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ALL SMILES: English teacher Angel Dean lightens the mood during a round table discussion in order to create a welcoming environment that provokes thoughtful discussions.

Teachers John Josephson, Angel Dean and social worker Katie Havey work to mend mental health following periods of virtual learning

Camille Berko, Managing Editor for Content April 1, 2021

You lost interest in the lesson five minutes in. Your camera and mic are clicked off, you’re still laying in bed and you haven’t changed out of the clothes you slept in. Although you’re well aware...

Laurel Hotchkiss (left) and Emily Berry (right) are members of the social worker team.

Students seeking social workers

Sarah Mayer, Reporter October 12, 2020

Social workers help students with mental health, stressful situations, and providing resources. At GHHS, the team consists of four social workers, and it’s easy to contact them for everyday needs, or...

Emmy the therapy dog is a furry friend in Amy Polston's 1st grade classroom

Dog gone good

Emmy, therapy dog introduced to Rosy Mound to reduce stress in anxious children
Grace Ostric, Editor in Chief November 25, 2019

Amidst a bustling, colorful, elementary school classroom sits a companion curled peacefully underneath a table and staring up with sweet puppy dog eyes. It’s hard to imagine with all the distractions...

Cut the FLAB

Cut the FLAB

Caleb Berko, Managing Editor June 6, 2019

Let me pose a question: how do you, or do you not, maintain your physical well-being? Is it through exercising or dieting? Maybe you’ve been blessed with an extremely high metabolism. However you preserve...

Sophomore Grace Rieger reaches her arm in the air during a session of the

Sophomore graced with the gift of yoga

Grace Rieger starts class to raise mental health awareness in high schoolers and the community.
Morgan Womack, Co-Editor-In-Chief December 12, 2018

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,...

Six simple ways to simmer down seasonal depression

Six simple ways to simmer down seasonal depression

Although there isn't an end-all cure there are many ways to mellow this annoying yearly burden that some of you will be facing quite soon.
Nick Rice, Reporter November 28, 2018

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...

Our stories: A deeper look into who Grand Haven is

Our stories: A deeper look into who Grand Haven is

Staff March 12, 2018

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...

Mastering mindfulness

Mastering mindfulness

Sarah Jane Chrysler and Ben Ingall February 23, 2017

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...

School district takes

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

Aliyah Austin, Reporter February 16, 2017

“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...

GIVING UP GABBY: Senior AJ Melton snaps a selfie with his friend Gabby.  Gabby died by suicide in 2015. “Not having her here feels like there’s a missing piece of my heart,” Melton said.

Surviving suicide

Senior AJ Melton struggles to cope with friend's death
Aliyah Austin, Reporter February 16, 2017

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...

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

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...

Mentally Ill Media

Mentally Ill Media

Marisa McElrath, Reporter March 22, 2016

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...

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