Pressures of Islamophobia affect local

Calista Busch | Staff Writer Not even Mason is immune to Islamophobia. Sophomore Nora Elkady said she is conscious of her religion while at Mason High School. “I think you’re just more aware of it,” Elkady said. “I want to represent the religion right.” Islam has recently been put in the spotlight. In the Middle East, terrorist groups such as […]

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Seniors make mockery of school identification photos

Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer These pictures will hang in the halls of Mason High School forever, administration warned seniors who decided to mock their school pictures. Because they are only used for student IDs and profiles on Schoology, several seniors arrived for their photographs in costume. Senior Andy Grimes decided to make his shirt the center of attention. “It […]

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Peter Pan prequel takes flight in Black Box theater

Luke Hutchinson | Staff Writer Tonight, Drama Club will enter Neverland with the production of Peter and the Starcatcher. The show is a prequel to Peter Pan, and it became available to high school drama this past March. Drama instructor Allen Young requested rights to the script three days after its release, making Mason the first high school to perform […]

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Lake overcomes Crohn’s disease to run cross country

Millie Ortega | MBC Multimedia Reporter Videography, production and editing by Maxwell Bird and Millie Ortega, reporting by Erin Breuer. Most athletes at Mason High School sign up for a sport after months of conditioning to prepare for a successful season. When sophomore Allison Lake made the decision to run cross country after not being able to participate in sports […]

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Black hole leaders cheer teams to victory

Delaney Turner | Staff Writer On Friday nights, rain or shine, the storm of the Black Hole is always present. Mason High School has over 30 teams throughout the sports seasons. But one team is often overlooked. That team: The Black Hole. The class of 2016 may be gone, but before its members left, they selected four spirited members of […]

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Harambe: From tragedy to icon

Death of local gorilla sparks outcry Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Gone, but not forgotten: Harambe lives on in the realm of internet tomfoolery. The Cousin’s Take On May 28, an event transpired at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens that would be heard across the globe. Junior Jaidyn Coleman is cousins with three-year-old Isaiah, son of Michelle Gregg. Isaiah […]

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Electronic note taking limits retention

Isabel Marotta | Staff Writer As our technology gets smarter, we might not be. Studies by Princeton University Psychologists Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenhiemer found that an increase in technology use may cause a decrease in memory. It proved writing longhand allows for better recall of material. In the study, college students watched a video and were instructed to take […]

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Hours of practice make perfect for marching band

Alexandra Lisa | Staff Writer Your local mail carrier may deliver your mail through rain or shine, snow or sleet but they have nothing on the Mason High School Marching Band.  While the amount of hours the band practices boarder on the limits of child labor laws, members of the band practice in rain, sleet, and blazing heat because they […]

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Volunteers crucial to teams’ success

Ashton Nichols | Staff Writer Team moms have got it going on. Sports teams rely heavily on parent volunteers. Dawn Berryman, the sophomore team mom for girls’ junior varsity soccer, has many responsibilities–spirit wear, team dinners, coordinating snacks for away games, and working with boosters all sit on her to-do list. However, she said she enjoys being involved because she […]

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College applicants must consider social media footprint

Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer Every time you tweet, you might as well be submitting part of your college application. According to a 2015 Kaplan Test Prep survey, 40 percent of college admissions officers said they browse applicants’ social media profiles to find out more about them. 35 percent said what they found hurt the applicant’s chances of acceptance. Senior […]

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Interracial adoption adds new perspective to family tree

Asia Porter | Online Editor These interracial families don’t make up your average family photo. When adopted children or siblings are a different race from the rest of their family, families adapt to a new routine aside from feeding an extra mouth. Dan and Tina Broaddrick are parents to their biological son Seth and adopted daughter Lydia. Lydia, born in […]

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Author discusses depression and her new novel

Ria Parikh | Staff Writer Author Jasmine Warga gave local residents insight into writing about–and with–depression. On July 25, Warga talked about her debut novel: My Heart and Other Black Holes at the Mason Public Library. Warga said inspiration for this novel came from her own experiences with depression. “I don’t think that it’s at all based on hard facts […]

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Author hopeful Muglia has an extreme passion for reading

Alyssa Brooks | Staff Writer To call Freshman Natalie Muglia a reading enthusiast would be an understatement. Over the course of the past school year, she has read over 150 books. She averages about two days to finish each book, and has finished multiple books in just one day. Her passion began in fourth grade, and she hasn’t stopped reading […]

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Meaning behind Disney movies transcends age

Alyssa Brooks | Staff Writer Fluorescent colors, innocent humor, happy endings: those are the things kids see in Disney movies. As these kids mature into adults, so do their perceptions of these seemingly childish films. Disney films such as “Wall-E”, “Finding Nemo”, and “Up” have incorporated complex topics into the pizzaz of the animation such as the obesity epidemic, familial […]

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Work Crew to donate summer to religious service

Serina Cline | Staff Writer Not everything is fun and games. Young Life’s Work Crew has students working hours a day without pay. Mason students are deciding to devote a month of their summers to serve at Young Life Camps around the country. Young Life is an American Evangelical Christian ministry based in different cities. Each volunteer has a different […]

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