The Earth is on Fire

Ainsley Smyth and Lynnlee Johnson

September 6, 2019

      The Amazon rainforest forest fire has been sparking attention and action from both world leaders and social media. The fires began around the beginning of August, but the story’s social media presence took several days to weeks to build up. The Amazon helps produce oxygen and co...

A Sophomore’s Opinion

August 7, 2019

Freshman year was a whirlwind of new experiences, people, classes, and activities.  Last year the class of 2015 was finally in the “big” high school and got to do the two things middle schoolers look forward to most: playi...

Vaccinate Your Kids, Please

Michaela Tarwater, writer

April 12, 2018

Who spreads the influenza the most? Children. Over 36,000 people die each year of the influenza in the U.S (Harvard Health). Around 200,000 people are hospitalized each year in the U.S. because of the influenza (Harvard Healt...

Accessing Multimedia Illegally, Okay or Not?

Dre'von Bradley, Writer

September 18, 2017

It’s 2017 and it’s easier now to access movies, music and TV shows than ever before. There are many legal platforms that can be used but there are illegal ones as well. There has been a growing discussion about whether using...

Shut Up

Sylvia Bryan

February 17, 2016

No matter how many layers of concealer and foundation I put on in the morning, I will always have dark circles under my eyes. Sometimes--most times---I can’t fall asleep when I want to, because I can’t make my brain sh...

Step It Up

Kathleen Gartner

January 28, 2016

The turnout for young voters in elections is shameful. According to the US Census Bureau, in 2012 only 38% of Americans ages 18-24 voted in the presidential election. For a nation founded on the principles of representation and...

Keep Your Head Up

Max Meyer

January 28, 2016

George Washington and John F. Kennedy are figures that we look to as great leaders in the history of our nation. In many people’s minds, they are people who did nothing but good throughout their lives. This is, in fact, a commo...

Halloween is for EVERYONE

Caroline Fullerton

October 22, 2015

Leaves are changing, football is in full swing, and pumpkin patch pictures are multiplying by the minute on Instagram -- fall is most definitely upon us, and after a sweltering summer it is most definitely welcome. A popular...

Top Three Albums of All-Time

Max Meyer

October 15, 2015

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”- The Beatles This 1967 album captured the entire range of music The Beatles produced. Throughout their career The Beatles tested the limits of music and experimented with the...

12th Man Refueled

12th Man Refueled

September 16, 2015

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