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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Students create online personality profiles for furry friends

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer These Instagram accounts are paws-itively taking off.  Pets are all over social media, particularly on Instagram, where the concept of giving pets an online persona has become a regular occurrence. According to the Huffington Post, the online movement started in 2013 when a woman posted pictures of her French Bulldog. People loved the pictures so […]

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Diabetic students deal with daily struggle of disease

Lily Geiser | Staff Writer 30.3 million people in the United States have diabetes. But it’s still one of the most misunderstood diseases in the world. Diabetes, a disease becoming more and more common in the United States, makes it difficult to properly digest carbohydrates, which can cause extreme spikes in blood sugar levels. According to the American Diabetes Association, […]

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Who gave you that hickey? My violin did

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer Stellar performances aren’t the only result of hours of practice for many Mason Orchestra players. For the vast majority of students in orchestra, Fiddler’s Neck, more commonly known as “violin hickeys” or “viola love bites,” is a common side effect of long hours of practice. Poor posture and the pressure of an instrument against the […]

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Hu’s photography to be on display at Smithsonian

Andrea Hefferan | Online Editor Inside the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History one can find the Hope Diamond, dinosaur fossils, ancient mummies–and Junior Stephanie Hu’s photograph. Every year, photographers enter their best photos into the Nature’s Best Photography competition, hoping to earn a Windland Rice Smith Award and be a part of an exhibit in the Smithsonian. Following a trip […]

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Mobile home residents experience unique communal life

Luke Hutchinson | Editor-in-Chief Sophia Johnson | Staff Writer When junior Kyla Julien’s parents, who live in Reading, set her up to live independently in a mobile home within Mason Estates, her excitement to become a Mason student overcame her sense of loneliness. While there may be a negative stigma attached to residing in a mobile home, especially in a […]

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Johnson shares love of string art with others

Sophia Johnson | Staff Writer Anybody can hammer a nail into a board; not everyone can make art out of it. Over the past two years, Senior Isaac Johnson has created personalized nail board string art for people close to him. The art is done on a painted board where string is wrapped around nails to display an image. Johnson […]

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Being a princess is no fantasy for student with unique job

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Most little kids dream of being a princess. Senior Katey Marshall gets paid to be one. Senior Katey Marshall has worked for two years as a face character, or live actress, at A Characteristic Attitude, a company that provides princesses, superheroes, pirates, fairies and more to8usura events. Marshall often dresses up as princesses, her most […]

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