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Israelis and Palestinians alike try to defend their respective countries, as the rest of the world just wants the fighting to stop.
The Israel-Palestine Conflict: What’s Going on in Gaza?
Gigi Alfonso, Sophomore Staff Writer • May 21, 2021

For almost one hundred years, the Israelis and Palestinians have been in conflict with one another. The current conflict has its origins in the late 19th and early 20th centuries,...

President Biden Announces Controversial Decision to Remove Troops from Afghanistan
May 17, 2021

President Biden has announced that by September 11, 2021, all American combat troops will be removed from Afghanistan. This symbolic date of...

CPS: What Do They Do?
May 5, 2021

Child Protective Services is the branch of a state’s social services that is responsible for the “assessment, investigation and intervention...

USDA Extends Free School Lunch Program
April 30, 2021

On Apr. 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it would extend its free school lunch program for every K-12 student through...

The Student Showcase selected nominees after their recording.
Student Showcase Presents Talent in the Performing Arts
Bella Besece, Junior Staff Writer • May 17, 2021

On Thursday, May 13, I got the opportunity to film my student showcase along with Bethany Masiello (‘22). Bethany was chosen to be the featured singer and I was chosen the...

Creative Writing Publishes "Excursions Literary Magazine: Girls of the Garden"
May 13, 2021

The 2021 edition of the Excursions literary magazine is now available in Apple books to be downloaded. This magazine focuses on works from students...

Academy Takes Annual AP Exams
May 5, 2021

Throughout the month of May, many different AP exams will be taking place.  The College Board is administering its traditional format for...

Darcy Dwyer Retires After 33 Years as a College Counselor
May 3, 2021

It is sophomore year, and as I open the door to College Counselor Darcy Dwyer's office for my first meeting, I am nervous, yet also excited to...

The AHN Softball team
AHN Softball Senior Night 2021
Bella Besece, Junior Staff Writer • April 19, 2021

On April 16, 2021, the Academy Softball team celebrated their senior night with a game against Academy at the Lakes.  Zeta Bennett (‘21) says, “Senior night was...

Academy's Lacrosse and Tennis Teams Celebrate Senior Night
March 29, 2021

Wednesday, Mar. 24 was senior night for Academy's Lacrosse team. Seniors Sarah Manck and Abbey Crowther were honored during the game. The...

Student Spotlight: Junior Sophia Pyne Verbally Commits to Play DI Lacrosse
March 5, 2021

Pyne, captain, draw specialist. Regardless of how you refer to her, Sophia Pyne (’22) is an undeniable athlete— whether it be on the court...

Senior Athletes Recognized at "Senior Signing" Day
February 14, 2021

Wednesday, Feb. 10, seniors Grace Cronen, Rachel Petrarca, Jessica, Reynolds, Maddie Rodriguez, and Belle Sardja participated in AHN’s “Senior...

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Culture and Childhood Experiences Effect on Food
Olivia Martinez and Anika Schmid March 29, 2021

Do you like sardines? Have you ever tried them before? How were they prepared? What did you like or dislike about them?  Oftentimes, people...

The Importance of Dialects and Cultural Differences
Olivia Martinez, Senior Staff Writer • March 15, 2021

Have you ever been asked where your accent is from or why you say a word a certain way? If so, you most likely speak a regional dialect.  Merriam-Webster...

The Art 1 class is creating the physical exterior of the galleries. The image shown is not a completed version, but the class is working diligently to create a visually appealing gallery.
Art 1 Students Create a Little Free Gallery
Sophia Garcia, Junior Staff Writer • May 26, 2021

High school Art 1 teachers Paige Rodriguez and Jessica Ens have both started a project that gives back to those less fortunate. The concept is a tweaked version...

Recognizing Predatory Behaviors
Raquelle Elson, Sophomore Staff Writer • May 25, 2021

*Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault and Grooming* The remake of “West Side Story,” set to release Dec. 10, has received many accolades for...

En Vogue: Summer 2021
Chloe Mintz, Multimedia Editor • May 20, 2021

Pinch me, please. I’m afraid I’m dreaming. Summer is soon returning— as is a semblance of normalcy.  With vaccinations underway,...

The Toll Offensive Humor Takes on the Entertainment Industry
Raquelle Elson, Sophomore Staff Writer • May 18, 2021

On May 8, Saturday Night Live’s “Gen Z Hospital” outraged many people, mainly the Black community, because of its misuse of AAVE. This...

Five Local Alternatives to Fast Food Restaurants
Kimberly Egoavil, Sophomore Staff Writer • May 3, 2021

Though fast food is extremely convenient, it is often unhealthy and unethical. In the Tampa Bay area, there are many other restaurants or small businesses that one could support. In this article, five different local alternatives to popular...

Jollibee: Reviewing the Drive-Thru Experience
Maddie Glaum, Senior Staff Writer • March 30, 2021

Jollibee — “Home of the Famous ChickenJoy.” Hmm. Is joy really the word I would use?  For me, Jollibee is by no means an unfamiliar name. As the subject of countless Mukbang videos from notorious fast-food-connoisseur Nikocado...

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Olivia Rodrigo Debuts Album "Sour"
Chloe Mintz, Multimedia Editor • June 2, 2021

11 songs. 35 minutes. Unadulterated teenage fervor.  Friday, May 21, Olivia Rodrigo released her debut album “Sour” with tracks reminiscent of her predecessors (re:...

Controversy Amidst Broadway Return
Isabel Bequer, Sophomore Staff Writer • May 19, 2021

After a nearly 16 month pause, Broadway theaters and shows are set to reopen on Sep 14, 2021. Many have welcomed the reopen, viewing it as a...

TikTokers or Musicians? Why Does TikTok Fame Lead to the Music Industry?
Daegan Walker, Sophomore Staff Writer • May 14, 2021

The app TikTok has created a multitude of internet stars who have become famous for making dances to different songs on the app. As a result,...

"Saturday Night Live" Isn't Funny Anymore...and It's Not the Writers' Fault
Katia Huddleston, Junior Staff Writer • May 13, 2021

On May 8., Elon Musk hosted "Saturday Night Live," and it was just as disastrous as people had anticipated. The punch lines in his monologue...

Organization with Notion (VIDEO)
Raquelle Elson, Sophomore Staff Writer • April 23, 2021

Notion is an all-in-one digital with notes, calendars, and other features to help students better their organizational...

Trying Viral TikTok Food Trends (VIDEO)
Kimberly Egoavil, Sophomore Staff Writer • March 17, 2021

In this video, Sophomore Staff Writer Kimberly Egoavil tries out three viral TikTok food trends. She makes and tries the...

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Students Write Op-Eds Advocating for Preserving Tampa Bay's Environment
April 28, 2021

The Academy's Our Earth club organized an array of activities from Apr. 19 through the 23 in celebration of Earth Day. And during Rose Project, Alumna Jeanine Ramirez ('16)...

If you have ever been rejected, this is the article for you.
Anna Anderson, Contributing columnist • April 26, 2021

Rejection is really hard. But God will never reject you. Recently, when I was at Mass, our priest, Fr. Anthony, gave a fantastic homily on rejection,...

An Unexpected Way to Find Peace When Anxious
Anna Anderson, Contributing columnist • March 17, 2021

Confession seems scary. I am totally one of those people who is slightly shaking every time. It is actually a great way to get rid of anxiety,...

Jesus Says to be like Children — This is What He Means
Anna Anderson, Contributing Columnist • March 11, 2021

I learned a few valuable lessons this morning. This morning, I walked into the chapel before school to give 10 minutes to the Lord. I saw...

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