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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 The American School in London
High School students cultivate passions through self-created businesses
Features

Sophia Bassi | May 18, 2022

Throughout high school, students are often encouraged to explore their passions. Some students take their interests and apply them to create businesses in their respective fields. Many plan to continue…

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Supreme Court consideration of Harvard lawsuit prompts community reflection on viability of affirmative action
News

Ella Friel | May 17, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College lawsuit January 2022, per the Boston Globe. 

According to Ballotpedia, the lawsuit,…

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Mary Bracht illuminates forgotten injustice of comfort women in ‘White Chrysanthemum’
Arts & Entertainment

Eden Leavey | May 11, 2022

From 1932 to 1945, the Imperial Japanese Army took approximately 200,000 Asian girls and women to live in brothels where they were sexually assaulted by soldiers several times a day, per the Asian Women’s…

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Global word games popularity strikes community
Arts & Entertainment

Eva Marriott-Fabre | April 21, 2022

In any high school classroom, students and faculty can be overheard saying, “Did you solve it today? How many tries did it take you?” while others crouch over their laptops puzzled at five-letter…

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Social media acts as both threat and aid in the Russia-Ukraine war
Opinions

Nick Landler | April 12, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February has driven the Western world into chaos nearly a month after its outset. While the topic naturally dominated most media sites, social media platforms were…

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Ofsted downgrades school’s rating to “Requires Improvement,” citing focus on social justice, suppression of student opinions, community polarization
News

Cameron Spurr | March 16, 2022

Following its standard inspection of ASL in December 2021, the Office for Standards in Education downgraded the school by two overall ratings from “Outstanding” to “Requires Improvement” in a report…

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Alums soar to TikTok stardom, use platform to induce change
Features

Rudi Chamria | January 19, 2022

Amid exponentially rising cases of COVID-19 in the initial months of 2020, social media app TikTok rapidly grew alongside the virus and generated over 315 million downloads, per Sensor Tower. 

According…

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COVID-19: Emergence of Omicron evokes concerns within community
News

Gabrielle Meidar | December 10, 2021

Among the threats posed by COVID-19 is the frequency of mutations arising that cause new variants. 

The World Health Organization has declared that Omicron, the new COVID-19 variant first identified…

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Senior citizens neglected amid COVID-19
Opinions

Gabrielle Meidar | September 23, 2021

Whether through remote learning, financial insecurity, or inability to visit family, the coronavirus has undoubtedly affected us all in one way or another. 

For some of us, the anxiety of the pandemic…

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Community evaluates celebrity activism
Features

Yasmina Kassir | June 1, 2021

With the prevalence of growing reform movements such as Black Lives Matter, the demand for people in fame to use their platform for activism and education has increased. However, some choose not to pursue…

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India battles worsening COVID-19 crisis
News

Grace Hamilton | May 26, 2021

As COVID-19 restrictions ease in the U.K., an enormous crisis unravels across the globe. India has recorded 25 million coronavirus cases and 283 thousand fatalities, per the World Health Organization….

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Sexual harassment: shattering the silence
Features

Grace Hamilton | May 13, 2021

Traveling alone, for many women, screams danger. Health Teacher Bambi Thompson spent a summer abroad in Madrid for a work opportunity and had the very experience many dread.

“I was on my own and heading…

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COVID-19 vaccination rollout: Professor sheds light on why the UK is ahead of other European nations
News

Antoine Warnery | May 7, 2021

Before the pandemic, measures of success for world leaders were key economic performance metrics such as unemployment or contributions to resolving domestic affair issues. 

Currently, however,…

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Possibility of third wave in UK causes uncertainty among students
News

Sophia Bassi | April 30, 2021

Jan. 5 marked the reinstatement of a national lockdown in the U.K. – life was put on pause as various restrictions were enforced across the nation. Although said restrictions are currently being lifted,…

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Affinity space held in light of escalating anti-Asian discrimination
News

Clara Martinez | April 27, 2021

According to the Center for the Study and Hate of Extremism at California State University, anti-Asian hate crimes in the U.S.’ largest cities increased by 149% in 2020, despite general hate crime reports…

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Covax supplies vaccines to low-income countries
News

Sajah Ali | April 23, 2021

High-income countries currently hold 4.2 billion doses of vaccines, while low-income countries carry fewer than 670 million doses, per the World Health Organization. 

Social Studies Teacher Becky Mason…

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COVID-19 provokes uncertainty around ASL’s finances
News

Gabrielle Meidar | April 16, 2021

As the coronavirus takes a toll on the economic state of the world, ASL’s finances have not been immune from these shocks.

According to Director of Finance John Robinson, toward the end of 2019-20,…

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Murder of Sarah Everard, UN survey result spark conversation around sexual harassment
News

Clara Martinez | March 29, 2021

Around 9 p.m. March 3, 33-year-old Sarah Everard went missing in South London. The Metropolitan Police confirmed that bodily remains discovered in the woods of Kent belonged to Everard March 12. That evening,…

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Unconditional loyalty: exploring the relationship between fans and their teams
Sports

Jasmin Taylor | March 29, 2021

From volleyball to tennis, swimming to cross country, sports are an integral part of the ASL community. With 14 sports offered pre-COVID-19, each with their own combinations of JJV, JV and varsity squads,…

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Current events should not overshadow climate change
Opinions

Ella Podurgiel | March 18, 2021

Climate change affects every facet of our lives and has a number of far-reaching consequences. More than one million species are at risk of extinction due to climate change. According to the World Wildlife…

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Confronting toxic masculinity
Features

Emily Forgash | March 15, 2021

In Music Teacher David Papenhagen’s old school in Michigan, having a reputation as a band geek was better than being gay. At least that is the message his assistant principal conveyed while trying to…

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Catcalling endures despite social change
Features

Elena Alexander | March 15, 2021

If someone wants to get catcalled over 100 times in 10 hours while wearing a pair of jeans and a crew neck T-shirt, New York City is the place to go according to this viral video. With almost 50 million…

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Arhan Sarma utilizes technology to support education in India
Features

Sophia Bassi | March 12, 2021

After visiting the only school in Janata Vashat village in India, Arhan Sarma (’22) realized the importance of education and how essential it is for all children. This has led to his pursuit of providing…

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Jordan Plotner’s brain damage cured his fear of darkness
Features

Cameron Spurr | March 10, 2021

When Jordan Plotner (’12) was young, he slept with the lights on. For him, the unknown was just too terrifying.

“I could create many monsters in my head very quickly,” he said. “Being alone…

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Members of community involve spiritual practices in everyday routine
Features

Jasmin Taylor | March 1, 2021

Across the High School, students and staff partake in alternative, or spiritual, hobbies and interests, which they incorporate into their daily lives. Spiritual passions come in a variety of forms, and…

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Community debates validity of Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘drivers license’
Arts & Entertainment

Rudi Chamria | February 26, 2021

As TikTok users across the globe scrolled through the app during the second week of January, one song flooded the For You page. 17-year-old Olivia Rodrigo’s single “drivers license” was released…

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Community discusses sustainable fashion
Features

Anahi Pellathy | February 23, 2021

According to Business Insider, the fashion industry produces 10% of the world’s carbon emissions and up to 85% of textiles go to landfills every year. 

The term “fast fashion” refers to the expedited…

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Lockdowns disrupt college athletic recruitment
Sports

Sophia Bassi | February 15, 2021

Due to the various lockdowns imposed in the U.K., the U.S. college athletic recruitment process has been more challenging for student athletes. Not being able to train, compete or meet college coaches…

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Community reacts to Navalny’s impact on Russia
News

Sajah Ali | February 11, 2021

Alexei Navalny, Russian anti-corruption activist, blogger and most prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison Feb. 2. 

Navalny has accumulated…

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Students explore effectiveness of social media activism
Features

Isabel Link | February 9, 2021

Introduction

When picturing an activist, what comes to mind? Posts, stories, comments, direct messages? These are some of the basic features of Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and TikTok – social media…

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Students raise cancer awareness
Features

Amber de Saint-Exupéry | February 8, 2021

As a COVID-19 stricken summer left many students with more relaxed schedules, some used the extra time to raise awareness on issues of importance to them.

In just three months, Tanvi Rao (’22) and…

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Trump’s legacy inspires global discussion
News

Ella Podurgiel | February 2, 2021

While President Joe Biden has been inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States, Former President Donald Trump’s legacy remains topical. 

During his presidency, Trump worked to cut taxes…

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SJC members meet with social studies, English departments about use of racially sensitive texts
News

Emily Forgash | December 16, 2020

As part of this year’s anti-racism theme, the English and social studies departments met with the SJC Dec. 9 to discuss how to best incorporate racially sensitive texts into their curriculums.

Alice…

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Teacher hosts ‘The Latin American’ show
Features

Elena Alexander | December 14, 2020

World Languages and Culture Teacher Whitney Nuchereno does not limit herself to the classroom when educating others about Latin America. Nuchereno co-hosts “The Latin America” show, a program with nearly…

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Members of community discuss herd immunity as method to manage COVID-19
News

Vittoria Di Meo | December 1, 2020

The U.K. has already experienced two lockdowns due to COVID-19, with the first one beginning March 16, in which non-essential shops and schools were closed. The second lockdown began Nov. 5, in which non-essential…

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Trump’s online misinformation raises red flags
Opinions

Polina Dashevsky | November 19, 2020

When used properly, social media can provide individuals with an invaluable forum to openly share, spread and discuss opinions and ideas on a variety of subjects. However, when it is used to spread misinformation,…

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Biden wins presidency, community reacts
News

Cameron Spurr | November 13, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the U.S. Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes swung in his favor midday Nov. 7, propelling him above 270. 

After a drawn-out counting process…

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Israel, Sudan normalize relations
News

Sajah Ali | November 9, 2020

Israel and Sudan have agreed to normalize relations in a deal brokered by the U.S. Oct. 23.

The Israel–Sudan normalization agreement makes Sudan the third Arab country to reach peace deals with Israel…

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Trump supporters shed light on experience
Features

Emily Forgash | November 9, 2020

Justin* said it was “one of the worst feelings ever” to be sitting in class, feeling as though he could not say anything as his teacher referenced an article projected on the screen that bashed President…

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Student voters reflect on casting ballots
Features

Cameron Spurr | November 5, 2020

In 2008, when former President Barack Obama was elected as the first Black president in U.S. history, Taylor Lewis (’21) watched in awe from her school in Georgia, as she learnt about the election. She…

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Financing exerts authority over election
Opinions

Cameron Spurr | November 5, 2020

Flashy TV ads and sold out campaign rallies which we see every election are not free, and the network of financing behind them is ugly. As a candidate, spreading your message and reaching voters is costly….

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GSA silent protest, Trump-Pence campaign flag provoke debate among student body
News

Cameron Spurr | October 28, 2020

Editor’s note: Article has been updated from original version.

Many students and faculty members wore rainbow colors to school Oct. 26 to show support for the LGBTQIA+ community. The silent protest…

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Alumna advocates for students with disabilities
Features

Daniel De Beer | October 14, 2020

According to the Public and Commercial Services Union, around a third of disabled adults reported that they felt they were spending too much time alone as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

However,…

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Athletics, activism: an intertwined history
Sports

Jasmin Taylor | October 13, 2020

“Sticking to sports” or being told to “shut up and dribble” has never been easy for athletes. Sports are often connected with current events, as athletes are people beyond their sport and are deeply…

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Trump administration should not ban TikTok
Opinions

Daniel De Beer | September 16, 2020

Over the past year, Chinese-owned social media app TikTok has increased in popularity exponentially, becoming a form of expressing oneself comparable to Instagram, Twitter and even YouTube. With an active…

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COVID-19 impacts economy
Coronavirus

Mia George | May 27, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has delivered the fastest, deepest economic shock in history,” according to an article by the Guardian published Mar. 25.

This article also said that as a result of the spread…

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New format of AP exams shifts mindset
Coronavirus

Helen Roth | May 12, 2020

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, CollegeBoard has implemented various changes to the format of AP exams. The tests have transitioned away from the two to three hour exams previously taken…

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The debate over facial recognition
Features

Willa Blair | April 30, 2020

“The amount of information that it can provide is almost priceless, due to the fact that you can’t get that kind of info from anywhere else,” Dean Papayoanou (’21) said, when speaking about the…

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Video: Life under lockdown
Coronavirus

Maddy Whitman | April 16, 2020

This story was originally published on The Standard on April 15, 2020.

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Standardized test cancellation disrupts college application process
Coronavirus

Lucas Romualdo | April 16, 2020

CollegeBoard has canceled the May SAT exam over concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. The ACT test in April has also been canceled for similar reasons, but was rescheduled for June 13. Many High…

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