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Column: Cheap Cheats and Expensive Bribes

Column: Cheap Cheats and Expensive Bribes

By Jonathan Ross, North Allegheny Senior High School

March 20, 2019


Filed under Admissions Scandal

I think it is safe to say that a majority of students in our school have, at some point during their academic careers, cheated, finessed, conned, bluffed, or otherwise bamboozled their way to a grade that was better than what they likely deserved. I myself am included in this—we have all felt the all-too-prevalent...

Stressed for success

Stressed for success

By Savannah Dupper, Cathedral Catholic High School

March 20, 2019


Filed under Admissions Scandal

Fluorescent lights beam down upon the nervous students, their pencils moving frantically as they bubble in answers, each hoping to achieve a higher score than their counterparts. The Scholastic Aptitude Test and American College Testing, culprits of this stressful environment, recently made headlines...

What would keep you from going to the college of your dreams?

What would keep you from going to the college of your dreams?

By Edgar Hernandez, Middle College High School @ Santa Ana College

March 20, 2019


Filed under Admissions Scandal

It’s that time of year for high school seniors to be consumed with anxiety and stress as colleges will begin to send out both their acceptance and rejection letters. According to the College Parent Center, these times are one of the most stressful for high school seniors. Not only do they experience...

The Scoop on the College Bribery Scandal

The Scoop on the College Bribery Scandal

By Noelia Arteaga, Woodside High School

March 20, 2019


Filed under Admissions Scandal

Fifty people were charged in a thread of college bribery scandals unveiled on Tuesday, involving some of television's top-name Hollywood actors. Many top schools including Yale, University of Southern California (USC), and Stanford have been involved in the bribery, and 750 families benefited from...

Column: Hard work pays off, but money does too

Column: Hard work pays off, but money does too

By Sophie Stephens, West High School

March 20, 2019


Filed under Admissions Scandal

One of the most cliché pieces of advice we’ve all heard growing up is that hard work pays off. For the most part, this has proven to be true. Take the “miracle stories” of people working their way from the lower-class to making millions because of their dedication and ability to push themselves...

$1.2 million gets you into Yale? Students aren’t surprised

$1.2 million gets you into Yale? Students aren’t surprised

By Noah Raaum, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

March 20, 2019


Filed under Admissions Scandal

Students at St. Paul Academy and Summit School are all too familiar with the many facets of a college application: test scores, academic records, references and essays. None of these, however, guarantee a student’s admission to top universities. A recent criminal indictment makes it abundantly clear that there is a foolproof way of getting kids into big-name schools like Yale, Stanfo...

Shutdowns in space: What Mars rovers and NASA scientists have in common

Shutdowns in space: What Mars rovers and NASA scientists have in common

By Nicki Rosenberg, The Archer School for Girls

February 21, 2019


Filed under Showcase, The Shutdown

After 15 years of exploring the red planet, the Mars Opportunity rover died Feb. 12. After the rover team's attempt to contact it on Tuesday was unanswered, NASA shut down Opportunity's mission. This, however, was not the only shutdown NASA was concerned about this week. The government agency was facing another...

Longest-ever government shutdown affects local citizens

Longest-ever government shutdown affects local citizens

By Alexa Davis, Freedom Area Middle School

February 12, 2019


Filed under Middle School, The Shutdown

On Friday, Jan. 25, President Donald Trump signed a bill to reopen the government for three weeks after a 35-day shutdown. A partial government shutdown started in the United States on Dec. 21, 2018. A partial shutdown is the result when Congress fails to pass a budget for the country. When a shutdown...

Low Country businesses and organizations step in to provide for furloughed workers

Low Country businesses and organizations step in to provide for furloughed workers

By Ryan Okpych, Summerville High School

February 8, 2019


Filed under The Shutdown

As the government shutdown continues into its 35th day, many Low Country restaurants and stores have begun to provide for workers affected by the shutdown, such as those working at the Charleston International Airport with TSA. “To the many businesses and individuals in the greater Charleston community...

Longest Government Shutdown in U.S History

Longest Government Shutdown in U.S History

By Tonia Bloomingberg, Klein Cain High School

February 8, 2019


Filed under The Shutdown

Throughout the nation, January brought an abounding amount of stress to federal employees and contractors. Over 1.8 million Americans were denied pay and left out of work, 1 million of which are contractors who will not be seeing back pay. After rewriting history by setting a new record for the longest...

No Budget, More Problems

No Budget, More Problems

By DJ McInturff, Herrin High School

February 7, 2019


Filed under The Shutdown

Complete economic free fall, the closure of schools, the unemployed forming into unimaginably long breadlines, violence in the streets, an entire country in disarray-- these might be some of the images that come to mind when you hear the words “government shutdown” in every headline on every news...

Federal employee describes government shutdown hardships

Federal employee describes government shutdown hardships

By Zoe Alvarez, Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts

January 31, 2019


Filed under The Shutdown

The name have been changed to protect this federal employee’s identity Robert Matthews is one of the 800,000 employees who had been affected by the government shutdown. He had little concern when he first heard of the shutdown as he has been through several. “I really did not give much thought...

The Bug: 2018-2019 government shutdown is making history

The Bug: 2018-2019 government shutdown is making history

By Justyne Bernal, Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts

January 31, 2019


Filed under The Shutdown

The issue to shut down the government was stalled by Congress on December 5, 2018, meaning that federal employees would still receive a paycheck. However, after fighting towards no shutdown the fight was lost after 16 days. On December 22, 2018, President Donald Trump shifted the lifestyle of government...

Students show growing dismay after month-long government shutdown

Students show growing dismay after month-long government shutdown

By Noah Raaum, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

January 31, 2019


Filed under The Shutdown

One month in Martin Luther King Jr. Day—a day of celebration, service and progress—marked the 32nd of the longest government shutdown in United States history. Over the course of a month, numerous federal services have gone dormant, half a million federal workers have lost their wages, and Congr...

Sophomore shares his government shutdown experience

Sophomore shares his government shutdown experience

By Zoe Alvarez, Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts

January 29, 2019


Filed under The Shutdown

Esteban Rocha is one of the many children of federal employees who are being affected by the shutdown. He is a sophomore VMT creative writing student. Like many others, he did not anticipate the length of this government shutdown; he assumed it would last a couple of days. Little did he know it would...

What the government shutdown means for Coppell

What the government shutdown means for Coppell

By Nicolas Reyes, Coppell High School

January 29, 2019


Filed under The Shutdown

Uncle Sam has been tagged by a kid named Government Polarization in a game of freeze tag that affects every American. As Washington D.C stands still, the rest of the nation is teeming with uncertainty. About 800,000 federal workers are not being paid; 500,000 of them are being forced to work regardless....

Affecting the masses: South Forsyth families and how they deal with the government shutdown

Affecting the masses: South Forsyth families and how they deal with the government shutdown

By Kate Haas, South Forsyth High School

January 28, 2019


Filed under The Shutdown

Since December 27th, the United States government has been in a government shutdown, leaving thousands of government employees unpaid but still required to go to work. Employees have now missed two paychecks, which is taking a toll on families across America.  Before working for the government, future...

Dance student explains family’s government shutdown challenges

Dance student explains family’s government shutdown challenges

By Zoe Alvarez, Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts

January 28, 2019


Filed under The Shutdown

Krista Lopez is one of the 800,000 federal employees’ children who is currently dealing with the effects of the shutdown. She is a sophomore VMT dance student. She described her feelings as concern and confusion when she first heard about the government shutdown on December 22, 2018. Her parents...

Not Shut Out by Shutdown

Not Shut Out by Shutdown

By Jordan Doss, Clarksburg High School

January 28, 2019


Filed under The Shutdown

Due to a disagreement between the democratic and republican party, the United States government went into a shutdown December 22. Trump requested $5.7 billion for the development of the wall between the US and Mexico, but the Democrats denied his plea. The following day the shutdown began and is currently...

Federal shutdown causes local pain

Federal shutdown causes local pain

By Charlotte Spears, Henry. W. Grady High School

January 28, 2019


Filed under The Shutdown

For 35 days, one fourth of the federal government has been shutdown due to a dispute between Congress and the President over a spending bill allocating money to build a southern U.S. border wall. The now longest-running partial government shutdown is tightening its grip on the 800,000 employees impacted. ...

Furlough frenzy: Government shutdown impacts Whitman community

Furlough frenzy: Government shutdown impacts Whitman community

By Zara Ali, Walt Whitman High School

January 24, 2019


Filed under The Shutdown

The current government shutdown—now in its 30th day—is the longest in U.S history. The shutdown has kept around 800,000 federal employees from receiving pay, including many parents in the Whitman community. In an informal survey of five classes, twelve students said at least one of their parents ...

Government shutdown jeopardizes Big Bend trip

Government shutdown jeopardizes Big Bend trip

By Sophie Gillard, St. John's School

January 24, 2019


Filed under The Shutdown

Additional reporting by Ashley Yen As the partial government shutdown finishes day 29 with no end in sight, the eighth grade Big Bend trip is threatened by Congressional inaction. For the first time in 41 years, students may not have the opportunity to camp for a week in Texas’ best-known nation...

For these three Knights, cost of government shutdown hits close to home

For these three Knights, cost of government shutdown hits close to home

By Gregory James, McCallum High School

January 24, 2019


Filed under The Shutdown

Junior Acacia Burnett doesn’t have to tune in to CNN or check the president’s Twitter feed to learn about the effects of the government shutdown. For Burnett, the effects of the government shutdown are personal. Because of the shutdown, her mother, Aphrica Farrow, is close to being out of a job ...

Government hits wall

Government hits wall

By Blake Loria and Caroline Ragland

January 24, 2019


Filed under The Shutdown

The partial government shutdown, which started Dec. 22, 2018, is the longest government shutdown in U.S. history as of Saturday, Jan. 12. The shutdown is in response to President Donald Trump's demand for a $5.7 billion proposed border wall budget and the Senate and House Democrats, who say they w...

Shutdown won’t immediately impact SCCC students

Shutdown won’t immediately impact SCCC students

By Michelle Mattich, Seward County Community College

January 24, 2019


Filed under College Reporting, The Shutdown

It’s day 26 of the government shutdown and the longest in the history of the United States. Government workers are not being paid and many offices are closed while congress and President Donald Trump battle over funding issues. How does this shutdown affect Seward County Community College students?...

Government shutdown hits home

Government shutdown hits home

By Dani Orloff and Noah Orloff

January 24, 2019


Filed under The Shutdown

For senior Jack Ostrovsky, the government shutdown is more than simply a news headline. According to Ostrovsky, his father, a federal worker for the Internal Revenue Service, has been out of work for three weeks because of the shutdown. “Like many federal workers, (my father) wants to get back into ...

Students evacuate throughout southern California due to wildfires

Students evacuate throughout southern California due to wildfires

By Anusha Rao and Mina Jung

January 11, 2019


Filed under California Fires

When the Woolsey fire arrived in the city of Oak Park Friday, Nov. 9, residents evacuated to avoid the flames that came down the Santa Susana Mountains toward their homes. The fire was predicted to touch down in Oak Park at 11 p.m., prompting mandatory and voluntary evacuations that also affected...

Woolsey Fire destroys Gindling Hilltop Camp

Woolsey Fire destroys Gindling Hilltop Camp

By Juliette Setudeh-Nejad, Oak Park High School

December 28, 2018


Filed under California Fires

As the Woolsey fire burned through Malibu, many religious camps, including Gindling Hilltop, Camp were severely damaged. The Gindling Hilltop camp has been the location for the Oak Park High School senior year Life Skills retreat for the past 17 years, since 2002. For upcoming retreats, however, retreat...

Fire survivor shares experience

Fire survivor shares experience

By Oliver Carter, Oak Park High School

December 21, 2018


Filed under California Fires

Over a year has passed since the Thomas Fire began on Dec. 4, 2017. The fire directly affected Ventura County and many families within, persisting until Jan. 12, 2018 after 1,063 structures were destroyed. Mindy Ehret lived in the neighborhood of Ondulando, Ventura, with her husband and two sons, a...

Helping Pets Hurt in the Camp Fire

Helping Pets Hurt in the Camp Fire

By Lily Bonner, Abington High School

December 21, 2018


Filed under California Fires

From July until this fall, it seemed like all of California was burning. For months, a series of fires blazed across the state. These wildfires turned cities into ash. One of these fires, the Camp Fire, started on Nov. 8 and burned 153,336 acres. It burned until Nov. 25 when it was 100% contained. On...

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