Homecourt advantage; winter guard brings home championship

Taylor Murray | The Chronicle Dancers and flags filled the school when Mason hosted winter guard competition for the first time and won first place. On March 11, 2023, percussion groups, winds groups and winter guards came to Mason Middle School (MMS) from over 60 different schools in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to participate in a Mid East Performance Association […]

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Jones celebrates normalcy with cancer in remission

Laurel Wang | The Chronicle In October 2021, Mason High School (MHS) Orchestra Director Stephanie Jones was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC), a form of breast cancer.  Jones began a complex treatment plan to combat her cancer starting from the fall of 2021 through November 2022. Comprised of chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, treatment often left her with the side […]

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Business-Minded Artist targets Mental Health Awareness

Divy Bose | The Chronicle Art speaks louder than words. Mason High School (MHS) offers a multitude of art classes that range anywhere from graphic design to sculpture, allowing students to foster their creation and expression through art. Through taking Digital Image Design, where she learned the mechanics of graphic designing, senior Taylor Jackey has discovered a new interest in […]

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Ahlers determined to pursue beatboxing in his future

Aimee Liu | The Chronicle Beatboxing is not just boots and cats. A form of vocal percussion, beatboxing is the art of simulating the sounds and rhythms of percussion instruments or a drum machine using the mouth, lips, tongue and voice. Beginners are often taught to repeat the phrase “boots and cats” to create the base sound for beatboxing. Junior […]

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MHS students take advantage of College Credit Plus Program

Elina Bishoyi | The Chronicle Some Mason High school (MHS) students are earning credit where credit is due. Numerous MHS students opt for taking classes over the summer and school year through the College Credit Plus (CCP) program. CCP courses allow students to acquire college credits in high school, and the credits earned transfer to colleges that accept them. Colleges […]

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MHS culture a shock to foreign exchange students

Shrija Shandilya | The Chronicle Popular teen TV shows do not quite accurately represent American high school life.  Junior Stella Polsler is originally from Brazil but is staying in Mason for the year as part of the Education Travel and Culture (ETC) foreign exchange student program. Polsler said that she grew up watching shows about American high schools and wanted […]

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Students share their voice through podcasts

Josie Lorenz | The Chronicle As they gear up their microphones and sound boards, Mason High School (MHS) students get ready to cast. Freshman Elle Riva started her podcast Write That Down in May of 2020. The cast consists of Riva interviewing teachers and authors and discussing everything from relevant authors to new reads. Riva said she found her start […]

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Students choose to pause social media usage

Laurel Wang | The Chronicle Mason High School (MHS) students are unplugging to recharge. From Schoology assignments to pre-bedtime scrolling, the digital age has permeated almost all aspects of students’ lives. A 2022 report from Pew Research Center found that 95% of teenagers use at least one social media platform and 46% report being online almost constantly. However, some MHS […]

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MHS artists use their talents to promote inclusivity

Megan Lee | The Chronicle The National Art Honors Society artists strive to influence inclusivity far beyond the walls of Mason High School (MHS).  Each year, students in the National Art Honors Society have the opportunity to participate in a movement called the Memory Project. This non-profit organization, based in Wisconsin, partners with different youth organizations to provide intercultural connections […]

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Transplant brings new perspective on organ donation

Aimee Liu | The Chronicle Organ donation is not just a checkbox at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Organ donation is the process of surgically removing a healthy organ from a donor for transplantation to another person. Donors can be alive or deceased and can donate internal organs such as hearts, livers, kidneys, lungs, and more.  The process of […]

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High schoolers pitch in with the family business

Alisha Soni | The Chronicle For junior Josh Kyselica, work and family are one and the same. Kyselica’s mom is the owner of Friday Threads, a clothing supply company that issues both large and small custom orders for customers. Kyselica’s mom started the business back in 2012. What started as a hobby of sewing became a side business of taking […]

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Teachers bring new lessons to classrooms

Drew Hoffmaster | The Chronicle Students are not the only ones going to school. Although Mason High School (MHS) teachers have already completed their required four-year bachelor’s degree and state certification, some teachers work towards additional degrees to further their professional careers or expand their teaching skills. For MHS Assistant Principal Tina Drake, pursuing higher learning is what she enjoys […]

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Decorations, cheer and good vibes bring pods to life

Taylor Murray | The Chronicle Between holiday decorations, end-of-year parties, and weekly dance sessions, the halls of MHS have never been more welcoming. Many teachers within Mason High School (MHS) pods use different strategies to spread joy and enhance the school environment. MHS pods are groupings of classrooms labeled by numbers and letters to represent their floor and location in […]

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MHS marching band makes history in Indianapolis

Josie Lorenz | The Chronicle On the grandest stage, the Mason High School marching band made school history. On November 12, the MHS band placed fourth at the Bands of America Grand Nationals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Grand Nationals is a national competition featuring bands from around the country who compete in three rounds of performances. Only […]

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Senior twins anticipate post-high school separation

Drew Hoffmaster | The Chronicle When Molly DeBord heads off to Bowling Green State University next fall, it will feel like leaving a part of herself.  That’s because her twin Jamie will possibly be four hours away at the University of Kentucky. The 18-year-old fraternal twins have never been separated.  “I’ve never had to do anything alone,” Molly DeBord said. […]

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OCD diagnosis leads to crushing symptoms

Divy Bose | The Chronicle Being a neat freak is not what OCD is about. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder characterized by extreme agitation and recurring thoughts and behaviors. Those diagnosed with this disorder often face extreme symptoms such as excessive hand-washing and fear of germs. However, OCD is far more than a habit of cleanliness, and […]

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