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Let the dream descend! The Majestic Theater in New York is home to the longest running Broadway show of all time, The Phantom of the Opera. In March of 2022, I was given the chance to see the show on Broadway, and it was a dream come true!

Maddie’s Guide to The Great White Way

Madison Aboud, Reporter May 27, 2022

Picture this: A young girl is sitting with her family watching a movie. Normally, she would be playing with toys or dancing around, but for some reason she isn't. For the first time, she has her eyes completely...

Summer Bucket List!

Summer Bucket List!

Melissa Krainer, Reporter May 23, 2022

Modern kitchen. The delicious pizza comes baked fresh out of the oven. This delicious pizza was waiting to be taken to a table.

JJ Hadley

Grace Stadtmiller, Reporter May 19, 2022

Being able to get a fresh slice of pizza with friends and family right in the heart of Altoona. Having a refreshing drink after a hard day. JJ Hadley is a popular Italian pizza restaurant in downtown Altoona,...

Rest and relaxation. Most teenagers could use this time at home to replenish and refresh for the upcoming week. This benefits student and teacher morale.

Editorial: Schools should transition to a four day week!

Editorial Board May 17, 2022

Longer weekends, more productive school days, more free time. A longer break on the weekends has many great outcomes. If schools were to add just an hour and a half every school day, students would only...

The more the merrier! This shelf displays just a few of my many copies of my all time favorite novel Jane Eyre. I read the novel a few years ago and have since fallen in love with it in every way.

Jane Eyre Book Review

Madison Aboud , Reporter May 12, 2022

When Charlotte Bronte first published "Jane Eyre" in 1847, to say it shocked readers is an understatement. "Jane Eyre" is a coming of age story about a young girl as she travels from an abusive and...

Overload. Eighth grader Grace Stadtmiller sketched this image to show what middle school students go through.

Editorial: Student Stress Isn’t Trivial

Editorial Board March 14, 2022

Tests. Homework. Projects. Presentations. Students sit through six hours of work almost every day from Monday through Friday. Learning can be very demanding. The process can cause a lot of stress in...

Actress Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey enjoying their time together!

Pick me, choose me, love me!

Cheyanne Zeth, Reporter February 23, 2022

“Pick me, choose me, love me,” said actress Ellen Pompeo known as Meredith Grey from her hit TV show.  "Grey’s Anatomy,” a popular ABC TV drama has been running since 2005, and it’s still...

Here is a photo of the entrance to the restaurant located at 267 Park Hills Plaza.

Aki Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi bar

Grace Stadtmiller, Reporter February 18, 2022

Aki Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar (Aki) located in Altoona, gives customers a great taste of different Japanese foods! I have never tasted anything like it in my life!  Aki is a sushi and steakhouse...

This refreshing drink takes you back to summer days. It makes your taste buds explode!

Refreshing Starbucks Drink

Taniyah Hicks, Reporter February 18, 2022

Freeze dried strawberries, lemonade and ice…It was like the strawberries melted in my mouth. The drink gave me the urge to order more! The Strawberry Aꞔaí Starbucks Refresher  was very fancy! After...

Spider-Man: No Way Home is one of the best movies Ive ever watched. This movie is rated PG-13. The movie is about 2 hours and 28 minutes long.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home”

Miley Naugle, Reporter February 18, 2022

With one simple mistake, your whole world could turn upside-down! Late, last year, I saw "Spider-Man: No Way Home." It is a great movie with lots of action and unpredictable events. The movie was...

A copy of The Phantom of the Opera with a masquerade mask to capture the essence of Phantom.

“The Phantom of the Opera”

Madison Aboud, Reporter February 18, 2022

"The Phantom of the Opera" by French author Gaston Leroux is a story of love, passion, challenges,  sadness, compassion and death.   The story takes place during the late 1800's in Paris at...

Cluck, cluck! Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul has lots to offer about being a teenager.

We all need some “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul”

Melissa Krainer, Reporter February 11, 2022

Let’s face it: being a teenager is hard. There are a lot of challenges and decisions that need to be made. Sometimes it can be overwhelming. What if there were a book that helped with all that?  Guess...

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