A look into Shakespearian Insult Day at KWHS

On Friday March 8, students were seen shouting colorful language throughout the hallways at Key West High School. But, this wasn’t a fight or argument. Mr. Erhard’s English 1 Honors classes were participating in the school’s annual Shakespearean Insult Day. Every year Mr. Erhard’s English class partake in this activity while they read “Romeo and Juliet”. In preparation for Insult Day students decorated slips of … Continue reading A look into Shakespearian Insult Day at KWHS

The truth behind the fast fashion industry

Look through any American teenager’s closet and it’s filled with the same few brands: Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, American Eagle, and Hollister. What all those stores have in common is that they are all considered “fast fashion”. Merriam-Webster defines fast fashion as, “an approach to the design, creation, and marketing of clothing fashions that emphasizes making fashion trends quickly and cheaply available to consumers” Although … Continue reading The truth behind the fast fashion industry

Key West bans chemicals found in sunscreen

On February 5 the Key West City Commission voted 6 – 1 to ban the sale of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate. This will go into effect in 2021. Key West isn’t the first city to ban these chemicals. Hawaii banned sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate early last year. Oxybenzone and octinoxate are the active ingredients in most name-brand sunscreens, for example some … Continue reading Key West bans chemicals found in sunscreen

JUUL affects high schoolers across the country and in KWHS community

Since the creation of the JUUL in 2017, by two Stanford students working on their thesis, the company has an estimated worth of $15 billion dollars. JUULs are a small electronic cigarette, also known as vape, containing nicotine. Vapor is inhaled by the JUUL user when a JUULpod is attached to the end. JUULpods contain nicotine, glycerol, propylene glycol, benzoic acid, and flavorings. The pods … Continue reading JUUL affects high schoolers across the country and in KWHS community

Editorial: Competition is rarely helpful for students

As the college admissions process gets more selective and competitive, students become more competitive. The reality is that competition between students is harmful for their mental well-being. High school students are under an immense amount of pressure from the moment they enter ninth grade, especially college-bound students. This pressure leads to vicious competition which has negative effects on students. In my experience, much of the … Continue reading Editorial: Competition is rarely helpful for students

The consequences of plagiarism

Plagiarism is a serious issue with major consequences. Merriam-Webster defines plagiarism as, “To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own; use (another’s production) without crediting the source.” There are many types of plagiarism and many students don’t even know when they are plagiarizing. Submitting someone else’s work as your own is considered plagiarism. If you quote text or use … Continue reading The consequences of plagiarism

Lady Gaga shines in “A Star is Born”

Lady Gaga returns to the spotlight in “A Star is Born”. The movie is a remake of the 1976 classic of the same name, starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. In the 2018 version, Gaga stars alongside Bradley Cooper, who plays musician Jackson Maine. Gaga plays Ally, a struggling singer who works several jobs to make ends meet. Ally meets Jackson at one of her … Continue reading Lady Gaga shines in “A Star is Born”