Breaking Blue

Drug Testing

Student drug test at a high school in Central Texas.

Jaysie Merry, Writer

April 28, 2020

For the past four years, my school has drug tested students from a pool of students who drive to school or who are involved in any extracurricular activities. However, from day one, I have had a problem with this, and, to my surprise, I seem to be the only one.  Suppressed to the back of my mind for a coup...

Why Aren’t Teens Staying Inside?

Two teens walk around during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Ken Casey, Writer

April 28, 2020

The whole world has been consumed by the Coronavirus pandemic. In the midst of all of this chaos, there is one group of people who are acting different than everyone else: teenagers.  During this crisis, it has come to many people’s attention that many teenagers feel that they do not need to self isola...

Should Women Be Drafted in the War?

Photo Edited by Ken Casey

Ken Casey, Writer

March 12, 2020

Women have been fighting for equal rights for decades, so, when they heard rumors of a potential World War III after the Iranian attacks, why did the fight for these rights stop abruptly?  In January of 2020, a lot of Americans were fearful that our country would go to war. An Iranian General was ...

Part 2: Mix and Match

The Vampire Diaries --

Styel Mechling, Writer

November 11, 2019

This week’s issue is about a topic that I have been pondering lately. Me, a biracial female with a white father and a black mother, love seeing people of different races in a relationship when I walk down the hallway, the street, or really anywhere. But, I have recently noticed that biracial couples a...

Students and Trick-Or-Treating

At safe trick-or-treat, a young boy decides on what candy to get out of the bowel.

Alice Pickering and Ken Casey

November 5, 2019

To some, trick-or-treating is for children. In movies such as Monster House, there always seems to be an ever-present worry that one is “too old” to trick-or-treat, but at what age are you supposed to stop? Believe it or not, many high school students across the country still go trick-or-treating...

Is Homework Really A Teachers Best Friend?

Is Homework Really A Teachers Best Friend?

Abby Salak, Author

October 22, 2019

Homework. Teachers love it, students hate it. That’s the stereotype, right? Well, I asked some teachers at MHS how they really feel about homework, and whether or not they think these stereotypes are fair and represent all teachers’ opinions. Pre-calculus and Calculus teacher Mr. Urban said, “For...

Pineapple on Pizza

Pineapple on pizza.

Sasha Brown, author

October 21, 2019

What food is eaten by 13% of the population every day, with 3 billion sold each year? If you were thinking pizza, then you are correct. The word ‘pizza’ originates back to Italy in the year 997. Pizza became popular in the United States after soldiers stationed in Italy, during World War II, bro...

Part 1: The Root Problem

Styel Mechling poses for the camera, displaying her beautiful hair.

Styel Mechling, writer

October 9, 2019

Hair is an interesting thing. It can be curled, straightened, crimped, braided, twisted, and even shaved in the most peculiar ways. But, there is a certain type of hair that constantly gets questioned, pushed to the side, and treated unfairly. Well, for those who have any questions about their crazy...

A Scoop Or A Freeze?

Martinsville, IN

Spencer Skaggs, Writer

October 4, 2019

Who doesn’t love ice cream? Whether it’s for an after school treat, a birthday party, or a celebration following a game, ice cream seems like a universal indulgence. It is a tradition that transcends all generations. There are two main frozen treat establishments in Martinsville: the Inside Scoop ...

The Teacher’s Test

The Teacher's Test

Styel Mechling, writer

October 4, 2019

Every so often, teachers have to go through a process of evaluation. Most of the time, the evaluations are done by higher ups like the principal. Recently, the question of whether or not this method is effective has risen.  Some schools have started using students as their main evaluators for more ...

Why Only Women?

Why Only Women?

Ken Casey, Writer

September 12, 2019

On September 6th, 2019, Martinsville High School held its first convocation of the school year. The students were misled that the convocation would focus on bullying, as it usually does. Instead, the convocation mainly drew attention to sexual assault and harassment, with a 3-minute talk on cyber-bullyi...

Standardized Test or Standardized Stress?

Scantron pictured with a pencil on it.

Olivia Ostler, Author

September 10, 2019

About three or more times a year, we as students are forced to take standardized tests over math, english, social studies, and science. We drag ourselves out of bed that morning dreading the hours of constant testing to come. We are told the night before to get some sleep and eat a good breakfast, so we...

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