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Potential Brookview addition sparks debate

Potential Brookview addition sparks debate

John Franklin, Copy Editor

October 23, 2018

The School Board has met on multiple occasions over the past months to discuss a possible expansion to Brookview Elementary. They have also explored whether to re-open Oak-Park and spend money to hire new staff. The agenda item under consideration was labeled "Facility & Financial Considerations...

Schools should provide opportunities for weekly Pledge

Schools should provide opportunities for weekly Pledge

Catherine Monty, Distribution Reporter

September 25, 2018

Now that students are back in school, the controversy around the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance will most certainly surface again. There was a time when students stood with hand over heart and recite the Pledge every day without much fanfare. Those days are long gone, and the divide between ...

Stricter cell phone policies implemented this fall

Stricter cell phone policies implemented this fall

Paige Speedling, Distribution Reporter

September 13, 2018

This last fall, administration updated and changed the cell phone policy. Students are only allowed to have their phones on them in passing time, lunch, before and after school and when it serves a purpose in the classroom. Using them otherwise results in punishments that become more extreme over...

President Trump shuffles his cabinet

President Trump shuffles his cabinet

Paxton Watson, Podcast Reporter

May 12, 2018

President Donald Trump has been taking a lot of heat in the last few weeks due to the fact he has reshuffled his cabinet multiple times. This started on March 13 when President Trump removed the Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. This was followed by the removal of his National Security Advisor, H.R....

Student activists: more powerful, more necessary than ever

Student activists: more powerful, more necessary than ever

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

March 17, 2018

The Parkland massacre was easily one of the worst tragedies to occur in recent years and one of the most devastating terrorist attacks to happen on U.S. soil. Students who have been able to stand up to protest these completely preventable deaths represent a larger movement of political involvement on...

Safety regulations called into question after Parkland shooting

Safety regulations called into question after Parkland shooting

Hannah Sween, Layout Editor

March 15, 2018

Less than a week after a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. resulted in the deaths of 17 people, Stillwater Area High School held an emergency lockdown drill. During this lockdown, many students questioned just how prepared the school was for emergency situations su...

Know your rights: guide to exercising First Amendment

Know your rights: guide to exercising First Amendment

Hannah Boardman, Print Editor-in-Chief

March 10, 2018

In the weeks following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida there have been a wide variety of responses to the tragedy. Some have been through thoughts and prayers, some have been through social media, but the biggest by far has been the steady stream of marches and walkouts in schools ...

Despite growing opposition, FCC passes repeal of Net Neutrality

Despite growing opposition, FCC passes repeal of Net Neutrality

Hannah Sween, Layout Editor

January 13, 2018

The internet is like a grocery store. It is full of all different kinds and qualities of foods and is open to all people. Grocery stores are set up like this because everyone needs and deserves open and equal access to food. The same goes for the internet, anyone with access to a computer can go any...

Freedom of speech under threat from gossip

Freedom of speech under threat from gossip

Abby Banks, Print-Editor-in-Chief

December 7, 2017

Amidst heated debate about whether or not being politically correct is beneficial for society, a plague of people seem to be dreadfully misinformed on their First Amendment rights. Freedom of speech is freedom from government persecution - not the oft heard “This is America, so I can say what I wa...

Racial colorblindness, a secret enemy

Racial colorblindness, a secret enemy

Mira LaNasa, Print Editor-in-Chief

December 7, 2017

“I don’t see color” is not something a colored person wants to hear. Racial colorblindness is an attempt at proving one is not racist, but the term “racial colorblindness” is actually hurting, not helping. Sometimes, ignorance is not bliss. Racial colorblindness is a person refusing to acknowledge one’s ra...

Legalizing marijuana, smart and strategic

Legalizing marijuana, smart and strategic

Paxton Watson, Podcast Reporter

December 6, 2017

The legalization of marijuana has been an increasingly talked about topic in the United States. In fact, 29 states currently have laws encouraging the legalization of marijuana. Therefore, marijuana should be legalized in the United States. Marijuana was first recreationally used in the early 1900’s. It...

Trump’s new tax plan will ‘make America great again’

Trump’s new tax plan will ‘make America great again’

Luke Dickinson, Business Editor

December 4, 2017

As promised by his campaign on Sept. 27, the Trump administration came out with a new tax plan. This new tax plan will change the tax brackets for income tax, double the standard deduction, but eliminate personal exemptions and lower the corporate tax rate. This new tax plan will be voted on No...

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