The Student News Organization for Rutherford B. Hayes High School

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The Student News Organization for Rutherford B. Hayes High School

The Talisman

The Student News Organization for Rutherford B. Hayes High School

The Talisman

Students at Hayes learn about all sorts of academic topics, but many practical skills are missing.

Opinion: Hayes should offer more practical elective classes for students

Amber Carver, Staff Writer September 21, 2022

High school is a time when people begin to find themselves. It’s a giant and confusing pool of new experiences. Individuals in high school have to make some tough choices, some of which will affect the...

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Gun violence protesters stand on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol on March 28 brandishing signs. The protests come after repeated acts of mass violence using firearms.

Opinion: Gun violence is an everyone issue

Grace Metz, Staff Writer September 7, 2022

Fifty-two school buses made the trek to the home and office of Republican Senator Ted Cruz in the dry Texas heat. Yet, instead of dropping off droves of students for a new school day, the buses served...

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Is summer break or year round school more beneficial for students.

Opinion: Summer Break vs. Year Round School

Elizabeth Atanosian, Staff Writer May 25, 2022

Throughout the United States, there has been a long lasting debate over whether summer break or year round school is better for the students. According to Seattlepi, the main difference between year-round...

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girl waiting

Opinion: The wait for mental health services is excessive

Elizabeth Atanosian, Staff Writer May 16, 2022

When Covid-19 became a worldwide issue, wait times for nonessential services in the medical industry increased, as did the wait times in the world of mental health. However, most, if not all services...

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Prom venue where the Prom King and Queen are traditionally announced.

Opinion: Prom should be inclusive for all, gender labels no more

Elizabeth Atanosian, Staff Writer April 20, 2022

With prom rapidly approaching, the annual tradition of crowning Prom King and Queen follows suit. However, as the world continues to become more inclusive and supportive of all, including those of all...

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Artwork made by Isa Quilter demonstrating long-distance relationships.

Opinion: Why long-distance relationships build stronger bonds

Danica Davelli, Staff Writer April 18, 2022

As the end of the school year approaches and seniors look forward to college and a new stage in their lives, many face the possibility of a long distance relationship. Although the thought of long distance...

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A person runs away from a burning house. This is akin to the choice that many seniors have made this year to opt out of the House system.

Opinion: The idea to switch House to the end of the day has been a disaster

Noah Sparkman, Editor-in-Chief April 11, 2022

House’s switch from the middle of the day to the end of it has been disastrous. The intentions behind the switch were noble. The thought of having a period to relax or have fun with friends after students...

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Self-diagnosis of mental illness is not just problematic, but it can be actually harmful.

Opinion: Self diagnosis of medical conditions can be problematic and even dangerous

Elizabeth Atanosian, Staff Writer March 9, 2022

Often, people will Google a symptom or medical sign and try to figure out if they have a condition. According to Highland Springs Specialty Clinic, this process of trying to identify a medical condition...

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Social media platforms are popular ways for people to bring attention to causes they care about. However, desired changes cant take place if claims of support are not followed by action.

Opinion: Effective activism requires commitment and cannot be secluded to social media

Amanda Stevens, Staff Writer March 4, 2022

Performative activism, sometimes called “slacktivism,” involves engaging in acts intended to show one’s support for a cause, but with a greater intention of upholding one’s reputation for social...

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Opinion: New Year’s resolutions should be taken out in the 2021 trash

Mikalah Kostalas, Staff Writer January 24, 2022

Year after year, we are pressured into romanticizing unideal lifestyles, hoping, “Maybe this year I’ll get my life together” or “Maybe this year I’ll be more like her.” However, quite frankly...

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Teenagers mental health, and their self confidence, is heavily impacted by the messages they receive at school.

Opinion: Students’ self confidence is vital to overall health

Elizabeth Atanosian, Staff Writer November 12, 2021

Self-esteem and self confidence are necessary for students to take risks, no matter how big or how small, in their learning and to come back after failure. Although the mental health of students is beginning...

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Clock at the beginning of the school day when the second bell rang at 7:25.

School start times should match teens’ sleep cycles

Isa Quilter, Staff Artist November 4, 2021

You roll over, eyes still blurry from having been asleep not two minutes ago. You feel around for your phone, which is buzzing and playing your alarm, and wonder why you should be up this early. Statistically,...

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