The official student news site of Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, MA

THE ALGONQUIN HARBINGER

The official student news site of Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, MA

THE ALGONQUIN HARBINGER

The official student news site of Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, MA

THE ALGONQUIN HARBINGER

Staff Writer Cass Melo writes that the voting age needs to be lowered because 16 year-olds can make many valuable contributions to their community.

The voting age needs to be lowered

Cass Melo, Staff Writer February 7, 2023

Although America’s government supposedly runs on democracy, this privilege is typically withheld from youth. However, at this year's Southborough Town Meeting, voters will be tasked with the question...

Opinion Editor Jeffrey Dratch writes that it is important for students to recognize their privilege and work to lessen the social class divide.

Wealth culture at Algonquin: a case of Affluenza

Jeffrey Dratch, Opinion Editor January 6, 2023

Walking through the halls of Algonquin, or even driving into the parking lots, it is easy to see a significant presence of wealth. Many students arrive at school in brand new luxury cars, and hallways...

Assistant Opinion Editor Lila Shields writes that the BMI method is outdated and problematic.

BMI promotes toxic weight standards, should be abolished

Lila Shields, Assistant Opinion Editor December 16, 2022

Body mass index, commonly referred to as BMI, has been used in the healthcare setting for decades and continues to have a negative impact. This outdated method, which determines whether an individual has...

Assistant News Editor Ava Arcona writes that blocking of websites on school WiFi is unnecessary and limits students, especially those using school-owned devices.

Blocking websites on school servers and devices unnecessary, problematic

Ava Arcona, Assistant News Editor November 22, 2022

Since the beginning of the school year, Algonquin students have had to work around the new restrictions set on the websites able to be visited using school devices, or when connected to school Wi-Fi. This...

Assistant Opinion Editor Arielle Chin writes that revisions on tests and quizzes are necessary so students can learn from their mistakes.

Learning from mistakes: revisions on quizzes and tests are necessary for students

Arielle Chin, Assistant Opinion Editor November 17, 2022

For many students, the opportunity to be able to revise tests and quizzes would benefit learning because various factors such as stress, sleep deprivation from studying all night or even having the occasional...

Opinion Editor Jeffrey Dratch writes that the underfunding of schools has led to flaws in world language education in the United States.

The way world language is taught in the US needs to be overhauled

Jeffrey Dratch, Opinion Editor November 10, 2022

Only 21.6% of people in the United States speak a language other than English at home, according to a census study in 2020. There is a common misconception in the United States that only “gifted” people...

The midterm elections will determine positions such as governor and representatives, as well as important questions significant to the state.

Use your power to vote: a guide to the 2022 midterm elections

Jeffrey Dratch and Lila Shields November 3, 2022

It’s election season! As you probably know, the president still has another two years left in his term. But this election isn’t a presidential election, it's the midterm election, determining positions...

Opinion Editor Jeffrey Dratch writes that the Pledge of Allegiance has a harmful past and should not be recited in schools.

The Pledge of Allegiance needs to be left behind

Jeffrey Dratch, Opinion Editor October 31, 2022

Since the late 1800s, the Pledge of Allegiance has been a staple in American public schools, and American culture in general. For many people, including the majority of Algonquin students, the pledge is...

Assistant Opinion Editor Lila Shields writes that wearing masks causes insecurities when people use them to hide parts of themselves.

Wearing masks has caused a rise in insecurities

Lila Shields, Assistant Opinion Editor October 18, 2022

As a result of the  COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals have become accustomed to wearing masks, hoping to protect their health by covering their face. For a time, it was mandatory to wear a mask in public...

Assistant Opinion Editor Arielle Chin writes that pretty privilege not only creates unrealistic standards for teens, but is also used to excuse violent and abusive behavior.

Pretty privilege bias is real, harms society and individuals

Arielle Chin, Assistant Opinion Editor October 11, 2022

From trending hashtags to popular videos, the term “pretty privilege” has been going viral recently on many social media platforms. Pretty privilege is a belief that a person who is conventionally...

Assistant Opinion Editor Lila Shields writes that vegan diets can be inaccessible due to the high prices of plant-based products.

Going Vegan is a Privilege

Lila Shields, Assistant Opinion Editor September 29, 2022

At Target, the cost of ground beef burgers is seven dollars for 16 ounces while Impossible Burgers are ten dollars for the same amount. With this information, the typical cost per Impossible Burger is...

Assistant News Editor Ava Arcona writes that balancing varsity sports with academics and extracurriculars requires commitment and sacrifice.

Varsity sports are too much to handle

Ava Arcona, Assistant News Editor September 15, 2022

One of my favorite tropes in cheesy high school rom-coms is that of the popular jock who discovers a passion for the arts, a la High School Musical, in which said jock embarks on a journey of self-discovery...

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