Student amass t-shirt collections

Jami Bechard | Staff Writer Mason students are becoming fanatics about buying t-shirts from every school event, class and group, according to the Comet Zone statistics. Mason High School’s Comet Zone has sold over 4,300 shirts so far this year, according to Megan Findley, the Comet Zone’s general manager. Sophomore Taylor Klos said she owns 63 t-shirts that she said […]

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Training to be a ballerina

Carlie Sack | Staff Writer As a sophomore, Katie Pilone is already training for a career: a career as a professional ballerina. Pilone said she usually trains about 24 hours each week. In addition, Pilone must balance this highly intense dance schedule with attending school.

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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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Life in technicolor

Ellen Duffer | Associate Editor Being “colorblind” doesn’t always translate to seeing only black and white; this type of color vision deficiency (CVD), called monochromacy, rarely occurs. Instead, the majority of individuals with CVD (about eight percent of all males and 0.5 percent of all females, according to the National Institutes of Health) have a limited perception of color that […]

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Digital literature replaces traditional books

Ian Howard | Staff Writer Amidst the hundreds of books in Mason High School’s Media Center, Media Specialist Virginia Robinson said she peruses page after page of literature in a different format. According to Amazon.com, the Kindle, released in 2007, has rapidly become the site’s bestselling item.

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Diving in

Trevor Maxim | Staff Writer The sport of diving, although it is not well known at Mason, has been a part of the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Swimming and Diving Championships since 1927, according to OHSAA.org.

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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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Food service experience affects view of tipping

Jordan Berger | Staff Writer A ten percent tip sits on the Lone Star Steakhouse table after three hours of fulfilling the party of twenty’s needs, the customers’ meals totaling over 450. Nearby, senior Amara Agomuo, a hostess at Lone Star Steakhouse who receives a portion of the tips, witnesses the lack of generous tipping, which is a common frustration […]

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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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Music mediums progress towards intangible files

Samantha Stulen | Staff Writer From vinyl to MP3, the looks and sounds of music have been revolutionized, as well as the convenience of obtaining music. Senior Jonathan Balmer said having an MP3 player has allowed him to gain access to a multitude of songs. Buying a few albums and being stuck with songs he does not enjoy is no […]

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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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WeTube

Janica Kaneshiro | Staff Writer Whether trying to become a celebrity or just sharing their videos with the lives of others, now that YouTube is accessible to the average high school student, students at Mason High School, such as senior Jacob Burress, now have the opportunity to show fellow “YouTubers” their talents.

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