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Shawn Mendes’ new song is ethereal

Swimming in a body of water, Shawn Mendes poses for the cover of his new song, “Wonder”. Released on Oct 2, the song teases for his upcoming fourth studio album to be released on Dec 4.

Lauren Azevedo, Social Media Manager

October 13, 2020

Shawn Mendes is known as a teenage heart throb around the world. His previous three albums were made within the last five years, a time of growth and independence for Mendes. He would have been 16 when his first album released, 18 by the time of the second one and 19 for his most recent album.   Due t...

School district budget cuts hurt students, teachers

As the School District struggles with a shortage of funds, Superintendent Addison Davis has proposed a slate of new budget cuts. Those these policies are intended to save money, they harm students and teachers.

Rowan O'Flanagan, Staff Member

October 12, 2020

As the Hillsborough County School District attempts to reconcile a massive shortage of funds, new Superintendent Addison Davis has proposed a series of budget cuts which rein in the district’s spending—at the expense of Hillsborough County students and staff members’ wellbeing.   A maj...

Is it working?

Is it working?

Ava Nelson and Izzy Antilla

October 8, 2020

Is the electoral college a fundamental American institution or an antique democratic practice?

Electric Cars – What is the Hype?

Many companies are considering transferring from producing gas powered vehicles to electric vehicles. With more concerns about the world’s climate, the production of electric vehicles is expanding hopefully leading us to a healthier future.

Emma Kuschmeider, Staff Member

October 7, 2020

The expansion of electric vehicles increases globally, meaning more and more are on the road around the world. Tesla Motors being one of the biggest competitions of the makings and sale of electric vehicles. But what is all the hype about electric vehicles? Why are companies failing to make their own EV’s? And how muc...

College Curveballs

Many seniors are currently working on their college applications. New challenges to the application process were created as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. One of the new stressors students have had to deal with is showing continuity in extracurricular activities despite many things this year being cancelled or moved online.

Jessie Larrinaga, Managing Editor

October 5, 2020

College applications are something that have always been considered stressful and challenging. Every year students complain about the deadlines, the stress of writing and editing essays, and then worrying about whether they got in or not. But this year, COVID-19 has added a swath of new things for students to be on-edge about.  ...

Dear Class of 2024

Dear Class of 2024

Kate Bernstein, Photography Editor

October 1, 2020

  Question: What’s one or two pieces of advice you would give to this year’s freshman class?    “The best advice I could give freshman students is to enjoy their year and not complain about wishing they were older. You might not think this is true, but high school flies by. I ca...

The Ban on TikTok is Uncalled For

The Ban on TikTok is Uncalled For

Lauren Azevedo, Social Media Manager

September 29, 2020

My mom broke the news to me that the U.S. would finally follow through with their decision to ban TikTok. Bay News 9 sent out the text confirming that not only TikTok, but an app called WeChat would be banned by Sunday, Sept. 20. The Chinese owned apps will no longer reside in the app store.   In ...

The Benefits of E-Learning

E-learning allows students to keep themselves and their families safe from the coronavirus, but it also has other benefits that make school life easier. The option to attend school online was made available during the pandemic for those who didn’t feel ready to take on the risk that goes with being around thousands of people every day.

Jessie Larrinaga, Managing Editor

September 21, 2020

A year ago, students probably never would have imagined that they’d have to choose between the safety of themselves and their families and going to school. But during this pandemic, "normal” activities have changed drastically. At the beginning of this school year, students were given the optio...

Canvas Complaints and Confusion

Open to Canvas, the computer displays the dashboard where students can see their work for the upcoming week. Canvas has been used as the educational platform for e-learners and brick and mortar students.

Lauren Azevedo, Staff Member

September 16, 2020

The new educational platform, Canvas, ceases to excite students who previously used Edsby. Students are dependent on the site and it seems like it’s headed for disaster.   In previous years, students were able to communicate to their teachers, access grades and assignments, and receive updates t...

Farewell Football Game Fun

 Hillsborough County Public Schools are limiting attendance to football games. The new spectator guidelines permit each participant to invite four people to attend.

Hartley Hill, Copy Editor

September 9, 2020

While written with positive intentions and for the well-being of participants and fans, the new spectator procedures under the Hillsborough County Public Schools Return to Athletics plan are flawed. They fail to prioritize students and will likely create more disorganization and confusion in a...

What is good and bad about the new AP exams

How I think College Board could improve with AP testing this year

Izzy Antilla

May 18, 2020

Due to COVID-19, AP exams this year have gone through a series of changes to help accommodate students to the situation. I have mixed feelings about how they chose to adjust to the circumstances; while there are some positives with how they handled it, there are things that could be improved.    ...

Listen to your heart

The new Bachelor show “Listen to Your Heart” focuses on single men and women that have a passion for music and are seeking love. The show premiered Monday, Apr. 13.

Hartley Hill, Copy Editor

May 4, 2020

The new Bachelor show, “Listen to Your Heart,” premiered Monday, Apr. 13, giving all Bachelor fans two hours of excitement and solace in the middle of this quarantine. The show features 20 single men and women who all have two things in common: they have found a love for music but are still looking for...

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