At the scene

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Community Center redefines recreation with programs aimed at teens Meghan Harris | Staff Writer Photo contributed by Julie Edmond Mason Community Center’s Teen Scene and Teen Scene (Jr.) programs are redefining recreational activities for teenagers. According to Julie Edmond, Program Supervisor at the Mason Community Center, Teen Scene and Teen Scene (Jr.) will be opportunities for students to meet new friends while participating […]

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Rest in peace

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OGT to be replaced by series of required tests in the future Gina Deaton | Online Editor Photo by Gabrielle Stichweh The Ohio Graduation Test better have its eulogy written, because within the upcoming years, it will be replaced. As of right now, the state of Ohio is planning on replacing the OGT with a series of tests that students must take. These […]

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Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis speaks at MHS

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Rashika Jaipuriar | Staff Writer Listen to Marvin Lewis’ speech. You’re only young once. Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis made a special appearance last Wednesday evening at a lecture series hosted by Mason African American Students for Change. Lewis headlined with a primary message of strength of character, but even touched on other topics relevant to high school students, like […]

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National Honor Society hosts annual talent show


Sonia Rayka | Staff Writer The stars of Mason High School shined bright on February 21 during the annual talent show for National Honor Society’s Pasta for Pennies fundraiser. NHS advisor and coordinator of the event Sheila Nimer said that it took a lot of hard work and dedicated co-chairs to make it run smoothly. “The past couple of months […]

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Student Government members broaden their horizons on a global scale


Katie Hibner | Staff Writer Photo contributed by Sonia Rayka Student Government has taken on the world. At the LEAD Conference in Chicago February 14-16, 12 “StuGo” members convened with representatives of National Honor Societies and National Student Councils from high schools across the globe. Senior Arianna Venkatesan said she was inspired by the diversity of the attendees. “[I met] […]

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Blizzard blues

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Calamity day alternative brings more work, less play Sonia Rayka | Staff Writer Photo by Photo Editor Madison Krell Five strikes and we’re out? That may not be the case since Superintendent Gail Kist-Kline introduced a new snow day alternative for the winter season. The calamity day makeup plan will require teachers to post a set lesson in the case of another school day […]

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Shoes to fill

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District treasurer will write final check after 14 years on the job Sheila Raghavendran | Managing Editor Photo contributed by Tracey Carson This June, as hundreds of seniors toss their hats, retiring school board Treasurer Richard Gardner will join in. Gardner has served a successful 14 years with the district, according to school board President Kevin Wise. He said that Gardner has been firm through […]

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Semesters… They’re coming


Abbey Marshall | Staff Writer Katie Rojas | Staff Writer With scheduling wrapping up and the era of semesters looming around the corner, many teachers and students have something to say about the changes coming in each subject. Photo art by Gabrielle Stichweh Semester fast facts •Prime Time every Wednesday •No Super Prime Time •Juniors and seniors who are eligible can still apply for […]

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Pink Out

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Comets Care keeps charity benefits close to home Katie Hermann | Staff Writer Graphic contributed by Comet Zone, photo art by Gabrielle Stichweh Comet Zone’s charity organization Comet’s Care raised over $6000 last year to aid local families. This year with stronger community ties, Comet Zone employees said they are hoping to exceed their goal. The idea sparked from Comet Zone employees who wanted a charity dedicated to assist Mason […]

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Athletes recognized at College Signing Day


Lindsay McCalmont | Staff Writer Senior athletes finally made it official. Mason rescheduled it’s annual College Signing Day yesterday after the original ceremony on February 5, 2014 — the actual National Signing Day — was canceled due to a snow day. Forty-five student athletes representing 10 different sports signed with 37 different colleges from all over the country. Coaches, parents, friends, and […]

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Future Planning 101 night to be held at MHS


Future Planning 101 is to be held in the MHS large commons at 6:30 on Thursday, February 6 to provide information regarding students’ options after high school, including college and more. Click here to view the schedule: Future 101 night MBC News Reporter Lindsay Cornwell has counselor Tony Affatato answer questions regarding Future Planning 101 night at MHS.

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Students selected for female computer science award

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Gina Deaton | Online Editor Photo contributed by Cari Sheets Many high school students can seem to be addicted to technology, but there are four who have taken their love of computer science to the next level. Myra Gupta, Ragavi Ramesh, Jessica Xiang, and Sarah Xiang were selected to receive the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Award […]

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String kings


Honors Symphony Orchestra performs in prestigious competition Katie Hibner | Staff Writer Photo by Katie Hibner   A one in 12 shot at being crowned the top orchestra in the country. A once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from the best of the best. The Honors Symphony Orchestra was one of 12 high school ensembles selected to compete for the […]

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Goin’ Gatsby


NHS gets green light to host Roaring ’20s winter dance Abbey Marshall | Staff Writer Photo by Abbey Marshall National Honor Society is partying with Jay Gatsby on January 25, and they don’t intend to make it the small affair it was last year. There were many lessons to be learned from last year’s neon dance, according to senior co-chair Jess […]

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Smoking blows

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Electronic cigarettes not a smoking alternative at MHS  Madison Krell | Staff Writer Photo by Madison Krell Mason is all in for electronics, except when it involves cigarettes. Like traditional cigarettes, there is an age requirement of 18 to buy and smoke electronic cigarettes in Ohio. Unlike typical cigarettes, what is actually being smoked is water vapor instead of tobacco. According to resource Officer Karli Dyer, anyone that […]

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End of an era


Culbertson steps down from school board Erin Brush | Sports Editor Photo contributed by Tracey Carson The retirement of school board Vice President Marianne Culbertson marks the end of an era. Culbertson, a mother of two Mason alumni herself, said she has seen Mason go through an incredible evolution in her 20 years with the board. “[The major changes have been] building, rising to [a] […]

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Carrying on

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Sandy Hook family reflects on tragedy with hope for future Fernanda Hurtado | Staff Writer Photo by Fernanda Hurtado He wasn’t hit, but carries the wounds from one of the most notorious school shootings in recent American history. On December 14, 2012 a man took deadly aim at Sandy Hook Elementary, killing 27 people in the process. Matthijs was in second grade at Sandy Hook […]

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