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A statue of mater, a key role model for the Woodlands community. This image was licensed from Ted Abbott.

The Infamous Mater Ceremony

Charlotte Sparks, co-editor May 10, 2022

There are multiple traditions that overtake Woodlands Academy during the year. From Senior Day to Junior Ring ceremony, the amount of ceremonies can feel overwhelming, especially to new faces. Not to mention,...

JB Pritzker, the Governor of Illinois, an advocate for student mental health days. Picture taken from Illinois Public Radio.

State Legislatures Finally Providing Students with Mental Health Support

Charlotte Sparks, Co-editor May 2, 2022

As days go further into the new year, there have been multiple bills that are being put into effect. One in particular allows for Illinois students to have five mental health days without a doctor’s...

Comic clip describing Big Pharmas influence on the opioid epidemic. Image derived from 
DES Daughter.

The Waves of Drugs

Charlotte Sparks, Co-editor May 2, 2022

According to the CDC, “from 1999-2019, nearly 500,000 people died from an overdose involving opioids, including prescription and illicit opioids.” In America, there have been three waves that devastated...

A bunch of pumpkins.

Opinions on Pumpkin Spice

Brandy Brennan, Writer March 15, 2022

 Fall is one of the long awaited seasons of the year. Not only is it often enjoyed because of the weather, but also because it brings along a very well-known spice: pumpkin. People often hate it or love...

This shows a brief timeline history of banned books.

Book Censorship in America

According to the ALA (American Literature Association), in just 2020, over 250 books were challenged or banished. The idea of censorship within the literature in America has gone back ages ago. It was...

Lockdown procedures. Image by Cory Doctorow.

Lockdown Drills: Why We Conduct Them

Karishma Bhatara, Features Editor January 21, 2022

Lockdown drills have become a common sight all over the US ever since the shooting at Columbine 22 years ago. Since then, hundreds of shootings have taken place all over the country, prompting schools...

Woodlands Academy Student discusses an assignment with history teacher, Mr. Sands, while wearing masks.

Masks at Woodlands

Brandy Brennan, Copy Editor January 12, 2022

17 of the 50 states have current school mask mandates. Since the start of the pandemic, masks have been highly debated. The state of Illinois holds a school mask mandate that requires all students, staff,...

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