15 Of The Best Disney Channel Original Movies

15 Of The Best Disney Channel Original Movies

You can't even deny the greatness of these DCOMs.

There was nothing better than getting ready for the premiere of a new DCOM with all of your friends and singing along to all the songs. Yes, some are very cheesy, but they always featured an all-star cast, which made them so much better. These movies are sure to bring back some great childhood memories.

1. "High School Musical"

Easily the best DCOM ever made. I have yet to meet one girl who doesn’t know all the lyrics to every single song, simply because every single one was a bop. Plus, Troy and Gabriella are the ultimate goals.

2. "Camp Rock"

A movie starring Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers at a summer music camp? Obviously, I am going to watch this on repeat.

3. "The Cheetah Girls"

This sensational singing group showed us the meaning of girl power and taught us to always stay true to ourselves. You can't even deny that all of their songs are smash hits.

4. "Go Figure"

This gem focuses on a young girl who attempts to go from figure skating to ice hockey. Although she struggles, she finds that the two sports are not so different after all.

5. "Stuck in the Suburbs"

Starring two Disney Channel icons, Brenda Song and Danielle Panabaker, this movie focuses on two small-town girls who accidentally swap phones with a major pop star.

6. "Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off"

This DCOM is about a baseball player who loves to cook but has to keep it a secret so he doesn’t disappoint his dad. Also, an appearance by chef Bobby Flay makes the movie ten times better.

7. "The Thirteenth Year"

A 13-year-old boy discovers he is actually part merman! Why can’t this happen to me?

8. "Halloweentown"

These movies were what everyone looked forward to during the fall season. Who didn’t want to visit Halloweentown and fly around on a broomstick?

9. "Gotta Kick It Up!"

This movie focuses on a Latina dance group that goes from the bottom to the top, always encouraging each other with the phrase "Sí say puede!” Yes, we can!

10. "Cadet Kelly"

We all felt bad for Kelly when she went from the big city to military school. Although it was rough, she stayed true to herself and discovered a new found love for her school while joining the Rifle Spinning team. You go, girl!

11. "Minutemen"

If only we had the ability to go back in time to change things we did in high school like these guys do. Life would be so different!

12. "Princess Protection Program"

This DCOM stars childhood besties Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, who attempt to keep a princess’ identity hidden. Their hit song, “One and the Same”, is featured in this film and you’re sure to sing it all day long with your own best friend.

13. "Lemonade Mouth"

In this film, you get to witness the story of a band that went from being a bunch of nobodies to musical icons, with a soundtrack of nothing but bops.

14. "Avalon High"

This movie tells the tale of a young girl who discovers herself and her friends are reincarnations of King Arthur and his roundtable. Imagine having to deal with something like that along with regular high school drama.

15. "Starstruck"

This movie tells the story of a chance meeting between a pop star and a normal girl from Michigan. The song "Hero" will be sure to melt your heart.

These Disney Channel Original Movies are ones that will always have a special place in my heart, and movies that I will never say no to watching.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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