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Mesa’s Adventures Through Cancer

Audrey Buell, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

Mesa Orth was an ordinary girl who enjoyed art. She was a big part of the art program at Combs High School. She led a fairly normal childhood until her life would change forever on Dec. 12, 2018. She was diagnosed with leukemia, and her world was flipped upside down. Being hospitalized for treatment was e...

Teen Vaping Continues to Increase

Lilly Threlkeld, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

  With the steady increase in high school vapers everywhere Combs High School  is no exception. A 2019 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that one  out of every four high school students has used an e-cigarette causing the Food and Drug Administration to labe...

Academic Pressure Elevating Mental Health Concerns

Anjali Kok, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

   School can be daunting; every student understands how stressful high school life is. But when you’re balancing mental health on top of everything else it becomes a challenge.    Hannah Bradley, a senior who has anxiety, depression and PTSD, opened up about the stress that comes with preparing for coll...

Stress Among Combs Students

Jasmine Giomi, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

   As a student gets home from an afterschool club or sport, they walk into their room and see all the chores they have. She gets her backpack and pulls out the pile of homework he has from the day. She has two tests, a project and assignments due the next day. It’s 11 p.m, she has to wake up earl...

AzMerit Switches to “Revised” AzM2

Lilly Threlkeld, Managing Editor

March 6, 2020

   This year Arizona school’s standardized test Azmerit is going to be having some changes that students may not be aware of.    Since the test became apart of the curriculum in 2015 students grades third through 12th  took it in order to track students progress and see see if they are on trac...

Level Lockdown

Level Lockdown

Christian Tillard, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

   Safety of students is a concern that all staff have when a lockdown occurs, but students having the same level of urgency is a concern. Drills should be taken seriously regardless of student opinion. “You know, lockdowns are called for various reasons,” Principal Chris Farabee said. “Not all ...

Longer Breaks Approved by School Board

Anthony Elrod, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

   Start making your vacation plans for the rest of the time you are in high school.    The J.O. Combs Unified School District Governing Board unanimously approved a new 5-year school calendar that closely aligns with Queen Creek and Apache Junction Unified School Districts.    The calendar adds a...

China Trip Derailed by Coronavirus

Kylie Millican, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

   The beginning of 2020 started off with news of an outbreak of the coronavirus beginning  in China. The virus is believed to have originated from birds and fish in a market in Wuhan, China. The first confirmed case in Arizona was in late January and although the virus is now prevalent in the nort...

Family Connections on Campus

Family Connections on Campus

Darian Vigneux, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

   Most students come to high school to discover who they are for themselves outside of what they’ve always known. However for some students their family follows them to school everyday.    The Johnsons’ are one of these unique families. Stacy Johnson teaches freshman English at Combs with a daughter, T...

Graduation is Just Right Around the Corner

Jasmine Giomi, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

   As sigh school ends for the senior class fear begins to sink in as they start to realize graduation is around the corner, and go move onto the next phase in their life. They have had fun and they are ready to graduate but not so ready for starting their adult life. “It’s been really chill...

Will Final Year of Gov.’s 20 by 20 Plan Meet Funding Needs?

Will Final Year of Gov.'s 20 by 20 Plan Meet Funding Needs?

Kylie Millican

March 6, 2020

Two years ago teachers from Arizona, Oklahoma, Colorado walked out of their classrooms to protest cuts to school funding   and low salaries  for teachers in their respective states. In late April an estimates 20,000 teachers marched on the state capitol building. As a result of the six-day prote...

Spring Break Plans for the Procrastinator

Hunter Linderman, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

Spring Break beigins tomorrow and if you’re stuck trying to figure out what you want to do instead of just being coped up in your room; here’s a few ideas to help you out to give you a spring break with tons of fun memories.    Go to the movies: Here’s a few movies that you might enjoy that are com...

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