How Minimalism Can Help Lessen the Effects of Natural Disasters

By: Eric Bias, Sports Editor I turned on the television on the morning of Sept. 12 and I was immediately shocked by the aftermath of Hurricane Irma’s wrath on the state of Florida. Displayed on the screen was a myriad of images of destroyed homes and buildings that were torn to shambles. As the news’ cameras…

Seniors Screwed Over: The Unfair Exemption Policy

  By Melissa Dunn, Copy and Features Editor The current final exam exemption policy, only applicable for seniors during the spring semester, requires an unweighted class average of 85 or above, no more than 4 total absences, and no more than 4 unexcused tardies. Excused, pre-approved, and unexcused absences all count towards this total. Students…

Why We Should Continue to Fund NASA

By Eric Bias, Layout & Sports Editor Throughout the history of the United States, there have been many examples of how innovation, passion and creativity have helped define America. One example of this, is the creation of a National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) by the thirty-fourth President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower,…

Heads or Tails: Electoral College

Heads: The Benefits of the Electoral College By Eric Bias, Layout & Sports Editor Throughout the history of the United States, democracy has been one of the main issues that have been fought to keep. Democracy, as we know it, was created in 7th century Greece, in order to allow the citizens of Greece to…

The Burden of Being R.I.C.H.

By Sami Thompson As “RICH Raiders”, we are held to high expectations, but does being “RICH” truly equate to being the best that we can be? We students of AHS have been told time after time the importance of being respectful, having integrity, practicing citizenship, and working hard. We are not only to be prestigious…

Alpharetta High School Extracurricular Unity

  By Curtis McClelland For how long have marching bands performed during football games? At the University of Notre Dame, the Notre Dame Band has been a staple at college football games since the first contest between The Fighting Irish and Michigan on the gridiron in 1887. Every game, the Notre Dame band takes the…

Sit Down to Stand Up to the Pledge

By Lara Strydom, Editorial Editor “I pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America”- Every morning at 8:20am, hundreds of students of Alpharetta High School stand up to say these words that have virtually been ingrained into our minds as a hard-core memorization since Kindergarten. Yet, do people actually mean the words…

Here’s a Tip, Think Before You Tip!

  By Irene Velez, Co-Editor in Chief   There is no secret in saying that having a job and getting paid is a crucial factor for the life of the average person. People go to work to earn their well-deserved salary and sustain themselves. Simple enough, right? The idea changes, though, when tipping becomes a large part…

Five Years of Learning Spanish and…Nothing

By Sami Thompson, News, Entertainment, and Features Editor Eighty percent of Americans, unlike majority of the world, are limited linguistically with English as their first and often only language, limiting them culturally as well. Unlike Europe, linguistics isn’t all that urgent in the United States.Learning another language in the United States simply isn’t deemed important, but…

Bathroom Passes: Are they Fair?

By Nadir Lewis, Layout Editor Here at AHS, many teachers have incorporated a new bathroom policy to prevent students from wasting class time by misusing the privilege. Teachers give four passes per semester and every pass you don’t use contributes one point towards your final exam grade. Few students feel that the extra points are…

Warning: The Books Listed Below Are BANNED

By Nicole Vickers, Website Editor The last week of September is Banned Books week, when the literary community reflects on the idea of censorship and celebrates the virtue of books that have been banned in the past. Banned books are books that have made unavailable to students because of their content by, a group of people,…