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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 students. This is embodied no more clearly than in Olympic Heights salutatorian and National Merit...

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

Marie Preuss, Editor-In-Chief

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 stressful college entrance exams.  However, there is a beacon of light at the end of the tunnel: se...

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 real-world problems. Marine biologists study the impact of global warming on the Earth’s oceans. Yet, e...

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

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

Marie Preuss, Editor-In-Chief

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 organizations. That controversy makes one wonder why Olympic Heights and the School District of Palm...

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

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

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 have to stand in front of the school up to an hour or longer for their rides in an area not ...

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

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

Marie Preuss, News Editor

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 horrifying and mesmerizing to watch. People wept as they worried that the important cultural and hist...

EDITORIAL: Anti-Vaxxer Movement Poses a Serious Danger

EDITORIAL: Anti-Vaxxer Movement Poses a Serious Danger

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), mumps, tetanus, rotavirus and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) are all currently preventable d...

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

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

Jacob Pasternack, Editor-In-Chief

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 background and has only recently been brought to the forefront in American society. In a twitter barrag...

EDITORIAL: Should Celebrities Be Speaking Out on Issues?

EDITORIAL: Should Celebrities Be Speaking Out on Issues?

February 22, 2019

In 2019 the world is far more connected than ever before. Under the Trump administration, America has become increasingly divided on matters of social, political, and moral importance. The left has retreated further left, and the right has retreated further right.   As news stations on both sides of the i...

OPINION: Looming Government Shutdown Will Have Little Immediate Impact on Average Citizen

OPINION: Looming Government Shutdown Will Have Little Immediate Impact on Average Citizen

Jacob Pasternack, Editor-In-Chief

December 18, 2018

Government shutdown. This premise is used as a weapon by politicians to scare opposition into cooperation, and both parties are evidently terrified by it. This time, the Trump Administration has threatened a government shutdown to get funding “necessary to build the border wall,” as Chuck Schumer,...

EDITORIAL: #MeToo Movement Not Doing Enough to Safeguard Teen Victims

EDITORIAL: #MeToo Movement Not Doing Enough to Safeguard Teen Victims

November 14, 2018

In October 2017, an online movement developed after numerous allegations came to light about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassing and assaulting women. Thousands of celebrities and women took to the internet to proclaim their support for the victims that came forward. This support blos...

EDITORIAL: Vote “Yes” on School Property Tax Referendum

EDITORIAL: Vote “Yes” on School Property Tax Referendum

November 5, 2018

Election Day, November 6th, is tomorrow, and many issues that have accumulated since the last election cycle are now ready to be voted upon.   A major issue that will be voted on is a school referendum influenced by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.  The tragic mass shoo...

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