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Did the Justice System Fail Cyntoia Brown?

Did the Justice System Fail Cyntoia Brown?

Olivia Aragon, Student Reporter

January 23, 2019

In 2004, a 16-year-old girl named Cyntoia Brown was convicted of murdering a man, and sentenced to life in prison. At the time, this case caused tons of uproar and sparked many debates on how this incident should have been handled. This year, she has been granted clemency and will be released in August 2019. She will have to spend 10 years on parole.   This story be...

Helicopter Parenting Needs to Stop: Parents Are Being Too Overprotective by Tracking Their Teenager’s Phones

Helicopter Parenting Needs to Stop: Parents Are Being Too Overprotective by Tracking Their Teenager’s Phones

Anna McClow, Staff Reporter

January 16, 2019

Many parents today are tempted to track their teenagers’ phones. Students, especially those who are in high school, are driving, hanging out with friends, and going to parties. These are things that many normal teens do, yet these things can be extremely concerning for parents. I can understand w...

The State of Journalism in the Age of Trump

The State of Journalism in the Age of Trump

Kierra Young, Assistant Editor

January 16, 2019

One of the biggest issues to affect journalism in recent years is the rise of President Trump, and his fake statistics, misleading comments, and attacks on the journalism world. Whether you agree with his policies or not, it’s well documented that Trump lies a lot. The seemingly simple rise of one person has undermined the entire field of journalism today, resulting in fewer people getting the in...

Concussions: The Misunderstanding and Lack of Recognition in High School

Concussions: The Misunderstanding and Lack of Recognition in High School

Jessica Loboy, Staff Reporter

January 16, 2019

A few months ago, I experienced a serious hit to the head while scrimmaging during a basketball open gym. Fast forward to a week later: I continued to have extreme headaches and dizziness after the blow. When the pain didn’t go away, my parents and I decided to go to the doctor, where I was diagnos...

The 2018 iPad Pro Is the Beginning of the Future for Education Technology

The 2018 iPad Pro Is the Beginning of the Future for Education Technology

Reilly Smith, Staff Reporter

January 9, 2019

Last fall, along with the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, Mac mini, and MacBook Air, Apple also released an all-new iPad Pro, Apple Pencil with wireless charging, and a fully redesigned Smart Folio Keyboard for the iPad. These new products are a big advancement for technology, and are clearly pointing to where t...

No More Excuses: Why We Need Later Start Times Now

No More Excuses: Why We Need Later Start Times Now

Jason Nasser-Marsh, Staff Reporter

January 9, 2019

The topic of high schools starting later is nothing new and has been talked to death. We know that teenagers require eight to nine hours of sleep per night, we know teens naturally go to sleep later and wake up later than adults and young kids, and we know that grades and attendance greatly improve as...

The Careless Overuse of Plastic is Damaging Our Planet

The Careless Overuse of Plastic is Damaging Our Planet

Nicole Finley, Staff Reporter

December 12, 2018

Plastic pollution is an obvious problem in our world today. Typically, waste goes into our oceans and since the ocean covers over 70 percent of the Earth's surface, there are over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic floating around. Think about it this way: every minute that goes by, a garbage truck full o...

Limitations on E-Cigarettes: What Should Be Done About Teens Using Juul?

Limitations on E-Cigarettes: What Should Be Done About Teens Using Juul?

Luke Strange, Staff Reporter

December 12, 2018

Over the past couple years, Juul e-cigarettes have become widely popular among teenagers all over the nation. With its highly addictive nicotine and fruity flavors, it’s not very hard to get hooked on Juul. According to an article from the New York Times, convenience stores all over the country have stopped selling the fruity addictive flavors ...

A Review of the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and iPhone XS Max: Are the New iPhones Worth it?

A Review of the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and iPhone XS Max: Are the New iPhones Worth it?

Mary Tamashiro, Staff Reporter

November 28, 2018

On Sept. 14,  Apple released three new iPhones: the XS, the XS Max, and the XR, which is a cheaper and less developed version of the XS and XS Max. Compared to the last iPhone, the iPhone X, there are not many differences. The main upgrade is the new A12 Bionic chip with the next-generation Neura...

Portland Votes to Restrict Plastic Straw Use: Is This the Right Move?

Portland Votes to Restrict Plastic Straw Use: Is This the Right Move?

Cassie Hauck, Staff Reporter

November 28, 2018

On Nov. 14, 2018, the Portland City Council voted to limit the availability of plastic straws. This decision means that, starting in July 2019, the people of Portland are going to have to train themselves to ask for plastic straws when eating at restaurants, bars and other food establishments. This isn...

Online Bullying: How Big of a Problem Is It?

Online Bullying: How Big of a Problem Is It?

Carson Redmond, Staff Reporter

November 28, 2018

Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram were created, according to their mission statements, to bring the world closer together, inspire creativity, and to help people keep in touch. Instead, these platforms have turned into places where bullies can lurk, thriving on harassing innocent users and people using these apps. Although the mission stat...

iPads Broaden the Way We Learn, But They Are Also a Huge Distraction

iPads Broaden the Way We Learn, But They Are Also a Huge Distraction

Olivia Galbraith, Staff Reporter

November 14, 2018

Writing an essay digitally, doing online research, giving a presentation with a digital aid, and turning in homework with the click of a button—the benefits of technology in classrooms are plenty. Having iPads in classrooms broadens the ways students can learn, for the better. However, speakin...

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