Transition to adulthood influenced by culture

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer Turning 18 isn’t the only way to become an adult. Easing the transition from childhood to adulthood, coming of age traditions celebrate the milestone that is becoming a full-fledged adult. Varying from culture to culture, almost every society has designated rituals, ceremonies, and customs to honor the journey from adolescence to adulthood.  The Bat Mitzvah […]

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Gymnasts bend over backwards to maintain busy schedule

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer When it comes to balancing school with other activities, student gymnasts are sure to stick the landing. Junior Annie Riegert and senior Kelly Sulek have both been gymnasts for over a decade. The athletes, who both compete level 10 in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics program, attend Perfection Gymnastics School. Riegert said she started gymnastics […]

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Self-tanning students face judgement from peers

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer The tan line between stylized and stigmatized is a thin one. Tanned skin is considered a standard of beauty in today’s world. Yet not everyone becomes tan by laying in the sun. Some Mason High School students choose to use self-tanner as a way to bronze their skin.  Senior Allie Filippi participates in Color Guard and […]

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Bygone clubs reinstated by interested students

Jessica Wang | Staff Writer Out with the old, in with the old. Driven by their interests, students at Mason High School have taken it upon themselves to bring back old clubs. For instance, seniors Connor Telford and Chris Lee, fueled by their love for music, initiated the comeback of the Record Club. “Chris Lee remembered that [the Record Club] […]

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Nostalgic and new favorites combine with new streaming service

Della Johnson | Staff Writer For $6.99 a month, students are reliving their Disney Channel childhoods. DisneyPlus is a new media streaming service that was launched on November 12 of this year. It includes classic movies, discontinued television shows originally shown through cable on Disney Channel, and new DisneyPlus-exclusive content. Since its announcement, the service itself has garnered large amounts […]

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High school Boy Scouts strive for Eagle award

Scott Reckers | Staff Writer It takes eagle-like vision to spot these high ranking scouts among the others. Established in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America are a well-known organization that has stood the test of time. Some students at Mason High School are active members of Scout troops, but few make it to the coveted Eagle Scout rank. There […]

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Student led clubs promote independence among members

Archie Barton | Staff Writer Student-run and student-led, high school clubs are redefining the traditional atmosphere of after school activities. Speech and Debate are primarily led by four students: the President, in charge of the logistics and the roster, the Vice President, who handles judges and two secretaries, the Secretary of Fundraising, and the Secretary of Curriculum, who organize activity […]

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Teachers aid students with special needs

Anushka Mukherjee | Staff Writer Mason High School’s special education department takes pride in aiding students with special needs throughout their high school education.  Christopher Kilgore, an intervention specialist, has been at MHS for the past four years. His interest in the field peaked at a young age when he worked at an inclusion summer day camp.  “I just got […]

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Q&A with Head Custodian Mel Wynn

Anushka Mukherjee | Staff Writer Q: How long have you worked at Mason High School? A: My name is Mel Wynn and I’m the head custodian at Mason High School. I’ve been with the district since 2002. I’ve been in this building for five years now. I was at Mason Heights Elementary and Western Row Elementary before I came here […]

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Aspiring animator works with YouTubers to gain experience

Shravani Page | Staff Writer With a world constantly revolving around technology, teenagers have been inspired to innovate, create, and experiment with new platforms.  Freshman Grady Roeper has worked with animation since he was 9 years old. He is self taught and learned to animate through online tutorials and experimentation. He first used his knowledge to animate videos on Roblox. […]

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MHS Community Feeling Fundraising Fatigue

Anna Kinasewitz | Staff Writer Whether it’s shaking mom down for cash, digging in the glove box for loose change, or knocking on neighbors’ doors to pledge money, fundraising at Mason is an ever-persistent event.  Years ago, many members of the high school staff began to realize that students and high school families may feel as though they were constantly […]

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Teacher shares personal story of mental illness

Anushka Mukherjee | Staff Writer Everyone has their own journey with mental health, but one Mason High School teacher is using hers to start a conversation.   Mollee Coffey, an Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology teacher, has taught the class at Mason for the past five years. She said she shares her story about her struggle with mental illness with her […]

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Science teachers implement interactive technology

Archie Barton | Staff Writer Science teachers are switching up their classes and venturing into the world of technology.  Through the use of Nintendo Labo kits, Mason High School’s Intervention specialist Mike Planicka and Physical Geology teacher Cody Kreager teach students about the applications of technology in the classroom. Nintendo Labo kits are made of cardboard cut-outs and assembled to […]

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Horseriding students volunteer to help disabled peers

Meghan Dincler | Staff Writer Every weekend, volunteers saddle up to help people with disabilities.  Bridge Riding for the Disabled is an organization where people with disabilities can get unique therapy through riding horses. It helps them improve balance, independence, and motor skills, among other things. With the help of Program Director Pat Howe and a group of volunteers, those […]

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