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Riley O'Brien - News editor

Hi! My name is Riley and it is my first year writing for 42fifty! I am extremely excited for this experience and I cannot wait to share stories. I am involved in news editing but focusing more on sport videos and articles for the website.

Don’t count the days, make the days count.

Senioritis is real, and somehow I had it all four years of high school. I was the kid who begged my mom to leave school early or stay home because I hated going to school. I wish I looked past the long school hours and useless friend group drama, because I missed part of an important chapter of my life that shaped me into who I am today. 

[[SATIRE]] Too much stank: OH needs to close more bathrooms

Despite recent bathroom closures to stop students from vaping in the stalls, Oswego High School students are still given too many opportunities to use the restroom; practically every student has a cigarette in their mouth. 

Built different? Men try guessing feminine products

As a way to spread awareness of women's history month, 42Fifty interviewed men on how well they understood feminine products. We quizzed men on their best understanding of certain products like; eyelash curlers, loofahs, beauty blenders, and more. 

OH starts Valentine’s Day off on the right foot with flash mob

To kick off Valentine's Day, Oswego High School students and teachers participated in the “Cupid Shuffle” at the start of their school day. The school's main hallway near the gym was packed with students and teachers participating in the dance. Karen Ferguson, OHS freshman English and AVID teacher, created the idea of doing the dance on Valentine’s Day and...

Leaving dust bunnies behind in the year of the rabbit

Lanterns hanging over street in Chinatown in Chicago

As we settle into the second month of the new year, the Lunar New Year celebrations have come to an end. With 2023 being the year of the rabbit, many people go into the new year not knowing what this signifies and the culture behind this Chinese holiday.