Government shutdown impacts local families

Lily Geiser | Staff Writer Good news: The government is open for business. The longest government shutdown in history — lasting 35 days — is over. On February 16, just hours before the government was due to shut down again if a deal was not reached, President Trump signed a spending bill providing just $1.375 billion for a border wall, […]

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Album review: Neon Future III

Ryan D’Souza | Visual Design Editor Steve Aoki’s “Neon Future II” is a cross-genre experience featuring the likes of K-pop supergroup “BTS”, eco legends “blink-182”, and TV personality “Bill Nye.” Similar to the other two “Neon Future” installations, Neon Future III Plays more like a playlist curated by Aoki than an actual album. Jumping from mumble rap to folk, you’re […]

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Students create online personality profiles for furry friends

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer These Instagram accounts are paws-itively taking off.  Pets are all over social media, particularly on Instagram, where the concept of giving pets an online persona has become a regular occurrence. According to the Huffington Post, the online movement started in 2013 when a woman posted pictures of her French Bulldog. People loved the pictures so […]

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Diabetic students deal with daily struggle of disease

Lily Geiser | Staff Writer 30.3 million people in the United States have diabetes. But it’s still one of the most misunderstood diseases in the world. Diabetes, a disease becoming more and more common in the United States, makes it difficult to properly digest carbohydrates, which can cause extreme spikes in blood sugar levels. According to the American Diabetes Association, […]

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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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Chronic sleep paralysis elicits fear of waking up

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer Imagine not being able to move a muscle as your worst nightmare inches closer to you.     This can be a reality for students with sleep paralysis, a disorder in which the brain wakes up before the body. The condition makes people unable to move or speak, and also can cause victims to experience […]

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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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Designers fabricate elaborate costumes for Halloween

Andrea Hefferan | Online Editor Senior Wrynn Boucher and junior Caite Brutvan have already been designing their costumes by hand for weeks by the time most people start to shop for Halloween. This year, Boucher and Brutvan both set out to make their Halloween costumes by hand. Brutvan discovered sewing at a young age; her skill and passion for it […]

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Increased digital trust results in growth of online friendships

Alex Lisa | Staff Writer Some kids at Mason High School are finding friendships in the most unusual places.   Many students have found comfort and support in friends they interact with exclusively online. They confide in them and build close relationships despite never having met in real life. Due to warnings about strangers online, freshman Joel Steinbicker said he […]

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Gamers stream playtime through new mainstream website

Freddie Wilhelm | Staff Writer Over 355 billion minutes, all spent watching video games. Last year alone, Twitch.tv users spent hundreds of billions of minutes watching their favorite gamers play some of the world’s most popular video games. Twitch.tv is a popular website where users can share video game content via live streaming directly into monitors across the world. With […]

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Cooper looks to better the community through conversation

Nathalie Schickendantz | Staff Writer Jonathan Cooper wants to hear from you. The soon to be superintendent has created a program called CommUNITY Conversation as part of his 100 day plan with the board of education. The program is co-designed to tackle problems in the Mason community with leaders and members being present. The topics discussed are generated by the […]

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Increase in podcast listeners proves radio is not finished yet

Alex Lisa | Staff Writer We thought video killed the radio store, but the once-dominating field of entertainment may be making a comeback. Podcasts have become the modern equivalent to radio, despite only being open to the public eighteen years ago. The term “podcast” was used because they were originally only available on ipod devices, but they have since spread […]

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