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Why Russell Westbrook is Overrated

April 25, 2019 1:33pm | Tommy Sala

Russell Westbrook is an all-star caliber player year in and year out. Although, this does not take away from the fact that he is an overrated, stat chasing point guard. Here are some of his stats. During the regular season, Russell Westbrook averaged a triple […]

The Legal Voting Age Should be Lowered to 16 and Heres Why.

April 25, 2019 1:16pm | Angie Amato

We live in a society where teenagers are belittled every day. Where kids at the age of 16 and 17, have little to no power in a world dominated by adults. They have been pushed aside constantly, and get silenced whenever they try to speak […]


April 18, 2019 12:26pm | Sean Teets

On May 28th, 2016, Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio made a detrimental mistake. A three-year-old had fallen into the Gorilla exhibit. In fear of the child’s life, the workers at the Cincinnati zoo took the most intense precaution, killing the Gorilla. This was taken too far […]

No Phones in School

April 18, 2019 12:17pm | Rawad Khawam

Schools and colleges everywhere should start having policies on no phones during the class or lectures. Students learn nothing by having their phones out and about. Teachers and Professors also get annoyed by this action. By students having their phones on the table their productivity […]

Are dogs better friends than cats?

April 18, 2019 12:13pm | Jacob Goings

There has been a common discussion for a while now about which are better pets; cats or dogs? While it is not known which pet is better and if you want a more accurate answer, you would have to go off of your own personal […]

We Are Living In A Simulation

April 16, 2019 6:02pm | Evelyn Jenkins

In the past couple years, Elon Musk has come out saying he believes we are in a simulation. In an interview on stage at Recode’s Code Conference Musk states, “There’s a billion to one chance we’re living in base reality,” Elon Musk is a technology […]

Why Lakewood High Should Allow Open Lunch

April 16, 2019 12:21pm | Madeline Cummings

During midterms or finals week, Lakewood High School’s altered schedule allows for students to have an open lunch period in which they will go out to eat at places near the high school. They then come back to finish the rest of their testing. After testing […]

Please Adopt!

April 15, 2019 3:00pm | Bella Nieves

 About 3.7 million animals were euthanized in shelters across the nation in 2008. Only we have the power to lower this statistic by adopting animals from shelters to prevent them from being killed. “With dogs in shelters, you feel like you’re giving them a new shot at […]


April 15, 2019 2:42pm | Semra Dervisevic

As a parent, making important decisions regarding the health and safety of your child is the number one job. Decisions include which car seats to use or which schools to put their children in. Another big decision that has sparked up some controversy and heat […]

We Need to Put Down the Phone

April 15, 2019 2:40pm | Cassidy Baldridge

Is technology taking over this generation? Look all around you. I bet that you can find at least one person whose eyes are glued to their phone. Now a days it is weird to know someone who does not have a smart phone. Many people […]

Disturbing Scene in Netflix Documentary Sparks Controversy

April 11, 2019 5:51pm | Molly Roche

On April 5th, 2019, Netflix released “Our Planet,” a British nature documentary series. Narrated by David Attenborough each episode entails a look into the lives of various wild animals as they struggle through the effects of climate change. Episode two, “Frozen Worlds,” featured a look […]

Is Technology Limiting Creativity?

April 11, 2019 5:48pm | Maddy McFarlin

Our whole lives are revolved around technology nowadays. Everything runs off it. Everything is taken over by it. Everything relies on it. Ever since all of this new technology has been coming out it seems as if teens and other people are just so focused […]

Too Much Spirit?

April 11, 2019 4:16pm | Aiden Kelley

Is there such a thing as too much school spirit? A lot of people seem to think so. So far this year we’ve had three different spirit weeks and pep rallies, which I don’t really see the point of. Though it’s nice to represent all […]

Multilingual Speakers Have More Clout than You

April 11, 2019 3:04pm | Zach Shell

How important do you think it is to know another language? There are over 6,900 living languages found throughout the world, but Americans tend to know only one: English. It is the most common language spoken in the United States and many other countries, but […]

Are the SAT and ACT Necessary?

April 11, 2019 3:04pm | Maddy Mcfarlin

Every high school student knows of the time where they have to prepare for college which means having to take the ACT or SAT. We always stress about these tests because we make it seem like it will make or break our future. So many […]

Avengers Endgame Best Movie of 2019

April 11, 2019 12:28pm | Katie Booth

The newest Marvel Avengers movie Avengers: Endgame comes out April 26th, 2019. After several years in the making, phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to an end. Endgame is a sequel to The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War. Making it the twenty-second […]

Standardized Testing

April 11, 2019 12:25pm | Lalia Riseng

As spring begins, the end of the school year is in sight! Spring is also the beginning of state-wide testing, through the AIR tests. Lakewood High School’s days of testing are the mornings of April 9th, 10th, 24th, 24th, and 26th. Not every student at […]

Life in the Cafeteria

April 11, 2019 12:22pm | Anthony Cunningham

Buying your own lunch at school is something that many kids, as well as teenagers, have done, and have been doing for quite some time. At this point, it’s practically the norm. Many people can probably agree that the food being offered to students on […]

Notre Dame Cathedral, and why I do not care

April 8, 2019 6:06pm | Chris Thelen

Yesterday was when this small “tragedy”  happened that consisted of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral in France caught fire and burned a good portion of the place. First of all, More than 80 percent of the people I know have never been/or will never go […]

Why Giannias Antetokounmpo should be NBA MVP

April 8, 2019 4:15pm | Ahmad Nijem

Giannis Has been playing at an extraordinary level. No one is the NBA is at the playing intensity he is at right now. In the 2018-2019 NBA season he is averaging 27.7 PPG , 12.5 RPG, and 5.9 APG. He has led his team to […]

Bipolar Disorder: It’s Not a Joke

April 8, 2019 4:14pm | Bella Nieves

What is bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a condition that results in severe mood swings and manic episodes. People with Bipolar disorder have emotional highs and lows that are very extreme; they aren’t just instant. These highs and lows can […]

Why Spotify is Better than Apple Music

April 8, 2019 4:04pm | Angie Amato

The war between the two most popular music streaming apps has been going on for a few years now, Spotify vs. Apple Music. The two music platforms have millions and millions of listeners. Each streaming app has a hardcore following of supporters. The apps are […]

Benefit Us, Not Hurt Us

April 4, 2019 6:05pm | Maddy McFarlin

All of the administrators at our school continue to say to us that everything they do is for us, but is it really? With all they do it just seems like it is convenient for them. All the rules they give us never benefit us in […]

Why the Bell Jar Isn’t Just About Depression

April 4, 2019 4:25pm | Sam Stone

The book The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath is, of course, an old classic. But it is never irrelevant. The semi-autobiographical story of Plath’s early twenties, at a time where her depression was it its worst, is Plath’s only novel. Much like Plath, Esther Greenwood, […]

How Music Makes the World Go ‘Round.

April 4, 2019 1:06pm | Maddy McFarlin

Everyone in this world listens to music. That is how we all bond together. Someone you may not even know likes and has the same music taste as you. You can end up being someone’s new best friend by learning what their music taste is like. You […]

Post Spring Break Changes

April 4, 2019 1:03pm | Aiden Kelley

Sadly, spring break is over. With that comes a new rule to be enforced at LHS. All students must now enter through either the cafeteria doors, or the Robinwood Avenue doors in the C Building. The supposed reason for this change is to keep the […]

Why the NBA should allow 18 year olds to enter the draft.

April 2, 2019 2:05pm | Ahmad Nijem

In the year 2005, the NBA changed the age to enter the draft. Before 2005, at just 18 years-old you were allowed to enter the NBA draft. This was changed because people thought that you should experience a year of college basketball before going to […]

Why Schools Should Start Later

April 2, 2019 1:48pm | Cassidy Baldridge

School starts no later than 8:30 for high schools. This does not give the brain a lot of time to wake up especially in teens. Imagine not going to bed until 1 o’clock and having to wake up at 7, and having to take a big […]

Individuality: Learning to Love Yourself

April 2, 2019 12:09pm | Bella Nieves

This is the time in life we figure out who we are and discover our identity. We all know that life can be challenging. In today’s world, being a part of the youth comes with so many obstacles and conflicts. We are transitioning from children […]

School Should Start Later so Teens Can Get More Sleep?

April 1, 2019 5:28pm | Jordan Esposito

According to the National Sleep Foundation, “Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function best. Most teens do not get enough sleep — one study found that only 15% reported sleeping 8 1/2 hours on school nights.” Do school, electronics, […]

Was the Blue Devils Season a Failure?

April 1, 2019 5:20pm | David Facaros

Considering Duke had just escaped consecutive rounds of the NCAA tournament thanks largely to two point-blank, last-gasp shots that rolled precipitously off the rim, it was not altogether unsurprising that the Blue Devils’ 2018–19 season ended with a loss to Michigan State. The Spartans beat […]

Ohio to Defund Planned Parenthood

April 1, 2019 4:00pm | McKenzie Lane

A few weeks back in early March, the federal appeals court allowed a Ohio Law that desired to defund Planned Parenthood. The 6th circuit court of appeals located in Cincinnati decided in an 11-6 vote that reversed a 2016 law, making public payments to Planned […]

The Way Kids Learn Everything Nowadays.

March 30, 2019 1:08am | Maddy Mcfarlin

Nowadays all kids do is watch television and go on the internet. That is exactly how they learn everything they know now. They listen to what they hear and see and then they do the same. Kids do not know any better. Most parents just […]

Washington Post Deals With Backlash Over Transphobic Comic by Syndicate Comic Mark Lester

March 29, 2019 4:24pm | Sam Stone

The photo below was created by Washington Post syndicate comic Mark Lester. The photo drew some controversy of its content and the punch-line that went over a few people’s heads. The punch-line relates to the played-out joke of how a trans woman tricks straight men […]

“Heartbeat Bill” passed in Ohio Senate

March 15, 2019 6:30pm | Joey Toole

On Wednesday March 13th, the Ohio Senate voted on SB23, or more commonly known as the “Heartbeat Bill.” In a 19-13 vote, it passed to be sent to the House of Representatives, which is republican controlled. This bill prohibits abortions after fetus has a detectable […]

Why Teens Need Better Time Management.

March 15, 2019 4:53pm | Maddy McFarlin

We all know that time of the year at the end of the quarter where we are all cramming to get our work done and get our grades up. It is one of the most stressful times of the year. “When I do not want […]

Odell Beckham to Cleveland

March 15, 2019 4:50pm | David Facaros

Around 8 o’clock on Wednesday night, word broke out that the Browns have traded for Pro-Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.  According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the trade involves the Browns sending their first-round pick in 2019 (No. 17 overall), one of the Browns third-round […]

An open letter to the administration of LHS

March 8, 2019 6:45pm | Riley Geyer

Last Friday, I was dress-coded for wearing a skirt that was “too short.” This is a problem in itself, but, in my anger, I told the House Two secretary of another student out of dress code. This student, every Friday, wears a tracksuit with a […]

Can Music Change Your Mood?

March 8, 2019 6:16pm | Maddy McFarlin

Everyone listens to music. Wherever you are in the world you have listened to music before or maybe you are even listening to music right now, I know I am. When you listen to music do you listen to it to make you feel a […]

Internet Hoaxes

March 1, 2019 5:33pm | Sam Stone

Navigation of the internet is a common motif of our generation. It has come to the point you’re plugged in even as part of your curriculum. Classes try to teach you how to go through the constant stream of information with a careful eye. We […]

Why is Education So Expensive?

February 22, 2019 6:12pm | Maddy McFarlin

Every human being on this earth is born and raised to do the same thing: going to school and getting a good education to make you successful in life. I know we all hate school but we truly do need it for not just learning […]

Last Chance to See Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibit at CMA

February 22, 2019 5:30pm | Samuel Stone

On March 3rd, the Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern exhibit will be closing at the Cleveland Museum of Art. So it’s the last chance to be able to see the works, the clothes, and the history of one of America’s most iconic artists. I had the […]

West Virginia Lawmaker Asked to Resign

February 14, 2019 7:40pm | Molly Roche

Eric Porterfield, a Republican member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, has been called to resign from the West Virginia Democratic Party after making extremely offensive remarks towards the LGBT+ community. Porterfield publicly stated that he believes that members of the LGBT+ community are, […]

Valentine’s Day Can Truly Be Great For Everyone

February 14, 2019 7:39pm | Maddy McFarlin

February 14th, an amazing day that many people celebrate. A day for couples to get together and celebrate their love for each other. They get flowers, chocolates, teddy bears and all kinds of extravagant gifts to show their love. The only down side about it […]

What Matters Most to People Today?

February 8, 2019 10:01pm | Aiden Kelley

I guarantee that everyone has heard an older relative say something along the lines of “back in my day, we didn’t have this” or “when I was younger, we paid more attention to this rather than that.” So what does that mean? When you think […]

Pet Prisons

February 1, 2019 7:01pm | Maddy McFarlin

We all remember the time in our lives when we would go to the pet store on our free time just to look at how cute the puppies and tiny pets are. We never realized how truly bad the conditions those animals are living in. […]

Money Money Money

January 27, 2019 5:04pm | Maddy McFarlin

Everything in the world is based on money and that is just about it. Everyone constantly says that they have a specific purpose in life, but truly we live to make money that is our purpose. Money is our purpose. We go to school at a […]

What Should Schools Really Teach Us?

January 27, 2019 5:02pm | Aiden Kelley

You always hear the classic “you’ll need this in the real world” from your teachers, but do you actually? Last I checked, not everybody needs to know how to find the true meaning of a poem or memorize essentially useless math formulas. The United States […]

Trump’s Trangender Military Ban Passes in SCOTUS

January 25, 2019 5:13pm | Samuel Stone

In July 2017, Trump released a tweet saying that transgender individuals would not be allowed to serve openly in the military. That it excluded them from services based on the economic burden of covering their surgeries due to their service entitling them to medical care. […]

How Advertisements Affect Children

January 18, 2019 7:34pm | Maddy McFarlin

Everyone knows the saying “Monkey see, monkey do.” That saying is talking about children and do we really want our children to copy or want what advertisements show.  The way that advertisements sell things to kids is just wrong. They know that if the children […]