Gay is not a dirty word

Josie Lorenz | The Chronicle Le$bean, G@y, B! – methods to censor LGBTQ+ identities as if they are a curse, something to hide, something to shield from the conversation. Dating back to the 12th century, the term “gay” referred to being happy and content. This word obviously evolved into how we know it now but even from the start, the […]

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Failure is a mindset

Taylor Murray | The Chronicle Merriam-Webster defines failure as a “lack of success” or “falling short”. The word obviously holds a negative connotation, and we have been taught that failure is indeed a negative thing. Many teens, at Mason High School (MHS) and elsewhere, grew up being taught that they should avoid this so-called “failure” at all costs, that they […]

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Capital punishment must end

Laurel Wang | The Chronicle On Halloween 2017, Sayfullo Saipov drove a truck into a bike path in New York City, killing eight and injuring eleven in the deadliest terrorist attack in the city since 9/11. His trial began in the second week of January 2023 as the first federal death penalty trial under the Biden administration, but his case […]

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The new year does not limit our goals

Megan Lee | The Chronicle Our year should not be defined by a single decision made on January 1st.  The meaning of a new year means something different to each person. We spend our holiday days off meticulously formulating a set of steps to make our lives more enjoyable, meaningful or even effortless. Behind each objective is the one main […]

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Learning from athletic recruitment

Carly Prows | The Chronicle There is nothing like talking to college coaches over the phone – a combination of nerve-wracking, surreal and exciting feelings. I prepared for my first call with a college coach the same way I would prepare for a big test: researching the school, digging for important information on the coaches and team and even practicing […]

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Trying to navigate burnout

Drew Hoffmaster | The Chronicle How many tough classes does it take for us to start to slow down? What is the point where we begin to feel like we are going insane? When do we lose hope in continuing? Everyone expects the possibility of burning out near the finish line but no one expects to burn out at the […]

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Preparing to move on from senior year

Laurel Wang | The Chronicle At the end of the summer before my senior year, my mom came into the house bearing the fruits of the season — a handful of cherry tomatoes from our garden. The tomatoes were ripe and sweet, but all I could think about was how I would not be here to see next year’s harvest. […]

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Animated films tap into child-like innocence

Izzy Gaspar’raj | The Chronicle Simplicity, empowerment and happy endings. Those three reasons are why Disney movies are my absolute favorite type of video entertainment. Though some may make the argument that Disney, as well as other animated films like Pixar movies, have ultra-simplified plots and not enough focus on the magical elements of it, I believe that this simplified […]

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Fly high, Class of 2022

Aditya Thiyag | The Chronicle Everyone’s heard of a coming-of-age story. A classic tale of a teenager transitioning into adulthood and finally realizing what to do with their lives while they overcome their inner conflict and climatically find themself as the credits roll on a film or the last page of a book or the closing track of an album. […]

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Growing up is not a movie

Della Johnson | Editor-in-Chief I wrote my CommonApp essay about my baby blankets. I was hypervigilant and over-caffeinated, shivering in the middle of July. It was sparked by my sudden obsession with Spotify, my newfound ability to torture myself with hours of songs that reminded me of my childhood, whether I was raised on them or just the ideas they […]

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