Goin’ Gatsby

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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

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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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Competitive cuisines

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Rivalry struck between neighboring Piada and Chipotle Matt Marvar | Staff Writer Photo by Matt Marvar There’s a new kid in town–and he’s not here to play. The Chipotle on Mason Montgomery has been around for 14 successful years with minor competition; that is, until November 8, when Piada opened its doors right across the street. Their claim to fame is Italian street food, and according […]

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MHS Corps of Cadets takes an aquatic adventure

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Rashika Jaipuriar | Staff Writer Scuba diving isn’t only for fancy islands or resorts. On December 26, the MHS Corps of Cadets took their latest aquatic challenge closer to home, at the Underwater World Scuba Center. The idea to scuba dive originated with junior Corps of Cadets member Maya Hall, who says she wishes to attend West Point or the […]

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Student Government stacks up gifts for needy children

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Rashika Jaipuriar | Staff Writer Photo by Online Editor Gina Deaton This time of year, Student Government members receive a list and check it twice to give families in need a memorable holiday season. According to junior student body vice president Sam Hodge, ‘Kids Count’ is one of Student Government’s yearly charitable outreaches. “Student Government partners up with Children’s Hospital,” […]

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‘Holiday Hoops’ event raises money for Black History Month

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Gina Deaton | Online Editor Shooting and scoring a basketball now earns more than points and glory. According to Mason African-American Students for Change (MAASC) junior board member Frita Beauchamp, it’s a shot that scores money for Black History Month. “We do [Holiday Hoops] every year in December,” Beauchamp said. “We do it to raise money for Black History Month […]

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Extreme makeover: library edition

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MHS Media Center adapts to modern learning environment Monica Brucher | Staff Writer  Photo art by Layout and Design Editor Gabrielle Stichweh Break out the hard hats and orange cones–MHS’ Media Center is about to be renovated. The Media Center’s physical design will stay the same, but the changed layout will bring new materials and a new purpose. Mason District […]

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Inter-faith rooms

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Inspiration Room provides opportunity for in-school prayer  Sheila Raghavendran | Managing Editor  Photo by Staff Writer Madison Krell Sophomore Aminah Baig will no longer have to ask permission to pray. Aminah has struggled with balancing prayer times with school hours, but her idea for an Inspiration Room could be her hallelujah. “I came up with it just because in my […]

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Music that matters

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Hallways ring with sound during ‘Music Monday’s in November Katie Hermann | Staff Writer MBC News Reporter Kendall Heydt discusses the new Monday tradition, ‘Music Mondays’, with Kindness Council adviser Jerry Schrock. Monday’s just got a little easier for students dragging themselves into school at the crack of dawn. In an act of true kindness to help the sleep-deprived and […]

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Fast fingers

Students race to write 50,000 word novels Sonia Rayka | Staff Writer Photo art by Layout and Design Editor Gabrielle Sticweh It’s a race against the calendar. Hours of sleep are disregarded for writers during the month of November as National Novel Writing Month takes control. More commonly referred to as NaNoWriMo, participants are challenged to write a 50,000 word […]

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Half-hearted devotion

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Resumes padded with extracurriculars and lack of passion  Katie Hibner | Staff Writer  Photo and photo art by Katie Hibner, Layout and Design Editor Gabrielle Stichweh, and Managing Editor Sheila Raghavendran Ten percent of the time, a member’s pas­sion for the National Honor Society is paper-thin. According to NHS advisor Barb Shuba, that portion of students only participate in NHS […]

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Marching band crowned sixth in nation

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Erin Brush | Sports Editor The marching band performed its show at Band of America’s Grand Nationals competition and stole sixth place in the nation. Everyone loves an underdog. The Mason marching band’s sixth place finish at Bands of America’s Grand Nationals competition came as quite a shock to many band members, according to junior flutist Evie Dempsey. After placing […]

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Students set sail with cardboard boat regatta

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Katie Rojas | Staff Writer Sharks, Toy Story, Noah’s Ark, Mario, Mickey’s Steamboat, Santa. These are just a few of the themes of the 48 boats that were included in Sunday’s AP Physics Boat Race project. AP Physics teacher DeeDee Messer said that the project, which is in its third year, was changed from during each bell to during the […]

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