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Onur Toper

Onur Toper, Staff Writer

My name is Onur Toper and I am a senior at Saint Joseph High School. I am an ICU volunteer, Captain of my school's tennis team, and participate in other activities in and outside of school. I'm excited to be a part of this new chapter of student journalism at Saint Joe!

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks at a White House Press Briefing in the Brady Briefing Room on Friday, April 9.

Pete Buttigieg takes questions at White House Briefing

Onur Toper, Staff Writer
April 21, 2021

A little over two months into his tenure as Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg is playing a vital role in promoting one of President Biden’s most...

President Biden holds his first news conference as President in the East Room of the White House.

Biden reaches 100 million vaccine goal 42 days early, nation largely supports his handling of pandemic

Onur Toper, Staff Writer
March 29, 2021

Less than 60 days into his presidency, Joseph R. Biden Jr. has shattered his goal of 100 million vaccine doses in 100 days, pushing the nation closer to...

Mike Schmuhl at the Pete for America Headquarters in South Bend. Photo: Lyndon French

Organizer-In-Chief: How Mike Schmuhl ascended to the national stage

Onur Toper, Staff Writer
February 18, 2021

Mike Schmuhl is no stranger to being the underdog.  Over his 11 years in American politics, the Saint Joseph graduate has organized mayoral, congressional,...

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How diverse is Saint Joe? Here’s the data.

Onur Toper, Staff Writer
February 9, 2021

        Data provided by Mr. Derwent and Mr. Dillon. 

Mr. Reynolds poses outside his classroom in the Social Studies wing.

The resolute rise of Mr. Reynolds

Onur Toper, Staff Writer
February 8, 2021

111 miles southeast of Saint Joseph High School lies the town of Ossian, Indiana, a self-described “family-centered” community of roughly 3,700 people...

Joseph R. Biden Jr. sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the United States Capitol.

Joe Biden sworn in as 46th President of the United States

Onur Toper, Staff Writer
February 5, 2021

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on January 20th, ending the unprecedented 4-year term of Donald Trump...

Pete Buttigieg answers questions at his confirmation hearing on January 21, 2021.

Senate Confirms Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary

Onur Toper, Staff Writer
February 2, 2021

Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg was confirmed as Secretary of Transportation Tuesday afternoon, elevating the former South Bend Mayor to a Cabinet position...

Senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. (Photo: Ossoff campaign)

Ossoff and Warnock win Georgia, clinching Democratic Senate Control

Onur Toper, Staff Writer
January 27, 2021

Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock were elected to the United States Senate on January 6, concluding a race to the finish that garnered national attention...

A mob of protesters storm the Capitol on the day Congress votes to certify the election.

Terrorists invade the Capitol

Onur Toper, Staff Writer
January 24, 2021

In an unprecedented and deplorable event on January 6th, terrorists invaded the United States Capitol, damaging the shrine of American democracy.  What...

Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks in Wilmington, Delaware on December 16th after being nominated to serve as Transportation Secretary. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/AP

Saint Joe standout Pete Buttigieg nominated to be Transportation Secretary

Onur Toper, Staff writer
December 17, 2020

If I had told you a couple years ago that the winner of the 2020 Iowa Caucus and a future presidential cabinet member went to Saint Joe, would you have...

Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen nominated to be Treasury Secretary as Biden rolls out Cabinet picks

Onur Toper, Staff Writer
December 10, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden has begun to shape his Cabinet over the past several weeks with important positions being announced to the American people.  Notably,...

President-elect Joe Biden. (Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

Biden and Harris begin Presidential Transition

Onur Toper, Staff Writer
December 7, 2020

With Joe Biden winning the 2020 election, the presidential transition process has begun--but not with 100% cooperation.  Incumbent President Donald...

President-Elect Joe Biden at a Campaign event (Photo: Brian Synder/Reuters)

Joe Biden Elected 46th President of the United States

Onur Toper, Staff Writer
November 20, 2020

After four long days of vote-counting across the country, the 2020 presidential election was finally called for Joe Biden Saturday morning.  The former...

The Electoral College Map (Photo: ABC News)

Biden nears 270 to win the Presidency; Trump falsely claims widespread voter fraud

Onur Toper, Staff Writer
November 15, 2020

2020 has been far from normal and Tuesday’s presidential election reflected just that.  With mail-in voting at an all-time high and a nation battling...

People wait in line to vote (Photo: AP)

Where to vote in Saint Joseph County

Onur Toper, Staff Writer
October 31, 2020

Less than 4 days remain until the November 3rd general election. This year’s public health challenges have posed obvious barriers to voting for some;...

2020 Election Preview

Onur Toper, Staff Writer
October 25, 2020

The twists and turns of 2020 have cancelled plenty of events this year; but one thing remains intact: the November 3rd general election.  With less...

Kate Bellia Commits

Onur Toper, Staff Reporter
October 25, 2020

Judge Amy Coney Barrett (Photo: Reuters)

South Bend native Amy Coney Barrett nominated to Supreme Court

Onur Toper, Staff Writer
October 11, 2020

Over the past 18 months, South Bend, Indiana has gained national attention because of our former Mayor beginning a bid for the presidency. International...

Photo: AP

Vice Presidential Debate Recap

Onur Toper, Staff writer
October 9, 2020

Kamala Harris and Mike Pence faced off in the first and only Vice Presidential Debate Wednesday night. The candidates took the stage in the final push...

New Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Wang

Onur Toper, Staff Writer
September 20, 2020

Ms. Hillary Wang has come to Saint Joseph High School as the new Chinese Teacher, teaching Chinese I, II, and III. Her experience with the language is...

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