Staff Editorial – Income inequality is putting high test scores for sale

Wealth should not be a factor in scoring well on standardized tests. The SAT and ACT are standardized tests created to assess students’ proficiency in math, reading, and writing, but since testing has become a significant factor in college admission decisions as supposed indicators of college success, income inequality has become extremely prevalent. Although many colleges have been cutting back […]

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Staff Editorial – FIFA World Cup unites student body

Sports bring people together. The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup, held every four years, brings together the best national soccer teams from around the globe to biggest competition in sports outside of the Olympics. For most casual fans in America, this tournament contains the only soccer games they will watch over the four year span. After failing […]

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Staff Editorial – Glorifying Murder Needs to Stop

In 1964, Truman Capote’s’ In Cold Blood ‘, generated a record-breaking level of excitement for horror stories, skyrocketing the popularity of true crime in pop culture. However, this attitude of entertainment towards these real-life horror stories encouraged a detachment from the seriousness of the stories. In recent years, the use of Tiktok has brought these retellings to an audience of […]

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Staff Editorial – HB 616 restricts learning and student engagement

Don’t Say Gay.  It’s a commonly used tagline to describe House Bill 616 which was originally introduced in Florida. If enacted, the bill would ban any discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades Kindergarten through 3rd and would restrict any discussion centered around these topics for all grade levels. Any topics deemed “inappropriate” would additionally be considered off […]

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Staff Editorial – It’s time to hold the media accountable

Sensationalism is a fickle thing. In celebrity culture, it is used to cultivate gossip, giving people everywhere clickbait headlines to like and retweet. In politics, it is used to spread propaganda against a particular candidate or party, mislabeling scandals and spurring tensions among both sides. But more often than not, sensationalism is used to transform a dystopic and inane aspect […]

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Staff Editorial – It’s time to stop projecting blame

It’s easy to say Oxford High School’s school shooting could’ve been prevented.  It’s easy to point fingers at the administration, the teachers, or even the student culture. But, it’s impossible to blame a single source. Many have accused the administration of “not doing enough.” However, how can a single group of people be entrusted with the accountability of hundreds or […]

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Staff Editorial – Mason High School, it’s time to show some appreciation

October 2 was National Custodian’s day. October 2 was a Saturday. Nothing sounds more perfect than thanking our custodians on a day in which we aren’t even in school. Right? The custodial staff has persevered through downsizing, school shutdowns, bottle flipping, extraordinary safety measures during the pandemic, and now devious licks. There has to be some greater way to show […]

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Staff editorial – Why comparing yourself to others academically simply does not work

We doubt there are many students at Mason who haven’t complained about Mason’s competitive culture. A culture that strives to carve out the perfect “cookie-cutter” student. A model student with straight-As, perfect scores, leadership, awards, etc. Seems like some sort of package deal. Now, this pressure is present for almost all high-school students. But in a school of 3600+ kids, […]

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Staff Editorial – Final Year Report: Mason’s COVID response proves impressive

 This new normal has started to feel, well, just normal. And a lot of that is thanks to an environment that was invariably supportive and adaptive despite the difficult decisions and endless opportunity cost that are bound to come with a devastating pandemic.  Because all things considered, things could have gone much much much worse. They could’ve gone slightly better […]

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Staff Editorial: Cleveland Browns Quarterback proved wrong about Mason when he shouldn’t have been

Remember when Cleveland Browns Quarterback Baker Mayfield tweeted at Mason High School calling us soft?  Yeah, so do we.  One of the more tumultuous moments here at Mason High School began as a way to reduce stress and ease the cutthroat academic culture here at Mason. Somehow it ended in a viral tweet by Cleveland Browns Quarterback Baker Mayfield on […]

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Staff Editorial: Royal Tell-all reveals Meghan Markle’s hidden struggle and the power of media

 It was only recently the Duchess of Sussex opened up about her mental health struggles in an interview with Oprah.  This interview was the first the Sussexes had given since officially breaking away from their royal duties last year.  Meghan Markle opened up to contemplating thoughts of suicide and self-harm – a comment which continued to introduce further concern and […]

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