The Torch

  • Athletes of the Week: TRACK: Ricky Brown & Bianca Bruney; WEIGHTLIFTING: Alan Simons; VOLLEYBALL: Chris Muro

  • Athletes of the Week: BASEBALL: Jake Neese; SOFTBALL: Theresa Colandreo; FLAG FOOTBALL: Faith Krost

  • Athletes of the Week: TENNIS: Michael Nemery & Flavia Viera; LACROSSE: Jamal London & Jessica Budin

  • Students of the Month: Matt Merhi (9); Andie Hirsch (10); Adelaide Claiborne (11); Reyin Darby (12)

  • Teacher of the Month: Sharon Neubauer; Non-Instructional Employee of the Month: Nicki Spears

EDITORIAL: Anti-Vaxxer Movement Poses a Serious Danger

EDITORIAL: Anti-Vaxxer Movement Poses a Serious Danger

March 3, 2019


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

OPINION: Trump’s Move to Legally Define “Gender” Makes Sense in Regards to Title IX Cases

OPINION: Trump’s Move to Legally Define “Gender” Makes Sense in Regards to Title IX Cases

Jacob Pasternack, Editor-In-Chief

November 2, 2018


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The Trump Administration, over the last two years, has been controversial, to say the least. And, to continue the trend, the Trump Administration is considering making a move that has many members of the LGBT community worried. According to the New York Times, the Trump Administration is considering...

COMMENTARY: When Unqualified Students Are Pushed into Taking Advanced Placement Classes, All AP Students Suffer

COMMENTARY: When Unqualified Students Are Pushed into Taking Advanced Placement Classes, All AP Students Suffer

Jacob Pasternack, Editor-In-Chief

March 1, 2018


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Let’s just get this out of the way now: many AP classes at Olympic Heights aren’t what we’ve been led to believe. Decreased rigor, increased class sizes, and constant test reform has led to this reality in a cyclical pattern. Yet, every cycle must have a beginning, and this cycle begins with human...

COMMENTARY: Labeling Legitimate Media Outlets as “Fake News” Is Dangerously Ignorant

COMMENTARY: Labeling Legitimate Media Outlets as “Fake News” Is Dangerously Ignorant

Jacob Pasternack, Editor-In-Chief

January 22, 2018


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MSM. The utterance of those three letters in consecutive order causes unbridled gesticulations and irrepressible accusations among the detractors of mainstream media. Such senseless blithering about the fallacy behind popular news networks is consistently countered by proponents of the reliability...

COMMENTARY: Want To Make America Great? Try Listening to One Another

COMMENTARY: Want To Make America Great? Try Listening to One Another

Jacob Pasternack, Editor-In-Chief

December 7, 2017


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The degradation of American politics is upon us. The once great institution established by some of the brightest political minds in history has devolved into a petty brawl of ad hominem attacks perpetuated by both the leaders of our political parties and the members within them. Our political environment...

TORCH EDITORIAL: President Gives White Supremacist/Neo-Nazi Groups Validation and Cover by Not Labeling Them Domestic Terrorists

TORCH EDITORIAL: President Gives White Supremacist/Neo-Nazi Groups Validation and Cover by Not Labeling Them Domestic Terrorists

Marie Preuss

August 31, 2017


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Over the past few weeks, the country has been in a frenzy over a white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, Aug. 12, that turned violent. Tiki torch-wielding people also marched through the University of Virginia campus on the preceding Friday. The...

Editorial: The Political Correctness of the Anti-Body Shaming Movement Has Its Dangers

Editorial: The Political Correctness of the Anti-Body Shaming Movement Has Its Dangers

January 11, 2017


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A new movement is starting. It is turning people against the foundations of today’s society to make the world a kinder and more sensitive place for everyone. This movement is the PC movement, or political correctness movement. It abducted youth in excessively liberal communities, giving them the desire...

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