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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

Marie Preuss, Editor-In-Chief

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 people to stay at home and prevent the spread of the virus. This has had detrimental effects on the ...

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

Arielle Perry, Features Editor

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, much of the stress prevalent at the end of the year for students at Olympic Heights has now been li...

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

A pro-LGBTQ rights group protests Chick-fil-A donations to anti-LGBTQ organizations.

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

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 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

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

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

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), 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

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.

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?

Performer Cardi B (left) recently came under fire by some on the right for criticizing President Donald Trump for his role in the recent government shutdown.

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

With the dark clouds of a partial government shutdown on the horizon, the average American citizen will hardly notice its impact.

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,...

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