AP Testing Takes on a new look during the COVID-19 Lockdown

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer Each May, students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes can take exams to determine whether or not they will receive college credit. Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board, the organization that offers the AP program, has altered the exam from the typical 2-3 hour pen-and-paper test to a 45-minute online exam. In previous […]

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Local restaurants affected by quarantine

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer Local restaurants are altering their normal operations to keep their customers and employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Manan Raval is the manager of Curries, an Indian restaurant with a daily lunch buffet located in Sharonville. Because restaurants are now carry-out only due to orders by the state government, Raval said his business has lost […]

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Students studying abroad return home due to Covid-19

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many high schoolers have had to cancel their spring break trips. For some college students, travel precautions have been even more disruptive. Mason High School graduate and junior at Elon University, India Kirssin, was studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina when she found out that the program was canceled due […]

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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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High school girls look to birth control for medical relief

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer From controlling irregular menstruation to alleviating chronic pain, birth control is not just used as a contraceptive — for some, it’s a necessity. Senior Nikita Morjaria takes birth control to reduce her anemia, a condition caused by a deficit of red blood cells. She chooses to take non-hormonal birth control, which tends to have fewer […]

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Gymnasts bend over backwards to maintain busy schedule

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer When it comes to balancing school with other activities, student gymnasts are sure to stick the landing. Junior Annie Riegert and senior Kelly Sulek have both been gymnasts for over a decade. The athletes, who both compete level 10 in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics program, attend Perfection Gymnastics School. Riegert said she started gymnastics […]

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Diwali embraced by religions across Mason

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer Most holidays are celebrated by a single religion. This Indian festival is shared by three. Diwali is a five day-long holiday observed in several religions, including Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism. Although each religion celebrates Diwali at the same time, they have different meanings behind the holiday and sometimes refer to it under varying names to […]

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Uber Users Undeterred by Age Restriction

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer Most underclassmen are too young to drive, but some have found a way to bypass Uber’s age restrictions to hitch a ride. When looking for other ways to get around, they can’t always depend on Uber either. Uber is a mobile ridesharing service which allows users to schedule rides with drivers on-demand. Sophomore Rudra Kamat […]

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Trinidad sisters on target to become professional archers

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer Sophomores Jazmine and Josie Trinidad have their eye on the target. The sisters have been archers since they were in elementary school. They train in both indoor and outdoor archery and learn from several coaches, including 1976, 1984 and 1988 Olympic gold and silver medalist Darrell Pace, a Cincinnati native. “We started archery when we […]

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Students fall victim to internet impersonations

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer When scrolling through Instagram, you see something different every time. But the last thing you expect to see is someone pretending to be you.  This is a common occurrence for junior Josephine Sim, who has had multiple Instagram accounts pretend to be her by using her photos under a different name. Sim credits her diverse […]

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Substitute teacher finishes work on new novel

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer The next time you read a book in class, it might be one written by your substitute teacher. Author and long term substitute teacher Tara Robinson, who publishes novels under the name Tara Tyler, is releasing a new novel. “Windy Hollow” is the third book in her series Beast World, which follows the story of […]

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No driver’s license needed for students in Young Eagles Club

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer While other students are studying to get their driver’s licenses, members of the Young Eagles Club are taking a more unconventional approach to travel. The club aims to involve students in aviation and get them started in the process to acquire their private pilot’s licenses. Influenced by the Aviation Club’s interest in aeronautics, geometry teacher […]

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Hispanic Heritage Festival 2018

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer On Thursday, September 26, Spanish National Honor Society hosted the Hispanic Heritage Festival to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. It featured A cappella group Noteorious, folk dancers from the group Cincinnati Baila, guest speaker Pilar Joseph, and Zumba. Click to enlarge and view in slideshow mode. Special thanks to Cincinnati Baila for an incredible performance tonight […]

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