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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

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Squid Game: A hit on the charts and in American hearts
Arts & Entertainment

Olivia Payne | October 20, 2021

Our favorite childhood games have been reincarnated in Squid Game but with a new deadly twist. Squid Game premiered on Netflix on September 17 and is now the number one series in the world. It is now on…

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Scrolling too fast: how TikTok accelerates fast fashion
Features

Isabel Bequer | October 12, 2021

It’s no secret that the internet moves at the speed of light. Topics of conversation and interest are constantly changing, not only from day to day but from hour to hour. The app Tiktok is especially…

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“Trash” TV: What Makes Reality TV So Appealing?
Arts & Entertainment

Winsome Storm | October 8, 2021

The Bachelor. Dance Moms. The Real Housewives.

All of these programs are popular TV shows–and known for being categorized as “trash TV.” The term “trash TV” is often used to describe reality…

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Award Shows and the Exploitation of Celebrity Death (OPINION)
Opinions

Isabel Bequer | May 4, 2021

The 2021 Oscars had many notable changes from years past, including a shorter guest list, smaller red carpet, and pre-recorded musical performances to accommodate for Covid-19. However, the ceremony also…

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Derek Chauvin: The Importance of his Guilty Verdict (PODCAST)
Audio

Emara Sáez | May 4, 2021

In this episode of “Achona: Beyond the Articles,” members of the Achona Online staff — Editor-in-Chief Adriana James-Rodil, Managing Editor Emara Saez, Sophomore Staff Writer Raquelle Elson, and Sophomore…

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Corporate Activism Harms Real Activism and Sets Back Actual Movements (OPINION)
Opinions

Emara Sáez | April 21, 2021

Following the wave of restrictive voting laws that have been sweeping the country, companies like Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and Delta have come out declaring their opposition to infringing on the voting rights…

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Contradicting Takes on Education in Florida
News

Emara Sáez | March 30, 2021

Florida’s Bright Futures scholarship program has covered tuition fees for thousands of Florida students — either 75% or 100% of tuition and fees at any Florida state university or college, based entirely…

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Name Recognition Allows Big Companies to Make Mediocre Content
Arts & Entertainment

Isabel Bequer | March 26, 2021

“Wandavision,” Marvel’s most recent release, has sparked the internet and general public’s interest, with many praising the show’s unique premise, creative storytelling, and genuine characters…

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Federal Judges Deserve More Protection as an Increase in Threats Leave Them Susceptible to Danger (EDITORIAL)
Opinions

Adriana James-Rodil | March 19, 2021

College Sophomore, 20 year-old, Daniel Anderl was cleaning the basement after his birthday party with his mom, U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas, and his dad, Mark Anderl, until they heard someone…

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The Need for Toy Inclusivity (OPINION)
Opinions

Maddie Glaum | March 16, 2021

After nearly 70 years, over 100 million sales, an induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame, a TV show, a few Super Bowl commercials, and a supporting role in “Toy Story”, the reign of Hasbro’s beloved…

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True Crime Interest Leads to Insensitivity
Opinions

Isabel Bequer | March 3, 2021

The true crime genre is incredibly popular and spans across many media types. Movies, books, and podcasts are all forms of entertainment often used by amateurs and professionals alike to convey narratives…

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The “Eat Local” Paradox (OPINION)
Opinions

Maddie Glaum | March 3, 2021

Enjoy local favorites. Support small businesses. Eat local. Says the companies driving the locals out of business.

The pandemic continues, and with it the closure and capacity changes of many restaurants…

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Shining Light: Tackling Stereotypes and Misconceptions about the Hispanic Experience
Opinions

Olivia Martinez | February 18, 2021

You are Hispanic? Why do you not have an accent? Are you actually Hispanic? You are not very curvy? If you are Hispanic, why are you not tan? Are you legal? Are your parents legal?

Many times people…

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Indictment of Former Michigan State Officials Further Exposes Discrepancies in the Criminal Justice System Between the Rich and Poor (EDITORIAL)
Opinions

Adriana James-Rodil | February 4, 2021

Six-year old Jaylon Wakes went from an involved school student to a hysterical one the following school year. It was then announced in 2015 that his neighborhood drinking and bathing water which he had…

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Puerto Rico’s Infrastructure and Economic Crisis May Result in the Island’s Permanent Ruin if not Addressed Soon (EDITORIAL)
Opinions

Adriana James-Rodil | January 26, 2021

Cracks in the walls and destroyed buildings are occasional and frequent sites for the habitants of Ponce and Guyanilla in Puerto Rico — where I visited my family this past Christmas break. Driving through…

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What Defines American Culture?
Arts & Entertainment

Maddie Glaum | January 21, 2021

What comes to mind when one thinks of American culture?

For writer and director Lee Issac Chung, it’s the pursuit of the American dream — prosperity, freedom, and individuality for all. As the son…

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The Lethality of Racialized Media Coverage (OPINION)
Opinions

Maddie Glaum | January 11, 2021

Loner. Mentally-ill. Victim.

These were the words chosen to describe Anthony Quinn Warner, the perpetrator of Nashville’s recent RV bombing.

Warner, a 63-year-old white resident of Antioch Tennessee,…

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Netflix’s “The Prom” Stuns for its Musical Numbers and Impact
Arts & Entertainment

Adriana James-Rodil | December 18, 2020

On Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, the Netflix film “The Prom” was released, which is an adaptation of the Broadway musical “The Prom” that debuted in 2018. The adaptation was directed by Ryan Murphy —…

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Are Kids Ready for a Conversation About Race?
Features

Maddie Glaum | December 15, 2020

How young is too young for children to discover the grim reality of racism? With the year we’ve had, it’s been almost impossible to keep them in the dark.

2020 has been progressive in all forms…

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Where are the Female Comedians? (EDITORIAL)
Arts & Entertainment

Adriana James-Rodil | December 11, 2020

As Maddy Bye, one-half of the comedy duo Siblings, was distributing flyers for her show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival,  one woman expressed interest in attending, yet said her boyfriend believes women…

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Election Incites In-fighting Among Progressive and Moderate Democrats
News

Emara Sáez | November 20, 2020

In the aftermath of the 2020 election, the Democratic party faced serious losses in the House of Representatives, having lost seven seats, and fumbling Senate races in key states, despite going into the…

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What Does Sustainable Fashion Really Mean?
Opinions

Maddie Glaum | November 13, 2020

Fashion, in its eternal evolution, is never stationary, and neither is the way it’s consumed. Sixty years ago, the average American spent over ten percent of their income on clothing, purchasing fewer…

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Millennial Literature: “Conversations with Friends” Review
Arts & Entertainment

Chloe Mintz | November 4, 2020

I’d fallen in love with “Normal People” (both the novel and the televised adaptation) at the height of quarantine.

As one would expect, mandated isolation had begun to take its toll. I’d missed…

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Borat and the Comedic Guise of Activism
Arts & Entertainment

Maddie Glaum | November 3, 2020

We live in an era of change. American culture is categorized by civil rights activism and political correctness — racist remarks, sexist ideals, and pedophilic intentions do not fly in the way they…

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“The Trial of the Chicago 7”: Why the Whole World Should Be Watching
Arts & Entertainment

Adriana James-Rodil | October 21, 2020

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” — a Netflix film written and directed by Academy Award Winner Aaron Sorkin — was released on Oct. 16, 2020, and stars Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden, Alex Sharp as Rennie…

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The STEM Stigma Among High School Girls
Features

Maddie Glaum | October 9, 2020

Girls can do it… right?

Thankfully, the social disparity between men and women is not as prominent today as it once was. In every societal aspect, there is a push to level the playing field between…

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Late-Night Left: The Cost of Being Political
Arts & Entertainment

Maddie Glaum | September 30, 2020

In an era characterized by fear and worry, many Americans find comfort in television as a lighthearted sanctuary from everyday life. And with late-night talk shows hosting over 8 million national viewers…

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Travis Scott Burger Exposes Celebrity Influence
Arts & Entertainment

Maddie Glaum | September 23, 2020

A week after its release, McDonald’s new Travis Scott Meal has reached unexpected heights: so successful is the new collaboration between rapper Travis Scott and the fast-food corporation that shortages…

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The Dangers of Gender Reveal Parties: From Wildfire to Plane Crashes
Opinions

Anika Schmid | September 17, 2020

A wildfire was started on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 10:23 AM at the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa. It was caused by a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device set off at a gender reveal party. Due to the Santa…

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Machismo: Toxic Masculinity Within Hispanic Culture
Features

Emara Sáez | September 2, 2020

Violence against women has surged in Latin America; Mexico, in particular, has seen an unprecedented amount of femicides and crimes against women. Violent offenses against women have increased by 7.7%…

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Coronavirus Calls U.S. To Treat Healthcare As Human Right (EDITORIAL)
Coronavirus

Mei Lamison | May 13, 2020

Since the initial COVID-19 outbreak in January of this year, at least 1.32 million United States citizens are known to have been infected with the virus, resulting in over 78,000 deaths. What is more horrifying,…

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#PonleAcento U.S.A. (OPINION)
Opinions

Adriana James-Rodil | April 8, 2020

On Mon., March 30, we — Multimedia Editor Adriana James-Rodil and Junior Staff Writer Emara Sáez — were in Advanced Placement Spanish class when we watched a video about the “Ponle Acento” campaign,…

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How Will We Remember COVID-19? (PODCAST)
Coronavirus

Mei Lamison | March 31, 2020

This episode of Achona: Beyond the Article is being submitted to the NPR Student Podcast Challenge and is, therefore, shorter than usual.

Editor-in-Chief Mei Lamison, Senior Staff Writers Casey Martin…

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COVID-19 Is No Excuse For Racism (EDITORIAL)
Coronavirus

Mei Lamison | March 27, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 has created global anxiety as the virus has taken over our news cycle, consumed our thoughts, and controlled our daily lives. While fear is an obvious and expected consequence,…

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The Anguish of Angels: How our country’s system fails to protect abused children
Opinions

Georgia Ruffolo | March 19, 2020

Since the release of Netflix’s most recent true crime docuseries, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez, audiences were shown not only the horrors and inhumane treatment of the 8-year-old during the six month…

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Why Americans Should Fund a Partial Basic Income (OPINION)
Opinions

Emara Saez | February 25, 2020

What would you do if the government gave you $1000 monthly? What would it enable you to do? While this idea may seem far-fetched, its implementation may soon become a reality. After all, the popularity…

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M.M. LaFleur Supports Female Politicians
Features

Hope Joffray | February 24, 2020

In a primarily male-dominated field, a female politician’s appearance plays a significant role in the success of their campaigns. Unfortunately, there seems to be a common fear among female politicians…

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Why Are Younger Generations Turning Away From the News?
News

Mei Lamison | February 11, 2020

The Senate’s impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump, the third presidential impeachment in United States history, closed last week. Despite the event’s historical importance, few tuned in to watch.

During…

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The Real Taylor Swift: “Miss Americana”
Arts & Entertainment

Adriana James-Rodil | February 5, 2020

Miss Americana is rated TV-MA; It contains bad language and addresses serious topics, yet it is beneficial for people in high school and beyond to watch.

On Jan. 31, Singer-Songwriter Taylor Swift released…

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Why Tracking Apps Are More Harmful Than Helpful (OPINION)
Opinions

Emara Saez | January 31, 2020

In the past few years, location sharing apps – such as Life 360, MamaBear, and Find My Friends- have gained popularity among parents wishing to track their children’s whereabouts at all times. Typically,…

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Puerto Rico: A Small, but Strong Island (OPINION)
Opinions

Adriana James-Rodil | January 17, 2020

Beginning on Dec. 28, 2019, with a M 4.7 earthquake, the residents of Puerto Rico have felt multiple earthquakes and aftershocks for the past several weeks. While in Puerto Rico visiting family in December…

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All that Glitters isn’t Gold: The Effects of Political Advocation from Hollywood
Arts & Entertainment

Georgia Ruffolo | January 16, 2020

A night dedicated to honoring and acknowledging the best films, TV shows, actors and actresses of 2019 also welcomed the advocation of current pressing social issues such as climate change, abortion rights,…

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Review and Impact of Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women”
Arts & Entertainment

Adriana James-Rodil | December 20, 2019

“Little Women” is not set to release in theaters until December 25, yet Multimedia Media Editor Adriana James-Rodil and Contributing Staff Writer Amelia Cuttle saw a Sony Advanced Screening of the…

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The Impact and Influence of Shoegaze
Arts & Entertainment

Sydney Wills | December 16, 2019

Known for building cosmic, almost neo psychedelic walls of celestial sound, shoegaze is a subgenre of indie and alternative rock that emerged in the UK in the 1980s. Shoegaze is often referred to as “dream…

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Do Academy Students Perceive Discipline Differently with Male and Female Teachers?
Features

Adriana James-Rodil | December 4, 2019

Discipline in school and students’ perceptions towards it has evolved throughout the centuries from enforcing corporal punishment to suspensions, expulsions, and simple lectures. For instance, during the…

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The Truth Behind Chick-fil-A
News

Mei Lamison | November 13, 2019

Chick-fil-A, the third largest grossing restaurant chain in America, has once again sparked attention in the media for their anti-LGBTQ history. Two critical tweets accusing the company of ties to anti-gay…

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Female Empowerment Through the Experimental Pop Revolution
Arts & Entertainment

Sydney Wills | November 12, 2019

It’s no matter of opinion that when it comes to the music industry, women are underrepresented and often times, belittled. People most often associate female musicians with the genre of traditional pop,…

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A Cultural Cri— TL;DR (OPINION)
Opinions

Chloe Mintz | October 30, 2019

Be honest. Can you correctly identify both the author and the corresponding work of the following quote? 

“Stay gold, Ponyboy.” 

To those of you who are familiarized with this novel, bravo. You…

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The Effects Modern Technology has on Spelling
Features

Adriana James-Rodil | October 28, 2019

With the invention of modern technology, traditional ways of writing essays and assignments have transitioned from paper to laptop. Academy of the Holy Names is recognized as an Apple Distinguished School…

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Why Trisha Paytas’ New Video Is So Detrimental To The Trans Community (OPINION)
Opinions

Sydney Wills | October 18, 2019

Trisha Paytas is a 31 year old American media personality who embodies every argument that is used to denounce social media and discredit social media influencers. Since her YouTube career began in 2013,…

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