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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...

Most teenagers are not big fans of Life360 app

Most teenagers are not big fans of Life360 app

Zoe Siegel, Staff Writer

December 19, 2019

Life360 is a popular app that connects family and friends digitally. The app is generally used to track the location of someone with the intention of making sure they are safe from harm. Parents or guardians are likely to use this app so they can track their children's where-abouts without having to ...

Women have a long and unappreciated history of contributions to the STEM fields; space weather forecaster Tamitha Skov speaks of her experiences

Women have a long and unappreciated history of contributions to the STEM fields; space weather forecaster Tamitha Skov speaks of her experiences

Arielle Perry, Features and Managing Editor

December 10, 2019

As humans gain more understanding of the world in which they live, the field of science continues to make advancements, one step at a time. One of such developments is the rising number of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) related careers.   The number of women working in computer/math...

Wildly popular TikTok app comes with security concerns

Wildly popular TikTok app comes with security concerns

Arianna Wigodner, Staff Writer

December 2, 2019

One of the most downloaded and used apps this year is known as TikTok. TikTok is a social media app to publically share dancing and lip syncing videos. And, it is no surprise that there are now security problems being shared on the news as every social media app has some kind of security issue. TikTok ...

“Baby Shark” craze reaches from Olympic Heights Little Lions Daycare to Major League Baseball’s World Series

“Baby Shark” craze reaches from Olympic Heights Little Lions Daycare to Major League Baseball’s World Series

Ashley Perry, News and Managing Editor

November 20, 2019

The young learners of Little Lions Preschool dance, jump, and clap in childish felicity when they recognize the music that is filling their tiny ears. Smiles envelop their innocent faces as they follow the student teachers of the Olympic Heights Early Childhood Academy. They already know all the hand ...

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...

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