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Tips and Tricks to Carving a Pumpkin

TRICK OR TREAT! With Halloween right around the corner, people are starting to break out some of the super-fun traditions of the season. Carving pumpkins is one of the popular ones, it's super fun but not exactly easy. Click the link in the bio to find out some of my tips and tricks!

Anna Ralston, Staff Writer

October 19, 2020

   Halloween is right around the corner, and one of the most popular Halloween activities is carving pumpkins. Carving pumpkins is not easy, but here I will tell you some of my favorite tips and tricks to carving pumpkins. Personally, I tend to carve my pumpkins more towards Halloween, that way they ...

Having A Healthy Halloween

HOW TO HAVE A SAFE HALLOWEEN THIS YEAR. The holidays are now fast approaching and COVID-19 is still affecting every part of our life. Halloween is a time for candy, costumes, and celebrating, but can it still occur this year? Health officials recently released a list of guidelines and suggestions to help Ohio have a healthy Halloween. This Halloween everyone should be wearing their protective face masks, even if also wearing a costume mask, and should continue to be socially distant. While this should continue like always, the state offered some unique suggestions to celebrate the holiday safely. Some of these ideas include, holding a drive thru trick-or-treat, having a pumpkin carving contest over video call, and leaving treats in the mailboxes of friends and neighbors. Though our world has never been more different, Halloween should still be a time of celebration. Stay Safe!

Danielle Hershenson, Staff Writer

October 13, 2020

 The holidays are now fast approaching and COVID-19 is still affecting every part of our life. Covid has made us cancel many plans this year, but it doesn’t have to take away Halloween. We can all still enjoy our candy, costumes, and celebrations safely this year. As governor Mike DeWine said, “c...

See You Next Year

STUCK WITH STREAMING SERVICES. Amidst the pandemic, many have indulged their entertainment needs with at-home services, such as Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Disney+. Although we all enjoy the comfort of our own home, it just can’t be compared to the sound, quality, and thrill of seeing a movie on the big screen. “Some movies are just made to be watched in a cinema,” said Emilio Garcia, 12. 
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Allie Fehr, Staff Writer

October 9, 2020

   Do you miss the smell of hot, buttery popcorn, slurps of red Icee, and handfuls of candy while waiting for the newest movie blockbuster to start? Well, keep holding on to those fond memories because it may be a while before our cinema experience returns to how we best know it.    The cinematic unive...

Finding Your Cup of Tea

FINDING YOUR CUP OF TEA. As busy students with a million other activities, caffeine is something a lot of us often rely on to make up for lost sleep or to make it through yet another Zoom call at seven in the morning. And as a top coffee chain, Starbucks is a go-to place for all our caffeine needs. A common issue though, is that many people never know what to order once they get in line. With so many options and new drinks coming out each season, the menu can easily look overwhelming. But don’t worry! This easy to read info graphic gives you some ideas for what to order next time you are in line at Starbucks. Whether you prefer light and fruity drinks or more creamy and flavorful ones, there will be something for you!

Ria Parikh, Opinion Editor

October 6, 2020

Four fall fashion trends for 2020

Lindsay Ruskin, Design Editor

October 6, 2020


Running out of ideas of what to do with your friends?

	WHAT TO DO. Oftentimes after long weeks of school, we crave some sense of fun during the weekend. Yet oftentimes, living in a suburb, we feel like there’s nothing left to do that we haven’t already tried before. Therefore, I created a guide with fun activities to do this fall, winter, and a few activities that don’t abide by the seasons. If you want to challenge yourself, try and complete all the activities before the end of 2020.

Gaby Pereda, Copy Editor

September 29, 2020

Sometimes, living in the suburbs of a city can be hard. After a long week of school or work, many of us crave some sense of fun, yet many of us find ourselves feeling like there really isn't anything exciting to do around town. Trust me, I’ve felt that way plenty of times, and if I got a nickel ev...

Book or movie?

BOOKS VERSUS MOVIES. While there may never be a true winner to the everlasting battle between the craft of an author’s paper and pencil or the moving artistry of a director’s camera and editing, you can decide for yourself with these ten titles. Whether you are looking for teen romance or a gripping adventure, this list has you covered. And maybe, just maybe, you can determine if the novel or film comes out on top.

Katie Mott, Staff Writer

May 28, 2020

I am a book lover. To me, there is nothing more comforting than curling up on the couch with a new read from Barnes and Noble and a mug of hot chocolate, slowly transporting myself into the fictional or real world that I hold in my hands. My sister, on the other hand, always chooses the movie. Seeing...

Photoshoots fill quarantine time

Charlotte Weiss, Feature Chief

May 21, 2020

   Throughout quarantine, many people on the app TikTok have begun to do at home photoshoots. From bringing a mirror outside to taping flowers to your face, TikTok users have seen it all. Since quarantine, the app TikTok has been used more and more to try and cure adolescents’ boredom through ...

7 fun activities to do at home

Grace Zhang, Assosciate Web Editor

May 17, 2020

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Quarantine crafts

Lazy Daisy Stitch: The lazy daisy stitch is a simple way to make flowers or other single looped stitches. For this stitch you go up at point 1 and down at point 2, but you do not pull the string all the way through, you leave a loop the size that you want your stitch. You then come up at point 3 and go over the loop you created, and bring your needle back down at point 3 securing your lazy daisy stitch. This stitch is most commonly used for making daisies, but you can modify the closeness of point 1 and 2, or the length of your loop to make other flowers as well. 

Grace Zhang, Assosciate Web Editor

April 30, 2020

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A new hobby

Preparing your materials: To do embroidery you will need fabric, an embroidery hoop, embroidery floss, embroidery needles, and a pair of scissors.  I prefer to use muslin fabric, but any tightly woven fabric works. Do not use a stretchy fabric to start learning on, it is very difficult to embroider on especially if you are a beginner. To prepare your fabric, lay it over the inner ring of your embroidery hoop, then place the outer ring around both the fabric and the inner ring and tighten until your fabric is taught. To prepare your embroidery floss you need to split it. If you look closely at the floss, you will notice that it is made up of six individual threads. For all of these stitches I use three strands.

Chloe Kapsal, Staff Writer

April 29, 2020

   Over quarantine, many people have picked up new hobbies, maybe even revisited old hobbies. From old rainbow looms to random sketchbooks, the majority of us have found random supplies laying around in an attempt to stop our boredom. A craft that almost everyone did when they were younger was maki...

Explaining the recent bread craze

Bread baking may seem like a daunting task, but in all honesty it’s a pretty simple formula. As the quarantine stretches on, bakers across the country are taking shelter in the comfort provided by a warm loaf of fresh bread.

Serene Tarabishi, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

   The smell of freshly baked bread wafting through your kitchen. The beautiful golden crust of a still-warm loaf fresh out of the oven. The soft and fluffy interior found under the thick crust as it’s split by the bite of a sharp knife.     Bread.    An essential part of our human civilizatio...

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