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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 Akins High School
Battling Vaccine Hesitancy: COVID-19 vaccine creates anxiety despite its promise
Features

Heba Dalu | March 30, 2021

The COVID-19 particle measures 125 nanometers. While minuscule, this virus has ironically made large impacts on the way we have to live our lives now.

The daily routines of always having a face mask…

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America Divided: Divisions remain after presidential election
Features

Heba Dalu | February 3, 2021

Seventy-three million people. This is the number of Americans that voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Although Joe Biden won 79 million votes, it shows that we are still a nation…

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Student reveals how an ICE arrest changed her world.
Opinions

Alondra Mondragon-Rodriguez | January 26, 2021

In September 2020, a dear person to me was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

I had never experienced someone close to me being arrested. I was scared of the possibility that he would…

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Student web searches tracked, triggers safety checks
News

Zachary Reyna | March 2, 2020

To many people, a breach of online privacy can leave them feeling vulnerable and uncomfortable.

However, some are okay with the idea of someone tracking their online searches if the purpose is to keep…

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Couch Surfing
Features

Dee Carreon | December 19, 2019

During April of 2018 until the beginning of this school year, senior Reed Henri lived for months having to couch surf to find a safe place to sleep.

“My mom and I had a falling out. And she felt like…

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Akins staff, students deal with grief
News

Dee Carreon | December 19, 2019

The daily grind of high school doesn’t usually factor in time to contemplate matters of life and death.
But death has a way of intruding into our lives and upending our routines. And for young people…

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New charging stations expands electric vehicle access
News

Rito Pineda | May 2, 2019

In November, Austin Energy celebrated the “EVs for Schools” initiative with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Akins new electric vehicle charging station.

The event featured speakers like Jackie Sargent,…

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Orchestra student learns composition, pursues career
Arts & Entertainment

Jose Garcia | April 19, 2019

Senior Melaina Newman has dreams to one day compose classical music that inspires other people as much as the great composers that inspire her.

Composing is a relatively new endeavor for Newman, who…

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Akins-THON to raise money for children’s hospitals
News

Victoria Navarro | April 11, 2019

When students see the fliers for “Akins-THON” around campus, many show a puzzled expression and have no idea what it means.

A “thon” is actually a dance marathon that will be hosted on April…

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‘Self-care’ buzzword vague, open to misinterpretation
Opinions

Maria Gacia | April 11, 2019

There’s a lot of misconceptions about what self-care actually is thanks to all the marketing and social media posts advertising various wellness products.

The term self-care is so vague that it is…

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Law students set goals for expanded opportunities
Features

Jackson Battle | April 4, 2019

After placing in the top 10 at the state level mock trial competition, students in the Future Lawyers of America organization have high hopes for the future.

The Akins mock trial team, which is a mix…

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Pop-punk bands grow, work to maintain popularity as fans age
Arts & Entertainment

Zeta Handy | April 2, 2019

While music classified as “pop-punk” is very popular, its specific classifications are often unclear. It’s often conflated and used as a synonym for alternative music and some indie rock….

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Working on the weekend
Features

Samantha Salazar | April 2, 2019

The average Austin ISD teacher makes about $23,019 less than the amount that Go Banking Rate estimates is needed to live comfortably.

In Austin ISD, an average teacher’s salary was $50,144 in the…

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Companies sell ‘self-care’ as wellness trend
Features

Bethany Bissell | March 19, 2019

#SelfcareSaturday. As of late, the hashtag has taken over Twitter and Instagram, becoming more common than the longstanding #MotivationMonday.

While scrolling through social media, students are often…

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Involved students struggle with burnout
Opinions

Jackson Battle | March 12, 2019

Most high schools around the world have students who feel it’s absolutely necessary to push themselves beyond their limits in order to complete multiple tasks and eventually graduate with top honors.

But…

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Transmedia shows become entertainment fad
Arts & Entertainment

Arianna Farner | January 14, 2019

Storylines updated in real time. Characters that interact with viewers. Content accessed solely on social media. The phenomenon of transmedia storytelling is a growing trend that focuses on interaction…

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The Turnout: Students participate in political process
News

Dee Carreon | December 27, 2018

Rigged system. Lame candidates. Political gridlock.

These are all reasons why young people say they often do not vote. In the past elections, voter turnout in Texas was in general and especially among…

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Juul’s marketing campaign attracts teens to vape
Features

Justin Wan | December 26, 2018

With a sleek design, attractive marketing and a variety of fruit flavors to choose from, Juul has proven to be the vape of choice among teenagers.
The device, which resembles an elongated USB flash…

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