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A junior’s perspective: Hey, seniors, we feel ya, but Class of 2021 also affected by pandemic

A junior's perspective: Hey, seniors, we feel ya, but Class of 2021 also affected by pandemic

Jordan Lanson, Staff Writer

May 29, 2020

I never thought I would be sitting at home on my computer being home schooled in my last semester of my junior year. Due to the coronavirus, many things have changed.   Many tutoring sessions for the college entrance exams have been cancelled or postponed, as students cannot meet with anyone due t...

Gates Foundation’s ID2020 digital identification project comes under criticism as a way to track citizens’ every move

Bill Gates is attempting to allay concerns that his ID2020 project will bring us that much closer to government tracking people's every move.

Alexis Rejouis, Staff Writer

May 28, 2020

In this modern world, many people fear the digital era and what it means in terms of their personal privacy. Because of iPhones and social media, people are constantly questioning who is watching them. Now, with coronavirus and the government’s attempts at tracking the spread of the virus, it seems t...

Battlefront II reaches the finish line with final update

Battlefront II reaches the finish line with final update

Nicholas Tramazzo, Staff Writer

May 27, 2020

Star Wars Battlefront II was a revolutionary game for Star Wars fans, but with the most recent update EA Sports and DICE announced that this will be the final update for the game. This news brings hope for the possibility of a Battlefront III, but also sadly ends the three-year run of a game that just recentl...

Once a member of 4992, always a member of 4992

Once a member of 4992, always a member of 4992

May 21, 2020

As the 2019-20 school year comes to its unusual close, Social Media Editor and member of the Olympic Heights Drama Troupe 4992 put put together this video featuring past, current, and future Troupe 4992 presidents sharing their memories and hopes regarding their time as troupe presidents. They are all...

Olympic Heights Faculty Video Message to Class of 2020

Olympic Heights Faculty Video Message to Class of 2020

May 20, 2020

The Olympic Heights faculty and staff send their best wishes to the graduating class of 2020. This video was compiled by English teacher Mr. Zachary Goldstein and shared with the Olympic Heights community in a email sent out by principal Ms. Kelly Mills Burke.

Olympic Heights staff reflects on the Class of 2020

Olympic Heights staff reflects on the Class of 2020

Marie Preuss, Editor-In-Chief

May 19, 2020

Over the past two months, the whole world has experienced unprecedented lifestyle changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing social distancing measures. One such facet of life that has drastically been altered is school. From kindergarten to college, students of all ages have struggled to adju...

With remote administration, AP exam anxiety is kicking in

With remote administration, AP exam anxiety is kicking in

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer

May 14, 2020

The sudden and complete shift to online school has presented concerns and fears for many students, especially those who are now taking AP exams. Most students are accustomed to the yearly testing at the end of the year for the state or an organization; however, the Advanced Placement (AP) exams have incre...

Teaching from home has its challenges for OH teachers

Olympic Heights art teacher Ms. Chrisanthy Vargo (left) and science teacher Mr. Lachlan MacKay (right) at their home teaching stations.

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer

May 8, 2020

With the sudden change from physical school to online school due to COVID-19, students have been adjusting themselves to a new work environment and daily routine. However, it is not only the students who are feeling the effects of these changes. Teachers have had to adjust to teaching a set of teenagers witho...

Celebrities going online to entertain and raise pandemic relief funds offer a welcome quarantine distraction

The  iHeartRadio Living Room Concert for America that raised over $10 million for pandemic relief, featured (from left to right); Elton John, Billie Eilish, Billy Joe Armstrong, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, and a host of other celebrities.

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

As people have begun to adjust to the life of staying inside during self-quarantine, many celebrities have taken their talents online in order to bring joy to their fans during these tough times. As America continues to deal with the current pandemic, celebrities have stepped up, trying to make the ...

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK: Olympic Heights students show the love for their teachers via video

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK: Olympic Heights students show the love for their teachers via video

May 4, 2020

Dear Olympic Heights High School Teachers, Pease know how much you are missed.  We wish we were able to give you one last hug goodbye, and let you know how much you have inspired us. The student body at Olympic Heights has been so fortunate to have learned from such amazing teachers, who have also becom...

Zoombombing causes school district to ban the use of the Zoom platform for online distance learning class meetings

Zoombombing causes school district to ban the use of the Zoom platform for online distance learning class meetings

Arianna Wigodner, Staff Writer

April 30, 2020

The video communication platform Zoom has become very popular during these days of quarantine as a way for people to stay connected with family and friends while adhering to social distancing.  Zoom allows up to 100 people to join a video call at the same time for free. In addition to being a us...

Are Google and Amazon eavesdropping? Yes. Yes, they are.

The Google Home device (above) is providing stiff competition to Amazon's Echo Dot.

Zoe Siegel, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

Do you ever get the feeling someone is listening to you? Do you ever say something that you don’t want anyone to hear?  Well, if you have a Google Home device or any smart speaker device such as Amazon’s Echo Dot - better known as Alexa - chances are not only is someone listening, but it is ...

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