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“Miss Americana”: a review

“Miss Americana”: a review

Allison McElroy, Trends Chief

February 22, 2020

   Honest. Revealing. Raw. These words have all been used to describe “Miss Americana,” the new documentary about pop star Taylor Swift. Directed by Lana Wilson, the film premiered on Jan. 23 at the Sundance Film Festival before its release on Netflix on Jan. 31.       To many, ...

Paint Your Heart Out. Or Your Water Bottle.

Paint Your Heart Out. Or Your Water Bottle.

Serene Tarabishi, Staff Writer

February 21, 2020

   Painting.      Once seen as a difficult branch of art for the truly masterful and creative, this art has now reached a new Renaissance peak. With viral videos on TikTok, time-lapse posts on Instagram, and countless videos and tutorials, painting is being seen as a more casual and acce...

Junior Year Reflections

Junior Year Reflections

Gaby Pereda, Staff Writer

February 20, 2020

High School is a period of significant personal growth. As we get older, we start to discover more about ourselves. We start maturing, and we start thinking of things in different ways. We grow in certain areas and we fall short in other areas. But most importantly, overtime we learn. I am not talking abou...

Top NBA contenders at the All-Star Break

Top NBA contenders at the All-Star Break

Drew Berke, Staff Writer

February 18, 2020

   As the all-star break comes to a close, teams are getting a feel for where they are at for how the second half of the season will turn out and who are real contenders. When looking at the Eastern and Western Conference standings, I have a good feel for who are real contenders this year.    ...

Something new from something old

Something new from something old

Chloe Kapsal, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

   Philodendron. A simple house plant with serious repercussions. Philodendrons are hanging plants, they have a similar growth pattern to ivy, meaning they grow extremely long and have a tendency to travel. The issue here lies in the fact that these plants are extremely toxic to humans and pets. “Ea...

When does competition become toxic?

When does competition become toxic?

Josh Moore, Accountant

February 11, 2020

   With the high flying banners, bombastic school fight songs, and representative colors, it's easy to get mixed up with emotion every time your team jumps onto the field. But at what point does that heat of the moment turn into something more toxic than prideful.     Obviously there are situations where y...

‘A Marriage Story’: love story though divorce

‘A Marriage Story’: love story though divorce

Jack Wolfe, PR Manager

February 10, 2020

   Life is not a movie; films portray love through scenes of grandiose gestures and dramatic exits. Through a rain poured sidewalk as symphonies play thundering instrumentals. A Marriage Story, comedically sounds like any other romantic comedy from the early 2000s about a young couple who falls in lov...

Valentine’s Day thoughts from freshman

Valentine’s Day thoughts from freshman

Lindsay Ruskin, Staff Writer

February 10, 2020

   Valentine’s Day is a day to give chocolates, flowers, and other fun little gifts to the people you love most.    According to Good Housekeeping, “About 55% of Americans celebrate Valentine's Day and spend an estimated $19.6 billion a year, including more than $1.8 billion on candy alone,” and...

Regional Youth Leadership

Regional Youth Leadership

Aaditi Lele, Staff Writer

February 6, 2020

   One Thursday out of every month you won't find me in Calculus or English. I might be exploring local businesses, putting on a mock trial, or taking a tour of our regional economy. But one thing’s for sure: no session is the same and there’s always something new to learn. Wondering how I get t...

With the first pick of the 2020 NFL draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select…

With the first pick of the 2020 NFL draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select…

Drew Berke, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

This year the Cincinnati Bengals have the first overall pick of the 2020 NFL draft. The Bengals finished with a very uninspiring record of 2-14. This year's draft is super important for this Bengals team and their future. It’s crucial that the team has success on some of their draft picks: especiall...

1917: a movie review

1917: a movie review

Jack Munoz, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

   Have you ever heard of a movie winning the Golden Globe for Best Drama before it was even released to mainstream audiences?  As we head into the season of mundane and mind-numbing movies that usually release in January and February, one movie stands out. 1917 is a new World War 1 epic and is the...

Creative Cocoa

Creative Cocoa

Katie Mott, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

Winter—cold, snow, the longest quarter of the school year, and oftentimes in Cincinnati, gray skies. Despite the occasional snow day, the winter season tends to drag, placing everyone in a slump. However, nothing breaks the winter monotony like drinking a creamy, warm cup of hot chocolate in order t...

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