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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Cleaning up not a priority for student body

Andrea Hefferan | Online Editor Mason High School students clearly haven’t learned how to pick up after themselves. Every day the cafeteria and the small commons are littered with trash left over from the three lunch bells. When junior Ashley Florence heads to the commons for band practice at the end of the day, she is appalled by the amount […]

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Short attention cause of decreased interest in reading

Della Johnson | Staff Writer You may not have the attention span to get through this article. In fact, most students don’t. With the amount of reading being assigned to students recently, a minimized attention span is becoming increasingly noticeable. The trend continues through more than just homework, however. In class, students might struggle to focus during lectures, group work, […]

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Self expression influenced by ‘Punk’ culture

Ryan D’Souza | Visual Design Editor Jake Sapp | Staff Writer Pink hair, torn jeans, and a “take it or leave it” attitude are all things that come to mind when the word “punk” is used to describe someone.  But certain students are willing to take the next level through outlandish projects, creating their own music, and expressing themselves through […]

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Chronic sleep paralysis elicits fear of waking up

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer Imagine not being able to move a muscle as your worst nightmare inches closer to you. This can be a reality for students with sleep paralysis, a disorder in which the brain wakes up before the body. The condition makes people unable to move or speak, and also can cause victims to experience hallucinations. A […]

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No driver’s license needed for students in Young Eagles Club

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer While other students are studying to get their driver’s licenses, members of the Young Eagles Club are taking a more unconventional approach to travel. The club aims to involve students in aviation and get them started in the process to acquire their private pilot’s licenses. Influenced by the Aviation Club’s interest in aeronautics, geometry teacher […]

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Yoga enthusiasts embark on theraputic aerial trend

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer Aerial yoga is flipping the world of relaxation completely upside down.   A style of yoga that had previously been exclusive to only bigger cities, aerial yoga made its way to Mason six years ago when yoga instructor Paula Bortolotto opened her studio, the Anahata Yoga Center. The practice of aerial yoga involves performing traditional yoga […]

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Students with teaching parents face classroom criticism

Sophia Johnson | Staff Writer It’s common for students to have opinions about their teachers, but when the teacher is your parent, it can be hard to escape the negativity. Freshman Rachael Molnar, daughter of World History teacher Tim Molnar, said that having a parent teach in school exposes her to negative dialogue about her family.  When students do not […]

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