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Editors discuss what changed their lives

Editors discuss what changed their lives

Sydney Gard and Trenna Soderling

March 13, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Sydney Gard Scoliosis has been a huge part of who I am for a long time. In middle school, I wore a painful, tight plastic back brace. It was supposed to stop my back from getting worse while I was still growing, but my x-rays kept getting worse. I stopped wearing it before high school and h...

Locked In recieves mixed reviews by reporter

Locked In recieves mixed reviews by reporter

Lauren Brittain, Reporter

February 26, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Reviews

There were 26 minutes and 30 seconds left on the clock. The room was growing hotter. As we opened the last lock in the room we hoped to find the four numbers needed to unlock the keypad on the door. Instead, we peered inside the cabinet to find a hidden room, full of more locks and clues we had...

Editors discuss complications with online presence

Editors discuss complications with online presence

Sydney Gard and Trenna Soderling

February 2, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Sydney Gard Social media is a big part of my life. I can’t help it; we’re told everyone around us is on social media too, and if we’re not we’re bound to be missing something exciting. This has created a fear of missing out (FOMO) that plagues teens. I’ve been on both sides of th...

Editor, reporter share their views on gun control

Editor, reporter share their views on gun control

Maame Britwum and Evan Frook

January 28, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Maame Britwum The 2nd Amendment provides that all Americans have the right to bear arms, and Americans have done exactly that. In the U.S. over 300 million guns are in circulation, and according the Congress Research Service there are more guns in the U.S. than there are people. Guns are part of Amer...

Lack of enthusiasm frustrates editor

Lack of enthusiasm frustrates editor

Kaya Shafer, Copy Editor

January 22, 2016


Filed under Opinion

There is so much I can’t stand about this school. I hate the negative attitude and general negative, bland opinion of so many people here. Yeah, we do great on standardized tests and have a low drop out rate. The school is full of diverse and wonderful people. When the city showdown against LHS comes around, sure, we have a pretty good turn o...

Online editor plans to attend University of Missouri despite recent events

Online editor plans to attend University of Missouri despite recent events

Libby Stanford, Online Editor

December 8, 2015


Filed under Opinion

On Sunday Nov. 8th, I saw a story on the news about University of Missouri football players that were on strike. Surprised, I proceeded to look more into the story, and found a slew of events that had occurred. On Nov. 2nd Jonathan Butler, a civil rights activist and member of the student organization...

After School app gives platform to bullies

After School app gives platform to bullies

Mariah Houston, Reporter

December 2, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Apps that allow students to gossip anonymously create an easy and stress-free way for people to say how they feel. These apps are unfortunately gaining in popularity. After School is an app connecting students within a high school in a giant chat room. People post anonymous thoughts, comment on...

Reporter shares thoughts on SRO video

Maya Hodison, Reporter

December 1, 2015


Filed under Opinion

A student’s violent arrest was captured on video by a classmate at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina on October 26. The video went viral, sparking widespread outrage around the country. According to CNN the 16 year old student would not participate in her math class, and she ...

Advocates push for change to 2020 census to include Arab-American option

Advocates push for change to 2020 census to include Arab-American option

Hala Hamid, Copy Editor

November 30, 2015


Filed under Opinion

As I sat at my computer, filling out college applications, I scanned the race categories and hesitated. Black? No. White? No. Asian? Pacific Islander? American Indian? No, no and no. White is the closest option, but that’s not quite accurate. Arab-Americans have technically been included under the...

Editors in chief discuss weird interests

Editors in chief discuss weird interests

Sydney Gard, Trenna Soderling

November 28, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Sydney Gard Since I can remember, I’ve always considered myself to be a pretty boring person. I can’t juggle or sing or do any other cool things, I’m terrible at anything involving athleticism and I have no outstanding physical features. I’m pretty forgettable. In middle school, I...

Staffers discuss their skyward habits

Staffers discuss their skyward habits

Elizabeth Patton and Darby Gilliland

November 28, 2015


Filed under Opinion

  Elizabeth Patton I’m not a fan of stereotypes, but I am the definition of one. I’m the first born and female. I’m as Type A as you can get and extremely competitive. Grades have been a focal point of my high school career, so naturally, Skyward is one of my most used apps. ...

Online editor reflects on her experience as a brown bag fashion model

Online editor reflects on her experience as a brown bag fashion model

Maame Britwum, Co-Online Editor

November 6, 2015


Filed under Opinion

In 2003 the Lawrence Journal World published an article from the Miami Herald about high school students creating a fashion show out of “Publix” brown bags. This article reached the eyes of former art teacher Carolyn Berry. According to photography teacher, Marsha Poholsky, Berry started Free...

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