students in quarantine continue to practice faith

Della Johnson | Staff Writer For followers of various religions, practicing their faith while being recommended to stay at home has been the spark to many new ideas and innovations. Whether it is a reliance on the internet or more old-school tactics, the quarantine has expanded the boundaries of following a religion. Senior Haddon Foley has practiced Catholicism her entire […]

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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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Teachers utilize online resources to enhance education

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Listening to lectures and taking notes aren’t the only ways to learn anymore. In recent years, numerous online tools have integrated themselves with the traditional, paper-pencil oriented approach. Websites such as Khan Academy, Desmos, and Mathbits have become the right hand men of teachers throughout Mason High School.  Teachers like Heather Verstreate, an Honors Geometry […]

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School a struggle after extended medical absence

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Though the absences are excused, the work isn’t. After missing time from school for medical reasons, students often find themselves struggling to keep up with school’s quick pace. Sophomore Rachel Kearney has garnered numerous absences this year due to her visits to the hospital for screenings and surgery. For her, recovery was a very long […]

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Nostalgic and new favorites combine with new streaming service

Della Johnson | Staff Writer For $6.99 a month, students are reliving their Disney Channel childhoods. DisneyPlus is a new media streaming service that was launched on November 12 of this year. It includes classic movies, discontinued television shows originally shown through cable on Disney Channel, and new DisneyPlus-exclusive content. Since its announcement, the service itself has garnered large amounts […]

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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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Students Consider Future at Mason College Fair 2019

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer To explore the opportunities waiting for them after high school, Mason High School hosted their annual College Fair.  Mason High School hosted their seventh annual College Fair on Thursday, September 12. Students from both MHS and Kings High School were able to talk to representatives from different colleges at tables located around the large commons. […]

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Fast food employees choose convenience over nutrition

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Fast food restaurants are not just convenient for the customers. Food industry jobs have been the main career choice of students for many years. For most establishments, hiring starts at age 14, and many of them provide free meals or discounts. According to the Ohio Medical Group, this food tends to cause more harm than […]

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Mason ‘Hope Squad’ featured on NBC news

Della Johnson | Staff Writer The Mason Hope Squad has made national news. NBC Nightly News came to the MHS on May 7 to take footage of the Hope Squad for a broadcast. They took footage in Lori Roth’s classroom, as well as interviews with administration and students alike. The purpose of the broadcast was to highlight mental health and […]

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Cook livin’ life in the fast lane

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Many learn to drive a car around age 16; freshman Ashley Cook, however, took a more accelerated approach. Cook has been drag racing, racing a narrow car with a pointed end down a straight track, since she was a child. Using her own dragster (a term for cars used in drag racing), Cook is able […]

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Computer-Aided Design still recovering from fire damage

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Once considered one of the most hands-on courses at Mason High School, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) has taken a few steps back since last year’s fire. The accident, which occured on May 8, 2018, because of the dust collecter in the B108 CAD room, caused an evacuation of the entire student body and faculty. Since then, […]

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Being a princess is no fantasy for student with unique job

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Most little kids dream of being a princess. Senior Katey Marshall gets paid to be one. Senior Katey Marshall has worked for two years as a face character, or live actress, at A Characteristic Attitude, a company that provides princesses, superheroes, pirates, fairies and more to8usura events. Marshall often dresses up as princesses, her most […]

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Short attention cause of decreased interest in reading

Della Johnson | Staff Writer You may not have the attention span to get through this article. In fact, most students don’t. With the amount of reading being assigned to students recently, a minimized attention span is becoming increasingly noticeable. The trend continues through more than just homework, however. In class, students might struggle to focus during lectures, group work, […]

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local leaders share their experiences with students

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer Della Johnson | Staff Writer Local leaders ignited purpose and passion in students. On October 9, six leaders talked to students at Mason High School and gave them advice on how to become a better leader in their community. The speakers were Shakila Ahmed, Nick Bogan, Rachel Pitman, Barbara Berry-Spaeth, Nicole Walker, and Gavin O’Neill. […]

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Gaskin shines in social media spotlight, showcases music to hundreds of thousands of listeners through streaming platforms

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Listen to Darius’ single “Insanity”. Over 150 thousand listeners have pressed play on senior Darius Gaskin’s career. Since releasing his debut single “Insanity” on August 10, Gaskin has accumulated hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube and Spotify, both of which he has also gained a multitude of followers on. The massive exposure was partially […]

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