Best of SNO

The show must go on: virtual orchestra performance brings home the music

Instead of a Spring Concert, the SPA Orchestra recorded a virtual performance of Nessun Dorma. This photo was taken at the 2019 Pops Concert.

By Elle Chen, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

May 20, 2020

Stripped of one of the few chances a year that they get to perform and showcase their hard work, one could say the students and teachers participating in the Music Department had one of the biggest losses after transitioning to the Distance Learning Plan. Especially for students in the orchestra prog...

Paramedics handle COVID-19 with care

Every morning, paramedics check the ambulance. Wade Watson checks the monitor and does a defibrillator test to ensure it is working properly.

By Ava Hoezel, Stillwater Area High School

May 20, 2020

Long hours, weird schedules, little sleep, busy days, slow days and stressful intense work-- these are experiences paramedics encounter day to day. Now that COVID-19 has entered the United States, the job of paramedics has become even more difficult.  Like everyone else, paramedics' lives have changed...

EXCLUSIVE: Governor Beshear on reopenings, Class of 2020, anxiety, the future

Governor Andy Beshear talks with Manual RedEye reporters about various topics on Tuesday.

By Reece Gunther, KC Ciresi, Payton Carns, and Maddie Gamertsfelder

May 20, 2020

In an exclusive interview with Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Beshear indicated that he is focused on making every effort possible to allow students the opportunity to attend school in the fall. However, in-person instruction will look quite a bit different than it has in the past. “I want to do...

COVID-19 & BSM: An Oral History of Spring Semester 2020

Due to COVID-19, BSM sits empty as students attend school online.

By Reilly Rahill, Maggie Anderson, Flint Frohman, Jackie Bucaro, Brady Giertsen, Keegan Gustafson, Kaitlyn McTigue, Will Thompson, Sophie Ludwig, Cole DeChellis, Sydney Wilharm, Morgan Anderson, Elizabeth Valley, Grace Cochrane, Elena Latterell, Zach Carden, Claudia Scherer, Cooper Gay, Brady Wine, and Sam Best

May 20, 2020

This year, spring semester at Benilde-St. Margaret’s has looked a lot different. The COVID-19 pandemic has completely transformed the traditional school year, moving to a completely online platform. As everybody has adapted and coped with this drastic change, many have overcome different personal ch...

Physical Education classes make changes since students are working out at home

Sophomore Shelby Honda exercises at home. PE teachers have changed their curriculum to encourage at-home workouts.

By Kamm Kojima, Mid-Pacific Institute

May 20, 2020

Breaking out a sweat, students in Mid-Pacific physical education classes trade the weights, rackets and balls they might use in a regular class for items around their house. With Mid-Pacific moving to virtual learning in response to the coronavirus pandemic, teachers said they had to change their...

A virtual Ramadan

A virtual Ramadan

By Hayate Mustefa, West High School

May 20, 2020

You rush to a table full of food as soon as you hear the call to prayer. “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar” (God is the greatest, God is the greatest) is all that echoes in your head as you break your fast with dates and sips of water. As your thirst becomes quenched and your veins moist, you turn to you...

Music despite distance

Due to social distancing, music students at home have been doing private lessons remotely at home. Louisa Hagen, freshman, prepares to video chat with her teacher through Zoom right before her private lesson.

By Jane Yu, Lake Zurich High School

May 20, 2020

The music never stops, even when concerts, shows, and performances do. Many students are keeping up with their private lessons at home by using various platforms such as Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom to interact with their teachers. “I think that especially during this time when we’re not singing...

‘I wish I had known that this would be the end’

Three members of the Iowa City West High Class of 2020 (from left) Brett Cherry, Kaitlyn Hansen, and Nolan Lounsbery.

By Hanah Kitamoto, Headliners in Education

May 19, 2020

Typically during this time of year, high school seniors could be seen wearing their caps and gowns walking across a stage, or being occupied with countless graduation parties to attend. However, this is not the case for the Class of 2020. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced in a press conference...

Playing Amid Pandemic

Capturing the Moment- In light of COVID-19, Mr. Norris put together a virtual concert that included every band member.

By Ethan Menning, Gretna High School

May 19, 2020

Victory after victory. That is the legacy and output of the band program, and this was thought to be interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure of school forced the band to cancel many of its competitions. “It has been difficult not seeing each other every day and making music,” band director...

Quarantine prompts students to switch up their hairstyles

With barber shops and hair salons closed, hair dyeing and cutting seems to be a popular activity for those stuck at home.

By Mareesa Islam, Granite Bay High School

May 19, 2020

With people unable to leave their homes due to the shelter-in-place mandate, many have found themselves feeling adventurous and experimental when it comes to switching up their physical appearance. For example, some have found that changing their hairstyle while in quarantine is a simple, yet significant...

In retrospect: Looking back on the 1918 influenza pandemic

People wait in line for flu masks in San Francisco in 1918.

By Victoria Tong, Richard Montgomery High School - MD

May 19, 2020

675,000. That is the number of Americans who lost their lives during the 1918 influenza pandemic—a number larger than all U.S. war casualties from World War I to the present day. As the death toll for COVID-19 continues to climb every day, there is no better time to look back on the deadliest disease out...

Boutwells seniors persevere through pandemic

Boutwells Landing resident Judy Rubertus sews masks for distribution around the community. Sewing a total of 500 masks is just one of the many ways Rubertus is managing to stay busy and involved.

By Sandy Liu, Stillwater Area High School

May 18, 2020

Throughout the community, people are forced to adapt to a new way of life. While some may be mildly inconvenienced by drive-by pick-ups, distance working or learning and the ever-present challenge of fervently sanitizing everything in sight, others face more dangerous, threatening adversities. Stories...

Southerner Podcast: Councilman Westmoreland talks COVID-19

Councilman Matt Westmoreland discusses city policy in reaction to COVID-19.

By Griffin Richie, Henry W. Grady High School

May 18, 2020

Although COVID-19 has forced many Atlantans to change how they live, go to school and work, the City of Atlanta has tried to utilize its resources in order to minimize the impact of the pandemic and uphold the common interests of its residents and the region. Councilman Matt Westmoreland, who is also...

Seniors grapple with unusual graduation, reflect on high school

Social distancing has seen the conclusion of in-person high school classes and events for the 2019-2020 school year. High school seniors, due to graduate in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, miss out on end-of-year traditions and ceremonies and face an uncertain future, but have also found time to explore new passions and reflect. Graphic by Shriya Vanparia

By Akansha Singh, Coppell High School

May 18, 2020

March 6 - the last day before spring break - was a day few Coppell High School seniors could have predicted would be their last day on campus. For the past two months, social distancing requirements have presented a new way of life. For CHS seniors, the last few months have been an unprecedented end...

Recruitment Roadblock

Kate Marano jumps onto the field playing lacrosse with her team.

By Davis Gutow, Greenhill School

May 18, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many select sports teams to cancel summer trips, tournaments and showcases, complicating the college search of some elite Greenhill athletes. Greenhill has many student-athletes who compete on club teams or select teams outside of school. These student-athletes spend...

Doctor explains how outside affects social distancing

Two people wearing face masks, a worker cleaning the Mary Tyler Moore statue and someone passing by, glance at each other in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

By Elizabeth Trevathan, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

May 18, 2020

Minnesota's current Stay at Home order expires May 17, then enters a "Stay Safe MN" strategy. The state recommends elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions to continue staying home due to statistics showing COVID-19 affects them more. Social distancing recommendations still apply to...

Faculty take different approaches to e-learning

Mr. Neverly using a Twitch stream yesterday to host a

By Francisco Avila, Mount Carmel High School - IL

May 18, 2020

Many believe that ever since the COVID-19 virus came out it primarily affects those working on the front lines, such as nurses, doctors, and paramedics but another group that has been affected is educators. With students being told to stay at home and school years being canceled, teachers around the g...

COVID-19 Quarantine Hinders Religious Observances

St. Louis Grace of the Nazarene in Ballwin, where the Lee family resides.

By Zara Tola, Marquette High School

May 18, 2020

While the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus has postponed many traditional events, these forthcoming weeks of quarantine include several religious observances the public can’t necessarily reschedule. Lent and Easter Quinton Durer, senior, said his ongoing observation of Lent has been slightly inhibi...

Environmental side effects

Social distancing and lockdown measures put in place due to COVID-19 are resulting in a series of environmental changes.

By Katherine Shoppa, West High School

May 18, 2020

In the past few months, the world has been turned upside down. There have been over 3.2 million COVID-19 cases worldwide and on April 27, the U.S. surpassed 1 million cases and became the country with the most people infected. Towns all over the world are deserted as governments have implemented “stay...

From the band hall to a COVID-19 hospital unit

In 2011, Lindsey Wagner was a Mac graduate set on studying to become an nurse at Stephen F. Austin University. In 2020, Wagner is a nurse battling COVID-19 on the front lines in Denver.

By Madelynn Niles and Alysa Spiro

May 18, 2020

Covered from head to toe in a pale blue gown, gloves, face shield and an N95 mask, Lindsey Wagner is only inches away from a coronavirus patient. The air is still. Uncertainty fills each corner. The soft, muffled chatter of the television across the room catches her attention. She turns. A news anchor,...

Wayland community unites to celebrate the class of 2020

Senior Fatma Sayeh poses in front of her decorations, prior to her celebration.

By Christina Taxiarchis, Wayland High School

May 18, 2020

The Wayland community has come together to participate in weekly parades celebrating the class of 2020. Each Saturday, from April 25 onward, WHS seniors and their families caravan around town to honor and acknowledge the class of 2020’s accomplishments. On March 12, the class of 2020 unknowingly...

Volunteers conduct mass COVID-19 antibody testing on campus

On May 2, Metroplex Medical Centres conducted COVID-19 antibody testing at Coppell High School. The drive-through testing administered 450 tests to Coppell residents, first responders, healthcare providers and essential workers.

By Avani Kashyap, Coppell High School

May 18, 2020

On May 2, in the midst of rain and 25 mph winds, volunteers spent their day conducting COVID-19 antibody tests at Coppell High School. The drive-through testing, organized by Metroplex Medical Centres, was for Coppell residents, first responders, health care providers and essential workers. Participants...

Driver’s Licenses on Hold Until COVID-19 Emergency Sanctions are Lifted

All DMV License appointments have been cancelled until further notice due to the stay-at-home order.  Photo courtesy of Google Images.

By Gabby Laurente, San Juan Hills High School

May 18, 2020

Student drivers have lost the opportunity to receive their license at the time of their scheduled DMV appointments. This is due to the cancellation of all behind the wheel sessions at the hands of the statewide stay-at-home order implemented on March 19th, 2020.  Many students turning sixteen this...

Potential online fall semester concerns Wayland’s future and current college students

After weeks of remote learning and canceled plans, colleges have to reckon with an unfortunate reality: the coronavirus might mean school campus closures during the fall semester.

By Jessica Reilly and Joanna Barrow

May 18, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is far from over, and its consequences might stretch farther than students initially thought: the 2020 fall semester is now in jeopardy. Depending on the status of COVID-19, schools may decide not to reopen their campuses. Though Boston University (BU) is currently planning...

Opinion: We need to stop complaining about quarantine

Many people have been feeling depressed since quarantine started. However, we have it better than a lot of people.

By Ethan Torban, Carlmont High School

May 18, 2020

As humans, one of our natural instincts is greed. When we lived in the caves, we had to be greedy to survive, as the ability to successfully hunt and gather determined whether one would live or die. However, now, humanity has a different kind of greed. In fact, we foster many types of greed, with...

Coronavirus pandemic impacts students’ mental health

During the coronavirus pandemic, there are many online resources available to help cope.

By Sara Marquez, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School

May 15, 2020

Amid the chaos of siblings running around and the dog’s barking, students have to find a way to focus on their online work and get their assignments done before due dates regardless of the situation. “It is a bit more stressful having to do all my school work at home because it’s easy for me to get distracted easily,” junior Brenda Zaragoza said...

Home, (office) suite, home

NOTE-ABLE ENDEAVORS: My dad has a series of sticky notes covering one wall, a few windows, and the center table. There are many different moving parts to running a business and the simplest way to keep track of all these different factors is to write them down on sticky notes and put them in easy places to remind him. Systems like this are used frequently to improve work efficiency throughout many different industries but they are usually digitized; I have never seen anybody use actual sticky notes other than him. I don’t see how it is any better than just putting them into some form of “reminders” app but it seems to increase his productivity so I trust his process. Photo by Angus Sewell McCann.

By Thea Cahoon, Scarlet Craig, Carter Eason, Olive Embry, Megan McHorse, Georgie Murray, Angus Sewell McCann, Dave Winter, and Addison Phillips

May 15, 2020

The photojournalism students continue to capture complex images of the interplay of work and family during the COVID-19 pandemic. These candid moments reveal that striking a balance between work and family has been made more difficult during the coronavirus outbreak for a variety of reasons. Some families...

Stay-at-home athletes

Boaz Abramoff '22 lifts weights from home on May 11 as he prepares for football season this fall.

By Owen Aanestad, West High School

May 15, 2020

The spring sports season came to a sudden halt on March 16 when the Iowa City Community School District announced that they would suspend classes until April 13, preventing track and field’s upcoming meets and practices along with the other spring sports’ first practices. As school grounds cl...

Thursday night is the band’s night

Rebecca Friesen, KSD director of bands, plays with her son.

By Ava Duggin, Kirkwood High School

May 15, 2020

It’s 6 p.m. on a Thursday night in “the Wood.” Rebecca Friesen, KSD director of bands, would usually be in downtown Kirkwood enjoying the annual summer concert series. But tonight she stands on her front porch playing her clarinet, with her son playing his trumpet on her left. With concerts and...

High school camp counselors/campers fear camp cancellation

Every summer, senior Hallie Bachman goes to Camp Downer, a sleepaway camp in Vermont. “Camp means so much to me and it feels like a home away from home,

By Allie Nunn and Eliya Howard-Delman

May 15, 2020

As WHS officially comes to a close for the year due to the spread of COVID-19, summer plans become uncertain as is the decision of whether or not summer camps will remain open. Every year, hundreds of camps open up for the summer and are filled with students who could stay for a day or the entire summer....

Breaking down the surge in COVID-19 testing

Art by Emmy Pearson. 
Recently there has been an increase in COVID-19 testing in Minnesota, allowing for more cases to be confirmed in the state.

By Talia Lissauer and Maddie Schutte

May 14, 2020

Minnesota's new $36 million COVID-19 testing strategy has given rise to a new level of confusion surrounding the severity of the virus, the rate at which it spreads and what these numbers mean for the future.  This new plan has the capacity for up to 20,000 people being tested per day, rather than ...

SJS alum remembers 1946 polio outbreak that prompted School closure

The last time St. John's School closed due to public health concerns was in 1946 due to a polio outbreak.

By Abigail Poag, St. John's School - TX

May 14, 2020

Nearly 75 years before the COVID-19 pandemic would prompt the School’s longest unplanned closure to date, St. John’s faced another viral threat: polio.  On Nov. 6, 1946, the St. John’s Board of Trustees shut down the School for a 10-day quarantine after the second community member within one...

Project Face Shield

Completed face shields wait to be packaged and taken to the Office of Emergency Management. From there, they will be distributed throughout Columbia and St. Louis.

By Emma Baum, Clayton High School

May 14, 2020

For Bill Moore, the COVID-19 outbreak is a crisis. But it’s also an opportunity to use his experience to help his community. “I went to school to become an engineer because I wanted to help people… It’s something I have been working on my whole life, how can I help people and where can...

Covid-19’s impact on the environment

The Covid-19 pandemic is having interesting impacts on the environment.

By Virginia Larner, Jesuit High School

May 14, 2020

With Covid-19 putting a halt to business and “normal” life, emission rates around the world have decreased substantially. As climate change is one of the major issues young activists have tackled in recent years, the current pandemic is giving people a glimpse of what a less carbon driven world could...

Pandemic Policy

Upper School history teacher Kevin Conlon’s Economics and Society class meets on Zoom.

By Tess Wayland, Francis W. Parker Junior/High School

May 13, 2020

Inboxes are piled full of updates on schedules, grading, and extended closures. Students bounce between Google Meets and Zoom. Teachers sift through binders of curriculum and fill up their notebooks with new plans. The city outside their homes is suffering from 1,152 COVID-19 deaths. As the chaos in...

District aims to create a level online playing field

Ana Rosa Tenorio and Ivan Ramos, Austin ISD transportation employees based at Nelson Field, unpack Chromebook chargers to be bundled with Chromebooks at Anderson High School. Anderson is one of five locations hosting curbside computer services Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Curbside computer services are also available at Austin and Crockett high schools and at the AISD Performing Arts Center. Photo by Dave Winter.

By Alysa Spiro, McCallum High School

May 13, 2020

On April 6, Austin ISD students, parents and teachers took the plunge into the new world of remote learning. A foreign concept to most AISD students and parents just weeks earlier, remote learning has quickly moved to the forefront of our educational experience. The multiple issues embedded in ...

The Other Side: Teachers affected by online schooling

With school turning online for the rest of the year, teachers are forced to assign work via online applications like Google Classroom.

By Lindsey Brown and Sidney O'Rourke

May 13, 2020

With COVID-19 forcing the shutdown of school, WHS teachers are forced to adopt new ways to make their curriculum available for students online. Teachers have to ensure that they can keep assisting their students throughout the remote learning process. One problem that teachers have encountered is...

From xenophobia and racism a new virus is born

From social media to real life, Asians have faced severely harmful prejudice related to COVID-19.

By Jade Wang and Owen Spargo

May 13, 2020

“A guy came behind me, and as I turned around, he started spraying me with Lysol and calling me all sorts of names.” “An older white man pushed my 7-year-old daughter off of her bike and yelled at my husband to ‘take your hybrid kids home because they’re making everyone sick.’” These...

Protesters evade shelter-in-place guidelines to demonstrate against COVID-19 emergency dorms for homeless

Members of the community express disdain toward Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilmember of District 2 Sergio Jimenez, protesting the tiny homes at 7 a.m. despite the fact that Jimenez voted against the construction on the Bernal/Monterey lot.

By Alexandra Rozmarin, University Preparatory Academy

May 13, 2020

South San Jose community members protested the construction of COVID-19 tiny homes for the homeless in District 2 on the morning of April 28, ignoring national, state and county shelter-in-place guidelines. San Jose City Council approved the construction of emergency interim housing on city-owned...

Coronavirus Calls U.S. To Treat Healthcare As Human Right (EDITORIAL)

The United States government and World Health Organization reports the country now has more confirmed COVID-19 cases than any other nation.

By Mei Lamison, Academy of the Holy Names

May 13, 2020

Since the initial COVID-19 outbreak in January of this year, at least 1.32 million United States citizens are known to have been infected with the virus, resulting in over 78,000 deaths. What is more horrifying, however, than the growing number cases, is the healthcare treatment of the victims. I...

Lifting spirits one care package at a time

By Jared Bysiek, McHenry High School

May 13, 2020

A senior stares at their Chromebook, heaving a heavy sigh. These last few months are important to them, with events like prom, and the jump from high school life into their future. But due to the current pandemic and quarantine, these final moments have been tarnished. With their last stretch of high...

Online learning changes get mixed reviews

Online learning in the fourth quarter has pass-fail grades and

By Cassie Snyder, Elizabeth Perston, and Lena Barakat

May 13, 2020

Baldwin has now settled into mandatory online learning for the fourth quarter, with a pass/fail grading system, “Flex Fridays” with no new work, and an earlier end to the school year.  Students, teachers, and administrators all acknowledged the limitations of online learning, though they differed...

MSMS parent spends quarantine sewing masks for healthcare workers

By Alden Wiygul and Gina Nguyen

May 13, 2020

Since stay-at-home orders have been issued in various states across the country, many people are finding they now have a lot more time on their hands. While some are picking up new hobbies, many are utilizing the skills they already have. MSMS parent and Biloxi resident Dianne Nguyen has spent the pa...

The Stolen Season

Maddie Alexander won first place in high jump at the 2019 regional tournament.

By Kacey Hoffman and Noah Weiskopf

May 12, 2020

High school athletes look forward to their senior season, when they will have the opportunity to lead their teams, participate in milestones and achieve goals they have worked hard for throughout high school.  Unfortunately, athletes from the class of 2020 lost all hope of a senior season on April...

In comparing pandemics, hindsight of 1918 is 2020

FROM ONE BATTLE TO THE NEXT: British World War 1 Soldiers wear medical masks amidst the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918. Jeremi Suri, a history professor at the University of Texas, explained that influenza reached Europe on a military ship due to World War 1. “World War 1 was what actually was the main mechanism by which the virus spread,” Suri said. “It started in Kansas, it spread to Europe on a military ship, and then it came back. So, it was spread by the war.

By Samantha Powers, McCallum High School

May 12, 2020

The number of coronavirus cases continues to rise worldwide as governments continue to pursue a solution and civilians wait patiently in self-quarantine. In Austin, many businesses are shut down; others have turned to curbside pickup and online orders, while others still have opened their dining rooms to 25% capacity in accordance with Gov. Abbott’s April 27 announcement that partially reopened Texas bu...

Technical issues arise during online AP testing

AP Exams have moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Nadia Sanburn, Lawrence High School

May 12, 2020

Students were faced with technical issues while taking the AP Exams today — the first day of AP testing in a new online format launched in the wake of COVID-19 closures. Physics teacher Zachary Casey has kept in close contact with his 10 students taking the exam, as they have almost all had issues...

COVID-19 severely impacts small businesses

Small businesses that comprise 99.9% of all businesses have been particularly hard-hit by COVID-19.

By Daniela Wise, Owen Spargo, and Ananda Mayuri Chakkenchath

May 12, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis gains momentum, small businesses in the United States are facing severe financial impacts due to stay-at-home orders that have called for “non-essential businesses” to shut down abruptly. In 2018, a report by the Small Business Association (SBA) found that within the U.S., 99.9% of businesses...

New format of AP exams shifts mindset

Just as learning must take place remotely, so must the AP exams. Both students and faculty reflect on the new formatting of the exams, and whether or not the change initiates a shift of pressure and mindset.

By Helen Roth and Polina Dashevsky

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 in authorized testing centers, to 45 minute tests taken from home. They have also adjusted the structure...

Art classes adapt to accommodate limited materials, lack of hands-on learning

Junior Stella Heon finds a more positive headspace through her arts classes — especially during the pandemic.

By Max Garfinkel, University of Chicago Laboratory High School

May 12, 2020

Elizabeth Park puts down the mats and prepares her desk for the inevitable mess that will be left on it. Elizabeth’s sculpture teacher, Candice Latimer gave her the mats before they left school back in March. Elizabeth takes out the slightly-dried clay structure from its plastic wrap protection, sets...

Novels of the Coronavirus: Part 3

Novels of the Coronavirus explores the world of writing and publishing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Samantha Roehl, Cherry Hill High School East

May 11, 2020

U.S. publishers sold over 1.8 billion print books in 2018, according to the Association of American Publishers. While a huge swath of market share is taken by the “big five” publishers (Penguin/Random House, Hachette Book Group, Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster and Macmillan), there is still a...

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