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Sophomore graced with the gift of yoga

Sophomore graced with the gift of yoga

Morgan Womack, Life Editor

December 12, 2018


Filed under Feature, Life, Uncategorized

Inhaling deeply, sophomore Grace Rieger steps off of her mat and onto the cold floor in the Lakeshore Yoga studio. As she collects her gear, a feeling of content washes over her. Surrounded by her peers, all in a positive mood, she can’t help but feel the same way. This “after-yoga” feeling is con...

Six simple ways to simmer down seasonal depression

Six simple ways to simmer down seasonal depression

Nick Rice, Reporter

November 28, 2018


Filed under Health

Meditation. Many people process the word “meditation” as sitting on the floor criss-cross applesauce and chanting “om.” If that is how you do it, great. The good news is that is not the only way to meditate. Meditation is the simple act of thought watching. It works a lot like people watching. I...

Our stories: A deeper look into who Grand Haven is

Our stories: A deeper look into who Grand Haven is

Staff

March 12, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, Top Stories

13 stories. 13 people. 13 students out of 2,000. We present 13 articles in an attempt to showcase the different lives of different people. Thank you to those who stepped up to tell us their experiences. With this story package, we hope to foster a conversation about who we are as a school, as a...

Mastering mindfulness

Mastering mindfulness

Sarah Jane Chrysler and Ben Ingall

February 23, 2017


Filed under In-Depth, Top Stories

In the last five years GHHS has lost at least one student per year to suicide; each one striking the community and helping to uncover the fact that a mental illness epidemic has struck the area. In an attempt to combat this, local schools have asked students what would benefit them, in terms of helping...

School district takes “slow and steady path” in mental illness initiative

School district takes “slow and steady path” in mental illness initiative

Aliyah Austin, Reporter

February 16, 2017


Filed under Feature, News

“I’ll start,” a woman across from me said after a moment of silence. She sat upright and rested her arms on the round table. “I’m here because, in 2014, my brother took his life.” The man to my right, Wade VanBragt, stared at his phone as we talked. He forced himself to look up when it w...

Surviving suicide

Surviving suicide

Aliyah Austin, Reporter

February 16, 2017


Filed under Feature

After he read the text message, senior AJ Melton’s bird-like frame crumpled on the sidewalk in front of Jumpin’ Java Coffee House. His sobs sliced through the calm June air. Memories of Melton’s friend Gabby flooded his mind. He remembered splashing around with her in Lake Michigan. As she...

Jan. 9 Town Hall on Suicide updates community on state of mental health

Jan. 9 Town Hall on Suicide updates community on state of mental health

Aliyah Austin, Reporter

January 13, 2017


Filed under Briefs, News

Non-profit social lab Extended Grace hosted a Town Hall meeting on suicide on Monday, Jan. 9 at the Community Center. This was the fourth Town Hall on Mental Illness. “Last year, the community was reeling from the budgetary cuts to Community Mental Health, as well as growing alarm regarding sui...

Mentally Ill Media

Mentally Ill Media

Marisa McElrath, Reporter

March 22, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Top Stories, Uncategorized

It’s strange that though we live in a country full of variety, we can’t seem to dispel stereotypes. Do the words “mental illness” trigger anything in your mind? Most likely, if you haven’t experienced or witnessed a struggle with mental illness first-hand, your only knowledge of it comes from the ...

Barbie body: re-imagined

Barbie body: re-imagined

Sarah Jane Chrysler, Co-editor in chief

March 2, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Top Stories

An open letter to Society, I have never been a Barbie-girl, this is not a Barbie world and quite honestly, life in plastic does not sound fantastic. People like drama. People like to play off of insecurities and blame the world for the issues they create. We as people, have created the body image stigma...

At the end of the tunnel

At the end of the tunnel

Emma Dale, Reporter

March 2, 2016


Filed under Feature, Top Stories

*last names omitted to protect identity     Long dark hair rests on freshman Bella’s shoulders as she sits indian style on her bed, surrounded by walls plastered with posters of surfers, skateboarders and artists. A vintage feel that perfectly describes her personality. The vibe of the...

Another side of me

Another side of me

Abby Reyenga, Reporter

February 19, 2016


Filed under Feature, Top Stories

In the still hospital room, freshman Faith Morey’s heart monitor beeped in a steady rhythm while her mind raced with confusion. She had attempted suicide earlier that day. “That was the scariest point in my life,” Morey said looking down. “I was getting bullied at school and I was having a h...

24-hour basketball game proceeds go to mental health campaign

Maddie Brockmyre, Co-editor in chief

January 29, 2016


Filed under Briefs, Briefs, News

Over Thanksgiving break, the boys basketball program hosted their first ever 24-hour basketball fundraiser at Lakeshore Middle School. According to varsity boys coach and physical education teacher Greg Immink, the event went really well. They raised money for the basketball funds like uniforms an...