Unfortunately, it was all completely ruined due to his relationship with Tessa’s mom. I think there is a fine line between being friends with an ex’s parent and having a cool relationship compared to having a weird relationship, where she treats Noah like her child rather than her actual daughter.

Another character we were introduced to is Hardin’s Mother, Trish Powell, played by Louise Lombard. She is by far my favorite character in the whole movie and I loved it. She is funny, light hearted and brave. She is literally the sweetest person in that whole movie.  

Throughout the film, I really saw some changes in a lot of the characters. I liked seeing Hardin try to be good and worthy of Tessa. Like, when it was her birthday and Hardin let her choose what they would do all day. That moment was filled with adorable and funny scenes. I especially loved the scene with Molly and Tessa on New Years, and it is by far my favorite.The ending of After We Collided surprised me. I honestly thought it was going to break my heart, but when the movie ended I was just left confused. A good thought is that the third and fourth books in the series have already been confirmed to be made into movies. Unfortunately, the third and fourth movies will have a different cast for a lot of returning characters. This is shown in the example of Karen, Hardin’s step-mother. On the bright side, Tessa and Hardin should remain the same.

Generals student journalists win big at IHSPA

Despite the cancellation of the Indiana High School State Press Association’s Fall Convention, the state-wide Harvey Awards were still awarded by IHSPA. Clarksville High School’s two student publications, the Generals’ Delivery and the Legatus, won 19 awards, sweeping the sports writing category.

Leading the Generals, junior Summer Neal won two first place awards, sports writing and public service announcement, second place in editorial, a third place in sports writing and an honorable mention for column writing. Also winning first place awards were senior Kelsey Pease in public service announcement and 2020 graduate Sam Soto-Mendoza for editorial cartooning. 

“I could not be more proud of our student journalists. They went above and beyond in covering our school community last year all while learning to navigate life during a pandemic,” adviser Kelly Short said. 

List of award winners:

News writing- 2nd place Kelsey Pease 

Feature writing- 3rd place McKenzie Murdoch

Sports writing- 1st place Summer Neal, 2nd place McKenzie Murdoch, 3rd Summer Neal

Editorial writing- 2nd place Summer Neal

Column writing- honorable mention (HM) Summer Neal, honorable mention (HM) Seth Wright

Infographic- honorable mention (HM) Tanner Page

Editorial Cartoon- 1st place Sam Soto-Medoza, 2 honorable mention (HM) Sam Soto-Mendoza

Advertising/PSA- 1st place Summer Neal and Kelsey Pease

Website- 3rd place 

Yearbook Features Student Life- (HM) Johelisa Santana and Kylie Perez

Yearbook Current Events Coverage- (HM) Johelisa Santana and Zowie Ferguson

Yearbook Ads/Index- 2nd place Kirsten Cummings

Yearbook Theme-3rd place Devyn Weathers, Kirsten Cummings and Johelisa Santana

Sports Coverage- (HM) Devyn Weathers, Sydney Stewart and Nikki Hatfield

Halloween can not be stopped, even by a pandemic

written by De’Airel Baker

Halloween is a very fun and memorable night for all kids. There’s always lots of excitement and anticipation as kids dress up as their favorite character and collect candy. This year, COVID-19 has hit the globe in the gut. Fortunately, Indiana has been cleared to stage 5, the final reopening stage that means everywhere around Indiana can be at full capacity (while wearing masks). The question is, will Halloween get cancelled before it even gets here?

Everyone has their opinions on whether or not Indiana should get a Halloween. Some say no because they just want to be safe. Some say yes because they could not imagine Halloween without candy and haunted houses. I believe Indiana should get a Halloween. Indiana should get a Halloween because we, as a community, have already missed out on so much. As long as people are being safe, I see no harm in one. For some, this is their very first or very last Halloween. Trick-or-treating is one of the best nights for a kid. They get to run around and get as much candy as their little bags can carry. Although, even if you are not going up to the houses, I feel like families should definitely still take precautions and make sure everyone is safe.

As people make their decisions to participate in Halloween activities, especially ones with big groups, they should definitely come up with a plan. The top priority for everyone should be to wear a mask and social distance as much as possible. Keep wipes or hand sanitizer with you everywhere you go and frequently use them. Also, maybe If you know that the streets will be packed with kids, adults, and teens, you could plan a different route for your family. 

For those who do not want to go out, there are other, maybe even more fun options. For example, a small costume party for the kids with games to compete for candy. You could make fall recipes or create Halloween crafts to hang around the house. Some could even have a haunted family game night or a movie night and create their own little trick-or-treating event inside the house. It may be boring, but with the right family and friends you will have a nice time.