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#61
2019-2020
Distinguished Sites Rank for
Iowa City High School
12
Published Stories for
Iowa City High School
in 2019-2020
#20
2019-2020
Best of SNO Rank for
Iowa City High School
Stories from Iowa City High School
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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Lets Talk Business
Features

Cecile Bendera | November 18, 2019

 City High’s Own Barber

The red and white carpets, the black wood-framed mirrors in place on the clean white walls of the room, and the bright orange-red chairs on the edge of the space—all…

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Eat, Sleep, Derby.
Sports

Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos | November 15, 2019

The smell of sweat fills the air as team members of the Iowa City Bruisers push past their opponents, gaining points to win the match. The team is the only free roller derby team in the world. It includes…

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“Hey Guys”
Features

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown | November 14, 2019

“Oh hey guys,” a friend says as they enter a room. Murmurs of “hi,” “hey,” and “what’s up?” can be heard in response. However, no one objects to the use of the word “guys.” This word,…

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It’s Not All in Your Head: Mental Health in Athletes
Showcase

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown | November 12, 2019

Before the sun has risen, Heidi Stalkfleet ‘22 pulls her goggles down over her eyes and dives into the cold pool. This early morning swim practice is followed by school, another swim practice, homework,…

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A Day in the Life of Identical Twins
Features

Victoria Weckmann | November 11, 2019

According to Very Well Family, 0.45 percent of all pregnancies are identical twins, or about one in every 250 births.

“Most people are really shocked and a lot of people don’t even realize [that…

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To Thine Own Self Be Cruel
Opinions

Reese Hill | November 11, 2019

It is safe to say I have a theatrical personality. I have always been addicted to the unreal: the idea of pretending I am someone I am not, the thrill of donning a costume and transforming entirely. But…

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How Do Students Discuss Depression?
Features

Haileigh Steffen | November 11, 2019

Alison* swung her legs down from her newly painted pastel desk. She smiled to one side.

“I’m in preschool mentally, but physically, I guess I’m in the 10th grade. I don’t know how I got there….

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Close to Home: The Story of Sudan
Features

Mira Bohannan Kumar | November 4, 2019

Warning: This story contains sensitive content, including mentions of violence and sexual assault.
Introduction

Sudanese native and resident of Khartoum Fatma Mohamed, eighteen, remembers when…

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The Vaping Experiment: Are We the Guinea Pigs?
Showcase

Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos | October 10, 2019

Advertisements for e-cigarettes, including JUUL, the e-cigarette which represents 76.1 percent of the market (Nielsen), have been a contentious issue between vaping companies and the federal government….

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Thos Tough
Sports

Lottie Gidal | May 21, 2019

Every morning Thos Trefz writes a quote on the blackboard that hangs over his room. Quotes are all over his Instagram and T-shirts; they are layered throughout his coaching lessons. Any of the runners…

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Plus Sized Fashion
Features

Rachel Meehan | April 5, 2019

Shopping is something everyone should enjoy, but plus sized women are often discriminated against as fashion brands sell baggy clothes that hide their curves or clothes that are too tight on their…

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City Hosts Theme Based Day on MLK’s Last Speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”
News

Mariam Keita | March 19, 2019

City High held a celebration of the life of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. instead of holding regular classes on Friday. Students flocked to a plethora of activities and discussions about Civil Rights…

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What Should I Tell My Doctor?
Features

Zoë Miller | February 27, 2019

Teenagers navigate a sea of choices as they grow up. This includes their healthcare. Some of the different questions teens may face include: Should I see a doctor alone? Should I come out to my doctor?…

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Riding Together
Features

Lottie Gidal | February 25, 2019

To many, horseback riding appears to be a solo sport, but for Alex ‘20 and Rachel Marsh ‘22, quite the opposite is true. Not only do they consider themselves part of a team with their horses, but they…

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On Their Way Up
Sports

Julianne Berry-Stoelzle | January 30, 2019

As the City vs West basketball game neared the end, players, fans and coaches alike were brought back to last March when the same teams went up against each other for the state title. The tension was evident…

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Just Cosplaying Around
Features

Lottie Gidal | January 28, 2019

 The difference between dressing up in a costume on Halloween and dressing up on any other day is that to most the latter seems “odd,” but for Rylee Zuniga ‘19, Josie Frisina ‘19, and a whole…

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Wait…You’re Asian?
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Alison Kenaston | January 22, 2019

When you grow up in a mixed-race household hearing many different languages, eating many different foods, and experiencing many different cultures, even many different religions, you become a blend of…

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Wait…You’re Asian?
Opinions

Alison Kenaston | January 22, 2019

When you grow up in a mixed-race household hearing many different languages, eating many different foods, and experiencing many different cultures, even many different religions, you become a blend of…

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Bringing the Heat
Arts & Entertainment

Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos | January 2, 2019

In a haze of fumes the Capsaicin Bros dice, blend, and sanitize. Heat fills the room. After all the work is done, their product, Death Wish, is what’s left.

Mitchell Wilkes ‘20, Paul Cornell ‘20,…

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Sizing Down
Features

Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos | December 27, 2018

The most common age at which to get a breast reduction surgery is in one’s 20s or 30s, but the never-ending pain is too much for some to take.

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Who Ought To Use the N-Word
Opinions

Mariam Keita | November 16, 2018

Disclaimer: This article contains language that some readers may deem offensive. 

There is no situation in which non-Black people should feel comfortable using the N-word. While I am not here to tell…

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For the Thrill of It
Features

Noah Bullwinkle | November 16, 2018

For Violet*, it started in fifth grade. She and a friend were together on a snow day, and her friend suggested they try smoking marijuana.

“I was like, “Oh, [smoking’s] cool. I’m going to do…

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Frustration with Flooding
News

Phoebe Chapnick-Sorokin | November 14, 2018

Rain has dampened basements, trails and streets in Iowa City all of this Fall. Just as the water has risen, so have people’s frustrations. Beatrice Kearns ‘19 lives in a house with a creek running…

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A Piece of Me
Features

Zoë Miller | November 9, 2018

When Megan Bywater ‘19 was one and a half, she achieved mobility that no one expected. With the help of braces and crutches, she walked for the first time. Since then, she has been exceeding expectations….

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