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New Year New Me

New Year New Me

Hayat Brahmer, Student Life Editor January 23, 2023

“New Year New Me.” This is something we hear every January first. However, many people say this without having a plan of action to achieve these goals/'resolutions' for their 'new me'. Typically, we...

What Teenagers Actually Want For Christmas

What Teenagers Actually Want For Christmas

Ben Arnoldussen, Operations Editor December 12, 2022

With the holidays coming up, and gift giving being on most people’s “to-do” list, we beat you to the hassle and interviewed 10 students from Vel Philips Memorial High School on what they want for...

Things To Do With Your Friends In Winter

Things To Do With Your Friends In Winter

Hayat Brahmer, Student Life Editor December 12, 2022

Winter is cold, filled with lots of homework, and shorter days. It is easy to get wrapped up in all of this and make winter your least favorite time of the year. However, it does not need to be this way....

Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Recipes

Hayat Brahmer, Student Life Editor November 13, 2022

When it comes to cooking Thanksgiving dinner, there are many preferences, allergies, and opinions to factor in. Something that can be an enjoyable experience can turn into something stressful and filled...

“I’ll do it in 5 minutes” - Procrastination and How To Avoid It

“I’ll do it in 5 minutes” – Procrastination and How To Avoid It

Mamoona A Waheed October 27, 2022

Procrastination. Sadly, we all do it. Heck, I procrastinated writing this article. But what is procrastination exactly? Why do we do it? And how do we get rid of this bad habit? According to albany.edu,...

Senior Advice Column

What's your advice for staying on top of classes? If it helps you feel more in control of your workload, promise to yourself to get a small chunk of something done, it doesn’t have to be all or...

Halloween Ideas

Halloween Ideas

Ava Kahn, News Editor October 9, 2022

As the spooky season rolls around, you should know the best costumes, music, and foods for Halloween festivities. In this article you will learn about fun costumes for yourself, partner, or group. You...

How to Start the School Year Strong

How to Start the School Year Strong

Olivia Zhu August 26, 2022

We're now back to school Spartans! After a long, relaxing summer, adjusting back to the rigor of school may be challenging. To help you start the school year strong, here are some tips to follow: 1....

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Who Can You Ask for Help?

Elliott Weix August 25, 2022

The school year is beginning. Dread it. Run from it. The first day always arrives, and I, for one, never feel quite ready. And that's okay. If there's one valuable lesson I've learned in all my years at...

Most Efficient Back to School Supplies

Most Efficient Back to School Supplies

Hayat Brahmer, Student Life August 25, 2022

Back to school means back to school shopping, and the question of what do you need and where do you get it?  First is the decision of where to buy your supplies. Target has a good back to school section,...

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Supplies List for the First Day of School

Sanjay Palta-Hill August 25, 2022

Confused about what you should bring on your first day of school? Below is a comprehensive list of everything you need to be successful while keeping your backpack’s weight low.   Backpack:...

Why it is Important to Monitor Your Phone Time

Why it is Important to Monitor Your Phone Time

Sophia Jiang August 25, 2022

As teenagers, creating and maintaining relationships with our peers is high on our priority list. Naturally, humankind has evolved towards a reliance on technology to the point where social media has become...

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