Aspiring soldiers use video game simulations to tune up for combat situations


Matthew Marvar | Staff Writer Photo illustration by Matthew Marvar The worldwide video game industry is worth almost $100 billion. Gamers in the United States alone spent $22 billion on video games in 2015. Furthermore, the global video game market racked up $81.5 billion in revenue just last year. Senior Drew Davidson, however, didn’t contribute to this statistic. He plays […]

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Marching band constantly up against tough rubric


Isabel Marotta | Staff Writer Photo by Isabel Marotta Students strive for a 100 percent on a test while marching band members strive for 100 points on a performance. While it’s clear to see a score by how many runs a team scores or how many baskets they make, marching band is a different, more intricate story. According to assistant […]

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AP teachers curve practice tests to best prepare students

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Jonathan McCollough | Staff WriterPhoto by Visual Editor Madison Krell Test curves come in more shapes than just a bell. Curving tests is prevalent in high school, but the effectiveness of a curve as well as the impact curving has on students has been widely disputed. Advanced Placement Language and Composition teacher Nathan Coates said from his experience, curving for […]

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Regular coffee drinkers struggle without daily cup

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Duncan MacKenzie | Staff Writer Illustration by Visual Editor Madison Krell Coffee has become part of many students’ daily grind. According to The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, caffeine is the most commonly used drug in the world. It estimates between 80 and 90 percent of adults and children in North America habitually consume it. Specifically among adolescents, the National […]

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Modern-day pronoun use more complex than ‘he’ and ‘she’

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Jessica Sommerville | Online Editor That’s what (pronoun) said. In the case of the modern student, preferred gender pronouns are no longer exclusive to the “he” or “she” adopted from birth. The University of Tennessee published an internet guide to help navigate what may be preferred pronouns. According to Inside Higher Ed, the list juxtaposed “he” and “she,” with new […]

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No urinal dividers in men’s restroom causes unspoken etiquette

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Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Illustration by Visual Editor Madison Krell Together men stand, divided men urinate. There are unspoken rules of the restroom that most males understand and follow; eyes forward, no chit-chat, the middle urinal is no man’s land. At Mason High School, the lack of urinal dividers—metal or plastic sheets placed on the walls between urinals—have prompted […]

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Teenagers believe they are never too old to trick-or-treat


Duncan MacKenzie | Staff Writer Photo by Visual Editor Madison Krell Did someone say free candy? The decision to trick-or-treat can be a haunting one for students entering high school, but some seniors have continued to stuff their bags with sweets year after year. There are many factors in determining trick-or-treating capabilities in a given year, but perhaps the biggest […]

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Pills no match for body’s natural healing process


Lauren Lysko | Staff WriterPhoto by Visual Editor Madison Krell You can’t fit meditation in a medicine cabinet, but, according to sophomore Mary Kate Robey, it works just the same as pills. She practices the spiritual and diet method of Holistic medicine throughout their daily routine. This includes the physical body, spirit, emotions, and the mind. According to The Washington […]

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‘The apple falls far from the tree’ for modern students and their parents

Alyssa Brooks | Staff Writer The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree—or so they say. Culture and belief: they define people. Children typically adopt their parent’s views, but as cultures and beliefs modernize, so do child-to-parent similarities. In today’s society, many teenagers are determining their own path. In this sense, falling far from the tree. Cultural practices typically remain […]

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Honor code statement aims to discourage academic dishonesty

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Matthew Marvar | Staff Writer Illustration by Graphic Designer Jake Broekema  Here’s a system that’s a little harder to cheat. Introducing the honor code statement: in an effort to combat cheating on collaborative assignments, the chemistry department has initiated the use of the statement for students to express and to sign that the work on their paper is theirs and […]

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Video gaming has become popular spectator sport

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Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Photo contributed by Riot Games Last August, over 11,000 people filled Madison Square Garden to the brim; not to see the Knicks play and not for a Taylor Swift concert, but to watch 10 people play a video game. Video games being played competitively by professionals, otherwise known as eSports, is a relatively new trend […]

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Sophomore Natasha Saputra performs piano at Carnegie Hall for the sixth time

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Asia Porter | Staff Writer Sophomore Natasha Saputra is a Mozart-in-the-making. Saputra stepped foot on the renowned stage of Carnegie Hall this July for her sixth appearance in her lifetime. Saputra has remained dedicated to the piano for 10 years and currently takes lessons at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (UC CCM) Prep. Saputra was in the fourth grade […]

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Feminism debate rages, fueled by ‘Meninist’ Twitter account

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Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Photo by Visual Editor Madison Krell “Meninism” and feminism: two concepts that sound similar, but each conjures up a starkly different set of opinions. The “Meninist” account on Twitter has flourished in popularity over the past year. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation, it was originally started by men making jokes, but has become a […]

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Sophomores achieve YouTube success, create viral videos


Isabel Marotta | Staff Writer Graphic by Visual Editor Madison Krell. Sophomores Emma Smith and Lauren Bangs are Internet sensations. Some students earn their money working at Kings Island or fast food restaurants, but these students, commonly known as “Lauren and Emma” on YouTube, are making a profit by posting videos. The girls started their channel in seventh grade where […]

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