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Andrew De La Cruz is a staff reporter for The Torch. He is a junior at Bexley High School, and this is his first year on The Torch. Outside of Torch, he is involved in cross country, basketball, and track and field.


Thurmanator challenge: so much burger, so little time

There it sat: two three-quarter pound slabs of ground beef, bacon, ham, cheddar cheese, tomato, onion, lettuce, pickle, banana peppers, mushrooms, mozzarella, American cheese and a handful of fries. As I took my seat in the dimly lit Thurman Cafe, the world-renowned Thurmanator that sat in front of me taunted not only my stomach, but […]


March begins, madness ensues

Sixty-four empty lines stare at you: a signal that March Madness has finally begun. Though creating a perfect bracket is an unrealistic endeavor (the NCAA says the odds are about one in 9.2 quintillion), a good bracket can earn one bragging rights with friends and family—not to mention the occasional cash prize, too. So, how […]


NIL provides athletes based on their athletic performance

As national spring signing day approaches for many high school athletes, there is an added element in top prospects’ college decisions. The NCAA’s approval of athletes’ ability to profit off of their name, image and likeness allows college athletes to turn athletic accomplishments into financial gains. College athletes profiting off of their NIL overwhelmingly benefits […]


Vaccines prove essential for high school athletes

  Football Friday nights, packed student sections and late night bus rides signal the return of a normal season for the high school’s student athletes. That regularity may not last for long, however, as COVID-19 cases rise and a growing number of student athletes are sidelined due to mid-season quarantines. Given this concerning reality, the […]