Mendu wins Discovery Challenge for revolutionary design

Calista Busch | Staff Writer For freshman Maanasa Mendu, the dedication to her award-winning design was not energy wasted. On October 18, Mendu won first place in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her creation of an energy-harvesting device called Harvesting Ambient Solar and Vibrational Energy in a Sustainable Tree Design (HARVEST). The challenge is sponsored by Discovery […]

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Kids are flocking to popular Houseparty app

Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer Students are just now joining the party – and it has been sitting in their back pockets the whole time. In 2015, Developer Alexander Herzick launched the application Houseparty, a group video chat that allows up to eight people to chat together in one room, which is a group of people. The app syncs with […]

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Trump wins White House in election shocker

Pollsters fail to account for key demographics Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer It ain’t over till the fat lady sings, and at 2:30 a.m. she sang in favor of Donald Trump. Donald J. Trump will be the 45th President of the United States after defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton. Although Clinton won the popular vote by more than 440,000 votes, Trump […]

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Mass hysteria forces schools to shut down

Clown sightings and empty threats affect school function. Mason High School and schools in the surrounding area have faced a series of threats in the past year. Delaney Turner | Staff Writer Clowning around is now a crime. On September 9, Mason Football was scheduled to take on Moeller during the annual community tailgate event. Approximately 30 minutes prior to kickoff, Dwire […]

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Death toll on the rise as lethal brand of heroin hits Mason

Ashton Nichols | Staff Writer Heroin addicts are dying to get their fix. Literally, they are dying. It starts with shallow breathing, confusion, loss of consciousness. Respiration stops, the lungs stop, the heart stops, then death. In search of that next euphoric high, heroin users have encountered something they didn’t bargain for when they inject themselves with heroin laced with […]

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9/11 Victims Bill passes in Congress after Presidential veto

Arnav Damodhar | Associate Editor The echoes of the September 11 attacks are still being heard, even after 15 years. A federal commission assigned to investigate the planning and execution of these attacks found ties between Saudi Arabia, a long-standing U.S. ally, and the terrorists responsible. The Saudi government, however, denies any involvement. On September 28, Congress voted to override […]

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Clinton, Trump battle for Ohio vote

Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer As Ohio goes, so goes the nation. Ohio has voted for the winner of every Presidential election since 1960, the longest streak in the country. It has also voted for the winner of 28 out of 30 elections since 1896, the best record of any state with a 93 percent accuracy. Government teacher Chip Dobson […]

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Feminine hygiene products taxed under “Tampon Tax”

Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Women can purchase lip balm, breath mints, dandruff shampoo free of sales tax, but not pads or tampons. The “tampon tax” or “pink tax” is the name given to the sales tax on feminine hygiene products. Tampons and pads are not given an additional tax, but they do not fall under the medically exempt tax […]

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Comets participate in festivities leading up to 2016 homecoming

Asia Porter | Online Editor Comet Country showcased their spirit throughout the week in this year’s Spirit Week. Mason High School Student Government kicked off Homecoming Week on Sunday, October 9 when they came in to decorate the school in green, black and white as well as painting the lobby windows and Spirit Rock to represent the theme for this year’s dance: […]

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New legislation regulates drone use

Alekya Raghavan | Staff Writer With new drone regulation, the sky is no longer the limit. These unmanned aerial vehicles have widely expanding applications in commercial and scientific fields. But with this proliferation of uses comes concern over safety and ethics. For this reason, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a series of new regulations on August 29, which limit […]

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Free for all parking forces students to choose between long walk and sleep

Student arrival time determines location of parking spots in first, second and third lots. Photo by Jonathan McCollough; Photographic by Ryan D’Souza. Alyssa Brooks | Staff Writer “Someone parked in my spot.” This sentence became the infamous quote of students last year with assigned parking spots. Last year, depending on the time they registered, students were placed throughout all parking […]

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Young drivers face wrath of parents after first accident

Luke Hutchinson | Staff Writer Accidents happen fast, resulting in damaged cars and students trembling at the thought of telling their parents. Senior Matt Deskins said he was leaving a basketball game when he rear-ended a Honda Accord at the Mason-Montgomery traffic light. “I was going about 35-40 (miles per hour) and totaled my truck, and I totaled their car […]

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Migraine pain forces victims to suffer in silence

Lack of treatment causes patients to seek unorthodox relief Calista Busch | Staff Writer Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Lightning bolts zapping your head, hands wrenching your brain, nails being driven into your skull – for students with migraines, this excruciating pain is common. Migraines are painful, recurring headaches, usually accompanied with adverse symptoms like flashing lights, nausea, and sensitivity to light, […]

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PHOTO GALLERY: College Fair 2016

Ria Parikh | Staff Writer On September 12, colleges gathered in the small and large commons for Mason High School’s annual college fair. Students had the opportunity to check out prospects or ask questions to admission representatives. Click on an image below to enlarge and view in slideshow mode… rparkih.chronicle@gmail.com    

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