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Government Shutdown Had Devastating Effect on the Poor, and Another Shutdown May Be Coming

Government Shutdown Had Devastating Effect on the Poor, and Another Shutdown May Be Coming

Kaivin Im, Staff Writer

January 26, 2019


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With the government back to fully open and operating - at least for the next three weeks - after a record setting 35 days of being partially closed, it is easy for those who were not directly affected by the shutdown to overlook the impact it had on those who were. Imagine that you’re stockpiling on canned ...

TV’s Shark Tank “Sharks” Visit Olympic Heights

TV’s Shark Tank “Sharks” Visit Olympic Heights

Jacob Pasternack/Editor-In-Chief, Joshua, Wolf/Staff Writer

January 19, 2019


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Taking initiative is one action that can unequivocally lead to success. As the saying goes, you can’t win the game if you don’t roll the dice. One Olympic Heights student took this adage to heart. Senior Madison Borman, in an act of pure initiative, won a national sweepstakes put on by the hit t...

OH Marching Band’s Hard Work Continues to Pay Off

OH Marching Band’s Hard Work Continues to Pay Off

Kaivin Im / Alexis Rejouis, Staff Writers

January 15, 2019


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The Olympic Heights marching band has finished its season, and despite coming up short at the season’s final competition at the Park Vista Striking Cobra Invitational, 2018 was another outstanding year for the OH Mighty Lions Marching band. The band worked tirelessly throughout the season and was rewarde...

To Prevent Another Stoneman Douglas type incident, Teachers Are Encouraged to Be Alert to Student Behaviors

To Prevent Another Stoneman Douglas type incident, Teachers Are Encouraged to Be Alert to Student Behaviors

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

January 3, 2019


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As the stigmas surrounding mental disorders are slowly being stripped away, many discussions concerning the topic have recently come under debate. One such situation is the role that teachers play when observing potential concerning behaviors from students. Protocol in this area does exist, but only ...

U.S. Life Expectancy Rates Continues to Drop; Drug Use, Suicide Leading Factors

U.S. Life Expectancy Rates Continues to Drop; Drug Use, Suicide Leading Factors

Megan Foster, Staff Writer

December 31, 2018


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A worrisome downward trend has been highlighted due to three new reports recently published by the Centers for Disease Control. These numbers display the third consecutive year of America’s steep decline involving the average life expectancy, with the painstakingly obvious contributions of the country’s...

Olympic Heights Drama Shines at Districts, Will Be Staging Fall Play at State Festival

Olympic Heights Drama Shines at Districts, Will Be Staging Fall Play at State Festival

Isabelle Eisenberg, Social Media Editor

December 14, 2018


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The Olympic Heights theatre department wowed the judges at the District X Thespian Competition on December 1. Out of the 59 participants, the Mighty Lions’ Troupe 4992 won 16 Excellents, 17 Superiors, five Critics’ Choice Awards, and had troupe member Brian Araujio named an alternate district representative....

Despite a Massive Push to Increase Youth Vote, 2018 Midterms Did Not Meet the Hopes of Activists

Despite a Massive Push to Increase Youth Vote, 2018 Midterms Did Not Meet the Hopes of Activists

Megan Foster, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018


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In the lead up to the midterms, there have been a swell of political appeals to the young voters. For example, survivors of the Parkland, Florida, shooting launched a nationwide voter registration drive. Although youth voting registration went up 41 percent, specifically in Florida, that number didn’t...

NASA’s InSight Successfully Lands on Mars

NASA’s InSight Successfully Lands on Mars

Jacob Pasternack, Editor-In-Chief

December 2, 2018


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On Nov. 26, NASA completed its eighth landing of a spacecraft on the surface of Mars. The successful landing of Insight, the new Mars lander, is a landing that consists of many firsts. It is the first successful Mars mission since the Curiosity was launched in 2012. It was also the first liftoff of an...

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


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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 ...

NEWS ANALYSIS: Youths Suing U.S. Government over Climate Change Fighting Uphill Battle

NEWS ANALYSIS: Youths Suing U.S. Government over Climate Change Fighting Uphill Battle

Marie Preuss, News Editor

November 28, 2018


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With an increasing number of natural disasters in recent years, such as the record-breaking hurricanes of 2017 and the many raging wildfires in California throughout 2018, the concerning subject of climate change has risen to the forefront. Yet, there are still many people who deny the effects or even...

Canada Legalizes Recreational Marijuana; Will U.S. Follow?

Canada Legalizes Recreational Marijuana; Will U.S. Follow?

Kaivin Im, Staff Writer

November 27, 2018


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In Montreal neighborhood, a store had hundreds of people lined up around the block, by its 10:00 a.m. opening time, with the police there to keep the growing crowd under control. These people are eager to become some of the first legal buyers of marijuana in Montreal. The absolute first person that ...

Juul Facing FDA Scrutiny As Its Teenage Popularity Increases

Juul Facing FDA Scrutiny As Its Teenage Popularity Increases

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer

November 26, 2018


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Juul, the popular e-cigarette resembling a flash drive, is marketed to adults as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes, yet it has increasingly become ridiculed by many people for becoming commonly used by teenagers. The USB port-charged device allows users to vape from a pod containing nicotine, glycerol a...

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