Mason montage

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City of Mason celebrates bicentennial, growth over 200 years Madison Krell | Staff Writer Sonia Rayka | Staff Writer Celebration Church     Off of Main Street lies Forest Avenue, where the white painted church known as the Celebration Baptist Church is located. The church has gained an additional room, but from the outside it remains similar, from its bell […]

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The transgender topic

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Accommodations for transgenders may soon find their way to MHS Ariel Jones | Staff Writer Infographic by Layout and Design Editor Gabrielle Stichweh, information from Nationwide, transgender students are in a tough spot: right between the Men’s and Women’s restrooms. After considerable debate, the Kentucky Senate passed a bill called “The Kentucky Student Privacy Act”, limiting transgender students to use […]

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Big reveal


Committee prepares all year for After Prom Erin McElhenny | Staff Writer The day following After Prom, it starts all over again. Every year on the night of Prom and into the following morning, from 1 to 4 a.m., Mason is home to After Prom. While Prom is a stage for dancing, After Prom is a reservoir of activities. While […]

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Animal activists

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Anti-animal abuse campaign inspires lifestyle changes Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. This sentiment against animal cruelty transcends the lives of sophomores Samantha Francis and Emily Davis. Their pledge to go cruelty free determines their daily decisions, from the clothing they wear, to the foods they eat and the products they buy. According […]

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Heading home


Jewish students brave political turmoil for Israel pilgrimage Jessica Sommerville | Staff Writer Photo contributed by Adrian Niedermann There’s no place like your homeland–even if safety isn’t three ruby-heeled clicks away. For Jewish students on pilgrimage in Israel, their home in Mason is 6,198 miles away, and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts are prevalent, according to junior Adrian Niedermann. “(The Gazan War) started […]

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Man with a plan


Popovich career path realization of childhood dream Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer Photo by Erin McElhenny Most little kids want to grow up to be royalty or even superheroes, but not senior Garrett Popovich. Garrett has known that he wants to go into the workforce to be a firefighter or police officer since he was three years old. “When I […]

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Women’s sports teams find the term ‘Lady Comets’ derogatory, unnecessary and outdated Kylie McCalmont | Staff Writer Photo by Photo Editor Madison Krell As the Always commercial proves, ‘Like a girl’ is not an insult. Although the Lady Comets isn’t the official name for Mason’s female athletics, many of Mason’s female athletes have gotten used to the title, even though […]

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College un-prep


Responsibilities of independent living prove challenging for college-bound students Charlie MacKenzie | Staff Writer Photo by Photo Editor Madison Krell The ACT may not be the best predictor of college readiness. Hundreds of seniors leave Mason High School each year to attend college and live alone. Relying on your parents for 18 years and suddenly leaving home to live independently […]

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Mixing beats


DJs fuse Indian, American music Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Photo by Photo Editor Madison Krell DJ Jeet and DJ-PJ have something new to bring to the table–turn table, that is. Being a disc jockey isn’t simply a hobby for juniors Jeet Srivastava and Paraj Arora; it’s a way to appreciate and explore their Indian culture. Both students DJ Indian, […]

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Rare birds


Boy Scouts serve community through unique Eagle Scout projects Duncan MacKenzie | Staff Writer Photo by Photo Editor Madison Krell Soaring high is what Eagles are prepared to do. For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has helped build the future leaders of our country, preaching the motto, “Be Prepared”. The most determined and persevering scouts make it […]

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Snack satisfaction


Comfort foods used as coping mechanism Ashton Nichols | Staff Writer Graphic by Layout and Design Editor Gabrielle Stichweh Happiness is just four Oreos, a bowl of mac-n-cheese and a cheeseburger away. Many people find different ways to enjoy what they eat, either by having an emotional connection to it, or by the feelings they get from it, psychologist Jeffrey […]

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Magic madness


Friday Night Magic tournament attracts avid card-game players Sonia Rayka | Staff Writer Photo by Photo Editor Madison Krell Friday Night Magic: No mortals allowed. Along with some of his friends, senior Riley Buchanan attends a weekly gathering held at Gameswap to play the card game Magic: The Gathering. According to Magic: The Gathering’s website, the player takes the role […]

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Robo comp


Building robots provides real-world engineering for students Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer Photo contributed by Jay Zhao One small step–or roll–for robots, one giant leap for aspiring engineers. A program called FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) engages young people in mentor-based programs to help build their engineering and science skills. Middle school and high school students […]

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Head start


Studio Internship offers design experience with real-world clients Madison Krell | Staff Writer Graphic by Design Internship students The Nike “Swoosh.” The McDonald’s curved, yellow “M.” The Apple minimalist fruit. All have become stamps of an industry–an effect Mason High School students are recreating through design internships. A new internship opportunity is available at Mason High School: the Studio Internship, […]

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Digital footprint


Smartphone tracking device stalks users through locating services Kylie McCalmont | Staff Writer To try out this function on an iPhone, go to: Settings> Privacy> Location Services> System Services> Frequent Locations Siri is just like a best friend. She knows who you text, your favorite apps and songs and most importantly: every location you’ve visited in the past two months. Though the iPhone is increasing in popularity, many people, such […]

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The sound of music


SoundCloud offers online audience for aspiring performers Matthew Marvar | Staff Writer Photo by Staff Writer Matthew Marvar Spotify, move over. Introducing: SoundCloud. An online platform that is growing in popularity, the site offers musicians an opportunity to share their music online and to network with other artists. This social media tool is used by 175 million people around the […]

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Foreign exchange


Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer   Graphic by Photo Editor Madison Krell Foreign policy may be cheaper than you think. Many high school students have moved to the United States from foreign countries, forcing them to adjust to American education and lifestyle. These students now have the option to return to their native country or stay in the United States for college. Sophomore Emil Henningsen moved […]

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Gaga for Google


MHS sacrifices privacy in switch from Microsoft to convenient Google technology Jessica Sommerville | Staff Writer Graphic by Layout and Design Editor Gabrielle Stichweh If sophomore Alexander Shearer logged on to Google Chrome at 5:56 pm on Monday, February 23rd — Google would know about it.   As Mason City Schools transitions to Google-based technology for its convenience and collaborative […]

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