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… And Justice for All: Racism In Metal
Marco Ricci December 14, 2022

Heavy metal started in the early 70s and since then, has gained a cult following. Bands like Black Sabbath, Slayer, and Motorhead have influenced many musicians and bands later come down the line. Throughout its history, the genre...

Does fiction affect reality?
Does fiction affect reality?
Ava Porto, Staff Writer • December 14, 2022

We’ve all heard the repetitive debate about how social media has affected humans– especially teenagers, but we’ve barely discussed how fiction such as tv shows, movies, and books affect our growth from childhood, our mental...

Outdated computers at MHS - Connor Anderson-Howard
A Waste of Sp ace
Connor Anderson - Howard, Staff Writer • December 14, 2022

With Montclair High School making the switch to Chromebooks, why do we still have old PCs? With most public schools finally making the switch to Chromebooks, the ancient Desktop computers and iMacs are obsolete. Since the school...

The reality of death and loss in High School
The reality of death and loss in High School
Diana Creaser, Editor • December 6, 2022

On my first day of high school, my mom was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. The day I took my first SAT, she told me the time she had left to live. And she died the day after my junior prom. I have never had the normal high...

"Promising Young Woman" is relevant art for the #MeToo movement
June 26, 2022

I watched the trailer for "Promising Young Woman" with skepticism. I believed it would be a misguided attempt to make the cruel reality of sexual assault into something glamourous and empowering. When I finally watched the movie,...

Meet the Staff

Amelia is a senior at MHS and loves all things fashion. She hopes to one day...

Katharine (Kate) Baney-Giampoala (she/her) is a junior at Montclair High School...

Lila Kokalas
Lila Kokalas
Staff Writer

Lila Kokalas (she/her) is a junior at MHS. When she is not writing for the Mountaineer,...

Edie Koehlert
Edie Koehlert
Editor, Op-Ed, News, Culture

Edie is a senior, entrenched in the twenty-four-hour news cycle. She loves to...

Mairin is a 9th grader at MHS who enjoys spending time with friends and family....

Whales, Friendship, & Discovery: Filmmaker Patrick Dykstra
Whales, Friendship, & Discovery: Filmmaker Patrick Dykstra
Leela Ramakrishnan, Staff Writer • December 6, 2022

Patrick Dykstra’s journey to becoming an award-winning marine wildlife filmmaker started at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.  — When he was 16, he scored a summer internship...

Are we teaching the joy out of reading?
Are we teaching the joy out of reading?
Dalia Dacosta, Staff Writer • December 6, 2022

Students maintain that the school system has been influencing kids for years to have a negative outlook on reading. In our current curriculum, most of the books students read are outdated to society with...

Virtual schooling has influenced student view on workload  
Virtual schooling has influenced student view on workload  
Lauren Spielberg and Lia Scheier May 10, 2022

As we’re entering the fourth marking period, students at Montclair High School have been struggling with the stress of their workload and are experiencing “burnout.” According to ADA.com, this feeling...

MSN: Montclair vs Irvington Girls Basketball Recap
MSN: Montclair vs Irvington Girls' Basketball Recap
Alana Flynn, Montclair Sports Network Reporter • January 12, 2023

Montclair High School Girls' Basketball maintained their top spot in the Independence Division with a convincing win over number two-ranked Irvington...

MSN: Montclair vs Kent Place Fencing Recap
MSN: Montclair vs Kent Place Fencing Recap
Olivia Law, Montclair Sports Network Reporter • January 11, 2023

The MHS girls' fencing team went against Kent Place this past Monday, winning 21-6. The girls' team has dominated so far this season, winning...

MSN: Montclair vs Glen Ridge Boys Swimming Recap
MSN: Montclair vs Glen Ridge Boys' Swimming Recap
David Eckert, Montclair Sports Network Reporter • January 10, 2023

The Montclair High School boys' varsity swim team beat Glen Ridge High School’s boys' Varsity team by a score of 121-47 on Friday evening. Senior...

MSN: Montclair vs Glen Ridge Girls Swimming Recap
MSN: Montclair vs Glen Ridge Girls' Swimming Recap
David Eckert, Montclair Sports Network Reporter • January 10, 2023

The Montclair High School girls' varsity swim team beat Glen Ridge High School’s girls' varsity swim team by a score of 126-44 on Friday evening. Montclair...

MSN: Montclair vs St. Vincent Academy Girls Basketball Recap
MSN: Montclair vs St. Vincent Academy Girls' Basketball Recap
Josh Solomon, Montclair Sports Network Reporter • January 10, 2023

The Montclair High School Girls' Basketball team had two tremendous back-to-back performances this past Thursday and Friday. First, MHS beat...

MSN: Montclair vs Barringer Girls Basketball Recap
MSN: Montclair vs Barringer Girls' Basketball Recap
Alana Flynn, Montclair Sports Network Reporter • January 9, 2023

The Montclair High School Girls' Basketball team crushed the Barringer Blue Bears this past Thursday by a score of 46-6. The Mounties jumped...

MSN: Montclair vs Kearny Boys Ice Hockey Recap
MSN: Montclair vs Kearny Boys' Ice Hockey Recap
Logan Brown, Montclair Sports Network Reporter • January 9, 2023

The Montclair Varsity Ice Hockey team was looking for a bounce-back game after starting the season 0-3. This would come in the way of a statement...

Mountie Cheer performs a routine at the pep rally.
Record Attendance at 2023 Winter Sports Pep Rally
Leela Ramakrishnan, Staff Writer • February 3, 2023

On Friday afternoon, bracing for a weekend of below-zero wind chill, Montclair High School hosted the 2023 Winter Sports Pep Rally in the presence of the largest crowd so...

What Matters for High Schoolers in a Democracy (A Post-Midterms Rundown)
What Matters for High Schoolers in a Democracy (A Post-Midterms Rundown)
Edie Koehlert, Editor • December 16, 2022

We all know it’s important to vote. The 2020 presidential election made it very clear that in make or break moments, the American people will show up to vote. While increased...

Montclair High offers a shoulder to lean on
Montclair High offers a shoulder to lean on
Lila Kokalas, Staff Writer • December 16, 2022

We all know and love our guidance counselors, however there are more social and emotional support staff at Montclair High School that many students do not know about. For...

Trouble at Mar-a-Lago: Heres what you need to know
Trouble at Mar-a-Lago: Here's what you need to know
Kayla Goldman, Staff Writer • December 14, 2022

The issues at Mar-a-Lago left former president Donald Trump caught in more legal trouble than ever before, and the media is taking advantage of this. The legalities are being...

Lantern Festival for Justice & Remembrance, May 2021. Courtesy of AAPI Montclair.
Through advocacy and celebration, AAPI Montclair builds a unique connection with the community
Leela Ramakrishnan, Staff Writer • December 7, 2022

In the spring of 2021, while the nation was reeling from the horrific shooting of six Asian women in Atlanta, Georgia, an Asian American student in Montclair, New Jersey was...

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Mountie Cheer performs a routine at the pep rally.
Record Attendance at 2023 Winter Sports Pep Rally
Leela Ramakrishnan, Staff Writer • February 3, 2023

On Friday afternoon, bracing for a weekend of below-zero wind chill, Montclair High School hosted the 2023 Winter Sports Pep Rally in the presence of the largest crowd so...

Student and teachers opinions on midterms and finals
Student and teachers opinions on midterms and finals
Neel Ved, Staff Writer • December 16, 2022

This year the midterms and finals will be back at Montclair High School for the first time in over three years. While there are many pros and cons, many teachers differ in...

Trending MHS Club serves up fashion "In Bad Taste"
Ila Bhattacharjee, Staff Writer • June 26, 2022

One of the best things about Montclair High School is its large and diverse variety of student-run clubs, which allow those who attend to engage in stimulating social activities,...

Five students watch a chorus performance in the amphitheater.
Destroying the equation of an A student equals a good student
March 24, 2022

People go to the mall to shop, students go to school to obtain good grades. The lines between earning good grades and acquiring new knowledge are blurred. Society has engraved...

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Addressing the Wounds of Remote Learning
Leela Ramakrishnan and Jordan Sawadogo March 24, 2022

Over the past two years, Montclair students have endured tough and rigorous changes because of the pandemic. These changes have burdened students with various difficulties...

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