High school girls look to birth control for medical relief

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer From controlling irregular menstruation to alleviating chronic pain, birth control is not just used as a contraceptive — for some, it’s a necessity. Senior Nikita Morjaria takes birth control to reduce her anemia, a condition caused by a deficit of red blood cells. She chooses to take non-hormonal birth control, which tends to have fewer […]

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Therapy embraced as method to improve mental health

Andrea Hefferan | Managing Editor Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can heal your mind. Therapy has become a common resource used by students at Mason to better their mental health.  One of these students is senior Vince Albers, who has seen a therapist for over a year. For him, sharing everything with his therapist was daunting […]

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Nostalgic and new favorites combine with new streaming service

Della Johnson | Staff Writer For $6.99 a month, students are reliving their Disney Channel childhoods. DisneyPlus is a new media streaming service that was launched on November 12 of this year. It includes classic movies, discontinued television shows originally shown through cable on Disney Channel, and new DisneyPlus-exclusive content. Since its announcement, the service itself has garnered large amounts […]

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Teacher shares personal story of mental illness

Anushka Mukherjee | Staff Writer Everyone has their own journey with mental health, but one Mason High School teacher is using hers to start a conversation.   Mollee Coffey, an Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology teacher, has taught the class at Mason for the past five years. She said she shares her story about her struggle with mental illness with her […]

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Political Activism gives Students a Voice

Jessica Wang | Staff Writer Voting is not the only way for students to get involved in politics. With the approaching off-year election and looming 2020 presidential election, America has become a whirlwind of ideas and opinions. However, students are working to breathe their beliefs into reality through political activism. For senior Alexandra Madaras, expressing her political beliefs has long […]

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Migraine sufferers struggle with daily learning

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer Students suffering from migraines have to face the head-spinning choice between school and avoiding pain.  Migraines can come with headaches, disorientation, and light or sound sensitivity. Students who suffer from them can have a difficult time getting through the school day full of fluorescent lights and loud hallways. Senior Ishana Galgali started to experience all […]

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Diwali embraced by religions across Mason

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer Most holidays are celebrated by a single religion. This Indian festival is shared by three. Diwali is a five day-long holiday observed in several religions, including Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism. Although each religion celebrates Diwali at the same time, they have different meanings behind the holiday and sometimes refer to it under varying names to […]

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MHS Learners benefitting from New Peer Tutoring Room

Anushka Mukherjee | Staff Writer Tutoring just got an upgrade. In the past three years of the Peer Tutoring program, tutoring took place in the Learning Commons. This year the program implemented a new room in C303 funded by the Mason City Schools Foundation. The room is tailored to fit the various learning environments as requested by the tutees, and […]

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Comets suffer Loss to Springboro in First Home Game of Season

Jessica Wang | Staff Writer Riley Johansen | Design Editor The Mason Comets opened their 2019 football season with a disappointing loss.  Springboro’s “pick six” early in the game gave them the upper hand, and their momentum carried on throughout the entire game, resulting in a staggering loss for Mason: 34-7. Coach Brian Castner said that the early shock set […]

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Slideshow: Senior Sunrise 2019

Before painting the parking spots in senior lot for the first time, students in the class of 2020 gathered to watch the sunrise outside of the high school on Tuesday, August 6, along with putting their handprints and names on a commemorative banner. The event was hosted by the MHS Student Government, and they have plans to host a similar […]

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Teachers advocate new positive-culture program

Jake Sapp | Staff Writer Over the past few years students and teachers alike have agreed that there are some problems at Mason High School. A group of teachers think they might have found a solution.  As the school year draws to a close, preparations are already being made for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year at MHS. One of such […]

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Fast food employees choose convenience over nutrition

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Fast food restaurants are not just convenient for the customers. Food industry jobs have been the main career choice of students for many years. For most establishments, hiring starts at age 14, and many of them provide free meals or discounts. According to the Ohio Medical Group, this food tends to cause more harm than […]

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Tissue syndrome not deterrent for dedicated athletes

Ria Parikh | Staff Writer Despite being named “the most neglected disorder in modern medicine by the Ehlers Danlos Society, Ehlers Danlos syndrome (EDS) regains its prominence through the heavy impact it has on the lives of those inflicted with the disorder. EDS is a genetic condition that weakens connective tissue all over the body, manifesting into 13 different types […]

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