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Stories from North Allegheny Intermediate High School
I Thought We Could Do Better
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Quinn Volpe | May 11, 2020

When I saw that #BelieveBiden was trending on Twitter, my heart sank.

The party that I have generally supported on many different fronts changed their standpoint from #BelieveAllWomen to #BelieveBiden…

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Bridging the Homework Gap in a Crisis
Coronavirus

Maya Sivakumar | May 7, 2020

As a pandemic rampages across the country, schools are attempting to find new ways to teach the curriculum rather than in a traditional classroom setting. A common way they are doing this is by turning…

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Corrupt Competition Culture #4: I Was Never Like This…
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Claire Majerac | May 5, 2020

Every day I walk into my homeroom hearing different variations of the exact same thing:

How is this funny? It’s your health, first of all, and second, why on earth would you stay up until four…

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Corrupt Competition Culture #2: Shelf Life
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Samantha Podnar | April 21, 2020

Companies spend a great deal of time and money on packaging for their products. An eye-catching design can get consumers to spend their limited budget on a mediocre product, yet people won’t know if…

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COVID-19: Fueling Hatred
Coronavirus

Maya Sivakumar | April 20, 2020

Coronavirus

A new addition to a never-ending list of stereotypes.

A great amount of fear has stemmed from the awakening of this pandemic, and many people find it acceptable to take this frustration…

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Myth Vs. Fact: COVID-19
Coronavirus

Lamees Subeir | April 9, 2020

Will ibuprofen increase my chance of getting COVID-19? Does the virus only affect elders? Can I have COVID-19 without showing symptoms?

Over the past few weeks, there have been many…

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COVID-19 in the US: What Went Wrong
Coronavirus

Dani Benavides | April 2, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc in the United States. Many American lives have been disrupted, not just because of the virus itself, but because of the U.S. government’s incompetence in handling…

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On the Basis of Color
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Zayaan Tirmizi | April 2, 2020

Color. Noun. The property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way the object emits light. We are all captivated by the vibrant colors surrounding us,…

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Kashmir. Not Your Sweater.
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Zayaan Tirmizi | March 25, 2020

Everyone in the student body is somewhat up to date on vaping, stress, domestic politics, or essentially what the most common headlines are that we see day to day. However, in the digital age, there are…

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The Unspoken Truth About Sexual Assault
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Dani Benavides | March 12, 2020

Trigger warning: Mentions of sexual assault and those emotional effects on people.

It always seems impossible, until it happens to you. As only a sophomore in high school, I already have multiple friends…

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Should Refugees Still Be Accepted Into European Countries?
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Zayaan Tirmizi | March 11, 2020

We’ve all seen it. The videos circulating around the Internet of a small Syrian child whose face has been caked with grime and blood, being rejected by the borders of European nations. The refugee crisis…

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Two Cases of Coronavirus Confirmed in Pennsylvania
Coronavirus

Anthony Durzo | March 9, 2020

The killer disease of 2020 has left the whole world on edge, leaving countries in fear of incoming visitors who might have the contagious and deadly virus. The Coronavirus, a disease also known as COVID-19,…

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Past to Present: An Adoption Story
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Chelsea Boyer | February 28, 2020

I was adopted on May 12, 2005. I was found on November 20, 2003, in Taizhou, China. I was adopted when I was about 1 and a half years old. I was said to have been left at a blood bank at birth.  Technically,…

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The Gender Wage Gap is Real
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Quinn Volpe | February 28, 2020

As someone who believes that men and women should be equal, I am able to recognize how far the fight for women’s rights has come. In the last hundred years, women have been granted the right to vote,…

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I Don’t Care.
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Claire Majerac | February 26, 2020

How easy is it to say: “I don’t care”? How easy is it to ignore rude, cruel, and harsh comments from others who in society’s viewpoint, are better than you?

One person who demonstrates this…

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Americanized: Coconut, Vol. 3
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Amsu Yallalacheruvu | February 21, 2020

When someone says coconut, many think of the nut. Coconut can also be an offensive – term to refer to ‘brown’ people or any Indians in general. Being an American citizen who was born in India can be…

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The Problem With “All Lives Matter”
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Quinn Volpe | February 12, 2020

Valuing the lives of people who have experienced discrimination based on the color of their skin does not devalue the lives of people who do not have to deal with this. Saying that Black lives matter does…

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Americanized: “La Gringa”
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Dani Benavides | February 10, 2020

Picture this. You’ve just moved from Utah, a state with a Latinx population of 14%, to Pennsylvania, a state with half the number; specifically 1.5% in Allegheny County.

You’re in Giant Eagle paying…

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Not “Just Hair”: Central Catholic High School Hair Policy
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Dani Benavides | January 21, 2020

Maybe you’ve been recently sent or have seen the Change.org petition link to a trending story in our area. Nearby, Central Catholic High School has seen conflicting opinions as to what the student body…

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Arts & Entertainment

Andrew McLaughlin | January 15, 2020

Riding the wave of popularity from the 2018 documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”, Sony Pictures has created a tribute to the leader of the classic children’s television show that will warm…

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Americanized: “Banana”
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Sally Cho | January 10, 2020

A “banana” is a term used for Asian people who are considered to have abandoned their Asian cultural identity to adopt a Western cultural identity. 

When I was 7, my parents and I left our home…

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The New Normal
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Eva Bellissimo | November 26, 2019

I remember sitting in my room watching YouTube videos one day as any bored teenager would when a completely unrelated video popped up in my suggestions. I clicked on the video because I knew very little…

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A Critical Balance: The Need for School Bus Drivers
News

Andrew McLaughlin | November 20, 2019

We’ve all been there: it’s six-thirty-something in the morning and you’re struggling to stay awake. Sitting at the bus stop, you lift an eyelid to see the school bus flying around the bend, lights…

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Seeking Middle Ground: Abortion
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Quinn Volpe | November 1, 2019

Let yourself imagine that you’re on Instagram back in May of 2019. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has just signed the Human Life Protection Act into law and it will put in place a near-total ban on abortion…

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More Than A Salad
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Dani Benavides | October 31, 2019

“Where do you get your protein from?”

“Isn’t being vegetarian and being vegan pretty much the same thing? Why would you follow that diet?” These are commonly asked questions that vegetarians and…

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Antisemitism: A Year in Review
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Jess Daninhirsch | October 29, 2019

October 27th, 2018. A day that will forever live as a horrible memory in Pittsburgh, Jewish, and American lives.

It has been exactly one year since that day, but I remember it so vividly, as if it were…

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Americanized: Coconut
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Sreeja Yellapragada | October 24, 2019

The label “coconut” is typically used for 1st generation Indians — or really any ‘brown’ people — to showcase one’s home identity on the outside, while looking more culturally “white” on…

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Please Excuse This Interruption…
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Zoë Sage Tracey | October 18, 2019

Why don’t we talk about how we feel for a second.

The silence fills the atmosphere of my class when the intercom beeps to notify the entire school of some message. 

Every time that announcement…

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Adoption: Fact vs. Fiction
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Madyson Cieszynski | October 4, 2019

A little girl was born in a downtown hospital on December 26, 2003. She had about two days with her birth mother before she was handed over to the social worker. To this day, she is still not sure how…

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Never Again? My Take on the Crisis in Sudan
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Lamees Subeir | September 24, 2019

A popular phrase in Holocaust education is “Never Again,” which means to use the tragedy of the Holocaust to try to prevent such an atrocity from ever happening again.  Volumes of books have been…

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How To Have A Civil Political Conversation
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Abigail Gallen | May 24, 2019

We don’t know how to talk to each other anymore. It’s as if the opposing arguments are standing on opposite cliffs, with an enormous valley separating the two. All we can do is yell; and even then, we…

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The Trouble Behind the Trend: Cultural Appropriation and How it Damages A Person’s Identity
Features

Michelle Hwang | April 19, 2019

Cultural appropriation. I’m sure that you’ve heard those words somewhere and sometime before. Whether it be from the “My culture isn’t your  d*mn prom dress” meme, some heavily opinionated…

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Identity Crisis
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Kristen Kinzler | April 18, 2019

Every time someone asks me to describe myself, one of the first words that come to mind is “smart.” It’s not a matter of arrogance or an attempt to brag. It simply feels like a fact– something I,…

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Retracing Our Roots: My Mother’s Journey
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Meghna Behari | March 27, 2019

Stunning silks, savory spices, and a rich history of deep-rooted culture and community. These are all India’s treasured allotropes, symbols for fascinating land and culture that date back hundreds of…

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Born and Raised in Black and Gold
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Kristen Kinzler | February 25, 2019

There’s something that’s kinda funny when you’re a sophomore in a school with kids you’ve pretty much known your whole life. It’s not necessarily a “ha-ha” kind of funny, but rather possesses…

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Perfection Versus Passion: What’s the Purpose?
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Kristen Kinzler | February 6, 2019

It’s the last period of the school day. It’s obvious that every student is tired, bored, and ready to go home. They all slug into the room that’s lit by obnoxious, white fluorescent lights and trudge…

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Continuing the Conversation: Does NA Culture Push Kids Too Far?
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Kristen Kinzler | January 2, 2019

North Allegheny is known for giving its students stellar opportunities. We seem to have the best to offer in sports, arts, and especially academics. With so many honors and AP classes to choose from, students…

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A 15-Year-Old-Girl’s View On Brett Kavanaugh
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Abigail Gallen | December 26, 2018

Every woman in America is furious. And if some are not, they will be. If Brett Kavanaugh is named a Supreme Court Justice, a judge on the highest court of the land, every woman will cry. And every husband,…

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