Bikers race around town, support food pantry in Great Mason Chase

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Alyssa Brooks | Staff Writer Watch an explanation of the day's events. Video by Staff Writer Matthew Marvar.   From bowling strikes and spares at Mason Bowl, to eating custard at Culver’s, the Great Mason Chase challenged participants to bike and complete challenges at local businesses on Saturday, August 8. This is the fourth year that the annual Great Mason Chase has [...]

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Students shed public speaking fears, build skills in MHS Speak Week

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Asia Porter | Staff Writer Fifth to ninth graders will be smooth-talking by the end of this week, thanks to coaching from Mason High School’s Speech and Debate team. From July 27-31, the team is continuing their annual tradition of Speak Week, allowing students to practice public speaking skills. According to rising senior Dominic Peraino, Director of Metrics for the [...]

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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

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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

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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

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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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