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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from North Allegheny Senior High School
Opinion: It’s Not Just a Joke
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Aris Pastor | June 2, 2022

With the growth of the internet has come a new wave of fascism, a phenomenon that has been noted by journalists, YouTube personalities, and authors alike. The increasing popularity of online authoritarian…

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Opinion: Preserving the Public Conversation
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Sam Podnar | May 26, 2022

On March 25th, Elon Musk took to Twitter to broadcast a poll.

“Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy,” he wrote. “Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle?”

In…

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To the Rescue
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Anthony Durzo | May 4, 2022

While the majority of North Allegheny students were relaxing during their spring break last month, NASH senior and member of the Peebles District Volunteer Fire Company Luke Gunnett helped save the life…

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Tried, Tested, Untrusted
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Sam Podnar | April 25, 2022

In May of 2019, the College Board made a controversial announcement. It unveiled the Environmental Context Dashboard, colloquially known as the adversity score, to address widespread racial and socioeconomic…

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Hanging by a Thread
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Sophie Lu | April 21, 2022

A Costly Bargain

Spring has officially sprung, and along with the blossoming flowers and trees, the runways and catwalks are also sprouting with new fashions galore. But the climate in which these…

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A Different Path
Features

Michelle Hwang | April 20, 2022

Spring is here, arriving with some much-needed color in Pittsburgh’s grayscale environment, allergy season, and a load of fresh beginnings–many in the form of decisions about the future. 

It is…

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A Vivisection of Visual Effects
Arts & Entertainment

Aris Pastor | April 18, 2022

Animatronics. Cardboard models. Makeup. All of these are deeply emblematic of the history of practical effects in movies, especially in science fiction and fantasy. Throughout television and movie history,…

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Did Dua Lipa actually copy “Levitating”?
Arts & Entertainment

Sophie Lu | March 31, 2022

Glitter, moonlight, the Milky Way, renegading… in the midst of the pandemic two years ago, Dua Lipa took listeners for a ride to a galaxy “where the music don’t stop for life” in her smash hit…

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Opinion: Student nonprofits shouldn’t be so common
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Sophie Lu | March 28, 2022

At some point in the school year, I’ll be scrolling through Instagram when I notice a trend—post after post of colorful graphics announcing a new nonprofit organization started by fellow classmates….

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Opinion: Back in Touch
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Sally Cho | March 24, 2022

A handshake. A high five. A pat on the back. A head against a shoulder. A hug.

These are all simple, normal acts of physical touch that we don’t really give a second thought to. Touch is the simplest…

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The Extraordinary Life of Julia Parsons
Features

Anthony Durzo | March 16, 2022

When you see the name Julia Parsons in one of North Allegheny’s bygone yearbooks, you are shown a simple image of an English teacher in her classroom or with her colleagues. What isn’t shown is her past–a…

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Foul Trouble
Sports

Nolan Collery | March 14, 2022

After a long game, NBA Superstar Lebron James gets ready to board his flight. Standing a a daunting 6’9″, James appreciates the extra room and luxury of the private plane that the Los Angeles Lakers splurged…

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All Gloom and Doomscrolling
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Aris Pastor | March 11, 2022

It’s not an exaggeration to call the last few years horrible. Many factors contribute to this verdict—COVID-19 pandemic, a politically fraught atmosphere culminating in a contentious election in 2020…

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Opinion: The Pitfalls of Positivity
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Aris Pastor | February 28, 2022

When I was in middle school, I had an intense hatred towards the song “Happy” by Pharrel. It always seemed out of place in my middle school life, especially when I was struggling with mental health…

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With Candor and Compassion: Teens and Mental Health Therapy
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Michelle Hwang | February 10, 2022

Editor’s note: The names of some students quoted in this article have been changed at their request to protect their privacy.

Two friends meet in the middle of the FCCLA hallway. They greet each other,…

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An Insidious Illusion
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Aris Pastor | February 9, 2022

Everyone knows the joke: Disney owns everything. From Marvel to Star Wars to the princesses that popularized the company, Disney seems to have a hand in almost every new piece of media. The company has…

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Bridge collapse finally puts state infrastructure under scrutiny
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Andrew McLaughlin | February 3, 2022

The irony of the situation was unbelievable: last Friday, the same day that President Joe Biden was set to deliver a speech about his new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in Pittsburgh, the city experienced…

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Their Parents Were Pros
Sports

Halle Marsalis | January 28, 2022

For all but a few students, having a parent who is or was a professional athlete sounds far out of reach. But several of those select few walk the halls of NASH each day.

NASH senior Kolin Dinkin’s…

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District food service endures supply chain issues
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Andrew McLaughlin | January 14, 2022

Styrofoam trays, pizza crusts, and peanut butter and jelly are just a few of the things on NASH cafeteria manager Jay West’s wanted list.

As North Allegheny’s Dining Services Director during a nationwide…

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Along the Sideline
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Sam Podnar | January 10, 2022

“Cheerleading isn’t a sport.”

It’s a phrase that’s been thrown around school hallways and locker rooms for some time now, much to the frustration of many cheerleaders who, understandably,…

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Prevention Through Stronger Education
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Aris Pastor | January 6, 2022

As I progress through high school, the semester of health classes I received in freshman year becomes more of a distant memory. Even the middle school anti-drug rallies fade in my mind, and many times,…

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On the Front Lines of Holiday Shopping
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Kara Mihm | December 29, 2021

Santa’s helpers might not always be two feet tall and robed in green and red. In fact, many are a little taller, wearing brown button-ups and slacks, too.

UPS is in its holiday peak, wrangling up…

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A New Era of Representation in Holiday Movies
Arts & Entertainment

Quinn Volpe | December 22, 2021

The time in my life during which I was coming to terms with my bisexuality happened to be the same time that I began to question religion. After being raised Christian and baptized in a church that told…

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Inside the Admissions Office
Features

Sam Podnar | December 16, 2021

With an influx of early decision letters rolling in this week, seniors are seeing the light at the end of the admissions tunnel. But during the last few months, most students have churned out essays and…

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Of Mutual Benefit
Features

Michelle Hwang | December 14, 2021

At 8:15 AM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, North Allegheny Senior High School sees a second wave of morning drop-offs. This time, the students who say goodbye to their parents and scamper into…

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A Grave Reminder
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Waverly Younts | December 8, 2021

On the afternoon of Tuesday, November 30, the Oakland County Police Department received more than one hundred 911 calls after a 15-year-old student opened fire at Michigan’s Oxford High School, leaving…

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Still Human
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Aris Pastor | December 2, 2021

The words “psychopath” and “sociopath” are strewn throughout the media, from factual accounts of serial killers to the fictional world of crime shows. Recall Silence of the Lambs, No Country for…

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Off the Bat
Sports

Quinn Volpe | December 2, 2021

A great deal of Americans are familiar with only four major league sports: football, baseball, hockey, and basketball. Globally, however, cricket is exceedingly popular, with more than 300 million participants…

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Tokens of Lasting Thoughtfulness
Features

Sam Podnar | November 24, 2021

Math teacher Mrs. Volpe’s room houses countless objects from her years of teaching. The corner by her desk is especially jam-packed with decoration, but one image sticks out: the face of Albert Einstein,…

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Paid Leave is the Minimum
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Sophie Lu | November 18, 2021

The Battle for Paid Parental Leave

Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, and the United States of America. These seven are the only countries…

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On the Ascent
Sports

Kat Klinefelter | November 17, 2021

A month ago, I wasn’t expecting to find myself suspended forty feet in the air in the same gym where I took gymnastics lessons twelve years ago. I wasn’t even expecting to have a weekly ritual of going…

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To Serve Those Who Served
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Emily Janosko | November 12, 2021

America officially chooses one day of the year to honor their patriotic heroes: November 11th. But how well are the country’s veterans treated every other day of the year?  Veterans Day is unquestionably…

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50,000 Words. One month.
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Aris Pastor | November 11, 2021

While some may think of November as the month of Thanksgiving break or the days when the chilly air turns into frosty mornings, many writers see the month as a different time. National Novel Writing Month,…

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Redefining the Rust Belt
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Andrew McLaughlin | November 11, 2021

To a casual observer, the term “Rust Belt” may be linked with economic decay — cities past their industrial prime, with falling population and little opportunity for growth. As the Rust Belt has worked…

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By the Letter
Features

Sam Podnar | November 10, 2021

Pick a NASH senior at random and look at the tabs open on their laptop—chances are, you’ll find commonapp.org, collegeboard.org, and the ever-popular Reddit thread r/applyingtocollege. College application…

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It’s Not about the Money
Features

Michelle Hwang | November 9, 2021

It’s 7 PM on a Monday night. Outside of NASH, the stillness of the parking lot stands in stark contrast to the frenzied mayhem that took place just five hours prior. However, in the midst of the mostly…

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Anxiety’s Other Face
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Waverly Younts | November 4, 2021

In March of 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic due to the frightening outburst of cases. As we all know too well, soon after, many states issued a…

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All in the Wrist
Features

Kat Klinefelter | October 29, 2021

When Special Education teacher Marybeth Johnson visited with her family friend, Angela Degnan, over the summer, she had no idea that her lessons plans for the first quarter of the upcoming fall semester…

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Mitski’s latest release cuts deep
Arts & Entertainment

Aris Pastor | October 21, 2021

I remember the moment like it was yesterday; singer-songwriter Mitski finally returned from her musical hiatus. I was eating lunch and scrolling through my phone, awaiting something interesting to catch…

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For the Love of the Game
Sports

Nolan Collery | October 8, 2021

The 2022 North Allegheny Boys Lacrosse team is one of the district’s most talented rosters.  After last year’s WPIAL title run, the players are fighting harder this off-season for playing time on…

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Toward a Greener Education
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Michelle Hwang | October 5, 2021

Approximately a decade years ago, students, parents, and educators realized how quickly the world was changing. Silicon Valley was on the rise, innovation was king, and schools grew conscious of the way…

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A Sacrifice at the Altar of Politics
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Sophie Lu | September 28, 2021

May 7, 2019. For me and you, it was likely just a normal Tuesday. But for the 29 million citizens who call the state of Texas their home, their lives were about to be drastically changed.

With a single…

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Breaking the Binary
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Aris Pastor | September 28, 2021

This past summer, the Tokyo Olympics hosted at least 160 LGBTQ+ athletes, and perhaps even more revolutionary, the first openly transgender athletes to compete in the Games. However, at the same time,…

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Mask-optional supporters rally in North Park
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Anthony Durzo | September 21, 2021

It was all about freedom for the protesters who gathered at the “My Kid, My Choice” rally on Tuesday, August 24th in North Park. Many held signs for nearby drivers to view, while others spoke publicly…

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One Step from the Podium
Sports

Kara Mihm | September 14, 2021

“Almost.”

That fatal word described the performance of 339 athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The blink of an eye or the fraction of an inch separated the top world medalists from the empty-handed…

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In Memoriam
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Lorenzo Zottoli | June 2, 2021

As late May approaches each year, we grow closer to a day of remembrance, honor, and pride—Memorial Day. Beginning in the late 1800s, Americans have remembered the millions of lives lost in battle for…

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The AAPI Experience at NA
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Michelle Hwang | June 1, 2021

This story was originally published on The Uproar on May 25, 2021.

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They Knocked His Socks Off
Features

Lucie Flagg | May 24, 2021

When senior Patrick Birmingham showed up to school Friday morning, he was shocked to see his face in so many unexpected places.

“I feel so amazing,” he expressed. “My face is on socks.”

Patrick,…

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Never Too Late for Goodbye
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Lucie Flagg | April 28, 2021

This story was originally published on The Uproar on April 27, 2021.

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A Time of Collective Trauma
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Sally Cho | April 26, 2021

“This is your 9/11.”

Those were the ominous last words I heard my teacher say before I excitedly exited my classroom on March 13, 2020, ready for a two week vacation. My friend and I laughed about…

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