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Veterans Day Mass celebrates retired and active military

Veterans Day Mass celebrates retired and active military

Elaine Petrarca, Photo and Section Editor November 14, 2012

Although Veterans Day was a day off for most Tampa Bay students, Academy students were in school and ready to commemorate the day in an all-school Mass on Monday, November 12. Special guests of...

Seniors Gillian Garcia, Haley Palumbo, and Lyric Vickers thanked the two veterans for their service following the convocation. Photo Credit: Mia Lopez/ Achona Online

Academy Honors Veterans at Convocation

Mia Lopez, Senior Staff Writer November 13, 2017

Veterans Day is celebrated annually at the Academy during a convocation to honor those who have served and sacrificed for the country. Ella Castellano (‘20) says, “I am very excited for the convocation...

Academy students wrote thank you notes to military men and women and displayed them at the assembly. Credit: Emily Hoerbelt/Achona Online

Academy Commemorates Veterans of the USA Armed Forces

Emily Hoerbelt, Senior Staff Writer November 16, 2016

On Friday, November 11, America celebrated all of the men and women who put their lives on the line and have served in the armed forces. This national holiday originated in 1919, on the one year anniversary...

Academy honors veterans, their families and friends

Academy honors veterans, their families and friends

Josie Little, Assistant Editor November 15, 2011

The Academy community gathered on Veterans Day, November 11, to honor and pray for those who served in the U.S. military. The Mass represented a solemn occasion for the nation and the Church, as the...

Larry France with his service dog Shadow after the presentation.

Veteran Larry France visits AHN

Winsome Storm, Multimedia Editor November 29, 2021

Larry France, a veteran who served in the Vietnam War and worked with scout dogs, came to speak to the high school on Veterans Day. France shared his experiences serving in Vietnam with scout dogs,...

Interact Club has successful turnout for fall blood drive

Interact Club has successful turnout for fall blood drive

Academy girls signed up in force for the Interact blood drive this year despite a change in dates when the blood bank requested the drive be moved from November 18 to November 11. To complicate the time...

Help Wanted for Americas heroes

‘Help Wanted’ for America’s heroes

Josie Little, Mary Green, Asst. Editor, Editor-in-Chief November 10, 2011

Veterans Day Special Feature: One of the most pressing issue facing veterans today is not broken bones or healing wounds but mental health issues. As a result of the stresses of combat, veterans face...

Actor Tom Holland is able to break out of the superhero meld even further in “Cherry” where he stars as a drug-addicted war hero suffering from Post-Traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“Cherry” Gives Viewers the Full Picture By De-Glorifying War and Drugs

Adriana James-Rodil, Editor-in-Chief March 15, 2021

Disclaimer: “Cherry” is rated R and contains themes of violence, addiction, and drug abuse. On Friday, Mar. 12, “Cherry” was released on Apple TV+ after its first release in theaters on Feb....

Pictured above, Isabel Bequer (23) and Adriana James-Rodil (21) placed first and second in the American Legion Oratorical Contest.

American Legion Holds Oratorical Contest

Isabel Bequer, Sophomore Staff Writer January 29, 2021

On Jan. 16, students from Academy’s Speech and Debate team competed at the American Legion Oratorical Contest. Students were required to prepare a speech detailing how the Constitution pertains to their...

In response to the uproar of Black Lives Matter protests this summer, many athletes have spoken out in support of the movement.

Athletes Speak Out In Support of Black Lives Matter

Raquelle Elson, Sophomore Staff Writer September 18, 2020

Following the uprising of Black Lives Matter protests and conversations about race relations over the summer, many teams from NBA, NFL, and other leagues protested in support of the movement through boycotts,...

 “I think a lot of the things that are currently happening are necessary and have been brewing under the surface. People need to understand the necessity for change and adaptability, as well as empathy, in order for our society to move forwards,” said Madison Kwo (‘23).

No Justice No Peace: The Black Lives Matter Movement from the Perspective of a Black Student (OPINION)

Raquelle Elson, Contributing Staff Writer June 25, 2020

In early May, the world was introduced to Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was gunned down by two white men while simply on a jog. He was murdered in late February, but action was not taken until...

Netflixs newest true crime documentary looks into Americas broken system and how its negligence has resulted in the harm and deaths of   many children nationwide.

The Anguish of Angels: How our country’s system fails to protect abused children

Georgia Ruffolo, Senior Staff Writer March 18, 2020

Since the release of Netflix’s most recent true crime docuseries, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez, audiences were shown not only the horrors and inhumane treatment of the 8-year-old during the six month...

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