The Purple Clarion

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The Purple Clarion

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Banned book week celebrates freedom of reading

Banned book week celebrates freedom of reading

Francesca Messerschmidt, Staff Writer September 23, 2022

Schools across the country are celebrating Banned Book Week this week. Banned Book Week is typically celebrated in late September to early October every year. According to the American Library Association...

Junior Aidan Seiner does a set of curls to build his biceps

Students lift weights for improved mental health

Triton Kielhorn, Staff Writer September 15, 2022

“One more set.” This is the phrase weightlifters say when they are tempted to give up. Those who go to the gym relate to this quote almost every time.  For some, the gym is a form of therapy, a...

An artist’s rendering shows what
the new turf and track, done by
ATG Sports Industries, will look
like when finished.

Construction continues at Taylor Field

Drew Hawkins, Staff Writer June 1, 2022

Taylor Field is getting some of the biggest renovations of an HHS sports facility since the installation of artificial turf on Jay Thompson Field.  Artificial turf is a synthetic grass that was made...

Senior Kendall Vallette  walk in graduation

Valedictorian encourages commitment

Kelee Mills, Staff Writer May 17, 2022

The valedictorian this year is Kendall Vallette. The top student at HHS is referred to as an honors speaker rather than a valedictorian, but the meaning is the same. Vallette is the senior with the highest...

Smithpeters, his wife, Carrie, and their children will be relocating closer to Mizzou.

Local coach accepts position at Mizzou

Drew Hawkins, Staff Writer May 13, 2022

Harrisburg’s very own Kyle Smithpeters recently accepted a job as an assistant coach at Mizzou.  Smithpeters played basketball at Harrisburg under his father Randy Smithpeters, also a decorated coach.  Smithpeters...

April set aside to educate about sexual assault

April set aside to educate about sexual assault

Sarah Girtman May 3, 2022

April is known for many things. Not only does the month contain holidays such as April Fool’s  Day and Easter, but it is also the beginning of spring.  April is also recognized as “Sexual Assault...

Junior Briley Houston dressed in his uniform

Student firefighter commits to public service

Kelee Mills, Staff Writer March 10, 2022

Firefighting is a career for some people, and it is a dangerous career at that. But for junior Briley Houston, it is an opportunity.  Houston is a student firefighter for the Carrier Mills Fire Department....

Junior Iris Dauchot at Key Club Concession stand with Senior Chelsea Davidson and Freshman Gabby Shires.

Foreign exchange student hopes to learn about U.S. culture

Kelee Mills, Staff Writer February 26, 2022

There have been a lot of foreign exchange students at Harrisburg High School. One of the new foreign exchange students is Iris Dauchot. Iris is from France. Iris came to the United States to learn more...

SADD affects people of all ages.

Seasonal Affective Disorder takes hold as weather gets cold

Francesca Messerschmidt, Staff Reporter January 24, 2022

Many people have heard of the “winter blues,” but its correct name is Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)  is a mood disorder that affects almost 10 million Americans every...

Caitlin Rowland working on new fabrics and designs.

Local artist paints bright future

Paxton Garbel January 18, 2022

In high school, most students face the pressure of what they want to be when they graduate. There are so many opportunities out there that kids in high school don’t know they have access to. HHS graduate...

Tim Mitchell as Santa Clause.

Local seamstress sews unique costume for Santa

Kelee Mills, Staff Writer December 13, 2021

With Christmas coming right around the corner some people like to dress up in Santa suits. Santa suits can be purchased online, but they can also be handmade out of anything.  Harrisburg resident Grace...

The Santa Experience of Southern Illinois brings Saint Nick to life for children

The Santa Experience of Southern Illinois brings Saint Nick to life for children

Sarah Girtman December 13, 2021

Going to the mall to see Santa is a fond childhood memory for many. Who doesn’t remember waiting in that excruciatingly long line for 15 seconds in which to tell Santa a secret Christmas wish, snap a...

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