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March Madness Basketball Tournament; see class president, Eric Card.
3x3 Basketball Tournament
March 6, 2024

March Madness 3 x 3 basketball tournament on March 15, starting at 4pm.  Contact your class president, Eric Card, or class officers for more...

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Stroudsburg High Schools promotional Flyer for the King of Hearts dance.
SENIORS! Prepare for King of Hearts and senior superlative voting
Luka Konklin, Editor-In-Chief • January 26, 2024

As the King of Heart's Dance draws near, take a look at the senior superlative and prepare to vote for your KOH nominees on Monday during homeroom! The...

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If you need tutoring, please join the Google Classroom so we can match you up with someone to help you. (Logo credit: NHS)
NHS Peer Tutoring
Luka Konklin, Editor-In-Chief • November 20, 2023

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Paulie Maccarrone throwing a pitch during game against Emmaus High School on April 8, 2024.
Baseball blanked by Emmaus
Jaden Harper, Staff Writer • April 12, 2024

On Monday, April 8, the Mountaineers fell to Emmaus, 6-0. Emmaus jumped all over the Mountaineers in the first two innings, scoring four runs off Stroudsburg starter P/INF...

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Stroudsburg walking off of the field during game against Emmaus on April 8, 2024.
Baseball loses heartbreaker to Pleasant Valley
Jaden Harper, Staff Writer • April 11, 2024

On Wednesday, Stroudsburg lost to Pleasant Valley High School, 9-8. This game was scoreless until the top of the third inning, where Pleasant Valley scored three runs against...

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Long distance coach, Coach Foti, talking to runner Janel Meyers.
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Stroudsburg High School Track and Field
Georgie English, Staff Writer • April 9, 2024

Stroudsburg High School Varsity Track and Field competed for their first home meet at Ross Stulgaitis Stadium against Northampton High School Konkrete Kids on Wednesday, March...

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TikTok and the House battle in round 2

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Alexis Binikos
The bill for the Tik Tok ban moves to the next step, a Senate vote.

TikTok has captivated the attention of many in the past few years, especially Gen-Z and Millenials. TikTok is a platform used to create and share short videos. TikTok videos can be anything like lip-syncing, dancing, news, recipes, education, and many more. 

The app’s popularity has spiked in a short time. During the COVID-19 pandemic, teens used the app to keep themselves entertained. Based on the Mountaineer news TikTok poll results, 47% of students use TikTok as their “go-to” app, 27% use the app sometimes, and only 26% do not use the app.

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Luma Rowashda, 10, says, “Honestly I wouldn’t be the most upset because I wouldn’t have access to going on the app anymore. Just simply deleting it still allows me to re-download it. I also would have so much more free time.”

In 2020, Trump tried to ban TikTok but courts prevented that from happening. Since then, Trump’s views on the app have been changed. If this bill goes into effect, Americans could lose TikTok within months. 

On Wednesday, March 13th, the House of Representatives voted to pass the bill. This is only the first stage seeing as the Senate holds the power for the future of the bill.  The vote was 352 to 65, 65 in opposition and 352 in support; 50 of those 65 being Democrats and 15 being Republicans. If the bill gets to the desk of President Joe Biden, he is in support and will sign it. The bill would make it illegal for app stores to make TikTok available to download.

TikTok is accused of being dangerous to American users as it poses a national security threat. The Chinese government could use its intelligence to share the private information of the United States TikTok users. According to CNN, “China’s foreign ministry called the bill an “act of bullying.” In a video posted on X (formerly Twitter), CEO Shou Chew thanked the community of TikTok users and said the company has invested in keeping users “data safe and our platform free from outside manipulation.”

ByteDance is the Chinese platform behind TikTok. The House gave ByteDance a choice to either sell TikTok within six months or lose access to app stores and web-hosting services in the U.S. The six-month clock will start if the bill is passed by the Senate and then signed by President Biden.

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