Breaking Blue

Winter Drumline Win

Winter Drumline Win

Stoney Hayden, Writer

April 9, 2018

Martinsville High School’s Indoor Winter Percussion scored a first place win on Saturday, February 17th at their first competition at Franklin Central High School. Martinsville placed with a score of 71.6 in B class on week one. The group, consisting of 22 people overall, performed at 1:45 p.m. on Satur...

The Natural Disaster That Was 2017

The Natural Disaster That Was 2017

Andrea Rahman, Writer

February 7, 2018

Last year marked the most expensive year on record regarding the costs of natural disasters in the United States. Totaling $306 billion, these expenses shattered the 2005 record of $215 billion. To add to the initial costs of the disasters, the prices of gas, water, and food almost always inflate as w...

Spike out cancer

Spike out cancer

Spencer Skaggs, Writer

January 11, 2018

“No School!” For most students, those words are a dream come true. But missing school has been no stranger to sophomore Bridget Balcerak. For her, missing school means getting shots, getting blood drawn, and virtually injecting poison into her body. High school students are busy. They hav...

Net Neutrality in the United States

Net Neutrality in the United States

Delaney Nunn, Writer

December 13, 2017

“Sorry…we cannot load this page for you. Upgrade your service plan now to view this content.” Although American citizens are unfamiliar with blockages and pop-ups with messages like these, this is exactly what an end on net neutrality would create. With the passing of this policy, carriers would...

MHS Bed Bugs

Ellie Beers, Writer

December 13, 2017

On both November 30 and December 1, a suspected bed bug was found inside of MHS. One bug was presented to the clinic, on a student and another on a pillow from the IMC. “...Thursday we had a student come in who had one on him again and he had been in auditorium B. And then on Friday, we had a studen...

Should Religion Be in Schools?

Should Religion Be in Schools?

November 28, 2017

Should religion be a part of the high school experience? Why or why not?

DACA Dillema

DACA Dillema

Andrea Rahman, Writer

September 27, 2017

In 2012, President Obama implemented a program entitled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This made it so that children brought here by illegal immigrants would be allowed to stay in the U.S. As long as those kids, known as Dreamers, came into the country before the age of 16 an...

Artie Hour

Artie Hour

Lydia Rector, Writer

September 6, 2017

  With the 2017-2018 school year comes a number of changes for both students and faculty. One of the biggest changes for Martinsville High School is the lunch schedule. Instead of the ABC lunch system used in years past, lunch is now an hour with two lunch options. This designated lunch hour is r...

Charlottesville, Virginia Hate Crime

Charlottesville, Virginia Hate Crime

Ally Staley, Online Editor

August 12, 2017

Recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have sparked many questions and concerns regarding racism and white nationalism throughout the country. On Saturday, August 12th, this southern college town was the scene of what seems to be a hate crime. The “Unite the Right” rally was scheduled to take pla...

States’ Rights Regarding Marijuana

States’ Rights Regarding Marijuana

Marija Rakovic, Writer

April 20, 2017

As Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis proclaimed, "It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” Now, after being...

Budget Cuts for the 2018-2019 School Year

Budget Cuts for the 2018-2019 School Year

Hannah Traylor-Doyle, Writer

April 12, 2017

  The M.S.D. of Martinsville has recently announced that it will be making a $1.6 million budget cut for the 2018-2019 school year. When it comes to money, often times people do not understand how the funding works, where it comes from, or even how it gets there. To help minimize the confusion,...

Democracy: A Foreign Concept

Democracy: A Foreign Concept

Marija Rakovic, Writer

April 12, 2017

Democracy - one of the words most foreigners associate with America, or the ideal of America. The United States had gained much acclaim by proclaiming freedom, not only in the historical sense of declaring independence from the British but also by making free speech, the freedom to protest peacefully, ...

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