The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Bellaire High School
A look back on Ramadan: students share experiences balancing work, tradition
Features

Jason Deng | May 10, 2022

The crescent moon determines when they fast. Their belief in Allah reaffirms why they fast. But, most of all, their joint struggles define who they are when they fast.

Every year, 2 billion people distance…

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‘At the end of the day, we are all people’
News

Heldana Yacob | May 4, 2022

In honor of the Day of Silence last Friday, students showed their support of the LGBTQIA+ community by wearing masks and stickers passed out and organized by the Gay-Straight Alliance club.

“The…

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The fastest show in the world: student shares journey to becoming an F4 racer
Sports

Rohan Parikh | April 13, 2022

He sits in the open-wheel race car with its distinct open cockpit and halo trying to extract the most from the machinery under him. The vibration of the tires against the track rattle the entire car, and…

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Varsity tennis player founds coaching organization
Sports

Ariana Castañeda | March 30, 2022

The sparkle in a kid’s eye.

Their crooked smiles.

The joy radiating off of them.

Despite the obstacles he has faced, those moments make everything worth it for him.

Last summer, sophomore…

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Student resellers share business experiences, advice
Features

Corinthiann St. Andry | March 23, 2022

Reselling apps like Depop, Poshmark, Vinted and Mercari have grown tremendously over the years. Depop’s sales have increased by 80 percent from 2017 to 2020. Resellers can sell their old clothing, jewelry,…

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It only takes one yes
Sports

Cambry Gerardi | February 9, 2022

For many athletes at Bellaire, competing at the highest level possible has been a dream of theirs since they were kids. Nearly eight million students currently participate in high school athletic programs…

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‘We’re overlooked sometimes, I wish people knew more of us’
Sports

Ariana Castañeda | January 21, 2022

As she steps up to the gym floor ready to toss the flagpole, the October winds betray her; the swift breeze over-rotates the flag and hits her head. Seconds later, she loses consciousness.

In autumn…

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‘I never got to say goodbye’
Features

Alexa Bu | January 13, 2022

He grabs his keys and runs toward his car. He needs to get home as quickly as possible. All he wants to do is say goodbye to a child he and his wife had been fostering for three months. Thirty minutes…

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Omicron causes long lines, delayed tests, student absences
News

Nabila Wilson | January 13, 2022

There were around 100 students absent every day before winter break, according to attendance clerk Amy Gayosso. On Jan. 3, the first day back, there were 570 absences. That’s about 15 percent of the…

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Students spend three times longer on homework than average, survey reveals
Features

Sonya Kulkarni | January 11, 2022

As ‘finals week’ rapidly approaches, students not only devote effort to attaining their desired exam scores but make a last attempt to keep or change the grade they have for semester one by making…

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Senior reaches homeless, foster girls through Foster Box
Features

Karis Chen | December 13, 2021

Senior Catrina Coe steps into the Freedom Place shelter, immediately aware of the eerie stillness surrounding her. Similar to every other time she has stepped inside of this shelter, Coe is engulfed by…

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Fnan taught me to ‘never give up’
Features

Alexa Bu | December 7, 2021

While running from the cops, a driver killed Bellaire alum Fnan Measho while he was working as a valet on Oct. 1 at Prospect Park. Measho was a college freshman at the University of Houston and the breadwinner…

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An underequipped clinic’s fight against COVID: ‘It’s a wonder we have not died.’
Features

Amy Park | November 12, 2021

A solitary chair sits in the hallway outside of room 1733, a small space that doubles as school nurse Chanthini Thomas’ clinic. Three air filters are placed throughout the room, bought by Thomas herself….

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Jewish students and faculty frustrated by HISD calendar
Features

Sara Wolf | October 20, 2021

Steffanie Alter, AP Literature and Advanced English II teacher, takes a break from grading papers after Rosh Hashanah. She peers across the room to the clock on her wall and realizes it is way past when…

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Bellaire’s Selfless Servant
Features

Ricky Kai | May 27, 2021

The wailing of her baby wakes her up. In the pitch black, she navigates through the mess of her bedside desk to find her phone. It’s 5 a.m. 

The crying comes from her second child, whose whining…

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Senior opens up about growing up without a father
Features

Malaika Suleman | May 11, 2021

After her father missed her sixth birthday, Ligoriana Dillon’s life changed forever.

A happy, normal little girl living with her mom and dad in their apartment, Dillon’s life took a turn when her…

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Power outages, snow force sophomore to camp out in nearby synagogue
Features

Sonya Kulkarni | March 31, 2021

Pulling on her snow boots and beanie, sophomore Nava Teller sprinted out of her apartment and was met with a crisp gust of air. Her front yard was blanketed in a polar-white sheet of snow and the wind…

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Students experience mixed emotions during cold weather and week-long power outage
News

Ricky Kai | March 22, 2021

The monotonous tone from the engine of the car lulled her half to sleep, and it was only after an hour when she realized her phone was fully charged. In the car she bundled up in two blankets and four…

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Students reflect on March 12, one year since normal school
News

Mizuki Kai | March 15, 2021

Like every other junior that day, Claire Claypool attended her usual classes on March 12, 2020 — English with Ms. Humphrey, US History with Ms. Good and French with Ms. Florian — not knowing that that…

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Student working 54-hour-week finds balance between working and living life
Features

Maria G. Perez | March 2, 2021

Noon is the busiest time of day for senior Lizbeth Gonzalez. She greets guests, seats them, manages seating charts and responds to requests, all while thinking about her next math test. 

Two years…

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Bullet journaling: a new way to stay organized
Arts & Entertainment

Zaid Ali | February 25, 2021

English teacher Gretchen Bonnes draws a line to indicate the start of a new day. Each week, she decides to use one color pen for her bullet journal. This week, she chose purple.

Using the blank pages…

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College application process leads seniors down different path
Features

Mizuki Kai | February 25, 2021

Senior Ashley Barahona drags herself out of bed at 8:30 a.m. and joins her classes in the dining room, right next to her 12-year-old sister Giselle, a student at the Energized for Excellence Academy. 

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Debate student creates activist Instagram account
Features

Pallavi Gorantla | February 23, 2021

Her Instagram account boasts 2,500 followers. She posts every two to three days, spending up to an hour to create each post. Each of her posts focuses on a current event, from transgender rights to The…

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Community remembers Cesar Cortes one year later
News

Sonya Kulkarni | February 15, 2021

Jan. 13 marked the first anniversary of the fatal school shooting that claimed the life of beloved Bellaire student Cesar Cortes. In commemoration of the tragic day, parents, teachers and students attended…

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