Picture perfect


Turning to friends for senior pictures for convenience, cost Erin McElhenny | Staff Writer Photo by Erin McElhenny When leaves start falling, cameras start clicking. A lot goes on behind the scenes of a senior’s three-and-half-by-five-centimeter yearbook picture. Through multiple outfit photo shoots, hundreds of dollars and social media self-promotion, the meaning of taking a senior picture has changed. According [...]

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Capture that


Exchange student records video to document stay in America Sonia Rayka | Staff Writer Photo contributed by Victor Domingo Senior Victor Domingo is a self-proclaimed memory hoarder. Exchange student from Barcelona, Spain, Domingo has been documenting his year in America through a GoPro he bought specifically for his trip. According to Domingo, his decision was based on wanting to share [...]

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Public dismissal of affection


Blurred lines emerge for appropriate public displays of affection as as hallway intimacy becomes increasingly popular Ariel Jones | Staff Writer Photo by Photo Editor Madison Krell No need to kiss and tell -- everyone already knows. Public displays of affection are the elephant in the room: always seen but rarely acknowledged. Students and teachers are exposed to it daily, [...]

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On a roll


Skateboarding culture gaining local momentum Arnav Damodhar | Staff Writer Photo by Photo Editor Madison Krell Hard flips and Ollie kicks are rolling into trend. According to sophomore Jake Bradley, there has recently been an influx of people skateboarding. “During the past couple years, more people have started to skateboard,” Bradley said. “The group of people who I skateboard with [...]

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Black or white


Standardized testing disregards gray area in ethnicity question Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Photo by Photo Editor Madison Krell For biracial students, filling out the racial category on a standardized test isn’t always black and white. Many high stakes standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT, ask students to identify their ethnicities. According to USA Today, test makers ask [...]

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MHS students celebrate Indian holiday, Diwali


Arnav Damodhar | Staff Writer Photo by Arnav Damodhar Mason High School was illuminated with vibrant colors on Thursday, October 23, with Indian students sharing the spirit of Diwali. Indian students dressed up in ethnic clothing to support the holiday. According to junior Ajay Saraf, Diwali is all about the sense of togetherness. It’s the time of the year where [...]

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The power of choice


Party goers choose short term high over potential long term consequences Editor's Note: The stories presented are from individuals who are currently students or were students at Mason High School. The reporters and editors involved in this story guaranteed the safety of these individuals by providing anonymity through aliases. Any aliases resembling real persons are merely coincidental. The reporters and editors took the [...]

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Zombie bell


Zoning out inevitable in final period, stifling classroom productivity Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Photo by Photo Editor Madison Krell Seventh bell teachers beware, your final class of the day is occupied by zombies: a glassy-eyed, weary swarm of the walking dead. As the school transitions to the last bell of the day, students struggle to remain attentive and participate [...]

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Independence day


Growing popularity of independent studies create personalized learning Gina Deaton | Online Editor Photo by Gina Deaton It isn’t 1776, but students are declaring their independence. The new Declaration of Independence, written by Mason High School students, now has amendments made to the subsections of computer science, creative writing, and ceramics. Junior Jeet Shah is currently in an independent study [...]

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Family appeal of tattoos dismissing negative perceptions Kelly Noriega | Staff Writer Photo by Kelly Noriega “Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind” -- even when it comes to getting inked. According to seniors Kyia Chung and Greg Gruseck, tattoos are a way for them to get a permanent reminder of their families and backgrounds. “My [...]

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Total immunity

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In-school sick days becoming popular way to avoid absence Arnav Damodhar | Staff Writer Photo by Photo Editor Madison Krell “In sickness and in health, ‘till death do us part.” Senior Gabriella Braxton has come to school for 1,326 consecutive days -- and counting. With perfect attendance for seven years, Braxton said she comes to school even when she has [...]

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School bathrooms far from comfort stations Sheila Raghavendran | Editor-in-Chief Photo by Madison Krell Every day, students are faced with the dilemma of whether to wet it or sweat it. Using school bathrooms has become an activity far from relief for some Mason High School students. Sophomore Emily Davis, who said she avoids the bathrooms at all costs, said the [...]

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Squared and solved


Sophomore holds 5th fastest time in nation for solving Rubik’s cube blindfolded Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer Watch a video of Sreeeram Venkatarao solving a Rubik's cube blindfolded.A lot can happen in 37 seconds. Sophomore Sreeram Venkatarao is ranked 5th in the nation for quickness while solving a Rubik’s Cube blindfolded. According to Sreeram, his strategy is to look at [...]

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Un-fair share


Individual students forced to carry the load in group projects Ashton Nichols | Staff Writer Photo by Photo Editor Madison Krell There’s no ‘I’ in team, but don’t tell that to the kids who end up doing all the work in group projects. When AP Chemistry teacher Aimee Hansen and the rest of the science department brought Process Oriented Guided [...]

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Marching on

Seniors entering military give up traditional post-high school college life Kylie McCalmont | Staff Writer Photo by Photo Editor Madison Krell Senioritis may be contagious, but it can’t be caught by everyone. Seniors Jenelle Lee and Maya Hall are already preparing to walk off the graduation stage and march into their military futures. Lee plans to go to a civilian [...]

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Sweet spot


Seniors choose curb side delivery over hassle of driving to school Rashika Jaipuriar | Associate Editor Photo by Staff Writer Erin McElhenny Senior Andy Trenaman has a chauffeur who drives him to school every day. That same chauffeur even picks him up and takes him home. According to Trenaman, although driving to school is a highly regarded transition to being [...]

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