EMPOWER participants in Washington, D.C.

By Hunter Barrett

EMPOWER is a youth led substance abuse coalition, with participants from both Scott County School District 1 and Scott County School District 2, according to Madelyn Shelton (12).

During the first week of February, Madelyn Shelton, Eliza Mount, Emma Christoff and six students from Austin High School traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate to representatives.

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Review of “Thank U, Next”

By Hunter Barrett

Just six short months after releasing “Sweetener” Ariana Grande has released another album, titled “Thank U, Next.”

The first single off of “Thank U, Next” was actually a song by the name of “Thank U, Next.” That song went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, which is a big deal in the music industry.

After that, Grande released “Imagine” and “7 Rings”, “7 Rings” also went number one on the charts. Shortly after releasing these, Ariana dropped her newest album “Thank U, Next” on Feb. 8, 2019. Grande had a third song, “Break Up with Your Boyfriend, I’m Bored”, go number one as well.

After one listen, I decided it was her second best album, after “Dangerous Woman”, her 2016 album. “Thank U, Next” opens with the song “Imagine”, which features some heavy vocals and is about imagining a perfect relationship.

Some of the most notable and my personal favorite songs off of the album would be “NASA”, “Ghostin”, “Bad Idea” and “Bloodline.” These songs are very meaningful and some of them are more upbeat and poppy, which I like.

“Ghostin” is a ballad supposedly written to any future lover that Ariana Grande has and in the song she apologizes for crying and being sad over the death of her former boyfriend, Mac Miller. The song is super sad and a fan favorite.

Overall, the album is very good and worth a listen. The album can be found at any store that sells albums and on all streaming services. The price of the album ranges anywhere from $10 to $15.

Kentucky Kingdom’s new rollercoaster

By Hunter Barrett

In 2019, Kentucky Kingdom will unveil their sixth roller coaster, Kentucky Flyer, just in time for the park’s 30th anniversary. Kentucky Flyer is a family wooden roller coaster built by the Gravity Group. The Gravity Group has built many roller coasters, like the Voyage at Holiday World.  

Kentucky Flyer isn’t as tall as many of the other coasters at Kentucky Kingdom like Storm Chaser, T3 or Lightning Run, however the park promises that it will pack a punch. Kentucky Flyer will reach heights of around 50 feet, have a 53 degree drop, 54 degree banking turns and many air time moments.

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Kings Island offers adventure during the winter months

By Hunter Barrett

By Hunter Barrett

If riding the popular Mystic Timbers and Flight of Fear roller coasters in below freezing weather, eating holiday treats, ice skating and gazing at thousands of Christmas lights is your idea of fun, then Kings Island is your perfect destination this winter. The Kings Island amusement park, located in Mason, Ohio, is holding its second annual Winterfest event this year.

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