‘Birthday Bus’ helps students celebrate during quarantine

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer Being separated from friends is no way to spend a birthday, but there is nothing a school bus with streamers and gifts can’t fix.  As the quarantine continues, many kids have to spend their birthdays without even seeing their friends. Mason City Schools staff decided to resolve this issue by starting the Birthday Bus. It […]

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Teachers face challenges moving to online learning

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer Facing an indefinite online school experience, Mason teachers are learning to deal with the struggles of putting hands-on activities online Due to COVID-19, Mason High School had to switch over to online education, causing some teachers to look for new ways of teaching their classes. Courses all across the different MHS departments, from AP Chemistry […]

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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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Comets season comes to an end with a loss to Loveland

Cody Allgor | Staff Writer The Mason Comets girls basketball team exited the division one sectional tournament by falling to Loveland 55-41 on Monday night at Lakota East High School. The Tigers, winners of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference controlled the pace and tempo of the game, jumping out to an early 22-7 first quarter lead. A lead they held onto […]

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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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Subscription boxes personalize online shopping

Evelina Gaivoronskaia |   Staff Writer Monthly subscription boxes provide out-of-the-box ways to explore new products.  With the rise of the Internet, more and more people have used online shopping platforms, such as subscription boxes. Sophomore Allison Fries has been using Birchbox, a subscription that provides a couple of samples of various beauty products every month, since December. She said […]

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Singers come together to form all-female a cappella group

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer Youtube video embedded above. To access video, click here. Nine girls are changing the tune of Mason’s a cappella program. Siren, started this school year, is Mason High School’s (MHS) first all-female a cappella group. The group was started by Katie Hayward, who is the Assistant Choir Director at MHS, after seeing the number of […]

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Self-tanning students face judgement from peers

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer The tan line between stylized and stigmatized is a thin one. Tanned skin is considered a standard of beauty in today’s world. Yet not everyone becomes tan by laying in the sun. Some Mason High School students choose to use self-tanner as a way to bronze their skin.  Senior Allie Filippi participates in Color Guard and […]

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Student leaders tasked to present new R-factor program to peers

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer The R-factor program promises to bring a positive atmosphere to Mason High School. Mason City Schools plans to introduce a new program, the R-factor, to help students better their lives and find a better way to react to everyday situations. On October 28, 143 MHS students attended a seminar introducing them to the program. Those […]

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Migraine sufferers struggle with daily learning

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer Students suffering from migraines have to face the head-spinning choice between school and avoiding pain.  Migraines can come with headaches, disorientation, and light or sound sensitivity. Students who suffer from them can have a difficult time getting through the school day full of fluorescent lights and loud hallways. Senior Ishana Galgali started to experience all […]

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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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Live Music Club hosts concert with graduating members

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer For members of the AMs, their final concert held notes of sadness. The Live Music Club (known as the AMs) held a concert with recently-graduated members at Kidd Coffee On Wednesday, July 31, just weeks before many of them head to college.  Former member and founder Savannah Quach started the club two years ago out […]

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Punjabi Cultural Society prepares dancers for harvest festival

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer The Punjabi Cultural Society (PCS) finds that dance, above all else, exposes children to Punjab culture better than other traditional forms of study. A non-profit organization concentrating on passing the Punjabi culture to younger generations, PCS annually prepares for Vaisakhi, a Punjabi harvest festival, celebrated through traditional food and dances. This year, Vaisakhi falls on […]

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Students Cleaning Up Mason For Earth Day

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer Although Earth Day has passed, Juniors Sara Naveh and Nick Flood are wasting no time when it comes to helping the environment. They organized the “Clean Up Mason” event, which took place on Saturday, April 27 and allowed the Mason community to come together and take care of their environment by cleaning up the areas […]

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Students struggle to decide if ADD meds are worth it

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer Sometimes focus can come with a price. Many students with Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder rely on prescription drugs to bring them focus and calm in their day to day life. Although the medicine helps them in many ways, it also comes with some serious side effects. The National Institute of Mental Health defines ADHD as a […]

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