The Sentry

OPINION: The Preparatory – Tales from the new kid

David Jenkins III. Photo by Cass Rutledge

By David Jenkins III, Guest Contributor

October 2, 2020

I have spent my school career from Kindergarten to high school in the Madison public school system. I love basketball, and was unsatisfied with my old school’s athletic program, so I transferred to Prep. Now, as a new senior in a vastly different environment amidst a once in a lifetime pandemic, I ...

OPINION: Let us adopt Mississippi’s new flag

The proposed new Mississippi state flag that will be on November's ballot.

By Selby Ireland, Opinion Editor

October 1, 2020

This time last year, I wrote an editorial for The Sentry about all of Mississippi’s state flags and why I thought the confederate battle emblem should be permanently retired from our state flag.  At the time of writing, it seemed like an impossibility.  However, following the tragic death of Georg...

OPINION: Fill that seat!

The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

By Cass Rutledge, Opinion Editor

September 22, 2020

On September 18, America suffered the tragic loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Eighty-seven years young, she led a life of perseverance and determination. In her lifetime, she broke gender barriers and led the nation in ways that no one thought possible. She is a role model for women a...

Presidential elections don’t stop… even for a pandemic

Presidential elections don't stop... even for a pandemic

By Cass Rutledge, Opinion Editor

May 6, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has flipped everything upside down. Our lifestyles have been dramatically changed to doing online school and not being able to go out to eat. What would usually be on the forefront of the American people’s minds around this time is now in the background: the 2020 presidenti...

OPINION: In times of crisis, Americans rise to the challenge

A shopper follows CDC guidelines while wearing a mask at the grocery store. Illustration by Kalyn Giesecke

By Cass Rutledge, Opinion Editor

April 23, 2020

COVID-19 has required a lot from Americans. We have had to shift to remote learning, stay away from friends, and work from home. It really is hard to fathom how much America has come together during this crisis to care for and serve each other. America is the greatest country in the world. The grocery store ...

Tom Richey: The man, the meme, the inspiration

Tom Richey poses with his trademark mug after filming AP history videos

By Cass Rutledge, Opinion Editor

April 1, 2020

Whenever there is a history quiz, test, or exam, who do Advanced Placement (AP) high school students turn to? Tom Richey, a high school history teacher in Clemson, South Carolina, goes beyond the classroom and onto the computers and phones of students all around the world. Richey’s social media and onl...

OPINION: President Trump is the leader we need in a crisis

President Trump holds a press conference regarding the Chinese coronavirus. Photo courtesy of the White House

By Cass Rutledge, Opinion Editor

March 26, 2020

Coronavirus. China virus. Wuhan virus. COVID-19. Whatever you call it, this pandemic has been making headlines. The virus is all the news talks about, and the impacts could potentially be disastrous. College and professional sports have been cancelled and postponed. Schools all over the country and globe ...

Sentry II Staff Editorial: The good in the midst of the bad

Two students separate themselves by six feet, complying with CDC guidelines.

March 26, 2020

From any standpoint, things may not be going perfectly for us or people around the world as a whole. Empty shelves haunt grocery stores. The stock markets are plunging. Social distancing protocols have cancelled everything from March Madness to church services. The coronavirus, COVID-19, has fundamentally cha...

OPINION: 2020 Election – Your “moderate” candidates

OPINION: 2020 Election - Your

By Cass Rutledge, Opinion Editor

March 3, 2020

The 2020 elections are officially underway, and, finally, the Democratic presidential field has narrowed down the candidates to the single digits. Differences between the candidates have become clearer and clearer, but does it really even matter? The current field has been known to flip-flop on thei...

Movie Review: “Bombshell” tells a story of the #MeToo Era

Movie Review:

By Cass Rutledge, Opinion Editor

January 17, 2020

Bombshell, the movie based on the true story of former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson (played by Nicole Kidman) trying to take down one of the most powerful men in cable television, Roger Ailes (played by John Lithgow), details daily life at Fox News working under an accused sexual assaulter.  Th...

OPINION: The Super Smash Brothers revolution

OPINION: The Super Smash Brothers revolution

By Eli Venarske, Guest Contributor

December 11, 2019

There is a serious issue hiding in the underground culture of our school that must be addressed in order to preserve our integrity. As we all know, video games and video game usage have been on the rise in recent years, which correlates conveniently with the rise of violence in the United States. Cl...

The USMCA is a win for Americans

North American leaders sign the USMCA on November 30, 2018. Photo courtesy of The White House

By Cass Rutledge, Opinion Editor

December 11, 2019

What if I told you that there was a single act that Congress could pass that would add 176,000 jobs and $68.2 billion to the American economy? Wouldn’t you want passing this act to be Congress’s top priority? The good news is that President Trump has negotiated just such a trade deal, the Uni...

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