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Debate: Should there be required summer reading?

Debate: Should there be required summer reading?

Shannon Youngberg, News Editor
October 2, 2016
Filed under Opinion

It’s the first day of summer. All the recently released students twiddle their thumbs and rack their brains on what they could possibly be expected to do with all their free time over the next two months. But then, they remember the one solution to their problem; they have summer reading! Hightailing...

War of Egos: Round One

War of Egos: Round One

Carey Davis, Online Editor
September 27, 2016
Filed under Opinion

A hush fell over the audience as the lights dimmed and darkness rushed in. The tension bristled the necks of the American people, as their collective breath bated with fervent anticipation. Lester Holt’s voice washed over the sound waves. The game had begun. The first 2016 presidential debate culminate...

School is back! Are you ready?

School is back! Are you ready?

Carey Davis, Online Editor
August 31, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Hover over the icons below for quick tips to help you start the school year on a good note.

Rethink grading so we can learn

Daphne Binto, Staff Writer
August 22, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Almost any high school student knows the scenario: multiple nights of little sleep, four cups of coffee, and hundreds of flashcards with copious amounts of information to memorize. There’s a never-ending cycle of laboring over schoolwork, all for the elusive yet alluring A. But since when did the a...

Music, sports offer students equal challenges through play

Music, sports offer students equal challenges through play

Veronika Jaster, Staff Writer
August 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion

The whistle blows. The ball is passed from person to person. They punt and pant and sprint. The referee keeps track of the time. The final goal makes it into the net. The crowd cheers. The baton flicks. The melody is passed from person to person. They drum and hum and strum. The metronome keeps tra...

Lay off on liars: sometimes a fib isn’t so bad

Lay off on liars: sometimes a fib isn’t so bad

Jo Casey, Staff Writer
August 1, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Sometimes it just happens: little white lies to make someone feel better, excuses to explain why the homework isn’t done, or elaborate lies just for the fun of it. According to a 2002 study by University of Massachusetts, about 60 percent of people lie at least once during a ten-minute conversation. So if lying is so widespread, why ...

We are too focused on our possessions

We are too focused on our possessions

Anna Clune, Staff Writer
July 25, 2016
Filed under Opinion

“Anna, all your clothes have been stolen,” my mother said over the phone and instantly, I became devastated thinking about all the clothes I had lost that I recently bought such as some athletic shorts, tank tops, jeans and some t-shirts I have gotten from camps or made with my friends that count...

High hopes for marijuana legalization

High hopes for marijuana legalization

Xander Simon, Staff Writer
July 8, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Imagine paying less taxes while better funding public amenities such as schools, libraries, and services. This could be possible by legalizing marijuana, a natural and benign plant. A proposed Massachusetts statute on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults age 21 and older emphasiz...

EDITORIAL: It’s time to cut the cord

EDITORIAL: It’s time to cut the cord

June 22, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Growing up is tough; everyone can benefit from a protector of some sort to keep them in line prior to adulthood. Whether it be a parent or legal guardian, those of us who have a watchful eye in our lives should remember how lucky we are. That being said, sometimes these authority figures take too firm...

Pitbulls get a needlessly “ruff” rap

Pitbulls get a needlessly “ruff” rap

Maggie Shoemaker, Staff Writer
June 20, 2016
Filed under Opinion

“In the ’70s they blamed dobermans, in the ’80s they blamed German shepherds, in the ’90s they blamed the rottweiler. Now they blame the pit bull. When will they blame the humans?” dog expert Cesar Millan said. In media, pit bulls are often wrongfully portrayed as violent, senseless beasts...

Tattoos shouldn’t be taboo for teens

Tattoos shouldn’t be taboo for teens

Anna Silver, Assistant A&E Editor
June 17, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Often stereotyped as unprofessional and tacky, perhaps nothing other than a drunken mistake, tattoos have been gaining acceptance as celebrities, parents, teachers, and teenagers have been getting ink. Recently an increasing number of people have been presenting their tattoos proudly like artwork as...

Class rank encourages student improvement

Class rank encourages student improvement

Paige Morse, Assistant A&E Editor
May 29, 2016
Filed under Opinion

While many students worry at the mention of class rank, the thought of competition excites me. Class ranks are first given halfway through junior year, but the effort and dedication towards achieving a high rank started when we opened the door on the first day of freshman year. They create a necessary...

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