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“The Prom”: A Musical That Teaches Acceptance

January 15, 2021

For some, “The Prom,” a Netflix film, is a relatable musical comedy, and for others, it is a must-see due to the director’s past musical hit,“Glee.”   The focus of this movie is on...

Students Weigh in on Class Ranking System

Blunt favored the class rank system.
January 11, 2021

Beginning with the class of 2022, Kempsville’s current juniors, Virginia Beach City Public Schools will be doing away with the traditional high school class ranking system. Instead, the school system...

Students Advocate to Keep Asynchronous Mondays

Mounce teaches English at Kempsville High School.
January 8, 2021

As a result of virtual learning, schools have made Monday classes asynchronous, allowing students to work independently. Though the pandemic is far from over, many debate whether or not to keep asynchronous...

The Newest Sickness: Zoomitis

Virtual learning has revealed a pattern of a loss of motivation.
December 16, 2020

Students across the country are familiar with the term “senioritis,” a lack of academic motivation due to seniors being in their last year of high school. However, it seems the ongoing pandemic has...

Turkey with a Side of Masked Potatoes

Turkey with a Side of Masked Potatoes
December 2, 2020

Typically, Thanksgiving is a time to catch up and spend quality time with loved ones, but this year was different. Just before Thanksgiving, Governor Ralph Northam reduced public and private gatherings...

Lights, Cameras… Anxiety

Lights, Cameras... Anxiety
November 13, 2020

Junior Sydney Alphin never thought she’d have to invite all of her classmates into her home. However, as of November 4, “cameras on” became mandatory for all online students.   “I’m...

Netflix Comedies Glorify Sexual Assault

Netflix Comedies Glorify Sexual Assault
November 6, 2020

Trigger Warning: Mentions of rape, sexual assault, non-consensual sexual activity   Over the summer, Netflix’s “Cuties” sparked a controversial uproar concerning the sexualization of children....

New Chiefs Face the New Normal

New Chiefs Face the New Normal
October 30, 2020

New challenges are the norm for freshmen, but this year, the challenges are more different than ever before.   Kaitlyn Calkin, a freshman who goes to in-person classes Tuesday through Friday,...

Upperclassmen Decide Whether or Not to Take the SAT

Students question whether or not to register for the SAT.
October 14, 2020

2020 has brought a litany of issues with education, especially for new high schoolers, those who are graduating, and those preparing for college. Students have been hearing of the Scholastic Assessment...

Dual Enrollment Students Take on Year-Long Virtual Learning

DuBois announces a virtual spring semester.
October 9, 2020

On September 18, Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College system, announced that the spring semester would proceed virtually. This news affected 23 community colleges including Tidewater...

How Students Cope with Quarantine

How Students Cope with Quarantine
September 30, 2020

When school was cut short, students celebrated an early summer. However, no one considered the drawbacks of a quarantined vacation. Instead of hanging out with friends at the mall, teens settled for binge...

A Critical Analysis of “The Platform,” a Gut-Wrenching Allegory

The slab descends into a purgatory-like area amidst a beam of light. Goreng, played by Iván Massagué, is collapsed on the left.. Zihara Llana, who played the girl, is on the right.
April 22, 2020

Note: Contains spoilers and details the plot of “The Platform”. This can be read without having seen the movie, but previous viewing contributes to the analysis.    “The Platform”,...

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