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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Reemergence of bell bottoms sparks conversation of their utilization in past and present activism

Avary Hutzelman | Staff Writer  Bell bottoms are back. Like most fashion trends, bell bottoms went on sabbatical. But now they’re back and their return is catching the attention of some bell bottom veterans at Mason High School.  Bell bottoms were born during a decade of controversy, spanning from the mid 1960’s to the late seventies. These long flowing pants […]

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Students honor and connect with loved ones through tattoos

Ally Guo | Staff Writer The permanent nature of a tattoo is often viewed as a risk, but for some students, that permanency is the perfect way to memorialize a treasured family connection. People get tattoos for a variety of reasons: to express a certain aesthetic, to represent ideas important to them, or to celebrate the people who inspire them. […]

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Sophomore advocates to expose more children to STEM

Scott Reckers | Staff Writer Mason High School sophomore Eashan Vytla loves computer sciences and this passion is fueling a drive to help others who may not have access to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) field. Vytla believes STEM will play a pivotal role in human’s daily life now and in the future. He knows that students in […]

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Sophomore launches local vehicle detailing business

Avary Hutzelman | Staff Writer When it comes to making money, Sophomore Nolan Hartsock has realized it is all about the details.  Sophomore Nolan Hartsock has created a successful car detailing business from the ground up. After much trial and error, All Star Student Detailing is finally thriving. Hartsock always had a passion and was told he was naturally gifted […]

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Viewer Attraction to true crime content on the rise

Della Johnson | Staff Writer While some cases may be chilling, student crime buffs aren’t letting them go cold. The internet’s obsession with true crime has been prolific for years, reflected in the extensive amount of accessible content: shows, video channels, and podcasts centered around analyzing cases, solved and unsolved. Infatuation with the most immoral and violent acts is something […]

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Students find success in the world of traditional Irish dance

Evan Ponstingle | Staff Writer All things Irish are in the air. Leprechauns, Shamrock Shakes, and of course, Irish dancing. For two Mason students, Irish dancing isn’t just for a certain time of year. For them, it’s a way of life. Identifiable through its rigid upper body technique and elaborate costumes, Irish dancing has been a traditional staple of Irish […]

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Guo Receives MLK Humanitarian Award for Coronavirus Relief Project

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Mason High School Senior Jiahao Guo’s efforts in helping his community have not gone unnoticed.  In early 2020, Guo gathered a few friends together–all of them teenagers–to start the Coronavirus Relief Project (CRP), a nonprofit organization that provides masks and other health-related items to places in need, whether it be internationally or, as Guo has […]

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Mason senior receives Scholastic Gold Key, advances to American Visions contest

Ally Guo | Staff Writer Last April saw many students stuck at home, but senior Tiya Yempati used her lockdown experiences as inspiration for award-winning art. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is one of the largest student art and writing competitions in the country, receiving nearly 320,000 submissions across 28 categories in 2020. Participants are initially judged at the […]

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Record enthusiasts love for vinyls reignited by opening of Mason record store

Avary Hutzelman | Staff Writer  After years filling up boxes and collecting dust, vinyls are making a comeback.  The rise in popularity of vinyls, audio recordings pressed into records, has sparked new interest and hobbies among many students. Sophomore Katie Wilson believes vinyls can be entertaining to anyone, no matter what music they listen to. She finds joy in possessing […]

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