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Black History Month deserves better

Mia Bolyard, Website Editor February 12, 2021

Black History Month is celebrated every February, yet I don’t think many know how this observance began. Initially it was a week in February called Negro History Week, containing both Abraham Lincoln’s...

Sophomore Lydia LaPorte weighs her backpack for a data table on how much students backpacks weigh because of the no locker rule.

OPINION: Backpacks should be here to stay

Audrey Lehnen, AV Producer February 12, 2021

Currently, PHS has allowed us to carry our backpacks around the school during the day to minimize contact at our lockers and maintain distance. The big question is whether the school will keep backpacks...

Andy and Kristin Thieneman hold up their homemade Valentine's Day card a week before the holiday.

The loveliest holiday around

ALEX THIENEMAN, Writer February 10, 2021

February 14 is the day that the world comes together to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the most controversial holiday on the calendar. People are either in love with it, or they absolutely hate it. You can’t...

King passionately giving a speech to a crowd in Rocky Mount, North Carolina in November of 1962.

MLK’s words still resonate today

Emery Bigler, Writer January 29, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. is a man associated with the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 60s. He’s famous for his “I Have a Dream” speech and his strong belief in equal rights for all. The Black...

OPINION–How to find truth in a sea of news

Audrey Lehnen, AV Producer January 25, 2021

She died alone in a cell at 16. Officials said they were devastated—not that they did anything wrong.” “Hospitals have failed to protect workers from rape, robbery and homicide.” Unbiased news...

OPINION–The Importance of being inclusive

Hailee Vargo, Video Production Editor January 25, 2021

The youth of today are bringing concepts like religious, sexual, personal identity as well as political beliefs, and racial tensions to light. This is evident through their protests, voter turnout at the...

OPINION–Debunking eating disorders misconceptions

Mia Bolyard, Website Editor January 25, 2021

In the United States, there are 325.7 million people. Of those, 30 million have some type of eating disorder and every 62 minutes, someone dies from complications of an eating disorder. Eating disorders...

OPINION–Time to stop shaming and start celebrating

Jake Koch, Design Editor January 25, 2021

Everyday, people of all backgrounds and demographics deal with the struggle of body image. We are flooded with suggestive headlines and forms of entertainment spreading false truths. When society is forced...

OPINION–Consumer’s guide to cancel culture

Aiden Loya, Writer January 25, 2021

It has been speculated that the idea of cancel culture exists as a way to hold celebrities accountable for their problematic actions by method of boycott or silence. Cancelling is a term iconically coined...

Tales of a Virtual Student: Lydia Laporte

Emery Bigler, Writer December 7, 2020

Although some, if not most students did not particularly enjoy virtual school as it was last year, a few liked the change in pace. One of those students is Sophomore Lydia Laporte. Laporte focused on...

Covid teaches students resilience and independence, among other lessons

Emery Bigler, Writer December 7, 2020

As the entire world adjusts to the new norm that the coronavirus pandemic has created, virtual learning has had to adapt right along with it. And adapt it has. In fact, virtual learning is almost unrecognizable...

OPINION: The importance of personal pronouns

Hailee Vargo and Mia Bolyard December 3, 2020

Imagine waking up on the first day of school and dreading introducing yourself to all the unknown people in your classes. With a name you use with friends and the one on the attendance sheet being complete...

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