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Preparing for Semester Exams? Manage Time and Stress

Preparing for Semester Exams? Manage Time and Stress

Jennifer Geller, Staff Writer

May 22, 2019


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As finals approach, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Here are three helpful tips to maximize your success and minimize your stress: Stress productively: Ignore what you’ve been told about stressing. Yes, too much stress is unhealthy; however, stress can be a helpful tool in many situations. The ke...

Proper Treatment of School Shooting PTSD Can Save Lives

Proper Treatment of School Shooting PTSD Can Save Lives

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer

May 10, 2019


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Since the horrific events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) on Feb. 14, 2018, the school’s policy has been revised concerning how to deal with students suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The daily burden these carry on their shoulders as the walk past Building 12 where the massacre ...

Coping with Irrational Fears Is Possible with Therapy

Coping with Irrational Fears Is Possible with Therapy

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

April 29, 2019


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A fear is something that can make a person feel frightened over a specific object or situation.  Fears are normal and everyone has them. However, the second that fear becomes an abnormal, or weird fear is when it hinders a person from carrying out normal routines. The fear is so persistent that it c...

What If You Need 9-1-1, But It’s Too Dangerous to Speak?

What If You Need 9-1-1, But It’s Too Dangerous to Speak?

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

April 28, 2019


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From a young age children are taught to dial 911 in case of an emergency. And while this is still a very valid method of protection, as technology evolves on a daily basis, new ways to contact emergency help is also emerging.   November of 1967 marked the first proposal in which a phone line...

Cannabis-Based CBD Becoming A Part of Everyday Life

Cannabis-Based CBD Becoming A Part of Everyday Life

Ashley Perry, Features Editor

April 22, 2019


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A chemical called Cannabidiol (CBD) has recently made a grand appearance in the food and drug industry, showing up in shampoos, lattes, body oils, gummy bears, dog treats, and a vast number of other consumer products. It is being sold at a multitude of different stores including coffee shops; farmer...

Sleep Deprivation for Teenagers Often Carries Serious Consequences

Sleep Deprivation for Teenagers Often Carries Serious Consequences

Halli Arthur & Kiara Curtis, Staff Writers

March 31, 2019


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A majority of teenagers wake up around 6:00 a.m. each morning for school, many even earlier if they have a bus to catch. With homework and after school activities, many teens aren’t able to get into bed for the night until around 11:oo p.m. And even if they are able to fall asleep right away -which...

Current Curriculum Seem More Designed to Produce Test-Takers Than Life-Long Learners

Current Curriculum Seem More Designed to Produce Test-Takers Than Life-Long Learners

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

March 30, 2019


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Students constantly poke fun at school curriculum, claiming that it is a jumble of jargon that in no way prepares anyone for adulthood. After spending thirteen years following the motions to move up grade by grade, the hope would be that by the time students reach college, preliminary schooling would hav...

Private Universities: Weighing Costs Against Benefits

Private Universities: Weighing Costs Against Benefits

Arielle Perry, Features Editor

March 10, 2019


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For many juniors and seniors, picking the ideal college can be quite overwhelming. In the state of Florida, this decision can prove to be even more challenging due to the plethora of different types of universities prospective students can choose from and the forms of financial aid Florida students ...

A Look Back at the Complex Cyntoia Brown Case

A Look Back at the Complex Cyntoia Brown Case

Megan Foster, Staff Writer

March 9, 2019


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To some observers of her case, Cyntoia Brown is a convicted murderer who shot a man in the head while he was asleep in their bed. To others, she is a frightened victim of child sex trafficking, punished for defending herself. Prosecutors said she killed Johnny Mitchell Allen, who allegedly solicited...

Animal Rights Activists Continue the Fight Against Circus Animal Cruelty

Animal Rights Activists Continue the Fight Against Circus Animal Cruelty

Razanne Saleh, Staff Writer

March 8, 2019


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A circus is known for being a worldwide entertainment event for people of all ages. Whether it is children, teenagers, adults, or even the elderly, a circus is a place where joy is fulfilled and smiles are plastered across the faces of an audience. The first circus was created back in England by Philip...

The “Tampon Tax” Effect Extends to Public Schools, Including Palm Beach County

The “Tampon Tax” Effect Extends to Public Schools, Including Palm Beach County

Marie Preuss, News Editor

February 27, 2019


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A topic that is rarely ever mentioned in public yet affects roughly half of the human population: menstruation. Girls’ periods are still treated as somewhat of a societal taboo. Fears of accidental stains at school can be a nightmare for teenage girls. However, increasing calls for the elimination of ec...

To Understand the Racist Nature of Blackface, One Has to Understand Its History

To Understand the Racist Nature of Blackface, One Has to Understand Its History

Ashley Perry, Features Editor

February 25, 2019


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February is Black History Month wherein America honors and remembers the countless African-Americans who proudly served our country and fought for the freedoms and equality that they now enjoy today. Despite these great strides in American progress, the legacy of these African-American individuals ha...

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