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The deal with gun control: from school shootings to laws

Wendy Scaletta, Editor-in-Chief

April 17, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The recent high school shooting in Parkland, Florida has sparked more debate about an already controversial topic: gun control. Some people want tighter restrictions and regulations for guns, while others believe the issue is not guns, but rather the way students treat one another. Regardless, a ...

Please pick up after yourselves

Please pick up after yourselves

Dakota Aportela, Reporter

April 17, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, Opinion

Anyone who has taken the time to actually look at the environment has probably noticed just how badly humans are littering. There is trash lying on the ground: fast food wrappers, plastic water bottles, cigarette butts and more—all just lying here and there and floating anywhere it can with nothing be...

Join the walkout for gun violence

Aishat Daud, Reporter

April 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Students of Harding and around the nation walked  out on Wednesday, March 14 to commemorate the students who were involved in the Florida school shooting. Lots of people in this community were affected by the shooting. They were put in an unsafe situation for attending school. As students who also ...

High School Differences

Dakota Aportella, Reporter

April 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

As a former Central student, I have had experiences in both Central and Harding High School. There are quite a few differences between those high schools, with both having their ups and downs. The thing is how each high school is laid out; Central is laid out in layers, whereas Harding is laid ou...

Teacher strike’s cancellation may be a good thing

Pyo Cho, Reporter

April 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

On Jan. 31, teachers voted to authorize a strike.  As it turned out, the strike did not happen. This result is good for all the students and teachers at Harding High School. If the strike had happened, this would have an effect on seniors, because they are preparing to graduate, and the strike cou...

The Unicorn was Overrated

Megan Engelstad, Reporter

June 6, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Starbucks released a drink April 17 called the Unicorn. At most stores the Unicorn sold out on the first day so finding this elusive drink was almost as complicated as finding an actual unicorn. The Unicorn was only supposed to be available for one week but social media made the Unicorn drink the most...

United Airlines doing something bad

United Airlines doing something bad

Andy Thao, Reporter

May 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Recently, an airliner threw out a passenger after overbooking a flight. Some may think it’s fine, but I think it’s not. Overbooking is when airliners give out more tickets than the plane can handle. Now you may think it’s wrong and dumb that airliners do this, but it’s all about profit. Ai...

The Way the Pep-fest Looked Disorganized

The Way the Pep-fest Looked Disorganized

Nathalia Cortes Vazquez, Reporter

May 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The Pepfests this year have been disorganized attempts at school spirit. Before the recent Pepfest, I was dreading going considering what I saw last time. The second Pepfest wasn’t any better. Through the whole thing I felt like the Pepfest could have been better; what I was feeling is different fr...

The Points “The Great Wall” Had Received

Nathalia Cortes Vazquez, Reporter

March 29, 2017


Filed under Arts, Opinion

The Great Wall,directed by Zhang Yimou, is a movie created to explain one of the legends that evolved around the Great Wall of China. When I first saw the trailers, I thought it didn't make sense to have dinosaurs “(taotie,” as they’re called in the movie) when it's about the Great Wall, whic...

Nick Cannon Leaves AGT!?

Tristin Thao, Reporter

March 29, 2017


Filed under Opinion

        Nick Cannon, an American rapper, actor, comedian, entrepreneur, record producer, radio and television personality. He recently quit “America’s Got Talent” because NBC didn't like a joke in which he made, making disparaging remarks about NBC in a recent showtime comedy special,...

Why Do Sports?

Zoe Kavaney, Reporter

March 29, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Sports

Sports are one of the best parts about being in high school. Joining a team has many benefits, such as exercise, a possibility for scholarships and making new friends. Having something to do as an extracurricular activity can also take your mind off of the terrifying stress circus that is academics. &n...

Not good enough for Education Secretary

Not good enough for Education Secretary

Andy Thao, Reporter

March 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Spotlight

Since the dramatic changes by President Donald Trump, another stun to the nation occurs once again. On Feb. 7, Betsy DeVos was nominated for the United States Secretary of Education which I think is probably the biggest shock since Trump proposed the travel ban even though there wasn’t much time bet...

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