Tissue syndrome not deterrent for dedicated athletes

Ria Parikh | Staff Writer Despite being named “the most neglected disorder in modern medicine by the Ehlers Danlos Society, Ehlers Danlos syndrome (EDS) regains its prominence through the heavy impact it has on the lives of those inflicted with the disorder. EDS is a genetic condition that weakens connective tissue all over the body, manifesting into 13 different types […]

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Teacher teams up with student to solve cold case

Andrea Hefferan | Online Editor It’s been over 20 years since University of Cincinnati student Alana “Laney” Gwinner disappeared. Forensics teacher Randy Hubbard and junior Evan Fletcher are determined to find out why. Fletcher and Hubbard were investigating unsolved crimes, or cold cases, when they stumbled upon the case of Laney Gwinner, who was a 23-year-old accounting student at the […]

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Student writers author their own novels

Jake Sapp | Staff Writer Sometimes a simple English course isn’t enough. While there are a number of writing programs for Mason High School writers to find their footing in the world of the English language, some students have decided to take their skills into their own hands. A number of students have been trying to bring their writing prowess […]

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Social media creates rise of conspiracists

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer With every new conspiracy comes a new conspiracist.  Conspiracy theories, dating back as early as ancient Rome, have progressed through word of mouth. It wasn’t until the introduction of modern technology that conspiracy theories really began to flourish: John F Kennedy’s assassination, the realness of the moon landing and Princess Diana’s death have all remained […]

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Caffeine craving teenagers turn to new energy drink

Sophia Johnson | Staff Writer While caffeine has always kept students going, a new energy drink is making a name for itself in the fight to avoid sleep. Bang, from Vital Pharmaceuticals Inc. (VPX Sports), is an energy drink that contains no calories, no sugar and no carbohydrates. Labeled as a pre-workout supplement that contains 300mg of caffeine, Bang contains […]

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Trinidad sisters on target to become professional archers

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer Sophomores Jazmine and Josie Trinidad have their eye on the target. The sisters have been archers since they were in elementary school. They train in both indoor and outdoor archery and learn from several coaches, including 1976, 1984 and 1988 Olympic gold and silver medalist Darrell Pace, a Cincinnati native. “We started archery when we […]

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Couples plan for college separation

Lily Geiser | Staff Writer Nearly a third of college relationships are long distance. With graduation looming just around the corner, more college-bound couples will join those numbers.  The transition from high school to college can be incredibly difficult — moving away from your family for the first time, living in a completely different environment, losing touch with friends. Some […]

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Students believe crystals bring mental and physical healing

Sophia Johnson | Staff Writer From amethysts to obsidian, some believe crystals are more than just an aesthetic value. Due to the belief that there is a matched energy between crystals and the human body, crystal healing is being used as a form of spiritual, emotional and physical healing. Senior Maddie Miller said she wears jewelry and perfumes that contain […]

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Cancer can’t keep Koenig down

Jake Sapp | Staff Writer It’s difficult to have a normal school life after being diagnosed with a Wilms Tumor, but that is the reality that senior Joe Koenig has had to combat for the past eight months.  After being diagnosed with cancer prior to the 2018-2019 school year, Koenig has undergone numerous therapy sessions, surgeries and procedures in order […]

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The Women of Mason

There are over 15,000 women living in Mason. Some are business owners, some are lawyers, some are doctors, some are stay-at-home moms. In March, a month dedicated to women, we wanted to highlight just some of the contributions these women are making throughout the city of Mason. Nikki Foster Lily Geiser | Staff Writer Nikki Foster is an Air Force […]

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Cook livin’ life in the fast lane

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Many learn to drive a car around age 16; freshman Ashley Cook, however, took a more accelerated approach. Cook has been drag racing, racing a narrow car with a pointed end down a straight track, since she was a child. Using her own dragster (a term for cars used in drag racing), Cook is able […]

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Students fall victim to internet impersonations

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer When scrolling through Instagram, you see something different every time. But the last thing you expect to see is someone pretending to be you.  This is a common occurrence for junior Josephine Sim, who has had multiple Instagram accounts pretend to be her by using her photos under a different name. Sim credits her diverse […]

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Horseback riders form deep connections with animals

Andrea Hefferan | Online Editor Horseback riding is more than just an enjoyable pasttime for sophomores Brooke Harris and Sarah King. The girls each have their own horse with whom they have formed a special connection through training for countless hours. For Harris, horseback riding allows her to take a break from everything going on in her life. She goes […]

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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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