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Editorial: Students recollect school year

Editorial:  Students recollect school year

Editorial Board

May 30, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

It’s time to say goodbye to the 2016-17 school year and, for ninth graders at least, the Altoona Area Junior High School. Some might be sad to see this year pass, while others might be letting out a sigh of relief; either way, there were many highlights to this school year with a couple standing out...

New cafe opens

New cafe opens

May 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Reviews

The Clay Cup is a new cafe located in downtown Altoona. They offer a wide variety of drinks and food. They also have a variety of T-shirts and mugs customers can purchase. They are open seven days a week and their hours are 7-7 on Monday through Thursday and 7 am- 9 pm on Fridays.  They offer hot and ...

Trump administration changes school food guidelines

Trump administration changes school food guidelines

Stevie Hoover

May 30, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

With a new administration in the Executive Branch, changes are going to be made. The previous First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, was instrumental in setting food guidelines for schools to follow that a majority of students did not like. Students were forced to get food that they did not w...

The Diary of an Oxygen Thief steals attention

The Diary of an Oxygen Thief steals attention

Willow Yingling

May 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Reviews

This novel is written anonymously..  It is an unique story that gives a different viewpoint than the average “love stories” with the most tragic endings. The narrator of the story tells the tale of his alcoholism and his mental abuse of the woman he used to date. He then realizes he wanted ...

Music today proves fiendish

Music today proves fiendish

Aurora Soural

May 30, 2017


Filed under Columns

“Songs are pieces of art that go in the ears straight to the heart.” -Anonymous This quote may be true in many cases, mainly those involving such inspirational and catchy songs as ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ by Bon Jovi(1986), ‘Man in the Mirror’ by Michael Jackson(1987),  ‘Welcome to the ...

Gunslinger introduces Dark Tower series

Gunslinger introduces Dark Tower series

David Rudy

May 30, 2017


Filed under Reviews

When most people think Stephen King they usually think of his horror works like The Shining, Cujo and It, but Stephen King also writes fantasy and sci-fi series and novels. The Dark Tower series was a blend of horror, sci-fi and fantasy and starts with The Gunslinger. In the Gunslinger, the read...

Editorial: Fake bomb threat frightens students

Editorial:  Fake bomb threat frightens students

Editorial Board

May 10, 2017


Filed under Editorial

Set the scene of March 24, 2017 in the Altoona Area Junior High school’s gymnasiums. The large rooms are almost deadly silent with the only noises being the hushed and frankly terrified murmurs being passed from students to teachers and staff. That day, students were swept in a hustle through a lock down th...

Realcare babies teach lessons

Realcare babies teach lessons

Willow Yingling

May 5, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The sudden wailing of a newborn child wakes you up at three a.m.  At first, it is terrifying , but then you realize you have to take care of your new responsibility. The baby is now is a huge part of your life, and can greatly interfere with your school, family and social life. Having ...

Disney introduces new Polynesian princess

Disney introduces new Polynesian princess

Stevie Hoover

May 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Reviews

Moana of Motunui set sail on the Pacific Ocean in search of the demigod, Maui, to restore the Heart of Te Fiti to save her island. The Heart of Te Fiti made all of the islands and keeps them alive. Maui stole it years ago to give the people food, wind and land. But it isn’t working anymore, and they...

Dress code revisions suggested

Dress code revisions suggested

Emily Rentz

May 5, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Think you have your wardrobe all planned for next year? Think again. The AAJHS may be changing the appearance violations. No actual clothing decisions have been made but there won’t be a major difference. The main proposal is that facial piercings and unnatural hair color may be allowed. “The...

Color-A-Thon offers fun way to donate

Color-A-Thon offers fun way to donate

David Rudy jr

April 10, 2017


Filed under Columns

With the many different ways to donate some wonder which way is the best. While donating to a charity no matter which way is great, color runs like the Color-A-Thon that occurred this past weekend create a rewarding experience along with the good feeling of knowing the money is going towards a good c...

Love and Gender’s many options

Love and Gender’s many options

April 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

                           To some who are regretfully not sex positive- a fairly new term for those who embrace and are knowledgeable on sexualities and or sexes- everyone needs to embrace the fact that everyone can choose their own term and sexuality. There may be excessive option...

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