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Winter Movie Guide
By Kevin Lewis

As the year comes to a close audiences are looking for an escape from the holiday madness. This December is a significant movie month for Oscar contenders and some big blockbusters. Here is a list of films that I think you should watch this holiday season (after you have seen The Last Jedi, of course):

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Holiday Memories
By Jess Harmon

What’s your favorite holiday memory?

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A Season of Positivity and Persistence
By Christian Pierce

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The Kings Lady Knights started their season last week. The reigning ECC champions have very high expectations, but they still have challenges to overcome. Seniors Lilly Richardson and Savannah Mussari shared their excitement, expectations, and goals for the season, as a team and for themselves. Continue reading

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Holiday Memories
 By Lauren Steele

What’s your favorite holiday memory?

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5 Fun Filled Winter Activities
By Chloe Keith

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This year, Kings Island has created a winter wonderland called “WinterFest”. With multicolored light displays, entertaining performances, an ice skating rink, and thrilling amusement park rides, you can’t go wrong. “…It’s a fun place to spend time with the people you love” says Renee Perpignan of Kings Junior High. At WinterFest, there’s fun for the whole family. Children can decorate cookies and even meet Santa. You won’t want to miss out on this unique experience!
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It’s a Wonder
By Ryan O’Donnell

After several years of persuasion and demand from fans, R.J. Palacio’s New York Times bestseller-dubbed by Entertainment Weekly as a “crackling page-turner”-finally splashes onto the silver screen. Wonder essentially plays out as a classic “underdog triumphs above all” tale, whilst also being a coming-of-age story; the latter type of tale being something the film’s director Stephen Chbosky has a great deal of experience with, seeing as he wrote the best-selling novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower and produced its film adaptation. Although Chbosky has proven that he is certainly no rookie at pulling instantly classic novels from the bookshelf to the big screen, his adaptation of Wonder is rather hit-or-miss. Continue reading

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Gifts That Actually Give

By Zoey FitzGerald Kidwell

The holiday season is a complete frenzy. Parents scour malls trying to find last minute stocking stuffers, moms receive coupons for free back rubs, dads get hammers and wrenches, and old candles are re-gifted to co-workers. Gift-giving can be more than a checklist.  If the Holidays are about giving, why not give back to the world? That, of course, doesn’t mean a person has to donate thousands to charity each year. However, there are gifts that, in addition to fulfilling your immediate gift needs, also contribute to helping the world. Continue reading

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Is Artificial Intelligence Taking Over?
By Caleb Owens

Two weeks ago, I casually scrolled through Twitter and stumbled upon a thread about AI programs. In the thread there was a Beatles song. I started listening and realized, maybe I do like the beatles after all. Well, at least I thought it was The Beatles. I felt played. An Artificial Intelligence (AI) program had been able to compose an entirely new song in the style of The Beatles after being fed their music catalog. Think about that. A bot was able to compose music and make it sound just as good as the original Beatles’ songs…maybe even better. AI is completely ripping apart our creativity, our jobs, our imagination. Continue reading

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Family is the Best Gift
By Anna Muenchen

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An event where the “hot” items go on sale for a limited time only, Black Friday spans over three days: Thanksgiving night, Friday morning and Cyber Monday. The Black Friday shopping frenzy sparks the idea that the holiday season means presents under the tree or by the menorah on the table. However, students at Kings have different traditions that show the reason they celebrate the way they do. Presents are not the meaning of Christmas to them. Continue reading

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Football Seniors Reflect on Season

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By Christian Pierce

On August 29th, 2017 the seniors at Kings High School started the final football season of their high school football career; dreaming of a winning record and becoming ECC and state champs, led by team captains Tommy Bauman, Sam Burgin, and Garrett Vanover. The Kings Football program has had a lot of success in the past, but unfortunately this season was a struggle. The three captains reflected back on this past football season.

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Blade Runner 2049: A Runaway Success
By Ryan O’Donnell

The year was 1982. Wayne Gretzky was firing slap shots left and right, Jelly Belly sales were at an all-time high thanks to the President who “won one for the Gipper,” and anyone with either the name Jenny or the number 867-5309, no longer wanted to get out of bed in the morning. In the midst of pop culture, a strange new movie named Blade Runner was quietly released into theaters, boasting game-changing special effects, exciting storytelling, and a thriving new star named Harrison Ford. Despite these factors, the film flopped at the box office like a fish out of water and split opinions down the middle.  Over time, critics and audiences have re-evaluated the picture and given it a much more warming welcome. The film still retains an overwhelming cult following and has been considered one of the greatest science-fiction films ever made. The American Film Institute even placed it on their list of the 100 greatest films in the history of American cinema. Now, 35 years later, a long-awaited sequel has been released into theaters.

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Storytelling with Humility, Humanity, and Humor

By Zoey FitzGerald Kidwell

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Dungeons and Dragons usually conjures up pictures of nerdy teenagers sitting in basements, eating snacks, and rolling dice. Perhaps the kids are wearing wizard hats, capes, even cheap costumes. “She Kills Monsters,” King’s High School’s current play, drives a sword right through that stereotype. Dungeons and Dragons is presented as not simply a game, but a masterpiece crafted in the minds of geeks and brought to life beyond a grimy basement, a few dice, and a bowl of pretzels.

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Lots of Love for Lady Bird 
By Kevin Lewis

Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird, is not only one of the best films of the year, but also one of the best coming-of-age movies of all time. The film is set in suburban Sacramento at a Catholic high school in 2002, and stars Saoirse Ronan as teenager Christine McPherson who goes by the name “Lady Bird”. While Christine navigates her senior year, the audience follows her misadventures as she deals with getting into college, dating, and her relationship with her mother Marion, played by the excellent Laurie Metcalf.

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Online or In-Store Shopping

By Anna Muenchen

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” and it seems as if he was speaking for online grocery shopping, an innovative way to buy the food you need and only the food you need.

“I do believe convenience is why people are switching” said Andrea Nichols, a teacher at Kings High School, and Hamilton, Ohio resident.

Laura Harris, a mother of three in the district, agrees.

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Act Locally Empower Globally

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By Chloe Keith

“Every girl, no matter where she is born, deserves to dream,” or so the Girl Up website says. Girl Up is a worldwide organization of clubs started by the United Nations that strive to provide safe access to education for girls in developing countries; that’s exactly what almost one hundred students in Cincinnati are trying to do.

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