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  • School sports demand too much

    School sports demand too much

    Jamie Cashman, Staff Writer

    February 24, 2017

    Student athletes at MTHS often prioritize athletics above all else, sacrificing a lot in order to fill a spot on a team. School athletics demand far too much from students and the resulting pressure needs to be diminished. Sports are a very large part of students' lives. Usually, teams will practice...

    NEED TO SUCCEED: Grieving his son Taylor's suicide in Plano, Texas, Don Hooton looks over his son's belongings. Taylor, a baseball player and athlete, dreamed of becoming starting pitcher for Plano West High School. He committed suicide due to depression brought on by taking anabolic steroids. The lure of performance-enhancing drugs is likely caused by the pressure in highly-competitive sports environments.

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  • Too much emphasis on SATs

    Too much emphasis on SATs

    Mekhi Abbott, Staff Writer

    February 16, 2017

    Standardized testing has way too much value in dictating whether students get into colleges now-a-days. As you enter your junior year of high school, the intensifying pressure of studying, taking, and hoping you performed well on both your SAT and PARCC test becomes a massive priority. It does not...

    STRESSING ABOUT SATS: In an attempt to study for SATs, students purchase practice books, costing upwards of $30, resulting in a waste of money if they don't help improve scores.

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  • 250 dollars for a compliment

    250 dollars for a compliment

    Max Simon, Staff Writer

    February 16, 2017

    Many students in high school are self-conscious about the clothes they wear in hopes of fitting in. However, the fascination with overpriced footwear by popular basketball players is a waste of money. A select group consider themselves to be "sneakerheads." By definition, the...

    APPRECIATING ART?: The Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York featured "Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture" highlighting athletic shoes on July 8, 2015. While this exhibit may be seen as paying homage to the growing industry, the showcase shows how the overpriced sneakers need to be protected and how some view sneakers as more than just footwear.

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  • Jamesburg misteated by Monroe

    Jamesburg misteated by Monroe

    Nina O'Rourke, Staff Writer

    February 15, 2017

    Two Monroe high school students were kicked out of the Monroe Recreation Center because they lived in Jamesburg. These students should have the right to use the Rec. center because they have no Rec. center in their town, and the students also play on Monroe Rec. teams. On January 26, 2017, Nick Lupiano...

    NO PLACE TO PRACTICE: After shooting some hoops on January 26, Nick Lupiano and his friend are kicked out of the Recreation center for living in Jamesburg. Supporters argue that the boys should not have been treated that way and want Jamesburg residents allowed use of the Rec. center with Monroe residents.

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  • School grades don’t define students

    School grades don’t define students

    Jamie Cashman, Staff Writer

    February 15, 2017

    Students' intelligence is often measured by their grades, but a smart student can get bad grades and vice versa. Students should be given less formal assessments and should be evaluated on how much they learn, taking self-evaluation into great consideration. To most motivated students, getting all...

    TAKING THINGS TOO FAR: Raging about her child's failing grades, a Tampa Bay women sends her child to school in the shirt above after beating the child multiple times with a belt, demonstrating the unhealthy stress and pressure to get good grades that affect both children and their parents.

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Rolling out a new season

Rolling out a new season

Max Simon, Staff Writer

The Monroe Township High School boys bowling team ended their season in seventh place out of 20 schools. Boys from all grades traveled all around central New Jersey to...

February 24No Comments

Make marching band great again

Make marching band great again

February 24

Marching band is an exciting extracurricular activity with many positive effects, contradictory to its geeky stereotypes. After school activities, such as marching band, are great to mention on college...

Monroe marching band performs at Pearl Harbor

Monroe marching band performs at Pearl Harbor

January 19

When the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade Committee invited the marching band to perform at the memorial parade, Monroe Township was honored to accept the invitation. We were selected to represent the whole...

Dinner with a side of death

Dinner with a side of death

January 19

The Monroe Township High School Drama club has been working day after day to perfect their annual performance of a "Murder Mystery Dinner Theater." While the actors have much rehearsing to do, the cafeteria...

Visiting America’s capital

Visiting America’s capital

Brenda Chavez, Staff Writer

Feeling the fresh summer breeze coming in through my opened car window, I stare at the bright sky until a white tower — the Washington Monument — flashes into my vision,...

January 19No Comments

The use of the N-word in early literature and its impact on students V.S. its appropriateness for the era

The use of the N-word in early literature and its impact on students V.S. its appropriateness for the era

January 19

Controversy has been a brewing about the the reading curriculum and the involvement of the use of the N-word in certain early 19th and 20th century novels due to its derogatory...

New York Bison Grill hidden from view, but leaves lasting impressions on visitors

New York Bison Grill hidden from view, but leaves lasting impressions on visitors

January 19

Less than a block from Radio City Music Hall in New York City lies Ted's Montana Grill, a semi-famous bison restaurant I visited with my family on Wednesday, December 21,...

The dos and don’ts of applying to college

The dos and don’ts of applying to college

January 11

As the deadlines for college applications approaches, you can hear the sigh of relief coming from every high school senior across the country. College applications are quite...

Travel ban denies reentrance for U.S. residents

Travel ban denies reentrance for U.S. residents

Brenda Chavez, Staff Writer

An executive order signed by President Donald Trump that prohibited the entrance of refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries was recently lifted after it...

February 16No Comments

YouTuber asked to remove turban at airport

YouTuber asked to remove turban at airport

March 15

YouTuber Jasmeet Singh, more commonly know as JusReign, faced trouble at airport security over his turban on February 21, 2016. The comedian tweeted his experience with the...

The melting pot reaches a boil

February 26

America is known worldwide as "the melting pot" for her rich ethnic diversity, cultural fusion and smorgasbord of languages. However, lately, it seems to many people from...

Can we stop talking about my body now?

Can we stop talking about my body now?

February 26

Barbie may actually be able to stand on her own two feet now that she has become more realistic. Mattel, the company that is known for its production of the iconic Barbie...

Teaching younger students about nutrition can help to prevent childhood obesity and benefit their overall lives

Teaching younger students about nutrition can help to prevent childhood obesity and benefit their overall lives

Kendall LoMauro, Staff Writer

According to the American Heart Association, one in three American children and teenagers are overweight. Children who attend school should be informed about healthy choices...

February 16No Comments

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Diversity in the tech industry: When will we see it?

Diversity in the tech industry: When will we see it?

Yashaswi Parikh, Staff Writer

In Google's first diversity report, reluctantly released in May 2014, it was confirmed that the company's workforce is 70 percent male and 62 percent white. Reports from other...

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