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Cadence Rulo and her brother Caleb Rulo in their childhood home. Even as children the two were very close. Photo courtesy of Cadence Rulo

Building the Bond

Cadence Rulo, Staff Reporter March 16, 2023

As I sat in my childhood bedroom it was plain, empty. It used to be filled with butterfly stickers flying around the walls, bright pink curtains hiding the windows, and stuffed animals covering my tiny...

Stereotypical Addiction

Stereotypical Addiction

Cadence Rulo and Reilly Scobey, Staff Reporter and Assignments Editor March 14, 2023

Senior Matthew Rupp playing guitar in 5th hour Jazz Band.

My Musical Journey

Matt Rupp, Staff Reporter March 10, 2023

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with music, I’ve always wanted to make music and perform music. It was a part of me from the very start. I grew up with a stay-at-home dad so instead of listening...

A Need For Change

A Need For Change

Reilly Scobey, Print Assignments Editor March 8, 2023

Waking up Saturday morning I wasn’t expecting my usual routine to differentiate. I woke up at nine, ate breakfast, and got ready for work. Everything played out as usual, until about noon when I sat...

A student feels pressure coming from every angle around them. I feel this way when everything picks up at once, and its hard to see through everything coming at once. Illustration by Moth Payne.

Mundane Mondays

Anabel Gundersen, Staff Reporter March 6, 2023

Alexa, stop. Alexa, stop. Alexa, STOP. Every morning at 6am, I practically chant the phrase across my room at my alarm going off. After thirty minutes of contemplating getting up, I roll out of bed and...

Many seniors are stressing over handling the financial burdens brought on by college acceptances. The girl in the illustration is sad because of these worries.

Costly College

Analiesa Hollowood, Staff Reporter March 1, 2023

Thirteen acceptances and not a clue how to pay for them. The beginning of this year was initially filled with excitement, college acceptances were rolling in and the joy of my near future was overwhelming....

Emily Sirtak looks off to the side, thinking about Valentines Day.

Being Content On Valentine’s Day

Emily Sirtak, Web Editor-In-Chief February 14, 2023

Walking past the seasonal aisle, attacked by pink and red hearts, ‘I love you’ messages and tacky gifts is an unwanted universal experience that rolls around every February. It’s often discouraging...

Zachary Castelli smiling on the outside while fighting on the inside. Castelli  is showing the internal and external conflict of struggling with body image.

Looking in the Mirror

Cadence Rulo, Staff Reporter February 8, 2023

I walked into my dance studio with my Chewy granola bar in hand. “It’s measurement day,” the lady behind the front desk said. I looked down at the 100 calorie snack in my hand and tossed it into...

Boy band SuperM poses for the camera as a group. They had allegedly had their billboard debut tactics stolen by Stray Kids. Photo by SM Entertainment

A Toxic Fandom

Amber Davis, Staff Reporter February 1, 2023

When you hear someone bring up K-Pop, what is the first thing you think of? While this genre of music is rising in ways never seen before, it is also receiving more and more criticism and hate. In fact,...

A field like this is the view brings many people to why they feel the way they do in winter.

Winter Blues

Ian Spencer, Staff Reporter January 31, 2023

I think most students can agree, winter is the most difficult season. Everything's cold, it gets dark way earlier, and is overall unwelcoming. Lifeless trees are waiting for spring, bleak gray clouds hang...

I Dont Talk About Music

I Don’t Talk About Music

Nolan Haberstroh, Staff Reporter January 24, 2023

My mother is a music teacher. Growing up, all my exposure to music was through what she listened to, which I don’t think is particularly uncommon. However, my mom’s exaggerated and dramatic sense of...

An illustration of a student having to walk behind their friends. The people in front pay no mind to this, talking to one another as if they didnt leave a friend in the dust. Illustration by Moth Payne.

Trust Issues

Moth Payne, Staff Reporter January 19, 2023

Thunderstorms of thoughts stampede through the mind, the storms never ending. It feels as though hail, rain, snow, thunder, and lightning are occurring all at once, just wondering: what happened? The skies...

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