The Optimist

First impressions on the new normal

Celie Kreilkamp, Staff Writer

August 20, 2020

Thirty-minute classes, interrupting parents, and messy desks: the first week of school at BHSS has come to an end, and students and teachers are getting accustomed to this new reality. A lot of changes had to be made to the daily...

Thursday the new Friday for South

Celie Kreilkamp, Staff Writer

March 30, 2020

The “screen time” debate is one that bridges a generation gap. It seems it’s everywhere these days- how much TV, phone and video game time is too much? Kids may groan, parents may nod in agreement. But what happens when students ...

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...

The Nutcracker, a holiday classic

John Lyles and Thomas Like

December 13, 2019

“The Nutcracker” is a story that has been around for years and has become a major part of the winter holidays for many families. In addition, the Nutcracker has played a large role in our community by involving a wide range of ag...

Drug Testing at South

Lizzie Allen, Staff Writer

December 12, 2019

In recent years, concern over drug use in high schools has rapidly grown, and in parallel to that, so have the efforts to prevent drug use. One of the more common, but also more highly debated prevention methods, is the randomized...

Peculiar pets popular with some students

Vika Terrill, Staff writer

November 19, 2019

Bearded dragons, mice, and squirrels may not be your average household pets, but according to some students at South they make great companions. From high food expenses to a difficulty finding pet sitters, these curious pets cer...

Calling all creatives: life and career lecture

Hanh Tam Bui, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

Broadway and Beyond, a lecture meant for parents and students interested in the performing arts, is coming to Bloomington. It is intended to provide advice within the field and outside to youth from insiders of the entertainm...

Could South go solar?

Lena Lin, Guest Columnist

October 28, 2019

South, as is typical of most buildings in Indiana, is far too dependent on coal powered energy.  Chris Ciolli, the Director of MCCSC Building Operations, said there are multiple coal plants from which we source our energy, n...

Word of the mouth, new clubs at South

Elizabeth Allen, Staff Writer

September 11, 2019

This year at South there is a  variety of new clubs that are looking for members. Book Club, Ladies of the Century, Women in Politics, GEMS, and the Dignity Project cover a range of topics, with each club being a safe space fo...

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