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Grace Zhang, Media Director April 13, 2021

*Applications are hyperlinked Climbing Wall Monitor at Blue Ash Recreation Center  Concession Staff at the Blue Ash Sports Center (11540 Grooms Road) and the Blue Ash Pool Golf Cart Attendant...

MASKED EMOTIONS. William Shakespeare once said that “the eyes are the window to the soul”, something that has only become more clear in the past year as masks have left our eyes as our main facial features. Centuries after Shakespeare's time, modern studies have indeed shown that the eyes do reveal more than what is perceived through speech alone. So how have eyes becoming our most visible feature affected our nonverbal communication? 
Above, Claire Dippold, 9. Photo via Cassidy Tyler

Masked Emotions

How masks affect our nonverbal communication
Cassidy Tyler, Staff Writer March 29, 2021

William Shakespeare once said that “the eyes are the window to the soul”, something that has only become more clear in the past year as masks have left our eyes as our main facial features. Centuries...

FOSTERING. According to The Humane Society, about 70% of cats that enter shelters are euthanized—put to death humanely. Tragically, this is because shelters have become so full that they do not have space or resources to properly care for all of the animals that need help. 
   Obviously, you can always help shelters by donating or volunteering but not many people know that you can actually foster animals at home. Fostering means that you and your family take care of an animal—usually, a cat or dog—for as little time as a week or until that pet is able to be adopted. My personal specialty is cats and kittens but there are also countless resources to help you foster puppies or dogs as well.

Is Fostering For You?

How you can save animals from home
Danielle Hershenson, Staff Writer March 24, 2021

According to The Humane Society, about 70% of cats that enter shelters are euthanized—put to death humanely. Tragically, this is because shelters have become so full that they do not have space or resources...

After the Atlanta-area shootings, Junior Sophie Leong posted a drawing she made featuring Asians she looks up to (above) to help spread awareness on hate crimes and encourage people to share their stories.

Aftermath of Atlanta-area shootings

Claire Berlier, Feature Editor March 23, 2021

   Tuesday, March 16, a man named Robert Aaron Long, 21, suspected of killing eight people in Atlanta-area spas, was arrested. Six of those killed were Asian women, four of them being South Korean. The...

VACCINATIONS. Almost all SHS staff members have been fully vaccinated, and as we are taking steps toward a healthier school experience, we can’t help but celebrate this victory after a year of so much uncertainty. Read below for more!

“Get in, get your shot, and go”

SHS faculty reflect on vaccinations after being completely immunized
Deeya Prakash and Maya Bierhoff March 13, 2021

   Is normal finally returning? Recently, teachers at SHS have been taking the COVID-19 vaccine, and hesitant, yet optimistic, thoughts of normalcy have been flitting across our minds. Different teachers...

Best of Spring Spirit Week

A round-up of our favorite looks
Katie Mott, A&E Editor March 13, 2021

   Spirit week is always an exciting time of year for SHS, with students and staff alike putting together their best outfits to show off their school spirit. This past week was no exception, so to highlight...

BREAK TIME. A typical spring break consists of traveling, spending time with friends and family, or even just relaxing by yourself. It's a nice vacation from reality. However, with the pandemic still hanging over us, this year is going to look a whole lot different than past years. Some people may be traveling in a safe and cautious manner while others think it may be best to stay home for the week off.

Break Time

How are students planning on spending their spring break?
Anna Ralston, Staff Writer March 11, 2021

  We are back at it again with “A year like no other..." article—this time we are talking about spring break! A typical spring break consists of traveling, spending time with friends and family, or...

MAKING AN IMPACT. Seniors Aryan Vaidya and Alicia Luo are participating in the Students of the Year fundraising campaign to support the efforts of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. You can donate to their cause by checking out the story!

Working With The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Allie Fehr, Staff Writer March 11, 2021

     We all possess the ability to make an impact. It is true. And finding a cause that pulls at our heart and skin to make a difference allows us to put this ability into motion. Aryan Vaidya, 12,...

NOT TOO LATE. With college decision day quickly approaching, it may seem like there are not many scholarship opportunities still available. However, this is far from the truth. From creative and fun essays to quick and easy forms, there are several interesting options to choose from, and even more are available on the counseling department website.

It’s not too late!

Scholarships you can still apply for
Allison McElroy, Trends Editor March 10, 2021

   As hard as it may be to believe, it is already March, and that means seniors are about two months away from May 1—college decision day. Many of us may have been slacking off when it comes to finding...

THE THIRD STIMULUS PACKAGE. Over a year has passed since the COVID-19 pandemic first reached American soil, and since then, economic havoc has been wrought over us all. Now, almost two months into the Biden administration, the nation is watching as the campaign promise of another round of aid is reaching Congressional floors. On February 27, 2021, the House of Representatives passed a $1.9 trillion stimulus package, voting on close party lines at 219-212 in the favor of Democrats in order to pass the controversial bill. Now we wait as the legislation enters the Senate chambers, and the future of the stimulus package is decided. Learn more about the actual contents of the package, when we might see it pass, the minimum wage deal tied alongside the ordeal, and more below!

The Third Stimulus Package

who, what, when, where, and why?
Serene Tarabishi, Copy Editor March 2, 2021

   Over a year has passed since the COVID-19 pandemic first reached American soil, and since then, economic havoc has been wrought over us all. In response to the now crushing statistics of unemployment,...

WARM WEATHER. After a week of snowy days and below-freezing temperatures, warm spring days are just what we need. In addition to the many physical benefits that come from a quick walk around the block or hike in the woods, simply being outside greatly benefits our mental health.

Go Outside!

The many benefits of spending time outdoors
Ella Schulte, Staff Writer February 26, 2021

   After a week of snowy days and below-freezing temperatures, warm spring days are just what we need. As Cincinnati begins reaching temperatures of up to 60 degrees, sidewalks, playgrounds, and backyards...

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