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Virtual learning is not beneficial to students

Emily Donegan, Reporter

October 30, 2020

Melina Mousoupetros, a guidance counselor at Hershey High School (HHS), reports that approximately 20% of students are taking part in complete virtual learning.  Due to the Coronavirus pandemic this year, Derry Township School District, along with many other school districts, are forced to get cr...

Marijuana should be legal in Pennsylvania

Jenna Reiber, Reporter

October 30, 2020

The legalization of adult-use (21 and older) marijuana would give Pennsylvania about $580 million from tax revenue.  Legalizing marijuana would open up more jobs, create an increase in the economy, and allow for more research and education opprotunities. Adult-use marijuana should become legal in the stat...

The New 88 Minute Classes Makes Learning Harder

Ava Sheppard, Reporter

October 29, 2020

Covid-19 has taken a toll on students around the world by drastically altering the learning environment.  In a normal school year, without a global pandemic, Hershey High School students attended seven, 52 minute class periods per day, five days a week. Due to Covid, now students attend school in...

Trapped Greenhouse Gases are Melting the Ice Caps

Lauren Cribbs, Editorial Editor

October 29, 2020

It is predicted that if ocean and air temperatures continue to rise due to greenhouse gases the Arctic could be ice free as soon as summer 2040 according to the World Economic Forum.  The world's ice caps melting is one of the most severe threats of climate change. Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide...

Cyberbullying During Covid-19

Allyson Lin, Reporter

October 27, 2020

During the worldwide pandemic of Covid-19, there is an increase in kids, teens, and adults using technology. With the increased usage of devices, social media is also increasing the percentage of people who are susceptible to cyberbullying.  Various apps including Zoom, had already become the subject of s...

Penn State College Students Should Not Be Sent Home This Semester

Brooke Preputnick, Reporter

October 8, 2020

Freshman students at Penn State hosted a “maskless social” two days after move in day resulting in more than 2,000 signatures on A petition to get the freshman sent home, according to The Centre Daily Times. Are the Penn State students more at risk for covid by staying at college? Dr. Anthony Fauci, long-standing director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, advised Penn State to not send their students home for the semester amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  A...

Editorial: Work and home life must find a balance during quarantine

Brooke Lehrman, Editor

May 22, 2020

Day after day, students are rolling to the other side of the bed, logging on to the computer, and going straight into a zoom call. Afterwards, they go back to bed and the cycle starts again when it is time for their next Zoom session. Later in the day while sitting in bed, they turn on Netflix and t...

The Broadcaster Needs Your Help: National College Decision Day

The Broadcaster Needs Your Help: National College Decision Day

Ashlyn Weidman, Social Media Editor

April 15, 2020

Because all Pennsylvania schools are closed from the Coronavirus, seniors won’t get the chance to participate in National College Decision day on May 1st. It’s always been a tradition that on this day seniors announce what college they are attending by wearing their chosen college’s merchandise ...

Editorial: State colleges should be free

Maeve Reiter, Reporter

March 18, 2020

By: Maeve Reiter For a highly developed country with some of the highest esteemed educational institutions in the world, it would be reasonable to believe that the United States would have a very high percentage of college graduates. However, only 59% of American adults have a college degree, according ...

Editorial: Phone Use Should Be Strictly Regulated in Classrooms

Jenna Reiber, Reporter

February 12, 2020

A shocking 72% of teenagers check their phones right when they wake up, according to the  Pew Research Center.  And that’s just the start. Phone use in classrooms is lowering the focus and the test scores of students, and it needs to be regulated for the sake of students’ futures. Many s...

Editorial: HHS Dress Code Targets Female Students

Jenna Reiber, Reporter

February 12, 2020

Imagine being in class trying to focus on your education, when a member of the school staff pulls you out of class, possibly making you miss a crucial lesson, and forces you to change because of something that you happen to be wearing. School dress codes should be more inclusive, rather than specifi...

Editorial: U.S. Voting Age Should Be 16

Dan Hogan, Reporter

February 5, 2020

At the age of 16, people in this country are legally allowed to drive, obtain a passport, donate blood, get married, register as an organ donor, work full-time, etc. 16 year olds can do all these things but still cannot vote.  The United States voting age should be lowered to 16 years old. Changin...

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