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Homework might not be very popular, but its the most efficient and effective way to solidify learning and knowledge in students. Graphic by: Christian Montecino 24

Opinion: Homework or no work?

Christian Montecino September 22, 2023

Is homework actually beneficial for students? Whether we like it or not, homework is something that we’ll never get rid of. It may be tedious, boring and repetitive at times, but without homework, we...

The original voice of Ariel in the cartoon The Little Mermaid film, Jodi Benson, appeared in the new film as a seller at the town market. Graphic by: Ava Mohror

Cougar critique: “The Little Mermaid”

Ava Mohror June 12, 2023

The new live-action rendition of “The Little Mermaid” made a splash in theaters   Disney’s cartoon film “The Little Mermaid” was originally released in November of 1989. Over 30 years...

Cougar catnip: Enough with the cloudy skies

Cougar catnip: Enough with the cloudy skies

Soraya Stegall June 1, 2023

 What in the world is with this disgustingly depressing weather? If the nearing of finals wasn't enough doom and gloom, we have to come to school under this ugly gray blob of sadness. Come on! It’s...

Anton Chigurh, one of the characters in No Country for Old Men, looks completely devoid of human emotion, and incapable of feeling any remorse for his victims. Graphic by: Christian Montecino

Cougar critique: “No Country for Old Men”

Christian Montecino May 11, 2023

How the Coen brothers crafted one of the most iconic villains to date Ethan and Joel Coen are no strangers to making movies with incredible antagonists. Tom Chaney from “True Grit,” Marge from “Fargo”...

Cougar critique: “Untamed”

Cougar critique: “Untamed”

Kendall Garcia May 10, 2023

This non-fiction No. 1 New York Times bestseller leaves readers questioning things about their own lives “Untamed” is a memoir by Glennon Doyle published in March of 2020 by The Dial Press. The book...

Socratic seminars are regularly used in VHS English classes for all grade levels, but the method is seemingly outdated. Graphic by: Kendall Garcia

Opinion: Get rid of socratic seminars

Kendall Garcia May 2, 2023

Socratic seminars in classrooms can be anxiety provoking for students and are negatively affecting the classroom environment Socratic seminars are a method used to try to understand information by creating...

Students have received very little proper sexual education. Graphic by: Soraya Stegall

Opinion: Let’s talk about sex-ed for all four years of high school

Sophia Nacu and Soraya Stegall April 25, 2023

Why barely one-quarter of sexual education at VHS just isn’t enough During their freshman year, VHS students are required to take a course in health. This class is paired with college and careers. Since...

Beanies are one of the many head accessories and items often prohibited in classes due to school-sanctioned head covering restrictions. Photo by: Santiago Gonzalez

Opinion: I don’t believe that the hat rule is still relevant, do you?

Is the hat rule outdated, and if so, how could it be better? There's a rule in the VHS student handbook stating that you may not wear hats in class upon a teacher's request. We are sure you have had to...

VHS students showing their off-campus passes at the parking lot entrance. At the start of lunch, a long line often forms at the parking lot entrance. This image was taken in the middle of lunch, when less students were making their way to the lot. Photo by: Ruby Lacques

Opinion: Don’t have an off-campus pass?

Ruby Lacques, Jane Armstrong March 10, 2023

VHS administration keeps pushing the boundaries of its power; when will it stop?   On Feb. 24, the morning announcements made two changes to the VHS student parking lot rules. As of Feb. 27, students...

TikTok influencer Alix Earle who goes by @alixearle on the social media platform has been dominating the GRWM (get ready with me) trend since December of 2022. Graphic by: Ella Duncan

Opinion: Alix Earle is the new Charli D’Amelio

Ella Duncan and Kendall Garcia March 8, 2023

22-year-old Alix Earle has gained over two million followers in the past two months Alix Earle is a fourth-year student attending the University of Miami. Earle began posting on TikTok in 2020 but gained...

The debate regarding whether Spotify or Apple Music is better is a discussion that many students cant help but talk about. Graphic by: Ella Duncan

Opinion: Spotify vs. Apple Music which is really better

Ella Duncan February 24, 2023

Spotify and Apple Music are the two most popular music streaming platforms but which ones best is finally up for debate Music is a necessity for teenagers of this generation. As of November 2022, 82 percent...

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