Jarod’s Law revoked

Jessica Kantor | Staff Writer Jarod’s Law is being withdrawn from Ohio Law. Jarod’s parents originally wanted to form the law, which was created after Lebanon first-grader Jarod Bennett was crushed to death under a folding cafeteria table six days before Christmas in 2003. The law regulated chemicals and supplies in classrooms. Jarod’s parents said on their website that they […]

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Haiti crisis prompts high school community to give

Rachel Schowalter | Staff Writer With various means of world aid pouring into Haiti since the earthquake, many have been left wondering not only how they can help, but which method will help Haitians the most. Monetary donations, supply donations and on-the-ground service have been the most prominent methods, with each varying in effectiveness of contributing to relief efforts.

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Facebook may cause negativity in teenagers

Julia Halpin | Staff Writer Low levels of confidence in teens can be attributed to their usage of Facebook, according to a 2008 University of Georgia study that surveyed 130 Facebook users. The number of Facebook friends and wall posts someone acquires directly relates to how narcissistic they may be.

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Students seeking ‘Safe Space’ can look for door stickers

Alyssa Howard | Editor-in-Chief There are now ten Safe Spaces for lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) students at Mason High School. According to the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) “Safe Space Kit,” a Safe Space “is a welcoming, supportive and safe environment for [LBGT] students.” Multicultural Literature teacher Meg McKinnon said that the program has been initiated by […]

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Sports gambling spreads among student body

Trevor Maxim | Staff Writer There is a prevalence of unorganized sports betting between casual fans, among which are Mason High School students who place wagers on sporting events of all types. These students participate in sports betting without ever stepping foot in a casino or logging on to an online gambling site, where most gambling takes place.

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Community not immune to homelessness

Danni Simms | Staff Writer On any given night, 750,000 people are homeless across the United States according to the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH). In order to be considered homeless, the Stewart B. McKinney Act said that one must not have an adequate place to sleep every night or one must reside in temporary housing (a supervised publicly […]

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Financial literacy course included for class of 2014

Alyssa Howard | Editor in Chief The implementation of a Financial Literacy course, which will take the place of ECA-B, is mandated for next year’s incoming class of 2014, according to the Ohio Department of Education. Known as “the ability to read, analyze, manage and communicate about the personal financial conditions that affect material well-being,” financial literacy is being emphasized […]

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Costs of nutritious eating rising

Kris Ogungbemi | Staff Writer The price of produce is rising faster than inflation while the prices of junk food fall, according to the Reuters Health Group. Josh DiGirolamo, an employee at Whole Foods in Cincinnati, says that healthy foods are more expensive because the trip from the farm to the store requires an abandonment of dangerous pesticides and herbicides.

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Paranoia surrounds new H1N1 vaccine

Rachel Giesel | Staff Writer The H1N1 vaccine hysteria is still prevalent for students, with about 200 students registered to receive the shot having refused. Around 1,300 students received the H1N1 shot on December 16, however, despite the extreme paranoia, according to school nurses Kathy McVey and Christa Nichols.

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New technology implemented to prepare students for future

Rachel Schowalter | Staff Writer In an increasingly high-tech world, being adaptable to ever-changing technological advances has become essential. In order to equip its students with these skills, Mason High School has been implementing the latest technology in its classrooms. According to MHS Instructional Technology Specialist Byron Walton, the Mason City School District strives to be on the cutting-edge of […]

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Hopeful valedictorians bolster their GPAs

Beena Raghavendran | Staff Writer Not just anyone can become valedictorian anymore, according to honors-level teachers at Mason High School. As this annual contest approaches its finish (the last day of second trimester), the love for learning in students competes with the drive to be the best.

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