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Of 192 students, 46.6% report that their worries have gotten worse from the pandemic, 10.9% say they have 
increased tremendously, and only 2.6% have said that their worries have actually improved drastically, meaning only 13.5% have had any improvement in their anxiety at all.

Pandemic distress impacts teen mental health

By Sofia Grbic, Homestead High School April 20, 2021

It is probably no surprise that the isolation from the pandemic has had impacts on the mental health of youth, who mostly thrive in socialization with peers. In fact, coupled with the other COVID-19-related...

Alia E. Dastagir, a New York National correspondent, wrote that “it is a difficult time to celebrate America” in an article published by USA Today in July of 2020. Dastagir questioned what it means to be an American, who qualifies, and how Americans should act and found that, despite political polarization in the U.S., 90 percent of people surveyed in a 2018 Grinnell College National poll agreed that being a “real American” meant treating people equally.

“Land of the free, home of the brave”

By Faith Lawrence, James Bowie High School April 20, 2021

Capitol insurrection, the President banned from social media, Democrats controlling the Senate, a new President, the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, a Presidential impeachment trial, and over 25 million...

SV Defy the Odds, SailFuture's 65-foot sailboat, soaring through the ocean on its way from Turkey.

Inside SailFuture, the revolutionary new school headed by RE legend Ms. Lindsay Danielson

By Gabriel Pulido '21, Ransom Everglades School April 19, 2021

Ransom Everglades’s previous Dean of Students, Ms. Lindsay Danielson, endeared herself to the entire RE community through her sincere dedication to her job and the wellbeing of all RE students...

Recent hate crimes against Asians and Asian-Americans have spurred the

DHS students reflect on Stop Asian Hate movement

By Viktoria Wulff-Andersen, Danbury High School April 19, 2021

Conversations on the surge in Asian-American and Pacific Islander hate crimes during the pandemic have become rapt following a mass shooting on Mar. 16. Robert Long, a white man, fatally shot eight people,...

Hundreds of thousands of people marched for women’s basic and human rights in the annual Women’s March in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 21, 2017.

Women’s History Month sparks discussions

By Catherine Eikelbarner and Lucy Lopshire April 19, 2021

Oppression is something that women have been facing for centuries, and because of things like Women's History Month, more awareness can spread about these issues and the historical discrimination women...

Our very own Opinion Editor, Lauren Gregorio and fellow Cavalier Alexandra Torres have officially started their project... The LOTUS Mission!

The LOTUS Mission: Life on the UpSide

By Lucia Chico, Coral Gables Senior High School April 19, 2021

At the start of her junior year, senior Alexandra Torres grew frustrated with the lack of organizations that worked to help teenage survivors of sexual assault. Torres had recently met junior Lauren Gregorio...

The Green Room at Anderson Elementary School is available for students who need a little time to process emotions and get their heads back in the game for school work. Staff hopes that this room will alloy for students to perform better while eliminatinng distractions.

Hassani develops Green Room at Anderson Elementary

By Kiera Rivers, Stillwater Area High School April 19, 2021

In the past few years, mental illness has been on the rise, particularly in students. Some schools have taken notice and implemented new strategies to ease the burden of mental illness.  Anderson Elementary’s...

Puzzle pieces hang in the transition room promoting Autism awareness.

Community members educate on what to focus on for Autism Awareness Month

By Kristen Smith, Rutherford B. Hayes High School April 19, 2021

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. The month is dedicated to bringing awareness to the developmental disorder that affects one in fifty-four children in the United States.  According to...

Malaysian Women's March on March 10th for equality and representations.

How We Intersect

By Christine Vo, Lake Ridge High School April 16, 2021

Intersectionality bridges the differences between minority groups creating new perspectives for each individual. Those of multiple groups are given unique perspectives to understanding other minority issues....

Christie Legate, senior, implements the concept of casualness in her everyday life. Legate has a bulletin board where she pins selfies with friends and family along with printed quotes and memorabilia.

Instagram Trend Emphasizes Authenticity

By Waha Siddiqui, Marquette High School April 16, 2021

For many years, senior Christie Legate’s social media routine was the same: dress up, hang out with multiple friends, always check the lighting and positioning, edit to perfection, then seal the deal...

On February 14th, Student for Refugees delivered food to the Gulfton area.

CVHS club Student for Refugees delivers food to refugees in need during the pandemic

By Vivian Huynh, Carnegie Vanguard High School April 16, 2021

With COVID-19 affecting millions worldwide, leaving many jobless and unable to buy food, Student for Refugees, a student run club at CVHS that strives to promote awareness and education to the refugee...

Students at AHS express their style in many different ways. Some wonder whether the dress code restricts this.

Dress Code Disguises and Downfalls

By Elizabeth Anderson, Atlantic High School April 16, 2021

Walking into AHS on a hot day in the midwest, one may see students wearing crop tops, short shirts, cutoffs, midriffs, and hats. This could be alarming to some, considering that the dress code at AHS prohibits...

According to their mission statement, “the Chivalry's Not Dead Club (CNDC) serves to promote the virtues of loyalty, generosity, and respect. The club engages in conversations regarding authentic, Christ-like masculinity, and how to practically build habits that reflect knighthood. The club hopes to foster strong men by developing their awareness and understanding of relationships, both intra- and interpersonal.”

A look inside St. Francis’s Chivalry’s Not Dead Club

By Ella Kitt, Flintridge Sacred Heart April 16, 2021

When you think of the word "chivalry," there’s a good chance King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table come to mind. The Arthurian legend has spilled over from the quill pens of medieval writers...

Photography teacher Kathy Toews keeps cameras on a wall in her classroom. They are all different ages and models.

Life in snapshots

By Shriya Mukkavilli, Marcus High School April 16, 2021

When students enter photography teacher Kathy Toews’ classroom, their eyes are drawn to the left wall of the classroom. Cameras hang along it, ranging from the film cameras of the early 1900s to...

Bikers from the 2020 freedom tour, along with Rich Dixon (front) pose during a break in their ride. This group biked over 200 miles in four days.

Rich’s Ride takes a stand against modern day slavery

By Anna Henning, Fossil Ridge High School April 16, 2021

It is estimated that 25 million people around the world are trapped in modern day slavery. These people, both adults and children, are often exploited for forced labor or commercial sex. Human trafficking...

Junior Ayrton Houk feels the need, the need for speed.

As a race car driver, junior lives life in the fast lane

By Nick Bozzelli-Levine, Cathedral High School - IN April 16, 2021

As the sun rises over the Hill each morning, hurried students running late can often be seen zooming -- no pun intended -- up the drive to get to their classes, racing along the twisty turns of the incline...

Promoted by influential media creators, thrifting has become a popular way for the younger generation to fill their wardrobes and cultivate their personal styles. However, this growing trend has given way to a series of debates on ethical issues surrounding gentrification and thrifting. “It’s nice that it’s not looked down upon anymore, [and] it’s fun to do with friends, [but when] people who can afford to buy first hand thrift, leaving people who rely on thrifting with less options thrift. Stores [also] tend to jack up prices now knowing it’s become a trend,” junior Joseph Ranstead said.

The impact of thrifting’s rise to popularity

By Jenny Loveland, North Cobb High School April 15, 2021

In recent years, the cloud of stigma surrounding thrifting has dissipated. Certain demographics previously looked down on the idea of wearing someone else’s old clothes, but that mindset has begun to...

Three neighbors sit on self-painted benches in the street, after a community art event. This moment is an example of place-making to create a more comforting outdoor environment.

For one Austin neighborhood, community during a pandemic began with a song … or two

By Naomi Di-Capua, McCallum High School April 15, 2021

As Covid-19 cases persisted across the country, communities, families, and friends have had to find ways to adapt. This has certainly been true for a small group of people in the downtown East Cesar Chavez...

A young student stares at a screen depicting what many nights for Gifted students all across America look like.

Gifted kid burnout; students suffering in silence

By Anne Daniel, Harding Charter Preparatory High School April 15, 2021

A recent influx of videos from teenagers making fun of "Gifted Kid Burnout" and its negative side effects on a wide variety of social media platforms from Snapchat to Tik-Tok has shed light on a rather...

Families come together in a pre-COVID Pride, Salt Lake City, 2019.

Living As The ‘Other’

By Rachael Driskill, Orono High School April 15, 2021

For those identifying as anything other than cisgender, heterosexual, and allosexual (allocishet), the obstacles to overcome in finding one’s place in the world are numerous. For sexual and gender...

Westridge students gather for a Tiger Week class. Even when used recreationally, videoconferencing is often still mentally draining.

The Ups and Downs of Zoom Culture

By Ilena M., Westridge School April 15, 2021

March of 2020’s global lockdowns forced the world through a sudden and drastic online learning curve. Following the closures of schools, businesses, and restaurants worldwide, the world hurried to fill...

Stardom at Seventeen

By Julia Riley, Abington High School April 15, 2021

Being a role model carries responsibility “one-hundred percent," said seventeen-year-old singer, songwriter, and social media star Payton Moormeier in a recent interview. On Monday, Feb. 8, a press...

Surrounded by mountains of shoes like Nike SB Dunk Chicago, Yeezy 350 Bred, Jordan 11 Concord and Jordan 4 Raptor, sophomore Nick Malchanav uses his basement to store his inventory. Through pulling off great deals with resellers, collectors and consumers, Malchanav has been able to attain the skill of negotiating. “Whenever I negotiate with people, I just ask them the price they're looking to get the shoes for, so I can know if we're on the same page,” Malchanav said. “But if they don't give me a price that they're looking for, I just throw them a low balling offer just to see where the dice rolls. Because if they base their emotions, I can see how negotiable they're going to be on the deal.”

Making the big bucks: sophomore Nick Malchanav and his pathways to fortune

By Anijah Wilson and Hannah Choi April 15, 2021

All it took was a global pandemic for sophomore Nick Malchanav to begin his journey to making thousands. With extra time on his hands, he began to search for ways to make money and was able to find great...

Menstruation serves as a natural process experienced by women throughout the world. Menstruation products remain essential goods purchased by women across the world. Despite the necessity of these products America’s government profits from feminine products through the enforcement of the pink and tampon taxes.

Patriarchal Periods?

By Amber Roldan, North Cobb High School April 15, 2021

On March 22, 1977, the United States ratified the Equal Rights Amendment. This amendment ensures that the “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by...

Even during the pandemic, women from all over have found ways to celebrate feminism during Women's History Month.

Women are making themselves heard this March

By Ridhi Goyal, California High School - CA April 15, 2021

In addition to being the one-year anniversary of the month the world descended into the chaos of a pandemic, March 2021 has also been a cause for solidarity and empowerment: National Women’s History...

Clemans-Cope (middle holding the bullhorn) protesting at the County Executive Office on March 5.

Sunrise Rockville advocates for county action against climate change

By Davi Jacobs, Richard Montgomery High School - MD April 14, 2021

If it were not for the pandemic, climate change would have been the headline natural disaster. Besides being a national and global concern, climate change is also a local issue in need of heightened attention....

MCPS is now a leader in the realm of promoting sustainability with its official shift to electric buses

MCPS Drives Sustainability With Electric Buses

By Kara Peeler, Clarksburg High School April 14, 2021

MCPS will become the nation’s largest electric school bus user after declaring it will be shifting to an entirely electric system of school buses by 2035. The county currently holds a contract for the...

Under the girl boss trope, the rise of some women comes at the expense of others and leaves many separated and behind.

Girl boss stereotype: Empowering or detrimental to gender equality?

By Kavya Iyer and Anwen Huang April 14, 2021

One search for the term “girl boss” online yields a plethora of cheesy quotes, decked out in cursive and bright pink, encouraging women to work hard and achieve their goals. While at first glance this...

Andrew Messina, senior, gets a tattoo in remembrance of his late uncle. “I want to still keep that tattoo that was his alive and that memory of it, you know that my family has alive,” Messina said.

Family Matters: Students Connect With Relatives Through Tattoos

By Grace Taylor, Marquette High School April 14, 2021

Paige Mathys, senior, has two tattoos: a geometric pineapple on her ribs and a date in Roman numerals on her wrist.  These tattoos are more than just ink, they are in remembrance of her late mother.  ...

As thrifting, both online and in physical stores, becomes more popular, the gentrification of thrifting becomes an increasingly prevalent issue.

The unsustainable truth of thrifting

By Allison Hsieh and Diana Kohr April 14, 2021

Items in high demand tend to come at ever-increasing costs that not everyone can afford. Thrift stores, which offer second-hand products at cheap prices, have become a useful alternative for individuals...

Junior Jessica Lin's documentary film Beyond the Model was recently featured and won Jury Selection for Directing at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

Beyond the Model: Junior Jessica Lin exposes the intersection of the model minority myth and Anti-Asian violence in her documentary, featured at the SXSW Film Festival

By Julian Namerow, Carnegie Vanguard High School April 14, 2021

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival draws over 230,00 attendees and raises over 355 million dollars yearly. The festival only features 7 productions for the category “Texas High Schools” out of...

It has been about a year since the COVID-19 pandemic put students' lives on hold, causing an increase in anxiety and loneliness.

Lost connections

By Sophia Craig and Shriya Mukkavilli April 14, 2021

The pandemic has taken a toll on students’ mental health. According to a study done by the KFF, a national health polling institution, 56 percent of young adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive...

NC magnet senior, Kacy Handzel leaves her mark on NC through the creation of Blissful Boxes. Handzel juxtaposed generosity with business skills to create her nonprofit charity. Blissful Boxes constitutes a prominent community outreach program aiming to provide women in need with basic hygiene products.

Blissful Boxes inspires change throughout community

By Amber Roldan, North Cobb High School April 14, 2021

Annually, 553,742 Americans suffer from homelessness. In Atlanta alone, 2,000 people sleep on the streets every night. NC magnet senior, Kacy Handzel combats this statistic in her newest endeavor, Blissful...

Proud of the new school store renovations, School Accounts Secretary Denise Heinle sits in front of her desk. Over the summer, Heinle added some flavor to the office with the help of three bus drivers and her late husband. The room was transformed by a paint job, new furniture and hand created decor. “I wanted it [the room] to be more spirited. The school store just had all these college posters in it and they were old and nasty,” Heinle said. “It had never been decorated until I got there.”

Rocking Kindness

By Bri Davis, Parkway West High School April 13, 2021

When life gave School Accounts Secretary Denise Heinle a curveball, she knew there would be a lot on her plate. From her husband passing from cancer, family members struggling with COVID-19 to undergoing...

Feldmeth teaching a Contemporary Ethical Issues class in 2019. Sometimes in his Ethics classes, students will ask Feldmeth about his personal viewpoint.

Share their Views or Remain Neutral? The Difficulties of Navigating Politics for Teachers

By Katie S., Westridge School April 13, 2021

It was near the end of Westridge’s Modern Middle East class when some students began clicking the leave button to exit the Teams meeting. They had just finished watching a movie and were about to head...

DGN TRADITIONS: Mullen conducts the orchestra through the annual Holiday Mosaic Concert (2019).

Leaving a legacy: A reflection on Jennifer Mullen’s 14 years at DGN

By Emma Cho, Downers Grove North High School April 13, 2021

The 2020-2021 school year marks orchestra director Jennifer Mullen’s 14th and final year at DGN. An educator at both Downers Grove North and South, Mullen has been teaching for District 99 since April...

Increased rates of racially motivated violence towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders nationwide during the pandemic have given rise to campaigns advocating for solidarity and the end of hate crimes against Asians.

Recent increase in violence against Asian Americans is part of a long history of discrimination

By Amanda Stevens, Rutherford B. Hayes High School April 13, 2021

During the pandemic, hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have risen significantly, however, discrimination isn’t a new experience for this community. From March 19, 2020...

Growing into greatness

Growing into greatness

By Mackenna Moslander and Olivia Rounsaville April 13, 2021

ANALYSIS With each generation comes new challenges, and Generation Z is no exception. This year started out with a bang — the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6, a stark change in leadership at the...

Student Delegates meet with Dr. Anthony Fauci during the week-long United States Senate Youth Program to discuss the pandemic and the government’s response. Jaladi also met with Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court to discuss the appointment process. “The United States Youth Senate program is an incredible experiential learning opportunity for students interested in government and politics to get a deeper understanding of our government and its functions,” Jaladi said.

The future of politics: senior Sri Jaladi and the United States Senate Youth Program

By Ellie West, Parkway West High School April 13, 2021

Senior Sri Jaladi rolled over and checked his phone, still groggy with sleep. He scrolled through emails and notifications, stopping when he saw a message from the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP)....

A number of politically conservative students at Dougherty Valley High School have felt silenced in the community and urge for greater tolerance.

Conservative students urge for open discussions in the classroom

By Lauren Chen, Amrita Himmatraopet, and Drishti Upadhyaya April 13, 2021

“After I [opened up about being] conservative, I got doxxed, cyberbullied, and my house got egged four times. I’ve gotten death threats,” one Dougherty Valley High School student revealed. “I...

Mr. Gottloeb's reasoning for his crazy suit combinations goes a little deeper than simply

Dallastown’s Male Teacher Style Icon

By Katelyn Diehl, DALLASTOWN AREA HIGH SCHOOL April 13, 2021

In a sea of crisp and clean dress shirts with expertly matched ties, there is one wacky and eccentrically dressed outlier in Dallastown’s male teacher population.  Anybody who has traveled through...

Briarhill Middle School student Audrey Gronberg and her mother, Kim, welcomed donors during the bone marrow drive on Jan. 9. Over 300 people drove through to register
as donors.

#AudreyStrong

By Muna Nnamani, Marcus High School April 13, 2021

When Briarhill Middle School student Audrey Gronberg went for a routine doctor’s appointment on Dec. 8, 2020, her mother, Kim, wasn’t expecting a call back from the endocrinologist. “The doctor...

Junior Lana Young adds details to her acrylic mural of an octopus.

Making a Mark Through Murals

By Caché Goracke, Olathe West High School April 13, 2021

Art teacher Kelsey LaPorte studied the blank, white walls of the art room. The thought had crossed her mind years before, but everything was still so new then. The walls of the art room were young like...

Junior Danielle Thayer-Pham is the treasurer of HALO Dance for Autism club

Special Needs Programs Bridge Students Together

By Leisa Komyo, null April 12, 2021

Junior Danielle Thayer-Pham is the treasurer of HALO Dance for Autism, a club that raises awareness for autism through dance, working in close partnership with Warrior Nation. “I was informed about...

Masks have offered people with new opportunities to express their personal style.

From Flair to Functionality, Staff and Students Share How They Choose Their Masks

By Ryan Cechini, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School April 12, 2021

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing masks in public and group settings has become an everyday practice. At La Salle, masks are required at all times with the exception of when seated...

With her big moment was finally here, Class of 2017 PNHS and NL alumni Abby Seeber stands for a photo documenting her time on the Tedx stage.

Class of 2017 alumni Abby Seeber advocates for artists on Tedx stage

By Kylie Clifton, Portage Northern High School April 12, 2021

A dynamic performer and public speaker, Abby Seeber is an artist, and she’s proud to be. Despite her passion, talents, and years of experience, three words follow her everywhere: “What’s your...

The recent media coverage over the statistic

“It happened to me.”

By Chanson Cadet, Hagerty High School 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...

Sophomore Desiree Snell posts pictures of her latest creations on her business Instagram in the hopes of attracting more potential customers. This strategy gives her plenty of experience in interacting with her consumer base and increasing her marketing skills.

Getting down to business

By Gabriella Herrera, Hagerty High School 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...

Senior Ava Satterfield, while attempting to receive a diagnosis, has experienced difficulties due to widespread unfamiliarity with ADHD in females.

Struggling for a diagnosis: The lack of information on ADHD in females

By Anna Thorne, Pleasant Valley High School - IA April 7, 2021

Forgetfulness, inability to focus and lack of organization are qualities that surround the minds of females with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But often these characteristics go unnoticed...

Sam Wakapa, sophomore, enjoys reading and playing basketball with friends as forms of self-care. Growing up as a first-generation Kenyan immigrant, Wakapa said his family rarely spoke about mental health. He became more open to these discussions with peers of the same age. The issue of mental health stigmatization in a household, he said, could affect Black students’ willingness to seek support outside of the family.  “Older people in the Black community may have a harder time understanding what the younger generation goes through because of the disconnect from issues being on social media.

In-Depth: Barriers to Mental Health Care in Black Communities

By Lauren Pickett, Marquette High School April 7, 2021

As a Black woman, Aliyah Edwards, senior, said she is undervalued. As one of few the Black students in predominantly white classes, she combats daily limitations and stereotypes that negatively affect...

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