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Students should jump back into life post-isolation, be spontaneous, safe with friends to make up for lost time

Students should jump back into life post-isolation, be spontaneous, safe with friends to make up for lost time

Rhea Acharya

August 13, 2020

Perhaps the most significant change since the pandemic hit has been screen time: many of the people I’ve spoken to spend almost three times as much time on their phones than before, some even in the double-digit hours. But as the school year begins again, it’s important to put Netflix, TikTok and...

Students should take things slow after quarantine, reflect on life, do everything in moderation to be careful

Students should take things slow after quarantine, reflect on life, do everything in moderation to be careful

Calina He

August 13, 2020

Before COVID-19, my life was just a routine: wake up, go to school, finish homework and sleep. Of course, I had many activities to do in between, but my main schedule consisted of those tasks. I rushed through everything I did, attempting to balance every activity and event with my already-structured...

Freshman transition to high school holds unique challenges with changes to school year caused by COVID-19

Freshman transition to high school holds unique challenges with changes to school year caused by COVID-19

HiLite Staff

August 13, 2020

The prevalence of COVID-19 and the dangers it posed to CHS caused the school district to transition to online learning in March. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb then decided to not allow schools in Indiana to return to school for the 2019-20 school year in order to best protect public health. Holcomb later ...

During National Eye Exam Month, students should be more aware of how to protect eyesight

During National Eye Exam Month, students should be more aware of how to protect eyesight

Grace Xu

August 13, 2020

Growing up in a Chinese household, I was always told from a young age: “You’re too close to the screen,” “Don’t forget to do eye exercises (yes, they’re a thing),” “Make sure you have good lighting!” and the like. My parents even banned me from reading at one point, because apparen...

Students should appreciate beauty of reading and how it invites conscious consumption

Students should appreciate beauty of reading and how it invites conscious consumption

Grace Xu

July 22, 2020

From the elementary school reading challenges to StudyTubers waxing poetic about their reading goals to Bill Gates’s reading lists that make news headlines to those “READ” posters plastered everywhere, I’ve always heard about the importance of reading since just about forever.  But, I neve...

Colleges should reconsider the use of standardized tests, go test-optional for admissions

Colleges should reconsider the use of standardized tests, go test-optional for admissions

Cady Armstrong

June 26, 2020

Whenever I think about the junior year of high school, I think about the stress of taking the SAT, ACT or other standardized tests. I picture stressed out students trying to balance studying for these tests, heavy course loads, extracurriculars and many other responsibilities that come with high school, lea...

Guest Column: My Experiences With COVID-19

Guest Column: My Experiences With COVID-19

June 24, 2020

By Trinity Bittermann Ever since December, I had very severe anxiety about the virus. As months went by, the anxiety got worse. Then the first or second week of March I started getting sick, signs of strep and flu. I had throat pain, non-stop coughing and headaches that made me sick to my stomach. I...

People should use journaling to process emotions, document personal growth

People should use journaling to process emotions, document personal growth

Wendy Zhu

June 18, 2020

In just a few months, I’ll officially be a high school senior. I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs over these past few years, but if there’s one thing I wish I did more throughout high school, it would have to be journaling. When I say journaling, however, I don’t necessarily mean bullet...

COVID-19 testing needs to become more widespread

COVID-19 testing needs to become more widespread

Tessa Collinson

June 4, 2020

I know as much as I beg people to just stay home, it’s not going to happen. With all the unrest in our country, it’s even less likely people will want to stay inside. However, none of this means COVID-19 is no longer a threat. Until there is a cure or a vaccine, everyone remains susceptible to catching...

Students, community should take advantage of free time, exercise over COVID-19 break

Students, community should take advantage of free time, exercise over COVID-19 break

Leah Tan

May 25, 2020

While there are countless inconveniences that have come with the COVID-19 outbreak, one benefit most overlooked is how much more time we have; who knew I could finish all of my school work in a matter of only four hours?  But, instead of constantly wasting the rest of your free time watching Netf...

Productivity is not required during a pandemic

Productivity is not required during a pandemic

Karen Zhang

May 25, 2020

I tried to channel my inner Shakespeare during the first month of quarantine. And I was successful. Sort of. After picking embroidery back up at the beginning, I haven’t embroidered anything in two weeks. I exercised practically everyday until two weeks ago, and since then, it has been a constant st...

Holcomb’s 5-step plan is too soon for our state

Holcomb’s 5-step plan is too soon for our state

Maddie Kosc

May 22, 2020

On Friday, May 1, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced his 5-stage plan to reopen businesses and public spaces throughout the state over the following 9 week period. This 5-stage “Back on Track” plan involves periodic adjustments to guidelines surrounding business capacities, in hopes that the p...