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All-gender bathrooms in Harding: is it a good idea?

All-gender bathrooms in Harding: is it a good idea?

Aishat Daud, Reporter

April 17, 2018


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At Harding, students who want to use an all-gender bathroom are out of luck. While it’s not possible to speak for all students that are non-binary, genderfluid, gender-neutral or nongendered, some of these group of students feel uncomfortable using the bathrooms at Harding. “Here at Harding, more specif...

Buck family feels lucky to survive a crash

Buck family feels lucky to survive a crash

Jacqueline Martinez, Reporter

April 17, 2018


Filed under Features, News, Top Stories

You may see Ian Buck walking around in the hallway or teaching in the computer lab, and you may see his mother, Amy Buck, working in Harding’s daycare. But about two months ago, they were making headlines. On Dec. 29, a snow storm on interstate 380 near Waterloo, Iowa, caused a huge pile-up when a se...

Football player headed to Southwest

Football player headed to Southwest

Aishat Daud, Reporter

April 17, 2018


Filed under Features, Sports

Elijah Loscheider signed a letter of intent to play football for Southwest Minnesota State University in the College and Career Center at Harding Feb. 15.   Head football coach Michael Houston praised his accomplishment. “I can only take a little bit of credit,” he said. “Most of the credi...

Vandalism becoming a problem at Harding

Vandalism becoming a problem at Harding

Jacqueline Martinez, Reporter

April 17, 2018


Filed under Features, In-Depth

A school bathroom is one of the most common scenes of vandalism. Anyone who has ever gone to a school bathroom knows that messages on the walls of stalls are so common that it’s unnatural to see them without it. Most students can probably agree that trying to go to the bathroom during passing ti...

Youth Take Lead in School Community

Lori Vang, Reporter

April 17, 2018


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Harding Senior High School has plenty of opportunities for students to speak up, take action and show their school spirit. Shaun Parks, Student Council advisor and physical science teacher, said there are many student leaders in Student Council. Student Council handles school dances, Pepfest, sp...

Q&A: Molly Keenan wins Minnesota Council Social Studies Teacher of the Year

Q&A:  Molly Keenan wins Minnesota Council Social Studies Teacher of the Year

April 10, 2018


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On March 2018, Molly Keenan, received the Minnesota Council Social Studies Teacher of the Year award, winning in the high school category. Mrs. Keenan is nominated as a semi-finalist for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Q: How do you feel about being MCSS Teacher of the Year? A: I feel very ...

Harding students walk out to protest gun violence

Harding students walk out to protest gun violence

Lori Vang, Reporter

April 10, 2018


Filed under Features, In-Depth, Top Stories

Concerned students all over the country, including many Harding students, stood outside in various locations for 17 minutes on March 14 — one minute for each of the 17 people who died Feb. 14 in a mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. There were other walkouts between the...

The controversy of kneeling to the pledge of allegiance

The controversy of kneeling to the pledge of allegiance

Jacqueline Martinez, Reporter

March 8, 2018


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Students in Mr. Trepanier’s class shared their opinions about the pledge in two recent Wednesday discussions. The pledge has caused controversy in recent years, due to football player Colin Kaepernick taking taking a knee during the anthem. Beginning with Harding’s Pepfest of 2016, this controver...

New Car to Noah

Andy Thao, Reporter

June 6, 2017


Filed under Features, News

On May 23 2017, Harding students and teachers surprised Harding student Noah Martin with a brand new truck after Noah has been struck with severe aplastic anemia last fall. “So we found out Noah was sick,” said Gregg Adler, the autotech teacher, and the person that started the project. “We f...

Possible Malaria Vaccine

Zoe Kavaney, Reporter

June 6, 2017


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According to CNN, The World Health Organization (WHO) may have created a vaccine for malaria. The official term for it is “RTS,S,” or Mosquirix. WHO is working with the governments in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi-which are three of the most hard-hit areas-to give the community access to this life-saving oppo...

Small Engines Class is ready to Tackle your Lawnmowers!

Small Engines Class is ready to Tackle your Lawnmowers!

Tristin Thao, Reporter

May 5, 2017


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       The Small Engines class is ready to repair teachers’ and staff’s lawnmowers, along with gardening equipment. The class are not just accepting lawnmowers and gardening equipment, however. Students are currently working on the back of a speed boat engine. The Small Engines class has prepar...

What it takes to be the greatest

Megan Engelstad, Reporter

March 29, 2017


Filed under Features, Sports

Jet Mika has been continuously wrestling since eighth grade. He is on his fourth year of varsity wrestling and this is his third straight year getting to state. Jet has won 28 matches this season and has lost only one. Jet started wrestling in sixth grade but he stopped after sustaining an injury tha...

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