Opinion

Don’t Despair: Protests and Petitions are Not a Lost Cause

By Chidimma Alilonu
I know many people would love to put this event behind them, but let’s think back to the 2016 Presidential Election. When Donald Trump prevailed, everyone, including the Trump camp, was shocked. Trump and his team were anticipating defeat before Election Day. More salt was rubbed into the

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Sequels, Prequels, and Spinoffs: The Growing Unoriginality of the Movie Industry

By Sophie Sebastiani
Recently, the latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise, The Fate of the Furious, was released. Most audiences hoped that these movies would end on a tasteful note with Furious 7, which concluded in a heartwarming tribute to Paul Walker who had died before production ended. However, for

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Fake News and the Very Real Impact it Has

By Sophie Sebastiani
Fake news. This term has risen in popularity by the rapidity of error-ridden articles flooding the internet. However, another reason for its sudden prevalence is its use by none other than President Donald Trump. His use of the word follows a completely different definition than the one normally

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You Should Be Relaxing – A Practical Guide

By Sophie Sebastiani
The last term of this school year has started, and stress levels are already rising. Whether it be the pressures of graduating in a few months or attempting to find summer internships, everyone is feeling the heat.
There are only 24 hours in a day, and as students, we

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Valentine’s Day Finals

By Savannah Campbell
This year, the great commercial holiday of Valentine’s Day just so happens to fall on the first day of finals.
I must admit that, since coming to ASMS, Valentine’s Day has become a bit bittersweet. With a boyfriend 200 miles away, you cannot help but feel a twinge of

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The Struggles of Desiring a Creative Career

By Sophie Sebastiani
Certainly, since the specialties of this school are well placed into the STEM field, it may seem that this article is irrelevant. However, unbeknownst to anyone unfamiliar with ASMS, our humanities and arts departments are rather fantastic. Like many of the students here, my former school taught a

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Laundry Room Disasters: An Epidemic

By Katherine Carraway
One of the biggest challenges in the everyday life of an ASMS student is facing the laundry room. It’s a hassle to drag your laundry all the way to admin, whether you live in the girls’ dorm or the boys’ dorm, but even after that, you have to

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Love: A Rare Commodity in Today’s Age

By Sophie Sebastiani
Troubled times are upon us. Division and radical ideas are deeply engraved in our society. President Trump has signed many executive orders that promote disunity and hostility and is causing much pain to those affected by them. The most shocking of those executive orders is the so-called “Muslim

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Methods to Contribute to Your Political Climate

By Sophie Sebastiani
In the wake of the very recent presidential inauguration, many are wondering: “What now?” Although we can do very little to control Mr. Trump’s decisions, we can do much to assert our own beliefs and interests to others and really make a difference in today’s ever-changing society.
One of

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A History Exposed: Debunking the Myths of Christmas

By Sophie Sebastiani
‘Tis the season, and all that. But what exactly does it all mean? From Pagan beginnings to the hidden consumerism that lies within this celebrated holiday, this is not your average cookie-cutter article that praises Saint Nick and Rudolph. This piece lays out the unknown facts of this

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Finding The Perfect Balance at a School Dance

By: Sophie Sebastiani
Winter Formal has come and gone. Some students had an amazing time, dancing the night away. Others had a less stellar experience, hanging back against dark walls, feeling uncomfortable the entire time. Yet others had unconventional times, enjoying the time sitting and chatting while their classmates jived on

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How To Be Thankful

By Sophie Sebastiani
The students of ASMS are of many cultures and therefore do not all celebrate the same holidays that are often thought to be part of the American experience. However, even if you do not observe Thanksgiving, you can still give thanks for everything in your life. For instance,

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How Today’s Politics Affect Us

By Sophie Sebastiani
The Alabama School of Math and Science is a school filled to the brim with diversity and differing ideas. That fact does not change when politics enter the picture. On November 8th, the 2016 presidential election came to its climax when Donald Trump was proclaimed the winner with

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The (Ir)relevancy of Standardized Testing

By Sophie Sebastiani
With the PSAT still lingering in the backs of our minds (or at least the juniors’ and sophomores’ minds), and the ACT looming ahead of everyone, the question of the importance of these tests appears. Certainly, since we train our entire academic careers for these exams, they must contain

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College Hunting As A Sophomore

By Sophie Sebastiani
Despite what the title states, I have been browsing for universities years before I was a sophomore. Every time I look for colleges, I latch on to a particular school and won’t let go until I find another exceptional one. This method was unique and it seemed unhelpful

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My “Minority Report”

My “Minority Report”
By Sophie Sebastiani
No, this particular story doesn’t feature Tom Cruise. Sorry to disappoint you. What this essay actually discusses is my heritage. It examines my own personal “Minority Report” so to speak. I am a minority. Half Hispanic, half Caucasian. My mother hails from the United States while

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Sustainability on Campus: A Call to Action

By Shannon Regan
Sustainability is quite a broad term. When we think of it, we tend to think of renewable resources, reducing carbon emissions, protecting the ecosystems and populations, and slogans like REDUCE THE USE. In short, however, sustainability just looks to protect the natural environment.
We do a lot of great

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Making the Grade

By: Sophie Sebastiani
At the Alabama School of Math and Science, there is a sort of secret mentality that makes anything below an A seem unacceptable. However, that is hardly the case. Grades matter to a certain extent. Don’t get me wrong, I would absolutely love to have all A’s. But

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The ASMS Rite of Passage

By Joshua Buchi
Western Thought. The majority of us knew it, the minority enjoyed it, but most all of us who were here as sophomores can agree it’s a sort of rite of passage for ASMS.
It introduces you to the trials we all know too well, full of ideas you don’t

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Releasing Stress Through Sidewalk Chalk

By Shannon Regan
Another sidewalk chalk event was held in the cul-de-sac on Labor Day. This time, I went. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from the event, but I was pleasantly surprised by my experience.
When I got there, I was greeted with various chalks, bubbles, and 80s R&B.

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Being a Part of Start-Up Weekend

By X’Zandria Sellers
Having the privilege to be a part of start up weekend was amazing. I got to meet a lot of people and learn new things. It also gave me a change to build a website in a day, which was so cool. I never though that was possible

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The First Week 

By Madeleine Dotson
We’ve all been there. The first week of dorm life, the first week of college-like classes, the first week of having to rely on ourselves. The incoming students of ASMS have struggled and somewhat survived their first week of classes, and can now look back and reflect on

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Class Spotlight: American Literature

By X’Zandria Sellers
Even though English can be confusing, it’s an intriguing language. Sitting in an ASMS American Literature class, we learn how to write, read, and speak correctly. With our outstanding English teacher Mrs. Arras, my class looks forward to coming to class every day.
For example, when reading and dissecting literature, we

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Women’s History

By X’Zandria Sellers
Women have come a long way, from being told their place is the kitchen to getting their degrees. Through protesting and dedication, magnificent, hardworking women fought for equality. They put their lives on the line to allow women all over the world to have the same opportunities as

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The 2016 Election

By X’Zandria Sellers
It’s that time that only comes every 4 years: it is time to pick our next President of the United States.. Now some of these candidates know the ins and outs of government, and some are good business people. As you can see, these are a few of

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The Bibliophile: Library Edition

By Bryanna Meredith
Recently, ASMS’s librarian Ms. Mollise has called all book lovers to action by sending out a survey about what new books the library should add. In light of that, I thought that I would write an article about some of the books that we currently have in our

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The Birds and the Bees and the Blatantly Obvious

By Maria Echols
In the popular 2004 film Mean Girls, one of the many chuckle-worthy scenes shows the embarrassed gym instructor giving a lecture on sex education and he delivers a few iconic lines, “Don’t have sex… because you will get pregnant… and die.” Although we laugh at the gym teacher,

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Trump is a Shrump

By Kylie Pandolfi
Lately, the upcoming 2016 presidential election has been dominating the news, and people have been paying close attention to the candidates and their campaign platforms. A particular focus has been placed on one of the leading Republican candidates, Donald Trump. If you’ve been following the coverage of the

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Effects of Racism on our Society

By Mikey Petty
We have all heard the proclamations of Donald Trump: “Let’s make America great again.” We have all heard about how politicians plan on defeating the terrorist group ISIS by different means of warfare. We have all heard about how they are going to create jobs in America and

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The Bibliophile: Second Edition

By Bryanna Meredith
Christmas break is here, and with it comes time for all fellow book-lovers to read, unplagued by large amounts of schoolwork. Here are a few book recommendations for you to dedicate your time to over this holiday vacation from ASMS.
 
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
“The Bone Season” takes

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Realistic New Year’s Resolutions for ASMS Students

By Amanda Peterson
We’ve all done it. Near the end of December, we always claim that we will start eating healthier, exercising more, reading more, or just doing life better in general. However, these unrealistic resolutions for the new year tend to do more harm than good. When we acknowledge how broad our expectations

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Winter Formal Fashions

By Roy Pankey
 
Winter Formal took place Saturday, December 5 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Mobile Convention Center. The event was hosted by the Student Government Association, who had been planning the occasion since the school year began in August.
Students began to arrive just before the party started,

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A Teenager’s Understanding of Politics

By Amanda Peterson
Like most teenagers, I don’t know everything there is to know about politics. One thing that I know for certain, however, is that there is no right answer to any question. That’s what makes politics so difficult to understand in my underdeveloped teenage mind. But just because I

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Two Months In

By Joshua Buchi
A plague swept through ASMS that August day, an annual tide that set off the new school year. It was bigger than the Norwalk virus – well, louder, anyway. It was… incomings.
It’s been almost two months since the wave of new students hit ASMS. The adapting process has

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Internet Cut-Off: Lift It or Uphold It?

by Hanna Bobinger
        Every student at ASMS knows that if we have something to do on the internet, we have to do it before 12:00 A.M. Why? Because that’s when the wi-fi gets turned off! With this policy, do the pros outweigh the cons, or vice versa? After thinking

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Gap Year: Worth the Wait?

By Sophie Dodd
Why take a Gap Year?
For those who don’t know, a year break between high school and freshman year of college is referred to as a gap year. Gap years can be used to travel, work, or simply take a break from a rigorous high school academic career. For

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On The Topic of Perfection

by Shannon Regan
Everyone has goals, but once we reach those goals, we often find ourselves striving for more. Why do we strive for more, even after we reach our set goals? The answer seems to revolve around the idea of perfection. Once people realize their goals, they find themselves unsatisfied

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Tuition Rising

By: Sophie Dodd
In February 1971, tuition at Harvard University was $2,600, a cost near that of the activities fee for ASMS. Today, most private four-year colleges cost around $30,000 yearly, with top tier schools averaging $60,000 a year.
How did this change so quickly?
According to www.usatoday.com, tuition has increased 1,120% since

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An Incoming Perspective

By Sara Devine
There is a noticeable difference between returning students and incoming students, especially the first few weeks of class. Returnings seem to know everything. They all have their favorite teachers, favorite caf meals, and campus events. But what about the incomings? Four incoming students, both sophomores and juniors,

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Trump for President?

By Roy Pankey
More than 30,000 politicos, thrill seekers, and ASMS students—myself included—attended the Donald Trump 2016 Presidential Campaign Rally Friday, August 21. Due to extremely high levels of interest the venue was changed twice, and the event was held at Ladd-Peebles Stadium– a fact over which Trump would later gloat.
Two

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How to Survive Western Thought

By: Amanda Peterson
All incoming sophomores of ASMS are required to take an “initiation course” on Western Thought. Most 15 year olds, however, are not yet equipped with the mental capacity to critically think about philosophy. What is reality? What happens when we die? Is the universe infinite? These are the

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SGA: Secluded Government Association?

By Caroline Steudle
During last week’s SGA election, many questions and issues arose. It was never questioned whether SGA had been helping the school, especially with the success of events like Prom and Mega Musical Chairs, but many debates arose revolving around one essential question. Many students believe that the SGA

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Is Knowledge Power?

By: Chibuzo Harbor
Anyone who has watched the classic School House Rock video knows the saying, “Knowledge is Power,” and those who haven’t, well, you have probably come across the motto once or twice on your own. The funny thing about saying that knowledge is power is that people have yet

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Oops, Did I Say That?

By Shelita Smith
There are some things we do not talk about that we need to talk about, such as racist or offensive statements. A lot of the offensive phrases or words that are said to or about others are said because the offending party is unaware that what they are

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Power’s Gone!

It’s a warm spring day at ASMS, and suddenly, the power goes out. This means no microwave, television, and the worse of all air conditioner! You might be wondering how you can survive ASMS without any of the necessary tools to survive the school? Here are three quick tips on

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APUSH

By Shelita Smith
Most of us have heard that the way AP U.S. History (APUSH) is taught to high school students is subject to change, and this brings up the question, “Why?” The reason for a change in the way the course is taught falls along the lines of being ‘anti-European’

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Three Tips from the Hy-genies

By Jacob Dennis
At ASMS, the period of time following the holiday season to the end of the winter term typically is filled with the most sicknesses on campus. That being said, we are in the very thick of this “sickness season” to which many students and teachers have already fallen

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Three Myths About ASMS

By Jacob Dennis
Despite what some may say, ASMS students are very competitive. The competitive atmosphere at ASMS can be good, because it causes students to push each other and themselves. However, a majority of the time, I have seen it work as a detriment to students’ personal and academic self-confidence.

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Six Things I Wish I Knew

By Jacob Dennis
ASMS. Boarding school. Independence and freedom. These are among many of the words that came to my mind as an incoming sophomore last year. I saw ASMS as much more than an academic opportunity. I saw it as a way to branch out, meet new people, become more

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Almost Free

By Jacob Dennis
What is your opinion on administration’s attempt to make laundry free, and how will it impact the students?
 “It will be much more convenient for the students, since I usually forget to bring the quarters with me or do not have the quarters at all. Students won’t have to

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