Orca-strating a Trip to Alaska

by Jesse Mitchell, staff writer NOVEMBER 2022 — The sound of coastal water erupts as it crashes against the shore, spraying up and engulfing the air. Off in the distance, the sea starts to rise and bulge before it explodes, giving way to a beautiful orca or gray whale leaping out of the water for a couple…

The Second Season of “Young Royals” Should be a Blueprint for Other Teenage Dramas

by Camryn Myrla, staff writer NOVEMBER 2022 — The second season of the Swedish drama “Young Royals” aired Nov. 1 and was met with global attention. In its first week of streaming, it was the fourth most-streamed Netflix show worldwide, according to FlixPatrol, and it’s clear why. “Young Royals” almost perfectly summarizes the modern lives of teenagers while also exploring…

Bio-Med’s Art Club is the Missing Piece to Its Art Education

by Avery Miller, staff writer NOVEMBER 2022 — Art Club at Bio-Med Science Academy is run by Abigayle Goodwin, the art instructor for grades seven through 12 and is a place where the students can continue to grow in their artistic abilities even without a structured art class. Since there is no art class built into students’ schedules,…

Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays

by Alexandra Levy, staff writer NOVEMBER 2022 — I am Jewish, but Christmas will always be my favorite holiday. Every year, winter can feel hopeless when the days get shorter, and the sun sets earlier. It’s easy to feel lost in the monotony of the cold, white snow. But then, something magical always happens to break…

Celebrating 77th Annual Pledge Day: Students Divided on Relevance

By Aiden Hills, staff writer NOVEMBER 2022 — Pledge of Allegiance Day (Pledge Day) is a national holiday that takes place Dec. 28; it commemorates the date when Congress first accepted The Pledge of Allegiance into the United States Flag Code in 1945. Jeremy Bellamy is credited with writing The Pledge of Allegiance Sept. 8, 1892. It was first…

“Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire”: How Do Conspiracy Theories Circulate?

By Alyssa Cocchiola, editor-in-chief NOVEMBER 2022 — Conspiracy theories have been embedded in American society for hundreds of years. Today, conspiracy theories spread rapidly through social media and other platforms along with misinformation and false narratives. Sometimes, these myths are accepted by some as “truth,” regardless of a theory’s validity. Dr. Don John Dugas, a professor of…

National Redhead Day

by Cadence Gutman, staff writer NOVEMBER 2022 — National Redhead Day, celebrated annually Nov. 5, was started by two sisters, Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti. They wanted people with red hair to be proud of their hair color. Bio-Med Science Academy sophomore Charlie Brunn explained, “It’s cool [having red hair]; it’s kind of interesting. I don’t have anything against other hair colors, but…

Something Fishy at Bio-Med

By Aiden Hills, staff writer OCTOBER 2022 — Starting this year, eighth-graders at Bio-Med Science Academy are learning about agricultural methods of growing food using an aquaponic system. The project is administered by Neijla Shaheen, the eighth-grade science teacher. The system is located in the quiet commons on the original side of Bio-Med’s Rootstown campus building….

Bio-Med Is Introducing A Free Lending Library

by Avery Miller, staff writer OCTOBER 2022 — A free lending library, a library with no card or fees, is expected to be available by mid-October in the fourth floor commons at Bio-Med Science Academy. Lindsey McLaughlin, Bio-Med’s Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, is working with her teaching assistants (TAs) and the student leaders to make this possible. “We have had tons…

The Bio-Med Students Behind the Portage County Fair

by Camryn Myrla, staff writer OCTOBER 2022 — Dozens of Bio-Med Science Academy students annually participate in the Portage County Randolph Fair, particularly through 4-H. Though the fair is the largest event for participants to showcase their talents, 4-H is a year-round commitment. Standing for “head, heart, hands, and health,” 4-H is an organization that aims to give young people experience in…

Aidan Veney’s Musical Metamorphosis

by Randall Hatfield, staff writer OCTOBER 2022 — Bio-Med Science Academy senior Aidan Veney has been exploring his passion for music since 2019 and has brought his unique sound to many listeners along the way. From a young age, Veney had been fascinated by music and enjoyed learning about it. He had already had experience with…

Breaking the Mold: The Fourth Season of “Stranger Things” Brings the Show to the Next Level

By Alyssa Cocchiola, editor-in-chief This review is spoiler-free SEPTEMBER 2022 — The penultimate season of the Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” surpassed one billion views on Netflix, solidifying it as the second most-viewed piece of content on the platform — and there’s a reason why. Season four of “Stranger Things” is captivating. It breaks the mold of…