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Stories from North Allegheny Senior High School
A Historical Dilemma
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Kristen Kinzler | March 4, 2021

My favorite thing to do after a long week is to immerse myself in some kind of a story. I love getting into a compelling TV show or picking up an interesting book and being taken away to an entirely new…

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Got Iron?
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Claire Majerac | March 4, 2021

With over a seventh of the world’s population struggling with iron deficiency, one would think that anemia would be a topic covered more frequently in health classes and in general. As it affects 1.62…

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Busting Bliss: The Politics of Victim Blaming
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Julia Poppa | March 2, 2021

I’d like to go to Cancun, too, Mr. Cruz, but that’s not the reality of the situation — now, is it? Not while thousands of Americans are being blamed for their families dying, or as your state trudges…

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A Review of <em>Minari</em>
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Michelle Hwang | March 2, 2021

Minari, also known as water dropwort, is a slightly soapy scented herb that grows in small bodies of freshwater and can often be found in many East Asian households, mine included. It is also the name…

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The New Rhetoric of Hate
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Quinn Volpe | February 25, 2021

In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued what they believed to be the best practices for naming new human infectious diseases. They did so in acknowledgement that, after reports on newly-identified…

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Familiar Faces
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Abby Pingpank | February 25, 2021

For most teachers at NASH, their own high school years are a distant memory. However, for a select few, they are reminded of their past every day. 

English teacher Mrs. Omasits graduated North Allegheny…

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A Review of “One Night in Miami”
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Jess Daninhirsch | February 23, 2021

Disclaimer: This movie is rated R for language. Viewer discretion is advised.

If you took four of the most prominent Black men in 1964 and put them all in one motel room, could you imagine the conversations…

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An Arbitrary Line in the Sand
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Kristen Kinzler | February 22, 2021

In elementary school, most North Allegheny students received a colorful little folder called a career portfolio. As early as first grade, we were told to write in it about activities we enjoyed, our favorite…

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More Than a Number
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Lorenzo Zottoli | February 15, 2021

On February 14th, 2018 at 2:21 pm, within a span of six minutes, an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida claimed the lives of 17 individuals. 14 of whom were students, and…

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A Dangerous Delay
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Kristen Kinzler | February 11, 2021

Whenever you have an assignment or project, the world tends to feel like it’s suddenly full of possibilities. You could scroll through Instagram or turn on your favorite show on Netflix. You could go…

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Cause for Optimism, Not Glorification
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Quinn Volpe | February 9, 2021

After Joe Biden became the official Democratic candidate at the party’s national convention last year, I hesitantly stood behind the “settle for Biden” mantra, as I felt it was too late at that point…

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On living with <em>Strabismus</em>
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Chelsea Boyer | February 8, 2021

Making eye contact with someone is a fairly simple task for most people. To me, however, it is an immense challenge. It is not that it makes me uncomfortable, but rather that it is very hard for my eyes…

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The Best of the Batch
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Kara Mihm | February 4, 2021

This story was originally published on The Uproar on February 4, 2021.

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An Unexpected Influence
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Lucie Flagg | February 1, 2021

Last Wednesday, Dance Moms star and singer JoJo Siwa released a cryptic TikTok. In the video, she sang along to the song “Born this Way” by Lady Gaga. Fans and fellow TikTokers quickly flooded the…

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Deafness in the Age of COVID
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Julia Poppa | January 28, 2021

Almost everyone has been asked the question, “If you had to lose any one of your senses, what would it be?”

Unfortunately, not everyone gets a choice.

The pandemic has been hard on everyone….

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Taking a Stand by Sitting Down
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Jess Daninhirsch | January 28, 2021

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under G-d, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

I stopped reciting…

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America’s Shape After Coronavirus
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Zachary Ludwick | January 27, 2021

Gloom and doom have dominated America and its recent outlook as a whole. Over 400,000  Americans have died from COVID-19, and the economy is debilitated.

While the pandemic may seem like it will never…

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Navigating the Impossible
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Kristen Kinzler | January 26, 2021

It’s six o’clock in the morning, and you’re staring at your reflection in the mirror. Red rims around your eyes. Flushed cheeks. An excruciating headache that’s a result of stress and grief and…

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Death by Discrepancies
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Lucie Flagg | January 22, 2021

It’s been just a little over twelve hours since my grandfather died from COVID-19, and it has yet to sink in. My mind knows that he’s gone, but my heart refuses to accept it. 

Just a few weeks…

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America’s Short Attention Span
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Waverly Younts | January 21, 2021

Just over a year ago, the world began seeing reports from Wuhan, China, about a novel new coronavirus, called COVID-19. At the time, perhaps only the most knowledgeable epidemiologists could have predicted…

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The Problem with ABA Therapy
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Lucie Flagg | January 20, 2021

Hearing those words—“Your child has autism”—can be terrifying for any parent. It marks a lifetime of uncertainty both behaviorally and emotionally for the child. Though every person with autism…

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On Their Own Terms
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Emma Kim | January 15, 2021

51 years. That is how long Senator Robert Byrd was in office. He represented West Virginia from 1953 until he died in 2010.

While that may seem like a ridiculously long amount of time for one man to…

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Life on a Commune
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Quinn Volpe | January 14, 2021

High school students are traditionally conditioned to work towards one common goal: pursuing some sort of higher education and moving on to a career that will sustain them until retirement. What many don’t…

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Tempted by the Top-Tier Degree
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Michelle Hwang | January 12, 2021

Seniors have arrived at the time of year when college essays have been finalized and applications have been submitted. All that remains is the uneasy waiting period before emails arrive and final decisions…

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In the Name of Respect
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Lucie Flagg | January 8, 2021

Last August while discussing presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, Fox News host Tucker Carlson made a crucial mistake. Throughout his interview with Democratic political…

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The Company They Keep
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Quinn Volpe | January 8, 2021

I spent more time in quarantine than I would like to admit scrolling through far-right media sources such as PragerU and Breitbart, knowing full well that they are a desecration of journalistic integrity. …

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On Love of Country
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Kristen Kinzler | January 7, 2021

I’ve heard many of my friends mention moving abroad after college. We’ve discussed New Zealand and the United Kingdom and Canada, citing the tolerant culture and superior social programs in those countries.

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Like and Share to Save His Life
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Samantha Podnar | January 6, 2021

A few months ago, I had never heard of Brandon Bernard. But over the course of just a few days, I learned his story, familiarized myself with his case, his crime, and his punishment.

Brandon was sentenced…

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A Disproportionate Distribution
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Kristen Kinzler | January 5, 2021

As someone who nearly cries almost every time she has to get a shot, I never thought I would be so excited to get a needle jabbed into my arm. But weird times call for weird expectations, so, like most…

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The Fight to End CC Stigma
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Lucie Flagg | December 21, 2020

Like a lot of other suburban high school students, I suspect, I was raised to equate community college with unsuccessful people. I used to joke that, as the youngest child, my parents would run out of…

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A World without COVID
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Lorenzo Zottoli | December 18, 2020

Since last March, the unending media coverage of the pandemic would have us believe that COVID-19 has left no one’s life unaltered. But for teenager Dasia Gall, life hasn’t changed all too much this year.

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Busting Bliss: Gender Nonconformity
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Julia Poppa | December 15, 2020

TW: Mentions of suicide, hate crimes, and death.

“Sit like a lady.”

“Man up.”

Throughout our childhood, perceived gender norms loom over us.

Maybe you were told that the toy you wanted was…

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Stuck in the Middle with You
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Sally Cho | December 15, 2020

“Where are you from?”

That should be a simple enough question to answer, but I still don’t have a proper response. Pittsburgh or South Korea? I don’t know which one feels more like home to me,…

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To <em>B</em>, Or Not To <em>B</em>
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Lucie Flagg | December 11, 2020

Every Wednesday here at The Uproar, we have a staff meeting. We discuss current events to potentially write about and review writing style. For students who have been taught MLA formatting for years, the…

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Thank Goodness It’s Thursday?
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Flynn McGurrin | December 10, 2020

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday… you know the drill. 

Or do you?

Nothing seems as immune to change as the five-day school week. But while a four-day school week might at first appear highly unlikely,…

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Farming Reimagined
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Lucie Flagg | December 3, 2020

Like many Pittsburghers, Lisa Freeman lives a fairly normal life. She is a wife and a loving mother, who has raised her family in the Manchester neighborhood of the city’s North Side. Her devotion to…

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The Revolutionary Harry Styles
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Chelsea Boyer | December 3, 2020

It is disheartening that a picture of a man in a dress could cause widespread commotion. But does it shock me that the picture leads to immense amounts of hate and disrespect? No, it does not, because…

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To First-Generation Americans:<br>It’s Time We Live For Ourselves
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Michelle Hwang | December 1, 2020

Most kids in America grow up with fictional narratives like “Hansel and Gretel,” “Cinderella,” and “Jack and the Giant Beanstalk.” I grew up with those stories, too, but I also received one extra: an adventurous…

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Busting Bliss: Reversing the Wrongs Done to Native Cultures
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Julia Poppa | November 30, 2020

I remember being in Kindergarten and coming into school the day before Thanksgiving when the tables were decorated with construction paper feathers. We would eat a little fake dinner and talk about how…

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Beloved Memories in the Absence of Memorial
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Abby Pingpank | November 25, 2020

When I woke up on the morning of Friday, March 6th, 2020, it felt like a normal day. I went to school and was preparing for my musical performance later in the evening. It turned out to be a day that I…

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Congrats, Stranger! You’re In!
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Lucie Flagg | November 20, 2020

Last week, I was surprised to receive an email from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, granting me admission and a hefty scholarship of $20,000 a year. Though the news was exciting, I was undoubtedly…

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A Show for All Seasons
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Kristen Kinzler | November 19, 2020

Last Thursday, my mom walked into the house after picking up my little brother from volleyball practice, and she immediately looked alarmed. She asked me what was wrong. There I was, sitting on the couch,…

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Riots Through a Different Lens
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Samantha Podnar | November 18, 2020

The civil unrest that has marked much of 2020 has provoked pundits on both the left and the right to declare that civil war in America may be imminent.  But a wider view of history may suggest otherwise,…

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More than a Score
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Sally Cho | November 17, 2020

Two Saturdays ago, I, along with dozens of other students, reluctantly walked through the doors of NASH at 7:45 AM, where we would soon spend the next five hours bent over a desk reading passages and solving…

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Fit for the Bench?
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Claire Majerac | November 10, 2020

Girls, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community across America are fearing for their rights with the recent confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett. 

Barrett’s history makes many uneasy. Her involvement…

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The Case for ACA
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Michelle Hwang | November 9, 2020

I write this article because I am afraid that tomorrow basic rights will be taken away from the American people. 

On November 10th, the Supreme Court will hear eight hours of oral debate over the Affordable…

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Meals by the Thousands
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Anthony Durzo | November 6, 2020

This story was originally published on The Uproar on November 5, 2020.

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Saturday Night’s Alright
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Maddie Harris | November 4, 2020

Strobe lights, fog machines, electric guitars, and friends gather together in a small basement in Bellevue on a Saturday night– eating, drinking, and singing along to their favorite tunes performed by…

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Democracy and Idolatry
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Sally Cho | November 3, 2020

Recently, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went on a live streaming website and played a popular video game, “Among Us,” with her “fans” for three hours. The event immediately became a trending…

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Two Years Later: October 27th
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Jess Daninhirsch | October 27, 2020

It’s been two years.

Two long years. It feels like decades.

Two years seems like it would be enough time to heal. For some it has been. For some, these wounds will never heal. 

Two years ago…

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