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Mountain Echo

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Mountain Echo

Confusion. Many students are currently wondering what to expect going into the 2024-25 school year due to different plans that have been considered. Though the plan isnt official, students shouldnt plan on any more big changes being made.
Changes to expect going into next year
Emmalee Martyak, Reporter • February 22, 2024

Talk of what the daily schedule for the 2024-25 school year will look like has recently been up in the air. Considering a seven-period day, a...

Students of the National Art Honor Society gather around one of the many unique art displays at Corning Museum of Glass. They ventured through the fragile artworks with the help of one of the museums experienced tour guides.
How Corning Museum of Glass shatters expectations
Mattie Baker, Reporter • February 20, 2024

Most people don’t give much thought to glass. What is there to think about? It makes windows and cups. Bottles and lightbulbs. And, most would...

Case closed. The mock trial team celebrates another victory. The team has competed in both tournaments and singular trials throughout the season.
Mock trial season underway
Mattie Baker, Reporter • January 25, 2024

There aren’t many extracurriculars out there made to introduce students to the world of law. Not only does the mock trial team accomplish this,...

Reach for the stars. The first incarnation of this course included only 15 members. Now, the course sees around 50 adults each year, some of which even choose to join virtually through a zoom meeting.
Krug runs evening adult course in planetarium
Tommy Ford, Reporter • February 22, 2024

In November of 2023, Neil Armstrong Planetarium director James Krug began organizing his yearly evening winter adult course. For $60, over 50 adult learners attended the nine-week...

Parents line up outside of the high school to get their kids after the hoax call in March of 2023.
Swatting calls affect homes
February 22, 2024
Smile. Kenai greets new student visitors in the library. The [Alaskan malamute] breed was bred to be a family dog and a working dog. Their frame is large so they can pull heavy weights for short distances. At the end of the day, they come inside and are a family pet. What was appealing about the malamute breed is how gentle and docile they are with kids and their ability to serve as a working dog in Arctic conditions, Love said.
Fetching Kenai
February 8, 2024
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Locked in. Junior Triumph Kilmartin runs in the 4x4 at the same meet she ties the school record. Kilmartin ran a 68.1 in the 4x4.
Triumph Kilmartin ties high school record
Eric Weyant, Reporter • February 26, 2024
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I hang with the Vultures. Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign make up the rap duo ¥$. This album was their first collaboration.
"VULTURES 1" album review
Ryan Longstreth, Reporter • February 23, 2024

On Feb. 23, 2024, Kanye West joined forces with Ty Dolla $ign to produce the album “VULTURES 1.” This is the first in a series of three albums, with the other two to be...

Stacked up. These are just a few of Colleen Hoovers books. Over time she has written 26 books. All can be purchased in stores or even on Kindle.
The ups and downs: CoHo version
Megan Shultz, Associate Editor • February 20, 2024

As an avid reader, I have read almost every single book written by Colleen Hoover. I would have to place her as my number one favorite author. Hoover has been the number one...

SAT. Posters advertising the Scholastic Aptitude Test are hung around the school. These advertisements are simply to generate wealth for the College Board.
Colleges should opt for test-blind policy
Ryan Longstreth, Reporter • February 9, 2024

When preparing for college, students will submit grades, class ranks, lists of extracurriculars as well as other information to help them stand out to university admissions....

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Terrifying. The cover is much more horrifying than the pages that lie beneath it. It was Nat Cassidys most recent release after the popular novel, Mary: An Awakening of Terror.
January Book of the Month
Mattie Baker, Reporter • January 31, 2024

It’s a new year, and what better way to kick it off than to willingly read something that you know will make you angry?  When I picked up “Nestlings” by Nat Cassidy,...

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Editorial cartoon
Rylan Cagle, Guest Reporter • February 7, 2024

Letter to the Editor: Senior electives
Letter to the Editor: Senior electives
Heba Allah Omar, Contributor • February 21, 2024
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Online restrictions limit learning experiences for secondary students
Editorial Board January 31, 2024

In 2000, concerns regarding children's internet access grew. A year later, Congress enacted the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) to...

Valentines Day
Valentine's Day
Addisen McDonald February 9, 2024

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