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Mountain Echo

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Mountain Echo

Students of the National Art Honor Society gather around one of the many unique art displays at Corning Museum of Glass. They ventured through the fragile artworks with the help of one of the museums experienced tour guides.
How Corning Museum of Glass shatters expectations
Mattie Baker, Reporter • February 20, 2024

Most people don’t give much thought to glass. What is there to think about? It makes windows and cups. Bottles and lightbulbs. And, most would...

Case closed. The mock trial team celebrates another victory. The team has competed in both tournaments and singular trials throughout the season.
Mock trial season underway
Mattie Baker, Reporter • January 25, 2024

There aren’t many extracurriculars out there made to introduce students to the world of law. Not only does the mock trial team accomplish this,...

Uplifting kindness. Coffee cart shout outs recognize students for doing what they always do. The first shout out was given in October 2023, and they have been given as frequently as possible since.
Coffee cart shout outs uplift students
Emmalee Martyak, Reporter • January 25, 2024

Throughout the morning periods, the coffee cart makes its way through the school to visit classrooms and sell food and drinks to students. Though...

Students use assigned study hall periods for a variety of tasks.  While some students catch up on homework, others work to recover credits to graduate with their class.
Program gives students credit recovery opportunities
Cider Ayala, Associate Editor • February 21, 2024

Over 100 students were held back from joining their senior class at the beginning of this year. The student body’s failing classes continue to cause issues for the administrative...

Smile. Kenai greets new student visitors in the library. The [Alaskan malamute] breed was bred to be a family dog and a working dog. Their frame is large so they can pull heavy weights for short distances. At the end of the day, they come inside and are a family pet. What was appealing about the malamute breed is how gentle and docile they are with kids and their ability to serve as a working dog in Arctic conditions, Love said.
Fetching Kenai
February 8, 2024
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Podcasts
Senior Jaidyn Krull guards a Central Dauphin East player from passing to her teammates at the game on Jan. 22. Krull has played basketball since she was in third grade.
Redefining excellence
Jaidyn Palladini and Lillian Roberts, Editor in Chiefs • February 20, 2024
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Stacked up. These are just a few of Colleen Hoovers books. Over time she has written 26 books. All can be purchased in stores or even on Kindle.
The ups and downs: CoHo version
Megan Shultz, Associate Editor • February 20, 2024

As an avid reader, I have read almost every single book written by Colleen Hoover. I would have to place her as my number one favorite author. Hoover has been the number one...

SAT. Posters advertising the Scholastic Aptitude Test are hung around the school. These advertisements are simply to generate wealth for the College Board.
Colleges should opt for test-blind policy
Ryan Longstreth, Reporter • February 9, 2024

When preparing for college, students will submit grades, class ranks, lists of extracurriculars as well as other information to help them stand out to university admissions....

Kid Krow, Conan Grays first album was released March 2020. Before the albums release, however, he released an EP, Sunset Season, and posted severaal covers and original songs on YouTube.
Conan Gray sets bar for albums to come
Emmalee Martyak, Reporter • February 7, 2024

For three years now, Conan Gray has topped my Spotify Wrapped, and I’ve been in love with his music for much longer. In all honesty, pop music isn’t my favorite genre,...

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Terrifying. The cover is much more horrifying than the pages that lie beneath it. It was Nat Cassidys most recent release after the popular novel, Mary: An Awakening of Terror.
January Book of the Month
Mattie Baker, Reporter • January 31, 2024

It’s a new year, and what better way to kick it off than to willingly read something that you know will make you angry?  When I picked up “Nestlings” by Nat Cassidy,...

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Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon
Rylan Cagle, Guest Reporter • February 7, 2024

Letter to the Editor: Senior electives
Letter to the Editor: Senior electives
Heba Allah Omar, Contributor • February 21, 2024
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Online restrictions limit learning experiences for secondary students
Editorial Board January 31, 2024

In 2000, concerns regarding children's internet access grew. A year later, Congress enacted the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) to...

Valentines Day
Valentine's Day
Addisen McDonald February 9, 2024

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