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A junior’s perspective: Hey, seniors, we feel ya, but Class of 2021 also affected by pandemic

A junior's perspective: Hey, seniors, we feel ya, but Class of 2021 also affected by pandemic

Jordan Lanson, Staff Writer

May 29, 2020

I never thought I would be sitting at home on my computer being home schooled in my last semester of my junior year. Due to the coronavirus, many things have changed.   Many tutoring sessions for the college entrance exams have been cancelled or postponed, as students cannot meet with anyone due t...

2019-2020 Olympic Heights Underclassmen Awards Video

2019-2020 Olympic Heights Underclassmen Awards Video

May 27, 2020

The Olympic Heights Underclassmen Awards for the 2019-2020 school year were announced on Wednesday, May 27 via a video shared in an email from principal Ms. Kelly Mills Burke to the OH community.

Amazon employees don’t feel that the company is doing enough to keep them safe from coronavirus

Many of Amazon's warehouse workers feel uneasy about the lack of safety precautions taken by the company to lessen the threat of coronavirus.

Zoe Siegel, Staff Writer

May 22, 2020

During the current quarantine process, many stores are closed and people are  reluctant to visit the ones that are open. Those brick-and-mortar stores’ loss in Amazon’s gain. Even more so than in the past, people are turning to online shopping from everything from clothing to food. Amazon has...

Once a member of 4992, always a member of 4992

Once a member of 4992, always a member of 4992

May 21, 2020

As the 2019-20 school year comes to its unusual close, Social Media Editor and member of the Olympic Heights Drama Troupe 4992 put put together this video featuring past, current, and future Troupe 4992 presidents sharing their memories and hopes regarding their time as troupe presidents. They are all...

Olympic Heights Faculty Video Message to Class of 2020

Olympic Heights Faculty Video Message to Class of 2020

May 20, 2020

The Olympic Heights faculty and staff send their best wishes to the graduating class of 2020. This video was compiled by English teacher Mr. Zachary Goldstein and shared with the Olympic Heights community in a email sent out by principal Ms. Kelly Mills Burke.

Olympic Heights staff reflects on the Class of 2020

Olympic Heights staff reflects on the Class of 2020

Marie Preuss, Editor-In-Chief

May 19, 2020

Over the past two months, the whole world has experienced unprecedented lifestyle changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing social distancing measures. One such facet of life that has drastically been altered is school. From kindergarten to college, students of all ages have struggled to adju...

Florida enters Phase One of re-opening businesses and beaches, but will patrons follow the safety guidelines?

Jacksonville Beach was among the first of Florida's beaches to re-open, drawing large crowds that were not adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Arianna Wigodner, Staff Writer

May 14, 2020

After almost two months of businesses being shut down or running at a very limited capacity due to Coronavirus, stores and businesses are starting to think about reopening. With various state and local precautions established, many businesses feel that now is the time to get back to work. But are pe...

Olympic Heights Class of 2020 Senior Awards Presentation

Olympic Heights Class of 2020 Senior Awards Presentation

May 14, 2020

The Olympic Heights Class of 2020 Senior Awards were announced in an email to the OH community from principal Ms. Kelly Mills Burke sent this morning.  In that email Burke mentions, "Although we are all disappointed we were unable to have a traditional Senior Awards Night to celebrate our amazing OH...

Climate gentrification threatens culturally rich neighborhoods

Minority neighborhoods rich in cultural tradition such as Miami's Little Haiti are falling victim to climate gentrification.

Alexis Rejouis, Staff Writer

May 12, 2020

In Miami-Dade County, a new phenomenon known as “climate gentrification” is causing many problems for locals, but has proved beneficial for real estate speculators and developers. Gentrification, the real estate business practice of buying homes and properties in low-income, predominantly minority neighbor...

Teaching from home has its challenges for OH teachers

Olympic Heights art teacher Ms. Chrisanthy Vargo (left) and science teacher Mr. Lachlan MacKay (right) at their home teaching stations.

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer

May 8, 2020

With the sudden change from physical school to online school due to COVID-19, students have been adjusting themselves to a new work environment and daily routine. However, it is not only the students who are feeling the effects of these changes. Teachers have had to adjust to teaching a set of teenagers witho...

OH Finance Academy’s Cheryl Shimmel wins Dwyer Award

2020 Dwyer Award winner Cheryl Shimmel (far right) with Finance Academy students.

May 6, 2020

Olympic Heights AICE Business and Finance Academy teacher Ms. Cheryl Shimmel was named the Dwyer Award winner in the Career Education Category Tuesday night in a Zoom video broadcast of the awards presentation. “As you can imagine, I am thrilled to have won this award,” Shimmel told the OH faculty a...

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK: Olympic Heights students show the love for their teachers via video

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK: Olympic Heights students show the love for their teachers via video

May 4, 2020

Dear Olympic Heights High School Teachers, Pease know how much you are missed.  We wish we were able to give you one last hug goodbye, and let you know how much you have inspired us. The student body at Olympic Heights has been so fortunate to have learned from such amazing teachers, who have also becom...

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