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Authorities Discuss the hypotheticals of the 2021-2022 school year. How can you increase the likelihood of “normality”?

Makinsey Drake, Staff Writer June 4, 2021

American pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson reached the end of the race for a vaccine in December. With all three companies currently administering vaccine...

Photo illustration depicting new mask guidelines and the uncertainty they pose.

CDC unmasks new vaccination guidelines

Mira Nalbandian, Managing Editor-in-Chief June 3, 2021

After over a year of masks, social distancing and staying at home, many have been looking for reprieve from the constant precautions set in place to keep the pandemic at bay. The Centers for Disease Control...

In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, students and staff reflect on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health.

The second pandemic: mental illness

Elle Rotter, Awards Coordinator May 17, 2021

Imagine you are sitting in history class, trying to pay attention to a lecture, but you can hear every sound and see every distraction around you. You can hear the students in the back whispering to each...

At the monthly food distribution in April, food pantry volunteers pass out dates and halal chicken to Muslim families. The pantry altered its previously biased practices to better serve all who receive pantry services. “The observance of Ramadan prompted my thought process and helped the light bulb to go off in my head,” Food Pantry Director Diance Peterson said. “Im hoping we can continue to offer halal meat at every distribution.

Food pantry grapples with inequitable practices

Ulaa Kuziez, Staff Writer May 13, 2021

The food pantry recently had a reckoning with its practices and services. In April, for the first time, there was zabiha-halal meat and dates distributed to Muslim families observing Ramadan. Diane Peterson,...

After the French National Assembly proposed a ban on religious symbols for minors in public schools, young Muslim women in france started the hashtag “HANDS OFF MY HIJAB.” This hashtag has emassed over 70,000,000 retweets, and can be seen all over protest posters in France. It was started by Muslim model Rawdah Mohamed, which she has encouraged others to post in solidarity with Muslim women in France.

France targets the hijab: how does this affect us?

Sara Albarcha, staff writer April 26, 2021

When three middle school girls refused to remove their headdresses in France in 1989 while at school, the government intervened, banning hijabs in public school. After three decades, France has continued...

Cultural ignorance and inaccuracies in school leads to further community racism.

A conversation that can’t be avoided: the presence of cultural ignorance and inaccuracies in school

Katie Wallace March 29, 2021

Working on assignment 8.1 in virtual American Sign Language 2 (ASL),  students opened the week’s expressive assignment to be met with brightly colored images. Dread, followed by anger, sank in the pit...

Art teacher Katy Mangrich sits at her desk working on the virtual art show for others to see students artwork. Every year, Mangrich has prepared the art displays to be available to students and parents to see in the hallways. “I actually enjoy doing things like that. Its part of creating a visually pleasing piece of work,” Mangrich said.

Regional art show upgrades with technology

Bri Davis, Staff Writer March 16, 2021

Trading the ice rink at Queeny Park for a virtual platform, the art department got creative in the production of their annual art show. By making the show virtual, there was room for experimentation in...

Going over her music, junior Ellie Moriarity takes notes from a Jan. 25 Jazz Choir rehearsal. Moriarity’s favorite day of the week was Monday because she got to see her friends, Jazz Choir teacher Brian Parrish and make music with them. “My favorite part about Jazz Choir is hearing the final product. I enjoy listening to jazz music, and listening to a song that I am actually a part of is really cool,” Moriarity said.

Jazz Choir makes a long-awaited return

Brooke Moss, Staff Writer March 5, 2021

Practicing from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays, the Jazz Choir continues to rehearse and make recordings, but, as of now, they have no concerts planned due to COVID-19. They recently released a new recording...

President Joe Biden takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as his wife, first lady Jill Biden, stands next to him during the 59th presidential inauguration.

Teachers reflect on the importance of inaugurations

Thomas Bruns, Staff Writer January 21, 2021

Many teachers paused their classes Jan. 20 and turned their attention to the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Students were masked and socially distanced as they watched Biden place his hand on the...

The Georgia Senate runoffs election occurred Jan. 5, one day prior to the riots at the Capitol building.

Runoff Recap: What you missed about the Georgia runoffs

Leah Schroeder, Features Editor January 13, 2021

Just before riots protesting the official certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election descended into chaos, Georgia hosted its Senate runoff elections Jan. 5 between the Democrat Rev....

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