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Graduation is a bittersweet moment for many seniors. Many grads feel like they are losing their childhood and leaving meaningful connections behind. But, the silver-lining is the growth and experience that lie ahead of you.
Opinion: Embrace Change
Aubrey Lacavich, Sports Editor • May 8, 2024

My entire life will change in a week, and so will the lives of the 575 other seniors I’ve gone to school with for the past four years.  I’ve...

Many teachers use surveys such as the one pictured at the start of a course so they know students preferred pronouns. A proposed Missouri bill would make it a felony for teachers to support students in social transitioning, including the use of pronouns other than the students assigned pronoun at birth.
Staff Shouldn't Be Punished for Supporting Students
Editorial BoardApril 15, 2024

A Missouri bill was introduced to the House Thursday, March 29, that could charge teachers and counselors who support students' social transitions...

Earlier this month, Taylor Swift took her jet from the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield to the St. Louis Airport in Cahokia Heights, taking 13 minutes, 2 tons of carbon emissions and $844 worth of fuel.
Opinion:Taylor Swift Causes Needless Carbon Emissions
Aubrey Lacavich, Sports Editor • April 5, 2024

Eight hundred and twenty two celebrities flew into Las Vegas mid-February for the Super Bowl LVIII in their private jets. Among them was pop-star...

This comparison photo shows the hallway seating (left) verses the standard lockers (right). The expanded seating has outlets and USB plugs for charging.
Opinion: Remove the Lockers
Elliott Jorgensen, Associate Producer • March 14, 2024

In a school of more than 2,000 students, MHS students are rarely seen loitering around their lockers. This raises the question: does anyone use...

Most students have very busy schedules which can make time management a big struggle. By keeping a planner it can make it easier to visualize your tasks and can help in remembering what you need to get done.
Opinion: Students Should have Part Time Jobs
Morgan Siegel, Staff Reporter • March 4, 2024

As job openings increase, so does the need for employees. With total payroll employment rising from January 2023 to January 2024 by 42,100 jobs,...

Opinion: Climate Support Cannot be Gained with Silence

On March 13, 2023, the Biden Administration signed the Willow Project, allowing for the drilling of 250 oil wells in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, producing 600 million barrels of oil, dubbed the name “carbon bomb.” Read more here
Media by Layla Shockley
On March 13, 2023, the Biden Administration signed the Willow Project, allowing for the drilling of 250 oil wells in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, producing 600 million barrels of oil, dubbed the name “carbon bomb.” Read more here

Over 10,000 people gather in Midtown, New York the other weekend, hoping to persuade current and future leaders to stop using fossil fuels. Over the past two weekends, protests have erupted in Europe, South Korea, India, the U.S. and elsewhere protesting the same thing: stop the mass production of carbon emissions. 

These have been the largest climate protests since before Covid-19. 

There have been very few reports of major disturbances or crimes associated with these specific protests, but there have been previously. Climate activists have interrupted marathons, vandalized monuments, as well as destroyed priceless works of art, all to draw attention to climate change

I believe in protesting to call attention to important matters such as climate change and other major issues, although I’m more likely to listen to concerns if the protesting is peaceful. We need to end violent protesting if change is to occur. 

According to the University of Pennsylvania, 46% of people reported that some of the disruptive tactics used by protesters have decreased their support of the climate movement. If protesters destroy property, block roads and are hostile, then it makes me, and I’m sure many others, less inclined to listen. 

Although, I understand where these protests are coming from. Many peaceful protestors are not heard. I didn’t hear about these protests until a week or two after the fact. News and radio stations don’t cover climate protests or issues as much as they should; protestors only make nationwide headlines with negative acts. 

Our climate gets minimal coverage or negative coverage. Neither of which contribute much to gaining support for the issue. 

The solution is to push the protests in the media more than before. Peaceful protests have to make headlines and appear all over social media to capture the attention of the world. There are organizations and businesses out there that do good things to combat climate change, but haven’t gotten the attention they deserve. Businesses such as Misfit Market, also known as Imperfect Foods, ship produce and other groceries that are oddly shaped to consumers, saving roughly 228 million pounds of food. If they could get more publicity, more food could be saved, and more change would occur. 

Posting, writing and recording can help open new avenues to creating policies and national change. Support cannot be gained by keeping quiet. 

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About the Contributors
Aubrey Lacavich
Aubrey Lacavich, Co-Sports Editor
This will be Aubrey's 3rd year with the Messenger. This year she is a Sports Editor. She is involved in the Environmental Club, and the Marquette Orchestra. Outside of school, she is a competitive dancer at Renee Johnson's Dance Studio. Aubrey has earned a couple awards for her coverage, including a Best Of SNO.
Layla Shockley
Layla Shockley, Illustrator
Layla Shockley, junior, joined staff this year as an Illustrator. Outside of the newspaper, Layla enjoys painting, cooking, and talking to friends.
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