Spark Newsmagazine


Spark Newsmagazine


Spark Newsmagazine


The Mask Debate

The Mask Debate

Mary Barone October 21, 2021

STORY, PHOTOGRAPHY AND INFOGRAPHIC MARY BARONE Nearly 200 concerned parents and community members cram into the dimly-lit cafeteria of Plains Junior. A broadcast of the Lakota School Board meeting in...

This Tues. Aug. 17, Lakota families gathered outside Lakota Local School District Offices to protest the recent announcement that students and staff are required to wear masks while in school for the upcoming school year.

Lakota Families Protest Required Masking for the 2021-22 School Year

Mia Hilkowitz August 17, 2021

STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY MIA HILKOWITZ This Tues., Aug. 17, several Lakota families gathered at the Lakota Local School District Offices located at 5572 Princeton Rd to protest the recent announcement that...

East senior Bitsy Summers ad Multiple Disability Intervention Specialist Ellen Bowmann read a story to help Summers with memory recall skills.

Engaging Education

Marleigh Winterbottom May 28, 2021

STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY MARLEIGH WINTERBOTTOM East Special Education student Tyler Holliday and his Instructional Attendant Kathy Guckenbergur sit at their isolated table in the middle of the classroom...

Physician at Hiltop OBGYN Heather Hilkowitz (left) is administered her first dose of the Moderna vaccine by Chief Nursing and Operating Officer at Atrium Medical Center Marquita Turner (right).

A Return to Normal

Mia Hilkowitz May 28, 2021

STORY, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND INFOGRAPHIC MIA HILKOWITZ East junior Aya Darwiche’s favorite thing about Thanksgiving has always been the food. Every year, her family has come together to celebrate and, like...

Cincinnati Childrens Hospital has begun trials studying the COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 12 to 15 years old.

One More Shot

Mia Hilkowitz May 28, 2021

  STORY MIA HILKOWITZ | PHOTOGRAPHY RILEY HIGGINS | INFOGRAPHIC CAITLIN O'DONNELL Since the COVID-19 vaccine was approved for emergency authorization use in Dec. 2020, biomedical companies like...

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The Trio

June 16, 2020

personal narrative by Maddie Cramer | art by Kelly Johantges I think it’s safe to say that most people’s relationships have changed quite a bit since Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine issued the stay at home...

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A Dream on Pause

Rehab Jarabah June 3, 2020

story by rehab jarabah | art by alexandra fernholz Ding-dong.  That’s the sound that tells me a customer has walked in. It’s also the sound I tend to hear before I fall asleep.  The Arabic...

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Editors’ Note:

June 1, 2020

Despite Ohio’s stay at home order amid the current pandemic, the Spark staff has still worked to produce this final issue for the 2019-2020 school year. Journalism is the crux of our society, and in...

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To the Class of 2020:

May 30, 2020

column by Rebecca Breland | photography by Alexandra Fernholz To the kids I’ve spent the last 12 years of my life with, to the kids who’ve been with me through it all, to the kids who’ve made me...

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Small Shops Suffering

Mia Hilkowitz May 28, 2020

story by Mia Hilkowitz | art by Rachel Anderson For years, Niederman Family Farm has been a staple in the Liberty Township and West Chester community. Hundreds of families visit for birthday parties,...

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Cancelling the Golden Gala

May 26, 2020

story and art by Rachel Anderson The invitations were printed. The t-shirts were made. The posters were decorated. The spirit week was finalized. The decorations were ordered, the venue was mapped out....

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Fitness for You

May 24, 2020

story by Nicholas Hetterich | art by Alexandra Fernholz With little to do during this pandemic, Dan McCallister is challenging the community to get in better shape. McCallister is the father of Lakota...

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