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Lauren Guth poses with her Congressional Nomiation certifcate and acceptance booklet. Guth went through a multitudinous process composed of essay-writing and interviews in order to get accepted by West Point Academy, where she plans to attend in order to serve her country and earn a degree.

Sights Set on Service

Kayla Reyes, Print Co-Editor-in-Chief April 8, 2021

In October of her sophomore year, senior Lauren Guth flicked through the day’s mail. A letter from West Point lay buried between bills and coupon books, and she plucked it out and set it aside with the...

the squeeze

Girls Wrestling Team Approaches GACS

Kayla Reyes, Print Co Editor-in-Chief January 8, 2021

Female wrestler Skylar Morrisey never envisioned her season to come this far. She worried she would not be able to compete due to COVID, but is grateful that she has experienced a full and unexpected season.    “Competing...

Wrestling Through COVID Concerns

Wrestling Through COVID Concerns

Kayla Reyes, Print Co Editor-in-Chief December 11, 2020

Wrestler Mary Kate Neal has been particularly cautious when it comes to COVID-19, opting to choose virtual school in order to keep herself and her loved ones safe. Due to being quarantined and getting...

 A police officer kneels with an injured individual; another raises a baton, striking a person who cradles out of fear. The figures are made of newspaper, demonstrating that, regardless of whether explicitly stated, much of the media has taken a stance on the topic of police brutality.

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Natalie Walsh, Print Co Editor-in-Chief November 20, 2020

Unfortunately, not everything is black and white. The yins and yangs of our universe aren’t separated with clear lines. The morality of our actions is, and forever will be, ambiguous. Trying to separate...

A black fist is held up, representing the Black Lives Matter Movement. Since its founding, the fist has been one of its symbols.

Does the Movement Matter?

Essy Ingram, Staff Reporter November 20, 2020

It is a wide-scale invasion. Materializing on plasma screens, dotting social networks, commandeering headlines of outlets everywhere. No conversation is too far away from the potential permeation of its...

An IPhone displays an Instagram feed from June 2, 2020-- Blackout Tuesday. Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement posted black squares to show their solidarity for Black people in a time of racial injustice.

Artificial Activism

Kayla Reyes, Print Co Editor-in-Chief November 20, 2020

As senior Anna West scrolls through Instagram in the early afternoon of June 2, her screen is periodically flooded with a wave of darkness. Instead of a feed composed of birthday posts and selfies and...

Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. leads a group of protesters at a rally in the 1960’s. Like the Civil Rights movement, current protests have become a popular way to show support for racial equality

Headways Through History

Faith Jacoby, Staff Reporter November 20, 2020

As protestors wipe the sweat off their foreheads and tears off their cheeks, they march forward. The streets are full of people treading towards the Lincoln Memorial as the late August sun beams down on...

Eyes Wide Open

Eyes Wide Open

Kayla Reyes and Natalie Walsh, Print Co Editors-in-Chief November 20, 2020

Xime Avila runs along the set path at a cross country race. “It was good, probably the best race so far. I’m feeling pretty confident [for the rest of the season] as a whole, Avila said.

Runners Compete in Cross Country GAC’s

Kayla Reyes, Co Editor-in-Chief October 21, 2020

On Thursday Oct. 15, the cross country team competed in this year’s GAC meet. The team’s final meet (aside from districts) will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 27. For many runners, the GAC meet signifies...

Next Two Football Games Postponed Due to Football Players Quarantining

Next Two Football Games Postponed Due to Football Players Quarantining

Kayla Reyes, Co Editor-in-Chief September 25, 2020

  As reported by Dr. Sonny Arnel yesterday evening, this Friday’s Homecoming football game, along with the Oct. 2 football game are postponed due to 16 football players being placed under mandatory...

Senior Shaffer Brown fist bumps Dr. Arnel at Senior Night upon receiving her award. Precautions such as mask-wearing have been taken to keep students, coaches, and spectators at sporting events safe.

Mr. Harris on the Fall Sports Season

Kayla Reyes, Co Editor-in-Chief September 23, 2020

Mr. Scott Harris, Activities Director, explains the challenges that have come with this sports season due to Covid-19. He describes how sports have been impacted and expresses his pride in students, coaches,...

A poster with names of Black people killed by the police and a Black power fist, captioned “say their names.” Signs such as this have been used at protests to express dissatisfaction with police brutality and systemic racism in the justice system.

If Black Lives Really Matter, the Justice System Must Change

Kayla Reyes, Print Editor-in-Chief June 25, 2020

In the middle of the night on March 13, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician, lay in her bed. As she slept, three plainclothes police officers carried out a no-knock search warrant,...

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