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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from North Allegheny Senior High School
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
Video

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
Video

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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Busting Bliss: Invisible Disabilities
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Julia Poppa | April 20, 2021

They say it’s easier to speak from experience — to talk about situations that pertain to you — and sometimes they say that’s all you should do. 2020, and even these few months of 2021 have shown…

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Your Daily Reminder
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Anna Parsons | April 15, 2021

The natural human body and all the different shapes it comes in has become the source of constant harassment in modern society. Instead of embracing the quirks of the human body that are completely normal,…

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In Defiance of Guilt
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Lucie Flagg | April 13, 2021

I am COVID-19 vaccinated.

That sentence has taken me well over a month to admit. I received my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in early March and my second just a few weeks ago. For me, the process…

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A Pittsburgh Wall Crawl
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Jess Daninhirsch | April 13, 2021

Whenever I travel, I love to scope out some of the best murals and pieces of public art wherever I go and find them on a wall crawl. However, despite living here my entire life, I have never done a wall…

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“NotAllMen”: A Rebuttal from a Man
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Tyler Vargo | April 12, 2021

In light of International Women’s Month last month, recent statistics regarding harassment and violent acts toward women have taken many aback. Most commonly seen on social media is the claim that 97%…

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The Two of You
Features

Abby Pingpank | March 31, 2021

Imagine having someone by your side since day one. The two of you have a bond closer than most, and many describe it as having a built-in best friend.  You’re twins.

The rate at which twins are born…

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The Changing Face of Stage and Screen
Arts & Entertainment

Sally Cho | March 30, 2021

Disclaimer: This article focuses primarily on East Asian representation to reflect the author’s personal experiences.

Growing up as an Asian girl in America, there were not many characters in television…

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Enough was Enough (and it still is)
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Waverly Younts | March 25, 2021

On the afternoon of Monday, March 22, news broke of a mass shooting in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, resulting in 10 fatalities. Twenty-one-year-old suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa is accused of opening…

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On the Job
Features

Kara Mihm | March 18, 2021

It’s common for high school students who are mapping out their career goals to ask themselves,  “What next?” For many, the answer is college, where an estimated one in three students will change…

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Friday Check-ins
Video

Anna Parsons | March 18, 2021

This story was originally published on The Uproar on March 17, 2021.

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7 Degrees of Syncopation
Arts & Entertainment

Maddie Harris | March 17, 2021

Seven boys. Five instruments. One musical family. Meet the 7 Degrees Brass Band.

Founded at North Allegheny, the 7 Degrees Brass Band came onto the scene in late 2019. The group consists of seven boys:…

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COVID: The Impact One Year Later
Audio

Zachary Ludwick | March 15, 2021

This story was originally published on The Uproar on March 12, 2021.

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NA parents protest controversial novel
News

Sally Cho | March 12, 2021

A controversial book in North Allegheny’s ninth-grade English curriculum has been met with strong opposition. The Hate U Give tells the story of a Black teenager who witnesses the police shooting of…

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Erasure From Generalization
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Ryan Nash | March 11, 2021

Over the past several decades, efforts have been underway to acknowledge the wrongs of the past. This goes for many nations and cultures around the globe, but in America, an unintentional erasure is going…

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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?
Features

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>
Arts & Entertainment

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
Features

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”
Arts & Entertainment

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
Features

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
Features

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
Features

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
Features

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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