Organization Connects Students to Culture and Politics

Shravani Page | Staff Writer Members of William Mason High School are poised to create a difference in the communities and encourage teenagers to become involved politically. William Mason High School has become a hub composed of differing ideologies. From discussing controversies to conspiracies, politics have unsurprisingly entered the mix which has led to a recent influx of political organizations […]

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How to tik the Tok

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Making every second count has led everyday students to stardom. TikTok, previously called musical.ly, is a video-sharing social app. After the change in titles in mid-2018, the app had slow beginnings. Many viewed it as “cringey,” or a meme. However, it has recently been extremely popular. Currently, the app has around 500 million active users, […]

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Artist Feature: Surfaces

Della Johnson | Staff Writer 8.5/10 Amidst the heavy rap beats and repetitive pop choruses on the forefront of the music charts, Surfaces’ upbeat, minimalistic songs provide a breath of fresh air. The music group, based out of Texas, is made up by Colin Padalecki and singer Forrest Frank. Their songs feature positive lyrics, and the tropical instrumentals that back […]

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Athletes Not the Only Ones Committing to Colleges

Anna Kinasewitz | Staff Writer Seven percent. That’s the percentage of high school athletes that go on to compete at the collegiate level.  Tweets, Instagram posts, and celebrations are all made when an athlete decides to take the leap and commit to a school to continue their sports career. Hours of practice go into perfecting their skills and getting them […]

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MHS Learners benefitting from New Peer Tutoring Room

Anushka Mukherjee | Staff Writer Tutoring just got an upgrade. In the past three years of the Peer Tutoring program, tutoring took place in the Learning Commons. This year the program implemented a new room in C303 funded by the Mason City Schools Foundation. The room is tailored to fit the various learning environments as requested by the tutees, and […]

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Movie Review: IT: Chapter 2

Ann Vettikkal | Staff Writer Rating: 6/10 It: Chapter Two revealed potential not quite met, in spite of the massive 3 hour run time it had to do so. Set 27 years after the previous It movie, the Losers’ Club reunite in the seemingly sleepy town, Derry, Maine, to conquer the clown back for more, and with it, their deepest […]

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Basketball standout decides to give football one last try

Indranshu Das | Staff Writer Excelling in high school sports is impressive in itself, but to play two sports at the varsity level requires a truly special athlete.  Recently, it’s become more and more common for varsity basketball players to play football their senior year of high school.   Senior wide receiver Jack Cooper is a prime example, as he […]

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Student trumpeter cashing in on his music

Scott Reckers | Staff Writer Senior Harmon Byerly isn’t trying to toot his own horn, but he is making a bit of money off it. Byerly is a trumpeter who is making money off his playing. He records his playing and works with companies that are willing to pay him for his skills.  He started recording late his sophomore year, […]

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Students and teachers Divided on New Block Scheduling

Henri Robbins | Online Editor New year, new schedule — Mason is starting off the year with a different look at the bell schedule. Since the school year started, Mason students and teachers have been adapting to a new system of block scheduling that the school has begun to implement.  In previous years, students would sign up for six or […]

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Shootings becoming too common

Henri Robbins | Online Editor Just the other day, I heard that a student at my old high school had been arrested for bringing a loaded handgun onto the campus. The story goes that he ran away from home and decided to spend his nights in a mall, but felt so unsafe that he brought the gun with him for protection.  […]

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Mason Swimmers prepare for Historic Olympic Trials

Alana Amaya | Staff Writer There may be a future Olympic athlete sitting next to you in class. Swimming has been a large part of the sports culture at Mason since the 1980’s, and it has become one of the premier programs in the state. But now, the results are bigger than ever. Sophomore Carl Bloebaum, Junior Reese Lugbill, and […]

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