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New mental health initiative aims to raise awareness, support

New mental health initiative aims to raise awareness, support

March 4, 2016
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By Riley Lynch ‘18 | Feature Editor In addition to placing various hotline cards in bathrooms around the school, SERVE advisor, Alicia Carlisle, and the Grosse Pointe Public School System plan to create a new initiative on mental health. Carlisle said the initiative is a collaborative effort ...

Behind the art with Jen Toenjes

March 2, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Features

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Active shooter drills to change starting this spring

Active shooter drills to change starting this spring

March 1, 2016
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By Elena Rauch ‘18 | Staff Writer Starting this spring, new drills relating to active shooters will be run in coordination with local law enforcement. In fact, according to multiple administrative sources, precautions against active shooters are already being prepared, and an emergency plan is...

Starving for perfection: The reality behind eating disorders

Starving for perfection: The reality behind eating disorders

February 25, 2016
Filed under Features, Health and Fitness

*Source’s names have been changed to protect identity. By Hannah Connors '16 | Copy Editor Making herself throw up four times a day was not how Sally* envisioned spending spring break last year. But thanks to her eating disorder, that's exactly what happened. Sally’s struggles are common. Twenty million women and 10 million men in the United States su...

Foreign language independent studies allow students to learn, flourish

Foreign language independent studies allow students to learn, flourish

February 25, 2016
Filed under Features, Uncategorized

By Claire Yeamens '17 | Page Editor After completing AP Spanish V his junior year, Brendan Labadie ’16 wanted to avoid a gap year between high school and college and wanted to continue improving his Spanish-speaking skills.  Due to the lack of high school students taking a foreign language past...

Black History Month creates changes to curriculum, lesson plans

Black History Month creates changes to curriculum, lesson plans

February 21, 2016
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By Zoe Jackson ’16 | Page Editor A month-long celebration of Black history in the United States began on Feb. 1. Prior to this year, however, South has allowed the national month of recognition to go ignored. Based on a directive from Principal Moussa Hamka, this year that is changing. Hamka has as...

Trip or trap? LSD: The sober truth

Trip or trap?  LSD: The sober truth

February 12, 2016
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By Julia Fox '16 | Copy Editor   *Name has been changed to protect the student’s privacy.   The first time Josh Landon* ’16 considered trying LSD, he was persuaded by the allure of what his friends told him was a mind-opening experience. “I started hanging out with a c...

Senior skips year for mission trip

Senior skips year for mission trip

January 7, 2016
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By Alexis Motschall ’16 | Business Manager “This isn’t normal” and  “It’s not typical.” These were the two phrases that initially went through Olivia Wouters’ ’16 mind when she was thinking about taking a gap year for a mission trip -- but these two phrases didn’t hold her back f...

Charities to help at over holiday breaks allow students new opportunities to give back

Charities to help at over holiday breaks allow students new opportunities to give back

December 19, 2015
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By Claire Yeamans and Mackenzie Harrell both '17 | Page Editor and Business Assistant Cass Community Social Services What is it? Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) is a Detroit-based agency dedicated to providing food, housing, health services and job programs to Detroit’s homeless. ...

Adopt-a-Family provides help for those in need

Adopt-a-Family provides help for those in need

December 19, 2015
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By Sarah Bellovich '19 I Staff Writer Michigan winters have a way of bringing about a bitter cold that lingers at the doorsteps of many. But there’s a good chance they do not know the fierceness of its bite as well as Vicki does. “Well, I bundle up, put on more clothes, put on more shoes,...

South graduate of 2011 shows off in modeling career

South graduate of 2011 shows off in modeling career

December 16, 2015
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By Katherine Bird '18 | Staff Writer Never did Estella Ottaway ’11 see herself as a model, let alone making a career out of it. However, a series of jobs with companies such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Kid Rock have made her an established member of the modelling community. Ottaway has appe...

South graduate signs with the Tigers

South graduate signs with the Tigers

December 15, 2015
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Jennifer Toenjes ’16 | Photo Editor If baseball could be played on ice, that’s what Cam Gibson ’12 would have done. Unfortunately, skating for a home run just doesn’t have the same ring. Gibson, son of Kirk Gibson, is following in the cleat-shaped footsteps of his father, Kirk, who is a Fox S...

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