Safe for the Sun and Sea

Not all sunscreens are the same.

Madeeha Akhtar, Columnist

January 20, 2020

Oxybenzone is one of the most common chemicals found in sunscreen. However, this seemingly helpful chemical has been found to be extremely toxic to both the environment. As a result, many Pacific islands such as Hawaii and Palau are banning sunscreen with the chemical, according to The Guardian.  ...

The Truth About Lying

Not every lie is evil.

Emily Withrow, Columnist

November 25, 2019

Ironically, there are many truths behind people’s lies. According to BBC News, the definition of lying is a form of deception. Its purpose is to protect the liar from possible negative outcomes. The Scientific American states, based off of psychologist’s research, that the most common reason people...

An Internal Impasse

Fear can block us from many activities, even ones we can do in our sleep.

Kalyn McLeod, Columnist

November 2, 2019

Mental blocks are a huge challenge for all athletes, and they are certainly difficult to overcome. But first, what is a mental block? Amy Rew with Believe Perform explains that “a mental block can be described as a psychological obstacle that prevents athletes from performing a particular skill.”  But, mos...

Nike Shifts Policy on Pregnancy

A Nike scandal could set a new precedent for sports companies.

Amber Fretwell, Columnist

May 24, 2019

Nike sponsors athletes, models, and generally active people to be in their ads and campaigns for their products. This company is popular among all age groups and genders because of their comfortable shoes, great clothing, and their unforgettable swoosh logo. Recently, Nike has had a little bit of a sca...

Earbud Effects

Headphones are a reliable staple of every teenager, but there can be dangers associated with them.

Noah Stults, Columnist

May 17, 2019

In society today, there is a new craze for earbuds, especially recently-released wireless ones, like AirPods. Although earbuds are a convenient way to listen to music privately, there could be some potential health risks associated with these inventions. The volume of a earbud has the potential to ...

Finding The Right Gym Membership

Finding The Right Gym Membership

Amber Fretwell, Columnist

May 9, 2019

Hitting the gym might be a summer goal you’ve decided to take on, but the problem is that you don’t know which gym suits you best. There are so many different gyms in the valley that offer a variety of ways to work out. The list includes benefits such as tanning areas, unlimited guest privileges, and...

Helping Through a Panic Attack

Camryn Marshall, Columnist

April 19, 2019

According to Merriam-Webster, panic attacks are defined as a sudden feeling of disabling worry; however, they can be much more than just a worrisome mood. The American Psychological Association projects panic attacks as becoming increasingly common among teenagers due to the stress and apprehension of e...

Don’t Leave Yourself On the Shelf

Elizabeth Stover, Columnist

April 15, 2019

Keeping a positive attitude and taking care of yourself consists of more than just smiling and staying active. People may consider laughing and smiling as staying happy, and eating healthy and working out as taking care of yourself. In reality, it goes much deeper than this and there are many more wa...

Say Goodbye to Sickness

Clarissa Smith, Columnist

March 14, 2019

Sickness is not an easy thing to overcome. A cold can come and go, or it may seem like it’s never going to let up. By taking proper care of yourself, you can help rid your body of whatever virus you may have, or at least reduce its effects. Whether you have school or plans with a friend, there are ...

In-n-Out v. McDonalds: Battle of the Burgers

Camryn Marshall, Columnist

March 4, 2019

Fast food has become a major part of the American lifestyle, and this statistic is only increasing with new franchises and food chains. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that over 84.8 million adults consume fast food on any given day. Two of the most popular and well-known...