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Teen vaping reaches epidemic levels spurring schools and school district to take action

Teen vaping reaches epidemic levels spurring schools and school district to take action

Alexis Rejouis, Staff Writer

November 6, 2019

E-cigarettes, which have become increasingly more popular with the millennial generation, have been the cause of hundreds of hospitalizations and 34 deaths over recent months. There have also been over a thousand cases of acute respiratory distress syndrome attributed to vaping, or the use of e-ciga...

While exciting, being a child star is also hard work; The Torch speaks with teen TV and film actor Jet Jurgensmeyer

While exciting, being a child star is also hard work; The Torch speaks with teen TV and film actor Jet Jurgensmeyer

Arielle Perry & Ashley Perry, Managing Editors

November 1, 2019

Lights, camera, action!  Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Hollywood star? According to one teen actor, life’s not all that different. Besides, of course, having your face seen and voice heard on millions of television screens every week. The Torch had the incredible opportunity of interviewin...

Olympic Heights Key Club continues to serve the community

Olympic Heights Key Club continues to serve the community

Alexis Rejouis

October 22, 2019

Key Club is an international organization for high school students meant to build service and leadership within communities. The Olympic Heights Key Club chapter has modeled itself to be a community service club that actively works to benefit both the local and global environment and society. From b...

Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunburg inspiring other teens to join the climate change fight

Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunburg inspiring other teens to join the climate change fight

Arianna Wigodner, Staff Writer

October 18, 2019

Greta Thunburg, a 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist, has become the new face of the climate change movement as she has shot to the front lines in the war on global warming. Thunberg was even invited to speak at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City on Sept. 19, where she ...

New iPhone 11 comes with enhanced features

New iPhone 11 comes with enhanced features

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

With the release of new iPhones always comes controversy regarding the build of the devices, ranging from enthusiasm to harsh criticism. This is especially the case with the new line of iPhones released on September 20. The iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max feature a matte back as well as the glass back ...

Over 40 clubs and organizations at Olympic Heights give students plenty of opportunity to get involved

Over 40 clubs and organizations at Olympic Heights give students plenty of opportunity to get involved

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

October 11, 2019

Olympic Heights offers a countless number of opportunities in order for students to be the most successful that they can be. Among those opportunities are the various clubs and organizations that students can join.  Being a part of a club gives a student a sense of community and friendship. It is a...

Trending: YouTube influencers sharing stories of personal mental health issues

Trending: YouTube influencers sharing stories of personal mental health issues

Arianna Wigodner, Staff Writer

August 28, 2019

When one thinks of the term “influencer” they normally think of someone influencing or affecting someone's behavior in a positive way. Over the years, YouTube has built a platform where video creators have become “influencers” with their primary job being to create content for their viewers. Many...

How important is social atmosphere in college choice?

How important is social atmosphere in college choice?

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

August 26, 2019

If a college is known as a “party” school does that make it a “bad” college? Potential high school graduates factor a number of different aspects in to the decision making process as to which college is the best for them.  When it comes time to choose the college that is the best fit, most pr...

Social Media Redefining What It Means to Be a Celebrity

Social Media Redefining What It Means to Be a Celebrity

Alexis Rejouis, Staff Writer

May 30, 2019

The age of social media has changed the idea of “celebrity” and opened new lanes of stardom. If you want to become a model, you no longer have to go through an agency; instead, you can get sponsored on Instagram and become an Instagram model with a wide following. A seven-year-old can become a m...

Despite Growing Awareness, Cyberbullying Still a Concern

Despite Growing Awareness, Cyberbullying Still a Concern

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

May 30, 2019

In the era of mass media that is occurring today, both positive and negative consequences arise. While technology does allow for tremendous improvement in way of life, it can also cause serious harm for many. The increase in forms of technology that has been happening throughout the 21st century has ...

Global Warming Could Lead to Thawing of Disease Viruses Resulting in Pandemics

Global Warming Could Lead to Thawing of Disease Viruses Resulting in Pandemics

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

May 28, 2019

Over the years more people have been careless about what they put in the environment and what effect it has on the environment. In turn, this has increased the global warming threat our planet is facing. Many scientists have come out saying that if we don’t get how we treat our world under control...

Preparing for Semester Exams? Manage Time and Stress

Preparing for Semester Exams? Manage Time and Stress

Jennifer Geller, Staff Writer

May 22, 2019

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...

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