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Puzzle pieces hang in the transition room promoting Autism awareness.

Community members educate on what to focus on for Autism Awareness Month

Kristen Smith, Staff Writer April 15, 2021

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. The month is dedicated to bringing awareness to the developmental disorder that affects one in fifty-four children in the United States.  According to...

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‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ is a satisfying redemption for both director and fans

Noah Sparkman, Staff Writer April 13, 2021

One of the most improbable blockbusters of all time has finally been released, yet what is even more surprising is that it’s enjoyable. There was a long period of time in which many did not believe...

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Increased rates of racially motivated violence towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders nationwide during the pandemic have given rise to campaigns advocating for solidarity and the end of hate crimes against Asians.

Recent increase in violence against Asian Americans is part of a long history of discrimination

Amanda Stevens, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

During the pandemic, hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have risen significantly, however, discrimination isn’t a new experience for this community. From March 19, 2020...

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The real Fred Hampton gives a speech. He was depicted by Daniel Kaluuya in

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ is excellent but exhausting

Jackson Collins, Director of Visuals March 17, 2021

“Judas and the Black Messiah” is an excellent and informative movie, but audiences are getting tired of watching Black struggle movies. Despite Black History Month having come to a close, it’s still...

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Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany star in

‘WandaVision’ is thrilling evolution for the MCU

Noah Sparkman, Staff Writer March 12, 2021

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has evolved, ambitiously leaping into new thematic frontiers. Their most-recent foray into live-action television, “WandaVision,” stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul...

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Revenge bedtime procrastination: is it to blame for students’ poor sleep?

Amanda Stevens, Staff Writer March 10, 2021

In recent years, “revenge bedtime procrastination” has emerged as a newly coined term to explain a phenomenon where people stay up late as a result of not having control over their daytime schedule....

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Black women face the majority of backlash brought by featurism.

Featurism: Appreciate the unique features of all cultures and races

Jackson Collins, Director of Visuals February 3, 2021

Toxic beauty standards affect people of all races, but they can be especially prevalent in Black and brown communities. The concept of featurism is nothing new, but is recently gaining attention on social...

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Mackenzie Collett (far right) discusses a student report on the online learning method done district-wide in the winter. The board met on January 4 to discuss plans for returning back to school.

Student board member impacts district decisions on Covid safety

Brynn McGrail, Managing Editor January 28, 2021

The student representative position on the school board is unique on its own, but with a year that’s completely unlike all other precedents, Mackenzie Collett has stepped up to the responsibilities. Students...

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Actors Maddie Ziegler and Kate Hudson are two stars of the new movie

Opinion: Sia’s ableism is not ‘Music’ to the ears

Amanda Stevens, Staff Writer January 28, 2021

Sia’s approach to representing the autistic community in her upcoming film “Music” is particularly tone-deaf, and she owes them more than an apology. In November 2020, Australian singer Sia released...

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Gardner (Foxx) and 22 (Fey) gaze upon Earth from

‘Soul’ is brilliant effort from Pixar that brings studio back to its best

Noah Sparkman, Staff Writer January 15, 2021

What is your purpose? This is the question posed by Pixar’s latest animated feature “Soul," directed by Pete Docter, and starring Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey. Pixar has long been known as a studio whose...

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Willow Brook residents share holiday memories

Brynn McGrail and Andrew Bourget December 24, 2020
As COVID-19 evolves and impacts everyone’s lives, residents in nursing homes and senior living have been hit hard from the beginning. Consequently, places like the Willow Brook Christian Villages have been placed in isolation. Brynn is a server in the Courtyard Restaurant and knows the joy that fills the residents when they share their stories and memories. She and Andrew understand the importance of being able to share these stories and wanted to create a project where residents can feel listened to and connected with their memories of cherished holidays that look different from the ones they will be experiencing this year.
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Disney’s persistent live-action remakes are a reflection of the viewer, not the producers

Noah Sparkman, Staff Writer December 7, 2020

By now, even casual movie-goers are tired of Disney’s incessant live-action remakes, and they should be. However, audiences need to take a step back and realize that they are solely in control of whether...

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