The Optimist

Why I’m mad about the removal of net neutrality (and why you should be too)

Elizabeth Rickert, Editor

December 4, 2017

If you asked my mother what I spend most of my time doing, she would probably say something like “all she does is stare at her phone!” In truth, a large percent of my day is dedicated to looking at my phone. I’ll admit it...

High school newspapers struggle in fight against censorship

Calvin Prenkert, Staff Writer

November 20, 2017

The Plainfield High School newspaper, “The Shakedown”, has made headlines in the past few weeks because of its controversial subject matter. The issue, entitled “Plainfield's High School’s Dating Survival Guide Declassif...

#MeToo, a social shift

Taylor Harmon, Staff Writer

November 1, 2017

“In the US, 99 percent of sexual perpetrators walk free. Just let that sink in.” About 3 weeks ago, #MeToo broke the internet.  The hashtag was meant to spark awareness of the scale of sexual harassment and assault to...

NCAA Scandal

Ethan Baer, Sports Writer

October 3, 2017

The US Department of Justice has recently announced that college basketball coaches from certain universities throughout the country have been arrested amidst a shocking scandal that has exposed the NCAA and multiple shoe brands...

Does Taylor Swift’s New Song Suck?

Will Gibbons, Staff Writer/Photographer

September 19, 2017

The score is 48-11, and I’m not talking about sports. I’m talking about the poll that was held in Kathleen Mills’ room in which we asked members of the BHSS student body the question, “Does Taylor Swift’s new song: Look...

Citizens blinded across the country, but not from the eclipse

Emma Bowlen, Staff Writer

August 28, 2017

After being nagged day by day leading up to August 21 about wearing special glasses while viewing the solar eclipse, the people of America saw their own president, Donald J. Trump, look at the eclipse with his own bare eyes. What do...

Kale chips in the cafeteria?

Jen Crystal, Staff Writer

August 22, 2017

Today, the cafeteria added kale chips to its lunch menu as part of a school effort to provide healthier food items for students. However, students are divided on their opinions of kale chips. For many students, kale is not the ...

Kluesner Study Sessions

Kluesner Study Sessions

August 22, 2017

Are online textbooks better than real textbooks?

Lilly Thomas, Staff Writer/Photographer

August 22, 2017

Students of BHSS have no end to their complaints about the troublesome and clunky devices they are issued at the beginning of their high school careers. However, these mammoth machines might be saving students in ways they haven’...

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