The Optimist

The future of living with coronavirus

Katie Apple, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

Although highschool seniors are already experiencing a bad enough ending to the school year, let’s not forget that things may take an even more interesting turn in the very near future. Colleges around the nation are trying to fin...

Senior year is canceled–and that’s okay

Elizabeth Allen, Staff Writer

April 15, 2020

I never expected my senior year to go like this, and it would be an understatement to say otherwise. While I certainly had many different expectations of how my graduation year would go, I never would have predicted that 2020 ...

Reading isn’t fun anymore, thanks to school

Katie Apple, Staff Writer

April 6, 2020

I was the biggest bookworm growing up. I read one book series after another, including Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. Reading was a big hobby of mine, but seemingly vanished sometime during middle school.  It’s common for peop...

An Analysis of Plato (or Edmentum) At South

Elizabeth Allen, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

Plato (or Edmentum), is a program where students can take Core 40 classes online. Edmentum also provides the service of Study Island, which some students may be familiar with from English classes. Students often use Plato for a variety of re...

The awkwardness of Ash Wednesday

Katie Apple, Staff Writer

March 9, 2020

No, I don’t need to clean my face. It’s not dirt or makeup, although it looks like I did have a mascara mishap. It’s actually Ash Wednesday! Last week, Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent, which is the forty d...

A Solution for the Strange ISTEP Schedule

Elizabeth Allen, Staff Writer

February 14, 2020

Anyone who has attended an Indiana school from 1987 to 2019 may be familiar with the state-mandated test, ISTEP. ISTEP tests children and teenagers over english, math, science, and history (some depending on grade level or cla...

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