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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Junior Year

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Junior Year

Sara Matvey, Contributer

May 23, 2019


Filed under Lifestyle, Showcase, Uncategorized

Junior year was hard and my classmates and classes above us all agree. One of the most important years of high school in conjunction with generally harder classes is a recipe for disaster, but if you go in ready, it won’t be. Here are 10 tips to make your junior year great 1. Get AP and SAT/ACT...

20 Things You Should Know For Sophomore Year

20 Things You Should Know For Sophomore Year

Kayla-Marie Cumberbatch, Author

May 22, 2019


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Showcase

  As my sophomore year comes to a close, I have taken time to reflect and come up with a list of twenty things that upcoming sophomores should know. Sophomore year has been the hardest and most stressful year of my education, thus far. Throughout the year I have gained new knowledge on what not...

Star Signs, Crystals, and More: How Ancient Spirituality Has Returned in the Modern Age

Star Signs, Crystals, and More: How Ancient Spirituality Has Returned in the Modern Age

Savannah Collins, Managing Editor

March 25, 2019


Filed under Lifestyle, Showcase

Have you been asked what your zodiac sign is recently? Do you keep a log of your friends' zodiac signs? Have you ever taken a Buzzfeed quiz that pertains to your zodiac sign? All of these hypotheticals, whether you have experienced them or not, are a reflection of the return of ancient spiritual practices...

Procrastination: Why We Do It and How to Stop It

Procrastination: Why We Do It and How to Stop It

Kayla-Marie Cumberbatch, Author

March 20, 2019


Filed under Lifestyle, Showcase

  Procrastination is an obstacle that we have had to overcome at some point in our lives.  What is procrastination and why does it affect or disrupt our daily lives so much? Procrastination is the act of delaying, postponing, or avoiding a task. The question that most people have when it comes...

A Tour of Trinidadian Traditions

A Tour of Trinidadian Traditions

Kayla-Marie Cumberbatch, Staff

February 13, 2019


Filed under Lifestyle, Showcase, Uncategorized

Trinidadian culture is unique as it reflects the vast cultural backgrounds of the country. Christmas is just one of the holidays that Trinibagonians look forward to each year. During the last few months of the year, Divali and the beginning of Carnival festivities create a special time that many people...

Top 5 Mood Boosting Essential Oils

Top 5 Mood Boosting Essential Oils

Sara Matvey, Contributer

February 13, 2019


Filed under Lifestyle, Showcase

If the gloomy days and cold weather have got  you down in the dumps I've got you covered. Using alternative ways to improve minor ailments like bruises, blemishes, headaches, colds, and cramps has been becoming more popular. Essential oils are oils that are distilled from natural plants. Believe it...

Welcoming Mr. Frank!

Welcoming Mr. Frank!

Grace La Count, Author

February 4, 2019


Filed under Lifestyle, School News, Showcase

This year, Mercy High School welcomed math teacher, Mr. Jonathan Frank. So far, he loves the "school spirit at Mercy and the sense of school unity." Mr. Frank graduated with a B.A. in mathematics from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. He previously taught at the Washington English School, an...

Fearlessly Freddie

Fearlessly Freddie

Grace La Count, Author

December 11, 2018


Filed under Arts, Lifestyle

“I always knew I was a star, and now the rest of the world seems to agree with me.” Hollywood sure agreed with this statement, made by Freddie Mercury, as the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody rocked audiences around the world. With a whopping $50 million made opening weekend, Bohemian Rhapsody dominate...

Welcoming Ms. Robinson-Brown!

Grace La Count, Author

December 10, 2018


Filed under Lifestyle, School News, Showcase

This year, Mercy High has welcomed social studies teacher, Ms. Jessica Robinson-Brown. She started her teaching career at Mercy and is overjoyed to be back. “It is Magic!” she says. Ms. Robinson-Brown attended Notre Dame University in Maryland where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Politic...

Snow in Review: November 15, 2018

Snow in Review: November 15, 2018

Sara Matvey, Contributer

November 26, 2018


Filed under Features, Lifestyle

The first snow of the year is never a great one, only a foretaste of what is to come. If last Thursday's snow was any indication of how the rest of our snows this year will be, we're in for some online learning. The snowstorm, which many were skeptical about, ended in a day off and a two hour delay....

The Influence of Influenza: Get Your Flu Shot Now!

The Influence of Influenza: Get Your Flu Shot Now!

Heather Shanty, Author

November 19, 2018


Filed under Lifestyle

Runny noses, hoarse voices, body-aches, and phlegm-filled, incessant coughs - the dreaded flu season is once again upon us. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last year was the worst recorded flu season in 4o years, killing 80,000 and hospitalizing 900,000. This year...

BREAKING: Snow This Week?!?!?!?

BREAKING: Snow This Week?!?!?!?

Sara Matvey, Contributer

November 15, 2018


Filed under Lifestyle, Showcase

As I am sure you all have heard, it is supposed to snow this Thursday morning. There will definitely be some sort of precipitation, most likely sleet, on Thursday. Weather.com says that it will turn into rain as the day progresses, specifically morning snow into rain. The most exciting part (to me at...

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