The Purple Clarion

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The Purple Clarion

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Get those facts straight

Get those facts straight

Ayden Price , Staff Writer September 29, 2022

Rumors are easy to start. One might tell the truth to a friend and that friend might repeat it, but might mix the words just a little. Before you know it, false information is being circulated.  Social...

Junior Maysa Moore looks at a casket display during SIUC Career Day. Moore plans to major in nursing.

SIU Day provides important career guidance

Ayden Price , Staff Writer September 23, 2022

Some juniors and seniors already know what they want to do after high school; others have no idea what they want to do in the future. Visiting a college can go a long way toward helping students make those...

The first homecoming queen featured in the Harrisburg Keystone is from 1944, Carla Cummins.

Homecoming voting needs change

Ellie Rann, Staff Writer September 16, 2022

Homecoming is one of, if not the most, exciting time of the school year. We have the parade, the bonfire, spirit week, and the football game, some of the most fun and memorable moments of our last four...

Students carry heavy backpacks around during the whole school day, During COVID, lockers were taken away, but now, they will return after Labor Day.

Lack of lockers proves a contentious subject

Francesca Messerschmidt, Staff Writer September 2, 2022

Ever since students at HHS have returned from the pandemic, one classic school staple has been missing– lockers. When students returned in 2020, HHS implemented a new policy banning students from using...

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Leak reveals Supreme Court’s challenge to Roe v. Wade

Francesca Messerschmidt, Staff Reporter May 12, 2022

Due to a leak, many have heard about the Supreme Court’s reconsideration of the 1973 Roe v. Wade court ruling. In short, this case ended with giving women the legal right to decide whether or not they...

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April is a time to embrace, accept autistic community

Francesca Messerschmidt, Staff Writer April 25, 2022

Now that April has arrived, there are hundreds of Facebook posts and Instagram stories being shared about Autism Acceptance Month, formerly known as Autism Awareness Month. April is recognized as...

Students leave for lunch earlier this year.

Students cite need for longer lunch period

Kelee Mills, Staff Writer April 21, 2022

Have you ever had to scarf your food down at lunch so quickly that it made your stomach hurt? When we eat at the school in the cafeteria, if we don´t get down there fast enough then we have to wait in...

Photo Illustration: The country has been waiting to get rid of masks for almost two years. Finally, students get to do so in Illinois schools.

Mask mandate no more

Drew Hawkins, Staff Writer March 9, 2022

A judge in Sangamon County recently ruled it unconstitutional for schools, J.B. Pritzker, and the Illinois State Board of Education to enforce masks in schools. This decision by the judge left some schools...

There are many ways for students to show what they know. Why not employ them?

Why can’t people test in different ways?

Sarah Girtman March 4, 2022

Do you do better gathering information when it is spoken to you or when you can see it yourself? Maybe a mixture of both. Some people might learn better when they’re doing an activity with the material...

Students could make better use of their time than filling out countless surveys.

Sick of surveys? I am!

Francesca Messerschmidt, Staff Writer February 23, 2022

Have you ever been in a situation where you may have forgotten a bit of your homework from the day before, and plan to complete it in advisory only to hear that there’s a super important survey that...

2021 in review

2021 in review

Sarah Girtman January 21, 2022

This past year has been one to remember. We have had a lot of important events take place. The inauguration of a new President and Vice President, new holidays, new vaccines, etc.

Drew Hawkins inside view of what stood in the path of the tornado.

First-hand look into devastating demolition

Drew Hawkins, Staff Writer January 20, 2022

One of the most devastating tornadoes on record hit Mayfield, Kentucky late Friday, Dec. 10, 2021.  The devastation to Mayfield and other towns along its path is much worse than what happened here...

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