Ceramics Teacher finds Youtube Success

Scott Reckers | Staff Writer Karan Witham-Walsh is known by most of her students as a ceramics teacher, but to her 41,000 subscribers, she is a YouTuber. Witham-Walsh started her channel, Karan’s Pots and Glass, in 2013 to teach her ceramics students. She said she believes the videos to be an efficient way to teach, especially for ceramics, as she […]

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Cleanses used to improve physical and mental health

Meghan Dincler | Staff Writer Junior Isabel Mattern said she was interested in improving her health, and decided to try a juice cleanse after seeing multiple videos and posts about their many health benefits. Mattern said she wanted to try a juice cleanse after enjoying some unhealthy food during Thanksgiving.  “I was finding all these posts saying [a juice cleanse] […]

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International students struggle to find scholarships

Hannah Libby | Staff Writer Going to college is one of the most expensive decisions a person will make in their life — and for international students, that decision can be even more costly. As scholarship season is heating up at Mason High School, many of its students are stopped cold by their immigration status and ability to apply. FAFSA, […]

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Women scarce in MHS computer programming courses

Henri Robbins | Online Editor As technology moves forward, a major part of the population may be getting left behind.  With dozens of scholarships being awarded to women who study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and computer science, colleges are making a large push for women to become involved, but there is still a large gap between men and […]

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School a struggle after extended medical absence

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Though the absences are excused, the work isn’t. After missing time from school for medical reasons, students often find themselves struggling to keep up with school’s quick pace. Sophomore Rachel Kearney has garnered numerous absences this year due to her visits to the hospital for screenings and surgery. For her, recovery was a very long […]

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Content creators balance fame and safety on social media

Alana Amaya | Staff Writer While social media fame brings many followers, some of those followers can go too far. With the rise of social media platforms like Tik Tok and Instagram, and the large following students can gather from them, there are many precautions minors may take in order to keep their mental health and safety secure. Senior Nathan […]

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Animal dissections clash with vegetarian ethics

Ann Vettikkal | Staff Writer Dissections may be a high school rite of passage, but the classic trope comes with some ethical baggage.  The dissections at MHS occur in Honors Anatomy & Physiology, Zoology, and Biomedical Sciences. They range from sheep hearts to sharks, providing students with hands-on experience with the class material. Honors Anatomy and Zoology teacher Carol Lehman […]

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Transition to adulthood influenced by culture

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer Turning 18 isn’t the only way to become an adult. Easing the transition from childhood to adulthood, coming of age traditions celebrate the milestone that is becoming a full-fledged adult. Varying from culture to culture, almost every society has designated rituals, ceremonies, and customs to honor the journey from adolescence to adulthood.  The Bat Mitzvah […]

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Gymnasts bend over backwards to maintain busy schedule

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer When it comes to balancing school with other activities, student gymnasts are sure to stick the landing. Junior Annie Riegert and senior Kelly Sulek have both been gymnasts for over a decade. The athletes, who both compete level 10 in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics program, attend Perfection Gymnastics School. Riegert said she started gymnastics […]

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Self-tanning students face judgement from peers

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer The tan line between stylized and stigmatized is a thin one. Tanned skin is considered a standard of beauty in today’s world. Yet not everyone becomes tan by laying in the sun. Some Mason High School students choose to use self-tanner as a way to bronze their skin.  Senior Allie Filippi participates in Color Guard and […]

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Bygone clubs reinstated by interested students

Jessica Wang | Staff Writer Out with the old, in with the old. Driven by their interests, students at Mason High School have taken it upon themselves to bring back old clubs. For instance, seniors Connor Telford and Chris Lee, fueled by their love for music, initiated the comeback of the Record Club. “Chris Lee remembered that [the Record Club] […]

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Nostalgic and new favorites combine with new streaming service

Della Johnson | Staff Writer For $6.99 a month, students are reliving their Disney Channel childhoods. DisneyPlus is a new media streaming service that was launched on November 12 of this year. It includes classic movies, discontinued television shows originally shown through cable on Disney Channel, and new DisneyPlus-exclusive content. Since its announcement, the service itself has garnered large amounts […]

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High school Boy Scouts strive for Eagle award

Scott Reckers | Staff Writer It takes eagle-like vision to spot these high ranking scouts among the others. Established in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America are a well-known organization that has stood the test of time. Some students at Mason High School are active members of Scout troops, but few make it to the coveted Eagle Scout rank. There […]

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Student led clubs promote independence among members

Archie Barton | Staff Writer Student-run and student-led, high school clubs are redefining the traditional atmosphere of after school activities. Speech and Debate are primarily led by four students: the President, in charge of the logistics and the roster, the Vice President, who handles judges and two secretaries, the Secretary of Fundraising, and the Secretary of Curriculum, who organize activity […]

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