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Opioid Addiction Awareness by: Kendall Turney

Many people don’t come in direct contact with opioid addiction aside from what they see on television. Health issues caused by opioids are well known, but these addictive drugs pack a bigger punch than most people believe. Opioids are a class of drugs that allow the nervous system to feel pleasure along with pain relief. Opioid addiction is a chronic health issue and the drugs are commonly abused due to the fact that healthcare providers can legally prescribe these drugs. Addiction occurs when there is a compulsive urge to use opioid drugs despite the prescription being no longer needed. Opioid addiction can be life threatening to the abuser because there is a high risk of overdose. Opioids are one of the most addictive and abused types of drug. On average, 115 Americans die every day from opioid overdose. In 2017 alone, 49,058 people’s lives were claimed by this epidemic.

These addictive drugs aren’t just dangerous because of the health effects but they also cause social and economic problems as well. The bills begin to rack up due to the expense of funding an addiction. Along with economic troubles, a decline in social life is also common. The mind is already occupied with ways to find its next source of medication. Opioid addiction is a serious issue and one person should not have to carry this burden alone. Many organizations offer helplines and programs to allow those suffering from addiction, asylum. The Drug Abuse Organization offers a helpline that is always open: 1-877-733-2138. If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, seek help before it is too late. MHS students, don’t allow addiction of any substance to take over your life. Don’t fall into the pattern of overdoses in southeastern CT.

Guess the Senior by: Leila Awad


the guess the seniors crowns by jenny alarcon
The Guess the Senior’s Crowns by: Jenny Alarcon


Last issue’s senior was Michel-Ange. This issue’s senior is probably one of the funniest people I know. She is the nicest person ever and she is friends with basically everyone. She walks the halls smiling all the time and has never missed a day of school. Her favorite shows consist of Boy Meets World and Friends. She has flown out of the country twice to Ethiopia. When asked “if you could have any superpower what would it be?” she responded with, “I would love to read minds so I can sip on this MHS tea.” She is most popular for posting funny posts on her Finsta and she always smiles when she reads the comments under her posts. She has no regrets and wants to live her best life.

I was shocked when she told the story of how she almost drowned when she was younger. Ever since she almost drowned she hasn’t stepped foot in the ocean or a pool. The one thing she hates is bugs, especially spiders. She never really gets mad. Her favorite quote is “que sera sera”. This senior has actually been on TV when she was little; she was in a commercial. She wants to be remembered for making people laugh and always putting people into a better mood. Her biggest pet peeve is when people take off her glasses and ask how many fingers they are holding up. She loves art. She doesn’t have a middle name and she would like to skydive before she dies. Her biggest fear is death and drowning. If she could go back in time she would make sure One Direction never split up.

Shane Dawson’s Famous YouTube Series by: Holly Ellison


youtube star shane dawson stock
Youtube Star Shane Dawson stock


Imagine the suspenseful music, the dramatic moments, and compelling topics used in people’s favorite reality TV shows. Now imagine that on YouTube. Shane Dawson’s new documentary on Jake Paul does exactly that. For those unaware of Jake Paul, he’s a controversial YouTuber who lives in a seven million dollar mansion with his friends, Team Ten. Team Ten is mainly known as being a group of adrenaline junkies constantly performing crazy stunts or pranks and uploading them to YouTube. There has been a lot of drama lately with members leaving and exposing the rest of the members, specifically Paul, for the supposed abuse they were put through. Shane Dawson’s goal in interviewing Paul was to find out the truth behind all the rumors and to answer questions both he and fans had for him. The documentary was off to a rough start with controversy about the way Dawson framed his video about sociopaths when Dawson went to his therapist friend to ask if she thought Paul might be one. Since then things have leveled out as the rest of the story and secrets unfolded. These documentaries are so important because there is nothing else like it on YouTube. Dawson is single-handedly creating a new genre of content and transforming the platform. This is his fourth series focusing on a controversial or famous YouTube star. He has invented his own form of video journalism through YouTube, except instead of focusing on celebrities through conventional media outlets, he has focused on other YouTubers. So far his videos have become the new topic of conversation on YouTube. His future work on these types of series will continue to transform the YouTube platform in the future.

New York Introduces Mental Health Education by: Ashley Seldon

As suicide and the overall mental health issues of children are being brought to light, the country is reevaluating how to handle this growing problem. New York has become the first state to launch mandatory mental health classes in the curriculum for all schools, from grades K-12. The classes will include strategies to identify the signs of mental health issues, resources to help, and an effort to get rid of the negative connotation that comes with people who reveal their struggles. As mental health becomes a more comfortable subject for adults to discuss with children, more is being done. There is a large misconception that when a person is a victim of mental health issues, they’re depressed all the time. This is not necessarily true.  Mental health also includes anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, panic disorder, PTSD, etc. This has become a nationwide epidemic. In the U.S. alone, one in five people suffer from mental illness, totaling to 20% of the population.   Junior, Victor Johnston, a member of MHS’s low-voice choir that performed a song dedicated to the mental illness school brings said, “I think it’s really bad. I’ve opened up a lot this year and gotten closer with a lot of new people, and sadly the one common thing we can bond over is how bad our mental health is. I’m not talking about five or six people, I’m talking about multiple groups of people…” As mental health becomes a more common thread in the narrative, Montville High School should follow these trends and incorporate some form of mental health education into daily schooling. This doesn’t mean hand out a couple surveys every one in a while and ask the kids to circle how they feel. Maybe someone could reach out to the students, not a specific handful, but the entire student body. Everyone has something they struggle with or simply want to vent about. Just checking in with students for a 10-minute conversation could mean the world to them. Just this past month, rapper Mac Miller overdosed because of the mental issues he struggled with—many fans infer it was because of former girlfriend Ariana Grande breaking up with him, publicizing his substance abuse addiction, and then getting engaged a few weeks later. In better light, Chance The Rapper recently pledged to donate one million dollars to mental health services in Chicago. For any MHS students simply looking for someone to hear them out, we have a school psychologist, guidance counselors, and a school psychiatrist.



Fall Sports’ Teams Dominate the Season by: Allen Carter


montville cheerleaders preparing for the homecoming game by jenny alarcon
Montville Cheerleaders Preparing For the Homecoming Game by: Jenny Alarcon


“This is the most successful season everyone on the team has had,” says Senior, Michaela MacCracken, and her team has the scores to back it up. She believes that the chemistry between everyone proves itself on the field and that this year they’ve been able to work together with a strong bond. This chemistry has allowed for a large amount of wins, most importantly the win against the team’s rival, Waterford by a score of 3-2. Even the crowd was able to bask in Montville pride as several students (and graduate students) ran onto the field with the girls in celebration of their victory. This pride continued on to Senior night, which although was sad because it was a final goodbye to the sport they love, it was also heartwarming to have such lively fans, see the fun decorations, and celebrate together with high energy. This year’s team also put the hard work into winning their ECC Division III championship title. In their second round of the state tournament, the girls lost to Ellington high school 1-0. The girls’ soccer team will lose an amazing group of six seniors. JV’s team has also held a 5-5-1 record and has won a lot more games than they did last year. Soccer isn’t the only sport of the season to shine in the light of success, the girls’ volleyball team has dominated their competitions repeatedly.  The number of wins entirely outweigh the losses, which helped skyrocket their way to ECC’s. The girls’ volleyball team now holds a record of most victories in a season (17 wins) and the first time the team has ever made the state tournament quarter-finals. Montville Athletics tweeted, “Nothing but kudos for a job well done #WINdians.” The cross-country team has also won an ECC Division III championship, the first team title since 2000—finishing undefeated. A huge congratulations to both all JV and Varsity teams for pulling through the season which such a high success rate, we hope for the same level of energy for future seasons!

Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler Butting Heads by: Zach Southard

Minnesota Timberwolves’ guard/forward, Jimmy Butler, had an emotional outburst at practice earlier this week. After requesting a trade in late September, he decided he would show up to his first practice since the request and make sure he was noticed.

During the practice, Butler challenged and insulted teammates, primarily teammates Center Karl-Anthony Towns and Forward Andrew Wiggins. Butler kept repeating phrases such as “They ain’t (bleep)!” and “They soft!” He also verbally attacked GM Scott Layden, stating, “You (bleep) need me, Scott! You can’t win without me!” On top of everything else that occurred at the practice, Butler also teamed up with 3rdstring players in a scrimmage against the starters and came out victorious.

In an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Butler stated, “A lot of it is true, but you got to think, I haven’t played basketball in so long and I’m so passionate and I love the game and I don’t do it for any other reason except to compete and go up against the best to try and prove I can hang. So all my emotion came out at one time. Was it the right way to do it? No. But I can’t control that when I’m out there competing. That’s my love of the game. That’s raw me. Me at my finest, me at my purest, that’s what you’re going to get inside the lines.”

The Timberwolves canceled practice and didn’t allow any media availability the next day.

Although Butler is not happy with his current position, he still plans to begin the 2018-19 NBA season with the Timberwolves because he is “far too competitive to sit real games.”

The Timberwolves season will begin on Wednesday, October 17, with an away game against the San Antonio Spurs

Kanye West Isn’t Ruining Politics the Way You Think By: Ashley Seldon

Kanye West has been making headlines everywhere in recent months for his growing and controversial support for President Donald Trump. Most recently, West visited the White House to discuss concerns with Chicago, being a father, and mental health issues. West most notably confided in Trump that his MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat made him “feel like Superman.” West also gifted Trump with a “Make America Great” hat to show people of color that the President is open to listening because most felt the slogan referenced a society plagued by white supremacy in the past.

While this may anger many, I’ve recognized it only as a ploy to keep people talking about West—simply a publicity stunt. Some are threatened by West’s new role as a propaganda machine for Trump, spewing his racist and misogynistic views to black people who refuse to support the President. Which I find valid because West has always been an affluent figure representing oppressed black people, being a rapper from Chicago, even his lyrics have typically been progressive. So I can understand the shock it caused liberal fans when West announced his support for Trump just after the 2016 election. Though I don’t believe this is how West is ruining the politics in the U.S, instead, he is utilizing America’s infatuation with Hollywood to haze the media. Instead of reporting on the important and behind the scenes scandals going on in the White House and updates for the midterm elections, West is topping every news outlets with his irrelevant shenanigans. Who really cares that rapper, Kanye West is wearing a MAGA hat and tweeting slavery is a choice, when you’ve got a President in office who was recently incited to be a co-conspirator in federal crimes. Kanye West is gaining national attention everywhere, and my question is since when has he cared about uplifting Chicago from violence and poverty? While the mission is important, I don’t believe he actually has any policy decisions besides dumping more money into the city, just to slap his name on the top. As a country, we need to be able to recognize foolish Hollywood gossip over important news concerning our democracy. This shallow perception will only harm America in the long run as radicals are able to act freely without the proper checks. Instead of obsessing over celebrities, the media needs to regain its role as watchdog over the government.