Teachers abstain from sharing political views in classroom

Shravani Page | Staff Writer While students are taught about their First Amendment rights in government class, teachers often hold back on expressing their opinions in the classroom. Government teacher Susie Wilcox said she chooses not to express her personal opinions during political discussions held in class. For Wilcox, that isn’t her responsibility, and students should get to hear about […]

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Traditional Chinese dancers connect with culture

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer Jessica Wang | Staff Writer When it comes to Chinese New Year traditions, lion dancing is the mane event. Lion dancing, a traditional Chinese form of dance, is said to have originated during the Tang Dynasty after an emperor dreamed he was rescued by a lion. Since then, lion dancing has often been a staple […]

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High school girls look to birth control for medical relief

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer From controlling irregular menstruation to alleviating chronic pain, birth control is not just used as a contraceptive — for some, it’s a necessity. Senior Nikita Morjaria takes birth control to reduce her anemia, a condition caused by a deficit of red blood cells. She chooses to take non-hormonal birth control, which tends to have fewer […]

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Therapy embraced as method to improve mental health

Andrea Hefferan | Managing Editor Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can heal your mind. Therapy has become a common resource used by students at Mason to better their mental health.  One of these students is senior Vince Albers, who has seen a therapist for over a year. For him, sharing everything with his therapist was daunting […]

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Teachers utilize online resources to enhance education

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Listening to lectures and taking notes aren’t the only ways to learn anymore. In recent years, numerous online tools have integrated themselves with the traditional, paper-pencil oriented approach. Websites such as Khan Academy, Desmos, and Mathbits have become the right hand men of teachers throughout Mason High School.  Teachers like Heather Verstreate, an Honors Geometry […]

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Subscription boxes personalize online shopping

Evelina Gaivoronskaia |   Staff Writer Monthly subscription boxes provide out-of-the-box ways to explore new products.  With the rise of the Internet, more and more people have used online shopping platforms, such as subscription boxes. Sophomore Allison Fries has been using Birchbox, a subscription that provides a couple of samples of various beauty products every month, since December. She said […]

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Ceramics Teacher finds Youtube Success

Scott Reckers | Staff Writer Karan Witham-Walsh is known by most of her students as a ceramics teacher, but to her 41,000 subscribers, she is a YouTuber. Witham-Walsh started her channel, Karan’s Pots and Glass, in 2013 to teach her ceramics students. She said she believes the videos to be an efficient way to teach, especially for ceramics, as she […]

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Cleanses used to improve physical and mental health

Meghan Dincler | Staff Writer Junior Isabel Mattern said she was interested in improving her health, and decided to try a juice cleanse after seeing multiple videos and posts about their many health benefits. Mattern said she wanted to try a juice cleanse after enjoying some unhealthy food during Thanksgiving.  “I was finding all these posts saying [a juice cleanse] […]

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International students struggle to find scholarships

Hannah Libby | Staff Writer Going to college is one of the most expensive decisions a person will make in their life — and for international students, that decision can be even more costly. As scholarship season is heating up at Mason High School, many of its students are stopped cold by their immigration status and ability to apply. FAFSA, […]

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Women scarce in MHS computer programming courses

Henri Robbins | Online Editor As technology moves forward, a major part of the population may be getting left behind.  With dozens of scholarships being awarded to women who study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and computer science, colleges are making a large push for women to become involved, but there is still a large gap between men and […]

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School a struggle after extended medical absence

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Though the absences are excused, the work isn’t. After missing time from school for medical reasons, students often find themselves struggling to keep up with school’s quick pace. Sophomore Rachel Kearney has garnered numerous absences this year due to her visits to the hospital for screenings and surgery. For her, recovery was a very long […]

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Content creators balance fame and safety on social media

Alana Amaya | Staff Writer While social media fame brings many followers, some of those followers can go too far. With the rise of social media platforms like Tik Tok and Instagram, and the large following students can gather from them, there are many precautions minors may take in order to keep their mental health and safety secure. Senior Nathan […]

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Animal dissections clash with vegetarian ethics

Ann Vettikkal | Staff Writer Dissections may be a high school rite of passage, but the classic trope comes with some ethical baggage.  The dissections at MHS occur in Honors Anatomy & Physiology, Zoology, and Biomedical Sciences. They range from sheep hearts to sharks, providing students with hands-on experience with the class material. Honors Anatomy and Zoology teacher Carol Lehman […]

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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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