Students with dyslexia face academic challenges

Delaney Turner | Staff Writer Imagine if every letter in this sentence was flipped. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability among students, but unlike other common disabilities like Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, it has no medicinal treatment. Dyslexia is not a condition based on a lack of intelligence or poor vision. It is simply a […]

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African American hair care requires careful attention

Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Don’t touch my hair. Having strangers constantly feel your hair or ask if it’s real is the uncomfortable reality for these African American students. For junior Aniya Longmire, when some people see her long hair, they assume it’s fake. “I went to the mall with my two friends, and this lady stopped us to show […]

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Teachers pay high price for high achievement

The Cost of Greatness Part 1 of a series – Teacher Overload Duncan MacKenzie | Staff Writer Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer They come to school early, stay late and have hours of homework every night – but they’re not students, they’re teachers. A 2016 research brief from Pennsylvania State University found that 46 percent of teachers responded “yes” to […]

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Armed forces diversify through STEM recruits

Freddie Wilhelm | Staff Writer The United States military is more than just men and women serving on the battlefield. Recently the government has moved towards the specialization of STEM roles to better serve the country. Recruits diversify the role of the armed forces by building specializations: particularly in science, technology, and engineering roles. While the military has decreased spending […]

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Sophomore uses baking to recover from head injury, leads to business opportunity

Sweet Recovery Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer A confectionery cure is just what the doctor prescribed. Sophomore Kennedy Harper suffered a severe concussion last year when her head slammed against a window during a bus accident. Kennedy spent days in the hospital and went through rehabilitation for several months before going back to school again full-time. Kennedy’s mother, Natasha Harper, […]

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Poetry slam thrives as local creative outlet

Alexandra Lisa | Staff Writer Watch poets perform their work at an Uncensored Society meeting.Aspiring poets are well-versed in self-expression Uncensored Society, a group of authors who share their work at a poetry slam at Kidd Coffee, celebrated its second anniversary on December 8. Made up of high school students, adults out of college and everywhere in between, the group […]

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Exercises linked to stress relief and relaxation

Ria Parikh | Staff Writer Yoga is more than trees and sun salutations. A study done at the Ohio State University and later published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology said that yoga reduces inflammation and fatigue, as well as the risk of diseases such as heart disease and arthritis. Senior and Yoga Club founder Nealofar Madani said that yoga […]

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Students go to great lengths to hear live music

Isabel Marotta | Staff Writer Some pay to see, some pay to hear, but others pay to experience. If all the concerts senior Haleigh Carr has been to in the past year took place consecutively, she would be going to concerts for over a month. Carr said the social aspect and concert experience is what keeps her coming back. “In […]

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GoMasonComets outlet for real-world design and video skills

Luke Hutchinson | Staff Writer GoMasonComets.com gives Intergrated Media Internship a go at technical and interactive skills for the present and the future. GoMasonComets.com is a modernized student-run website that displays everything with athletic relevance to Mason. Advisor and instructor Craig Murnan said he is proud of the analytics and mass production of the site. “On the athletics portion of […]

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Horoscope believers see proof in the stars

Jacob Fulton | Staff Writer If your horoscope gets your future right, it might be a sign. Horoscopes center around the concept that the position of the stars can influence a person’s life. Egyptians observed 12 constellations positioned throughout different points in the sun’s 12 month rotation. From these constellations, the Zodiac was born. Each Zodiac sign is thought to […]

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Hooked on Snapchat

Users can’t break addictive habit Illustation by Alekya Raghavan.Juliana Discher | Staff Writer For some Snapchat users, maintaining that 100 day Snapstreak is worth giving a friend your account sign-in or even paying a person to help keep the streak. Since its release in September 2011, Snapchat has constantly been evolving to keep users engaged. The popular mobile app began […]

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Arts and creativity lost in shift to STEM

Ria Parikh | Staff Writer Calculators instead of clarinets, Einstein instead of Shakespeare, systems instead of sonnets. Do you see a trend here?  It seems that in the push to expose students to more science and technology related education, the result could be a decreased emphasis on art and creativity. STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – is a […]

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King honored to represent MHS in Washington D.C.

Veteran teacher accepts Blue Ribbon award King shares his experiences in Washington D.C. Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Instead of teaching kids to fly fish and identify bird calls, Language Arts and Words from the Wild teacher Tim King was exploring monuments in the nation’s capital after being selected by his colleagues to represent Mason High School in accepting one […]

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