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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Art enthusiast Taylor Kling illustrates book

Jessica Maguire | MBC Reporter Meet Taylor Kling. Kling first became interested in the arts at a young age when her dad would sketch pictures for her and her siblings to color in. Kling drew inspiration from those around her, including her seventh grade art teacher who pushed her to continue to develop her talent. Her passion for drawing sprouted as she became […]

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Social media battleground pulls younger generation into election

Alekya Raghavan | Staff Writer Whether you’re #I’mWithHer or #MakeAmericaGreatAgain, social media is the place for you. Statistically, the 2016 presidential election has the most social media presence of any to date, said Government Technology magazine. Candidates are using social media to cater to younger audiences, especially the 18-24 year old demographic, said Ipsos Mori, a market research organization. More […]

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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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