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More teens are turning away from the traditional novel for their personal pleasure reading

More teens are turning away from the traditional novel for their personal pleasure reading

Ashley Perry, Managing and News Editor

March 1, 2020

Teenagers are not reading as much anymore.  While this statement may seem highly debatable, the facts surely prove otherwise.  In the 1970s, about 60 percent of high school seniors read a book, a magazine or a newspaper every day. In 2016, that number plummeted to a mere 16 percent. This is acc...

Going cruising? These aren’t your grandparents’ cruise ships any longer; they’re more like floating amusement parks

Going cruising? These aren’t your grandparents’ cruise ships any longer; they’re more like floating amusement parks

Arielle Perry, Managing Editor / Features Editor

February 24, 2020

As the world has changed in the past century, so has the cruise industry. Passenger ships that were once seen as modern-day marvels, would today be chuckled at for their small size, lack of modern, technological features and engaging entertainment options for younger passengers. But before delving into the differences betw...

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to leave Royal Family shocks UK, Canada, and Royal Watchers worldwide

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to leave Royal Family shocks UK, Canada, and Royal Watchers worldwide

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer

February 20, 2020

2020 has already brought forth numerous shocking events, and notably the exit of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry from the United Kingdom’s royal family has been nothing short of a notable event. In the beginning of 2020, Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle released a statement expressing their with...

Once considered a legitimate science, Astrology’s roots date back to 1500 B.C.; what does your sign say about you?

Once considered a legitimate science, Astrology’s roots date back to 1500 B.C.; what does your sign say about you?

Ashley Perry, News and Managing Editor

February 14, 2020

Throughout our history, humans have looked to the heavens for answers to life’s complex questions. Guided by the position of the moon, sun, and stars, our ancestors utilized astrological charts for navigation, for predictions of seasons and certain celestial events, and for rituals.  Astrology...

The toxic but fleeting nature of Cancel Culture

The toxic but fleeting nature of Cancel Culture

Alexis Rejouis, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

Cancel culture -- a new internet phenomenon that is helping to ruin careers of social media influencers and celebrities based mostly on rumor and speculation. “Cancelling” someone is essentially destroying the work and character of that person because of one mistake they’ve made. James Charles, ...

Second semester sports and clubs offer many opportunities for Olympic Heights students to become involved

Second semester sports and clubs offer many opportunities for Olympic Heights students to become involved

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

Second semester marks the completion of half of the school year!  As we hit the second month of the second semester, it is important to look ahead to all of the memories that will be made in classes, clubs, and sports. The start of the third quarter and second semester highlights a new beginning for ...

Australia’s bush fires will have long term health and environmental consequences

Australia’s bush fires will have long term health and environmental consequences

Zoe Siegel, Staff Writer

January 21, 2020

Australia is in deep trouble. Wildfires have been burning since Nov. 11 in the Ravensbourne area, burning more than 49,000 acres of land and destroying almost 900 homes in the process. It was estimated that the bush fires have killed 1.25 billion animals leaving many species extinct. People tend to be aski...

The Streamys? Yes, there are awards for YouTubers

The Streamys? Yes, there are awards for YouTubers

Arianna Wigodner, Staff Writer

January 14, 2020

Most people have heard of the Oscars, the Emmys, and the Grammys, but what about the Streamys?  The Streamy Awards, recognize the creativity, writing, acting, and producing of YouTube videos and the content created by YouTube influencers. Nine years ago, the first Streamy Award ceremony was held...

College athletes are often burdened with the medical costs for sport-incurred injuries

College athletes are often burdened with the medical costs for sport-incurred injuries

Alexis Rejouis, Staff Writer

January 8, 2020

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the organization that determines all rules and regulations for all college sports, ranging from what coaches can do when recruiting players to individual requirements that all players must follow, up to submitting to a drug test. Despite everyth...

Recapping the most discussed topics of 2019

Recapping the most discussed topics of 2019

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

December 30, 2019

As the year comes to an end, it is time to look back and recognize the events and people that have shaped the year of 2019! Although this year has had many bumps and bruises, there have also been many highlights and achievements that deserve to be acknowledged. First off, the month of January surpassed ma...

Electric Mustang? Blasphemy! But, wait…

Electric Mustang? Blasphemy! But, wait…

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer

December 24, 2019

Ford’s Mustang line continues to excel in innovation, this time with a brand new addition to the line: the electric Mustang. Starting at $53,000, the new electric line has a sophisticated look; but Mustang aficionados will want to know if the electric version will have the same famed power.  With...

After Parkland documentary to offer deeper insight into lingering effects of MSD shooting

After Parkland documentary to offer deeper insight into lingering effects of MSD shooting

Arianna Wigodner, Staff Writer

December 20, 2019

Before Parkland, most South Florida school children went to school without fear. Before Parkland, there were 17 more beautiful lives than there are now. After Parkland, everyone’s life has been changed.  February 14, 2018, seventeen students and staff were killed after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stone...

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