Opinion: A goodbye worth the heartache

Riley Johansen | Editor-in-Chief  “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” The second I finished my junior year, I instantly knew what I wanted on my parking spot. A simple quote from Winnie the Pooh, a piece of my childhood that I had always kept close. It was cute, sentimental, but most importantly, it […]

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Freshman softball player lets her play do the talking

Rilee Malloy | Staff Writer Mason softball player Audrey Renaud knows what it’s like to be mocked. She also knows what it’s like to get the last laugh.  Renaud has Tourette’s Syndrome. A disorder that involves uncontrollable repetitive movements or unwanted sounds, also called tics.  Even though she started developing severe tics in the seventh grade, Renaud wasn’t diagnosed with […]

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An Open Letter of Thanks

Our incredibly passionate and dedicated staff would like to extend our thanks to The Mason City Schools Foundation and Chronicle Alumni for their generous financial support this year. The Chronicle is an important part of the culture at Mason High School. It is a source of pride in our community, and is distributed, free of charge, to all high school […]

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Foster dog finds a home ‘close to home’

Alisha Soni | Staff Writer Sometimes when you love something you have to set it free. That’s exactly what happened when Hope Conrad and her family decided to foster a rescued puppy; they eventually had to let her go.  Through the organization Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART), senior Hope Conrad and her family were able to foster their first dog, […]

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Athlete have personal attachment to the number on their jersey

Player content and photos compiled by Cody Allgor, Staff Writer There are some numbers that are synomymous with sports. Michael Jordan’s number 23, the number three on Dale Earnhardt’s car, Babe Ruth’s number 4, or the iconic number 42 of Jackie Robinson.  Sometimes in high school an athlete is simply handed a jersey and that’s their number. Some athletes grow […]

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MHS solidifies COVID-safe Prom festivities for seniors

Scott Reckers | Staff Writer Through an unprecedented year, Prom is finally on the horizon. With last year’s Prom being canceled and this year’s homecoming meeting the same fate, students have been in a drought of high school dances. Student Activities Director Lorri Fox Allen has been working hard to devise a plan for Prom that is safe and fun […]

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Indiana Baseball commit makes return to basketball court

Cody Allgor | Staff Writer  If senior Max Johnson had to be described in one word, it would be competitor.  After one year away from basketball, the Indiana University baseball commit decided to return to the hardwood this winter for his senior season. Johnson had previously played basketball since intermediate school before deciding to take a step back his junior […]

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Who let the dogs out? All about MHS’ resident dogs

Interviews by Riley Johansen and Rilee Malloy Google the Goldendoodle Hi! My name is Google and I’m a 7-year-old service dog from 4 Paws for Ability for MHS freshman Malia Paxton. She is hearing impaired, has developmental delays, and cerebral palsy.  She struggles with sensory issues as well. I help her hear things that are hard for her to hear […]

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Best TV Shows of 2020

With 2020 coming to a close, the Chronicle Staff is looking back at the best, most binge-able television released over this past year. Without further ado, here are some staff picks for the best shows of the year. Abby Waechter | Staff Writer Evan Romansky’s original Netflix Series Ratched imagines the complex backstory of Nurse Ratched, a character long understood […]

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Staff

MHS Chronicle Staff Members 2020-2021 Editor-in-ChiefRiley Johansen News EditorAnn Vettikkal Feature EditorKaelyn Rodrigues Sports EditorMatthew Smith Business Manager/Circulation ManagerAnna Kinasewitz Alexa Crociata, Intern Online EditorMeghan Dincler Visual Design EditorAadrija Biswas Staff Design Team Lexi Brown Rachel Cai Staff Writers Cody Allgor Divy Bose Evelina Gaivoronskaia Ally Guo Della Johnson Rilee Malloy Shravani Page Evan Ponstingle Raghav Raj Scott Reckers Abby Waechter Alisha […]

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Opinion: To My Fellow Seniors

Lily Geiser | Editor-in-Chief Well, it’s been a wild ride Mason. There were a lot of ways that our senior year could have ended. I don’t think that anyone had their money on global pandemic, but it is what it is. And I could tell you all about how much it sucks (it does) and how much I miss my […]

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Mason graduate Margaret Zhang fights on frontlines against pandemic

Anushka Mukherjee | Staff Writer While the coronavirus continues its infiltration in our society, many medical experts including Mason graduate Dr. Margaret Zhang are fighting front-line.  Dr. Margaret Zhang graduated from The Ohio State University medical school in 2019. Currently, she is a first-year psychiatry resident, with experience in both internal and emergency medicine, at Mount Sinai in New York […]

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Game Review: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Riley Johansen | Design Editor With most everyone cooped up in their homes waiting out the quarantine, there’s never been a better opportunity to escape from reality to your own private island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The long-awaited game definitely held up to the hype, and the series has only gotten better since the first game’s debut on the […]

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Instagram challenge encourages self-love among teenage girls

Anushka Mukherjee | Staff Writer In the face of the confused state of the world, many girls of the Mason community have taken to social media to spread positive messages of self-love and gratitude.  For 24 hours, many girls’ Instagram stories were filled with posts about spreading positivity during times of gravity. Each girl posted a picture of herself with […]

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A look at Mason’s proposed operating levy

On Tuesday, March 17, for the first time in ten years, voters are faced with a choice: Whether to pass a Mason City Schools levy. Every Mason resident’s ballot in the March 2020 will have Issue 12 on it — a proposed property tax levy that would benefit Mason schools. The issue is an operating levy, meaning that it would […]

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