Local restaurants affected by quarantine

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer Local restaurants are altering their normal operations to keep their customers and employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Manan Raval is the manager of Curries, an Indian restaurant with a daily lunch buffet located in Sharonville. Because restaurants are now carry-out only due to orders by the state government, Raval said his business has lost […]

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Mason Child Nutrition provides food for struggling families

Shravani Page | Staff Writer The COVID-19 pandemic has left some Mason families with the inability to access or afford food easily. Many organizations in town have stepped in to help. Mason’s Child Nutrition Department has stepped in and provided grab-and-go meals for all Mason children under 18. The Child Nutrition Team and its supervisor Tamara Earl have been working […]

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Mason graduate Margaret Zhang fights on frontlines against pandemic

Anushka Mukherjee | Staff Writer While the coronavirus continues its infiltration in our society, many medical experts including Mason graduate Dr. Margaret Zhang are fighting front-line.  Dr. Margaret Zhang graduated from The Ohio State University medical school in 2019. Currently, she is a first-year psychiatry resident, with experience in both internal and emergency medicine, at Mount Sinai in New York […]

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Students use quarantine to practice video-gaming skills

Alana Amaya | Staff Writer Whether it’s binging Netflix or video games, teens are looking for activities to keep them busy during quarantine. While the immense popularity of Fortnite was beginning to fade, many have decided to pick up the game once again. Although his preference may be set on other games, Freshman Will Murphy plays Fortnite the most because […]

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Neighborhoods use teddy bears to bring the community together

Meghan Dincler | Staff Writer Teddy bears aren’t just cute stuffed animals, they’ve turned into a way to bond as a community and spread hope and positivity.  Neighborhoods all around Mason have been creating scavenger hunts for families to do while they’re going on walks or bike rides. They hide everything from stuffed teddy bears to colorful and unique shamrocks […]

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sleep schedules affected by quarantine

Henri Robbins | Online Editor Instead of catching disease, students are using the extended break to catch some Z’s.  Since Mason City Schools’ announcement of an extended break, followed by a shift to online classes, many students have found themselves readjusting their sleep schedule. Since they no longer have to wake up before 7:45 a.m. to make it to school, […]

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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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