The Howler

Seniors: goodbye and thank you

Seniors: goodbye and thank you

Sage Cooley, Co-Editor-in-Chief

June 5, 2020

I am not a senior, but I still want to say goodbye. I wanted to say goodbye last year, when our departing staff members wrote their farewells. I suppose I did, but not in the form of prose. I watched them weave beautiful words into startling patterns -- those goodbyes admit so much more.  Today,...

How’s the planet doing during quarantine?

Kaylee Jacobs

Kaylee Jacobs, Arts and Entertainment Editor

May 28, 2020

The coronavirus lockdown has had surprising effects on the global environment. Between reduced pollution and the return of animal species in typically crowded urban areas, mother nature is using this time to recover. The noticeable decrease of air pollution in cities known for smoggy skies has encoura...

When Coronavirus requires pastimes all the time

When Coronavirus requires pastimes all the time

Tatyiana Davis, Opinions and Multimedia Editor

May 12, 2020

Right now, during quarantine, it’s the new norm to be agonizingly bored; therefore many often find themselves questioning how they can fill the time. Hobbies are a routine activity done for enjoyment, typically during one's leisure time, not professionally and not for pay. As we practice social distan...

The pandemic that changed high school

A student struggles to focus on online assignments and grades.

Daijah DeForge, Sports Editor

May 11, 2020

Coronavirus. The pandemic that demolished any sense of normalcy in 2020. Many schools have taken action against its spread by closing their doors. This has changed everything for high school students around the nation. There will be no prom. No graduation. No last day of school. No goodbyes. Student...

Saturday Night Live At-Home: why isolation does not mean indolence

Sage Cooley

Sage Cooley, Co-Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2020

At a time like this, my relationship with journalism feels especially rife with responsibility. What I publish here is a reflection of my place in history -- the importance of that place right now, of everyone’s place, goes without saying. That idea shines particularly bright in the messages of pop c...

First to the finish line and no reward

A student is frustrated with math equations on a chalkboard.

Sage Cooley, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 2, 2020

1987: the year that the cult classic film “Dirty Dancing” made its way to the big screen. But the fun had already begun, at least for the 60,000 teenagers who took the AP Calculus exam a few months earlier than the movie’s release. Fast forward to 2019 and that number has increased nearly eightfo...

We are not a virus

A girl with the coronavirus wears a face mask to prevent spreading the disease.

Ashley Masingale, Photography Editor

February 27, 2020

Xenophobia: fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers. Racism and xenophobia have been rooted in American history since it was founded. Today, though loosened, these roots still exist. Events like 9/11, Donald Trump’s plans to “build the wall” and the Muslim ...

Subtracting celebrities from voice acting


Tatyiana Davis, Opinions Editor and Co-Multimedia Editor

December 17, 2019

It’s no one’s guess that countless kids grew up with animation. Still, as adolescents, we often don’t see what truly lies behind the scenes. Tara Strong voicing Timmy Turner from The Fairly OddParents and Tom Kenny voicing Spongebob from Spongebob Squarepants are only a few examples of practiced voice acto...

Your horoscope means nothing

The 12 zodiacs of the horoscope wheel.

Ashley Masingale, Photography Editor

December 10, 2019

When people ask me what my star sign is I’m hesitant because I’ve met people who have immediately judged me based on the fact that I’m an Aquarius. They tell me that “we’ll get along great,” or that they “don’t have many Aquarius friends.” It irks me when this happens because it ha...

Can we do it all?

In addition to accolades, high schools offer a variety of extracurricular activities.

Sage Cooley, Co-Editor-in-Chief

December 9, 2019

With all the demands of high school, everybody knows someone who seems to do it all: jobs, sports, extracurriculars, homework, testing, chores and social lives. Am I missing something? Probably.  Personally, I like to prioritize my schoolwork. I dedicate much of my time and energy to my classes, ...

Doing things the write way–even if it means going off the script

A girl spends time writing down ideas for a story.

Jasanee Killins, Staff Writer

December 2, 2019

Artists have Inktober and Sparkcon, musical maestros have SongFu and Album-A-Day and motion picture professionals have the 48 Hour Film Project and the Sundance Film Festival to anticipate. But what do writers, some of the world’s most complex set of creators, have to look forward to as a means to...