Urban Exploring takes danger to new level

Ryan D’Souza | Staff Writer Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Places that were once visited by thousands are now being explored by a few. Urban exploring is the exploration of man made-structures that are typically abandoned. This includes locations like old houses and deserted amusement parks and subway systems. The hobby is especially popular among photographers and documentary filmmakers. Junior Yogesh […]

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Teens dig through past to uncover family roots

Jacob Fulton | Staff Writer Mason students are branching out to investigate their family trees. Though the past is a mystery to some, many web services such as Ancestry.com enable students to look into their family histories through historical documents and genetic tests. Senior Tori Berry tested her DNA through 23andme.com, a website that provides information on a student’s geographical […]

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Crossing the Line: Can student sections go too far?

Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Student sections in southwest Ohio are known for getting pretty close to the line, while others often cross it. Whether it’s swearing, destruction of property, or insulting players, many high school and college student sections can go from friendly cheering to outrageous acts of vulgarity. The Black Hole is no stranger to this, often dancing […]

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College auditions put pressure on musicians

Charlie MacKenzie | Staff Writer The fate of some students’ college dreams lies within a fifteen minute time interval. Every year seniors are tasked with perfecting their college applications, spending countless hours working on essays, resumes, or the Common Application. On top of all of this, students looking to go to performing arts schools must prepare for one moment to […]

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Students dumpster dive for treasures

Luke Hutchinson | Staff Writer One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Dumpster diving is when a person searches through someone else’s trash to find specific objects – the hobby existed even before the Supreme Court’s 1988 case “California vs. Greenwood,” which stated that when a person throws something out, that item is now in the public domain. Freshman Elizabeth […]

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Lifeguarding class opens up opportunity for future job

Sarah Rubsam | MBC Reporter   MBC reporter Sarah Rubsam takes a close look at the Lifeguarding course at MHS.Lifeguarding: The class at Mason High School that can help you save lives and earn cold hard cash There aren’t many classes at MHS that can directly lead to a job, but the Lifeguarding course taught by Mark Sullivan is an […]

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Students fail to apply knowledge from class when managing money

Freddie Wilhelm | Staff Writer See how Mason High School teacher Andy Goetz budgets his income to meet the needs of his family.One of the most prevalent skills in adulthood is managing money and balancing a budget; however, apart from Financial Literacy, this skill is rarely taught at Mason High School through hands-on experience. Business teacher Jennifer Striker said that […]

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Ohio State Wind Symphony performs for Mason staff and band members

Alexandra Lisa | Staff Writer Mason band’s reputation attracts Ohio State Wind Symphony to perform. On March 8, one of the state’s most elite bands performed a preview of their performance scheduled for The American Bandmasters Association Convention in Lexington, Kentucky. The Ohio State University Wind Symphony agreed to visit Mason High School to perform for an audience of staff […]

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Aspiring filmmakers take production to next level

Cameras Rolling Delaney Turner | Staff Writer A local George Lucas and Steven Spielberg duo has entered into the filmmaking industry. In August of 2016, seniors Cole Marvin and Peyton Krell partnered, creating Highly Caffeinated Productions to showcase their filmmaking skills in a 48-hour Teen Film Challenge. They were given two days to write, film and edit a two to […]

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Teens flood streets to make voices heard

Jacob Fulton | Staff Writer Students at Mason High School want to be heard, and they’re willing to travel great distances to make their voices known. Senior Hannah Geiger can’t vote, but she can influence voters. On January 27, 2017, Geiger traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the March for Life, a gathering of anti-abortion advocates. Geiger said attending […]

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Rap music puts poetry to a beat

Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer “Lose yourself in the music” is what Eminem sang in 2002 to inspire listeners and aspiring rappers. Rap music originated in the Bronx in the 1970s and was influenced by hip-hop culture. Since then, rap music has grown immensely in popularity. According to the Recording Industry Association of America 10-year consumer poll (from 1998-2008), 10.7 […]

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Transgender students struggle to find peace

Jessica Sommerville | Editor-in-Chief Lauren Thomas | Staff Writer In high school, the struggle to fit in has always been one of the biggest challenges students face. For most kids, identifying with a group can be very easy. Some are jocks, gamers, geeks or goths. For the transgender teen, the typical rites of passage for a high school student can […]

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Students take extreme measures to prevent online stalking

Juliana Discher | Staff Writer When some students stare at the computer screen, they feel like someone is staring back. Sophomore Karishma Ponkshe takes precautions in her everyday life to stay anonymous online. Ponkshe said she became paranoid about the government stalking her after learning about privacy infringements and how the system operates. “I always turn off any sort of […]

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School district under pressure to meet state requirements

Duncan MacKenzie | Staff Writer Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer The Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 with strong bipartisan support in Congress, replaced No Child Left Behind and decreased the role of federal government in determining education policy. No Child Left Behind required states to develop high standards and allowed the federal government to take control on […]

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Skateboarders forced to ‘trespass’ in search of a good ride

Arnav Damodhar | Associate Editor Skateboarders are not criminals. But that’s how they are made to feel when forced off public property for doing what they love. While outdoor enthusiasts in Mason hit the tennis courts, soccer fields, and biking trails, local skateboarders are criminalized whenever they practice their craft in the alleys and streets of Mason. Senior Gabe Carr […]

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