Couples continue despite social distancing

Scott Reckers | Staff Writer Holding sanitized hands, this quarantine won’t be the demise of MHS couples. Lovebirds of Mason are still finding a way to be together during the pandemic. Whether it be long FaceTime calls, leaving a surprise on a doorstep, or going for a hike in the woods the couples are doing all they can to stay […]

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Students studying abroad return home due to Covid-19

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many high schoolers have had to cancel their spring break trips. For some college students, travel precautions have been even more disruptive. Mason High School graduate and junior at Elon University, India Kirssin, was studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina when she found out that the program was canceled due […]

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Part-Time employees continue work amidst quarantine

Hannah Libby | Staff Writer As most of Mason is told to stay indoors, some students are working to keep that possible.  Senior Sara Murray has continued working at Kroger as a ClickList associate. Her hours have increased substantially throughout this transition period by about 15 hours. The changes haven’t stopped there — Kroger has taken some extra precautions to […]

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Instagram challenge encourages self-love among teenage girls

Anushka Mukherjee | Staff Writer In the face of the confused state of the world, many girls of the Mason community have taken to social media to spread positive messages of self-love and gratitude.  For 24 hours, many girls’ Instagram stories were filled with posts about spreading positivity during times of gravity. Each girl posted a picture of herself with […]

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‘Finsta’ accounts allow authentic self expression

Hannah Libby | Staff Writer Instagram isn’t just a platform to post beautiful photos–it can also be a place to let go. Recently, there has been a rise in a subcategory of accounts: finstas. Finstas, also called spams, are separate Instagram accounts that are a more private version of a person’s main account, generally for close friends only.  Senior Connor […]

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Exchange students adjust to new social norms

Della Johnson | Staff Writer To exchange students, the typical routine of a Mason student is foreign. Exchange students at Mason High School often face a shift in social scenes as they transition between countries. Junior Liyan Zahran is an exchange student from Jordan, a country in the Middle East. She has stayed in Mason for seven months out of […]

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Germaphobes struggle to deal with everyday germs

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer Germs on hands, food, water bottles — most people can ignore the small particles that surround them in their day-to-day life, however, for germaphobes, they can be terrifying.  Germophobia is anxiety that is induced by being in contact with germs. In many cases, it is seen as not wanting to share food or drinks, excessive […]

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New club promotes disaster preparedness through service

Archie Barton | Staff Writer Shining a light on the importance of planning, Red Cross Club is teaching people the steps they can take in order to combat natural disasters. The club is led by five directors and participates in a plethora of service projects in school and the local community. Freshman director Sanjana Velu said the club was created […]

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Prom influencers rewarded for modeling dresses

Anna Kinasewitz | Staff Writer Style, price, color, size. Prom dress stores are capitalizing on the frenzy of finding a dress while giving high school students professional experience. Prom influencers have become more prominent for boutiques in recent years due to the rise of social media and online shopping.  Junior Mariah Norman is on the 2020 team for Bridal & […]

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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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