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Editorial: Some high school sports are too intense

Anika Hosenfeld, Reporter

May 21, 2019

12 year old Tyler Kopp was hit in the chest by a lacrosse ball.  He then collapsed and stopped breathing. Kopp never regained his consciousness and passed away five days later due to his injuries. Some high school sports are too intense for kids. According to Stop Sports Injuries, high scho...

Editorial: More Colleges Should be SAT/ACT Test Optional

Ashlyn Weidman, Reporter

May 21, 2019

A big part of getting accepted into a college is determined by a student’s SAT and ACT scores. Many schools like Harvard, St. Francis, and Boston University require you to take the SAT, and many other big schools like Penn State highly recommend one of these tests to be submitted. However, these st...

Editorial: Participation Trophies Steal From Children

Mallory Gillespie, Reporter

May 21, 2019

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan, a six time NBA champion and NBA Hall of Fame inductee, ...

Editorial: Plastic Straws are Not Safe for the Environment

Lauren Cribbs, Reporter

May 17, 2019

Over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the United States and it is predicted that 8.3 billion straws are covering the beaches around the world. Straws are causing deaths to many sea life creatures in the oceans. Plastic pollution today is a catastrophic issue that is increasing...

Editorial: Animal Testings Should be Banned in the United States

Lisa Wang, Reporter

May 17, 2019

Imagine standing in a laboratory. Countless cages, row upon row, fill the room.. Each has a rabbit in it, whose eyelids are held open by clips, keeping it from blinking. These rabbits are currently the subjects of eye tests for cosmetics use, and will probably not survive afterward. Testing on anima...

Editorial: Michael Phelps is the Greatest Athlete of All Time

Noah Drexler, Reporter

May 17, 2019

ESPN recently published a list of the top 20 athletes who dominated their respective sports in the last 20 years. The list is based on data that ESPN collected and they gave each athlete a dominance rating, and contained famous names like Michael Jordan and Peyton Manning. One name that was omitted was...

Editorial: Production of Tobacco Should be Illegal

Melina Dhital, Reporter

May 17, 2019

“Smoking and tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths per year worldwide. Current trends show that this will increase to more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030,” according to STAND, anti-tobacco organization. The cultivation of tobacco must be made illegal worldwide. Tobacco is ...

Editorial: 11 is Too Young For An Cellphone

Sophie Beck, Reporter

May 16, 2019

The average age for when a child gets their first phone is about 11, according to researchers at ParentingNI. Even though most social media apps that kids want require a minimum age of 13. This means that kids are more likely to be exposed to content that they may not know how to handle at such an age. 12 or olde...

Editorial: All Grades at HHS Should Have Final Exemptions, Not Just Seniors

Emily Massage and Keela Delves

May 16, 2019

As a senior there are lots of perks to look forward to, specifically final exemptions. The idea is that if you do well enough in your classes, that you will be exempt from you finals, and rightfully so. The issue is, however, why is this not an incentive for other grades too? Hershey High School sh...

Editorial: Trump’s Wall Will Damage Our Economy

Gina Roscoe, Reporter

May 7, 2019

$55 million to replumb Flint, Michigan. $1 billion in lost crops from Hurricane Florence. $3 billion for California wildfires. $300,000 for the Parkland school shooting. These tragedies would cost less to rebuild than putting up a $5 billion border wall on just one third of the Mexic...

Editorial: Anti-Vaccination Should Not be an Option

Sophia DeDonatis, Reporter

May 6, 2019

Vaccine hesitancy is defined as the “reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability.” In recent years especially, there has been a rise in what many refer to as anti-vaxxers in America and other developed countries around the world. Vaccine hesitancy is one of the biggest threats to c...

Editorial: Uber and Lyft should have stronger background checks for their drivers

Caroline Diem, Reporter

April 26, 2019

After a long day at work, it’s hard to keep from falling asleep. A young woman got into an Uber and expected to be driven back to her house, an hour away. Her Uber driver Harbir Parmar had other plans. The lady fell asleep and woke up being sexually assaulted and was dumped on the Interstate an hour away from home. Many questions were had about what it takes to become a driver for Uber and Lyft and the reliability of the companies. The requirements to become ...

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