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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...

Managing Editor Karen Zhang gives advice to underclassmen about high school

Managing Editor Karen Zhang gives advice to underclassmen about high school

Karen Zhang

May 21, 2020

Dear underclassmen, I’m a senior, and as you probably all know, the last two months of my high school career have disappeared, just like that. There are a couple of things I regret not doing—going to prom, watching Holiday Spectacular, being in the pit for the spring musical—but really, I c...

Students should actively reach out to friends through virtual platforms despite increased physical distancing

Students should actively reach out to friends through virtual platforms despite increased physical distancing

Grace Xu

May 21, 2020

To be quite frank, I’m a massive introvert. If there were a kitchen in my room, I’d probably never leave—and what’s more, I’d be content with not having to leave. So when this quarantine started, I was, of course, disheartened, considering the global crisis we’re currently in and whatnot,...

Consider supporting small businesses by purchasing gift cards during pandemic

Consider supporting small businesses by purchasing gift cards during pandemic

Wendy Zhu

May 21, 2020

I love shopping. Though I will admit that I spend most of my time browsing rather than actually making purchases, shopping has become a way to cope with stress or sadness. Although retail therapy may not be the most effective long-term solution to negative emotions, a study published in Psychology & ...

Later school start times next year will allow students to sleep longer, improve overall well-being

Later school start times next year will allow  students to sleep longer, improve overall well-being

HiLite Staff

May 21, 2020

On May 18, the Carmel Clay Schools (CCS) school board passed the resolution to move CHS and all CCS middle school start times from 7:50 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.. The school day will end at 3:45 p.m. instead of 3:05 p.m. As numerous studies have shown, later start times are associated with several benefits,...

During times of uncertainty, health, essential workers can be counted on

During times of uncertainty, health, essential workers can be counted on

Kimmi Vasil

April 30, 2020

As someone who has gone to Carmel Clay Schools for my entire life, I’ve grown up with familiar faces and a daily routine. Since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, I’ve experienced a great change of pace in my own life. Instead of waking up while it’s still dark and being surrounded by fr...

Biggest takeaways from COVID-19 pandemic as a high school senior

Biggest takeaways from COVID-19 pandemic as a high school senior

Angela Li

April 25, 2020

I can’t believe it’s been over six weeks since our last day of school, as this whole situation still seems so surreal at times.  I’ve been wanting to write this for weeks now, but honestly, was never able to form a cohesive message. It is truly hard to believe in the matter of weeks, COVID-19 ...

“Essential workers” continually put their lives at risk during current pandemic

“Essential workers” continually put their lives at risk during current pandemic

Tessa Collinson

April 11, 2020

After my workplace, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, closed the dining room, my first shift back was beyond weird. Everything seemed normal. I walked in to work and everyone continued to act as per usual: joking with each other and trading stories from the past few days. We all got a go...

New AP exams designed in light of COVID-19 too short to effectively test material

New AP exams designed in light of COVID-19 too short to effectively test material

Rhea Acharya

April 9, 2020

In the past month, so many aspects of my life have changed.  The latest change? A few days ago I got more information on how my 6 AP exams would look this year. Instead of seeing information about multiple short answer questions for each subject that would aim to test both depth and breadth of unde...