The Pioneer Optimist

Huron, Skyline and Forsythe to temporarily move online due to staff shortages caused by illness
Huron, Skyline and Forsythe to temporarily move online due to staff shortages caused by illness
Clare Hong, Editor in Chief

Due to high levels of illness causing staff absences, Skyline and Huron high schools and Forsythe Middle School will temporarily move to online instruction tomorrow,...

Many Pioneer students have questioned the benefits of the school dress code.
Pioneer’s ‘controversial’ dress code has students speaking out against sexism in schools
Ava Walker, Feature Editor

Recent conflict with the Pioneer dress code has caused a number of students to call...

Due to the development of mold in the theaters, Pioneer musical ensembles have had to relocate.
Mold discovered in Schreiber and Little Theater disrupts music department and PTG
Ari Jacob and Clare Hong

Mold discovered in the Schreiber Auditorium and the Little Theater has forced their...

Twenty-three Pioneer students were named National Merit semifinalists for the 2021-22 school year.
National Merit Semifinalists announced
Optimist Staff

Twenty-three Pioneer students qualified for the National Merit Scholarship, the highest...

The official list of spirit week themes.
Official spirit week themes released after miscommunication from Student Council
Aaron J. Puno, Staff Writer

Following a raunchy gaffe including inappropriate themes and confusion, the Pioneer...

Changes in bus routes and child care services have left families upset about the districts decisions.
Fiery debates continue to flare in the new school year over AAPS decisions regarding childcare and busing
Ari Jacob, News Editor

  With the dual complication of the Covid-19 pandemic and a labor shortage...

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Inside the cafeteria, students crowd around tables with seats just seven inches apart, nowhere near the six feet recommended by the Center for Disease Control.
Pioneer and AAPS must improve COVID safety protocols
Jonah Botkin, Staff Writer

Aug. 27 saw the return of students to Pioneer High School, many after an 18-month hiatus. And while the...

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Oscars 2021: a step in the right direction?
Lulu Zhang, News Editor

The Oscars Awards ceremony has always been a landmark event in the film-making industry. In fact, the...

My experience living in Ann Arbor as a student with conservative views
My experience living in Ann Arbor as a student with conservative views
Danika Miller, Staff Writer

It seems like I've been living here in Ann Arbor for my whole life, but the reality of it is that it's...

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Why the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should not have been paused
Lily Babicky, Staff Writer

On April 13th, the CDC recommended a pause in the use of the J&J vaccine due to reports of 6 individuals...

The U.S. should stay closed–at least for now
The U.S. should stay closed–at least for now
Solomon Bernstein, Staff Writer

As we pass the one year mark since our country was shut down, controversy still remains over how to best...

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For two months, the PTG cast has been rehearsing in the orchestra room with the closure of the Pioneer theaters.
PTG's 'Les Miserables' delayed a second time due to theater and COVID setbacks
Rachel Lewis, Entertainment Editor

Pioneer Theater Guild has postponed the production of Les Miserables from November...

“Shang-Chi has some of the most exciting action scenes that Marvel has had in a long time, and it’s more than just people throwing punches at each other.”
"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings": A fresh addition to the Marvel universe
E.V. Bowden-Dykehouse, Staff Writer

“Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings”, the latest installment in the Marvel...

Most movie theaters shut down in March of 2020. However, many are now seeing somewhat of a return to normalcy.
Movie theaters reopen after COVID-19 pandemic
Zubaidah Al-Maawi, Staff Writer

Emma Powell, a senior at Pioneer High School, recalls her enjoyment of going to the...

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'Designated Survivor' is an applaud-worthy show of moderate dramatization and gusto
Solomon Bernstein, Staff Writer

Designated Survivor, which ran from 2016-2019 and starred Kiefer Sutherland, is a...

Blown Away: A Netflix show with a fitting title
'Blown Away': A Netflix show with a fitting title
Rachel Lewis, Staff Writer

In recent years, the popularity of reality competition shows has skyrocketed....

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How new transfer rules will change college sports as we know it
Ben Jakabcsin, Sports Editor

Welcome to the new age of college football and basketball. Starting this offseason the NCAA has passed a free one-time transfer rule, meaning that players...

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