The lack of learning with standards based grading

Tress Dorfler, Assistant News & Opinion Editor

March 13, 2020

The rewarding feeling of achieving an A+ on an assignment is reduced to a memory with the concept of standards-based grading. About five to seven years in the making at MHS, standards-based has stirred up an on-going discussion. “Standards-based...

Students should warm up to WinterFest

Isabella Marotti, Staff Reporter

February 12, 2020

It’s been almost four years since MHS changed the turnabout dance to the winter formal. It's been almost two years since the winter formal has been transitioned into WinterFest. As an alternative to a formal dance with a sing...

To the burning, stop the warming

Sarah Parduhn, Entertainment Editor

February 12, 2020

It is blatantly obvious that in the last decade, there has been a bountiful amount of talk about climate change, as there should be, but being informed is not the same as taking action. So far in 2020, the warming temperatures...

Student Press Freedom Day: The importance of scholastic journalism

Editorial Board

February 12, 2020

Student journalism is one of the main ways through which students can receive objective news stories, in-depth opinions and detailed coverage of local, state and national events. Scholastic journalism is also an opportunity for...

Fast Fashion: The Real Cost of Cheap Clothes

Ashley Cline, Features Editor

February 12, 2020

Fast fashion defined: inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends.  ~According to Oxford English Dictionary The term was used as early as 1989 when the New York Times covered the ...

For better or for worse, local malls cut back on Black Friday hours

Ashley Cline and Hannah Stanley

December 11, 2019

Local malls, such as Hawthorn and Woodfield, moved away from the overnight shopping stampedes of Black Friday by deciding to close shops at midnight on Thanksgiving night and reopening Friday morning at 6 a.m. One reason given...

New Christmas traditions lose sentimental meaning

Sarah Parduhn, Entertainment Editor

December 11, 2019

It is the most wonderful time of the year: Christmas. For those who celebrate the holiday, it is a time of family and gift-giving. Christmas Day is celebrated as a major festival and public holiday in countries around the world,...

Christmas music: Is it a case of a lack of creativity or too classic to be forgotten?

Hannah Stanley, Assistant Editor-in-Chief

December 11, 2019

A holiday most known for joyous music and festive spirit leaves many eager early in the season to start celebrating Christmas. However, as eager as many are to start the season with Christmas music, there seems to be a sense of...

The battle for free speech, free press: college campus showdown

MacKenzie Stewart, News & Opinion & Online Editor

December 11, 2019

In the U.S., there has not only been increasing political polarization but increasing infringements on the freedom of the press, which has not only hampered the integrity of journalism, but also lends light to the increasing political...

Why the 2020 election is more important than ever

MacKenzie Stewart, News & Opinion & Online Editor

October 29, 2019

With allegations of illegal activity in communications with Ukraine, the Democrats have launched an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. This 2020 election, therefore, is more crucial than ever as the country will...

Student art pieces create community discussion around difficult conversations

Madison Parola, Co-Editor-In-Chief

May 2, 2019

    The advanced art students set up a “Pop-Up” art show in the C-Wing during the last week of February where they displayed forty student art pieces. These art pieces-- several shown at the Illinois High School Art E...

The Fortnite craze as battle royale dominates

Jaden Gil, Staff Reporter

May 1, 2019

Games like Fortnite, Apex Legends and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds have taken over the gaming industry in recent years. The one aspect that all of these games have in common is that they fall under the battle royale genre,...