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Frustration in the Air as Faulty Fire Alarm System Sounds Off

Article by Ryan O’Donnell

On March 15th, 2018, the entire student body and staff at Kings High School were taken by surprise as the fire alarm sent its piercing siren-like sound throughout the school. They shuffled to get out, with confused looks on their faces, as they could not see or smell smoke. Much to everyone’s dismay, the culprit was discovered to have been a shuttlecock hitting the fire alarm during a badminton game in gym class. In a bizarre example of lightning striking twice, a nearly identical situation occurred about a week later. Additionally, in between the two incidents was a poorly timed instance where the fire alarm seemingly malfunctioned and went off several times in a single day. This incident triggered a small – albeit vocal – outcry from staff and students alike. Continue reading

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Schedule Changes for the 2018-19 School Year

Article by Zoey FitzGerald Kidwell

On Tuesday, March 20th, the Kings Board of Education voted to remove Wednesday early release starting next school year. In addition to this change, the board also agreed on a later school start time, 7:50 A.M., for the KJH and KHS. Despite this later starting time, school will still end at 2:25 every day. In order to shorten the school day, the district also made the decision to cut down time in between each class from five to four minutes. Continue reading

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Something Fishy

Opinion by Jess Harmon

SP-JessA year ago, Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins, won Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards. I remember watching the absolute chaos on my screens, as they announced the wrong winner, claiming that La La Land was the Best Picture winner before quickly correcting their mistake and announced that Moonlight was the true winner. The immense joy and pride I felt when I heard that this film got the recognition it deserves, is one that only cinema can provoke in me.  A year later I was desperately hoping that one of the films that made me feel the way Moonlight did would win the same title.  I was rooting for Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele, because it pushed boundaries, generated conversations, and reminded me of why I fell in love with film in the first place. Sadly, Shape of Water, directed by Guillermo del Toro, was the winner of Best Picture for the 90th Academy Awards and to say the least, I did not get that same feeling of joy, and here is why. Continue reading

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The Allen Children’s Library at Joshua’s Place

Article by Anna Muenchen

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, Joshua’s Place will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Allen Children’s Library whose legacy will continue to spur a love for reading after its move into the community center. Continue reading

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Walkout or Walk-in?

On March 14, 2018, Kings High School students walked out to honor the victims of the Stoneman Douglas shooting. They also voiced their concerns about school safety and to protest for stricter gun laws. Here are some photos from the event: Continue reading

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The Weight of a Grade

Article by Rachel Onega

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The Kings Local School District, changed the grading system this year. The old grading system used letter grades but now it has been changed to percentages. Now that it is an exact percentage, the exam scores and semester grades affect a student’s GPA, making it a lot more accurate. This new grading system wasn’t made clear to students before it changed. Continue reading

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Article by Lauren Steele and Jess Harmon

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Student Diversity and Inclusion Panel                                                                                                            Photo Credit: Lahrenn Thibodeau

In 1967, while reflecting on the state of our country, Martin Luther King Jr. posed the question, “where do we go from here?” He answered the question in this title speech given at the 11th Annual SCLC Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. The Kings Local School District has been asking themselves the same question lately. Continue reading

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Winter Whiteout

Article by Chloe Keith

Bomb cyclone. The term isn’t as threatening as it sounds, but it has caused concern across America. A bomb cyclone is classified as a drastic drop in atmospheric pressure, meaning winds can get up to 74 miles per hour or more, much like those of a hurricane. Along with the freezing temperatures and high winds, snow and ice can accumulate on the roads, making it dangerous for travel. Continue reading