It seems hard to believe that it was only three months ago that school shut down, but in that short time a whole 100 City Voice articles have been published! This article marks 200 posts on The City Voice website, and none of that would have been possible without such amazing support from you, the students at City High Middle. We have been amazed at how many people have been willing to write articles for the newspaper during this time of crisis, and we are grateful for their knowledge and insight. Even if you have not written something, your readership means a lot to us.

We hope that you have enjoyed reading The City Voice, and that you continue to do so when we return next year! In the meantime, consider taking a look back at the hundred articles we have published during this difficult time. Some of them are about the health crisis, but others are about the moments of wonder, discovery, and even happiness that continue to take place even when so much is falling apart. If you have not had a chance to read them yet, we hope you will this summer.

Articles from the Shutdown

Distance Learning To Continue Through MP1 2020

At a press conference this afternoon, Superintendent Dr. Leadriane Roby announced that GRPS plans to join some other Michigan districts in suspending in-person school for the start of the school […]

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An Interview With Mr. Fillenworth, Teacher of the Year

Last week it was announced that 7th and 10th grade teacher Mr. Fillenworth won the Teacher of the Year Award for this year. We decided to take a moment to talk with him about his experiences at City and see how he is adapting to social distancing and online learning.

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200th Article

It seems hard to believe that it was only three months ago that school shut down, but in that short time a whole 100 City Voice articles have been published! […]

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Goodbye, See You Next Year

It is hard to believe that the 2019-2020 school year is already coming to an end. It has been a long year, and a very eventful one. Nobody could have […]

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Book of the Week: Strange the Dreamer

To finish off this school year’s book reviews, I decided to discuss Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. The novel follows the story of Lazlo Strange and Sarai, who are […]

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Do You Know These Words? Part III

This is the third part of a series designed to bring some lost words to light. Farctate: From the Latin farcire, meaning to fill or stuff, farctate is a botanical term […]

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Thank You to All of Our International Visitors

While The City Voice is the school newspaper for City High Middle, our website is technically available to anyone with a search engine. From website statistics we know that while […]

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Announcing City Voice Merchandise

As the end of the year rapidly approaches, we are happy to announce one last big update to The City Voice for this school year: the addition of a merchandise […]

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The Case For and Against Robot Sheepdogs

Robotics startup Boston Dynamics appears to have taken the current crisis as an invitation to insert robots into every industry they can find. A few weeks ago we reported on […]

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Please Do Not Buy the $350 5GBioShield Scam

A few weeks ago we reported on the conspiracy theory that 5G wireless signals cause coronavirus, a theory which seemed to cause a pandemic of cell tower arson. Now that […]

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Do You Know These Words? Part II

This is the second part of a series designed to bring some lost words to light. Cavil ~ to jeer/scoff (ka-vl) Sylvan ~ Forest, woods (SIL-vn) Vulpine ~ Crafty, cunning Factotum […]

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This Day in History: 5/28/20

On this day in 1936 Alan Turing published his famous paper On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem. Today Turing is widely considered the father of modern computers […]

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Virtual Tour of Grand Rapids Art: Part VII

The next stop of our virtual tour on the Rad Women Walking Tour brings us to a painting of Dolores Huerta. It was painted by Anna VanderLoon and is located […]

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The Inside Explanation of CHMS Part VIII

Language Teachers Mrs. Alexander ~ English (And Chemistry) Q. “How many years have you taught at City?” A. “This is my 3rd year.” Q. “What grades have you taught?” A. […]

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Vote for Teacher of the Year, Again

With all that has happened recently it can often seem like it has been more than a year since the last Teacher of the Year vote, but believe it or […]

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Edenville Dam Failure Threatens Michigan Towns

For more than 96 years the Edenville dam has turned the Tittabawassee River into a peaceful lake, but at 6:00 PM on Tuesday the dam officially failed. Edenville County officials […]

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Do You Know These Words? Part I

The English language has one of the biggest vocabularies of any language in the world, and with all those words some of the more obscure turn of phrase tend to […]

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Global Carbon Emissions Have Dropped by 17% During COVID-19 Shutdowns

It has been nearly nine weeks since Michigan schools shut down, and many other countries around the world shut down well before that. Since the beginning of quarantine, scientists have […]

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Virtual Tour of Grand Rapids Art: Part VI

This week on our virtual walk through the Rad Women Walking Tour, we’re taking a look at the painting of actor and comedian, Carol Burnett. It was painted by Kerry […]

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US Space Force Launches Secret Space Plane

Ever since NASA officially decommissioned the space shuttle in 2011, Earth’s skies have been relatively free of space planes. Except for, of course, the secret one. Since 2004 the US […]

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Book of the Week: The Cruel Prince

This week I bring you The Cruel Prince by Holly Black for your next quarantine read! It is a story about three sisters who were taken to the land of […]

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What is the Future of the Moon?

In 1969, people all over the world watched as Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the Moon. The historic landing came only eight years after US President […]

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This Day in History: 5/21/2020

On this day, May 21st, in 1919, the US House of Representatives passed the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. It was the second time the House had […]

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Virtual Tour of Grand Rapids Art: Part V

Last week we took a look at the start of the Rad Women walking tour in downtown Grand Rapids. To continue in this theme, this week’s art tour is featuring […]

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What is a Murder Hornet?

2020 is beginning to seem a bit cursed. Our recent headlines have been a bit doom and gloom, first a global pandemic, then increasing quarantines and shutdowns, then desperate koalas, […]

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Tom Cruise is Going to Space

With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full force, many likely want things to just go back to normal. Nevertheless, despite a widespread public exhaustion with record setting, NASA and Hollywood […]

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Turns Out Koalas Lick Trees

With all the worries of our personal COVID-19 quarantine, it can be easy to forget how the pandemic is affecting the wider world. Last week we talked about the Forgotten […]

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A Look Back at Normal School Life

When the COVID-19 shutdowns started everything changed, seemingly overnight. School closed, stay at home orders were issued, and everything stopped. With everything so different it can be easy to forget […]

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What is Contact Tracing?

Over the past few weeks the news has been full of reports about contact tracing, a medical technique intended to limit the spread of COVID-19. This new technique, coupled with […]

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The Forgotten Role of Plants

We are excited to announce that, although the Earth Week edition of the City Voice is over, the environmental column will continue. Ecology, and economicology, is a big part of […]

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Virtual Tour of Grand Rapids Art: Part IV

This piece is located on the corner of Monroe Ave. and Pearl st. It is the start of the Rad Women walking tour in DownTown Grand Rapids. It is a […]

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Doctors Are Using Robots to Treat Patients

One of the biggest challenges with preventing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is maintaining proper social distancing, but that can be especially difficult in hospital settings. Medical workers regularly […]

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Guitars: A Journey in Time

The guitar is regarded as one of the most iconic musical instrument in history. The guitar is used in various genres of music like country, rock, pop, latin, and more […]

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Book of the Week: The Raven Boys

This week I thought I would share another one of my favorite books! The Raven Boys is written by Maggie Stiefvater and takes place in Henrietta, Virginia,  a small town […]

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Google Updates Their Sharing System

We at the City Voice spend a lot of time writing and sharing Google Docs, so we know that something as seemingly minor as an overhaul to the sharing system […]

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This Day in History: 5/7/20

On this day in 1915, the British passenger liner Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-Boat as part of the unrestricted submarine warfare campaign that took place during […]

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The Snake Named Slytherin

In the forests of Arunachal Pradesh, India, a team of researchers found a new pit viper left undiscovered until 2019 during a herpetological expedition in the area. Pit vipers in […]

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Frequently Asked Questions About Online Learning

This week City High Middle resumed school, but instead of walking into classrooms, students are participating in online learning. Like any first day of school, the beginning of online learning […]

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Meet the Website that Will Self Destruct

As one of the people who posted on ‘This Website Will Self Destruct’ suggests everything is temporary if you adjust the scale enough, but this particular website is more temporary […]

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Get a First Look at the New Dune Movie

Since Frank Herbert published Dune in 1965, the book has been a sci-fi classic. While the book certainly has many flaws, with writing and themes that can seem clunky and […]

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Book of the Week: Renegades

Renegades is the first book in a trilogy written by Marissa Meyer. This is a book about superheroes and villains fighting for control of Gatlon City. Over the course of […]

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This Day in History: 4/30/20

On this day in 1789, George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States. Now you might be expecting a lengthy article about the American Revolution and […]

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Earth Day Read: Harvard publishes a study linking air pollution to COVID-19 mortality in the United States as the EPA resists tighter stricter controls on fine particulate matter (PM2.5)

Xiao Wu, Rachel C. Nethery and Francesca Dominici of Harvard University published the first national study conducted on COVID-19 and air pollution in the United States on April 7, 2020. […]

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Earth Day Read: Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, the EPA continues to advocate proposed “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” Rule

Proposed by the leaders of the Environmental Protection Agency, under Andrew Wheeler, on April 30, 2018, this rule would determine the research taken into account in future environmental decision making […]

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Earth Day Read: Animals take back the cities

Animals have taken advantage of the lack of people in the streets due to the world wide quarantines. Generic animals that we are accustomed to seeing, such as wild turkeys, […]

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Introducing Earth Week

Thanks to the hard work of ESS students and several members of the E-Club, we at the City Voice are excited to be publishing a series of environmental articles this […]

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Editorial: COVID-19, the Environment, and Earth Week 2020

This editorial was written by Ella Postuma, co-president of the E-Club. Update 4/22/20 at 10:08 AM to clarify that no formal registration is needed for the Earth Day Live event. […]

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All About Manga

Written by Sparsh Aiyar. Submit your own article to the City Voice at bit.ly/chmsVoiceSubmit Manga. You may have heard the word from a friend or on the media. You may […]

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This Day in History: 4/16/20

On April 16th in 1457, the army of Pharaoh Thutmose III defeated a coalition of rebellious kings at the city of Megiddo. The battle, now known as the Battle of […]

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Six of Crows Review

Written by Maya Oeverman Six of Crows is written by Leigh Bardugo as part of the Grishaverse. (The Shadow and Bone trilogy and King of Scars are part of it […]

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Celebrate National Volunteer Week

While Earth Day will be dominating our articles next week, there is another national celebration happening from April 19th-25th. National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate service all over […]

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Virtual Tour of Grand Rapids Art: Part I

Grand Rapids, home of the Art Prize competition, is lucky to have a huge amount of public art. Those of us who live here have access to public murals, painted […]

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Book Review of the Scorpio Races

Written by Maya Oeverman In this crazy time we are living through, sometimes it is nice to get lost in a good book! For your next reading adventure I would […]

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Bernie Sanders Suspends His Presidential Campaign

After a long race, early on Wednesday afternoon Bernie Sanders officially suspended his Presidential campaign. In a YouTube livestream, Sanders told supporters to continue “the struggle” in support of the […]

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Announcing the 2020 Hugo Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2020 Hugo Awards, one of the most prestigious book awards in science fiction and fantasy, were announced last night. The award conference, which had been planned […]

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This Day in History: April 9

On this day in 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, marking the effective end of the US Civil War. The Confederate army had […]

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Meet the Quarantine Dalek

With the Coronavirus crisis reaching its height, people around the world are finding increasingly creative ways to convince their neighbors to stay inside. In England fans of the British show […]

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New Social Media for the City Voice

Here at the City Voice we believe that our most important job is providing our readers with valuable articles on the platforms they like. That is why we are relaunching […]

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Graphic Novel: How to Raise the Dead

This post was previously published in February and is being re-shared as part of the personal project virtual expo. We are happy to share with you tenth-grader Ella Moxon’s personal […]

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Is there a simple way to become more positive?

This week we’re excited to publish 10th grader Kennedy Mikel’s Personal Project. Kennedy created a study to analyze whether doing a few simple tasks every day can improve your positivity. […]

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7 Ways to Keep You and Others Safe

Written by Eleanor Martin Over these past few weeks, our lives have changed quite drastically. We’ve gone from stressing about tests, going to school, and hanging out with friends to […]

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The City Voice Will Continue

Since COVID-19, dubbed Coronavirus, became a major pandemic there has been a lot of disruption in all of our lives. Everything is now shut down, including our school, but nevertheless […]

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School Canceled for the Rest of the Year

As of 11:00 am on April 2nd, Governor Whitmer has signed an executive order suspending in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year. This means that no students residing […]

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How You Can Write for the City Voice

Due to the current COVID-19 shutdowns, the City Voice has moved entirely online. We are looking for any students willing to write for the newspaper during this difficult time. There […]

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