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Second semester sports and clubs offer many opportunities for Olympic Heights students to become involved

Second semester sports and clubs offer many opportunities for Olympic Heights students to become involved

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

Second semester marks the completion of half of the school year!  As we hit the second month of the second semester, it is important to look ahead to all of the memories that will be made in classes, clubs, and sports. The start of the third quarter and second semester highlights a new beginning for ...

NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles Sunday.

Matthew Nebenzahl, Entertainment Editor

January 26, 2020

This story has been updated to reflect that there were nine individuals killed in the helicopter crash that took the lives of retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, not five individuals as originally reported. (Jan. 27, 2020) Retired NBA great Kobe Bryant, 41, was kill...

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...

Australia’s bush fires will have long term health and environmental consequences

Firefighters have spent the past two months battling widespread bush fires in Australia.

Zoe Siegel, Staff Writer

January 21, 2020

Australia is in deep trouble. Wildfires have been burning since Nov. 11 in the Ravensbourne area, burning more than 49,000 acres of land and destroying almost 900 homes in the process. It was estimated that the bush fires have killed 1.25 billion animals leaving many species extinct. People tend to be aski...

OH Theatre Department Presents Little Shop of Horrors

OH Theatre Department Presents Little Shop of Horrors

Isabelle Eisenberg, Social Media Editor

January 16, 2020

The Olympic Heights Theatre Department will be staging the deviously delicious Broadway sci-fi smash musical Little Shop of Horrors from Feb. 7 through Feb. 10. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind Little Shop of Horr...

The Streamys? Yes, there are awards for YouTubers

Tonya Mongeau won the Streamy for Creator of the Year.

Arianna Wigodner, Staff Writer

January 14, 2020

Most people have heard of the Oscars, the Emmys, and the Grammys, but what about the Streamys?  The Streamy Awards, recognize the creativity, writing, acting, and producing of YouTube videos and the content created by YouTube influencers. Nine years ago, the first Streamy Award ceremony was held...

TORCH PREDICTION: Joe Burrow will lead LSU to the national championship in a close game

LSU's Joe Burrow (left) will out duel Clemson's Trevor Lawrence in college football's national championship game.

Joshua Wolf, Staff Writer

January 13, 2020

Coming off what was the greatest performance in college football playoff history, Joe Burrow and the number one ranked LSU Tigers (14-0) are looking to repeat exactly what they did against Oklahoma in the championship semifinals when they face off with the number three ranked Clemson Tigers (14-0) in...

NEWS ANALYSIS: Brazil’s indifference to Amazon rainforest deforestation threatens global climate

Amazon rainforest deforestation is at its highest rate since 2008.

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

January 10, 2020

The rate of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has reached its highest level since 2008. According to the National Public Radio, the deforestation rate has increased by almost 30 percent over the past year. The rainforest, located in Brazil, has been facing deforestation since Earth was created; howeve...

Anthony Rendon to the Angels and Gerrit Cole to the Yankees highlight MLB free agent signings

Gerrit Cole (right), pictured with Yankees manager Aaron Boone at his contract signing, became the highest paid pitcher in MLB history with his nine-year, $334 million contract.

Joshua Wolf, Staff Writer

January 9, 2020

This MLB offseason was filled with huge contracts and blockbuster trades. Many star players such as Anthony Rendon, Gerritt Cole, and Madison Bumgartner decided to leave town to join new franchises. With that said, there are still many big players on the market including Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor,...

College athletes are often burdened with the medical costs for sport-incurred injuries

Injuries to college athletes, such as the season ending hip injury Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered in 2019, can be very costly for the player on several different levels.

Alexis Rejouis, Staff Writer

January 8, 2020

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the organization that determines all rules and regulations for all college sports, ranging from what coaches can do when recruiting players to individual requirements that all players must follow, up to submitting to a drug test. Despite everyth...

The best hip hop albums of 2019 highlight a stellar year

Young Thug's So Much Fun may have been the best hip hop album of 2019.

Matthew Nebenzahl, Entertainment Editor

January 7, 2020

The hip hop community was flooded with tons of music during this past year. From established superstars, such as Young Thug, to rising stars, such as DaBaby, great projects have been released throughout the year. Today, we will be reflecting on the great year of music we have had by looking at the t...

Recapping the most discussed topics of 2019

Recapping the most discussed topics of 2019

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

December 30, 2019

As the year comes to an end, it is time to look back and recognize the events and people that have shaped the year of 2019! Although this year has had many bumps and bruises, there have also been many highlights and achievements that deserve to be acknowledged. First off, the month of January surpassed ma...

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