Social media decline

Ellie Koechner, Opinion Writer

October 29, 2020

Picture this: It’s 2013, you’re ten years old and you just got home from fourth grade. You put your backpack down, and you go ride bikes around the neighborhood with your best friends. It starts to get dark, so your mom calls you in for dinner. After dinner, you finish your homework and sit down to watch an episode of iCarly.  Now picture this: It’s 2020. Most of the fourth graders you know already have iPhone 11s. They are on every social media platform there is, alr...

Time to care

Maddie Serbousek, Opinion Writer

October 29, 2020

As we all learned in science class, everything has a cause and effect. For example: because you studied for your Spanish test, you got a good grade on it, or because you worked all day, you got a big paycheck. Unfortunately though, not all causes have positive effects. As everyone knows, the fires in California are still raging due to the extreme winds and abnormally high heat. The cause? Climate change. The effect? 70,000 people have been evacuated and over 36,000 acres of...

Me or them

Anna Tanko, Opinion Writer

October 29, 2020

It’s justified when you do it, right? You were only venting to a trusted friend. But when other people gossip about you, it’s wrong. This is high school. Pretty much everyone has gossiped or been gossiped about. However, you probably want to know why gossip was spread in the first place. There are many reasons why people use negative gossip against a particular person. In all cases, they are insecure and deal with their insecurity by personally attacking someone else’...

A best friend for life

Maddie Mautino, Sports Writer

October 29, 2020

          “Will you lay in bed with me?”           As I tuck in the five-year-old girl that I babysit, I read her two books. After those two books are read, I am always asked the same question.            I know it is not because she’s afraid of the dark because she has a very bright night light that wards away any monster that could appear from the shadows of her room. It is simply for comfort, to know she is not alone when she f...

Facing body image

Arwen Gilbert, Media Editor

October 29, 2020

I wasn’t sure how to appropriately begin an article talking about such a vulnerable and serious topic.  Body image issues. A matter that 91% of girls struggle with in the US. So let’s talk about it. I remember becoming insecure about my body when I was in seventh grade. I was 12, and I hated the way I looked. I would stare at my reflection with disgust, wishing I was as skinny and pretty as my friends. Fast forward to freshman year, when the comments from gu...

Falling for fall

Greta Schaub, Opinion Assistant Editor

October 29, 2020

The warm, enveloping arms of cinnamon and pumpkin wrap around my sleeping body as I arise on a crisp September morning. It’s 8:00 a.m., and I have woken up to the scent of my mom’s pumpkin muffins being baked. I rub my groggy eyes and open my shades. The sun beams on the brightly colored leaves that fill my window sill. I slip on my fuzzy socks and light a candle in my room. At that moment, everything is serene.  There are few things I love more than fall mornings. The world s...

We vs. me

Mary Clare Bean, Opinion Writer

September 24, 2020

A team has one simple goal; to win and to perform to the best of their ability. When you have a whole group of people that have your back, the want and need to exceed your own expectations for them is fairly easy. In other instances, being your own cheerleader in a sport that doesn’t require the athleticism of other team members is quite difficult. In a team sport, you play along with your teammates to defeat the opposing team. In individual sports, it is a mental game aga...


Riley Cornelius, Opinon Writer

September 24, 2020

   I hear my classmates complaining about their parents not letting them have the newest pair of shoes or not giving them money to go out and get food again. They say, "my life sucks...I can't wait to do whatever I want in college." I get it, I really do. I admittedly tend to focus on how my life could be better too.      How many times do we genuinely stop and think about how privileged our lives are? It’s cliche to say but cliches have some sort of truth t...

Never alone

Maddie Serbousek, Opinon Writer

September 24, 2020

It’s September. We officially have three months left in the chaos of 2020 and it’s been one crazy ride. From the very beginning of 2020, we knew it was going to be a long year. In January, we had a possible WWIII scare. February brought us the tragic death of the legendary icon Kobe Bryant and his daughter alongside seven others in a terrible helicopter accident. COVID-19 became a global pandemic in March and forced a worldwide shutdown. In April, the number of COVID-1...

A new year

Virginia Russell, Opinion Editor

September 24, 2020

Ring any bells?  For the record, when I say bells, think more ear splittingly loud, massive, clanging alarms of doom that never seem to stop giving people constant headaches and anxiety. At least, that’s the connotation those four digits seem to be garnering of late, and often for good reason. Putting it lightly, the last nine months of chaos haven’t exactly been a normal year. Some might call 2020 the worst year of their life. Guys, there’s even a song ab...

The act of respect

Rachel Schneider, Opinon Writer

September 24, 2020

2020 was not what we were expecting. Sadness and troubling times have come upon us and honestly through all of this, I’m most disappointed in the lack of respect people have for one another. It’s like we’ve totally lost that part of ourselves and we just don’t care about others whatsoever. It’s very scary to see people act the way they do and just completely disregard others and think solely for themselves.        In the past, whenever I would see people disrespecti...

The little things

Arwen Gilbert

May 14, 2020

In life, there are always things that you won’t appreciate until they’re gone. This quarantine has really made me realize that.  On March 13, 2020, I, along with my classmates, were looking forward to a week of relaxation with no classes to worry about and the rumor that we wouldn’t be coming back to school after spring break. Of course we were excited, but if we knew what was really to come, I think that excitement would have quickly faded. Did we think we woul...

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