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Top Secret Project returns

The Top Secret Project was held Sept. 30 in the auditorium. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation led a presentation about the

Ava Hoelzel, Photographer

October 7, 2019

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation hosted the Top Secret Project on Sept. 30.  The Top Secret Project featured an exhibit and a presentation in the auditorium.  The objective of this event was to inform parents on how to notice abnormal teen behavior, like substance use and mental health issues.  Ju...

Wellness Center staff lend a helping hand

Senior Rowan Bell-Myers stops by for a visit to the Wellness Center to check in about life with his therapist, Nora Eiseland after a long summer away. Located in room E123 near the ALC, the Wellness Center is unmistakable with its bold logo out front.

Olivia Bystrom, Field Reporter

September 25, 2019

Nestled in the hustle and bustle of the crowded halls of high school hides a place of peace and clarity that many tend to overlook. A quiet place free of judgement and the stresses of everyday life, the Wellness Center is a safe haven for anyone looking to take a moment to take care of themselves. ...

Vaping epidemic takes toll on teens

There are many types of e-cigarettes in the vaping industry. Each one is made to appeal to teenagers and younger generations.

Paige Sanders, Photography Editor-in-Chief

May 14, 2019

There is a lingering epidemic in town and it is not a disease. It is vaping. An addictive substance known as nicotine travels to people's lungs as they inhale the fruity flavors of vape juice. Vaping is a popular activity among many students. E-cigarettes contain numerous amounts of chemicals, the ...

E-cigarettes and vaping discussion raises awareness

Principal Rob Bach and community members meet in school auditorium for a discussion regarding student vape use.

Aidan Gunderson, Podcast Reporter

November 1, 2018

A community meeting was held on Oct. 10 in the auditorium to address the issue of e-cigarette use (also called e-cigs, and vapes) amongst students. The purpose of this meeting was to help parents and students become more aware of this ongoing problem, share how the school staff and local law enforceme...

Changed access to Wellness Center raises questions

Chemical Health Specialist Julia Geigle works with the students in the facility.

Max Kennedy, Distribution Reporter

February 23, 2018

Alternative Copy Story by Max Kennedy The Wellness Center is a place within the high school for students to go if they are struggling with an emotional issues. However, many believe access to the wellness Center is limited and more students should be allowed access when they are struggling....

Seasonal Affective Disorder impacts student’s mental health

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Ava De Jonge, In studio Photo Editor

January 7, 2017

Winter blues may be a simple answer to feeling low when heading into the colder seasons, but there might be a different reason for it. According to Mayo Clinic, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same ti...

Wellness Center supporting self-change

The Wellness Center is full of specialists who are eager to help. You can speak with a mental health expert, or a chemical therapist.

Nick Carlson, Field Reporter

February 10, 2016

High School is a time for students to have fun, lay down the final preparations for what they are going to do in life, and pursue their passions. Unfortunately sometimes this is not the case, simply because life is difficult at times. However, the Wellness Center serves as resource for students...

Exploring Social Justice in our community

A total of 51 arrests were made at the rally. Everyone was booked and released after the demonstration.

Jordan Fulin, Editor-in-Chief

December 3, 2015

Social justice refers to the concept of equal opportunity and freedom to pursue, acquire and cease sources of education, income and wealth, and the bases of self-respect and relationship according to ability, compatibility and effort with willingness of able members of the community to help the ...

Julia Geigle helps students deal with substance issues

Julia Geigle helps students deal with substance issues

Andy Bjerk, Social Media Reporter

February 25, 2015

Thousands of high school students have mental health issues and/or problems with drug and alcohol abuse. The Wellness Center is a place where students can go to help deal with these problems. It provides a calming environment with counselors available at all times if kids need them. Julia Geigle is th...

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