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Why we should not lower the voting age

Why we should not lower the voting age

by Alex Dembeck, Reporter

November 19, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion, Showcase

Would allowing teens to vote at 16 have changed the midterm elections? Probably. After students began to use their voice in light of tragedies, such as the Parkland shooting, many politicians have acknowledged that teens aren’t simply focused on their social lives. They are worried about their futures...

Are QR codes the best way to prevent misconduct in school?

Are QR codes the best way to prevent misconduct in school?

by Catie Jo Tansey and Ethan Hart

October 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In fall 2018, the administration implemented a new system to prevent misconduct, especially in the bathrooms where, historically, there has been a lot of vandalism. The administration created a QR code that allows students to submit tips when they witness vaping or vandalism in school bathrooms or elsewher...

What has our generation lost? Gen Z is in trouble

What has our generation lost? Gen Z is in trouble

by Maya Apau and Tabitha Moses

October 23, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion

Are you reading this story on your phone? What would life be like without phones and social media?  Electronics have had many benefits to daily life, such as quick access to information, fast communication, and entertainment. However, alongside these benefits comes an increasing lack of social a...

What’s up with freshmen taking AP US History?

What’s up with freshmen taking AP US History?

by Cara Bond, Reporter

October 23, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion

As an avid reader, writer and history enthusiast, I’ve often chosen to enroll in AP history classes. The time I spent in AP World History during my sophomore year gave me the experience that I felt adequately prepared me for a semester-long course of AP US History in my junior year. However, this y...

Are the dangers of artificial turf fields worth the risk?

Are the dangers of artificial turf fields worth the risk?

by William Quansah, Reporter

October 17, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion, Showcase

Artificial turf has increased in popularity around the world, especially in the United States. There are over 12,000 artificial turf fields across the United States, and the number is growing. They’re nice to play on, due to their flexibility with weather, and they are easy to maintain. This all se...

New dress code prevents personal style

New dress code prevents personal style

by Emily DiPasquale, Reporter

October 3, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion

A new dress code (Policy 439) was revised on July 2018 to state that students may not wear head coverings (hats and hoodies). The policy was also revised to have gender neutral language. Many students were surprised with the new dress code, and some had not even heard about it until they stepped foo...

Later school start times: When will they happen?

Later school start times: When will they happen?

by Alex Dembeck, Reporter

September 25, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion

Countless numbers of high school students stay up late each night trying to balance school and extracurricular activities and then have to turn around after an average of fewer than six hours of sleep and start their days once more. According to Ms. Dawn Murphy, psychology and history teacher, ...

Forsaken: Destiny 2’s latest expansion

Forsaken: Destiny 2’s latest expansion

by Tyler Roman, Managing Editor

September 25, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion

Destiny 2: Forsaken released September 4 is the game’s third major content expansion. It brought new story, new lore, new locations, new characters, some recognizable old characters, a plethora of sweet sweet loot, and has been a major success in improving the game. A general warning though, t...

Athletes should be given more flexibility with homework deadlines

Athletes should be given more flexibility with homework deadlines

by Bailey Spore, Reporter

September 24, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion, Showcase

Participating in high school sports is not easy. With practices every day and games or meets once or twice a week, many student-athletes struggle to balance school work and sports. I have had track meets where I don’t get home until 10:00 at night. By the time I shower and eat dinner, it’s 11:30. A...

Class of 2022 shares their first impressions

Class of 2022 shares their first impressions

by Emily Lotito, Reporter

September 24, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion

On September 4, the Class of 2022 started their four-year journey in high school. Students got lost in the halls. Teachers handed out their syllabi and their new rules and expectations for the class.  “I expected to get hazed a lot by upperclassmen and get pushed around a lot.  I also didn't ex...

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