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Stories from Starr's Mill High School
Empowering females in the rock scene
Arts & Entertainment

Rachel Laposka | October 12, 2020

Rock is a genre with infinite subgenres, all with varying stereotypes surrounding the overall sound. Most stereotypes lead people to believe that simply because of your gender, you may not be as successful…

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Opinion: Men’s mental health overlooked, toxic masculinity huge factor
Opinions

Rachel Laposka | September 18, 2020

Content warning: This story contains themes of suicide and mental health. 
Mental health is generally seen as a taboo topic in society–it goes against that “perfect” facade we are expected to have….

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Welcome to the “dreamer’s hotel”
Arts & Entertainment

Rachel Laposka | May 1, 2020

Musical genres are weird: there is a vast list of them, most of which are not as widely known as others. A majority of those genres derive from more commonly known genres. Ones like rock, pop, rap, EDM,…

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Abrupt end cannot sever bonds made
Sports

Ben Barkley | April 29, 2020

The whole world has gone into a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With that brought an end to the spring sports season at Starr’s Mill before it really even began.

Lacrosse was shaping to have…

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Kindness through the virus
Coronavirus

Emily Davis | April 21, 2020

As the quarantine leaves families cooped up together for most, if not all, of the days in a week, people are getting creative in how they can interact with and be a blessing to other families. Despite…

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The epitome of Panther pride
Sports

Daniel Stackhouse | April 7, 2020

Panther alumni Drew and senior Alice Anne Hudson are two siblings that have set the bar for Starr’s Mill basketball.

They have both accumulated incomparable stats and earned All-State status. All…

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Georgia’s standardized testing falls victim to COVID-19
Coronavirus

James Hindy | March 19, 2020

On March 11, after a month of almost constant rain, the sun made an appearance to the residents of the Peach State. To the students at Starr’s Mill High School, rainy commutes to and from school were…

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Overcoming ‘Brain Pain’
Arts & Entertainment

Rachel Laposka | March 16, 2020

Melodic hardcore is a genre not many people are familiar with by name. Deriving from skate punk, the genre incorporates sounds from punk rock and hardcore punk, blending harsh and gritty vocals with melodic…

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Long-time track president retiring after 40 years in NASCAR
Features

Caylee Cicero | March 4, 2020

After 25 years as track president of Atlanta Motor Speedway, Speedway Motorsports Incorporated’s longest tenured employee, Ed Clark, has decided it’s time to retire. Among many changes the track has…

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Three’s a crowd
Features

Joslyn Weber | March 2, 2020

Sofia Quinones-Vilela captivates readers as she takes them through a journey of highs and lows.

Written when she was only 13 years old, author and Starr’s Mill alumnae Sofia Quinones-Vilela, pen name…

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Creative custom clothing
SNO's 18 Under 18

Emily Davis | February 28, 2020

Starr’s Mill junior Sara Evans has combined her artistic creativity and unique sense of style to create her own company. As of February 2020, Evans has officially launched her clothing line, Yons Customs.

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The revival of nu-metal
Arts & Entertainment

Rachel Laposka | February 24, 2020

Nu-metal is a genre that some argue died back in the mid-2000s as various bands began to hop on the bandwagon. Many of these bands over-produced albums claiming to fall into the metal subgenre, leading…

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‘Father of all’ Green Day albums
Arts & Entertainment

Rachel Laposka | February 13, 2020

Green Day made a name for themselves in the 1990s, taking over the charts with their catchy punk rock songs that served as an anthem for teens growing up in the early 2000s. One might think that the band…

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Latin boyband’s newest single is anything but cliché
Arts & Entertainment

Jordan Owens | February 10, 2020

CNCO members Richard Camacho, Erick Brian Colón, Zabdiel De Jesús, Joel Pimentel, and Christopher Vélez released their latest single about a week ago and it has already left a tremendous staple for…

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Personifying perseverance
Sports

Daniel Stackhouse | February 4, 2020

Failure seemed to define Kansas City head coach Andy Reid’s career. With 6:13 left to play in Super Bowl LIV, it appeared that Reid’s legacy of coming up short was all but solidified. Twenty-one unanswered…

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Life story preserved on paper
Features

Emily Davis | February 3, 2020

Words have always been something precious to local Peachtree City resident Melinda Whitlock. Even the building that houses her business is practically built upon words. She wrote important quotes and prayers…

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A tale of two teams
Sports

Daniel Stackhouse | January 31, 2020

Back in November, Panther basketball started their seasons with many questions. It was a mystery if the girls were going to build on the potential they have, and if the boys would be able to figure out…

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Jugglers join for Friday’s farewell
Video

Bekah Algaze | January 30, 2020

On Dec. 21, Peeples Elementary School former and current jugglers gathered together in the Whitewater High School gymnasium to celebrate coach Deborah Friday’s retirement. Friday has coached the juggling…

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Punk’s not dead
Arts & Entertainment

Rachel Laposka | January 22, 2020

People often claim that politics and music should not blend together. I strongly disagree with that. If there is one thing that can send a message to today’s youth it is music.

The punk scene in music…

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Sak’s new single spreads awareness
Arts & Entertainment

Jordan Owens | December 6, 2019

It is rare that I hear about an artist making a song that spreads awareness on teen suicide, so it is always interesting to see their take on increasing awareness to audiences. 

“I tried to convey…

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Opinion: Changes need to be made on Election Day
Opinions

Victoria Sponar | November 5, 2019

As the cold finally begins to settle over the nation and November begins, we reach the first Tuesday of this crisp month — Election Day. Some may not find anything wrong with this day, but those who…

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From bat to business
Sports

Caylee Cicero | November 4, 2019

Panther grad Brian Fletcher spent his youth looking up to his father, MLB player Scott Fletcher. From a young age, Fletcher knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and play baseball professionally….

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Teaching from tragedy
News

Emily Davis | October 28, 2019

Tens of thousands of deaths are claimed by drug overdoses, and the statistics seem to increase every year. Deaths like these have to come to a stop, for even one life taken is too many, especially for…

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What she tackles, she conquers
Video

Bekah Algaze | October 28, 2019

Seventh grader London Mckeehan plays wide receiver and defensive line. As the first girl on an all boys football team, she tries to find opportunities to motivate and encourage her fellow teammates. The…

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Remember the forgotten
News

James Hindy | October 23, 2019

As Halloween creeps around the corner, people board up their houses for the effect of abandonment, while supermarket shelves get picked clean. While horrific conditions are usually fabricated on Halloween…

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Blink-182 returns moodier than ever
Arts & Entertainment

Rachel Laposka | October 8, 2019

Blink-182 has been around since 1992 and has been a major influence in the evolution of pop-punk music. The band has become almost infamous due to their use of heavy drums and extreme guitar riffs combined…

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Youth matters
Opinions

Victoria Sponar | October 3, 2019

Over the past few days, the entire world has been talking about Greta Thunberg and her speech at the United Nations Climate Change summit bashing the older generations for turning a blind eye toward the…

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From family past time to prime time
Features

Caylee Cicero | September 26, 2019

After growing up surrounded by sports, Starr’s Mill alumna Brooke Fletcher is taking advantage of her roots to start her career in sports broadcasting.

Brooke’s father Scott was a professional baseball…

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OPINION: Teens need to recognize the dangers of vaping
Opinions

Victoria Sponar | September 24, 2019

Vomiting, severe headaches, lung diseases, and now, even death — these symptoms all come from the popular electronic cigarettes such as Juuls and Novas. 

Now more than ever, teenagers need to…

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Scouting for a cause
Features

Emily Davis | September 19, 2019

From selling thin mints to hosting a blood marrow and stem cell drive, senior Joy Inya-Agha is using her Girl Scout background as a platform for a greater cause. 

Inya-Agha is a Girl Scout of the highest…

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Catching memories
Features

Emily Davis | September 16, 2019

Evan Coe, only in fourth grade, is already faced with one of the most heartbreaking challenges — how to remember a loving father.

For Evan, remembering his father Allen, a 2006 graduate from Starr’s…

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School off, summer jobs on
Features

Addie Ellison | May 30, 2019

Over the summer many students of the Mill will find their first jobs. Summer jobs help students learn responsibility and make a little cash. With advice and stories to share, teachers and administration…

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Busy bees
Video

Bekah Algaze | May 16, 2019

Seniors Harrison Fultz and Nick Nyman, two of the captains on the Starr’s Mill cross country and track teams, both hold numerous distance records as teammates and individuals. Last fall, they helped…

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Aaron Ash
Features

Caylee Cicero | April 29, 2019

Since he was a tween, Panther alum Aaron Ash has been fascinated by computers and technology. By studying computers from such a young age, Ash was able to build a future around programming after his time…

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‘Us’ doubles down on mystery and horror
Arts & Entertainment

Ian Fertig | April 11, 2019

They think like you. They look like you. They want to kill you. When their doubles attack, a family bands together to stay alive. But can they defeat themselves?

So goes the plot of “Us,” the second…

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A kid of two cultures
Opinions

Saijleen Chawla | March 4, 2019

The place where you’re from has a huge impact on your sense of identity and is very much part of how you answer the hardest questions about yourself. But there’s never an easy answer for these questions,…

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Fast and ‘fan’tastic
Sports

Jenna Sanders | March 4, 2019

Fans interacting with athletes is a rarity in most sports, yet NASCAR is known to have the most accessible athletes. This year, tracks are implementing new ways for fans to get even closer to the action.

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The not-so-Super Bowl
Opinions

Ryan Allen | February 20, 2019

Going to the Super Bowl is something people cross off their bucket list and dream to attend. For me, it was just another day in my life.

I have been working at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the past…

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Oh snap! The ‘90s are back!
Arts & Entertainment

Shelby Foster | February 11, 2019

While ‘90s sayings such as “totally” and “dude” have faded away, fashion trends from this dated era still be trippin’ down the halls of the Mill.

Denim is diving back into students’ budgets,…

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Rebuild complete
Sports

Rilee Stapleton | February 11, 2019

Just two years ago, the girls’ basketball team at Starr’s Mill was the only team at the school to miss the state playoffs. After defeating Griffin 43-38, however, they’ve rose to the top of the region…

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Engaging interpretations
Features

Emily Davis | February 6, 2019

As infants and toddlers, major parts of a child’s brain grow and develop. It is vital that children of such a young age are exposed to language and people’s voices in order to develop good communication…

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New Watsky album leaves no ‘Complaints’
Arts & Entertainment

Ian Fertig | January 28, 2019

“Complaint,” the latest studio album from alternative rapper George Watsky, released last Friday. This album brings nine strange and wonderful new songs to Watsky’s strange and wonderful fans, and…

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Oh, rats!
News

Jacob Hunt | January 27, 2019

The rats are back. That’s right — the vermin problem that has tormented Starr’s Mill for years has returned with a vengeance after taking only one semester off. Now, the issue will have to be resolved…

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It was a different time
Arts & Entertainment

Blythe Terry | December 27, 2018

In 1860s French high society, modernity was quite taboo. The arts were confined to depicting an idealized world, one mostly filled with Napoleon worship and aristocracy apologism. But industrialization?…

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From the stage to the page
Arts & Entertainment

Valen Yeager | December 20, 2018

Former Starr’s Mill student Cara Clements has written a book that is to be completed by the end of the month. “the self-care journal” focuses on mental health and taking care of oneself, a continuation…

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Running a race with time
Opinions

Saijleen Chawla | December 17, 2018

There’s nothing stopping us from closing our eyes, and just breathing. That is, nothing but ourselves. It is human nature to stress ourselves out.

Though it is imperative to “gain control and embrace…

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OPINION: Call me ‘black’ not ‘African American’
Opinions

Jordan Owens | November 20, 2018

It seems that the word black has turned into a word people are afraid to use to describe a black person. Instead, they use African American. While there is nothing wrong with describing a black person…

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Rigorous schedules, grueling routines
Sports

Emily Davis | November 14, 2018

Competitive cheer is preparing for the state competition held in Columbus this weekend. However, that preparation comes at a price, especially for those whose passions extend beyond the Starr’s Mill…

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Sand in the wind
News

James Hindy | November 1, 2018

On Oct. 11, as the sun began to rise in the east and birds began to chirp nature’s melody, the nation watched as the horrendous power of Hurricane Michael left the Panhandle State beyond recognition. Now…

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Chris Wooding takes a turn for the epic
Arts & Entertainment

Ian Fertig | October 31, 2018

Talented sci-fi and fantasy author Chris Wooding recently released “The Ember Blade,” a massive epic fantasy. This latest release was a magnificent first installment in what is destined to become one…

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