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...

Teachers need accountability

Julianna Poe, Sports Editor

February 24, 2020

When a student falls behind in a class, the blame is almost always put on the student. However, teachers contribute to this problem as well. While students should always be responsible for their assignments and efforts to achieve their goals, teachers should also be held accountable for their studen...

Selective enrollment needs to change

Kris Long, Opinions Editor

February 24, 2020

Tribe, the Manhattan High spirit club, recently announced they plan to change their admissions process to be more similar to a club. MHS has a number of “special admission classes,” including Interpersonal Skills, Wide Horizons and Tribe. All of these classes require prerequisites other than strict...

2D vs 3D Animation

Grace Wilson, Staff Videographer

February 24, 2020

In 1995, Pixar released the first full entirely computer animated feature-length film, “Toy Story.” The release of this milestone kicked off an entirely new style of film much different than earlier design.  Previously, animation could only be done by either drawing them frame by frame, or...

Extra hours not efficient way to make up snow days

Rachel Edie, Business Manager

January 27, 2020

As the second month of 2020 approaches, the Manhattan-Ogden district has already used up its three snow days for the 2019-2020 school year. The first snow day appeared on the 16th of Dec. The second snow day was spaced apart and taken on the 13th of Jan. Almost immediately following that day was the last...

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