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Editorial: PA Needs to Spend Far More Combating the Opioid Epidemic

Jenna Reiber, Reporter

November 18, 2019

“On average, 130 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses,” according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The opioid epidemic is killing too many Americans and something needs to be done. Young people are overdosing on opioids such as heroin, cocaine, and counterfeit pills whic...

Editorial: Reality TV is Not True Reality

Caroline Glus, Reporter

November 13, 2019

Reality television is attributing to cosmetic surgery procedures, according to Medical Procedure News, with more than 9.2 million procedures performed as a result of people watching these “reality” TV shows. Society's ideas of what is attractive have been deeply influenced by these shows. Teenagers who v...

Editorial: Schools Should Participate in More Field Trips

Karen Liu, Reporter

November 12, 2019

59% of students who participate in educational trips have better grades than those who don’t, according to the National Education Association Member Benefits(NEAMB), a subsidiary company to the National Education Association. Despite this, many schools are opting out on these opportunities. Schools...

Editorial: Sad Music Is Better Than Happy Music

Benji Keeler, Reporter

November 12, 2019

Imagine coming home after a long day from school. You’re tired and just want to relax and listen to music. You lay down and put on a playlist, but all you hear is uptempo beats and cheery loud lyrics. Sad music is highly discredited. It’s written off for just being depressing, slow, and dull. Peo...

Editorial: Climate Change is Killing Coral Reefs

Lauren Cribbs, Reporter

November 12, 2019

One in five of the ocean’s coral reefs have been severely damaged or lost. In 20 to 40 years, another 35% of reefs could vanish.  Climate change is a serious issue that is drastically impacting the ocean’s coral reefs. Greenhouse gases, caused by daily human activity, has caused, among other things, o...

Editorial: Schools Should Implement Block Scheduling

Maeve Reiter, Reporter

November 11, 2019

Imagine a high school day but with half the classes, half the assignments, and half the homework. Hershey High School should switch from period scheduling to block scheduling.  Most middle and high schools currently have a period schedule in place. Period schedules usually consist of seven to nine...

Editorial: More Funding Needed for Global Humanitarian Crisis

Abbey Rogers, Copy Editor

November 11, 2019

It’s a slow, painful way to die. It’s even more painful for a mother to watch. Heba Ahmed worries for her son, Gawad, as food is so scarce that he weighs just 5.5 pounds.  At four months old, the boy is about a third underweight. The bombs are falling around them, but this mother’s only worry ...

Editorial: High School Fitness Testing is Useless

Anna Callahan, Reporter

November 11, 2019

The State of Pennsylvania does not require fitness tests from students. In fact, only the states of Alabama, California, Connecticut, and West Virginia require them. So why do we have to take them? Fitness testing children isn’t helpful to them or anyone else. Fitness testing is defined as the a...

Editorial: High Schools Must Promote Reading More

Angelina Memmi, Head News Editor

November 11, 2019

Look back to elementary school. There was reading time in many classrooms, trips to the library, and the Scholastic Book Fair. Reading was not only encouraged as an important learning tool, but as a fun pastime. However, as students venture into secondary school, reading seems to be forgotten. Leisure ...

Editorial: Time Zones Should No Longer Exist

Dan Hogan, Reporter

November 8, 2019

Two babies can be born at the exact same time but have different birthdays. Because of time zones, the babies would technically be born on different days even though their birth occurred at the same moment.  Time zones should be abolished because of the problems with frequent travel, health prob...

Editorial: All Colleges Should Accept the Common App

Kate Clark, Head Sports Editor

November 6, 2019

College applications have become a very rigorous process. Choosing which schools to apply to is already a difficult decision, let alone filling out the same generalized application more than once.  All schools need to accept the Common Application for the sake of students and their time. The Com...

Editorial: Too Much Homework is Harmful to Students

Mia Bertoldi, Reporter

November 4, 2019

Meet Hershey High School Sophomore Maddie Smith. She’s a varsity soccer player, and an honor roll student. She comes home from an away night game against Lower Dauphin at 9:00, she still has to eat, shower, and on top of all of that, has three hours of homework to finish. She doesn’t get to sleep till...

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