Benham raises money and awareness with 24-hour Ultramarathon

Meghan Dincler | Staff Writer While students are pulling all-nighters, this teacher is spending 24 hours outdoors. John Benham, an art teacher at Mason Middle School, completed his first 100-mile race on May 4th, after running for 24 hours. He started running in 6th grade, and ran all through high school and his first year of college. After being forced […]

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Mason Tryouts continue in the face of Quarantine

Scott Reckers | Staff Writer Though the world is standing still right now, some Mason teams are continuing to dance in the eye of the storm. As the future of athletic seasons remains unknown, Mason High School teams are finding ways to prepare and build their teams online. Due to Coronavirus, athletic teams have had to alter the traditional methods […]

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AP Testing Takes on a new look during the COVID-19 Lockdown

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer Each May, students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes can take exams to determine whether or not they will receive college credit. Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board, the organization that offers the AP program, has altered the exam from the typical 2-3 hour pen-and-paper test to a 45-minute online exam. In previous […]

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Mason levy passes Amid Covid-19 precautions

Shravani Page | Staff Writer Ann Vettikkal | Staff Writer After 15 years, Mason City Schools has passed its next levy — by a margin of nearly 40%. On April 28th, the election results were finally in, with 13,391 votes cast — 9,292 for the levy and 4,099 against. Mason Superintendent Jonathan Cooper was grateful to send out positive news […]

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Mason families adopt pets to lessen impact of social distancing

Archie Barton | Staff Writer Unable to see their best friends, Mason families are choosing to adopt new ones. With the stay-at-home order in effect, many Ohio families, including Governor Mike DeWine’s, have decided to adopt new pets to help cope with the social isolation of quarantine. As some shelters are currently closed due to the coronavirus, others have seen […]

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Graduating Seniors Honored Through Social media

The senior class of 2020 won’t leave without making a mark, even a digital one. The Instagram account @masonclassof2020 has posted over 300 collages of different Mason High School seniors and their plans for when they leave high school. Three seniors run the account: Riley Brannock, Cate Millard, and Mallory Hill. Since its first post on April 5, the account […]

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Mask-making taken up by Mason students

Jessica Wang | Staff Writer In just a few months, COVID-19 has become one of the most contagious diseases in recent history, and students at Mason High School are taking it upon themselves to slow the spread. Following guidelines set by Governor Mike DeWine — and the federal government — senior Rachel Zhan has been doing her part by social […]

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Mason in Quarantine

As the recommendation for social distancing is followed by the city of Mason, local business and organizations are working in coordination with the state and Governor Mike DeWine to limit social interaction and prevent the spread of disease. During this time, the Chronicle photography staff visited familiar areas around Mason to document the measures being taken by various groups. Photos […]

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Mason School Board moves to online meetings amid Pandemic

Henri Robbins | Online Editor School might be out for the year, but the school board isn’t! The Mason School Board had their first meeting since the district moved to online learning on Tuesday, April 14. The meeting, during which members of the board and school administrators all joined in a group video conference, was live streamed via YouTube. At […]

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‘Birthday Bus’ helps students celebrate during quarantine

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer Being separated from friends is no way to spend a birthday, but there is nothing a school bus with streamers and gifts can’t fix.  As the quarantine continues, many kids have to spend their birthdays without even seeing their friends. Mason City Schools staff decided to resolve this issue by starting the Birthday Bus. It […]

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Police force works to maintain stay-at-home order

Ann Vettikkal | Staff Writer Local police departments have been doing their part to ensure that Governor Mike DeWine’s “Stay at Home” order is obeyed. Mike DeWine’s controversial and relatively early enactment of virtual quarantine began with the initial three week break for all Ohio Schools starting March 16th. Now, the order has caused national outlets such as the Washington […]

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students in quarantine continue to practice faith

Della Johnson | Staff Writer For followers of various religions, practicing their faith while being recommended to stay at home has been the spark to many new ideas and innovations. Whether it is a reliance on the internet or more old-school tactics, the quarantine has expanded the boundaries of following a religion. Senior Haddon Foley has practiced Catholicism her entire […]

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Mason Graduate Taylor Telford reports on COVID-19 news

Shravani Page | Staff Writer Former Mason graduate Taylor Telford works as a breaking news reporter at The Washington Post and has been reporting on COVID-19 over the past few weeks. Over the past month, Telford has constantly been working on stories regarding COVID-19. She works with how incoming information about the virus is presented to the nation. The Post […]

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Students retain vacation plans despite quarantine

Archie Barton | Staff Writer With self-isolation becoming the norm, it can be difficult to escape the increasing boredom of quarantine. However, some Mason students decided to continue with their vacation plans despite the dangers of the coronavirus. Seniors Colby Kramer and Alyssa Horvath, who traveled to Florida during their spring break, enjoyed quarantine six feet from the other beach […]

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Teachers face challenges moving to online learning

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer Facing an indefinite online school experience, Mason teachers are learning to deal with the struggles of putting hands-on activities online Due to COVID-19, Mason High School had to switch over to online education, causing some teachers to look for new ways of teaching their classes. Courses all across the different MHS departments, from AP Chemistry […]

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A look at Mason’s proposed operating levy

On Tuesday, March 17, for the first time in ten years, voters are faced with a choice: Whether to pass a Mason City Schools levy. Every Mason resident’s ballot in the March 2020 will have Issue 12 on it — a proposed property tax levy that would benefit Mason schools. The issue is an operating levy, meaning that it would […]

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