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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Iowa City High School
Help Wanted
Features

Greta Stanier | October 20, 2021

Walking down the streets of Iowa City, signs can be found taped up in the windows, each with the same message: Help Wanted. These signs reflect the effects of the nationwide issue, ‘The Great American…

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Iowa Senate Advances Transgender Restroom Ban
News

Emily Martinez | March 9, 2021

Iowa GOP senators recently won an education subcommittee vote in regards to a bill (Senate File 224) that will require all public and private elementary and secondary schools to only allow persons of the…

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The Differences Between Specialized and Multi-Sport Athletes
Sports

Julianne Berry-Stoelzle | February 26, 2021

Many athletes train to get better. They put so much time and effort into their sport because they want to improve, to drop another second or increase their hitting record. They feel pressure from both…

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In the Kitchen
Features

Shoshie Hemley | February 26, 2021

Since the pandemic started in March, many high school students have found themselves with more free time on their hands. Some have made use of this extra time through picking up new skills and hobbies….

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NESTT: New Mental Health Resources at City High
Features

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown | February 22, 2021

With a pandemic, political turmoil, and a different way of going to school, the topic of mental health has been more relevant than ever in the high school community. From increased surveys about the quality…

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Driver’s License “Brakes” Records
Arts & Entertainment

Shoshie Hemley | February 19, 2021

Ivryel Reed ‘21 loves the song “driver’s license,” but she wouldn’t have listened to it if it weren’t for Tik Tok.

“Every other video on my For You Page was people reacting to it, and…

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The Ethics of Your Indie Music Streaming
Arts & Entertainment

Haileigh Steffen | February 19, 2021

Tucked between thick forests of sugar maple trees is the undisturbed town of Ballston Spa. Just twenty-five miles from Albany, the town is surprisingly famous for its size, drawing attention to its historic…

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HUMANIZE MY HOODIE: Behind the Brand
Features

Aala Basheir | February 19, 2021

In the peak of summer 2020, as Black Lives Matter protests were in full swing, many brands began taking an oath to do their part in protecting Black Indigenous people of color. One organization in particular,…

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Two Sides of a Bill
Features

Haileigh Steffen | February 18, 2021

After thirteen years of work, then-5th-grader Izzy Jurgens’s ‘22 single mother, Dee, was fired from her job at a local grocery store. Having already decided to switch career paths because she found…

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GenZ, Social Media, Internet Spaces, and a Pandemic
Features

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown | February 8, 2021

Avery Provorse ‘24 feels like it is easy to get sucked into her phone for hours on end. She ends up procrastinating school work, having trouble paying attention in class, and getting tasks done. This…

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Closest Race in the Nation
News

Rebecca Michaeli | January 22, 2021

The 2020 November election was historic for a number of reasons, and the race to represent Iowa’s second Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives was no different. Mariannette…

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Endometriosis. A vantage point into the silent struggle for women’s health funding
Features

Haileigh Steffen | January 22, 2021

“Around 4 am I woke up because I thought I had a stomach ache. For about an hour, I rolled around trying to ignore the pain, finally, I got up and went to the bathroom for painkillers. As soon as…

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A Different Election
Features

Shoshie Hemley | January 12, 2021

November 2020 has presented a time for historic elections, and not just nationally. On November 6, City High elected two Homecoming Kings for Homecoming royalty for the first time: Joe Bacon ‘21 and…

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The Youth Vote
Features

Shoshie Hemley | January 12, 2021

William Hinton ‘21 was not going to vote. He decided he would walk to Alexander Elementary on the afternoon of November 3 and register at his polling place. Hinton was one of many young people who participated…

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United as One
Sports

Julianne Berry-Stoelzle | January 4, 2021

Teammates train together, compete together, and work together towards a common goal. For high school sports teams, this often means representing their school. However, not all athletes are enrolled in…

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Black Lives Matter: The Fight for Equality in Iowa City
Features

Aala Basheir | October 28, 2020

Part One: The Protests

Raneem Hamad wasn’t surprised by the tear gas.

“I don’t think we’re ever going to forget that night. A lot of people were commenting on how it was a war zone and…

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Political Campaigns: The New Normal
News

Rebecca Michaeli | October 28, 2020

As November 3 approaches, political campaigns are at their highest momentum and intensity. Because of a worldwide pandemic that is unceasing, organizing and encouraging voters to use their voice looks…

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Iowa City Businesses Adapt to the Pandemic
Features

Aala Basheir | October 27, 2020

Living in Iowa City, one might hear the term “support small businesses” used often. With the ongoing pandemic and the recent opening of large corporations downtown, small businesses have expressed…

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@ICCSD: A Space to Share Stories
Features

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown | October 27, 2020

For months, well-designed, color-coordinated, patterned squares flooded City High students’ Instagram feeds; however, the content of these boxes was less pleasing than their aesthetic exterior. All under…

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The Shadow Pandemic
Features

Rebecca Michaeli | October 23, 2020

Trigger warning: domestic abuse

An alarming secondary crisis lurks behind the COVID-19 pandemic most of us are familiar with. The so-called “shadow pandemic” refers to the increase in domestic abuse…

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Climate Stress in Students
Features

Julianne Berry-Stoelzle | May 18, 2020

For Avery Wilson ‘20, living with anxiety is a struggle, but over time, she has developed ways to cope. However,  when it comes to climate change, she can’t talk herself down.

“Climate anxiety…

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Farming Green
Features

Shoshie Hemley | May 18, 2020

Iowa is a state known for farming, leading the nation in corn, soybean, pork, and egg production according to the U.S Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. In 2012, there…

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The Depths of Water Pollution
Features

Julianne Berry-Stoelzle | May 15, 2020

Silvia Secchi often takes walks along the Iowa River with her dog Chiquita. She enjoys the fresh air, and watching the eagles, but also keeps a careful eye out for algae blooms and the water level. She…

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Climate Strikers One Year Later
Features

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown | April 27, 2020

Sitting in class, Alex Howe ‘23, Massimo Biggers ‘23, and Ian Martinez ’23 carefully watched the clock, waiting for the time to come. Walking out of South East Junior High for the first time was…

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The Racism and Economics Behind Climate Change
Features

Cecile Bendera | April 22, 2020

The negative effects of climate change are expected to have a greater impact on lower-income communities, according to a federal report released in 2018. Additionally, these specifically in the United…

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Fitted: How a Mother-Daughter Team Are Stepping Up to help the Medical Supply Shortage
Coronavirus

Haileigh Steffen | April 22, 2020

After the CDC’s encouragement of fabric masks and the current online homemade mask trend, curious retiree Peg Steffen was prompted to make her own in her West Liberty home. Kathryn, her daughter, and…

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How COVID-19 is Affecting the College Recruitment Process
Coronavirus

Julianne Berry-Stoelzle | March 20, 2020

Since the discovery of COVID-19 in December of 2019, the virus outbreak has been deemed both a pandemic by the World Health Organization and a national emergency by President Trump. COVID-19 has led to…

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Walking on Sunshine
Features

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown | March 10, 2020

Reconnecting with your soul. That’s how Amanda Hardy, a psychologist who works at Healing Passages Birth & Wellness Center in Des Moines, describes what it is like to spend time in nature. This is…

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Race in the Classroom
Features

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown | March 9, 2020

Teachers and students often feel as though conversations about race can be difficult to navigate in a classroom environment. However, these discussions can influence students’ views of race and racial…

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“Re-Education Camps” Detaining Uyghur Muslims in China
News

Noah Bullwinkle | March 4, 2020

Buses and cars lay strewn across the street, their windshields crushed into minuscule glass shards. A combination of broken engines billowed black smoke into the air, while armored police shot tear gas…

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Electability and Sexism
Opinions

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown | March 3, 2020

In the 2020 presidential election cycle, American voters have seen a more diverse field of candidates than ever before. Multiple women, people of color, people from different religious backgrounds, and…

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A Little Hawk in Green
Sports

Alison Kenaston | March 3, 2020

The shrill sound of a whistle filled the room, signaling the end of the match. Sophia Strathearn ‘21 released her opponent and rose to her feet. This was only her second official wrestling match, but…

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A Heads up on Concussions
Sports

Julianne Berry-Stoelzle | February 28, 2020

Everyone only has one brain, and protecting that brain can be a challenge. According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, football is the sport with the highest concussion rates followed by…

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Republican Representation
Features

Victoria Weckmann | February 24, 2020

Pew Research Center reports that about 41 percent of Iowans are registered as Republican. According to The Gazette, Johnson County–where Iowa City and City High School are positioned–is arguably…

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Impact of the Caucuses Felt Up and Down the Ballot
News

Shoshie Hemley | February 20, 2020

The caucuses draw national attention to Iowans as presidential candidates tour the state, trying to persuade voters to stand in their corner on February 3. However, while the caucuses are on a national…

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A Gloomy Place
Features

Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos | February 20, 2020

Ann* started smoking marijuana in the winter in junior high. Ann continued to use drugs throughout junior high and high school, eventually she was using hard drugs once a month. What started off as curiosity…

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Teens Question First Iowa Caucus and Democratic Candidates
News

Henry Mildenstein | February 17, 2020

A room bursting with adults shouting and praising their candidates, long lines in her elementary school gym, the mini-caucuses in which she was allowed to participate: When she was a child, Mariam Keita…

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The Power of Makeup
Features

Cecile Bendera | January 13, 2020

In recent years, the makeup community has expanded greatly from what its origins on YouTube in early 2005. It’s spreading onto bigger social media platforms, primarily Instagram and YouTube. But wearing…

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Injury Prevention for Athletes
Showcase

Julianne Berry-Stoelzle | January 7, 2020

A sprained ankle, a broken bone, or a torn muscle all have the ability to put even the best athlete on the sideline. An injury in high school athletics can make a big difference, from sitting out a season…

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Not All Asians Look the Same
Opinions

Emme Perencevich | January 7, 2020

Facial recognition is a vital factor of human interaction. However, there’s one variable that can cause this function to falter. Most commonly referred to as “the cross-race effect” or “own-race…

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Staff Editorial: Dating in High School is Hard. Being Queer Makes it Harder
Opinions

Shoshie Hemley | January 7, 2020

High school is one of the most important times of our lives. It’s where we truly mature and find who we are. It is a turning point between child and adult. One of the most significant milestones in this…

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The Riches of Religion
Opinions

Shoshie Hemley | January 6, 2020

A few weeks ago, I was brought to a superchurch against my will. I was staying with the family friend of a family friend in Chicago. Before we had left that morning, I was told I was going to have “a…

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Staff Editorial: Managing Microaggressions
Opinions

Shoshie Hemley | January 6, 2020

“‘She’s feisty. I like them when they’re feisty,’” City High English teacher Jennifer Brinkmeyer heard as she walked away from a student she was supervising for testing after she asked him…

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One in a Million
Features

Aala Basheir | December 26, 2019

A chronic illness is defined as a disease lasting three months or longer, typically incurable and ongoing. Approximately 133 million people have chronic illnesses in the United States according to the…

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Private School Privilege
News

Victoria Weckmann | December 20, 2019

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 5.8 million students were enrolled in private schools as of 2016.

“I know most of the people in my grade and I like that,” Becky…

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Tiktok Generation
Features

Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos | December 20, 2019

POV: Gen Z downloaded TikTok as a joke. Now dances, audios, and challenges cross borders to unite over 500 million teens, gays, grandmas, teachers, and cosplayers. It also unites people in the lunch line.

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Black students nearly two times as likely to be suspended as white peers in the ICCSD
News

Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos | December 20, 2019

Malcom* was playing with a BB gun. He was with two friends, but they are white, and he is black. They shot at a shed, and then the cops came. Malcom served 17 months and his friends served no time. What…

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Sparkle Brings Equality into Cheer at City High
Sports

Alice Boerner | November 18, 2019

The football team crashes through the City High banner, flanked by Sparkle cheerleaders excitedly waving pom-poms towards the stands. Although often overlooked by the crowd due to the bustle of a home…

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Girl-On-Girl Hate
Features

Alison Kenaston | November 18, 2019

According to Psychology Today, a study which examined why women may be hypercritical of each other, found that they may be more sensitive to social exclusion than men. Therefore, their first response to…

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Navaro Nehring features his puppets in “A Christmas Carol”
Features

Reese Hill | November 18, 2019

Navaro Nehring was six years old when he was given his first marionette puppet. The sophomore behind the puppets in this year’s winter play, “A Christmas Carol,” has had a fascination with the craft…

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