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The Weeknd had a much deeper appreciation for the Grammy Awards in 2016 than he does today.

OPINION: Former Grammy winner The Weeknd’s boycott of this year’s and future Grammys raises quite a few questions

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer March 12, 2021

Popular recording artist The Weeknd threw some cold water in the face of the Recording Academy just days before the March 14 2021 Grammy Awards presentation when in a statement to The New York Times, he...

OPINION: Trump and his enablers must be held accountable for the insurrection they incited

OPINION: Trump and his enablers must be held accountable for the insurrection they incited

Alexis Rejouis, Opinions/Managing Editor January 13, 2021

The date January 6, 2021, will go down as one of the most regrettable in American history. This is not because of foreign conflict or the beginnings of a new war, but the abhorrent behavior of soon-to-be...

Howard University graduates celebrate at their commencement ceremony.

OPINION: High schools need to give HBCUs more respect

Alexis Rejouis, Opinions/Managing Editor December 16, 2020

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, more commonly known as HBCUs, have been a part of African-American history since the mid-1800s. As integral as HBCUs have been for African-Americans, they...

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

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

Alexis Rejouis, Opinions/Managing Editor 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...

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.

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

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

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...

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,...

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

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...

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...

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

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...

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.

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...

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