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The Student News Site of Mountainside High School

The Peak

The Student News Site of Mountainside High School

The Peak

A monochromatic collage of Maddies favorite 2023 Met Gala looks.

Maddie Reviews Met Gala

Alexandra Lipets, Staff Reporter May 24, 2023

The Met Gala is one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year, with criticism and praise pouring in for weeks after. This year, a heavily opinionated critic turned out to be one of our own students:...

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 photo of the Mountainside band hallway in action after class.

For the Band Kids

Isa Villamin, Freelancer May 5, 2023

To most people, the band hallway is just a hallway full of lockers, practice rooms, a massive metal door, etc. In their mind, the band room is full of instruments and weird curtains on the walls. But for...

A tired Magic Johnson during one of his best games.

Who is the Best Point Guard of All Time?

Ishaan Dayal, Freelance May 4, 2023

There have been countless great point guards in the all-time history of the NBA. To name a few there is Magic Johnson, Stephen Curry, John Stockton, and Russell Westbrook. In order to find the best, it...

Many LGBTQ+ identifying persons at a rally to protect their rights.

Trans Rights Are A Dying Trend

Alec Conley, Editor-in-chief November 8, 2022

TW//: Mentions of suicide Breaking news, it’s not pride month anymore so you can put away your dollar store flags and start writing some hot and fresh anti-LGBTQ+ legislature. Just like we do every...

School, Bucerius Law. “People Standing in Front of Brown Concrete Building During Daytime.” Unsplash, 24 Aug. 2020,

College: A Must or a Bust?

Katie Fernandez Vargas, Staff Reporter October 20, 2022

From the very first day of high school till the very last, many students come and go still wondering “What comes after graduation?”  Despite high schools giving many opportunities to learn about college,...

The graph shows a poll of MHS students and how many hours of sleep, on average, they get a night.

ZZZ… Ztart Classes Later

Mikayla Bell, Staff Reporter May 11, 2022

Imagine, you go to sleep at 11:00pm and wake up at 6:00am.  From the moment you wake up, you are expected to perform exceptionally well.  Society tells us to earn competitive GPAs. Enroll in rigorous...


Dear Fashion Industry, You Suck

Maddie Mitchell, Staff Reporter May 11, 2022

Throughout the years the fashion industry has been accused over and over again for not changing the way it perceives plus size fashion, especially in women, low-income fashion, and unfortunately much more.  When...

Lauren Bernett, Sarah Shulze, and Katie Meyer. (Courtesy of NBC News)

Athletes are People, Too

Addison Kachnick, Staff Reporter May 11, 2022

TW: Mentions of suicide and death Katie Meyer. Sarah Shulze. Lauren Bernett. Many strong, courageous, selfless individuals whose memory in the hearts of others will always be bright. An athlete’s...

Students on their phones

Social Media: Not Always a Negative Thing

Kylie Padilla, Design Team & Staff Reporter May 5, 2022

We’ve all heard of social media: everyone uses it; everyone knows what it is. According to Mayo clinic, 97 percent of teenagers between 13-17 years old use social media. But there are many people who...

Confused student

My Thoughts on the American Grading System

Alec Conley, Editor-in-chief May 5, 2022

Since it first came to fruition, the American grading system has almost never been fair. The letters in our grade books have dictated our well-being and livelihood for far too long and it’s time for...

Abortion protest

Hands off my Uterus

Watsyn Tibbetts, Student Reporter May 3, 2022

“Nearly a fourth of women in America will have an abortion by age 45. Every day, people across the United States make deeply personal decisions about their pregnancies. Those decisions deserve respect,”...

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