Venkatarao named regional finalist in Google Science Fair

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Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Watch Sreeram explain his research. Video by Staff Writer Duncan MacKenzie. Instead of facing judges, rising junior Sreeram Venkatarao presented his science fair project facing a computer screen. Unlike most traditional science fairs, the first two rounds of the Google Science Fair are held entirely online. According to Venkatarao, this is distinctly different from other [...]

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Firemen’s festival and car show blaze in downtown Mason

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Alekya Raghavan | Staff Writer Downtown Mason was on fire for the 2015 Bicentennial Firemen’s Festival and Car Show. The town plaza was buzzing with excitement starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 3. Hosted by the Mason Historical Society, the event celebrated the city’s fire department in all of its glory. Lining up their trucks, several fire officials staged [...]

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Mason Historical Society hosts 22nd annual ice cream social


Asia Porter | Staff Writer The city of Mason screamed for ice cream on June 30. From 6 to 9 p.m., the Mason downtown plaza was filled with familiar ice cream products, all available to Mason families for one dollar. Culver’s, Graeter’s and Ice ‘N EZ donated the frozen treats in support of the Mason Historical Society's 22nd annual Ice [...]

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Aspiring actors take first steps onstage in MHS Drama Camp

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Asia Porter | Staff Writer This week, aspiring actors, singers, and dancers began to train in their craft. From June 8 -- 12, the Mason High School drama department continued the annual tradition of organizing a drama camp for rising kindergartners through eighth graders, exposing them to the inner-workings of a theater production. Allen Young, theater director at MHS, has [...]

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McCarty-Stewart to resign for post at Wilmington High School


Arnav Damodhar | Staff Writer Photo by Arnav Damodhar After faithfully serving Mason City Schools for 11 years and fulfilling the duties of the principal of William Mason High School for the past six years, Mindy McCarty-Stewart will resign her position to pursue a new challenge in her hometown as the principal of Wilmington High School. According to McCarty-Stewart, she [...]

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Run, Roll and Sun 5K raises funds for Common Ground playground

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Abbey Marshall | Managing Editor In addition to raising funds for the Common Ground playground for disabled children, this year’s annual Run, Roll & Sun 5K on Saturday, May 30 honored Parks and Recreation Foundation employee Sheri Collins, who passed away from pancreatic cancer. The Run, Roll & Sun 5K is an all-inclusive event that consists of both a timed [...]

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Band hosts rummage for the roses to fund Rose Bowl trip

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Juliana Discher | Staff Writer The Mason Marching Band and Color Guard gathered up a mishmash of clothes, furniture, and toys for a rummage sale on May 30, in the Mason Intermediate 5/6 cafeteria. According to co-chair of the Pasadena fundraisers, Denise Johnson, proceeds of this event and others are going to the 2016 Rose Bowl where the Mason Marching [...]

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Destination Imagination takes third at globals


Erin McElhenny | Staff Writer Photo contributed by Sabrina Patel The Destination Imagination (DI) team of juniors Sophie Drozdz and Emma Hodge, and seniors Dillion Drozdz, Sam Hodge, Sabrina Patel, Matthew Terry, and Vinny Servasco was awarded third place overall and first in their main challenge at Globals. The team had worked on their main challenge for months--it was an extension [...]

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Mason students excel at Xavier Entrepreneurship Bootcamp


Arnav Damodhar | Staff Writer Richtermayer (far left) and Gruslin (far right) with their team and a Xavier professor (middle). Photo contributed by Mitchell Gruslin. Six students from Mason High School took charge of their futures and attended the Entrepreneurship Boot camp at Xavier University from Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 17. According to attendee and junior Luke Richtermayer, it’s [...]

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Graduation marathon

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Grads plan how to kill time during ceremony Jessica Sommerville | Staff Writer     Infographic by Layout and Design Editor Gabrielle Stichweh Graduation survival kit: ready-to-toss cap and large-sleeved gown; 4G LTE smartphone; Subway sandwich; and four years’ worth of patience. This year’s senior class has 828 students, making its graduation a marathon. According to senior Leyla Ashraf, this [...]

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Drivers faced with limited options as lots overfill Matthew Marvar | Staff Writer It’s 7:10 and junior Madison Miller is pulling into the first lot. Miller, who paid for a spot there, said that in a perfect world, there would be one open for her. But there were none. Under the impression that she would receive a Saturday school if [...]

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Musical reign


Santos set to retire from esteemed musical kingdom Jessica Sommerville | Staff Writer Choral director Elaine Santos, ruler of Mason High School’s musical empire for 16 years, will relinquish her crown next year as she retires. Since her coronation, she has crafted a legacy infused with successes, including superior, state-level recognition and the first three-discipline concert. According to Santos, she [...]

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