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 Hagerty High School
Hispanic Heritage Month expands to Phase Two
Features

Janell Lim | September 27, 2022

As the fourth period bell rings, Ely Cardenal prepares for her performance. The music starts. Castanets in hand, Cardenal begins clapping and dancing to the fast-paced rhythm, attracting viewers and cheers.

On…

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Brace for impact
Profiles

Ava West | September 21, 2022

When junior JJ Carbon left his friend’s house, he expected to go home and have a fun night before the school year started. He was helping his friend figure out how to play a phone game when, out of the…

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Students get involved in Florida primaries
News

Nadia Knoblauch | September 14, 2022

“We have a first-time voter!”

Met with claps and cheers, senior Cat Bunn stepped into the Riverside Park Center with one goal in mind: filling out her first ballot, an important step into her adult…

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No laughing matter
Opinions

Janell Lim | May 20, 2022

“I suck at math, I’m gonna fail this test.” 

“I literally look so bad in this, I’m so ugly.” 

“I’m so sick of this, I’m literally gonna kill myself.” 

Words of self-deprecation,…

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Florida DOE rejects 41% of math textbooks
News

Skyler Glenn | May 9, 2022

Just weeks after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the Stop WOKE Act and “Don’t Say Gay” bills into law, the Florida Department of Education has rejected 41% of adopted math textbooks, and according to the…

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War on the homefront
Features

Sophia Canabal | May 4, 2022

When junior Karina Ostashchuk first came to Florida during the summer of 2019, her future was uncertain: her family had secured neither a job nor a home before the move. Surrounded by suburbs dotted with…

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Raising the bar
Sports

Julia Sumpter | April 20, 2022

From not making the starting team in tenth grade to earning the school’s first weightlifting scholarship, senior Chloe Varady has come a long way. In her third year, she became a captain, won fifth at…

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Dancing in color
Features

Janell Lim | April 13, 2022

The lights dim. The crowd stills, waiting. As the music begins to play, freshman Emiaj Jaime’s foot follows, her heart beating fast. She recites the rehearsed steps in her head, and begins to dance. 

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Burnout: The Struggle is Real
Features

Alexis Madlang | April 12, 2022

Exhaustion. Collapse. Fatigue. Weariness. Consumption. Stress. 

According to author Lexi Wright, burnout is a state of mental, physical, or emotional exhaustion. Burnout in children happens when kids…

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Not to be taken lightly
Opinions

Skyler Glenn | April 8, 2022

You arrive at a big family reunion. It has been years since you have seen your aunts and uncles, and you have looked forward to catching up. As you walk in the door, you are greeted with a hug and a long…

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Head in the clouds
Features

Nadia Knoblauch | April 4, 2022

Walking into the school bathroom, sophomore Mason Kretzschmar was met with a cloud of smoke. Two boys moved back from the sinks as he went to wash his hands, the mirrors foggy from their breath. After…

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Rocha starts Zoey’s Basket
Features

Greta Carrasco | March 10, 2022

The accident happened the evening of Jan. 4, 2019. A tanker truck pulled out in front of the family’s truck, a mistake that crushed assistant principal Angel Rocha’s family under a water tank and left…

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Finding fault
Features

Ava West | March 4, 2022

Jess* wanted justice after what happened to her. She looked for help from the legal system, but could not find it. She had pictures of bruises and marks on her body. Jess* was told by the legal system…

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Varsity dance takes national title
Sports

Skyler Glenn | March 3, 2022

Huddled on the Marriott World Center dance floor, the Unleashed varsity dance team listened to the announcer list the results of the Dance Team Union national competition. As she reached the final two…

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Home is where the class is
Features

Janell Lim | January 25, 2022

For many sophomores, 10th grade is just another year of high school, the year before the stress of college admissions and SAT scores. For a young Amany Bekheit, it was the year she discovered her passion…

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Omicron brings challenges to students, staff
News

Skyler Glenn | January 19, 2022

Coming back from winter break, students expected to resume their normal school schedule – riding the bus, learning from teachers, working with peers – but the new semester has not quite followed the…

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Accommodating the narrative
Features

Sophia Canabal | December 21, 2021

Trying to educate 2,356 different students the same way is like trying to paint a rainbow with only one color. Whether a student is eligible for the Exceptional Student Education program, an Individualized…

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Powering past expectations
Sports

Greta Carrasco | December 9, 2021

In his final deadlift, senior Devon Hawkins raised 265 pounds, held the bar for a second, and dropped it. Silence surrounded the arena as the final decision of the referees was reached. All three referees…

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Raising awareness
Opinions

Angelica Mendez | November 8, 2021

A whole month of pink socks, pink football games and pink pom-poms all for breast cancer.

Now imagine a month with a different color every week or even every day, showing support for a different…

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Moving past Tourette’s
Audio

Emily McCluskey | November 5, 2021

Yelling out “I am a truck” or “I hate the British” seems like a normal day for the class clown and an easy way to get a laugh. However, sophomore Kay McAdams is not laughing. McAdams lives…

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Military brats
Features

Janell Lim | October 22, 2021

Instead of an alarm clock, sophomore Joelle Jackson wakes up to the sound of a military horn, blaring at spaced time intervals to signal soldiers of roll calls, meal times and personal training.

That…

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Somos Hispanos
Features

Greta Carrasco | October 1, 2021

Empanadas Argentinas, dough filled with meat or ham and cheese, cooked in the oven till golden and crisp. A savory aroma and taste that satisfies hunger, when sophomore Juan Karpow thinks of a good meal,…

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Silence is golden
News

Janell Lim | September 20, 2021

No talking. No conversation. No sound at all, just hand gestures and facial expressions to communicate and hold a conversation. At the lower food court in the Oviedo Mall on Sept. 14, the American Sign…

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The pros of pronouns
Features

Nadia Knoblauch | September 16, 2021

Last year, after being online for half of the semester, John* (he/him), a transgender student, walked into his first in-person class. He, like many freshmen, looked forward to new friends, engaging classes,…

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It’s personal
Features

Zoey Young | May 18, 2021

We spend every minute of every day with ourselves. Privy to the knowledge of our favorite food and our darkest secrets, it seems that we should know everything about us, yet the popularity of personality…

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Death to the author
Arts & Entertainment

Gabriella Herrera | May 10, 2021

A 280 character tweet. That’s all it takes for a well-accredited creator to be reduced to nothing in the eyes of the public. 

For decades, problematic creators have risen to fame. While some wealthy…

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“It happened to me.”
Features

Chanson Cadet | April 12, 2021

Your last boyfriend was manipulative, gaslighting or manipulating you psychologically into believing you were not enough. The $20 he spent on your lunch was not a kind gesture, but an unspoken agreement…

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Getting down to business
Features

Gabriella Herrera | April 12, 2021

Interviewing for your first job. Working multiple days a week. Studying for a degree in a competitive industry. For the average high schooler, the idea of a career can be overwhelming and terrifying, and…

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97% invalidated
Opinions

Skyler Glenn | April 7, 2021

It’s like buying clothes from Brandy Melville. Their clothes are popular, and everyone has some. Even if the clothes don’t fit well, people will still try to wear them. Sounds like the 97%, right? 

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The weather up there
Opinions

Gabriella Herrera | April 6, 2021

29 million without boiling water. 4 million without power. Over 70 dead. 

The winter weather that crippled Texas in early February was not just a local story, but part of a disturbing trend of weather…

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When I have a bad day
Opinions

Zoey Young | April 6, 2021

When I have a bad day, I drive home in silence. When I have a bad day, I go straight to bed and stare at my phone for hours. When I have a bad day, I rant to my friends, imagining myself as Keira Knightley…

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Bright Futures is in danger
News

Laura Shaw | March 26, 2021

The average cost of in-state tuition at Florida State University and the University of Florida is $21,000 a year. The University of Central Florida is slightly less at about $17,000 a year but that is…

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Bound to the Norm
Features

Andrea Izaguirre | March 8, 2021

The unrelenting onslaught of terms like “gender identity”, “preferred pronouns”, and “attack helicopter” have circled through most real-life and online interactions that involve the widely…

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Llamido taking down expectations
Sports

Karson Cuozzo | February 25, 2021

For years, junior Jada Llamido watched as her older brother won multiple trophies and medals for wrestling. Wanting to win herself, Llamido was motivated to start her own wrestling career. 

“My dad…

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The online side of advocacy
Features

Sophia Canabal | February 23, 2021

Social media has never been short of hypocrisy, controversy, and conflict.  Celebrities encouraging social distancing during the pandemic only to hop on a plane to the Bahamas a week later, is just one…

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Stocking the market
Features

Gabriella Herrera | February 18, 2021

“Ten-year-old makes $3200” 

“Meme cryptocurrency Dogecoin worth millions” 

“Young investor pays off student loans at just 20 years old.” 

These headlines have become familiar as…

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Not like other girls?
Features

Skyler Glenn | February 16, 2021

After a shopping spree at American Eagle, sophomore Tiffany Odimegwu’s excitement was cut short when her friends told her that the new clothes she bought were basic and boring. Odimegwu expected to be…

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Stars show out for jersey retirement
Sports

Hayden Turner | February 11, 2021

The level of talent on the baseball field hit an all-time high on Feb. 6, with Baltimore Orioles third baseman Ryan Mountcastle and Denver Broncos quarterback Jeff Driskel in attendance for a first-ever…

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The real “fake” news
Opinions

Lukas Goodwin | February 9, 2021

We all know one of our 45th president’s favorite phrases to insert into every press conference and interview: “fake news.” And whether you backed Donald Trump in his hatred for the press or laughed…

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Seeing red
Features

Zoey Young | February 8, 2021

Educated with American Girl books and a vague definition from her mother on what the menstrual cycle was, senior Chloe Browning felt vastly unprepared for what she was faced with. When she got her first…

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Some things never get old
Arts & Entertainment

Lukas Goodwin | January 27, 2021

The fuzzy, carefree feeling of running home from school to catch the 3:00 p.m. special of their favorite Nickelodeon cartoon or Disney Channel sitcom, is something all teenagers can remember. Growing up…

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A degree of evil
Opinions

Zoey Young | January 15, 2021

The recent falling temperatures have appeased meteorologists and fashion gurus all over Central Florida. Weathermen excitedly explain the week’s forecast while a student gently folds his new vintage…

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Redhead Redemption
Features

Laura Shaw | January 7, 2021

Eyes, skin and hair are among the most identifiable features of any person, but that is especially heightened when the combination of genes from both of your parents decides to bless, or curse, someone…

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Boyz 2 Men
Arts & Entertainment

Andrea Izaguirre | January 6, 2021

The evolution of the boy band is a tale as old as The Beatles. For some, the attachments to certain musically talented heart-throbs formed in early childhood or adolescence never quite fade over time….

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On another wavelength
Features

Sharika Khondaker | December 22, 2020

A fresh listen
Next track. The song you were listening to an hour ago starts playing once again. Next. This time, the song does not change. Spotify’s free system only allows six skips and you have used…

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Small Talk: Big Deal
Features

Gabriella Herrera | December 9, 2020

Two new partners sit next to each other in Physics. Having never spoken before, they sit in uncomfortable silence before one of them decides to break it.

“… Nice weather we’re having.” 

The dreaded…

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The perfect match
Features

Julia Sumpter | December 3, 2020

When senior, identical twins Brooke and Haley White come home everyday, they both have individual conversations with their mom. After having her daily conversation with her twins, their mom tells them…

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Face it
Showcase

Zoey Young | December 3, 2020

Much of what we are taught through cartoons and books equates to one overarching message: looks do not matter, it’s what is on the inside that counts. Dr. Seuss’ Sneetches found peace on the beach,…

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“Hillbilly Elegy” should stay in the hills
Arts & Entertainment

Sharika Khondaker | December 1, 2020

Appalachia: a region full of unique culture, but marked with hardships. Released in theaters on Nov. 11 and on Netflix on Nov. 24, “Hillbilly Elegy” tells the story of poverty-stricken working class…

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Community within Chaos
Features

Bethany Barker | November 16, 2020

Roles, voice and text channels, moderation, and video game streaming: all perks of the instant messaging platform Discord. Discord, created by Hammer and Chisel Inc., was released in May of 2015 and has…

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