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Volunteers reflect on Day for Change

Volunteers reflect on Day for Change

Caroline Beek, Staff Writer
December 20, 2016
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Guidance Counselor Jason Lessard, Facilitator "We were very excited that we were able to include the entire freshmen class. This involved a lot of planning and organizing! We are currently collecting feedback from a variety of people involved in order to improve the day for next year. I think it goes w...

The reality of police brutality

The reality of police brutality

Anita Nyberg, Staff Writer
December 19, 2016
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Although many people believe that United States police officers do their best to protect citizens from harm, others distrust and even fear the police. Recent accusations of police brutality in cases such as the fatal police shootings of unarmed citizens Alton Sterling and Terence Crutcher have prompted...

Sophomore wears Confederate flag hat, sparks controversy

Sophomore wears Confederate flag hat, sparks controversy

Rebecca Poretsky, Staff Writer
December 19, 2016
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A sophomore’s Confederate flag hat sparked controversy leaving some students uncomfortable, especially near the time of the Presidential election, and administration debating if further action is needed. Sophomore Allan Bramhill has been wearing a hat with a Confederate flag patch on the front since...

Instagram now on school server

Instagram now on school server

Natalie Sadek, Social Media Editor
December 19, 2016
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The district recently implemented a new wifi server for the school that unblocked certain websites and apps, such as Instagram, on the school wifi. “When we set [the new web filter] up, there’s a standard list that blocks out violence, pornography, all those things that maybe shouldn’t be allowed...

New LED lights lead to a brighter future

New LED lights lead to a brighter future

Julie Rogers, Staff Writer
December 15, 2016
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Head of Facilities Mike Gorman is researching greener ways to keep the building running as efficiently as possible with new LED lights, which could also benefit the budget. Gorman has been doing his best to keep the building as efficient as possible since the 2008 renovation and addition to the bu...

Toy Drive collects gifts for children in need this holiday season

Toy Drive collects gifts for children in need this holiday season

Lucas Begnami, Staff Writer
December 14, 2016
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Several clubs are organizing opportunities for students and faculty to donate gifts for children in need through various holiday toy drives in hopes of bringing the community together for a good cause. National Honor Society, Kids Come First, and Student Council are involved with collecting donations...

990 hours debate continues as students, teachers adjust

990 hours debate continues as students, teachers adjust

Riley Garand, Staff Writer
December 13, 2016
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Students and teachers are dealing with the elimination of homeroom with the incurred pros and cons, as administrators continue to consider whether it can be reinstated in the future. Homeroom was removed from the schedule this year to help the school meet the 990 hours of instructional time requi...

Post-election sentiments drive political rift between students

Post-election sentiments drive political rift between students

Cassidy Wang, News Editor
December 12, 2016
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Whether it takes on the form of sly, side comments made in class or a Donald Trump impression over morning announcements, one statement is undeniable: post-election political tension is very much present in school. Since the morning of November 9, reactions to the election results have been clearly expressed...

National English Honor Society charter established, encouraging applications

National English Honor Society charter established, encouraging applications

Anna He, Staff Writer
December 12, 2016
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Juniors Merry Qian and Libby McBride worked to establish a charter for the National English Honor Society (NEHS), hoping members will help promote English through community service. Qian and McBride co-founded the new club, with English teachers Jane Betar, Deborah Saltzman, and Virginia Fitzgerald m...

Youssef debates, juggles his way to win the Senior Pageant

Youssef debates, juggles his way to win the Senior Pageant

Julia Labich, Staff Writer
December 9, 2016
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Senior Zach Youssef received the title Senior of the Year 2017 after running against six other contestants in the first Senior Pageant on November 10. The Senior Pageant was broken up into three categories: formal wear, interview, and talent. The seven contestants were judged by Assistant Principal P...

Student Council collects change to drive change for local food pantry

Student Council collects change to drive change for local food pantry

Elise Gallagher, Staff Writer
December 8, 2016
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The traditional Thanksgiving Food Drive changed to a winter drive focused on collecting money to provide food for the Mustard Seed, a local food pantry. According to Student Council President senior Gretchen Forbush, the food drive is similar to previous years, but Student Council is primarily colle...

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