Unpopular opinion: Christmas is overrated
BY CAMILA FERNANDEZ While the snowman decorations at every corner can be adorable, and the sweet taste of gingerbread cookies is like no other, Christmas to many can be described as a month-long headache. As the years go on, this migraine seems to begin earlier and earlier, with some... Read more
Trayvon Martin was denied his right to exist seven years ago, and George Zimmerman wants you to think that’s okay
BY JOSEPH STURGEON George Zimmerman should be behind bars for the 2012 murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Unfortunately though, he isn’t, and is instead reportedly suing Martin’s family and their attorney, accusing them of “malicious prosecution” and witness fraud.  This fact alone is appalling, but what accentuates the hideousness... Read more
Student crime watch still hasn’t come to CCHS…and for good reason
BY SASHEEN JOSEPH The phrase, “If you see something, say something,” is heard by almost every administrator at CCHS. Going along with this motto, an announcement of a new club was made last year called the Student Crime Watch Program.  Fast-forwarding to this year, the first meeting of the... Read more
Gabrielle Union’s departure from “America’s Got Talent”: How NBC is wrongly handling racism
BY JAELYN YEAMPIERRE Judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough left the hit NBC show “America’s Got Talent” (AGT) on November 22, 2019. Since then, Union has received a massive amount of support via social media after news got out about some of the “problematic” reasons behind her departure.  Union... Read more
Hit send, save a life?: Why texting 911 should be expanded nationwide
BY CAMILA FERNANDEZ “Call police. I’m gonna die.” Sent through a text by Eddie Justice during the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, these somber last words only go to represent an urgent, underlying defect in America’s communicating and dispatching system. Justice was among several victims that night that... Read more
Teen curfews: An ineffective form of behavioral control
BY CHRIS GOMES Curfews are something that traditionally teenagers can’t stand, yet something that adults love.  Teen curfews often have a fairly innocent intention: to protect minors from doing anything that can harm themselves or anyone else. This belief that teens aren’t mature enough to take care of themselves,... Read more
Getting a head start: Students should do more to better their academic life post-high school
BY RYAN MERARD One’s high school years are often seen as some of the most stressful in one’s life, as many students are constantly doing their best to set up their future. One of the main ways that a student can prepare for their education after these four years... Read more
Behind the wheel: Why it is important to get a driver’s license as soon as possible
BY ARIELLE KRAUS Turning 16 is an important milestone for most high school students. It is a time when they are old enough to obtain a driver’s license and finally get a glimpse of true independence.  Many teenagers may not want to get their license as soon as possible... Read more
Honestly, just cancel every child’s school lunch debt
BY JOSEPH STURGEON Earlier this month, an Arkansas man named Dustin Wright raised nearly $8,000 to pay off the school lunch debt of students at his town’s local high school. Wright’s generous act displays a level of altruism that every human being should aspire to, but as kind as... Read more
The prevalent misuse of mental health terms shows a need for greater education
BY ABBIE TUSCHMAN “Oh my god, I’m so OCD. I love color-coding.” “My math teacher is really bipolar.” “Watching the last season of ‘Game of Thrones’ was an emotionally traumatizing experience.” It’s difficult to go a whole day in high school without overhearing someone misuse a mental health term.... Read more