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Despite shortcomings, The Rise of Skywalker should satisfy most Star Wars franchise fans

Despite shortcomings, The Rise of Skywalker should satisfy most Star Wars franchise fans

Marie Preuss, Editor-In-Chief

December 28, 2019

Over forty years after the first Star Wars movie brought beloved heroes Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Han Solo to life in 1977, the curtain has finally been drawn on the long-lived legacy. The latest installment of the space saga, titled Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, directed by J.J. A...

Electric Mustang? Blasphemy! But, wait…

The new electric Mustang Mach-E

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer

December 24, 2019

Ford’s Mustang line continues to excel in innovation, this time with a brand new addition to the line: the electric Mustang. Starting at $53,000, the new electric line has a sophisticated look; but Mustang aficionados will want to know if the electric version will have the same famed power.  With...

Which are the best of the holiday movies?
We have your top five right here!

Which are the best of the holiday movies? <br/> We have your top five right here!

Nicholas Tramazzo, Staff Writer

December 21, 2019

The holidays are here! Christmas, Hannakuh, and New Years are just around the corner! It might be ideal to stay inside due to the extreme low temperatures here in Florida. I mean it’s like 70 degrees out there! Then what will you do in the meantime? Watching movies would be a great idea! Here’s a lis...

After Parkland documentary to offer deeper insight into lingering effects of MSD shooting

PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  People look on at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 18, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested 19 year old former student Nikolas Cruz for the mass shooting that killed 17 people on February 14.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Arianna Wigodner, Staff Writer

December 20, 2019

Before Parkland, most South Florida school children went to school without fear. Before Parkland, there were 17 more beautiful lives than there are now. After Parkland, everyone’s life has been changed.  February 14, 2018, seventeen students and staff were killed after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stone...

Most teenagers are not big fans of Life360 app

Most teenagers are not big fans of Life360 app

Zoe Siegel, Staff Writer

December 19, 2019

Life360 is a popular app that connects family and friends digitally. The app is generally used to track the location of someone with the intention of making sure they are safe from harm. Parents or guardians are likely to use this app so they can track their children's where-abouts without having to ...

OH SPORTS WRAP: Winter sports teams update; Wrestlers win JoeMac Duals; Three OH athletes sign letters of intent; Anglin finishes 8th at states diving championships

The Olympic Heights wrestling team won the JoeMac Duals last weekend.

December 18, 2019

Going into the Winter Break, the Olympic Heights girls soccer team has a 8-2-3 record, while the boys team has a 5-6-1 record. The girls basketball team has a 6-6 record, while the boys basketball team’s record stands at 2-5. It is worth noting that two of the boy basketball team’s losses were by...

Questions linger as investigation continues into Dec. 6 shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station

A shooting carried out by Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani (inset) at the Pensacola Naval Air Station is still under investigation.

Jordan Lanson, Staff Writer

December 17, 2019

On Friday Dec. 6, there was a shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida that the FBI is presuming "was an act of terrorism," according to the special agent leading the investigation.. The shooting that left three people dead and eight others injured occurred in a classroom building at t...

OH HAPPENINGS: Three OH students post the nation’s highest AICE test scores; vocal groups showing out; theatre troupe wins big at districts; computer science team wins Congressional App Challenge

The Olympic Heights Choir

December 17, 2019

Several Olympic Heights students are recipients of Cambridge Learner Awards for their outstanding achievement in the June 2019 Cambridge AICE exams series, including three who posted the highest scores in the country on their respective AICE exams. Senior Marie Preuss earned Top in Country for A Level...

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...

NBA early Hot Takes: Buy or Sell?

LeBron James has the Lakers pointed to a NBA title and himself to a fifth league MVP award.

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

December 14, 2019

The NBA has seen a big shake-up this season. Teams who missed the playoffs last season (the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat) are now at the top of the NBA standings. With Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Los Angeles Clippers have are competing for a title as well. The road to a title is wide ope...

Heights cheerleaders win UCA Regional Championship

The Olympic Heights cheerleading team is all smiles after winning the UCA Regional Championship in Tampa.

Zoe Siegel, Staff Writer

December 11, 2019

The Olympic Heights varsity competitive cheer team won first place at the Universal Cheeleaders Association (UCA) regional championships held at Busch Gardens in Tampa this past weekend. The team will now be advancing to the national championship competition to be held at Walt Disney World in Februar...

Women have a long and unappreciated history of contributions to the STEM fields; space weather forecaster Tamitha Skov speaks of her experiences

Tamatha Skov, a space weather forecaster who works primarily in the fields of solar and space physics research and in the testing of spacecraft materials in realistic space radiation environments, is a leader in the STEM field and is interviewed by The Torch for this feature.

Arielle Perry, Features and Managing Editor

December 10, 2019

As humans gain more understanding of the world in which they live, the field of science continues to make advancements, one step at a time. One of such developments is the rising number of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) related careers.   The number of women working in computer/math...

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