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Black Lives Matter at BFA

Rachel Ledoux, Writer April 24, 2021

In recent months, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has gained quite a bit of attention in the US. From the recent trial of Derek Chauvin to the few examples of police brutality (namely Daunte Wright...

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Film Review: Call Me by Your Name

Madisyn Zeidler, Contributor April 13, 2021

Call Me by Your Name was directed by Luca Guadagnina and produced by James Ivory. The movie stars Timothee Chalamet as Elio, a 17-year old protagonist. He is intelligent, bilingual, well-read and a talented...

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Are Adults Hurting Children by Pushing Them to Achieve?

Mariah Draper, Writer April 13, 2021

Do your parents push you hard to get good grades? Parents try their hardest to push their children to do their best to get good grades, but sometimes it's too much.  Parents want their children to...

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Vote “No” on Jim Crow 2.0

Georgia Casavant, Writer April 9, 2021

Growing up in the small rural county of Franklin Vt., I always assumed that voting looked the same throughout the country. When I was younger, my parents would bring me to the polls on election day, and...

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Why Baseball is Losing Popularity Across the Nation

Matthew Gonyeau, Contributor March 28, 2021

Baseball has been a part of American culture for 151 years and is still going. Baseball has gone through exciting and important changes, not only for the sport itself, but the nation as a whole. For instance,...

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Joseph Epstein’s Op-Ed Arguing Dr. Jill Biden Should Drop Her Title Should be Removed Immediately

Will Dumont, Contributor March 28, 2021

Editor's note: This article was written for Larissa Hebert's second-quarter Journalism class. On Dec. 11 2020, The Wall Street Journal published a piece written by Joseph Epstein claiming Dr. Jill Biden,...

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Unfair Dress Codes

Mariah Draper, Writer March 27, 2021

While attending  school, have you been told that the outfit you were wearing was inappropriate? According to nces.ed.gov, 63.5% of middle schools have enforced a strict dress code. Schools all over the...

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As a Society, We Have Lost the Ability to Argue Humanely

Owen Biniecki, Editor March 27, 2021

When you think of the word “debate,” what image does it evoke? If you are anything like me, it sparks thoughts of heated discussion, insults and lies. This hasn’t always been the case. As debating...

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Cheerleading is a Sport

Emily Hayden, Contributor March 2, 2021

What is a sport exactly? According to lexico.com, it is “An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.” With...

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The Benefits of Social Media

J'Ayonna Watkins, Writer March 2, 2021

As stated on www.researchgate.net, the number of social media users has increased by billions since 2010 and continues to grow.  Social media can be a great tool to use to interact with people all over...

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Generation Z: The Burnt-out Generation

Pilot Deslauriers, Contributor February 28, 2021

Unlimited internet access and traumatic world events describe the upbringing of Generation Z, from the perfect body images implanted into young boys' and girls' minds, to the impact of cyberbullying on...

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4×4 Schedule Brings Simplicity at the Cost of Time, Retention and Student Excitement

Will Dumont, Contributor February 11, 2021

In planning for the 2020-2021 school year, BFA (along with several other high schools in the Champlain Valley) decided to implement a 4x4 block schedule, where students would take only four courses at...

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