At the end of each school year, students are required to complete 3 or 4 summative tests in order to accurately measure what we learned throughout the past school year and determine things such as class schedules. These tests are called the General Summative Assessment (GSA) and are given to…

On April 7, I decided that I wanted to do my part to end the pandemic by getting a COVID-19 vaccination. Looking forward to college, being vaccinated allows me to attend in-person classes and be free of quarantine after possible exposure.

I have never heard anyone deny the power that the internet has, but in a time when every aspect of life is through a screen, we must sit back and see just how powerful it is. With recent events, such as the short squeeze of stock by a Reddit campaign, it is undeniable to see that the interne…

COVID-19 has created a challenge for everyone, completely flipping lives upside down and changing the way that one approaches everything. It is clear to see that it has cast a dark shadow over the past year, and destroyed any semblance of a normal routine.

This year’s start has been anything but dull. Within the first week we witnessed a travesty at the nation’s Capitol and rumors linking Kayne West to Jeffree Star (which were false in case anyone was still hoping for this to be substantiated). To say that the month of January was an overload …

The United States of America has long been synonymous with freedom and equality. A strong sense of patriotism has been at the core for centuries, but when political parties begin to war, a civil unrest is bred. A civil unrest that is fueled by hate and fearmongering from both sides — hyperpa…

Over the course of this long quarantine, the Justice administration’s weekly press conferences have been an overarching constant in my home. Three days of the week, Jim Justice’s face would be on the screen during lunchtime, as we’d restlessly wait for any sign of COVID-19’s decline, and in …

Our country prides itself on progress — on innovating and adapting to the future, and on throwing out that which is outdated and obsolete. We accept that some things we did were stupid, or wrong, or in some cases morally bankrupt, but we’ve always tried to move past them. And, I believe it’s…

Some people may disagree, but in-person learning needs to resume or many will fall behind. As a tenth-grade student at Van Jr. Sr. High School, the first two days of school were a little crazy, but most would give a lot to go back.

Our world has become a dangerous place. It harbors hate, anger and violence, right alongside people who will use these emotions against their own neighbors. The media occasionally fails to cover the truth regarding hate crimes, especially when these acts are also attached to feelings of bigo…

On July 8, the West Virginia State Board of Education made two major decisions — along with extending the requirement to teach cursive from elementary to middle school, they ended the one forcing high school students to read at least one of William Shakespeare’s plays.

COVID-19 hasn’t gotten much better and school is starting soon. Some schools are doing all online and some are doing in-person school. Some are even doing half the week in-person and the rest online. They are all different and a lot of people have mixed opinions on what is safe to do and wha…

Imagine telling a baseball team they can play the game, but you are not permitted to use a bat. Imagine informing the football team that this season you can play but will not be allowed to tackle. Imagine playing a basketball game in which you were not allowed to dribble.

I wake up to an alert on my phone, reminding me that tomorrow is the senior awards ceremony. Oh wait ... that was a previous plan, placed on the calendar before I could even dream of today’s reality.

Out of all the active generations, it can be argued that Gen Z has the most humor about situations. In the face of danger, we make memes and TikTok videos regarding how we would die. While other generations see us as being immature and unable to handle reality, the truth of the matter is hum…

Everyone loves to come home to a nice, warm house, bundle up with warm blankets, or rock their favorite pair of fuzzy socks from time to time. What about enjoying your favorite meal, or any meal? If you have any pets, you know that they love these privileges as much as we do. Many, many anim…

With the new year and upcoming decade, a lot seems to be changing. Technology, wars, countries, the people and societies’ new ideas. The present is changing so much it’s a little scary, and a lot of people seem to think that, too.

If sweatpants and hoodies are your go-to clothing, skipping class is a daily thing, your homework isn’t done and all you do is watch TikTok, then you may have senioritis.

The year 2020 is bound to be filled with jokes about vision and references to the Roaring ’20s. Here are some ways that you can start the year out on a good foot without going overboard with resolutions.

Is online or traditional school the one for you? As seniors are approaching the end of their high school career, many of them are wondering what they should do with their future. There isn’t a wrong answer for what to do after high school, but you should look at all opportunities that are av…

It has been a long-standing tradition to gather around the table with your family and be merry — to eat food and just celebrate and enjoy each other’s company on Thanksgiving Day. While everyone eats, conversation ensues, which can be of topics that vary from family to family.

We’ve all seen it in the news — people dying from vaping-related diseases. In addition to this, the president of the United States says he is aware of it, and that he might begin to crack down. So many sides of an ongoing predicament that we find ourselves in, but no one giving straightforwa…

Vaping is one of the biggest problems in American teens today. As a high school student, I am always seeing students vaping. Even though they know that these things can cause health problems, they continue to do it anyway. I wish that students would take better care of their health.

It’s a strange feeling that Amnesty International issued a travel advisory for the United States stating “exercise extreme caution when travelling throughout the country due to rampant gun violence.” The copious gun violence has led international groups to not see our country as something it…