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Later school start times may have a positive impact on education

Later school start times may have a positive impact on education

Nick Overturf, Staff Reporter

January 21, 2020

Nick Overturf Staff Reporter Within the last decade, various school districts around the nation have altered their schedule in many ways. One of these methods, later school start times, has gained an immense amount of traction. It may be difficult for teens to naturally fall asleep before 11 p.m...

‘Uncut Gems’ dazzles audience

‘Uncut Gems’ dazzles audience

Claire Suchy, Copy Editor

January 17, 2020

Claire Suchy Copy Editor With priceless opals, reckless bets and a bedazzled furby, Uncut Gems is a rollercoaster of events that keeps viewers on the edge of their seat for 135 minutes. Uncut Gems follows the high stakes bet of a jeweler named Howard Ratner, played by Adam Sandler. Directors Josh a...

‘Little Women’: a fresh literary adaption

‘Little Women’: a fresh literary adaption

Nina Johnson, Editor in Chief

January 16, 2020

Nina Johnson Editor in Chief Countless Little Women adaptions have made the big screen throughout the twentieth century. However, Greta Gerwig’s latest adaption brings an entirely new dimension to Lousia May Alcott’s famed novel, all the while adding a layer of modernity that makes such a timeles...

Frozen 2 is an enchanted sequel for all to love (even high schoolers)

Frozen 2 is an enchanted sequel for all to love (even high schoolers)

Maddie Combs, Visuals Editor

January 9, 2020

Maddie Combs Visuals Editor  The year is 2013. Disney’s newest release Frozen hits theaters and instantly takes the world by storm. The story is one that Disney has never dabbled in before--the power of familial love and the idea that a man isn’t always a woman’s savior. With loveable cha...

The holiday movies worth watching this winter

The holiday movies worth watching this winter

Gracie Hornbaker, Features Editor

January 7, 2020

Gracie Hornbaker Features Editor With the holidays coming up, hunkering down to watch a good holiday movie--or five--is a great way to get in the spirit. Every year Netflix releases several new holiday movies. In the winter, as students get some extra relaxation time, it is important that their t...

Knives Out combines comedy and mystery

Knives Out combines comedy and mystery

Rae Malik, Opinions Editor

January 3, 2020

Rae Malik Opinions Editor and Online Layout Editor Released only this November, Knives Out has already grossed $163.8 million. Directed by Rian Johnson, this film has received three Golden Globe nominations and has anticipated Oscar buzz. Knives Out revolves around the suicide of a famous wea...

American Music Awards

American Music Awards

Rae Malik, Opinions Editor

January 2, 2020

Rae Malik Opinions Editor and Online Layout Editor This year the American Music Awards took place on November 28, 2019. The hosting responsibilities this year fell upon Ciara as she was the emcee of the award show. The opening performance of “Lose you to Love Me” and “Look at Her Now” by ...

The Art of Being Thankful

Grace Berbig, Opinions Editor

January 2, 2020

Grace Berbig Opinions Editor As we embark into January, the expectations of a peaceful, exciting and happy holiday season are increasing by the day. Although there are many joy-filled events during this month, such as giving, seeing family, receiving presents, ice skating, and watching Elf, there i...

The Power of Volunteering And How You Can Help

The Power of Volunteering And How You Can Help

Grace Berbig, Opinions Editor

November 22, 2019

Grace Berbig Opinions Editor There are countless reasons to volunteer and even more ways that you can get involved. Volunteering has many benefits; not only does it impact others, but it has significant benefits on yourself as well. According to a study done by the University of California-Berkeley an...

Following the Yellow Brick Road to Opening Night

Maddie Combs, Visuals Editor

November 21, 2019

“Mic check!” yells soundboard operator, Senior James Konkol, over the commotion of the auditorium. Actors quickly file through as Konkol gives them the ‘OK’ that their microphone is ready. Meanwhile, stagehands are busy running back and forth from wing to wing ensuring that all the props are...

There is enchantment in The Light(house)

There is enchantment in The Light(house)

Claire Suchy, Copy Editor

November 15, 2019

Claire Suchy Copy Editor Following the success of his directorial debut, The Witch, Robert Eggers’ second installment on his filmography effortlessly blends sea shanties, excessive drinking, and annoying seagulls into the most wonderful 110 minutes of insanity seen on film this year. The Light...

Does Time Fry When You’re Eating at Warren’s Restaurant and Bar?

Does Time Fry When You’re Eating at Warren’s Restaurant and Bar?

Elsa Larson, Online Layout Editor

November 12, 2019

Elsa Larson Online Layout Editor Warren’s restaurant and bar opened summer of 2019 in Loretto, just across the street from popular diners Choo Choo and Pig On The Porch. Warren’s is an American style restaurant that has grown to be a frequent choice to residents in the Maple Plain - Medina area...

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