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Linguists Look to Technology to Preserve Dying Languages

Linguists Look to Technology to Preserve Dying Languages

Marie Preuss, News Editor

January 28, 2019


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As the English language gains prominence around the world, many native languages are suffering a decline. It is estimated that a language goes extinct as often as every two weeks. Is there anything that can be done to slow this trend? Technology might be part of the solution, with language-learning apps suc...

Practically Unknown Samuel Little Could Be America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer Ever

Practically Unknown Samuel Little Could Be America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer Ever

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer

January 3, 2019


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A man convicted of three murders that landed him a place in prison for life may be responsible for far more than what his former convictions state. Samuel Little, also known as Samuel McDowell, has admitted to being responsible for murdering 90 women across the United States between 1970 and 2005....

TV Holiday Specials Criticized as Social Norms Change

TV Holiday Specials Criticized as Social Norms Change

Arielle Perry, Features Editor

December 28, 2018


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With the holiday season winding down as the new year approaches, we have recently witnessed social criticisms of the seasonal staples that have become as traditional as Christmas carols and gift-giving: the television holiday specials. For years, these holiday specials have transported adults back into th...

Online Holiday Shopping Taking Its Toll on Traditional Stores

Online Holiday Shopping Taking Its Toll on Traditional Stores

Ashley Perry, Features Editor

December 21, 2018


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In the relatively new age of Amazon, retail stores are taking the heat. Department stores such as Kmart, Sears, and JCPenney are on the paths to decreased sales and even bankruptcy. Many have adapted to the tech-savviness of today by introducing apps designed to allow people to purchase and browse i...

Don’t Stress Over Midterms: Tips for Sensible Studying

Don’t Stress Over Midterms: Tips for Sensible Studying

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

December 14, 2018


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With midterms approaching more quickly than most hope, students are stuck deciding whether to put in little to no effort and receive a poor grade, or to use all of their energy for studying to receive a grade they have earned and feel satisfied with. However, studying doesn’t have to be as hard as most students ...

U.S. Governmental Agencies Cracking Down on Vaping As It Becomes a Teenage Epidemic

U.S. Governmental Agencies Cracking Down on Vaping As It Becomes a Teenage Epidemic

Ashley Perry, Features Editor

December 7, 2018


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Walk into a bathroom at Olympic Heights or any other high school, and you might smell a fruity flavor. No, this sweet aroma is not from an air freshener. It’s actually coming from vaping devices or e-cigarettes that have been sweeping the nation in recent years, especially among adolescents. According to...

Unsubstantiated Reports of Human Trafficking Attempts in Boca Raton Raise Local Awareness Level

Unsubstantiated Reports of Human Trafficking Attempts in Boca Raton Raise Local Awareness Level

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

December 7, 2018


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Human trafficking has been on the rise throughout much of South Florida, and teens are becoming much more aware of the intensifying threat. Often times when a person hears stories of kids around him/her being trafficked, it is followed by the thought that it could never happen to that person or anyone...

Why Study History?

Why Study History?

Arielle Perry, Features Editor

December 5, 2018


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We live in the present. We worry about the future; it constantly fills our minds. On the other hand, history is the study of the past. So why bother studying it? If we are so caught up with what’s going to happen in the future, why should we concern ourselves with what has already occurred? “A ...

OH’s Little Lions Learning Center Offers Unique Opportunity for Early Childhood Education Academy Students

OH’s Little Lions Learning Center Offers Unique Opportunity for Early Childhood Education Academy Students

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

November 30, 2018


Filed under Features, Olympic Heights' News, Showcase

The Little Lions Learning Center is a preschool for three and four year olds on the Olympic Heights campus offering an education to not only those young children, but to high school students as well. The OH Early Childhood Education Academy students spend a significant part of their course time in the ...

Science Helping to Solve Centuries-Old Mysteries

Science Helping to Solve Centuries-Old Mysteries

Arielle Perry, Features Editor

November 14, 2018


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People want answers. Mysteries don’t have answers. In the past, these statements were held true, yet with today’s technology and scientific advancements, no mystery is safe from being solved or at least scientifically theorized. The Bermuda Triangle The Bermuda Triangle, or the more appropriately tit...

Flu Season Is Nothing to Sneeze at; Take Precautions

Flu Season Is Nothing to Sneeze at; Take Precautions

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

November 5, 2018


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It is that time of year again when fevers strike and headaches pound. The 2018 influenza season is among us, and it is hitting hard. The start of fall marks a time for cooler weather and pumpkin spice everything; yet it also begins the flu season. The flu virus is constantly changing, so it is imp...

SMART Boards the Latest Technological Innovation to Be Utilized at Olympic Heights

SMART Boards the Latest Technological Innovation to Be Utilized at Olympic Heights

Ashley Perry, Features Editor

October 28, 2018


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The future of Olympic Heights appears to be one that encapsulates new technologies designed to benefit student education. One such new technological innovation that is a recent addition at OH and other schools across the Palm Beach County School District is the SMART Board. The SMART Board is an interactive...

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