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Battling Valentine’s Day Blues

The Howards are celebrating this Valentine’s Day as a family, a fun alternative to the normal romantic celebrations (Photo courtesy of the Howard family, photo credits to Andrew Livingston).

Peyton Ludwig, Reporter

February 25, 2020

In Queen’s Somebody to Love, Freddie Mercury sings what all the single lads and ladies are thinking during Valentine’s Day: “Can anybody find me somebody to love?” If you’re single on Valentine’s Day, you’re not alone: only about 50% of people celebrate it anymore. On a day all about ce...

Eleven Feet Under

While junior year can be rough, students should take time away from their studies in order to unwind and calm their minds (Photo courtesy of Allie Weber).

Allie Weber, Reporter

February 24, 2020

I think we can all agree that high school can suck. With the overwhelming pressure of school work, sports, extracurriculars, and of course, getting accepted into college, these four years may very well be some of the most stressful, tiring, and unpredictable years of your life. However, there is one spe...

A Teacher’s Purpose

Many teachers deal with the stresses of tirelessly grading hundreds of papers, making lesson plans and teaching kids for at least a 7 hour school day. But the question is, what is their purpose, and why did they decide one day that for the rest of their lives they would teach kids? Many teachers had teachers or influential people in their lives that have inspired them to start their journey in education (Photo courtesy of Barbra Howard).

Annaleisa Wile, Reporter

February 21, 2020

Burnt Out on the Brashier Treadmill

As the assignments, extracurriculars, applications, planning, and much more begin to occupy students' time, Brashier students are enduring the burnout and are attempting to make it through the last semester (Photo courtesy of Alia Abbas).

Alia Abbas, Reporter

February 20, 2020

Burning out is not the New Year's resolution many have in mind. Compared to the wishful thinking of a consistent daily grind in the gym and burning calories, which by the way is usually ephemeral every new year. Many teenagers at Brashier have found themselves falling off the academic treadmill, bur...

The Power of Music

Music has more influence over its listeners than most people think
(Photo credits to Alaina Haylock).

Alaina Haylock, Reporter

February 19, 2020

Music always finds a way to unify people. It can bring together citizens of a nation with a national anthem or others over an event during wartime, depression, or love. Music helps to bring a sense of identity and promotes a mentality of solidarity. When listening to music, the brain releases dopamine, a ...

Do Opposites Attract?

The left and right brain both serve different purposes, and most people tend to be dominant over the other (Photo courtesy of Enoch Orozco).

Enoch Orozco, Reporter

February 18, 2020

In the scientific and analytical world of the left brain, a common theme arises: opposites attract. Whether magnets or oppositely charged ions, the theme stays consistent. Weirdly enough, even in the artistic and creative world of the right brain, the theme arises in complementary colors in art and varying dynam...

When I Grow Up…

Children have many different ideas of what they want to be when they grow up (Photo courtesy of Maureen Shuler).

Emily Fleming, Reporter

February 14, 2020

Everyone has a time when they need to figure out exactly what they want to be after they get out of high school and college. Although this process may not be easy, everyone has to make a decision at some point. Every person figures out what they want to be in drastically different ways. Some people figure out what they want to be from an early age and ...

An American Dream

 America is a money and power- driven country, whether that be on an individual, community, or on a national scale. While money is seen as good, the lack thereof is a real problem that many American families face. Poverty and unemployment ultimately lead to government assistance, but is the assistance really necessary? (Photo courtesy of Madison Crumpton)

Madison Crumpton, Reporter

February 13, 2020

Poverty: a seven-letter word that stirs a range of emotions. Some find the topic unworthy of their time because it does not affect them, and so it divides people based on their beliefs surrounding the issue. Others are devoted to doing everything they can to solve the problem. “We are a develop...

The Fall of Fallout 76

Photo from my terrible, buggy, and laggy hour experience on the Xbox version of Fallout 76 (Photo courtesy of Alexander Gray).

Alexander Gray, Reporter

February 11, 2020

If you look up the definition of greedy and anticonsumer, chances are you’ll find a picture of Fallout 76. Fallout 76 is what happens when the higher-ups at a company disregard the fans for monetary gain. Because of this, Fallout 76 may take the top spot for the worst video game in history, beating out E.T. the...

Love Letters from the Past

Bob and Arlene are sharing a special moment after Bob had returned from the military (Photo courtesy of Heidi Wile).

Annaleisa Wile, Reporter

January 29, 2020

All great love stories have a great beginning. This one starts simply with a boy, a girl, a rowboat, and a chance meeting.  What happened at a summer camp started a journey of letter writing which defined “their” love story. The greatest love story of all time started when Bob and Arlene Smith met i...

The Dystopian Doorbell


Enoch Orozco, Reporter

January 28, 2020

Technology is a wonderful thing; it has managed to bring the world closer together and has allowed for innovations that would amaze the people that came before us. However, technology isn’t without its own problems. In the midst of a technological revolution, we find ourselves lacking one key compo...

The Most Anticipated Movies of 2020

Many movies have already been released, and the year has many more in store.(Photo courtesy of Amy McConnell).

Mattie McConnell, Reporter

January 27, 2020

Avengers: Endgame earned the title of highest-grossing-film in 2019, with The Lion King, Toy Story 4, and Captain Marvel not far behind in the ranks. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker quickly climbed to the #1 movie in the world not long after its release just before Christmas. It’s no doubt that 2019 ...

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