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Social media: helpful or harmful?

Social media: helpful or harmful?

By Norah Austin, South High School

January 22, 2019


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An average teen spends more than 6 hours a day using screens for purposes of entertainment, with much debate surrounding the positives and negatives of this usage. Screen time usage by teens is primarily comprised of the use of social media, and is used for a variety of different purposes. Social...

Hernandez works with bilinguals through Interpreters Club

Hernandez works with bilinguals through Interpreters Club

By Kevin Pizano, Harrisonburg High School

January 18, 2019


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The afternoons of senior Maggie Hernandez consisted of spending time at the local library with her father, except there was one problem: her father didn’t know English. Hernandez found herself in many situations where she either had to translate for her parents or fellow peers that were unable to speak...

The Evolution of Gym Class Part II: The Legend of the Polka

The Evolution of Gym Class Part II: The Legend of the Polka

By Alexa Fisher and Keira Andrews

January 18, 2019


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Girls on one side of the gym, boys on the other. The girls stand there with sweaty palms wondering, “Will anybody pick me?” As the gym teachers call “seniors”, the senior boys walk across the gym to pick their partner, followed by the juniors, the sophomores, and finally the freshman. All...

Together We Serve

Together We Serve

By Cary Robbins, St. George's Independent School

January 17, 2019


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“I joined the military because it felt like it was the right thing to do,” Middle School IPS teacher Mr. Mike Smothers said. “There wasn’t a war on. It wasn’t this heroic mission thing. It was more that, I wanted to contribute. I wanted to help in some way.” Mr. Smothers was abou...

From purposely tanking a placement exam to applying to medical programs

From purposely tanking a placement exam to applying to medical programs

By Fatema Rehmani, Parkway West High School

January 17, 2019


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The test proctor announces that time has expired, marking the completion of another AP exam for senior Shahzan Mian. It's already his 12th such test over the past four years. With one eye on high school and the other on a future career in medicine, Mian's daily life is a tightrope walk. Mian understood wh...

Junior Charlize Chiu explores the impacts of growing social media accounts

Junior Charlize Chiu explores the impacts of growing social media accounts

By Carly Anderson, Parkway West High School

January 17, 2019


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Growing up, junior Charlize Chiu spent her days watching Youtubers like nigahiga, Smosh and Shane Dawson. Now, she finds herself following in their footsteps with her growing Instagram and Youtube accounts. “I found my inspiration just by watching a lot of other YouTube videos, especially when I was ...

Alumna Shannon Anderson follows her passions in biology and social justice

Alumna Shannon Anderson follows her passions in biology and social justice

By Sabrina Bohn, Parkway West High School

January 15, 2019


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Between planning walkouts, doing an ecology internship and studying abroad in Australia, 2016 alumna Shannon Anderson keeps herself busy while going into her third year at Emory University, studying biology with a minor in environmental science. “I chose my major freshman year of high school, ...

Beyond Textbooks

Beyond Textbooks

By DANIELLE BENNETT, Roseville High School

January 15, 2019


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Shortly after midterms, RHS’ Chemistry department held a meeting planning out assignments for each unit that would use a new resource – a free, open-source online textbook with interactive activities for students called CK-12. Educational resources like CK-12 offer students the tools they need to...

Shattering group stereotypes: the duality of acting and athletics

Shattering group stereotypes: the duality of acting and athletics

By Sally Parampottil, Coppell High School

January 15, 2019


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In a generic high school movie, stereotypes run rampant, from the pink clad popular chicks to the acne prone nerds. They are all stuck in their roles, and those who dare to step out of that role face severe repercussions. Two major stereotyped groups are the athletes and the theater kids. The...

Custodial company

Custodial company

By Bess Frerichs, West High School

January 14, 2019


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While most students and teachers are asleep, head custodian MJ Plank wakes up at 4:00 a.m. and arrives at school at 5:30 a.m. to prepare for the day. “I do a route around the building and the grounds and check to make sure there's no big issues … then I come inside, check the alarm, the boilers, [a...

Teaming Up for Seventh Grade

Teaming Up for Seventh Grade

By Sofia Tollefson and Bobby Keegan

January 14, 2019


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In 2015, WHHS introduced the method of “teaming” for seventh grade students. Initially, only about 90 seventh graders participated. “When we first started it was English, Latin, science, social studies and math. We’ve been teaming for four years, but until now it’s been kind of hit or miss,”...

Sharing a part of herself

Sharing a part of herself

By Ariel Kokoricha, Lovejoy High School

January 14, 2019


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It’s their junior year and siblings Austin and Haley Bennett are in their first class together…ever. That wasn’t the plan before. Growing up, Haley wasn’t especially enthusiastic about sharing anything with her older brother, even when Austin would share everything, from food to stuffed animals,...

A circuitous route to counseling

A circuitous route to counseling

By Sarah Slaten, McCallum High School

January 14, 2019


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Mickey Folger has had many different and unique jobs in her life. Up until halfway through college, Folger was planning on being a theatre technician and working on Broadway. When life eventually got in the way of that dream, Folger changed course completely and began work as a copy editor on a Hearst...

A new health crisis

A new health crisis

By Diamante Diaz and Olivia Watts, McCallum High School

January 14, 2019


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As class begins, no one’s really concerned about the 14-year-olds trying out their new mango pods in the science hall bathroom, but everyone knows about it. Whether you’ve walked into the familiar fruity scent, or seen the pack of freshman stumble out of the bathroom coughing, it’s no secret Juuling...

Words Unspoken: Sexual misconduct stories brought to light

Words Unspoken: Sexual misconduct stories brought to light

By Royce Mann, Dana Richie, Lanier Pickren, and Katherine Esterl

January 14, 2019


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When then freshman *Amy found herself running barefoot through the streets at 10 p.m. several months ago, she was forced to grow up too fast. A few hours earlier, she’d embarked on what she thought would be a reasonably innocent night: a first date with an older boy she knew from school. But acc...

Fostering Love

Fostering Love

By Anna Brown and Lily Meng

January 14, 2019


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From “The Fosters” to the “Annie” remake, adoption is portrayed more and more often as a sensationalized portion of media pop culture. However, these stereotypical Hollywood images do not encompass the entirety of an adoptee’s story. Dramatized productions often distort reality, as outlets...

Bollywood dance club bridges East, West cultures

Bollywood dance club bridges East, West cultures

By Viktoria Wulff-Andersen, Danbury High School

January 11, 2019


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Sophomore Aleena Jacob, president of the new Bollywood Dance Club, says one of her fondest memories is sitting in front of her television set as a doe-eyed toddler and watching the vibrant spectacle that is Bollywood Dance. Last year, she participated in International Night, a cultural celebratio...

The fight through a fire

The fight through a fire

By Sierra Hippel, Stillwater Area High School

January 10, 2019


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"I was Black Friday shopping and when I got back it was 3:30 a.m. I got out of the car, it smelt like bonfire, and then I went inside, not thinking much of it because it was Thanksgiving. So I went inside to the mudroom, I pet my dog, and he wagged his tail. Nothing even smelt in the inside, and everything...

Andrew Gray and Victoria Gray attend camp in Shanghai, China

Andrew Gray and Victoria Gray attend camp in Shanghai, China

By Irene Yannakakis, Parkway West High School

January 10, 2019


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In a pursuit to learn Mandarin, freshman Victoria Gray and sophomore Andrew Gray spent two weeks in Shanghai, China, at a camp called ‘That's Mandarin.’ ‘That’s Mandarin’ is a two-week camp located in Shanghai, China and Beijing, China that focuses on teaching kids and teenagers reading, writ...

To Juul or Not To Juul

To Juul or Not To Juul

By Paris McNutt, Cedar Rapids George Washington High School

January 10, 2019


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E-Cigarettes, especially JUULs have been the recent hype for high school students. There has been an increased use on campus and nationwide among teenagers. Currently, there is a large amount of effort to put an end to teenage use from a variety of resources within the school, in the community, and outside...

From the gym to the stage

From the gym to the stage

By Lilly Anderson, Kirkwood High School

January 10, 2019


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Walking onstage, the smell of hairspray still tingling in his nose, he reaches a new set with a new audience. This is not his first show, but high school productions are not the same. The lights hit his eyes as he gazes upon the crowd filling the 200-seat Keating Theater: a step up from his smelly middle...

Students are taking over, and teachers approve

Students are taking over, and teachers approve

By Maya McClain, Pleasant Valley High School

January 10, 2019


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Historically, teacher-led classrooms have been the status quo. Students have spent their school days listening to teachers lecture at them class period after class period. However, a recent fad has begun to emerge. The new concept of student-led and student-centered classrooms has surfaced in schools...

Chickens Come Home to Roost on Snapchat

Chickens Come Home to Roost on Snapchat

By Blake Berry, Fluvanna County High School

January 9, 2019


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Social media can be used for many different things, including connecting with friends and getting information fast. But for senior Rhett Jones, it's about updating the world on his two chickens, Rocky and Roxanne. Jones began posting photos and videos on his personal Snapchat story near the end of...

“I’m a person.”

“I’m a person.”

By Cari Spencer, Orono High School

January 9, 2019


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Imagine being called a monster by your classmates. Imagine them calling you slurs, treating you with disdain and even throwing items at you. Imagine hearing, repeatedly, that “character counts at Orono” but knowing there are corners of the school where that doesn’t seem to hold true. Now imagine...

Belmont’s farmers’ market vendors build close community

Belmont’s farmers’ market vendors build close community

By Shayna Yurovitsky, Carlmont High School

January 8, 2019


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Starting bright and early on Sunday mornings, Belmont’s weekly farmers' market opens up to the public, inviting everyone around to enjoy the fresh and local merchandise. Tucked to the side of El Camino, this open marketplace partially occupies a parking lot, contributing to the friendly and welc...

DHS Homework: A tale of two perspectives

DHS Homework: A tale of two perspectives

By Mary Bancroft, Dartmouth High School

January 8, 2019


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Senior Jaqueline Ferreira spends an average of four hours per night on her homework. Upon arriving home, she takes a nap and then hits the books. Depending on how many breaks she takes, the process can take five or six hours. She is taking a mix of honors and AP classes, as she did last year, but has...

Facing death twice hasn’t stopped me from living

Facing death twice hasn’t stopped me from living

By Megan Baxter, Stillwater Area High School

January 8, 2019


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Three weeks before sophomore Sophia Nelson was diagnosed with diabetes, she kept getting overly thirsty, wetting the bed and losing massive amounts of weight. One afternoon in the summer adventure camp, Sophia had trouble breathing and her legs were in a lot of pain. After a phone call to mom, and a...

Preparing for the ACT

Preparing for the ACT

By Grace Klebe, Kirkwood High School

January 8, 2019


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For a month and a half before the test, he studied for an hour every night. He attended tutoring sessions, took practice tests three Saturdays prior, worked from a book and on the internet and normalized his sleep schedule by going to bed at 10:30 p.m. and waking up at 6:30 a.m. every day. Even the weekends....

Going the distance

Going the distance

By Mason Cooney, Convent of the Sacred Heart High School

January 8, 2019


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Rising as early as 4:10 in the morning, theology teacher Kate McMichael begins her school day with a quick exercise session before catching a 6:30 bus into San Francisco for her hour and fifteen-minute commute. McMichael travels from Fairfax, in Marin County, as one of the many teachers who live outside...

The most ambitious crossover this holiday season

The most ambitious crossover this holiday season

By Malita Villamayor, Superior High School

January 7, 2019


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If you walked into room 1480 on Wednesday during B lunch, you would’ve seen 24 students chatting away, crowding around tables covered with fabric that would soon be stitched together create a hat for a child in need. Students in Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) worked together...

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