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One Year Ago, Tragedy Struck: Why We Need Stronger Gun Laws

One Year Ago, Tragedy Struck: Why We Need Stronger Gun Laws

Kaitlyn Kittle, Staff

February 14, 2019

One year ago, on February 14th, 2018, the Parkland Shooting shook the nation. 17 people died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, and an additional 17 were injured. 34 students and staff members. 34 friends, siblings, parents, and children. And yet, very little has...

The biggest problems with Western media

The biggest problems with Western media

Sydney Cooper, Editor-in-Chief

February 7, 2019

In western culture, people have cultivated an obsession with youth and beauty. On some levels, this can be viewed as a positive thing. The better you eat, exercise, or care for yourself will not only make you feel better on the inside but be more socially acceptable to others in how you look and act....

Perfectionism: Why it is stunting development in adolescence

Perfectionism: Why it is stunting development in adolescence

Ella Exterkamp, Staff

February 1, 2019

“I don’t feel like an adult.” This phrase said by many 18-year-olds as a joke may be more of a reality than ever. The number of adult skills that teens have by 18 has been drastically decreasing in recent decades. Today’s teens are on a slow road to adulthood. Data shows teens are putting off d...

Should Students Be Allowed to Grade Their Teachers?

Should Students Be Allowed to Grade Their Teachers?

Gwen Culyer, Staff

January 25, 2019

As many of us know and have realized over the year, both middle school and high school students can be the most objective people out there. Not necessarily in a bad way, but we don’t have a filter that catches us just yet. Highlands has something put in place in which the students evaluate their tea...

Not everything is black and white: Covington Catholic Edition

Not everything is black and white: Covington Catholic Edition

Sydney Cooper, Editor-in-Chief

January 24, 2019

On Saturday, January 19th, Covington Catholic High School officially got their 15 seconds of fame for all the wrong reasons. As the majority of the country has seen, the video of the Covington Catholic students and Nathan Phillips, a Native American War Veteran, has caused some serious controversy with m...

Getting Behind That Wheel

Getting Behind That Wheel

Emrel Woody, Staff

January 17, 2019

There’s a reason why turning sixteen is called Sweet 16. For most, it’s all about getting behind that wheel. Driving is seen as a dream for most, but also a nightmare for some. For me personally, driving was a scary step forward, and I didn’t fully start to drive by myself until my senior year ...

Trump’s Wall: A symbol of hate

Trump’s Wall: A symbol of hate

Sydney Cooper, Editor-in-Chief

January 10, 2019

As of today, the government has been shut down for 20 days. 20 days of over 1 million federal full-time employees being furloughed from their government jobs, many not being able to pay rent, mortgage, or have sustainable living conditions. Why is this? Well, for someone to fully understand the co...

The Price Tag of Earth

The Price Tag of Earth

Ella Exterkamp, Staff

December 6, 2018

While many things in the White House have changed recently, some issues have slipped through the cracks. One of these issues being ignored recently by the Trump Administration is climate change.   Climate change is a reality that is impossible to ignore. The statistics below from NASA should be...

Too Young to Vote?

Too Young to Vote?

Kaitlyn Kittle, Staff

December 4, 2018

With Election Day last month, the question of lowering the voting age has emerged once again. Everyone has an opinion on something, that’s a fact, but is it fair that only people ages 18 and up get a chance to use their opinions to shape our country?   The voting age in America is currently 18 ye...

Hola, Guten Tag, Bonjour: The Benefits of Bilingualism

Hola, Guten Tag, Bonjour: The Benefits of Bilingualism

Gwen Culyer, Staff

December 3, 2018

Hello Bilingualism, and goodbye Monolingualism. Although many students dread the idea of a required foreign language, their future selves will thank them.   As students prepare themselves for the “outside world,” they are preparing for the next step of their lives. Schools have the right...

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