The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

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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
District food service endures supply chain issues
News

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.
News

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
News

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
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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