Students believe crystals bring mental and physical healing

Sophia Johnson | Staff Writer From amethysts to obsidian, some believe crystals are more than just an aesthetic value. Due to the belief that there is a matched energy between crystals and the human body, crystal healing is being used as a form of spiritual, emotional and physical healing. Senior Maddie Miller said she wears jewelry and perfumes that contain […]

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Cancer can’t keep Koenig down

Jake Sapp | Staff Writer It’s difficult to have a normal school life after being diagnosed with a Wilms Tumor, but that is the reality that senior Joe Koenig has had to combat for the past eight months.  After being diagnosed with cancer prior to the 2018-2019 school year, Koenig has undergone numerous therapy sessions, surgeries and procedures in order […]

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The Women of Mason

There are over 15,000 women living in Mason. Some are business owners, some are lawyers, some are doctors, some are stay-at-home moms. In March, a month dedicated to women, we wanted to highlight just some of the contributions these women are making throughout the city of Mason. Nikki Foster Lily Geiser | Staff Writer Nikki Foster is an Air Force […]

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Cook livin’ life in the fast lane

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Many learn to drive a car around age 16; freshman Ashley Cook, however, took a more accelerated approach. Cook has been drag racing, racing a narrow car with a pointed end down a straight track, since she was a child. Using her own dragster (a term for cars used in drag racing), Cook is able […]

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Students fall victim to internet impersonations

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer When scrolling through Instagram, you see something different every time. But the last thing you expect to see is someone pretending to be you.  This is a common occurrence for junior Josephine Sim, who has had multiple Instagram accounts pretend to be her by using her photos under a different name. Sim credits her diverse […]

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Polto’s gene mutation causes extreme lack of sleep

Sophia Johnson | Staff Writer Most people aim for eight hours a night; senior Maddie Polto, however, gets eight hours every two weeks. DEC2 is a gene that regulates levels of orexin, hormones that manage the body’s wakefulness. Polto’s DEC2 gene has a mutation that allows her to function off of a few hours of sleep a week.  The genetic […]

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Horseback riders form deep connections with animals

Andrea Hefferan | Online Editor Horseback riding is more than just an enjoyable pasttime for sophomores Brooke Harris and Sarah King. The girls each have their own horse with whom they have formed a special connection through training for countless hours. For Harris, horseback riding allows her to take a break from everything going on in her life. She goes […]

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Sneaker Culture: More Than Just Shoes

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer Until the 1980s, the prospect of sneaker culture and collecting sneakers was an idea that had never really taken off. It wasn’t until the momentous release of Michael Jordan’s line of basketball shoes in 1985 and the thriving of the hip-hop industry, that the obsession with sneakers truly started to bloom. The sneaker enthusiasts that […]

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Kids can cash in playing their favorite video games

Jake Sapp | Staff Writer Last year, being the best video game player at your school got you bragging rights. This year it can get you $2,000. In recent years, the concept of Esports has become an increasingly popular pastime among gaming enthusiasts, and even more recently, the culture of Esports has made its way to Mason High School in […]

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Vytla Performs at National Singing Competition

Lily Geiser | Staff Writer Junior Soumya Vytla is finding her voice on the national stage. Watch Vytla’s performance at YoungArts’ National Arts Competition. Vytla participated in the YoungArts’ National Arts Competition, a competition for high school artists across the country. Entering in the popular music category, she became a finalist and besides receiving a scholarship of up to $10,000, […]

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Students struggle to decide if ADD meds are worth it

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer Sometimes focus can come with a price. Many students with Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder rely on prescription drugs to bring them focus and calm in their day to day life. Although the medicine helps them in many ways, it also comes with some serious side effects. The National Institute of Mental Health defines ADHD as a […]

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MHS students take self-defense classes due to fears of being attacked; say they feel more secure on their own now

Sophia Johnson | Staff Writer They don’t plan on starting fights, but they’re prepared to finish them. In August, senior Ellie Uematsu began taking classes in boxing and kick-boxing: common practices of self-defense. The class’ full body workouts are taught through practicing on a punching bag, and Uematsu said the workouts are physically demanding. “We start up with a warm-up […]

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Freshmen girls form group to discuss the Bible

Riley Johansen | Staff Writer Through opening their Bibles, a group of freshmen girls are also opening up to one another. Freshman Madison Kopfler invited female members of her class to attend a once-a-week Bible study and create a community for the coming high school years. After conversing with mentors from her church as well as researching messages for her […]

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Depression worsened by frigid weather conditions

Henri Robbins | Staff Writer Many students are beginning to feel a bit under the weather, and the weather is to blame. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), more commonly known as seasonal depression, is an issue that many students face. Although it can occur throughout the year, symptoms usually begin in the fall and winter seasons. Junior Josephine Sim, who faces […]

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App bridges language barriers through video chat

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer Pen pals are being reinvented by Tandem. An application designed to create a language learning community, Tandem allows people from all over the world to connect on a single platform. When a new user first joins, they sign up under their own native language, as well as what languages they would like to learn. Users […]

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College not the only career path after graduation

Lily Geiser | Staff Writer College application season is nearing the end. But for some students, their careers have already started. Mason is the largest high school in Ohio, and the vast majority of its students continue on to college after graduation. However, there are still plenty of students that do not feel that college is the right path for […]

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