A look at Mason’s proposed operating levy

On Tuesday, March 17, for the first time in ten years, voters are faced with a choice: Whether to pass a Mason City Schools levy. Every Mason resident’s ballot in the March 2020 will have Issue 12 on it — a proposed property tax levy that would benefit Mason schools. The issue is an operating levy, meaning that it would […]

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‘Finsta’ accounts allow authentic self expression

Hannah Libby | Staff Writer Instagram isn’t just a platform to post beautiful photos–it can also be a place to let go. Recently, there has been a rise in a subcategory of accounts: finstas. Finstas, also called spams, are separate Instagram accounts that are a more private version of a person’s main account, generally for close friends only.  Senior Connor […]

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Chaney concludes H.S. career as one of Mason’s all time greats

Indranshu Das | Staff Writer Adam Chaney is the greatest of all time.  That’s what Mason head swimming coach Marc Sullivan thinks. Sullivan, a hall of fame swimming coach himself,  believes Chaney will be remembered as the greatest swimmer in Comet history, and potentially one of the best overall athletes.  “I’ve not coached or associated too much with the other […]

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Exchange students adjust to new social norms

Della Johnson | Staff Writer To exchange students, the typical routine of a Mason student is foreign. Exchange students at Mason High School often face a shift in social scenes as they transition between countries. Junior Liyan Zahran is an exchange student from Jordan, a country in the Middle East. She has stayed in Mason for seven months out of […]

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New club promotes disaster preparedness through service

Archie Barton | Staff Writer Shining a light on the importance of planning, Red Cross Club is teaching people the steps they can take in order to combat natural disasters. The club is led by five directors and participates in a plethora of service projects in school and the local community. Freshman director Sanjana Velu said the club was created […]

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Germaphobes struggle to deal with everyday germs

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer Germs on hands, food, water bottles — most people can ignore the small particles that surround them in their day-to-day life, however, for germaphobes, they can be terrifying.  Germophobia is anxiety that is induced by being in contact with germs. In many cases, it is seen as not wanting to share food or drinks, excessive […]

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Prom influencers rewarded for modeling dresses

Anna Kinasewitz | Staff Writer Style, price, color, size. Prom dress stores are capitalizing on the frenzy of finding a dress while giving high school students professional experience. Prom influencers have become more prominent for boutiques in recent years due to the rise of social media and online shopping.  Junior Mariah Norman is on the 2020 team for Bridal & […]

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Opinion: Tik Tok takes on coronavirus

Anushka Mukherjee | Staff Writer Of all the videos I have seen on Tik Tok regarding the vicious coronavirus epidemic, I noticed one common theme: young individuals are embracing death with each new outbreak of life-threatening events.  Whether it be the potential for WWIII or climate change or even a killer disease, a majority of teenagers seem more than happy […]

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New initiative brings student art to high school halls

Henri Robbins | Online Editor The walls of Mason High School are getting a makeover. Recently, Mason High School started an initiative to incorporate student art into the halls of the school. Students from the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) volunteered to create a Mason-themed mural designed by sophomore Porter Lorenz. Since the mural began, teachers Daniel McKay and Tina […]

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Opinion: A Troubling Situation

Henri Robbins | Online Editor How often are birds a problem in your life? Is it fairly often? I wouldn’t think they are, so let me tell you: When they’re a problem, they are a problem.  To start this story as simply as possible, our dryer was acting weird. My mom didn’t want to do laundry, because every morning the […]

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Movie Review: The Invisible Man

Scott Reckers | Staff Member Rating: 7/10 Horror movies can become monotonous. Characters often seem to be clueless, running right into the killers plot. Walking into the theatre, I didn’t expect much more than a run-of-the-mill movie. Thankfully I was mistaken. The Invisible Man is not a new idea or character (since it was first thought up a long time […]

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Album Review: Miss Anthropocence

Henri Robbins | Online Editor Rating: 7/10 With a large part of the album released as a series of singles over the last year, one might think that they knew what to expect from Grimes’ most recent project, but even from an artist known for her experimental stylings, the diversity in sound in Miss Anthropocene is astounding. Creating an eclectic […]

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Opinion: Coronavirus Impacts Sports World

Indranshu Das | Staff Writer Wash your hands. Recently, the NBA sent a message to the players encouraging them to fist bump fans instead of high-fives and autographs. Fourteen deaths reported from the coronavirus in the US have occurred in one state–Washington. CJ McCollum, point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, tweeted how he is taking a break from giving […]

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