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The Student News Site of Mission Hills High School

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The Student News Site of Mission Hills High School

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Alyssa Mandell (9) happily poses in her homemade jellyfish costume alongside Lauren Buckingham (9) and Reagan Barnum (9).

Trick or treat? Store-bought costumes vs. homemade costumes

Story by Marlene Calderon, Co-Editor in Chief October 28, 2019

    The school and office supply haven found in San Marcos’ Grand Avenue shopping center has waved goodbye to its Winco and Best Buy neighbors, and a new pop-up store has eerily taken its place:...

In a moment of emergency, students remain careless due to their normalized perception of transgression.

As the rise in hate crimes continues, more people accept it as a norm within society

Story by Antonio Morales Leyva, Opinions Editor October 14, 2019

   A deepening divide plagues the country as hate crimes bombard cities and plague countless members of American society. Hate crime rates have risen since 2016 according to the United States Department...

Harry Potter fans use Pottermore as a way to classify their personality type and identify with others.

Self-identified labels are helping teenagers end negative stereotypes

Story by Josette Rivera , Staff Writer May 23, 2019

  Ranging from the Hogwarts House quiz on Pottermore, alignment tests for Dungeons and Dragons, or simple “Which character am I?” quizzes, people have a fixed attraction for labels. This isn’t...

DAndre Jorge (11) and Jayce Jovero (11) dismiss the stigma surrounding male affection as they share a friendly embrace.

Affection should not be exclusive to romantic relationships

Story by Antonio Morales Leyva, Opinions Editor May 18, 2019

  Many adolescents are driven by a fundamental desire for romantic relationships and have forgotten about a distinct and special type of affection: platonic affection. The idea of platonic affection...

Overwhelming class sizes call for overwhelmed teachers

Overwhelming class sizes call for overwhelmed teachers

Story by Cameron Parker May 3, 2019

My name is Cameron Parker. I am a senior at Mission Hills High School this year. I have spent the last two years on our campus as an AP Ambassador and this year as the president of the I Am AP program....

Brace yourself for the overwhelming cost of a straight smile

Brace yourself for the overwhelming cost of a straight smile

Story by Brenda Camacho, Staff Writer May 1, 2019

  When flaunting smiles to friends, many forget the reality that a perfect smile often costs thousands of dollars. While the cost of braces may be high, they can potentially save money in the long run;...

The art of not caring

The art of not caring

Story by Mitra Zarinebaf, News Editor April 10, 2019

  Turn on the news and there is a constant feed of Donald Trump. Scroll through social media and there is ethnic cleansing in China. Read through the newspaper and there are terrorist attacks. The constant...

When going to parties, many teenagers do not want to engage in drinking but feel an insurmountable amount of pressure. One should never feel afraid to say no to something they do not want to do.

Underage and under the influence leads to underachievement

Story by The Editorial Staff March 19, 2019

  Fingertips carefully grasp the red-plastic cup as loud music continuously pounds in the background. Familiar faces surround the teenager, and due to societal pressure, the cup is raised and a drink...

Students are demanding their voices be heard, and are actively participating in political discussions.

Student activism activates student learning everywhere

Story by ArvinJay Jumalon, News Editor March 13, 2019

  U.S and world politics have been bleeding into everyday lives; with the government initiating extreme measures and experiments, the future becomes more and more uncertain. But as the political climate...

Although pictures may depict a perfect person, there often lies a messy life. Everyone should celebrate the flaws and strengths they carry.

Being in the spotlight does not entail having a perfect life

Story by Antonio Morales Leyva and March 5, 2019

  In the realm of social media, it has now become remarkably easy to show the positive sides of one’s life and conceal one’s misfortunes. This is especially true for people with an audience; influencers...

Leah Carranza (10) encourages students to seek help and talk to their guidance counselor.

Suicide is no joking matter in this age of social media

Story by Josette Rivera, Staff Writer February 20, 2019

    In recent years, jokes about serious issues revolving around suicidal thoughts and clinical depression have arisen on social media in the form of memes. The origin of this internet subculture is...

Many students view a 4.0 GPA as an exceptional goal. Others view it as an underachievement.

A 4.0 GPA may not be all it’s cracked up to be

Story by Antonio Morales Leyva, Opinions Editor February 19, 2019

In the typical classroom, students are exposed to a competitive learning environment where one’s GPA (grade point average) is placed on oneself for the sole purpose of numerically comparing a student’s...

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