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Hands on learning leads to better education

Hands on learning leads to better education

Zach Hansen, Opinion Editor

January 14, 2019


Filed under Opinion

The benefit of a hands-on learning approach can be seen in an increasing number of programs, yet it isn’t implemented in enough areas to be as helpful as it could be. Many students who don’t learn very well from traditional lecture style teaching thrive in a project and hands on environment. We...

The appropriate age to stop trick-or-treating

Denaya Lewis, Opinion Editor

November 21, 2018


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How old is too old to trick or treat? While a majority of parents didn’t agree on a specific age, they did specify a range. Seventy-three percent of more than 2,000 respondents of a Facebook poll said kids should stop trick-or-treating between the ages of 12 and 17.  There is a consensus that once you reach your ‘teen’ years, you need to be doing something else with your evening than going door to do...

Mental health classes benefit all students

Mental health classes benefit all students

Sydney Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief

November 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

According to Governing magazine, as of July 1, 2018, New York became the first state to require schools to incorporate mental health education into their curriculum. Virginia is also working on integrating mental health education into ninth and 10th grade classes. According to Bustle, the classes...

Graphic media: How far is too far?

Graphic media: How far is too far?

Zach Hansen, Opinion Editor

November 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In today’s television and media, we’ve begun to desensitize ourselves to the more graphic scenes seen in some of the most popular shows today. The repeated graphic scenes in “13 Reasons Why” has shown this over and over again. While the shows warn about particularly graphic episodes, it does...

Requirement changes make Personal Finance worth the cost

Requirement changes make Personal Finance worth the cost

Sydney Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Starting with the class of 2019, seniors are required to take a semester long class called Personal Finance to be able to graduate. As stated in Honors and Academic Personal Finance teacher Jonas Luedtke’s syllabus, this course aims to “review the most critical financial literacy concepts needed...

Seaworld attendence rises, company makes a comeback

Seaworld attendence rises, company makes a comeback

Denaya Lewis, Opinion Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It is no secret that orca whales should not be kept in captivity. It can be hands down the worst thing to do to sea animals. But businesses like SeaWorld still use these animals for cruel human entertainment. Seaworld is “a chain of marine mammal parks, oceanariums, animal theme parks, and rehabilitation...

Nebraska tribes must be proactive to better themselves

Nebraska tribes must be proactive to better themselves

Corey Griffin, Business Manager

November 1, 2018


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The United States is responsible for its crime against humanity, the near complete destruction of an entire culture, and yet it continues to deny that such an atrocious event even occurred. The systematic killing, relocating and purging of Native Americans began at the very foundation of this country,...

Four day school week: Is it for the students?

Zach Hansen, Opinion Editor

November 1, 2018


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The merits of a 4-day school week have yet to be fully discussed and studied completely, but so far, the pro’s seem to outweigh the con’s. A study done by the Journal of Education and Training Studies has repeatedly shown that with the four-day system, costs have been cut anywhere from .4% t...

School recycling needs prioritization

School recycling needs prioritization

Cecilia Barbosa, Opinion Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Thousands of students across the America eat school lunch every day, starting from elementary to high school. They pick their stuff to leave, throw away their cardboard trey & milk and plastic silverware. Many of them don’t think twice about it because it’s the normal routine, the same one...

Foundations for everyone

Cecelia Barbosa, Opinion Editor

February 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The beauty world is filled with color and options ranging from twenty different red lip shades, to the types of eyeliner tips to use. When you shop online or walk into any beauty store you can see hundreds of different eyeshadow pallets, textures, and applications. It’s easy to find the exact shade...

A legacy forgotten: Lost history must be reclaimed

Alex Skaggs, Opinion Editor

February 28, 2018


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Once a year, the country comes together to remember the legacy of a man who seemed to change the world in an instant. They speak of him in admiration and praise. Few, if any, could speak out against him besides those who are explicitly racist. And today, his message is generally accepted. I mean, who...

Delegating months to cultural celebration is segregation

Corey Griffin, Business Manager

February 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion

African American History Month has been contested since its creation and questioned whether it brings an overall benefit to society or creates a further divide between whites and blacks . February is the shortest month of the year, and each year African American History Month is confined to these 28...

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