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How COVID-19 is Affecting the College Recruitment Process
Coronavirus

Julianne Berry-Stoelzle | March 20, 2020

Since the discovery of COVID-19 in December of 2019, the virus outbreak has been deemed both a pandemic by the World Health Organization and a national emergency by President Trump. COVID-19 has led to…

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Walking on Sunshine
Features

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown | March 10, 2020

Reconnecting with your soul. That’s how Amanda Hardy, a psychologist who works at Healing Passages Birth & Wellness Center in Des Moines, describes what it is like to spend time in nature. This is…

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Race in the Classroom
Features

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown | March 9, 2020

Teachers and students often feel as though conversations about race can be difficult to navigate in a classroom environment. However, these discussions can influence students’ views of race and racial…

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“Re-Education Camps” Detaining Uyghur Muslims in China
News

Noah Bullwinkle | March 4, 2020

Buses and cars lay strewn across the street, their windshields crushed into minuscule glass shards. A combination of broken engines billowed black smoke into the air, while armored police shot tear gas…

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Electability and Sexism
Opinions

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown | March 3, 2020

In the 2020 presidential election cycle, American voters have seen a more diverse field of candidates than ever before. Multiple women, people of color, people from different religious backgrounds, and…

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A Little Hawk in Green
Sports

Alison Kenaston | March 3, 2020

The shrill sound of a whistle filled the room, signaling the end of the match. Sophia Strathearn ‘21 released her opponent and rose to her feet. This was only her second official wrestling match, but…

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A Heads up on Concussions
Sports

Julianne Berry-Stoelzle | February 28, 2020

Everyone only has one brain, and protecting that brain can be a challenge. According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, football is the sport with the highest concussion rates followed by…

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Republican Representation
Features

Victoria Weckmann | February 24, 2020

Pew Research Center reports that about 41 percent of Iowans are registered as Republican. According to The Gazette, Johnson County–where Iowa City and City High School are positioned–is arguably…

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Impact of the Caucuses Felt Up and Down the Ballot
News

Shoshie Hemley | February 20, 2020

The caucuses draw national attention to Iowans as presidential candidates tour the state, trying to persuade voters to stand in their corner on February 3. However, while the caucuses are on a national…

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A Gloomy Place
Features

Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos | February 20, 2020

Ann* started smoking marijuana in the winter in junior high. Ann continued to use drugs throughout junior high and high school, eventually she was using hard drugs once a month. What started off as curiosity…

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Teens Question First Iowa Caucus and Democratic Candidates
News

Henry Mildenstein | February 17, 2020

A room bursting with adults shouting and praising their candidates, long lines in her elementary school gym, the mini-caucuses in which she was allowed to participate: When she was a child, Mariam Keita…

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The Power of Makeup
Features

Cecile Bendera | January 13, 2020

In recent years, the makeup community has expanded greatly from what its origins on YouTube in early 2005. It’s spreading onto bigger social media platforms, primarily Instagram and YouTube. But wearing…

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Injury Prevention for Athletes
Showcase

Julianne Berry-Stoelzle | January 7, 2020

A sprained ankle, a broken bone, or a torn muscle all have the ability to put even the best athlete on the sideline. An injury in high school athletics can make a big difference, from sitting out a season…

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Not All Asians Look the Same
Opinions

Emme Perencevich | January 7, 2020

Facial recognition is a vital factor of human interaction. However, there’s one variable that can cause this function to falter. Most commonly referred to as “the cross-race effect” or “own-race…

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Staff Editorial: Dating in High School is Hard. Being Queer Makes it Harder
Opinions

Shoshie Hemley | January 7, 2020

High school is one of the most important times of our lives. It’s where we truly mature and find who we are. It is a turning point between child and adult. One of the most significant milestones in this…

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The Riches of Religion
Opinions

Shoshie Hemley | January 6, 2020

A few weeks ago, I was brought to a superchurch against my will. I was staying with the family friend of a family friend in Chicago. Before we had left that morning, I was told I was going to have “a…

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Staff Editorial: Managing Microaggressions
Opinions

Shoshie Hemley | January 6, 2020

“‘She’s feisty. I like them when they’re feisty,’” City High English teacher Jennifer Brinkmeyer heard as she walked away from a student she was supervising for testing after she asked him…

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One in a Million
Features

Aala Basheir | December 26, 2019

A chronic illness is defined as a disease lasting three months or longer, typically incurable and ongoing. Approximately 133 million people have chronic illnesses in the United States according to the…

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Private School Privilege
News

Victoria Weckmann | December 20, 2019

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 5.8 million students were enrolled in private schools as of 2016. 

“I know most of the people in my grade and I like that,” Becky…

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Tiktok Generation
Features

Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos | December 20, 2019

POV: Gen Z downloaded TikTok as a joke. Now dances, audios, and challenges cross borders to unite over 500 million teens, gays, grandmas, teachers, and cosplayers. It also unites people in the lunch line.

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Black students nearly two times as likely to be suspended as white peers in the ICCSD
News

Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos | December 20, 2019

Malcom* was playing with a BB gun. He was with two friends, but they are white, and he is black. They shot at a shed, and then the cops came. Malcom served 17 months and his friends served no time. What…

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Sparkle Brings Equality into Cheer at City High
Sports

Alice Boerner | November 18, 2019

The football team crashes through the City High banner, flanked by Sparkle cheerleaders excitedly waving pom-poms towards the stands. Although often overlooked by the crowd due to the bustle of a home…

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Girl-On-Girl Hate
Features

Alison Kenaston | November 18, 2019

According to Psychology Today, a study which examined why women may be hypercritical of each other, found that they may be more sensitive to social exclusion than men. Therefore, their first response to…

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Navaro Nehring features his puppets in “A Christmas Carol”
Features

Reese Hill | November 18, 2019

Navaro Nehring was six years old when he was given his first marionette puppet. The sophomore behind the puppets in this year’s winter play, “A Christmas Carol,” has had a fascination with the craft…

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Lets Talk Business
Features

Cecile Bendera | November 18, 2019

 City High’s Own Barber

The red and white carpets, the black wood-framed mirrors in place on the clean white walls of the room, and the bright orange-red chairs on the edge of the space—all…

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Eat, Sleep, Derby.
Sports

Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos | November 15, 2019

The smell of sweat fills the air as team members of the Iowa City Bruisers push past their opponents, gaining points to win the match. The team is the only free roller derby team in the world. It includes…

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“Hey Guys”
Features

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown | November 14, 2019

“Oh hey guys,” a friend says as they enter a room. Murmurs of “hi,” “hey,” and “what’s up?” can be heard in response. However, no one objects to the use of the word “guys.” This word,…

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It’s Not All in Your Head: Mental Health in Athletes
Showcase

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown | November 12, 2019

Before the sun has risen, Heidi Stalkfleet ‘22 pulls her goggles down over her eyes and dives into the cold pool. This early morning swim practice is followed by school, another swim practice, homework,…

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A Day in the Life of Identical Twins
Features

Victoria Weckmann | November 11, 2019

According to Very Well Family, 0.45 percent of all pregnancies are identical twins, or about one in every 250 births.

“Most people are really shocked and a lot of people don’t even realize [that…

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To Thine Own Self Be Cruel
Opinions

Reese Hill | November 11, 2019

It is safe to say I have a theatrical personality. I have always been addicted to the unreal: the idea of pretending I am someone I am not, the thrill of donning a costume and transforming entirely. But…

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How Do Students Discuss Depression?
Features

Haileigh Steffen | November 11, 2019

Alison* swung her legs down from her newly painted pastel desk. She smiled to one side.

“I’m in preschool mentally, but physically, I guess I’m in the 10th grade. I don’t know how I got there….

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Close to Home: The Story of Sudan
Features

Mira Bohannan Kumar | November 4, 2019

Warning: This story contains sensitive content, including mentions of violence and sexual assault.
Introduction

Sudanese native and resident of Khartoum Fatma Mohamed, eighteen, remembers when…

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The Vaping Experiment: Are We the Guinea Pigs?
Showcase

Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos | October 10, 2019

Advertisements for e-cigarettes, including JUUL, the e-cigarette which represents 76.1 percent of the market (Nielsen), have been a contentious issue between vaping companies and the federal government….

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Thos Tough
Sports

Lottie Gidal | May 21, 2019

Every morning Thos Trefz writes a quote on the blackboard that hangs over his room. Quotes are all over his Instagram and T-shirts; they are layered throughout his coaching lessons. Any of the runners…

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Plus Sized Fashion
Features

Rachel Meehan | April 5, 2019

Shopping is something everyone should enjoy, but plus sized women are often discriminated against as fashion brands sell baggy clothes that hide their curves or clothes that are too tight on their…

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City Hosts Theme Based Day on MLK’s Last Speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”
News

Mariam Keita | March 19, 2019

City High held a celebration of the life of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. instead of holding regular classes on Friday. Students flocked to a plethora of activities and discussions about Civil Rights…

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What Should I Tell My Doctor?
Features

Zoë Miller | February 27, 2019

Teenagers navigate a sea of choices as they grow up. This includes their healthcare. Some of the different questions teens may face include: Should I see a doctor alone? Should I come out to my doctor?…

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Riding Together
Features

Lottie Gidal | February 25, 2019

To many, horseback riding appears to be a solo sport, but for Alex ‘20 and Rachel Marsh ‘22, quite the opposite is true. Not only do they consider themselves part of a team with their horses, but they…

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On Their Way Up
Sports

Julianne Berry-Stoelzle | January 30, 2019

As the City vs West basketball game neared the end, players, fans and coaches alike were brought back to last March when the same teams went up against each other for the state title. The tension was evident…

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Just Cosplaying Around
Features

Lottie Gidal | January 28, 2019

 The difference between dressing up in a costume on Halloween and dressing up on any other day is that to most the latter seems “odd,” but for Rylee Zuniga ‘19, Josie Frisina ‘19, and a whole…

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Wait…You’re Asian?
Uncategorized

Alison Kenaston | January 22, 2019

When you grow up in a mixed-race household hearing many different languages, eating many different foods, and experiencing many different cultures, even many different religions, you become a blend of…

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Wait…You’re Asian?
Opinions

Alison Kenaston | January 22, 2019

When you grow up in a mixed-race household hearing many different languages, eating many different foods, and experiencing many different cultures, even many different religions, you become a blend of…

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Bringing the Heat
Arts & Entertainment

Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos | January 2, 2019

In a haze of fumes the Capsaicin Bros dice, blend, and sanitize. Heat fills the room. After all the work is done, their product, Death Wish, is what’s left.

Mitchell Wilkes ‘20, Paul Cornell ‘20,…

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Sizing Down
Features

Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos | December 27, 2018

The most common age at which to get a breast reduction surgery is in one’s 20s or 30s, but the never-ending pain is too much for some to take.

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Who Ought To Use the N-Word
Opinions

Mariam Keita | November 16, 2018

Disclaimer: This article contains language that some readers may deem offensive. 

There is no situation in which non-Black people should feel comfortable using the N-word. While I am not here to tell…

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For the Thrill of It
Features

Noah Bullwinkle | November 16, 2018

For Violet*, it started in fifth grade. She and a friend were together on a snow day, and her friend suggested they try smoking marijuana.

“I was like, “Oh, [smoking’s] cool. I’m going to do…

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Frustration with Flooding
News

Phoebe Chapnick-Sorokin | November 14, 2018

Rain has dampened basements, trails and streets in Iowa City all of this Fall. Just as the water has risen, so have people’s frustrations. Beatrice Kearns ‘19 lives in a house with a creek running…

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A Piece of Me
Features

Zoë Miller | November 9, 2018

When Megan Bywater ‘19 was one and a half, she achieved mobility that no one expected. With the help of braces and crutches, she walked for the first time. Since then, she has been exceeding expectations….

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