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The Other China
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Michael Taffe | March 30, 2020

The Chinese mainland and the island of Taiwan, to which the Chinese government lays claim, have long had a troubled relationship.  But since the world first learned late last year of a new and deadly…

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Part-Time Jobs in a Full-Time Pandemic
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Meg Rees | March 30, 2020

We are all living in a moment of history right now. Perhaps the biggest pandemic since the Spanish Flu of 1918, COVID-19 is sweeping across the globe, leaving tens of thousands dead at the time of this…

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With Great Power Came Scant Responsibility
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Anjana Suresh | March 26, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic is an ever-changing global crisis, and the sheer amount of information (and misinformation) being thrown our way can be profoundly frustrating. However, there’s one thing that…

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Pandemic, Media, and the Lessons of History
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Jonathan Ross | March 26, 2020

The New York Times recently suggested that, in an attempt to quell anxiety, people in quarantine should start journaling. It’s a great method of self-expression and, after all, we are living through…

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When Home is Far Apart
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Lucie Flagg | March 26, 2020

This story was originally published on The Uproar on March 25, 2020.

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Fake It Till You Make It
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Kristen Kinzler | March 24, 2020

It’s a familiar situation for many high school students, particularly those who go to competitive schools. You look around the classroom, noting all your peers achieving the extraordinary. You see how…

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The Effects of a House Fire
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Reed Milliken | March 13, 2020

To view this video on your phone at school, turn off your NA wifi.

This story was originally published on The Uproar on March 13, 2020.

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A Better Place
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Julia Poppa | March 12, 2020

I’ve had my fair share of existential crises: nights spent in bed staring at the ceiling wondering about the significance of my life and contemplating some of life’s most notorious unanswered questions….

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All the Difference
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Kristen Kinzler | March 11, 2020

Last week, I was mindlessly scrolling through Twitter when I came across a story that physically made my heart ache. I stopped in my tracks as I watched a video of Bobby Ryan, a professional hockey player…

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Turncoat: UBI, Free Money and Conservatism
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Jonathan Ross | March 10, 2020

On July 6th, 1535, Sir Thomas More was beheaded by Henry VIII after refusing to abandon his staunch Catholic beliefs. Four hundred years later, he was canonized as Saint Thomas for his martyrdom as the…

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A Happy Ending to a Tragic Story
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Meg Rees | March 10, 2020

The Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage 108 years ago. 1,517 passengers boarded the ship, not knowing their tragic fate. From March 4-8, the Titanic sunk in NASH’s own auditorium, and 5,800 people were…

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Oh the Places You’ll Go (Back To)
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Jonathan Ross | March 9, 2020

A person is a person, no matter how small. And boy, did the kids look small, as Margaret Fenton walked through the doors of Bradford Woods Elementary School.

“I felt so old sitting in front of the…

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Are American Schools Prepared for Coronavirus?
Coronavirus

Katie Golden | March 9, 2020

News of the coronavirus has spread quickly and has raised concern about the possibility of a global crisis. Many officials have been deciding whether or not they should close schools as a preventative…

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Outta This World
Arts & Entertainment

Kristen Kinzler | March 4, 2020

Some cowboys, a few aliens, one nostalgic love story, and a thrilling murder mystery. This may sound like something that resembles a bad joke, but it’s also a pretty accurate description of  Roswell,…

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Reorder the Primaries
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Neeti Cherukupalli | March 3, 2020

Over the course of the past few weeks, there has been a lot of talk about the upcoming caucuses and primaries. Although winning in one state may not mean much in the grand scheme of things, early victories…

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Making It All Work
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Meg Rees | February 28, 2020

Every large organization depends daily on staff who perform their work far from the spotlight.  Schools, of course, could not exist without teachers and administrators, but a closer look at how NASH runs…

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Oath of Enlistment
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Steven Reybein | February 27, 2020

This story was originally published on The Uproar on February 27, 2020.

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The Disappointment at the State of the Union
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Jordan Atkins | February 25, 2020

“If any race should not have guilt about slavery, it’s Caucasians.”

That is a quote directly from Rush Limbaugh, recent recipient of the nation’s highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal…

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Look at This!
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Julia Poppa | February 24, 2020

Réka Götz is not your average, run-of-the-mill high school art student. While many of NASH’s students who study art are full of talent and aspiration, there may be none more talented than Götz.

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Autobiographies
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Magdalena Laughrey | February 21, 2020

This story was originally published on The Uproar on February 21, 2020.

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The Toxicity of Cancel Culture
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Kendel Barber | February 21, 2020

In recent years, predominantly due to the rise in social media, “cancel culture” has become a defining attitude of our generation. A 21st century form of boycott, usually an influencer or celebrity…

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Two Years Later: Honoring MSD
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Lucie Flagg | February 13, 2020

I remember the day so well.

February 14, 2018: A gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and took the lives of 17 student and staff members.

A news notification…

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That “Thing” on My Head
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Betul Tuncer | February 13, 2020

Every morning at 6am, I wander around my room in a sleepy daze and get dressed in an outfit that was meticulously planned the night before. I spend the morning like pretty much every other American teenager,…

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Let’s Talk About Sex (Education), Baby
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Jordan Atkins | February 12, 2020

In the spirit of February, a month of romance, it’s worth asking a blunt and probably embarrassing question: How much do teens really know about sex?

High school sex education tends to be nightmarish…

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2019-2020 Fashion Trends
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Maria Cima | February 11, 2020

The 2019-20 school year has brought fashion trends unique to the 21st century and some resurrected from the 1960s. With trends from snakeskin to seashell necklaces, the halls of NASH are full of interesting…

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Deep Dive into “Manic”
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Betul Tuncer | February 5, 2020

On January 17th, Halsey released her 3rd studio album, Manic. The album features 17 songs, including three genre-defying interludes. Halsey has been promoting Manic as an “emotional spectrum,” and truly,…

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In Favor of the Sick Day
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Kristen Kinzler | February 5, 2020

When junior Oliver Rinehart walked into school a few weeks ago, he appeared exhausted and miserable. As he sat down at his usual booth in the cafeteria, he admitted, in between coughs, that he had a high…

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On the Backburner
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Julia Poppa | January 31, 2020

I’ve never met a cook without a favorite burner. Whether it’s gas or electric, nearly everyone who has ever used a stove has their go-to corner of the range — but I can tell you this, it’s never…

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A Calculated Advantage
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Anjana Suresh | January 31, 2020

I’ve always wondered why the graphing calculator I use — a TI-84 — looks like it’s straight out of the 90s. Our phones have evolved with the times, so why haven’t calculators? Turns out, Texas Instrument…

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A Review of The Archer
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Magdalena Laughrey | January 27, 2020

Three years after her debut album, Belladonna of Sadness, Portland-native Alexandra Savior released a new record entitled The Archer that puts her mysterious, melancholic sound on a musical pedestal,…

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Oscars: The Art and The Artist
Arts & Entertainment

Jonathan Ross | January 27, 2020

With the Oscars only a week away, Twitter is abuzz with opinions–both valid and fallacious–on the various awards and nominations, and celebrities are no exception. Last Thursday, Stephen King tweeted…

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Look At This!
Arts & Entertainment

Julia Poppa | January 24, 2020

NASH is home to many aspiring artists, however few come close to exhibiting the unique perspective shared by 11th grade artist, Faith Nguyen. While young for her grade, her talents far exceed the status…

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White by Default
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Katie Golden | January 24, 2020

Think about your favorite books. Picture the main characters.

How many of those characters are anything other than white?

While things are improving across the board for representation in media,…

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Not Quite The Golden Age
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Betul Tuncer | January 21, 2020

Living in America, one can’t help but notice the lack of representation — or outright misrepresentation — of minorities in the film and television industry. Despite the fact that America is known for…

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A Transition to Tolerance
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Chloe Mawyer | January 21, 2020

In my old West Virginian hometown, it wasn’t uncommon to see Trump flags flying on the tailgates of trucks. Growing up in a deep red state, I was accustomed to most people assuming a similar political…

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So Close and Yet So Far: A Trip to Cuba
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Sophia Caruso | January 17, 2020

Over winter break, my family and I took a week-long trip to a destination few other Americans have visited: Cuba. We left early on December 29th and began our day-long journey to the country’s capital,…

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Just Another Gen Z Thing
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Anjana Suresh | January 17, 2020

The start of a new year, especially the beginning of a new decade, is often associated with feelings of hope, promise, and the chance to begin anew. But not everyone is in such a good mood this time around.

Just…

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No News is Not Good News
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Jonathan Ross | January 15, 2020

As clocks anxiously ticked toward midnight across the eastern seaboard of the United States, optimistically ushering in a new decade, Washington D.C.’s Newseum closed its doors for the final time. The…

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A Plea for Authenticity
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Kristen Kinzler | January 13, 2020

I am not one of Harry Styles’s 25.7 million Instagram followers. I don’t ever plan to be, not because I hold a personal vendetta against One Direction, but simply because I have no interest. However,…

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Unlevel Playing Field
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Magdalena Laughrey | January 7, 2020

When I was in elementary school, I remember always dreaming of the day I would play a sport in high school. Back then, high school athletes seemed like mini-celebrities whom I could not wait to become….

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Open Your Eyes
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Betul Tuncer | December 20, 2019

Contrary to popular belief, today’s teenagers regularly advocate for change in social and economic systems as well as environmental policy. Yet still many of us are still living in ignorance — especially…

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New to the Stage
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Meg Rees | December 18, 2019

On December 13, 14, and 15, 7th and 8th graders from all three middle schools came together to put on Elf the Musical Jr. NASH tech students and teachers helped to make this performance great.

Two years…

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I’m no Scrooge
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Julia Poppa | December 12, 2019

Under certain circumstances, the holiday season can be joyous and beautiful. The snow falls silently on quiet streets lined with houses decorated in festive lighting. Fires heat the hearths of homes and…

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Ripe for Learning
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Erica Negrini | December 6, 2019

This story was originally published on The Uproar on December 5, 2019.

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SAD isn’t Bad
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Julia Poppa | December 3, 2019

I used to wonder why it was so hard for me to get out of bed, especially as the months grew colder and the days got shorter. I’ve never been a morning person, but even in the summer and early days of…

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Defining Home
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Kristen Kinzler | November 26, 2019

Roughly a year ago, I was questioning if I would ever be able to sit around a Thanksgiving dinner table and truthfully recite what I was thankful for. In fact, it felt like I would never be grateful for…

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Cafeteria Workers: The Lifeblood of NASH
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Emilie Whitewolf | November 25, 2019

This story was originally published on The Uproar on November 25, 2019.

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With Great Power…
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Kristen Kinzler | November 25, 2019

Every morning when I get to school, I sit down, take a long sip of my coffee, and open my inbox. I read the “Morning Briefing,” sent by The New York Times. It’s a daily email with five or so headlines…

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Funny, Famous, and From Here
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Jordan Atkins | November 25, 2019

It’s not uncommon for North Allegheny grads to go on to successful careers out of college, but 2004 alumnus Joe Kwaczala might be hard to top.

Earlier this month, Kwaczala’s stand-up comedy show…

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Impeachment: To the Left and To the Right
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Anjana Suresh | November 22, 2019

America’s polarized political climate has given rise to divisive views on the Trump presidency. A recent poll by Fox News found that 51% of voters support the impeachment and removal of President Trump,…

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