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During a virtual volleyball college showcase, college coaches view the athletes through live streams that do not allow for them to properly judge the players.

Virtual College Showcases

Marin Ellington, Co-Sports Editor April 9, 2021

When attending a college showcase prior to the start of an out-of-town volleyball tournament, I was expecting lots of instruction about my play. The event allows players to spend time in an environment...

Previously strictly enforced mask mandates are being repealed in many states, including Texas, Mississippi, and Montana. I believe it is necessary to enforce mask mandates to protect the downward trend of COVID-19 cases.

Mask Mandates Are a Must

Liza Cooper, Co-Features Editor April 5, 2021

When my grandparents told me they were traveling to Texas to see my grandma’s sister and her husband, I was worried.  I texted them, “Be safe! Wear a mask!” I knew others around them probably...

There lies both a physical and social gap separating both RSD's gifted education building and the school buildings as well as distinguished social circles encouraged by this split.

Gifted Education is Widening the Gap

Mason Kellerman, Illustrator April 5, 2021

In the second grade, I took a simple test to determine the future of my academics for the next 10 years. Starting at the beginning of third grade, I was given a red name tag, deemed “gifted” and sent...

BTS and many other K-pop stars have had to work ten times harder to succeed in the music industry as they’ve had to cross language and cultural barriers to enter the American music industry.

Grammys or Scammys?

Rutaiba Siddiqui, Social Media Editor March 30, 2021

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards took place on Sunday, March 14 and left most viewers underwhelmed and enraged.  The nominees and winners are decided by the Recording Academy, a society made up of 21,000...

 I am 17 years old and have had my Snapchat account for about four years. I can say the popularity of the app has decreased significantly since my middle school days.

Opinion: Snapchat Will “Die” In Five Years

Grace Taylor, Social Media Editor March 24, 2021

In sixth grade, all of my friends were creating their first Snapchat accounts. Meanwhile, my mom insisted I hold off until I turned at least 13.  Now, I am 17 years old and have had my Snapchat account...

While the dismissal protocol calls for staggered dismissal of each floor, passing periods do not have that same regimen.

Dismissal Protocol Needs to Change

Marin Ellington, Co-Sports Editor March 23, 2021

It has become a routine at the end of everyday: bus announcements and staggered floor dismissals.  Principal Dr. Steve Hankins said the thought process behind staggered dismissal was to find a way...

On Tuesday, March 16, Superintendent Mark Miles sent out this message to the Rockwood community regarding Eureka's baseball uniform decision.

Editorial Board: Eureka High School Uniform Decision

Editorial Board March 21, 2021

Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles sent a message to the community Tuesday, March 16, explaining a decision to remove baseball hats at Eureka High School that displayed a thin blue line flag. “We are obligated...

With same day deadlines, assignments turned in even a minute past midnight are considered late regardless of the fact that class won't be in session for another two days.

Same Day Deadlines Need to Go

Marin Ellington, Co-Sports Editor March 19, 2021

Though the 90-minute class periods are long, I appreciate the extra time of not having class two days in a row so there is time to complete homework.  The downside to this aspect of the blocked schedule,...

Overcrowding and mass incarceration in prisons and jails was a grave issue prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but now these failures of the criminal justice system can become an unnecessary death sentence. The COVID-19 vaccine is theoretically within arms reach of the incarcerated and detained, so they should not have to lie in wait for impending infection. Inmates’ lives matter, and the correctional facilities they reside in should not be barriers to receiving adequate protection.

The Case to Prioritize Inmates for Vaccine

Lauren Pickett, In-Depth Editor March 19, 2021

Crowded and confined, incarcerated people endure some of the worst living conditions, and their risk of disease is exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Prisons are the new petri dishes: a majority...

When tested for COVID-19 with the Washington University saliva test,  workers will schedule a time to come to your house to administer the test. The recipient of the test will not be able to eat or drink 30 minutes before the test, and will be given materials for the test, collection tube, funnel, privacy form, once workers arrive at their home.

Contact Traced: Participating in a COVID-19 Study

Zara Tola, Copy Editor March 8, 2021

The only good thing to come out of being contact traced is the fact that I get to help researchers find out more about the coronavirus.  RSD has currently chosen to be a part of a COVID-19 study by...

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