Sophomore Natasha Saputra performs piano at Carnegie Hall for the sixth time

Photo:  American ProtŽgŽ Winners Recital; recital photographed: Friday, July 3, 2015; 7:00 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; Photograph: © 2015 Richard Termine.
PHOTO CREDIT - Richard Termine

Asia Porter | Staff Writer Sophomore Natasha Saputra is a Mozart-in-the-making. Saputra stepped foot on the renowned stage of Carnegie Hall this July for her sixth appearance in her lifetime. Saputra has remained dedicated to the piano for 10 years and currently takes lessons at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (UC CCM) Prep. Saputra was in the fourth grade [...]

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Feminism debate rages, fueled by ‘Meninist’ Twitter account

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Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Photo by Visual Editor Madison Krell “Meninism” and feminism: two concepts that sound similar, but each conjures up a starkly different set of opinions. The “Meninist” account on Twitter has flourished in popularity over the past year. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation, it was originally started by men making jokes, but has become a [...]

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Sophomores achieve YouTube success, create viral videos


Isabel Marotta | Staff Writer Graphic by Visual Editor Madison Krell. Sophomores Emma Smith and Lauren Bangs are Internet sensations. Some students earn their money working at Kings Island or fast food restaurants, but these students, commonly known as “Lauren and Emma” on YouTube, are making a profit by posting videos. The girls started their channel in seventh grade where [...]

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Juvenile judges consider age when sentencing young offenders

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Ariel Jones | Staff Writer Illustration by Visual Editor Madison Krell Across the podium, the judge is just as anxious as the minor on trial. Juvenile court judges determine whether to incarcerate a minor or utilize non-incarceration options, which can include a verbal warning, a fine, counseling, community service, electronic monitoring, or probation. According to Warren County Juvenile Court Judge, [...]

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Teens use new tactic to cut off relationships

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Jessica Sommerville | Online Editor Illustration by Visual Editor Madison Krell Ghostbusters are in demand at Mason High School, as haunted relationships end when student turns ghost. These undead practice “ghosting,” in which the ghosts of the relationship end all communication—text messages, phone calls, face-to-face conversations—in place of a traditional break up. According to a 2014 YouGov/Huffington Post poll, 11 [...]

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Culture swap


Spanish, American exchange provides memorable experience Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer Photo contributed by Robin Hunsucker This year, approximately 45 Mason High School families are letting strangers sleep in their homes, eat their food, and teach them about their culture. Live ‘n Learn is a program where Spanish students have the opportunity to get a taste of American culture by [...]

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Cyber stalking


Social media creeping has dangerous potential Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Stalking is all fun and games until you accidentally hit the ‘like’ button. There is a new image being associated with the term ‘stalker’ now-a-days. No longer is it a person in a trench coat, clutching binoculars, peering into your window, but rather a person huddled behind a phone [...]

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How we measure up

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Standardized testing fails to represent skills unmeasurable on scantrons Sheila Raghavendran | Editor-in-Chief Gina Deaton | Online Editor Photos by Gina Deaton This year, approximately 1126 students took a total of about 2185 Advanced Placement exams at Mason High School. Their scores may reflect their knowledge of the subject, but these standardized tests are just a few of many that [...]

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Helping hand


Volunteers give assistance to less fortunate in Downtown Cincinnati Arnav Damodhar | Staff Writer Photo by Arnav Damodhar Give and you shall receive. Mason High School students are helping the less unfortunate by volunteering in homeless shelters and soup kitchens in Over the Rhine. Sophomore Josh Suguitan has regularly been going with his father, a pastor at the Prince of [...]

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Mason montage

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City of Mason celebrates bicentennial, growth over 200 years Madison Krell | Staff Writer Sonia Rayka | Staff Writer Celebration Church     Off of Main Street lies Forest Avenue, where the white painted church known as the Celebration Baptist Church is located. The church has gained an additional room, but from the outside it remains similar, from its bell [...]

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The transgender topic

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Accommodations for transgenders may soon find their way to MHS Ariel Jones | Staff Writer Infographic by Layout and Design Editor Gabrielle Stichweh, information from Nationwide, transgender students are in a tough spot: right between the Men’s and Women’s restrooms. After considerable debate, the Kentucky Senate passed a bill called “The Kentucky Student Privacy Act”, limiting transgender students to use [...]

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Big reveal


Committee prepares all year for After Prom Erin McElhenny | Staff Writer The day following After Prom, it starts all over again. Every year on the night of Prom and into the following morning, from 1 to 4 a.m., Mason is home to After Prom. While Prom is a stage for dancing, After Prom is a reservoir of activities. While [...]

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Animal activists

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Anti-animal abuse campaign inspires lifestyle changes Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. This sentiment against animal cruelty transcends the lives of sophomores Samantha Francis and Emily Davis. Their pledge to go cruelty free determines their daily decisions, from the clothing they wear, to the foods they eat and the products they buy. According [...]

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Heading home


Jewish students brave political turmoil for Israel pilgrimage Jessica Sommerville | Staff Writer Photo contributed by Adrian Niedermann There’s no place like your homeland--even if safety isn’t three ruby-heeled clicks away. For Jewish students on pilgrimage in Israel, their home in Mason is 6,198 miles away, and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts are prevalent, according to junior Adrian Niedermann. “(The Gazan War) started [...]

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Man with a plan


Popovich career path realization of childhood dream Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer Photo by Erin McElhenny Most little kids want to grow up to be royalty or even superheroes, but not senior Garrett Popovich. Garrett has known that he wants to go into the workforce to be a firefighter or police officer since he was three years old. “When I [...]

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