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PlayVS makes history bringing Fortnite into high schools, colleges as official sport

Sarah Levine, News Editor

February 14, 2020

As the esports industry is gaining popularity and publicity, the LA-startup, PlayVS has just made history by bringing Fortnite, one of the most popular video games throughout the world, into high schools and colleges as an o...

Former Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant dies in fatal helicopter crash

Simon Kidane, Staff Writer

February 14, 2020

On Jan. 26, Kobe Bryant, former NBA star for the Los Angeles Lakers, alongside his 13-year old daughter Gianna and seven others, was killed in a helicopter crash. Bryant’s tragic event shocked the world, with news source...

This Week in History: Valentine’s Day begins in honor of St. Valentine

Marisa Silverman, Managing Editor

February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day! Time to enjoy cheap chocolate, roses and romance. How did this staple of secular holidays come to be and reach its popularity in the U.S., you might ask?According to Britannica, Valentine’s Day...

Coronavirus outbreak alarms community

Izzy Muffett, Staff Writer

February 14, 2020

Students in Montgomery County and people across the United States are becoming increasingly anxious after the outbreak of Coronavirus in China has started spreading to America, with 12 cases as of Feb. 11. The Coronavi...

Online Exclusive: High school brings new opportunities to leave comfort zone

Nesya Weinsweig, Staff Writer

February 14, 2020

The transition from middle school to high school brings challenges but also the ability to try new things.  Sports, clubs, extracurriculars and the conjoining of two middle schools builds up the pressure of making friends and...

Online Exclusive: Groundhog shadow nowhere to be found

Nicolas Depalma, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

Punxsutawney Phil of Punxsutawney, PA, made his announcement Feb. 2 that spring will be coming early this year. The city’s “Inner Circle” declared that, once roused from his den, the groundhog was unable to see his shad...

Squad continues strong start with 4-5 record, already winning more games than last season

Samir Pantakar, Sports Editor

February 5, 2020

Girls’ basketball is off to a hot start, with a much better season than last year. Standing at a record of 4-5, the Patriots have already won two more games this year than they won all last year. The girls played well at...

Inside the peach:The impeachment of the 45th President of the U.S.

Melanie Roberts, Commons Editor

January 30, 2020

Despite what the entirety of social media may be saying, impeachment is, in fact, not the process of putting a president in a peach. What it really is, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is the process of “charging a...

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