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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New initiative brings student art to high school halls

Henri Robbins | Online Editor The walls of Mason High School are getting a makeover. Recently, Mason High School started an initiative to incorporate student art into the halls of the school. Students from the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) volunteered to create a Mason-themed mural designed by sophomore Porter Lorenz. Since the mural began, teachers Daniel McKay and Tina […]

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Fears of coronavirus disrupt local Chinese cultural events

Ann Vettikkal | Staff Writer 7,453 miles from the source of the sickness, the 2019 coronavirus has had more success creating concern than spreading infection here at Mason High School.  Coronavirus is actually an umbrella term that houses many viruses. The most recent one is the 2019 coronavirus that can lead to severe respiratory illnesses or in some cases, death. […]

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“Idea Team” to implement student plans for school change

Henri Robbins | Online Editor Ignite Your Vision was the ignition point for Mason’s newest vision.  After Mason High School’s “Ignite Your Vision” campaign in 2019, which allowed students a one-time platform to enact ideas to improve the school, the school is creating an initiative to allow students to create year-round change. To do this, they’re founding an “Idea Team,” […]

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Mason, Neighboring Districts meet to discuss graduation seals

Ann Vettikkal | Staff Writer In a recent collaboration, neighboring school districts have come together at MHS to set the standards that could lead to alternative paths toward graduation.  Representatives from more than 20 schools gathered to discuss the state’s recent rollout of nine new graduation seals. On January 31st, counselors and administrators from Cincinnati Public, Lakota, Lebanon, Fairfield, Madeira, […]

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Singers come together to form all-female a cappella group

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer Youtube video embedded above. To access video, click here. Nine girls are changing the tune of Mason’s a cappella program. Siren, started this school year, is Mason High School’s (MHS) first all-female a cappella group. The group was started by Katie Hayward, who is the Assistant Choir Director at MHS, after seeing the number of […]

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Threat of war causes anxiety among potential recruits

Ann Vettikkal | Staff Writer Given war and peace, America currently exists somewhere between the two.  On January 2, 2020, President Trump issued a strike that killed major Iranian leader Qasem Soleimani. Beyond heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran, this event sparked the fast spread of related content at home on the Internet and social media, including jokes about […]

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School board unanimously votes to put new levy on 2020 ballot

Henri Robbins | Online Editor Fifteen years. That’s how long since it’s been since Mason passed their last levy, and the Superintendent has said that it’s time for another.  After a recommendation from Mason City Schools Superintendent Jonathan Cooper, the Mason School Board unanimously voted ‘yes’ on a resolution of necessity for a 2020 levy at the November 19 School […]

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AP Physics Catapult Cornhole

Lily Geiser | Editor-in-Chief Students in AP Physics C: Mechanics created catapults, trebuchets, and other projectile-launching devices to demonstrate the concepts they learned in class. The goal of these devices was to launch a bean bag across the school gymnasium and land it on a cornhole board. lgeiser.chronicle@gmail.com

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Student leaders tasked to present new R-factor program to peers

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer The R-factor program promises to bring a positive atmosphere to Mason High School. Mason City Schools plans to introduce a new program, the R-factor, to help students better their lives and find a better way to react to everyday situations. On October 28, 143 MHS students attended a seminar introducing them to the program. Those […]

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Photo Gallery: 2019 Lip Dub

The Mason High School students and staff came together to create the 2019 Lip Dub video on Thursday, October 17, to support and raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In the video, students and staff members lip-synced to various popular songs while moving around the school. Click to enlarge and view in slideshow mode. Photos by Mia Swietzer. […]

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