Sophomore Alexis Martin works to complete an assignment for Mrs. Smeltzer's Honors English class. Smeltzer gives students time to work on their homework in class.

Homework causes unnecessary stress for students

October 17, 2019

For most students, a normal day is filled with hours of sports practices followed by an even longer period of homework. By the time they’re done, it’s time to eat, shower, and go to sleep. Where is the time set aside to experience what are supposed to be the most enjoyable years of a teen’s life? As...

Pollution in the Mississippi River

Human activities cause global warming

October 15, 2019

Whether you are a student, teacher or parent, I can guarantee you have heard about climate change/global warming.  Humans on this planet (especially in the most recent years) have made a large impact on global warming. We take our one and only home for granted.  “Scientists attribute the gl...

Mandy Walker teaches Spanish 1 students out of the book in her classroom.

School offers fewer foreign language classes

September 4, 2019

6,500 languages are spoken all around the world. Only one foreign language is offered at the school: Spanish. Two teachers teach Spanish: Frank Espinoza and Mandy Walker. About 10 years ago, the school offered Spanish, German and French.  The German teacher's name was Richard Butler and the French teac...

Students suffer from suspensions due to their social media usage during school hours. By vetting negative comments online, this can be avoided.

Students suspended due to media content

May 13, 2019

The 24 hour rule: Do not act upon your anger until after a full day. Acting upon this anger could result in stupidity and suspension. This rule, even though it is hard to follow, can help people make smarter decisions, especially when posting on social media. “When, angry the brain makes it ha...

Bump stocks are used to increase fire in various weapons including rifles, pistols and machine guns. Bump stocks were owned by more than 520,000 people.

Bump Stocks should not be restricted

April 25, 2019

After the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017, in which a gunman, who was later identified as Stephen Paddock, used a bump stock to rain gunfire down from a hotel room, killing 58 people and injuring more at a country music festival, the Washington post reported that the Trump administration would be r...


Not all deserve pinching

March 20, 2019

Those who do not celebrate St. Patrick’s Day should not get pinched for not wearing green. Participants of the holiday, but do not wear green, most certainly should get pinched. The holiday involves wearing green, attending parades, or attending feasts. Although the holiday is mostly celebrate...

During an Iraq ceremony to become American citizens, service members pledge allegiance to the country. Men and women of all races stand together with their hands on their hearts to honor America.

Honoring America through song, pledge

February 28, 2019

“O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave,” and “...one nation under God, indivisible…” are just a few lines from the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance most people believe bring our country together. Reasons why we stand during this significant song and pledge inc...

Spring activity participants deprived of homecoming opportunities

Bailey Pennycuff, Editor-in-Chief

February 13, 2019

Imagine all the way back to October at the fall homecoming parade. All eyes on four cars in a row. A boy and a girl riding in each car with their bright smile shining out to all the community while waving their confident hand to the bystanders on the side of State Street. The parade, however, is not the only memorable aspect to being a homecoming candidate. Dressing up and standing in front of the whole home game crowd is one the best confidence boosters a high schooler can receive. Not only that, but the whole week lea...

In the Super Bowl LIII, the New England Patriots took on the Los Angeles Rams. The game took place on Feb. 3 ending in the defeat of the Rams.

Super bowl commercials worsen

February 13, 2019

Growing up, I always loved watching the Super Bowl, but not for what people think. At that point in my life, I did not understand football (I still basically do not). I watched it for the hilarious commercials. Super Bowl commercials are not near as good as they used to be. They are more about showing o...

Student-led conferences hosted by CAPPS

Michaela Lord, Reporter

February 6, 2019

Student-led conferences are pointless, and will have a poor attendance number. They are led by the students instead of the teacher. For the conference, a guide paper is provided to help the students know what to address during the conference. During these conferences, students may talk about their grades, strengths and weaknesses in the classroom and many more broad topics. The majority of parents do not come to parent-teacher conferences, so the outcome could be the same for the student-led conferences. Pare...

The AHS Kindness Crew posted different quotes on the lunch tables throughout the week. The quotes ranged from authors such as Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln.

School provides outlets for kindness amongst peers

February 6, 2019

Kindness week took place Jan. 28 through Feb. 1, meaning students strived to perform as many kind acts as possible. The school provided multiple ways to participate in the Great Kindness Challenge. Activities such as the Great Wall of Oriole Kindness, the Oriole Kindness Photo Booth, and mailboxe...

Homecoming Oriole

Homecoming results display popularity contest

February 4, 2019

The homecoming court announcements came over the school's intercom and every senior's ears turned toward the speaker as they waited for the names to be read, but sadly most of the seniors were disappointed when their names were not called. The process of voting for homecoming court has been a popularity...

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