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The most dangerous game

The most dangerous game

Bobby Palomin, Editor-in-Chief

December 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase, Sports

There are two paths traveled when you are playing fantasy football. The first being you are mildly interested and really don’t understand the point of drafting a bunch of players from separate teams. This leads to taking minimal time to set and manage your weekly line-up as quite frankly you could care...

Don’t forget about Puerto Rico

Don’t forget about Puerto Rico

Rebecca Covington, Opinion Editor

December 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial

It has been almost three months since the Category 4 storm Hurricane Maria hit the American territory of Puerto Rico. According to Refugees International, tens of thousands of inhabitants on the island are still without housing, a regular source of clean water and electricity. The United States government sa...

Five ways to improve mental health

Five ways to improve mental health

Emma Black, Staff writer

December 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial

With deadlines, homework, and the stress of school weighing down on us, it’s pretty easy for us to get distracted from our mental and physical health. We often lose sight of how to keep ourselves happy and tell ourselves that it doesn’t matter, and our grades are more important. Although we can’t...

The game of ranks

The game of ranks

Jack Padgett, Entertainment Editor

December 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial

Now that college applications have passed the stress of college applications leaves seniors to add more stress to junior year. One of the biggest factors in college applications is class rank. When I was a freshman I had no clue what class rank even was and that is when it is most important to know wh...

Gift of Weird

Gift of Weird

Emma Sipple, Co-Editor in Chief

December 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

She was tied up in dental floss next to a note signed by the tooth fairy. Our Elf on the Shelf, Bertha, was the newest addition to the strange Christmas traditions around my house. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, once we eat our cereal, my family gets our Christmas decorations together. We ...

Top 7 power moves to pull on Christmas

Top 7 power moves to pull on Christmas

Wyatt Tomallo, Sports Editor

December 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

  Number 1: Sleep is for the Weak Having your parents wakened to a wide-eyed, eager teenager might frighten or even intimidate them. Nothing strikes the fear of God into their hearts more than the idea of knowing you were up all night scouting every present under the Christmas tree, giving...

Why college athletes should be paid

Why college athletes should be paid

Hudson Murphy, Sports Writer

December 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase, Sports

College athletes today deserve the right to get paid for all of the work they put in because of the large amount of money that the NCAA as well as the coaches profit off of these athletes for. Along with this, players work as hard as they would for any other job so they deserve to get compensated like...

“Justice League” movie review

“Justice League” movie review

Wyatt Tomallo, Sports Editor

December 13, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

On November 17th DC Comics finally made their second big break with the jaw dropping film, Justice League. DC Comics recently struck gold this past year with the whole Batman vs Superman storyline which lead fans to believe that Justice League was going to be extraordinary. Unfortunately that was not the ...

“War & Leisure” album review

“War & Leisure” album review

Bobby Palomin and Hudson Murphy

December 12, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

R&B singer Miguel released his fourth studio album “War & Leisure” following the success of his hit single “Skywalker” featuring rapper Travis Scott. The album rose amongst the top of the charts thanks in part to melodic beats that go from a vibrant and tropical feel like on the song ...

Under the gun

Under the gun

Makayla Kyner, Staff Writer

December 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

As the amount of mass shootings continuously grows, gun control debate grows as well. The gun control debate argues over the 2nd Amendment, or the right to bear arms. This amendment was made to allow citizens to be able to protect themselves and their property. This has led to many mass shootings. ...

Problems of sexual harassment come to light

Problems of sexual harassment come to light

Laney Rendon, News Editor

December 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

More women are speaking about harassment or assault by supervisors or coworkers in the work environment. People everywhere should address sexual harassment thoroughly and offer guidance to females who have been harassed rather than dismissing claims. The established culture of “boys will be boys” and ...

Calendar voting process begins

Calendar voting process begins

LJ Haider, Online Editor

November 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

The district's Calendar Committee, comprised of parents, students, teachers and administrators, has come up with two options for the 208-2019 district-wide calendar. The district encourages that teachers, students and parents vote on which option, A or B, would work best for them. View Option A View Option B Take the survey here   Editorial:...