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OPINION: Hypocritical rush to fill Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat threatens hard-fought for minority freedoms

Supreme Court justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett addresses the gathering at her nomination announcement as President Donald Trump looks on.
October 15, 2020

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Sept. 18, leaving open a seat on the court that President Donald Trump has moved quickly to fill with the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, a very...

EDITORIAL: School district’s mismanaged reopening of campuses began with a lack of foresight

The in-person attendance of Ms. Gina Woods' first period Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition class is indicative of the class sizes across Olympic Heights. The school is averaging less than 500 students on campus per day out of its total population of approximately 2,300 students.
October 6, 2020

On Sept. 21, the School District of Palm Beach County began welcoming back students to in-person instruction after starting the 2020-21 school year with three weeks of virtual learning only. The return...

Florida’s unemployment compensation system working exactly as it was designed to: poorly

Florida's unemployment compensation system working exactly as it was designed to: poorly
April 20, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has completely changed life as we know it. States across the U.S. have implemented social distancing measures and closed nonessential businesses in an effort to get...

Despite shortcomings, College Board’s online AP review sessions are invaluable tools to prepare for May exams

Despite shortcomings, College Board's online AP review sessions are invaluable tools to prepare for May exams
April 14, 2020

In wake of the coronavirus pandemic taking the world by storm, the last thing on many of our minds is Advanced Placement (AP) exams in May. With AICE exams, FSAs, EOCs, and final exams being canceled,...

EDITORIAL: District should abandon class rankings

EDITORIAL: District should abandon class rankings
March 2, 2020

Excessive amounts of homework, physically demanding sports and clubs, long hours of work, and countless nights without sleep are just some of the many conflicts that pervade the lives of academically advanced...

OPINION: From yearbook portraits to prom to graduation cap and gowns, senior year costs are becoming exclusionary

OPINION: From yearbook portraits to prom to graduation cap and gowns, senior year costs are becoming exclusionary
January 22, 2020

High school can sometimes feel like a long, never-ending tunnel. Freshman and sophomore year can still be struggles to which to adjust, and junior year can be overwhelming with difficult coursework and...

EDITORIAL: Despite progress, not enough being done to encourage girls to enter STEM fields studies

EDITORIAL: Despite progress, not enough being done to encourage girls to enter STEM fields studies
December 15, 2019

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related fields try to solve the world’s problems. Epidemiologists research diseases to find potential cures and treatments. Mathematicians solve complex...

OPINION: Olympic Heights and school district would do well to consider cutting ties with Chick-fil-A

A pro-LGBTQ rights group protests Chick-fil-A donations to anti-LGBTQ organizations.
December 9, 2019

Chick-fil-A has been in and out of the news for several years, and America’s third-largest fast-food chain is once again in the spotlight for the controversy related to its financial support of anti-LGBTQ...

EDITORIAL: School needs to provide a better place for students waiting on after-school rides

Students waiting on their after school rides must wait in the front of the school where there is limited seating and no protection from afternoon sun.
November 14, 2019

Sweating, stressed, annoyed - these words describe the Olympic Heights students waiting on their rides to pick them up after school at the school’s front entrance, the designated waiting spot. Many students...

OPINION: While Donations to Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral May Be Well-Intentioned, the Money Could Be Put to Better Use

Over one billion dollars was raised to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris which caught fire on April 15.
May 6, 2019

The whole world looked on in shock as Notre Dame, the iconic 856-year-old cathedral in Paris, was engulfed by flames on April 15. The video of the cathedral’s spire collapsing into the fire was both...

EDITORIAL: Anti-Vaxxer Movement Poses a Serious Danger

The anti-vaxxer movement is based on medical journal paper written by a doctor who has since lost his medical license due to
March 3, 2019

Vaccines have been a crucial instrument in disease prevention for hundreds of years. Life threatening diseases including polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles),...

OPINION: Rise of Global Anti-Semitism Demands a Global Unified Response

Just one example of the rise in global anti-Semitism can be seen in the recent desecration of tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in France.
February 25, 2019

Hate takes many shapes and forms. In our hotly contentious sociopolitical atmosphere, racism and homophobia have taken center stage. Quietly, however, another older type of hate has been growing in the...

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