Rowan Ricardo Phillips talks poetry and the importance of knowing your roots

On Friday, January 11th, Key West High School (KWHS) English classes were lucky enough to hear from an esteemed poet,  Rowan Ricardo Phillips. Phillips took time away from the Key West Literary Seminar to speak to over 100 students. All week students had read and familiarized themselves with his works and were excited to finally meet the man behind the poetry. Phillips took the stage … Continue reading Rowan Ricardo Phillips talks poetry and the importance of knowing your roots

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

Is competition beneficial to students?

Yes, competition helps students succeed By: Kelci Grooms Many people have argued whether or not competition in schools helps or harms students. Some argue that competition is harmful because it causes students to become more stressed or be less engaged in the material. However, competition is good for schools because it gives students motivation to put in their best effort. Competition keeps students from becoming … Continue reading Is competition beneficial to students?

The benefits of bilingualism

In today’s society, especially in the United States, speaking a second language becomes quite useful. When you are communicating with people around you, knowing another language gives you a big advantage. Not only does it expand your social circle, but according to several past studies, it also enhances brain function. Bilingualism is a term describing a phenomenon of being able to speak more than one … Continue reading The benefits of bilingualism

Acai Bowls: Worth the Hype?

Have you noticed the colorful dishes decorated with different types of exotic fruits, berries, and other bright toppings on social media? Their vivid colors are not the only reason people fall in love with them. They are also known for their numerous health benefits that come from their ingredients. However, you may wonder how exactly did this trend start? One of the most common types … Continue reading Acai Bowls: Worth the Hype?

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

Automotive class returns to KWHS

There is a shortage of trained technicians in the automotive industry and there are an estimated 15,000 job openings in Florida for automotive technicians right now, making it a very lucrative field. For the first since the 1990’s Key West High School will be offering an automotive class. Students will learn about automobiles from bumper to bumper, and learn useful skills such as changing oils … Continue reading Automotive class returns to KWHS

Athlete spotlight: Cruse Sweeney

Key West High School (KWHS) has no shortage of outstanding athletes, all of whom work hard and bring pride to the Conchs. Cruse Sweeney’s name has been everywhere this swim season and his achievements are widely recognized throughout the school. Sweeney is a senior this year and is in his 15th year of swimming. When he was younger his parents pushed him to swim and … Continue reading Athlete spotlight: Cruse Sweeney

Is Harvard Fair in their admissions?

Harvard has been a prestigious university for many highly talented students for centuries. With a 5.6% admission rate, Harvard is among the most selective universities in the world. Few people know what criteria Harvard looks for in its students, but each year’s admitted student body raises the attention of critics. What kind of students does Harvard prefer? The question has not only troubled the applicants … Continue reading Is Harvard Fair in their admissions?