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Overgrown

Ella Schulte, Student Life Assistant Editor & News Writer

January 22, 2020

I’ve spent my entire lifetime waiting. Whether that’s staying up for hours in anticipation for a single notification to appear on my phone or quickly growing frustrated when the person in front of me fails to accelerate the moment the light turns green; it seems as if every disappointment and moment worthy of celebration are the calculated results of my constant desire for more. At times, I even find myself frustrated once the notification does eventually appear...

Dive into a book

Rachel Schneider, Opinion Writer

January 22, 2020

It’s finally 2020 which means the start of a new decade. Everyone celebrated winter break with friends and family during the holidays and are now starting this new decade off with resolutions and goals for the new year. One of my goals for this year is to read more books. I have a little bookshelf in my room full of books that haven’t been picked up in ages. This got me thinking about how lots of teens nowadays don’t read as much as well and that it’s probably...

New year, new me

Maddie Serbousek, Opinion Writer

January 22, 2020

We are constantly changing, most times for the better. Now that it’s a new year and the start of a new decade, we may feel like we have to make New Year’s resolutions even if we don’t actually want to. We often get trapped into making these goals for ourselves that we aren’t actually passionate about. Everyone needs a goal in life, but creating those common New Years goals for yourself to make others happy, isn’t the way to do it. We all love to be loved. Feeling...

Dreadful deadlines

Jack Renning, Opinion Writer

January 22, 2020

Sweat trickles down their neck as they furiously hurry to accomplish their task. Their hand cramps at the sheer speed of panic as they type on their iPad. Their eyes dart nervously to the clock on the top of the iPad, watching the minutes tick down with growing apprehension. As the clock’s hand inches forward, their eyes start to strain from their intense  concentration.  Suddenly, sensing they are near the end of their task and with a final blaze of glory they fini...

Make bad art

Emma Stadelmann, Opinion Writer

January 22, 2020

I value creative expression as  it is necessary to a fulfilling and balanced life. I have been both a supporter and participant in the arts from a young age. Whether it be by playing trumpet and French horn, attending symphony, opera, ballet and jazz performances, visiting art museums, taking cooking classes, painting, writing or reading, I have always found an outlet to either express myself or enjoy what others create. I believe many people mistakenly assume that art nee...

Feelin’ some kind of way

Virginia Russell, Opinion Writer

January 22, 2020

If I could describe myself, I’d say I’m a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I’ve always been a pretty sentimental person. When I was in sixth grade, I joyously threw myself (not very well) into my first show choir performance. Now, I worry about my schoolwork, like the timeliness of this article, and all sorts of different things. So like I said, I’m emotional. I’m a sensitive crybaby. I get too overexcited over small things, like receiving ice cream,  and I have an awful temper, over sm...

All year round

Rachel Schneider, Opinion Writer

December 19, 2019

Christmas is a time of giving. We give to others by spreading joy and service to those who need it most. We buy presents and give them to support friends who have been there for us when others weren’t. We give our time and spend it with family who we’ve missed and haven’t seen in a while. Sometimes I wonder, though, what it would be like if the world did more acts of kindness all year round and not just during the holiday season. Every year, Xavier...

Christmas cheer

Grace Ries, Editor-In-Chief

December 19, 2019

“Christmas, Christmas time is here. Time for toys and time for cheer.” Christmas is near ladies and gentlemen. Time to put up the Christmas tree, lights, stockings, garland, anything that screams Christmas. This is, and always will be, my favorite holiday. Number One: The music. It is the best I’ve ever listened to and can be listened to year round. Picture this: my friends and I screaming “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber on a car ride while it’s ...

I’ve seen the angels

Ellie Tanko, Opinion Writer

December 19, 2019

I’ve held their hands and they’ve held mine. I’ve looked into their eyes and I’ve seen the Divine. They’re everywhere. They’re in the cars you pass on your way to school. They’re in the stores you shop in and the restaurants you eat at. They eat with you, they talk to you, they make you laugh and, every once in a while, they make you cry. They’re your angels. I got a DM on Instagram a few weeks ago. Unlike most overly forward, explicit ...

Busy break

Jack Renning, Opinion Writer

December 19, 2019

Snowflakes are fluttering down towards the hard packed earth. Below, a crisp winter wind flows around the student’s ears, fluttering the tips of their winter jacket. Their shoes squelch down in the soft, new snow, leaving only mushy imprints behind them. They walk away with a sense of finality, knowing a hard chapter has just been completed and it is time for a break. The straps on their backpack drop down onto their shoulders, drawing the tension from t...

Yes, Virginia

Virginia Russell, Opinion Writer

December 19, 2019

As a child, I always looked forward to Christmas, like most kids. I wanted to get everything I asked for- no matter what extravagant demands I’d make. That’s honestly all I thought about, until one day my eyes were “opened,” if you will, about the details surrounding Santa. So, needless to say, I was pretty sad about all of this. Nine-year- old me was thinking about all those previous Christmases and how this one would be different because t...

Not so happy holidays

Riley Cornelius, Opinion Writer

December 19, 2019

Happy holidays...right? Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year for most people. For others, the holidays are a lonely time and a reminder of lost loved ones. For me, the holidays are a rough time. I have a very small family, so small I can count my entire extended family on two hands. I am an only child in my immediate family, and the only other child in my extended family is barely a year old. The kids’ table was never a th...

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