The Student News Site of Mountainside High School

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The Student News Site of Mountainside High School

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The Student News Site of Mountainside High School

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Rose City Rise Up: Climate Justice Activism in Portland

Rose City Rise Up: Climate Justice Activism in Portland

Harper Fife-Adams, Freelancer June 1, 2023

People around the world are fed up with the inaction from our leaders in curbing the climate crisis, particularly with President Biden’s recent approval of the Willow project. The effects of climate...

It got worse before it got better: me over the years.

Switching Sides

Alec Conley, Editor-in-chief May 16, 2023

My whole life I was always halfway-hidden. One foot in the closet, one foot out. But now, I don’t have to hide anymore. I can be proud, and express myself freely without being scared or anxious. So I’ve...

A collage of fashion models standing together on an orange background.

How Fashion is Affected by Modern Culture

Cedar Zuijdgeest, Staff Reporter April 3, 2023

Fashion has always been affected by modern culture. Over the years, fashion has been influenced by celebrities, movies, and other aspects that define pop culture. Now, fashion trends are mostly affected...

A graph with data displaying the sleeping habits of Mountainside students.

The Students at Mountainside High School are Suffering From a Disease Known as Sleep Deprivation

Alexandra Lipets, Staff Reporter April 3, 2023

Sleep deprivation amongst teenagers is an epidemic affecting all American teens. Teenagers need 8-10 hours of sleep a night. With schools starting at 7:45am, this requirement is commonly not met.  Sleep...

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The TRUTH about Lunchtime Music

Sophia Pole, Staff Reporter March 23, 2023

Background music has the power to chasmically change the overall feel of an event, so I wanted to investigate Mountainside’s lunchtime soundtrack.  That is, I wanted to learn what students thought about...

The silhouette of a girl in front of a wall of creepy eyes.

Social Stress at MHS

Claire Kim, Staff Reporter March 23, 2023

Social anxiety. It’s a universal topic, but the main demographic it tends to lean toward is teenagers. It’s a common thing for high schoolers to experience, more common than you might think. If you’re...

Beautiful European architecture as seen in Boston

Five Reasons Why You Absolutely HAVE to Go to Boston

Alexandra Lipets, Staff Reporter February 7, 2023

In 2019, approximately 22.7 million people visited the grand city of Boston. It attracts people from all over the world with its history and beauty. But what specifically is so amazing about Boston? Well,...

A collection of photos demonstrating the ways different cultures celebrate  Halloween.

Halloween Through a Different Lens

Cedar Zuijdgeest and Claire Kim October 31, 2022

Halloween is here! People have decorated their houses, shopped for costumes, and visited pumpkin patches. This is how a lot of people celebrate the holiday. However, there are more ways to celebrate Halloween...

Service Hour Opportunity: Limited Time

Alec Conley, Editor-in-chief October 20, 2022

Want a chance to earn 3 service hours? We need one more caller tonight (October 20, 2022) at Aloha High school at the Phone-a-thon for Answer The Call. We’ll be making calls towards people trying to...

The 2022 Homecoming Court Gathered in Royal Fashion - Photo Courtesy of @mountainsidehs on instagram

Homecoming Recap 2022: A Royal Night Out

Hannah Speed, Staff Reporter October 19, 2022

Mountainside’s football team started the homecoming weekend off with a bang by winning 21-20 against Sunset High School on October 7th. The student section was a mess of neon and noise, their chants...


Where I’ve Been, and why you Should go too!

Valerie Beach, Student Reporter April 27, 2022

As Summer approaches, travel plans begin to form. So what are the best vacation spots? Here are my top 5!   Leavenworth, Washington: As beautiful as Leavenworth is in the summer, I definitely...

Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks

Andrew Acevedo, Staff Reporter March 31, 2022

Today John Hopkins honors Henrietta Lacks by hosting annual microscope days, book clubs and convention meetings to educate locals in Baltimore. “We are supposed to be working with the people we serve.”...

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