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The State College NAACP chapters press release and call to action regarding the Robert Wahl case. Posted on @psublackcaucus on Wednesday, Sept. 1
Penn State Professor Arrested, Put On Paid Leave
Rija Sabeeh(she/her), Features Editor • September 24, 2021

On Sept. 1, 2021, Penn State sociology and criminology professor, Robert Wahl, was charged with harassment and put on paid administrative leave following an altercation with a member of the university’s African studies program. Witnesses claim Wahl...

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State high welcomes visitors As back to school night 2021 begins on the evening of September 9th.
Back to School Night Sets a Positive Tone for the School Year
Vivian Passonneau and Eva Varlyguin September 24, 2021

September 9th marked the return of State High’s annual Back To School Night, which gave a new form of energy that State High was deprived of for almost two full years. The event was an open house which allowed for families to find their way around to...

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Courtesy of the Equity Office
History and Celebration: Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month
Elena Wright , Staff Writer • September 21, 2021

Sept. 15 marked the start of National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, and State High is celebrating. Hispanic Heritage month is a time for Americans to celebrate and appreciate the contributions of Hispanic people in the United States. As the largest...

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Mrs. Elisabeth James poses in front of State High for a professional portrait. James joined the Office of Equity and Inclusivity as the State College Area School District’s first-ever mental health clinician for the 2021-2022 school year.
Meeting the Mental Health Moment: Elisabeth James
Sophia Bills, News Editorial Assistant • September 21, 2021

The door to Mrs. Elisabeth James’ office is always open. When students walk into the cozy, welcoming space, they are greeted by a pair of comfortable teal chairs well-suited for meaningful conversation, geometric-print...

The Girls Soccer float celebrating their #JackStrong campaign in 2019 marches down the street.
A Guide to State High Homecoming: The Parade
Rachel Foster, Yearbook Clubs Editor • September 17, 2021

Last year, COVID-19 took away the beloved tradition of the Homecoming parade, but now it’s back and more anticipated than ever. The parade is a colorful and cheerful kick-off to the Homecoming celebration, and an overall...

A shot from the homecoming dance in 2019 captures the excitement of students as they crowd surf their peer.
A Guide to State High Homecoming: The Dance
Rachel Foster, Yearbook Clubs Editor • September 17, 2021

After a year of not being able to have a homecoming dance, State High’s student senate has brought back the long-standing tradition once again. The homecoming dance will take place on October 2nd from 7-10 p.m. at North...

Students attending the homecoming football game in 2019 cheer on their team.
A Guide to State High Homecoming: The Game
Rachel Foster, Yearbook Clubs Editor • September 17, 2021

The Homecoming football game will always go down in high school history as the biggest event of Homecoming week. Between the school spirit, the alumni, and the football team’s energy, it is arguably one of the most anticipated...

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Graph of time spent on homework per grade created by Claire Fox.
Homework This Year, Is It Too Much?
Claire Fox, Staff Writer • September 22, 2021

  With the return of completely in person school comes an increasing amount of homework for students, many of whom have never had a full year of in-person high school. So how much homework can we expect for the year, and how do the students feel about their workload?  A random survey of 50 students at State High found that on average, students...

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Drawing by Marissa Xu
The Late Policy: Inequitable, Flawed, and Obsolete
Rija Sabeeh(she/her), Features Editor • September 22, 2021

Note: Several teachers declined to comment At first, I was planning on writing a simple piece about the school’s late policy. Informative, to the point, opinionless. But based on how many teachers declined to comment on this--I figure I should give them some ground to view this topic to be as controversial as they seem to perceive it.  Our...

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District Diversity? Or Lack Thereof...
Nadine Terreno , Guest Writer • May 1, 2021

Editor's Note: The following piece was written last year by a former State High student for a canceled issue of Lions' Digest and may not reflect current situations or beliefs.  There are so many thoughts and questions that race through the mind of the average high school student. At the forefront would have to be, of course, concerns about one’s...

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