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Removal of access to online features, sites causes issues

The dreadful screen that discontinues the access among many websites appearing on a student's screen.

Cade Austin Becker, Staff Reporter

September 21, 2020

There is a significant obstacle that disrupts Hays High students’ potential to learn and to work online. The denied entry to many websites, programs and features prevents students from accessing key websites that they normally use. The prohibited sites include music sites like Pandora and Spotify,...

‘Okay, Boomer’ is not comparable to other derogatory terms

It has been debated whether the phrase 'okay boomer' should be used.

McKena McBride, Staff Reporter

March 9, 2020

The generation gap differences between “Boomers” and “Millennials” is completely normal and has occurred with past generations as well. Recently, adults have expressed their anger about how high schoolers use the phrase, “Okay, Boomer” as a joke between friends when speaking about someone...

This Education System is Failing Us

This Education System is Failing Us

Levi Weilert, Staff Reporter

December 20, 2019

This education system is failing us. We, the younger generation born in the 21st century, are treated with the same education of those from the 19th century. We are trained to be on tight schedules, working eight long hours with a 20-minute lunch break and spending hours after school doing more work. Originally,...

False threats prove to be harmful to communities

False threats prove to be harmful to communities

Levi Weilert, Staff Reporter

September 11, 2019

America has seen a number of mass shootings in 2019, such as the three recent ones in Odessa, Midland and El Paso, which are all located in Texas. Normally, after a shooting, threats of another shooting arise in many communities across America. Many posts are shared on social media about people allegedly...

Helicopter parenting detrimental to free thought

Helicopter parenting detrimental to free thought

Kalyssa Boyle, Staff Reporter

April 29, 2019

Helicopter parents are parents or legal guardians who track, supervise and regulate their children on an extremely frequent basis. These parents usually believe they are doing the best for their child or are keeping their child safe by restricting their privacy and freedom. However, smothering...

Personal devices should be allowed throughout the school day

The use of personal devices within schools provides many benefits.

Paige Polifka-Denson, Staff Reporter

April 17, 2019

Prior to returning to Hays High, I attended Cypress Woods High School (Cy-Woods), a high school of approximately 4,000 students in Houston Texas. One major difference between Cy-Woods and Hays High is their personal device policies. Phones in the classroom have always been seen as an issue because...

Gun control process needs to progress faster

Gun control process needs to progress faster

McKena McBride, Staff Reporter

April 14, 2019

It’s been a little over one year. One year has passed since I sat on the lawn of Hays High with over a hundred fellow students, mourning the loss of students in Florida after yet another school shooting, now known as America’s deadliest high school mass shooting. We sat silently for 17 minutes,...

Schools should not ban music applications

There are also partial music bans in schools, such as banning explicit songs or rap music.

Levi Weilert, Staff Reporter

April 9, 2019

Recently, many different schools across the country are starting to pursue bans onto music applications, such as Spotify, Pandora or Amazon Music. They do this as a way of trying to minimize distractions and try to get students to focus during class, but in reality, it does the opposite effect. Music...

Students should not feel pressured to attend prom

At the 2018 prom,  three junior girls invited three freshman boys to attend with them. The 2019 prom will be held in the Ballroom in the Student Union at Fort Hays State University on April 13.

Allison Hillebrand, Associate Editor

April 5, 2019

Prom is commonly considered a necessity for high school students to attend and has become increasingly more elaborate as teenagers expect the night to be perfect. Although many believe it to be an American rite of passage, those who do not attend will manage to survive. At our school, prom is often...

Students should not be awarded extra credit for unused bathroom passes

Some teachers have a punch card system that limits the number of times students can go to the bathroom each semesters. Students are then awarded extra credit for unused passes.

Alicia Feyerherm, Staff Reporter

March 22, 2019

“May I go to the bathroom?” That’s a phrase heard almost daily during the school day. Teachers are constantly dealing with students leaving the class to go to the bathroom or grab a drink of water. Understandably, some teachers have taken measures to mitigate the disruptions due to students...

Print edition Guidon should continue

Print edition Guidon should continue

Kalyssa Boyle, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2019

Keeping the paper edition of The Guidon is very important to Hays High. The Guidon has been printed for a long time at Hays High and traditions such as this should be continuously honored throughout the years. The first regularly published print newspaper was the “Relation aller Fürnemmen und...

Advances in communication causing more issues than solving

With the advent of cell phones has come a myriad of issues. We are now constantly available and live in a last-minute society.

Alicia Feyerherm, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2019

Letters to telegraphs to telegrams to phones. Over the centuries, we’ve invented better ways to communicate with others. However, are these “advances” just causing more issues? With cell phones, we now have constant and instant communication. Instant communication can be useful if you become...

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