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ACT, SAT Reveal Education Gaps

ACT, SAT Reveal Education Gaps

Standardized tests are complicated, unfair
Jenna Thrasher, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

It’s no secret that the ACT and SAT are tied to one’s socioeconomic status. These standardized tests often feel more like they are testing how much you can pay for tutoring, rather than your intelligence....

Senior’s Opinion: Downfall, Advantages of Hybrid, Online Learning

Senior’s Opinion: Downfall, Advantages of Hybrid, Online Learning

The pros and cons of distance and remote learning
Jenna Thrasher, Staff Writer January 27, 2021

Considering how chaotic this year has been, it was nice to roll out of bed at 8:40 on Monday, Jan. 4, instead of getting up at the crack of dawn to drive downtown. When school was 'shut down' and we switched...

3 p.m. Due Dates Cause Anxiety

3 p.m. Due Dates Cause Anxiety

Despite structured at-home days, 3 p.m. due dates cause unnecessary pressure
Jenna Thrasher , Staff Writer November 4, 2020

With a fair amount of students doing hybrid and some doing completely remote, asynchronous days happen at least two times a week, which means that instead of more class time, we have more assignments....

Fall Fashion Trends Away from Loungewear as School is Back in Session

Fall Fashion Trends Away from Loungewear as School is Back in Session

Jenna Thrasher, Staff Writer October 2, 2020

After embracing a spring full of pajamas and loungewear behind the computer, students are ready to break out their style again for in-person classes. However, fall fashion has drastically changed this...

Gossip Girl Prevails as a Major Force in Pop Culture

Gossip Girl Prevails as a Major Force in Pop Culture

Show remains influential, popular today
Jenna Thrasher, Staff Writer May 18, 2020

There is no better time to binge-watch than the present, and with school coming to a close, Gossip Girl is the perfect mental distraction for a summer at home. I started Gossip Girl in sixth-grade, and...

Lady Bird Holds Important Life Lessons

Lady Bird Holds Important Life Lessons

Coming of age film speaks to teenagers
Jenna Thrasher, Staff Writer April 17, 2020

The movie, Lady Bird, changed my life when it first came out two years ago, and it feels even more relevant today. This coming of age film addresses a lot of topics that we might all be dealing with right...

Decade of Fashion Displays Cultural Changes, Focuses on Sustainability

Decade of Fashion Displays Cultural Changes, Focuses on Sustainability

The runway places environmental issues at the forefront
Jenna Thrasher, Staff Writer February 7, 2020

Fashion trends that shaped the decade provide reminiscent details about defining moments of these past years. The 2010s were a decade full of yoga pants, logos, tiny-handbags, sneakers, and a more sustainable...

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