Muslim students juggle fasting challenges with daily routine

Risha Chada | Staff Writer From sunrise to sundown, Mason High School students fast for Ramadan, a yearly religious tradition of putting the greater good before one’s needs. The Islamic tradition of Ramadan is known as a season of spiritual reflection, self-improvement and heightened devotion and worship throughout the Muslim community. The holiday serves as a way to cleanse the […]

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Biracial students grow to accept their identities

Ann Vettikkal | Managing Editor Kaelyn Rodrigues | Managing Editor  In a society bent on labels, students who fail to fit into just one category seek to resolve and accept their biracial identity.  Senior Chandrika Vasan, who is half-Indian and half-white, grew up in a town with “no people of color around” before relocating to Mason when she was in […]

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Evolution of the circus-scene provides opportunity for students to explore unique crafts

Alisha Soni | Staff Writer  When most people today hear the word “circus,” images of a bygone era filled with animated clowns, sword swallowers, and performers catapulting through hoops of fire come to mind.  Despite circus performers attaining the ability to thrill audiences through dangerous or tricky stunts, the circus has been rapidly decreasing in popularity. Nowadays, many people seem […]

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Military enlistment a popular route following graduation

Meghan Dincler | Online Editor After switching out their backpacks for military uniforms, some seniors are getting ready to head off to boot camp. When high schoolers consider going into the military, they are presented with a few options. They could go to basic training and then straight into the military as their full time job, known as “active duty”. […]

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Students find cosplay as new outlet of expression

Evan Ponstingle | Staff Writer  Cosplayers have found a new way to step out of the world of high school and into the world of anime, video games, and comic books. Cosplay (an abbreviation of costume play) is a relatively new subculture blossoming from the increase of comic conventions (popularly referred to as comic-cons) and other fan-culture events. Cosplay involves […]

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Sophomore cashes in on colorful hobby

Della Johnson | Staff Writer When it comes to owning a small business, sophomore Lillian Ehlers is nailing it. The concept of students having jobs alongside their extracurriculars is nothing new, with part-time jobs at food chains and retail stores being among the most common of working environments for teens. Another route, however, is for a student to start their […]

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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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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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