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  • SUPPORT EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: Mr. Luckner Monestime (Custodial)
  • KINDEST PEOPLE OF THE MONTH: Mr. Jonathan Irving (Science) and Ms. Illiana Cruz (Social Studies)
  • TEACHER OF MONTH: The entire Olympic Heights faculty!
Despite pandemic restrictions being lifted, many restaurants are still not able to fully re-open due to being short-staffed.

Restaurants re-openings hampered by lack of staff

Sachin Moosai, Staff Writer June 16, 2021

Restaurants have been facing many issues in dealing with COVID-19, including difficulty sourcing food, abiding by state and local regulations, and staffing. When the pandemic first hit, many restaurants...

Caitlyn Jenner, who recently announced her candidacy for California governor, has been on both the national and California news talk show circuit.

Many are dismissing Caitlyn Jenner’s California gubernatorial campaign, just as they did Trump’s 2016 presidential run

Danielle Anglin, Staff Writer June 14, 2021

Caitlyn Jenner, an Olympic gold medalist as Bruce Jenner before she transitioned and a cast member of the reality television show Keeping Up with the Kardashians,announced in April that she will run for...

Olympic Heights clubs and organizations make the best of a school year fraught with pandemic restrictions

Olympic Heights clubs and organizations make the best of a school year fraught with pandemic restrictions

Eva Woods, Staff Writer June 11, 2021

Over the past year all that people seem to be extensively discussing is COVID-19 and its effects. For many students, school can no longer be used as an escape from reality and instead they are stuck in...

The Olympic Heights Class of 2021 will be happy to move on but have many fond memories of their time at OH.

OH Class of 2021 looks back on fond high school memories

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer June 9, 2021

Some people think of their high school years as the best years of their life. The concept of high school has been overly-romanticized in literature and films. The truth is, everyone experiences both high...

Krispy Kreme lovers can get a free glazed donut by showing their COVID-19 vaccination card.

Krispy Kreme, other businesses offering vax incentives

Zoe Siegel, Staff Writer June 7, 2021

Everyone has been affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic. Whether it's losing a job or a loved one, the whole world is going through this pandemic together.  Thankfully, more and more people are...

Brandi Levy sued her school district under the First Amendment’s free speech clause over her suspension from her school's cheerleading team for a vulgar, off-campus Snapchat post.

NEWS ANALYSIS: School districts may not get the clarity they’re looking for in cheerleader’s First Amendment lawsuit

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer June 4, 2021

Between inescapable situations and increasing reliance on social media and technology, the fine line between what schools can and cannot monitor about a student’s life has become harder to determine....

J.K. Rowling, the author of the enormously popular Harry Potter series, has made hurtful comments regarding the transgender community.

NEWS ANALYSIS: J.K. Rowling’s thinly veiled attacks on transgender community is an abuse of her influence

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer May 16, 2021

There’s a group of people who help young imaginations flourish through their writing. One of those most profound and memorable influencers is Harry Potter’s author J.K. Rowling. However, Rowling’s...

The Nickelodeon show “Nick News: Kids and the Impact of Climate Change” which aired in April is not the first time the network has tackled issues usually thought to be too mature for the network's target audience.

Nickelodeon special on climate change causes controversy

Lauren Albano, Staff Writer May 12, 2021

As the month of April came and went, so did Earth Day. People around the world spread awareness about the importance of keeping the planet clean, especially as the movement to stop global warming has gained...

After seven years at the helm of the Olympic Heights baseball program, Coach Casey Beck will be taking over the John I. Leonard program next year.

OH baseball coach Casey Beck leaving for John I. Leonard position: “One of the hardest choices [of] my life.”

Mason Silverstein, Staff Writer May 11, 2021

“The opportunities both on the field, on the course, and in the classroom here at OHHS will never be forgotten, and I am HUMBLE and forever THANKFUL for each second I have been a Lion!”  While...

Currently, Floridians as young as 16 years old can get the COVID-19 vaccine, and the age cutoff is expected to be dropped to 12 years old in the near future.

OH students share their COVID-19 stories, offer advice

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer May 7, 2021

COVID-19 has dominated the majority of the news in America for over a year now as our lives have collectively been altered in some way by it. And, of course, Olympic Heights has had its share of students...

U.S. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 300 years in prison for years of sexual abuse of U.S. Gymnastics athletes.

Despite legislation, most amateur athletes remain at the mercy of the institutions to which they report sexual abuse

Danielle Anglin, Staff Writer May 3, 2021

The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act became federal law on Feb. 14, 2018. The law  established the U.S. Center for Safe Sport to act as an independent watchdog...

The Black Gay & Lesbian Leadership Forum has been on the forefront of fighting for the rights of the two oppressed communities they represent.

Black and LGBQT+ communities now find themselves struggling to hold onto rights they fought so hard to gain

Sachin Moosai, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

Gay rights activism first started in the United States in 1924 when The Society for Human Rights was founded by Henry Gerber in Chicago. However, the issue first exploded onto the national scene and into...

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