September Suicide Prevention Month

Photo of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline logo

Ava Cherry, Writing Editor

September 25, 2020

Trigger Warning: discussion of suicide and suicidal ideation September, National Suicide Prevention month, sheds light on the leading cause of death for Coloradans aged 10 to 24 according to the Colorado Sun. From 2016 to 2019 teen suicides in Colorado increased by 58% according to Colorado Public...

ICE nurse alleges forced sterilization in Irwin County detention center

Dawn Wooten speaking at a news conference on September 15th in Atlanta

Katelyn O'Callaghan, Editor-in- Chief

September 23, 2020

On September 14th, ICE nurse, Dawn Wooten, filed a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security, alleging that the Irwin County Detention Center performed hysterectomies on several women detained in the center without their consent. Wooten provided a detailed account of the center’s forced sterilization...

Hybrid learning, a success at AES and ACS

Students at Aspen Community School learning outside on campus as part of the Hybrid Learning Model that has been implemented at ACS and AES.

Harper Axelman, Staff Writer

September 23, 2020

The Aspen Elementary School and Community School implemented the Hybrid Learning Model at the beginning of the school year, and the experience has been positive, according to teachers, students, and school leaders. The Hybrid Learning Model at both schools, which includes in-person instruction in...

Trump takes action to ban WeChat and TikTok

The social media app, TikTok, and the communication app, WeChat on an iPhone homescreen.

Sophia Greiper, Staff Writer

September 23, 2020

On Friday, September 18, the Trump administration stated that they would be banning the United States from using the social media app TikTok and the communication app WeChat demanding that these apps be taken off all Google and Apple app storefronts. According to the Washington Post, the ban on WeChat and Tik Tok was set to start on Sunday, September 20...

Inappropriate behavior in Zooms

Students acting appropriately while remaining on task in a Zoom breakout room.

Ava Cherry, Writing Editor

September 23, 2020

During the second week of online learning, Zoom bombing and the use of hate-speech and images in class prompted stricter security measures and guidelines for Zoom calls. In the preceding weeks, a few AHS students, predominantly underclassmen, decided to air inappropriate and distasteful background...

AHS’s virtual college tour opportunities

Rachel McNeil giving AHS students a college tour

Hannah Smith, News Editor

September 22, 2020

In the typical year, college admission representatives from across the country travel to visit high schools and connect with students who are interested in attending the represented colleges. With travel currently limited, the in-person interactions between high schoolers and college representatives...

Dramatize, demonize, romanticize: the media’s creation of mental illness stigmas

A representation of the media creating mental health stigmas through its portrayal of mental illness.

Katelyn O'Callaghan, Editor-in-Chief

September 21, 2020

Whether it was watching Norman Bates stab his mother to death in the shower in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, reading articles that dramatize and demonize mental illness, or seeing posts on social media that romanticize depression and anxiety, most have seen mental illness portrayed inaccurately in the media. According...

Screams at screens

Bridger Thompson looks at his screen during online learning with his blue light glasses.

Ava Thornely, Social Media Specialist

September 21, 2020

From Tuesday through Friday, starting at 8:05 A.M., Aspen High School students log onto Zoom or Google Meet for a 7 hour school day. Students are staring at a screen for all except two of those hours for lunch break. Students are asked to act as if they are in regular school; this includes cameras on,...

COVID-19 and its impact on college

Brown University student, Gaia Murphy, attending her classes virtually.

Hannah Smith, News Editor

September 19, 2020

A common goal among young people is to attend college and truly begin to discover who they want to be in life. However, that path of self discovery has been altered by the repercussions that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on college and university students. As colleges everywhere are forced to find alternative...

September SAT- What’s happening?

Multiple choice

Tessa Guthrie, Editor-in-Chief

September 17, 2020

On September 23, Aspen High School will host an in person state mandated SAT test for all AHS seniors. The SAT test was scheduled to happen last April, but was postponed due to the Coronavirus. AHS is required to administer an SAT test by the state of Colorado to every grade, usually in their junior...

AHS students create school groups for online learning

Elijah Goldman (front) and Lian Lilah sit together while doing online school.

Jenny Ellis, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

This year the longest summer vacation came to a close, somewhat anticlimactically, and seamlessly transitioned into online learning. The academics and schedule are more structured and put together than they were in the spring, but one thing the school couldn't fix was students being able to learn together....