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High School sports are essential

Cole Schmitt, Online Editor-and-Chief

September 22, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has surrounded our world over the last months. Many high schools are having all online, and others are having a form of in-person class whether that be fully back to school or a hybrid model.  In Kansas, they are mixed but a contentious topic is if sports should be played t...

TikTok teaching kids to steal, use drugs

Katya Tarabrina, Blue M Editor-and-Chief

September 22, 2020

Many social media platforms have content that is not considered appropriate for children. It is nearly impossible to guard children from the dangers of the internet, and TikTok is one of the least moderated ones.  TikTok, previously known as Musical.ly, has had a rise in users the past few y...

Removing the daily logs proves to be a good decisio

Taryn Robinson, Opinions Editor

September 22, 2020

Manhattan High School was introduced to a new system of tracking attendance and engagement due to the world facing an unexpected outbreak from COVID-19. After a few weeks of attempting to use daily learning logs to track engagement, the Kansas Department of Education has allowed MHS to drop the require...

Clothing does not speak for sexual assault survivors

Brianna Carmack, Print Editor-and-Chief

September 21, 2020

During those few years of being a teenager, it seems like there is a new struggle you have to face every second of the day. Because of that, a lot of teenagers have low self-confidence in themselves.  However, when a teenager finally begins to gain some of that self-confidence back, it seems lik...

Our last step, not taken for granted

Madison Ritz, Blue M Student Life Editor

March 17, 2020

When we were younger we wished for school to be cancelled, and our wish came true. School got canceled for the rest of the year. But this time, it hurts more than what I expected.  As a senior, I was devastated when I heard about Gov. Laura Kelly’s announcement closing schools for the remain...

Different perspective on ‘extended’ spring break

Taryn Robinson, Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

When I first heard of this virus weeks ago, I was babysitting two grade schoolers. They asked me, “Have you heard about the coronavirus?” and I was confused because I was sure it was a name of a beer and they were just being funny. Turns out, yes, it is a brand of beer, but that  wasn't eve...

COVID-19 impacts local businesses

Taryn Robinson, Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

As I jogged through town yesterday, March 16, I noticed one of Manhattan’s most lively places was unusually quiet. However this wasn’t a surprise under the circumstances we currently are facing.  COVID-19, caused by the Coronavirus, has affected many lives worldwide. From cancelled schools...

WorkKeys should be valued by students

Kris Long, Opinions Editor

March 2, 2020

For the first time this year, MHS administered a free ACT WorkKeys test to all Manhattan High juniors who did not opt out of the program along with the regular ACT test. As the test was on an opt-out basis, more students who don’t intend to directly enter the workforce took the assessment. Much of th...

Parents should allow children more freedom

Kyla Barnett, Features Editor

March 2, 2020

Many of us have that one friend whose parents need them home by seven on a weeknight and their phone is taken away as soon as they enter the house. If they’re even a minute late, they end up grounded for a month and lose all of their “privileges,” like their bedroom door.  Parents need to ...

Social Media users need to be more respectful of others’ ideas

Gavin Gaston, Staff Videographer

March 2, 2020

Respect should go both ways. Everyone knows the golden rule, “Treat others how you want to be treated.”  But with the ever expanding reach of the internet and social media, that’s hard to keep in mind. People’s voices can simply be muted by being blocked by other users. If you don’t wa...

Foreign language classes lack diversity

Madison Ritz, Blue M Student Life Editor

March 2, 2020

At Manhattan High, we have our standard three foreign language classes: German, French and Spanish.  I discovered that those three are the only ones available when I was looking for classes to take for my senior year, and it made me wonder if there are more languages that could be added.&nbs...

Climate crisis creates opportunity

Will Bannister, Guest Writer

February 24, 2020

The climate crisis is the greatest challenge that faces the generation currently attending Manhattan High School.  This rings true despite a student's economic or social class, gender, ethnicity or political views. Although we face a plethora of difficulties as individuals, ranging from simple...

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