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Freshman year went by fast, and I'm looking forward to sophomore year.

Freshman Perspective: Class of 2024 ends miserable year with optimism

by Leila Gibril, Reporter June 16, 2021

With the school year coming to an end, high school students are continually coming closer to college. Did being online hinder that experience? How did you feel about your overall performance in your first...

TikTokers, Nikita Dragun, Thomas Petrou, Larri Merritt, Alex Warren, Hudson, Kouvr Annon, Sienna Mae Gomez, and Jack Wright collab with Netflix for the Hype House Show.

Netflix “Hype House Show” gets negative hype – Please cancel it!

by Sarah Webb and Alyssa Pizer May 27, 2021

Fans threaten to cancel their Netflix subscriptions because of the new Hype House show. We agree and are against the idea of the Hype House and their new reality TV show simply because these TikTokers...

The pharmacy at Safeway in Mount Airy, Covid-19 vaccination area.

My experience with the Covid-19 Vaccine: It’s worth it!

by Emily McNally, Managing Editor May 23, 2021

At first I was scared, hearing all the rumors and lies about the one thing that is supposed to solve most of the world's problems. It was frightening and definitely alarming.  Why is getting a vaccine...

A close view of the deserted center of the FSK Mall... with its ironic

Why do I need a time machine to go to a good mall?

Malls are no longer the teen hangout they once were.
by Audrey Kilgore May 22, 2021

In Season 3 of Stranger Things, when teen friends El and Max were skipping through the mall during El’s very first visit, the camera panned around at a bright, bustling scene with people everywhere....

The 2021 season NHL playoff bracket

Washington Capitals lose to Boston, crushing my hope for Stanley Cup – again

by Brynne McKinney, Reporter May 21, 2021

My favorite team is definitely the Washington Capitals. I have been a  Caps fan for as long as I can remember; however, I really started to watch and enjoy the game of hockey in 2018 when the Washington...

Sammie Hoefs gets excited thinking about graduating on the same field her dad did years ago.

A COVID guideline graduation could potentially bring back old school traditions

by Sammie Hoefs, Editor-in-Chief May 20, 2021

With mere days before graduation, all eyes are on seniors. Many of us feared the loss of an in-person graduation after the Class of 2020 had to make appointments one by one to have photos taken in the...

A word map made by Alexis Simmerman

It’s okay to not be okay

by Alexis Simmerman, Reporter May 19, 2021

Mental health= a smile on your face, a sunny attitude, and everything under control. NOPE.  Mental health isn’t about being free of all stress and problems, but it’s about learning how to deal...

Pictured from left to right with their twitter accounts: Harmonie Deflippis (@MotherMulatto), Cinnamon (IG: @CinnamonnBaby), Gorda (@FierceFatFemme), and Jamila (@TheSirachaBro). These women are in the modeling industry.

Body Positivity 101: History, Journey, Acceptance

by Jessie Hernandez, Reporter May 19, 2021

A 12-year-old girl who's supposedly 50-lbs overweight stands in line at the Walmart checkout counter with her mom. She sees countless fat-shaming magazines headlines about Kim Kardashian. "Kim Kardashian...

Promise Green, winner of

Social Justice 101: Green hopes for better future through winning poem

“I wanted my poem to be a verbal slap in the face."
by Maya Apau, Editor-in-Chief May 14, 2021

“As we rise from the trenches. As we build our own bridges. As we strive with unimaginable ambition. There will be no more social injustice for me,” said poet Promise Green. Social Injustice...

Senior Karlee Duda is trying navigate scholarship applications in her spare time.

College scholarships, a 9-5 job for seniors

I calculate that if a student makes $10 an hour to save for college, and they work for eight hours, then that's $80 saved for college. The same eight hours spent on scholarships may have a low pay-out with no guarantee.
by Sammie Hoefs, Editor-in-Chief April 28, 2021

As if the pandemic, graduation, and the looming summer without a job aren’t enough, every parent/senior conversation comes with a “How are we going to pay for college?” discussion.  It’s miserable. With...

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