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The Berne Union Orbital is written and produced by Mrs. Destadio’s Journalism class, a group of students in the 10th through 12th grade. Students publish monthly articles with information about activities in the High school, trending social media topics and the latest news around the world. The class also produces weekly video announcements to update students on news from the school and in the world. Videos are posted to the Youtube channel, BU Launchpad.



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Feelings About Quarantine Learning
This year has definitely been a crazy year, from being stuck in the house, having to wear a mask everywhere, and kids not being able to have a normal school year. Although we have been given the green light to go back to school on October 5th it is still not going to be like normal.
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XC in Covid Season
Cross Country meets in 2020 are different than in years past; Covid safety regulations have limited Berne Union to participating in small meets (not exceeding 4 teams) exclusively as opposed to the large invitationals that they would have attended in previous years. When asked how it feels to not run in large invitationals Wes Nye said, “Personally, I find it more mentally challenging to keep your desired pace at a smaller meet compared to an invitational.
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Back to School
School is returning to full-time in-person classes on October 5. With school being online since March, we have gotten used to the routine of waking up at 8:30 in our pajamas and getting on Zoom. That's about to change. We will have to wake up early, look nice, worry about keeping our masks on all day, and practice social distancing.
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Changes in Sports
As we all know 2020 has definitely been a year of uncertainty. With the outbreak of the coronavirus most things we have taken for granted have drastically changed. Arguably one of the most talked about in America is sports. There have been countless postponements, cancellations, and changes made at all levels of athletics.
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The Lancaster Black Lives Matter Protests from Their Perspective
This year, on May 25th, George Floyd (from Minnesota) tragically died at the hands of a police officer. Since then, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has been working in full force for change and reform. This has sparked protests all over the world. Many of the protests have been huge with thousands of people but there are also a ton of small, local protests as well.
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Digging Deeper: Social Media
How often do you find yourself checking your phone throughout the day? When you check it, do you log on to a social media app? If the answer is yes, you are among the 70% of Americans who check at least one social media app a day (PewResearch.org). This percentage has risen steadily over the years, and in the midst of a pandemic, internet and social media usage has skyrocketed.
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The Life and Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
In the Jewish culture they leave stones instead of flowers to memorialize someone they have lost; unlike flowers, stones are immortal like the memory of their loved one. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s memory will be immortal to the world: the Supreme Court Justice and crusader of women's rights will forever be a part of the United States history.
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