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Bexley Staff is a junior at Bexley High School and a staff reporter on The Torch.

Opinion

Teachers unions should remain protected

In the last three years, remote learning has usually been synonymous with COVID-19 outbreaks. These past few months, however, students across Columbus were forced into remote learning as a result of teachers going on strike. The strike was organized by the Columbus Education Association (CEA), with goals of bargaining with the Columbus City Schools Board […]

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To what extent is the media app BeReal real?

Pro Eden Bradley Con Chelsea Wasserstrom “It’s time to BeReal!” This phrase seems to have taken over people’s lives since the social media platform BeReal took the world by storm.  BeReal sends out a message at a different time every day, giving users two minutes to take and share a picture with their friends. This […]

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Social-Emotional Learning Program implemented to help transition to high school

Wayfinder, a research-based social-emotional learning program, has been introduced to the high school to target decision-making and critical thinking skill sets, starting with the class of 2026. High school guidance counselor David Leland said that the decision to bring Wayfinder to the high school was made by the guidance counselors. After the COVID-19 epidemic halted […]

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Should there only be one homecoming monarch?

Pro Emily Gunther Staff Reporter Con Eden Bradley Staff Reporter Electing a Homecoming court is a traditional part of the annual Homecoming activities held at many high schools across the country. It’s common for one Homecoming king and one Homecoming queen to be elected; however, in recent years the high school Student Council decided to […]

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Summer Calendar

June June 3rd: Capital Main Event   June 3rd-5th: Cedar Point CoasterMania! If you’re a roller coaster superfan, join Cedar Point as they celebrate their roller coasters by offering extended ride times from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.   June 6th: “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” Concert   June 17th-18th: Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival […]

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Marijuana: usage, effects and repercussions

It’s a warm summer night, and you turn the corner onto Main Street. Then, it hits you. The smell is so potent and unique that you instantly recognize its skunk-like aroma. It’s marijuana. As marijuana has become more accessible, whether legally through a medical card or illegally on the street, it has found its way […]

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High school schedule to undergo changes in 2022-23 school year

The high school and middle school will be shifting to a new bell schedule beginning in the 2022-23 school year. This change, announced March 31, sets school to begin five minutes later at 8:35 a.m. for the high school and middle school. Classes will be 48 minutes long, and there will be five minutes between […]

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Should students participate in senior tag activities?

Pro Molly O’Dell Staff Reporter To many younger students, high school is often depicted as an upperclassmen-ruled environment. They dream of becoming a senior and one day “ruling” the school. Although this notion tends to be exaggerated, some aspects of being a senior live up to anticipation. Senior activities are a huge part of having […]

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Should teachers offer extra credit opportunities?

Pro Wendy Wasserstrom Staff Reporter The high school environment can be very competitive, especially when it comes to receiving a grade in a class. High school students tend to define themselves based on their test scores, despite grades having nothing to do with more important matters such as their morals or integrity. Teachers should make […]

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Mental health resources essential to student welfare

From kindergarten to college, students of all ages experience different levels and forms of stress. Whether academic or social, experiencing stress can negatively affect students’ grades, and providing effective mental health services such as counseling in schools will help students perform better in class. With the stressors of the pandemic, student isolation has caused more […]