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Music While Studying: Helping or Harming?

October 21, 2019 12:28am | Helen Roche

So many students across the globe feel a need to listen to music to help with concentrating while studying, but is their choice in music making it more challenging to focus? If you are listening to rap, hip-hop, rock, or any lyrical music you are […]

Open Lunch is a Must

October 21, 2019 12:26am | Avery Pumley

School lunches, let’s talk about them. They are mushy, greasy, and brown. Nothing but chemicals mixed together to create some what of an edible food. Everyday students go through the day without having eaten because they would rather wait until dinner time because what other […]

Why Even Learn About Poetry?

October 21, 2019 12:22am | Bryant Newlon

Why is poetry even part of our curriculum? I have asked this question many times only to be told “We can’t forget the past” or “We all need to know how to write poetry”. Poetry was part of our history but with where we are […]

Opinion on Standardized Testing

October 21, 2019 12:00am | Cassidy Baldridge

It is that time of year when students are taking standardized tests again. All throughout high school we are told how important these tests are and how well we need to do to get into a good college. Students are taking the PSAT for the […]

Pros and Cons of Veganism

October 15, 2019 3:54pm | Sophia Masek

One of the most basic health trends of the 21st century (and one of the most difficult) is veganism. It’s very obvious there are clear benefits and disadvantages to being vegan, and if done wrong it can be very damaging to your health. However, if […]

Later Start Times

October 12, 2019 11:54pm | Ayden Wacker

Its Monday morning and you hear the dreadful sound of your alarm. The last thing you want to do is go work hard in school and give it you’re all. What makes that alarm so dreadful and the want to work so absent? Lack of […]

Samsung Phones vs iPhones

October 12, 2019 11:47pm | Emma Perry

iPhones are just a gimmick for Apple to gain money. Now, yes we have to pay for the iPhones and we expect the iPhones to work for more than a year. Apple purposely slows down the older versions of the iPhone so the consumers buy […]

Honoring Seniors on Their Last Home Game

October 12, 2019 11:33pm | Cassidy Baldridge

When you enter high school and you participate in a sport, you learn that at the end of each season there is a night where you celebrate the seniors. At the end of each season, the last home game is usually when this night is […]

A Freshman’s Take On Homecoming

October 8, 2019 2:49pm | Matthew Mannion

I know that a lot of people enjoy homecoming; however my experience wasn’t great. I understand the concept and why it is the way it is,  but I just personally do not like it. The amount of people there was a huge issue for me. […]

One Lakewood Place

October 4, 2019 2:45pm | Terence Checkett

After the long-standing debate over the future of Lakewood Hospital ended with the tearing down of a Lakewood landmark, a new discussion emerged: what to do with the new space. There were talks of a new, city-funded public recreation center as an alternative to the […]

We Miss You Burger King

September 27, 2019 4:37pm | Matthew Mannion

I personally love Starbucks. It is a nice place to go hang out and they make great drinks and food. However, I miss Burger King. I wish they would have just kept it. When Burger King officially shut down at the end of March, I […]

Sexism in the Dress Code

September 23, 2019 5:57pm | Avery Plumley

Almost every school across the nation has certain sets of rules for the students and staff that are designed to create a safe and inviting space. One of the most important rules to follow are the schools dress code. A long list of guidelines of […]

Is Homework A Necessity?

September 20, 2019 4:37pm | Ayden Wacker

Having time to keep up with what’s going on currently while remaining diligent can be hard for some people. According to U.S. News teachers on average assign 17.5 hours of homework per week.  This means that after a 6 hour school day students are spending […]

18 Years Since 9/11

September 20, 2019 3:48pm | Cassidy Baldridge

September 11, 2001 a tragedy struck across the United States.  Almost 3,000 people were killed from terrorist attacks. From the World trade Center to the Pentagon to a field in Pennsylvania planes struck all three. It has been 18 years and there are now upcoming […]

How to have a fulfilling stress free day.

September 13, 2019 3:51pm | Kyle Ciresi

No, I’m not writing this article to give you a spiel about doing what makes you happy, and it’s not some poser self-help crap. I wrote this article to share just one of the many ways I deal and cope with the existential dread of life. […]

Elite in America

September 9, 2019 11:41pm | Adam Schraibman

In America money and power rule over everything. The top .1% live in isolation from the rest of the world yet are able to change anything they want with it. This has split many American families whether it be through high prices of medicine or […]

Balancing Work and School

September 5, 2019 2:44pm | Caden Stanuch

In a world where everything is getting more expensive, it is no surprise that people are entering the workforce at a younger and younger age. According to oklahoman.com, about one in four high school students are employed. That is about three million extra people in […]

Should we start using electric cars?

May 30, 2019 11:41am | Aidan Sterling

Global warming endangers our health, jeopardizes our national security, and threatens other basic human needs. Some impacts such as record high temperatures, rising seas, and severe flooding and droughts are already increasingly common. Using electric cars or more fuel-efficient cars to stop putting so many […]

What Summer Is Like In Lakewood

May 30, 2019 11:39am | Maddy McFarlin

When summer comes to Lakewood, it is always the same old thing.  You go to Malley’s, get ice cream or you go out to eat maybe to Cozumel or Barrio. If we are being honest there is not much to do in Lakewood, especially in […]

Students Should be Able to Order Outside Food

May 30, 2019 11:37am | Aiden Kelley

It’s not rare to hear of students complaining about how bad the school lunches are. They’re normally drenched in mystery liquid and crunchy in places they shouldn’t be. If we aren’t allowed to go out for an open lunch, then why aren’t we allowed to […]

Football is Boring to Watch, at Any Level

May 30, 2019 11:36am | Shaun Gregg

Not once in my life have I wanted to watch, or flip channels to the current football game(s) that are on. There is nothing fun about it to me, all I see are people running around a field or running into each other. Think about […]

Browns to the playoffs

May 28, 2019 1:01pm | Will Hyatt

The 2019-20 season will be the one where the Browns will finally make it to the playoffs.  They have acquired a couple of new superstars to help them make it as well as being in a weakening league.  A couple of those players include WR […]


May 23, 2019 4:33pm | Maddy McFarlin

It is getting to the point in the year where everyone is just ready for summer. People are making their plans for the hopefully long but typically short 3 months. Kids cannot wait to finally be free from school, so they can sleep in until […]

We Stand Up For What is Right

May 22, 2019 6:53pm | Maddy McFarlin

On Tuesday, May 21st, 2019, there was a Stop Abortion Bans Day of Action gathering at Downtown Cleveland in Public Square. This was going on all over the country not only in Cleveland. I had the chance to go to this gathering and it was […]

Why Walkouts Don’t Work

May 22, 2019 6:41pm | Aiden Kelley

In my three years that I’ve been at this school, I’ve witnessed only one walkout actually happen. While I really like that teens are speaking out about what they believe in, I can’t help but see that in the end, it becomes pretty pointless. Try […]

Should We Keep Daylight Saving Time?

May 19, 2019 8:00pm | Young Shell

Since World War II, the United States and Europe have been using daylight saving time to save energy. Back when we used coal and oil to heat our homes, we felt it a necessity to save any amount of vital resources to power the expensive […]

We No Longer Have Rights To Our Bodies

May 19, 2019 7:57pm | Maddy McFarlin

In Ohio and Alabama they have now banned abortion. Anyone that has an abortion will get charged for “manslaughter” they will end up getting convicted for longer than a rapist would. When most of the people who want an abortion want it because they were […]

What is the Best Season?

May 19, 2019 7:18pm | Lauren Jones

Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter: The 4 seasons we experience in 1 year. We all have our thoughts on why we think a single season is the best. People like Spring for the warm weather, gardening, playing outside, and etc. People like Summer for vacation […]

American Prison Reform

May 19, 2019 7:17pm | Evelyn Jenkins

The United States prison system is incredibly flawed. According to the ACLU, The United States has 25% of the world’s prison population, yet it only makes up 5% of the global population. Also, since 1970, our prison population has increased by 700%. With 2.3 million […]

Global Warming: Food, Nature, and Energy

May 19, 2019 6:41pm | Molly Roche

There are a multitude of things that contribute to global warming and climate change. While some aspects of it are more naturally occurring, it is clear that human activity is having the greatest impact on global warming. The things we do here on earth have […]

Social Media Influencers

May 19, 2019 6:30pm | Maddy McFarlin

Nowadays there are social media influencers everywhere for things that truly do not need to have influencers. Kids just follow in the influencers footsteps. They think that they have to be exactly like the influencers to have a happy life. They love to copy their […]

National Geographic New Series the Hot Zone

May 16, 2019 4:34pm | Samuel Stone

February 10th of this year, National Geographic premiered a trailer for their newest show, The Hot Zone. The series depicts the series of events that occurred in the 1980s when Ebola touched down on American soil for the first time. It is based on Richard […]

Why the warriors will win the NBA finals

May 13, 2019 4:12pm | Ahmad Nijem

The defending NBA champs, The Golden State Warriors have been on an extraordinary run. They are the number on the offensive team and defensive team in the NBA. They reached the Western Finals this past Friday beating the Rockets in just six games. Although Kevin […]

This is why you should study abroad

May 13, 2019 4:06pm | Blanca Montes

Studying abroad is something you should consider doing at some point in your life. Being an exchange student is like starting a new life, everything is new and you decide how to make it work. You experience a lot of different feelings, it can be […]

Winter Depression- Is it Real?

May 9, 2019 5:02pm | Kaitlyn Rosa

Who doesn’t love summer? The hot sun beating down your neck, the sweat dripping down your back, and the beautiful temperatures. People are so active in the summer. They are happy and relaxed. What happens when it is over? The warm sun turns into dangerous […]

Coming to an End…

May 9, 2019 4:58pm | Jillian Moorman

It has been twelve years in school and for the Class of 2019, it is about to come to an end. Yes, it is all coming to a close. The seniors are in their final two weeks of school; the countdown has begun. Within the […]

It Is Just A Step Along Your Journey

May 9, 2019 4:57pm | Maddy McFarlin

Everyone always thinks when they are in high school that high school is the most important and highlighted time of their life. Little do they know it is only 4 short years of their hopefully long life. They all want to care about popularity and […]

Lakewood Should Allow Non-School Sports as a Gym Credit

May 9, 2019 4:57pm | Aiden Kelley

As we all know, Lakewood offers of all kinds of sports, from cross country in the fall, to swimming in the winter, to track and field in the fall. In total, there are only sixteen different sports to choose from. It’s also common knowledge that […]

Is It Good to Be A Vegetarian?

May 9, 2019 1:54pm | Jacob Goings

Lots of people are vegetarian, but most people are not. 3.2 percent of the world’s population is vegetarian. That is about 246.4 million people out of 7.7 billion. Is it good to become vegetarian? On What to Know About The Vegetarian Diet by Christian Nordqvist, he […]

Honor Your Knowledge

May 9, 2019 1:06pm | Maddy McFarlin

Nowadays kids are scared to show off their knowledge. They feel as if they are going to get judged or be called names for being smart. Athletes constantly get praised for doing one thing that half the time is not even that amazing. When they […]

Why Fire Trucks Are Cool

May 9, 2019 1:04pm | Shaun Gregg

Okay dude, so think about this, why aren’t firetrucks cool? They got a big Diesel engine pushing that hot 550 horsepower to push that 19-30 tonnes. Do you even know why they’re red? Of course not you idiot. Let me give you a little rundown […]

James Harden

May 8, 2019 5:53pm | Sean Teets

James Harden. There is no real way to describe the way this man plays basketball. James Harden is THE shooting guard on the Houston Rockets, and he plays in the NBA. He has been in the top 3 running for MVP (Most Valuable Player) for […]

Does Class Rank Matter?

May 8, 2019 5:51pm | Nina Zanghi

In recent years, high schools across the country have been getting rid of the age-old tradition of class ranks. One of the main goals of getting rid of class ranks is to stop the intense rivalry and competition between students. Another goal is to help […]

Tobey Maguire vs. Andrew Garfield vs. Tom Holland: Who is the Best Spider-Man?

May 8, 2019 5:47pm | Lauren Jones

Spider-Man, one of the most well-known Marvel characters ever created. In the time that the character has been portrayed in film, 3 actors have played the famous web-slinger: Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland who is the current actor playing Spider-Man. Maguire played the […]

Our Oceans Are Dirty, and Nobody Gives A Sh!%

May 7, 2019 4:32pm | Madeline Zingale

Some days when I’m scrolling through Twitter, and I see pictures of our dirty oceans that are supposed to be beautiful, and polar bears with no fur on dry land with no snow. I think to myself, how did this happen? On Earth Day, I […]

Year-Round Schooling

May 7, 2019 4:28pm | Kaitlyn Rosa

There are many places all around the world that believe in year-round schooling. I guess it works for them, too. They get up, go to school, go home, and get ready for the next day. They do not know what it is like to be […]

Plastic Epidemic

May 7, 2019 4:15pm | Semra Dervisevic

Plastic is everywhere in our society. We drink out of it; we play with toys that are made out of it; we carry groceries with bags made out of it. We depend on plastic. But, now we are drowning in it. Plastic bags we use […]

Why Summer is the Best Season

May 7, 2019 4:12pm | Angie Amato

The warm calm season of summer is just around the corner, and I couldn’t be more excited. Summer, in my opinion, is the best season compared to Fall, Winter, and Spring. I love summer because of its 3 months of freedom. I enjoy not having […]

Teachers Carrying Guns

May 2, 2019 5:57pm | Evelyn Jenkins

After the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting on February 14th, 2018 many state legislators proposed different ideas on how to combat the issue of school shootings. One idea was that teachers with a concealed carry would be allowed to carry guns in their classrooms. On Wednesday […]

Legalization of Marijuana

May 2, 2019 5:27pm | Maddy McFarlin

Everyone wants to talk about how bad Marijuana is for everyone and how it will kill you…it really won’t. In Ohio there has been a debate on if Marijuana should be legalized or not. There are many that say it should but there are still […]