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The Arrowhead

The Student News Site of Souderton Area High School

The Arrowhead

The Student News Site of Souderton Area High School

The Arrowhead

The Arrowhead

Melanie Vincent

Melanie Vincent, Features Editor

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Awestruck...Observing the last total eclipse over the United States until 2045, (from left) seniors Allie Thatcher, Anya Patel, Anna Stratton and Ryan Ciuba admire the event on April 8.

Astronomy Club offers eclipse viewing opportunity

By organizing a solar eclipse viewing event from 2-3:30 p.m. on April 8, the science department and Astronomy Club were able to give over 1,000 students a chance to watch.
Melanie Vincent, Features Editor
May 3, 2024
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Raye of Thought: Romance novels encourage high expectations, deep connections

Raye of Thought: Romance novels encourage high expectations, deep connections

With romance novel tropes commonly being overused and repetitive, most people expect happy, predictable endings. While books can promote both unhealthy ideals and expectations, they also can inspire connections and different perspectives of love.
Melanie Vincent, Features Editor
May 3, 2024
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Con: Greek Life influences dangerous hazing, racism

Con: Greek Life influences dangerous hazing, racism

By engaging in dangerous hazing traditions and not welcoming all students, Greek Life organizations fail to positively impact students. These downsides ruin Greek Life and make it an unsafe environment for college students seeking community.
Melanie Vincent, Features Editor
April 4, 2024
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Women face underrepresentation, stereotypes in movies

Women face underrepresentation, stereotypes in movies

Due to few female writers, directors and producers in Hollywood, many movies still have less lead female characters compared to male characters, even as we enter 2024. Female characters are less likely to appear and are sometimes even heavily stereotyped.
Melanie Vincent, Features Editor
April 4, 2024
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Throwback…Interviewing Phillies pitcher and Souderton alumni Jamie Moyer, former Arrowhead sports editor Meghan McSloy (left) and editor in chief Abigail Kramer-Hunt sit in the Citizens Bank Park’s dugout. McSloy and Hunt interviewed Moyer during the 2006-2007 school year.

Arrowhead alumni carry lessons, memories

After graduating from high school many years ago, some previous members of The Arrowhead still fondly remember their time on the paper and are positively impacted by the lessons they learned in class. Some alumni have been able to apply the skills learned directly to their current careers.
Melanie Vincent, Arrowhead Features Editor
February 9, 2024
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Raye of Thought: College stress overshadows last moments in high school

Raye of Thought: College stress overshadows last moments in high school

Deciding what to do after high school is a stressful and challenging choice that many seniors have been dealing with. Sometimes, the best thing to do is live in the moment and enjoy the last months of high school instead of constantly worrying about the future.
Melanie Vincent, Arrowhead Features Editor
February 9, 2024
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Professional dance companies set unrealistic standards

Professional dance companies set unrealistic standards

By upholding extreme body standards, professional dance culture can promote issues with body image both in the professional and recreational dance world. Young dancers often compare themselves to what has long been considered the “ideal” ballet body, which can lead to them practicing unhealthy habits.
Melanie Vincent, Features Editor
December 15, 2023
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A Raye of Thought: ‘The Hunger Games’ prequel enhances trilogy

A Raye of Thought: ‘The Hunger Games’ prequel enhances trilogy

[SPOILERS] In an attempt to grow her story, Suzanne Collins wrote a prequel to “The Hunger Games” entitled “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” in 2020. The phenomenal book was turned into a movie by Lionsgate which was released November 17.
Melanie Vincent, Features Editor
December 15, 2023
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Con: Movie adaptations never live up to wonder of books

Con: Movie adaptations never live up to wonder of books

By leaving out plot points, characters and inner thoughts, movie adaptations miss out on the nuance of reading a book. Due to their shortened time frame, it becomes impossible for movies to include everything that happens in the book in a two hour window.
Melanie Vincent, Arrowhead Features Editor
November 3, 2023
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Stepping forward…Celebrating recovery within the community, Allentown resident Allen Beerhrle (left) speaks with Arrowhead Features Editor Melanie Vincent during the St. Luke’s Penn Foundation “Recovery is for Everyone Walk” on September 16.

Recovery walk brings hope to community

Planning the Recovery is for Everyone Walk on September 16, St. Luke’s Penn Foundation worked to better educate the public on the importance of supporting those in recovery. Over 200 participants spent an hour walking 1.7 miles through the streets of Souderton and Telford.
Melanie Vincent, Arrowhead Features Editor
November 3, 2023
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A Raye of Thought: Female friendships offer supportive connections

A Raye of Thought: Female friendships offer supportive connections

Women’s friendships tend to be extremely deep and emotionally entwined, contributing to rich and long-lasting relationships. When things get tough and complicated, it is important to continue to support and uplift one another.
Melanie Vincent, Arrowhead Features Editor
November 3, 2023
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Sun protection prevents skin damage, cancer

Sun protection prevents skin damage, cancer

To avoid increased risks of skin cancer, people should avoid direct sunlight for long periods of time and use sunscreen plus other methods to protect their skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the time they turn 70.
Melanie Vincent, Staff Writer
June 2, 2023
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#prom...Taking a dance break during the April 22 junior prom, (from left) juniors Autumn DiCandilo, Landon Foley, Mason Doppler and Hailey Riexinger hit the photo booth.

City ‘lights’ up junior prom

By working hard to listen to their peers, Student Government Class of 2024 planned an inclusive junior prom which was held on April 22. The dance took place in the cafeteria from 7-10 p.m.
Melanie Vincent, Staff Writer
May 5, 2023
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Going with the flow…Working towards change, social studies teacher Nicole Harner organizes period products in her classroom to give access for students who may need them.

Supplying menstrual products in ‘period’ of need

Organizations such as the Mitzvah Circle and Recycle the Cycle Club are working to end the problems some cisgender females face by collecting period products and speaking out.
Melanie Vincent, Staff Writer
March 31, 2023
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Reaching for glory…Swimming breaststroke, junior Elijah Gehman competes against Central Bucks South High School during a meet on January 6.

Swim, dive teams work together to reach individual goals

In an effort to qualify for the upcoming district and state meets, the swim and dive teams consistently show up to practice and cheer one another on. The district and state meets will be held in late February and March in 2023.
Melanie Vincent, Arrowhead Staff Writer
February 10, 2023
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Acting for an audience…Embracing their roles, juniors Cayden Johnson (left) and Jackson Rohrbaugh read a letter during the fall play production of “Twelfth Night.” The pair played Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Sir Toby Belch.

Fall play cast promotes Shakespeare, inclusivity

Thespians are working to build an inclusive acting community at the high school. Souderton theater performed “Romeo and Juliet” and “Twelfth Night” on November 11-13.
Melanie Vincent, Staff Writer
December 16, 2022
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High school pilots Red Zone

In order to increase students’ opportunities to receive teacher help, the high school is piloting Red Zone for three weeks, starting on October 17. During Red Zone, teachers will hold office hours from 7:25-8:05 a.m.
Melanie Vincent, Staff Writer
October 28, 2022
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A growing community…Showing off the plants, sophomore Emily Rychlak offers local resident John Wilson a zucchini plant for sale. The plant sale in the greenhouse allows the community to interact with students.

SAVE hosts third annual Greenhouse Growers Sale

SAVE held a plant sale on May 7. This was the club’s first “normal” plant sale since the beginning of the pandemic.
Melanie Vincent, Staff Writer
May 26, 2022
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Feed the butterflies…Watering the plants, SAVE co-adviser Kim Wilson cares for milkweed plants that will be replanted on the high school campus by Indian Valley Middle School students in May. SAVE has been taking care of the milkweed plants since November.

SAVE clubs educate students on protecting environment

As Earth Day approaches, many people are looking for ways to protect the Earth. The SAVE and SAVE Jr. clubs are creating activities designed to help other students in the district learn, too.
Melanie Vincent, Staff Writer
April 25, 2022
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