The Prism: Every Side of the Story

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The Juul, a type of e-cigarette, has become incredibly popular among teens or young adults. The common misconception about the Juul is that it is safer than smoking. While it does not contain the same chemicals as a cigarette, it does contain nicotine, an extremely addictive substance.

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What does it mean to be going to a good college? For many, the answer to that question lies in the acceptance rate. Normally an acceptance rate that is lower is perceived as more selective and therefore better. However, that is not the full story.

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In the Media
Doctor Christine Blasey Ford
On September 27, 2018 doctor of psychology Doctor, Christine Blasey Ford testified on national television against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimony is the zenith of the #MeToo movement. Dr. Blasey Ford is not the first woman to question the fitness of a man for the supreme court due to his actions, but her testimony was polarizing in the contemporary political field. Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimony and #MeToo has helped fight for the rights of victims of sexual assault and abuse. Even though Dr. Blasey Ford failed to stop the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, her actions have propelled the movement.

In Contemporary History
Attorney Anita Hill
On October 11th, 1991 Attorney Anita Hill testified on national television against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Attorney Hill’s is notable because of how her accusations affect the modern world. Attorney Hill was one of the first women to accuse man in the power of misconduct. She did this in a time that sexual assault victims weren’t trusted or shunted to preserve the assaulter’s reputation. Attorney Hill sacrificed her reputation and public life to plant the seeds of a movement that would aim to protect women that have been in her position.

In the History
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
On September 25, 1981, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in and joined the bench of the supreme court. Twelve years later she was joined by the infamous RBG. Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court. She was known for being the deciding vote in multiple cases. In her early career, she was denied paid jobs in law firms because of her gender. Her actions shattered the glass ceiling of the Supreme Court.

From binders filled with papers, bulky textbooks and overloaded folders there is a lot of weight students must carry around in school everyday. Recent studies now show that a heavy backpack could cause back pain and other back issues in the future.

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In July of 2018 the New England Confectionary Co. (Necco) went out of business. This posed a threat to the infamous Conversation Hearts candies this Valentines Day season, causing many to be upset about the end of a nostalgic tradition.

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Technology enters into 2019 with a bang thanks to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, an event dedicated to showcasing new progressing technology from various companies.

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As a part of iOS 12’s launch Apple planned on including the long time requested “Group Facetime,” allowing for people to finally join a Facetime call consisting of more than one person. However, at the last minute Apple released a press statement declaring that the feature would be delayed to allow for more bug testing. Multiple users who had access to the beta version reported that often times both audio and video would randomly cut out, in addition to an occasionally glitchy UI; with the large amount of bugs and glitches found within the beta it came as no surprise many that Apple issued a delay.

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On Christmas Day when she was 14 years old, Bailey Flainzraich, CO 2019, received a gift that would change her life: a red Canon Rebel T-5 camera. It set her on a path that continues to this day. Her goal is to become a professional photographer after her college years where she will pursue a fine arts degree in photography.


According to Flanzraich, photography is something she has been interested in for many years and she believes “there would never be a time that there is nothing to photograph.” Photographs will always be unique and “one picture will never be the same as another.” It is for this senior, an art that will constantly grow and change. Photography, she added, is also an escape. During “hard times” it is an “outlet,” helping her to cope with the situation and giving her something else to focus on.


When deciding what to photograph, Bailey looks to things that stand out, “If something looks interesting or out of the ordinary”, she will most likely photograph it. She said that a lot of different things contribute to the creation of a photograph. It depends on how one photographs the image, considering factors like, “the angle and the lighting.”

When asked what she would rather photograph- people or scenery – she said, “I love to take photos of people.” She continued, “Portraits and candids are my favorite to take. I can take multiple photos of a person and they will all look different because of the way that I pose them or their facial expressions will change.” The staff photographer for the yearbook, she has also done photo shoots for real estate staging, and recently, Christmas portraits of a child. While she enjoys photographing landscapes and objects on occasion, “nothing is the same as capturing a person in their natural state.”

This Class of 2019 senior said that her future profession is in photography. She applied to many different art schools where she can pursue her passion for photography. So far, she has been accepted into two of her choice colleges, School of Visual Arts (SVA) and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). In March, she committed to SCAD.

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