The Purple Clarion

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The Purple Clarion

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ACES team receives awards at the SIC regional competition.

ACES team ends season with sectionals at SIU

Whittleigh Trusty, staff writer March 25, 2024

Competition is an integral part of almost any school. Whether it’s physical sports like football or baseball, competitive marching, speech, or brain games like scholar bowl, schools thrive off teamwork...

Aaron Gulley enjoys a relaxing afternoon while fishing. Gulley learned to fish when he was four years old, and has taken up the hobby more recently in the past year.

Is passing time a thing of the past?

March 22, 2024

A small plop echoes across the pond, the click of the reel and the wake of the lure are all that can be noticed on this small body of water. Aaron Gulley has fished this exact spot many times before. Today...

Security Officer Scott Isaacs takes a selfie while sitting in his car in his uniform.

Isaacs to retire from security position

Riley Mize, Staff Writer March 15, 2024

“To protect and serve”, security officer Scott Isaacs said in response to what he believes he shall do. To serve and protect the  community with any and all sets of skills Isaacs believes is possible. Many...

Senior Bryleigh Lewis and Sydney DeVous measure flour in Eliza Arnold Advanced Food Science class.

Ultra processed foods pose health risks

Kennedy Borders, Staff Writer March 8, 2024

      Ultra-processed food is an industrially formulated edible substance derived from natural food or synthesized from other organic compounds. Synthesized from other organic compounds.    According...

Teachers incorporate Black History Month lessons in February curriculum

Teachers incorporate Black History Month lessons in February curriculum

Kennedy Borders, Staff Writer February 9, 2024

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month is recognized every February. It has been recognized in the United States for 54 years. It is also now being recognized in Canada, Ireland,...

Anastasia premiers at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center on February 2, and ends on February 4.

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Students to perform in Marion Civic Center production

Gavinn Swann, Staff Writer February 2, 2024

Harrisburg Unit #3 is no stranger to musicals. Harrisburg High School puts on two musicals per year, one in the fall, and one in the spring. Harrisburg Middle School has one show per year, and the fifth-grade...

Broadcaster Sherman Owen poses in the press box at a Bulldogs baseball game.

Local broadcaster works his way up at WEBQ

Francesca Messerschmidt, Staff Writer January 29, 2024

WEBQ broadcaster Sherman Owen (1987) has been working with Southern Illinois sports for the last nine years, quickly becoming one of the voices of the Bulldogs.  Owen has been a Bulldog all of his...

Key Club and White Hats members wrap presents at the Elks Club Dec. 5 for the snowflake project.

Key Club, White Hats join efforts to serve community

Avery Woolard, Staff Writer December 11, 2023

Harrisburg High School offers clubs for students to get involved with their school and community. Key Club and White Hats are two clubs that revolve around community service. This year they have decided...

The Southeastern Illinois College scholarship packet is provided for students to prepare for college.

Seniors prepare for post-high school plans

Leah Haugen, Staff Writer December 11, 2023

College is just around the corner for most seniors with graduation being in five months. Though, It is never too early to start preparing for the future. According to college counselor Emma Lane, students...

Future Educator co-sponsor Emma Lane assists students signing up for Southern Illinois University (SIU) Education Day during the club meeting.

New community service, learning experience opportunity

Kylan Jerrell, Staff Writer October 4, 2023

A new community service club, Future Educators Club (FEC), has been added to the Harrisburg High School roster.  While the club offers the opportunity to serve those in the community, it also serves...

ACE members ‘ace’ giving to community

Kylan Jerrell, Staff Writer September 29, 2023

Juniors Natalie Beck and Brilee Holbrook started personal projects to help their communities and others in need. The two started the projects through the Accelerated College Experience (ACE) program...

Kelee Mills (2023) pauses for a quick photo after graduation in May. Mills was inducted into Quill and Scroll during Senior Honors Night. In my mind, Kelee typifies the kind of student that Quill and Scroll was created to honor. She was truly passionate about student media and went above and beyond to insure that student voices were heard.

Honors Societies can benefit students’ futures

Kylan Jerrell, Staff Writer September 28, 2023

Honor societies have long been available to students, giving scholarships and offering high schoolers the chance to exhibit their achievements.  Guidance counselor Glenn McKinstry, math teacher Kyle...

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