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Mental illness: Not just a mood

Ahilyn Aguilar, Editor-in-Chief

December 12, 2018

Filed under Editorials, Our Take

We have all heard it; you finish a test, and the first comment you hear is “I’m going to be depressed for a whole week if I don’t get a good grade on that,” or “That test was so hard it made me have a panic attack.” As awareness of mental illness has grown, terms like ‘depression,’ ‘anxiety’ or even worse, jokes about suicide, become ordinary expressions in our day-to-day conversations. But, what most people don’t realize is the detrimental effects these...

Community colleges are cool, too

Community colleges are cool, too

November 9, 2018

Picture this: you are a high school senior, someone asks you what your plans are after graduation; you intend on going to the local community college, but cannot say because you fear that they will judge you for your future plans. That should not be...

Our take: School safety is everyone’s job

Tara Routie, Staff Reporter

March 1, 2018

Filed under Editorials, Our Take

On Feb. 14, Majory Stoneman Douglas was added to the list of seven school shootings that have taken place in 2018. With this recent shooting taking place at a high school that is very similar to our own, it is time to consider how a tragedy in Parkland affects us. With situations like these, it is easy to point fingers. People, of course, point fingers at the shooter, while others point their finger at the government for not taking action to limit these kinds of tragedies....

Empowerment from all angles

Melissa Donovan, Assistant Editor

December 14, 2017

Filed under Editorials, Our Take, Uncategorized

Embarrassment, isolated, ashamed. These are all feelings that could be from someone who feels they are “different” from those around them and are in need of a sense of support. Clubs like Gay Straight Alliance and Girl Up have been able to provide comfort and a voice for individuals looking for a place that understands their ideas and beliefs. The Gay Straight Alliance hosted a quilt-making activity during Alli Week for students to connect with the club and learn more...

Our take: Step up and speak up

Ahilyn Aguilar, Editor-in-Chief

November 29, 2017

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Each year more than 321,00 people, age 12 and older, become victims of rape and sexual assault in the United States. However, only 344 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to police, according to the Department of Justice. Sexual assault has always been an issue, and even though it is a hard topic to discuss, the time to end the silence is here.   On Oct. 5, the media’s attention was set on film producer Harvey Weinstein who was accused of sexual assault b...

Our take: It’s time for a do-over

Ahilyn Aguilar, Editor-in-Chief

October 12, 2017

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Missed drumlines, cancelled pep-rallies, an inactive student section, rained out games... A few weeks into to the year, the excitement seemed to disappear. How did this happen? We came blame Hurricane Irma, which caused plans to be rushed and postponed. It started with the most anticipated game of the year, Hagerty versus Oviedo, held on a Thursday night. Then a week of school was washed away, the Pink’d game was rescheduled to a school night, and a football game against La...

Our Take: United we stand

Ahilyn Aguilar, News Editor

May 15, 2017

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Political marches, fights against cancer, a vigil for a fallen student...this year, has challenged who we are as people and as a community. As the school year comes to an end, students, especially seniors, get to reflect on lessons and events that took place and realize that we are stronger  than we were before. When the Pulse shooting occurred in downtown Orlando, support given was worldwide, but the unity we showed as a community, spotlighted our strength and support. Even ...

Our Take: Fact-check that

Jeannie Williams, Editor-in-Chief

February 17, 2017

Filed under Editorials, Our Take

When stories of fake news sites on Facebook surfaced in November, discussions began on how to best avoid false reporting. After presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway’s comment on “alternative facts” in the case of inaccurate inauguration attendance numbers in late January, the conversation on fact-checking reached a high. Today, there is an even larger need for us to keep one eye on the news and another on the source. We live in a time where all information and then...

Our Take: De-stress yourself

December 17, 2016

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Exam reviews. Quarter projects. Virtual school deadlines. With the end of the semester approaching, it is easy to become bitter about how much we have on our plates. It can feel like our teachers, bosses and club advisers conspire to make our lives miserable, but instead of complaining, we should use this stress as a reminder of how easy it is to overload ourselves. It’s not fun to admit, but much of the stress this time of year is our own fault. It’s an exciting feeling...

Our Take: Campaign beyond Tuesday

November 15, 2016

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As election day draws near and the presidential campaign becomes a painful memory, the involvement of young people, especially students, in the political environment has no doubt changed.  We have survived the first presidential election to use Twitter as a tool, bringing with it intense fights between friends and laughable memes. If this election proved anything, it’s that issues are better thought-over when more people are spotlighting them. Tuesday’s results, whether...

Our Take: Find your place this year

Staff Editorial

September 26, 2016

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Now that class schedules have stopped shifting and the first quarter is well underway, it’s time for you to consider how you’ll get the most out of your high school experience. Despite how many classes you take on campus or where your interests lie, there is ample opportunity to be involved in the school community, and that opportunity should be taken advantage of. The four years spent in high school are the last four years that you will not have to pay to test out new ...

Our Take: Mental illnesses aren’t cute quirks

Staff Editorial

December 1, 2015

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When students insist their upcoming test has caused a massive “anxiety attack,” when students caption photos with how “depressed” they are about doing homework or when students feel the perpetual need to remain quirky by exclaiming aloud how aggravating it is that the white board has not been cleaned properly in the name of their “OCD,” they trivialize the mentally ill. OCD, which stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, is a diagnosed anxiety disorder where...

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