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Headlines of the Afghanistan conflict have been over the newspapers all over the world.
The "Forever War" In Afghanistan
Kimberly Egoavil, Junior Staff Writer • September 1, 2021

On April 14, President Biden announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. This decision has led to the takeover of the country by Taliban fighters and the chaos...

The Israel-Palestine Conflict: What’s Going on in Gaza?
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...

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...

Juniors and Seniors park their cars in the parking garage near the arts building.
Students are affected by long commutes to campus
Olivia Payne, Sophomore Staff Writer • September 3, 2021

Long drives are fun in the summer, but when it comes to going back and forth to school, it can be a hassle. Many students at Academy have long commutes to get to campus.  Students...

Academy students on having a job other than school
September 3, 2021

As if our day to day at the Academy is not enough, many girls have also chosen to join the workforce over the summer and continue their responsibilities...

Upperclassmen voice their opinions after being placed in the oak grove for lunch
September 3, 2021

Due to sudden changes from the ongoing uncertainty of Covid-19, the Juniors and Seniors do not have a permanent lunch spot. They started out...

The Academy Responds to Heightened Coronavirus Concerns
August 30, 2021

In light of increased Covid-19 concerns, President Kevin Whitney has opted to enforce a three-week mask mandate. Whitney intended for students...

Emma Raducanu and Leyla Fernandez in front of Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Two teenagers battle in Women's U.S. Open final
Abby Neal, Senior Staff Writer • September 16, 2021

The U.S. Open recently ended in New York as players battled in the finals on Sept. 11 and 12.  On the men’s side, there were some of the regular suspects for players in...

Academy Softball's Journey to States
May 25, 2021

The AHN softball team started its journey to states on Wednesday, May 19 at 2 pm in Clermont against Westminster Christian. After Wednesday they...

AHN Softball Senior Night 2021
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)...

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...

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Martina Bain ('23) highlights benefits of being bilingual
Ellie Martinez, Junior Staff Writer • September 2, 2021 In a world full of unique cultures, traditions, and...

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...

Theranos founder, Elizabeth Holmes, could face up to 20 years in prison if she is found guilty of fraud.
The Elizabeth Holmes trial: "fake it till you make it" culture
Millie Garstka, Sophomore Staff Writer • September 16, 2021

Once hailed as the “Steve Jobs of healthcare,” Elizabeth Holmes, founder of a healthcare company called Theranos, currently faces over 12 charges of fraudulence....

The line between real and produced reality television
Eleanor Amoriello, Senior Staff Writer • September 14, 2021

Reality television shows have been known to be, well, anything but reality. From Keeping Up With the Kardashians to Naked and Afraid, rumors...

Mackenzie Mueller and Tillie Gramata travel to Chicago, Illinois for Lollapalooza
Aurelia Rich , Sophomore Staff Writer • September 3, 2021

Summer of 2021, Academy sophomores Mackenzie Mueller('24) and Tillie Gramata('24) attended Lollapalooza where they saw a variety of artists perform....

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...

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...

Reality TV is infamous for its abundance of drama and copious editing.
"Trash" TV: What Makes Reality TV So Appealing?
Winsome Storm, Multimedia Editor • August 27, 2021

The Bachelor. Dance Moms. The Real Housewives.  All of these programs are popular TV shows–and known for being categorized as “trash TV.” The term “trash TV”...

Ranking All the Songs on Lorde's "Solar Power"
Isabel Bequer, Managing Editor • August 26, 2021

On August 20, 2021. Lorde released her much anticipated third studio album, “Solar Power.” The album follows a four-year hiatus that left...

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...

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...

Emmie in the Commons: What's the Haps? (Cancel Culture Edition)
Emmie Drell, Senior Staff Writer • September 14, 2021

In our new series, What's the Haps? different topics will be introduced and heard about from the students at Academy....

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...

The whole point of the pro-life movement is love: to love the mother and her baby.
Common misconceptions about Texas’ new pro-life law and the Catholic view of it
Anna Anderson, Contributing columnist • September 14, 2021

On September 1, 2021, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law the Texas Heartbeat Act, a ban on abortions after 6 weeks. This act, designed to protect the unborn and the women...

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,...

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,...

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