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  • OH girls soccer team received an "Academic Team Award" from the United States Soccer Coaches during the 2022-23 academic year.
  • Sophomore Sofia Bolivar had the best finish with a first place in the 100 Butterfly
  • Seniors Hannah Rogers and Kaylin Baek took 3rd and 4th in the 100 yard backstroke
  • Sophomore Daniel Tashlitsky had the best finish for the boys at 3rd place in the 100 butterfly
The award-winning student news site of Olympic Heights High School

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“Break up with your boyfriend, cause I’m bored” Ariana Grande’s recent scandals.

Ellie Leibman, Staff writer September 5, 2023

Who knew when Ariana Grande said, “Break up with your boyfriend, ‘cause I’m bored,” she meant it literally. Following Ariana Grande’s divorce from her husband of two years, a great deal of information...

Republicans, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, openly heckled President Joe Biden during his Feb. 7 State of the Union Address.

EDITORIAL: Political incivility serves no purpose but to divide

Lauren Albano, Editor-In-Chief February 22, 2023

Ideological and political divides have drastically increased in recent years, and it is growing more and more difficult for Americans to reach a common ground both in the legislature and at the dinner...

SPORTS OPINION: College Football Playoffs expansion to 12 teams not the blessing in disguise many fans think it is

SPORTS OPINION: College Football Playoffs expansion to 12 teams not the blessing in disguise many fans think it is

Brayden Schultz, Co-Sports Editor October 17, 2022

The phrase “blessing in disguise” is thrown around pretty commonly in conversation, but “disaster in disguise” is far less prevalent. These are the words that can be used to describe the plan for...

The Select House Committee investigating former president Donald Trumps role in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection attempt at the Capitol Building will hold its final hearing on Sept. 28.

EDITORIAL: Investigations into former president Trump’s criminal wrongdoings increasing partisan divide

Lauren Albano, Editor-In-Chief September 27, 2022

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is examining classified materials confiscated from former president Donald Trump’s Florida residence Mar-a-Lago as the select committee wraps up hearings on the Jan. 6...

The NFL and the players union agreed on an 11-game suspension and a $5 million fine for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson  in relation to the sexual assault allegations against Watson.

SPORTS OPINION: Deshaun Watson and Calvin Ridley cases shine light on NFL’s glaringly inconsistent disciplinary actions

Brayden Schultz, Co-Sports Editor September 18, 2022

While high-paid professional football players getting in trouble is a problem in and of itself, the NFL’s way of handling these issues is also problematic because the league is wildly inconsistent at...

Opponents of Floridas Dont Say Gay bill demonstrate in Tallahassee.

EDITORIAL: Florida’s anti-LGBTQ+ “Don’t Say Gay” bill exemplifies the antithesis of the purpose of education

Jessica Abramsky, Editor-In-Chief March 9, 2022

The Parental Rights in Education bill, dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by its opponents, has now passed both the Florida Senate and House and is headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk for his signature. The...

While Jews have been dealing with antisemitism for centuries, the tipping point for the recent growing national trend of antisemitic incidents seems to have been the the Charlottesville, Va. “Unite the Right” rally of August 12, 2017, wherein Neo-Nazis and white supremacists chanted “You will not replace us” at American .Jews.

OPINION: Antisemitism must stop being normalized as growing trend of hate incidents hits too close to home

Zoe Siegel, Social Media Editor December 23, 2021

According to various studies and reports, antisemitism and antisemitic acts have been on the rise over the past few years in the United States, as well as in other nations. Regardless of the reasons behind...

The Torch calls for Congress to curtail some of the special privileges Big Tech companies have been granted.

EDITORIAL: It’s time for Congress to reign in Big Tech

Jessica Abramsky, Editor-In-Chief December 6, 2021

Tim Cook of Apple. Bill Gates of Microsoft. Sundar Pichai of Google. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Meta Platforms Inc. Jeff Bezos of Amazon. Is it possible that these five men are responsible for the...

Torch Sports Editor Brayden Schultz suggests the Miami Dolphins best chance of improvement comes with a complete overhaul at the top by replacing owner Stephen Ross, head coach Brian Flores, and general manager Chris Grier.

SPORTS OPINION: The inconceivable mismanagement of the Miami Dolphins and what they can do going forward

Brayden Schultz, Sports Editor November 21, 2021

There is a lot to be frustrated about for Dolphins fans in 2021. As a Dolphins fan, I, too, am frustrated. After going 10-6 last season and Brian Flores being a Coach of the Year candidate, the expectations...

Pro-choice supporters protest the new Texas abortion law that went into effect on Sept. 21, 2021.

OPINION: New Texas abortion law, based on faulty reasoning and junk science, sets women’s rights back by 50 years

Jessica Abramsky, Editor-In-Chief September 27, 2021

In the United States of America, abortion has always been and remains a heavily debated topic. However, it was thought that the matter had been legally settled with the Supreme Court’s ruling in the...

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (left) recently verbally accosted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (right) just outside the House chambers.

OPINION: Marjorie Taylor Greene’s boorish behavior reveals her ignorance and the GOP’s waning sense of decency

Alexis Rejouis, Opinions/Managing Editor June 17, 2021

Over the past several elections, Americans have seen bipartisanship take a stronger foothold in the country, almost to the point where the country seems like two different countries rather than two different...

Studies indicate that a rape culture is taking root at all levels of educational institutions.

OPINION: Not enough is being done to put an end to the rape culture that has been growing on school campuses

Alexis Rejouis, Opinions/Managing Editor June 10, 2021

A website known as Everyone’s Invited was developed by 22-year-old Soma Sarra to bring awareness to rape culture and how desensitized the world has become to it. The website reveals thousands of young...

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