Speech and Debate takes record 32 competitors to state


Jessica Sommerville | Staff Writer Talk about eloquence. 32 competitors—a new school record—will head to the state Speech and Debate tournament this Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7. Watch sophomore Ananya Tawde explain the reasoning behind the team's success. The team’s coach, Melissa Donahue, returned to the team after a hiatus and was instrumental in shaping the team for state, [...]

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Swimming teams make a splash at state meet


Sonia Rayka | Staff Writer The girls and boys swimming and diving teams went out with a big splash at the state meet on February 28, ranking third and tenth in Ohio, respectively. According to coach Mark Sullivan, the meet left him impressed with standout performances by several athletes. “A lot of our kids tend to peak at the districts [...]

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NHS hosts successful Nerf Madness fundraiser

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Juliana Discher | Staff Writer   The first annual Nerf Madness event, put on by National Honor Society, was a mad success. The Mason Intermediate 45 gym was transformed into a battle ground this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to event leaders and seniors Carver Nabb, Dylan Bryan, Connor McCormick, Sam Wendell, and Jackson Brown, they came [...]

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Media students spy careers in WCPO visit


Ariel Jones | Staff Writer A group of student journalists from MBC and The Chronicle had the opportunity to visit the WCPO news station and get a sneak peek into their future careers this Saturday, February 28. These student journalists came to the 9 On Your Side news station this morning for a "careers in media" workshop, getting to delve [...]

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Mason TechOlympics participants earn second place at competition

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Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Mason TechOlympics participants sure knew the “code” to success. The 2015 TechOlympics were held February 20-22 at the Millennium Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. This expo taught Mason students about topics in technology including healthcare, IT, business intelligence, and coding. Representatives from startup companies and big businesses attended to reach out and give advice to aspiring [...]

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World War II Memorial brought to Mason veterans


Zane Miller | Staff Writer If you can’t bring World War II veterans to their memorial, bring the memorial to them. Pillars of Honor, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to transporting the original scale model of the WWII Memorial used to create the real one in Washington, D.C. to veterans across the nation unable to see their memorial in [...]

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Big loser


Governor Kasich’s funding proposal cuts Mason City Schools budget by $5.2 million Sheila Raghavendran | Editor-in-Chief Mason City Schools Treasurer Ronda Johnson reviews budgeting paperwork at her desk. In August, Johnson replaced treasurer Richard Gardner who retired in July. Photo by Sheila Raghavendran Mason City Schools is the second biggest loser in Ohio. Early this month, Governor John Kasich spelled [...]

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Darts & donations

nerf madness

NHS Nerf Madness to benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Duncan MacKenzie | Staff Writer Seniors Jackson Brown, Sam Wendell and Carver Nabb co-founded NHS’ next event, Nerf Madness. Photo by Staff Writer Erin McElhenny Nerf is no longer child’s play. On February 21, adults and Mason High School students alike will pack into the Mason Intermediate 45 gym to engage [...]

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Different cultures blaze in annual Taste of Mason


Arnav Damodhar | Staff Writer On Wednesday, February 11, Mason High School was blazing with different cultures during the annual Taste of Mason. Different cultures, local vendors, and magnificent pieces of art all gathered in one place to show community members what Mason has to offer. According to one of Taste of Mason’s hosts and Mason Middle School principal, Tonya McCall, [...]

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Muslim Student Association hosts second Interfaith dialogue, responds to media bias

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Jessica Sommerville | Staff Writer Listen to a description of faith from the discussion. Islamophobia had no place in the Kiva on Thursday, February 12 as students gathered for the Muslim Student Association (MSA)’s second Interfaith dialogue. According to senior MSA member Kinza Sami, religious bias is prevalent in media and is counterproductive to interfaith cooperation. “There’s definitely a media bias [...]

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Future Planning 101 Night held at MHS


Zane Miller | Staff Writer Mason’s Future Planning 101 event, a mish-mosh of college and military representatives, had plenty of advice to give on post-high school options. “There are a lot of great schools out there,” Cincinnati State University representative Kandise Bobo said. “To understand each one of them and what they have to offer, to do campus visits, and [...]

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Teachers and students seek reevaluation of extensive exam schedule Madison Krell | Staff Writer Whether you loved it or hated it there are no changes in sight for the conclusion of the 2015 school year exam schedule, but according to Mason High School principal Mindy McCarty-Stewart, she is willing to listen to new ideas for the future. This year, students [...]

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Healthy habits


Teachers band together for health challenges in fight to be fit Erin McElhenny | Staff Writer  Photo by Photo Editor Madison Krell Commit to be fit. Government teacher Chip Dobson finds working out to be one of life’s simplest pleasures, so he began his 45-day challenge. “I put together a Google document and had accountability for about six or seven [...]

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Switching seats


Board of Education appoints new president and vice president Gina Deaton | Online Editor Photo contributed by Tracey Carson New Year, new leadership for the Mason City Schools Board. Mason City Schools has seen several changes in the past year, and now it can add another to the list. The Mason City Schools Board of Education, made of five members, [...]

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Creative distinction


Senior qualifies as finalist for 2015 Overture Awards Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Photo contributed by Katie Hibner Creativity is intelligence having fun. For senior Katie Hibner, who was named a finalist two consecutive years for creative writing at the Overture Awards Scholarship Competition, her intelligence and creativity combination really paid off. The Overture Awards is a program that recognizes, [...]

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Super Bowl bound


2008 MHS grad Josh Kline set to play in upcoming Super Bowl Photo courtesy of  the New England Patriots/David Silverman Erin Brush | Managing Editor The Bengals’ championship hopes may have been dashed long ago, but Mason fans have a hometown favorite in this year’s Super Bowl. Josh Kline, a 2008 Mason graduate, will make his first Super Bowl appearance [...]

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MHS choirs perform Elegant Holiday


Duncan MacKenzie | Staff Writer It’s beginning to look, and sound, a lot like Christmas. Last Friday and Saturday night, all of Mason High School’s choirs performed in an annual holiday concert called Elegant Holiday. The concert drew large crowds, which struggled to pack into the high school’s large commons. Each choir performed a variety of songs, including a performance [...]

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