Category: Horizons

Autoimmune diseases are complicated

The topic of autoimmune diseases has sparked my interest recently. My mom has been having symptoms of autoimmune diseases, and I also became more curious when I interviewed local woman, Jennifer Rector, for an essay at school. Last month in my college English class I wrote a paper on food deserts, and I took the angle that even though Hillsboro […]

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Columnist is ready for the fall season

Autumn has officially arrived. If you know me or have been reading my articles for a long time, you will know that fall is my absolute favorite thing. The temperature is just right for sweaters, but not so cold you can’t enjoy being outside. There are so many fun things going on in fall like Halloween and football games. It’s […]

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Puppies, entertainment, and school updates

In puppy news: Today, the 25th of August, is my puppy Rynn’s 1st birthday! It’s been so fun to see her personality come out and to see her grow and change. When we first got her she was timid and scared. She’s now a boisterous little pup who loves to play and bug her older sister and makes me laugh every day. […]

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Summer has been perfect for writer

Summer 2019 has been exactly what I needed it to be; chill. At the end of the school year all I was ready to do was lay around like a slug and not use my brain what-so-ever for the next 3 months, and that’s precisely what I have done. I’ve had time to binge Netflix, read books, swim in my […]

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Climate change through the eyes of a teen

Climate change; it’s a really scary concept. There is talk of it everywhere on the Internet on whether or not it’s real and if it is hurting all living things on our planet. Last year when I took a meteorology class, we learned a lot about this, including how the Earth is warmed, what fossil fuels we are using too […]

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Reflecting on another year of high school

Before I begin my article, I would like to send a huge congratulations to my fellow yearbook staff members. Millie Sechrist, Emersyn Funk and I placed at state journalism this year. Millie was the state champion in copywriting, Emersyn received 2nd place for academic photography, and I placed third in yearbook theme and graphics. I am so proud of those […]

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Plastic is everywhere it appears

Earth Day was April 22nd, and there were many photos on the internet of how beautiful our planet is, all the breath taking views and places. Our Earth is beautiful, it is our home, and has so many wonderful things. But there are also a lot of not so pretty things as well. Pictures of sea turtles wrapped in fishing […]

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Joy of fiction a first-world love

Albus Dumbledore once said, “words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” I happen to agree with the wizard. Over spring break I finally had the chance to catch up on some reading, and as usual fell into the rabbit hole and enveloped myself in a story. Fiction is my favorite thing to read. The feeling of immersing myself in […]

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A look inside the teenage mind

As I sit down to write my column today, I have a lot of things on my mind. As a creative person, there are struggles and I’m sure anyone with a creative side is shaking their head right now. I recently entered in a KSPA contest for student journalist of the year. It is a competition in which you create […]

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Sharing a classroom experience 300 words at a time

This month in my English III class, we worked on 300 word essays. We could pick any topic, but it was supposed to be a descriptive essay. We were to think of something that could happen over and over, and we were like a fly on the wall describing what is going on. When we were assigned this, there were […]

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