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The Student News Organization for Rutherford B. Hayes High School

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The Delaware pride festival marks the start of LGBTQ+ pride month in Delaware.

U.S. House moves to codify LGBTQ+ and interracial marriage

Grace Metz, Staff Writer November 2, 2022

In a legislative season full of landmark cases and heated deliberation, the House moved to federally guarantee the right to same-sex and interracial marriage. The vote came with more than half of the...

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As the new school year starts, many state legislatures and school boards are implementing anti-LGTBQ+ policies.

Anti-LGBTQ+ bills go into effect in schools across the country

Brennan Mumper, Staff Writer September 15, 2022

The year is 1888. Swooping skirts swoosh across the floor of a ballroom. Precariously placed hairdos tilt and sway, adorned with flowers or feathers or foliage. The inhabitants of these elegant gowns are...

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Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård) trudges through battle in Robert Eggers The Northman. The film is now playing in theaters.

“The Northman” is masterful, brutal Viking epic

Noah Sparkman, Editor-in-Chief May 4, 2022

Avenge father. Save mother. Kill Fjolnir. This is the mantra of Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård), as he seeks revenge against his uncle Fjolnir (Claes Bang), the man who killed his father and took his kingdom...

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Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) faces down the multiverse in Everything Everywhere All at Once. The film is now playing in theaters.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” is silly, beautiful modern classic

Noah Sparkman, Editor-in-Chief April 29, 2022

This is perhaps the most aptly-titled film ever made. “Everything Everywhere All at Once” stars Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Wang, a Chinese immigrant who discovers that she is the key to saving the multiverse. The...

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A player overlooks Liurnia of the Lakes in FromSoftwares Elden Ring. The game is now available on Playstation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.

“Elden Ring” dazzles its way into the future of gaming

Noah Sparkman, Editor-in-Chief April 15, 2022

A new benchmark has been set. “Elden Ring” is the newest game from acclaimed developer FromSoftware, and was directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki. The game is now available on Playstation 5, Xbox Series...

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Click here to see more information on Hayes students and self-confidence.

Impostor Syndrome: Why you feel your success is ‘sus’

Amanda Stevens, Staff Writer April 8, 2022

For many people, self-confidence is key to knowing they have the skills and abilities to take on various challenges. However, those who experience Impostor Phenomenon may be regularly haunted by feelings...

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Officer answers students questions during Cocoa with a Cop

“Cocoa with a Cop” program allows students to learn from local police

Kristen Smith, Visual Content Editor March 25, 2022

On March 22, Hayes hosted the second “Cocoa with a Cop” program for students to ask questions and interact with local law enforcement while enjoying hot cocoa. The school started this program during...

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Batman (Robert Pattinson) looks out across the Gotham skyline in The Batman. The film, directed by Matt Reeves, is now playing in theaters.

“The Batman” returns the character to noir roots in fascinating fashion

Noah Sparkman, Editor-in-Chief March 10, 2022

Vengeance is here. The long-awaited “The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson as the titular vigilante, is now playing in theaters. The film also stars Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano and Jeffrey Wright, and...

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A man watches his television, clearly very bored. This reflects the feeling that many people have now while watching award shows, and is a key reason why they are losing relevance.

Opinion: If award shows do not evolve, it is time for them to fade away

Noah Sparkman, Editor-in-Chief January 25, 2022

It’s time to let old things die. The relevancy of award shows has been questioned for a long while now. Amid many controversies like the criticism of a lack of diversity (#OscarsSoWhite) or issues with...

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Doctor Strange attempts to make the world forget that Peter Parker is Spider-Man in Spider-Man: No Way Home. The film is now playing in theaters.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” combines fan service and heart to produce greatest Spidey film to date

Noah Sparkman, Editor-in-Chief January 3, 2022

It is here. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is a film that needs no introduction. A multiversal hodge-podge of MCU Spider-Man characters combined with villains from the past two Spider-Man series, the film...

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Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz) educates several children from the village about the Madrigal family history in Encanto. The film is now playing in theaters.

“Encanto” is yet another enchanting addition to Disney’s catalogue

Noah Sparkman, Editor-in-Chief December 3, 2021

Disney has yet another animated gem on their hands. “Encanto” stars Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel and chronicles her life as the only member of the magical Madrigal family without a gift. When the...

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Laiha Slaytaon, a 2019 graduate of Hayes, suffered second- and third-degree burns on over 90% of her body while trying to rescue her dog from a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park on Oct. 4.

Community rallies around family of Laiha Slayton

Elizabeth Atanosian, Staff Writer November 12, 2021

Laiha Slayton, a 20-year-old Hayes graduate, was severely burned after attempting to save her dog who had fallen into a geyser at Yellowstone National Park. According to East Idaho News, she was placed...

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