The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

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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

The Silk familys homemade Kugel is photographed. The recipe has gained so much attention in the community that the Silks have taught catering companies how to recreate this dish.


By Avey Gannaway and Sarah Nitsun September 29, 2023

As apples are dipped into sweet honey, a year just as sweet is rung in. The connection between food and tradition runs strong within the roots of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. The holiday is celebrated...

Hagerty photo ambassadors pose for the camera to promote Karlie Marinis photography. They love spending their free time modeling with their friends.

Lights, camera, smile

By Gabriella Navarro, Hagerty High School September 29, 2023

Many young girls dream of being a fashion model when they grow up. They practice strutting down the runway and posing for imaginary paparazzi in the mirror.  These dreams became reality for juniors...

Is it a meal or a snack? Both, its girl dinner

Is it a meal or a snack? Both, it’s ‘girl dinner’

By Emily Ziajor, West Chicago Community High School September 29, 2023

Many have heard of the term ‘girl dinner’, whether by scrolling mindlessly through Tiktok or Instagram, maybe through a friend. But, there is a chance readers may have indulged in girl dinner without...

96-Year-Old Graduate Inspires Students To Value Education

By Jadyn Arzola, Lampasas High School September 29, 2023

96-year-old Lupe Dimas is well known for his faith, his goodwill and his love for the Badgers. One thing that has been very little known about Dimas until recently, is his dream. Three years ago, when...

Maya Kumar poses in traditional Indian clothes. | Photo Courtesy of Maya Kumar | Used with permission

Ascending the stage

By Leah Desai and Sania Nadkarni September 29, 2023

For the past nine years, sophomore Maya Kumar has been taking bharatanatyam classes for three hours every week to master her dance.  Bharatanatyam is one of the oldest dance forms in the world, and its...

Tell me how to get to Sesame Street

By Abby Ruebush, Normal Community High School September 28, 2023

There’s an alternate universe where Community alum Paul Rudolph still spends his days surrounded by high school music students. A universe where Rudolph (’84) conducts a classroom in Central Illinois,...

Too Good To Go sells surprise bags filled with leftover food from restaurants, cafe, and supermarkets.

Too Good to Go tackles food waste on a budget

By Masha Rozenfeld, Carlmont High School September 28, 2023

Amidst the global struggle of food waste, resulting in more than one-third of all food being thrown away, Too Good To Go has emerged to turn things around. Founded in 2016, the app service now spans 17...

Otter 841 clings onto a vibrant surfboard in the waters off Santa Cruzs Cowell Beach in June. Many surfers have reported encounters with this otter outlaw, and authorities are still searching for her.

Otter 841: The audacious, surfboard-snatching menace

By Victor Gong, The Harker Upper School September 28, 2023

As surfers ride the waves in the cool blue waters of Santa Cruz, one omnipresent threat looms over them all — an overly-social, delinquent sea otter. The aquatic outlaw, which local officials call Otter...

Then associate principal Andy Baxa instructs graduating seniors outside Burger Stadium as they prepare to enter Burger Center for the 2023 commencement ceremony on May 30.

Baxa named permanent principal

By Lanie Sepehri, McCallum High School September 27, 2023

Austin ISD announced Monday that longtime assistant principal Andy Baxa will assume the role of permanent principal at McCallum, beginning next school year. Baxa is replacing Nicole Griffith, who departed...

In the air with Ilan

By Sania Nadkarni, Monta Vista High School September 27, 2023

As sophomore Ilan Garcia boarded the plane back home from Australia, he would not have guessed he would be leaving knowing exactly what he wanted to do with his life. Growing up, he had always been interested...

Science teacher Deja Bushong found her ball python Zith hiding behind a cabinet in her classroom after Zith escaped from her enclosure.

Science Teacher Reunited With Missing Snake After 10 Days

By Willow Collins, Lampasas High School September 27, 2023

For 10 days science teacher Dejah Bushong sat in worry as her snake Zith, (formerly known as Berry) was missing. Bushong realized Zith was missing from her enclosure the morning of Aug. 21. She pulled...

Junior Genevieve Lo poses for a photo during a ballet summer intensive at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Photo Courtesy of Genevieve Lo | Used with permission

No more finishing touches

By Sophia D'Sa, Monta Vista High School September 27, 2023

Bright lighting, smooth wooden floors and a wall-to-wall mirror with a barre make up the classic ballet studio. This is where some students spend hours a week practicing for performances and competitions,...

As Marksmen start coming into school on a Thursday morning, students and other passing drivers cause heavy traffic.

Dallas driving disasters

By Hilton Sampson and Arjun Poi September 26, 2023

As the traffic light flashed green, senior Sharang Vyas lurched forward. Accelerating onto the toll road access ramp, he felt his anxiety begin to resurface. With only a short runway of an entrance...

Illustration by Eva Park

Stitching Identities

By MeJo Liao, Harvard-Westlake School September 26, 2023

As Loklin Gertschen-Klaseus '25 relaxed under the anesthesia, he turned to inspect the IV line in his right arm and gazed at the lights flickering above him, his heart fluttering with anticipation and...

Several challenged books like the ones above have made their way into the schools English curriculum.

The battle between book vendors, Texas

By Arjun Poi and Kevin Ho September 26, 2023

For a long time, small book vendors kept themselves busy by mostly selling works of literature and working with school libraries. But that all changed when Texas House Bill 900 (HB900) took effect Sept....

The Scantron is used in all forms of standardized testing, including the SAT and ACT.

Testing the SAT

By Alden Detmer, Harvard-Westlake School September 26, 2023

It was the big day. Months of practice tests, tutoring sessions and caffeine had all been in preparation for this moment. However mere days before the scheduled exam, Ellie Whang ’24 felt her stomach...

Senior Benjamin Johnson applies sunscreen before starting afternoon band rehearsal. The band rehearsed from 4:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Sept. 11, the first day since the beginning of the school year that temperatures weren’t 95 degrees Fahrenheit and above.

Triple Threat

By Olivia Evans and Madeline Rivera September 26, 2023

The current rise in temperatures are causing concerns throughout the state regarding the heat. With temperatures as hot as 110 degrees Fahrenheit, discussions focus on climate change and its consequences,...

Coppell High School Round-Up yearbook adviser Katrina Hester selects photos taken by juniors Zaara Habeeb and Raashi Kalyani on Friday. Hester previously taught English for the past three years at Plano West High School,  and the 2023-24 school year is her first year advising yearbook at CHS.

Flipping the page: New beginnings in yearbook with Hester taking the helm

By Rhea Choudhary, Coppell High School September 26, 2023

In the intricate world of high school yearbook production, change is not always easy to digest. For the past several years, Coppell High School's Round-Up yearbook has been a shining star in the realm...

Flowing with compassion: Student-led non-profit expands internationally

By Zeba Hussaini, Green Hope High School September 26, 2023

As Rose Rosaleen (‘24) and Sarah Pazokian (‘24) experienced their first menstrual cycles in an elementary school bathroom at age 11, the thought of returning to school without access to feminine products...

SWEET PICKLES. Mr. Pickles hangs out with his students while they are in class.

Much loved cat benefits from GoFundMe

By Ashley Briones and Victoria Medina September 26, 2023

Everyone knows him. Everyone loves him. He brings joy to all the students of the ag barn. Affectionately known as Mr. Pickles to the Wildkats who know and love him, the cat who is guards the barn now needs...

Harvard School cadets pose with rifles during the 1923-1924 school year.

War Games: New Marching Orders

By Zoe Goor, Harvard-Westlake School September 25, 2023

On a sun-drenched morning at the end of the 1960s, as war raged across the Pacific and Beetlemania spread stateside, the Studio City fire department received an unusual call. There had been a brush fire...

During the early years of MHS, the Commons had steps, smaller tables and doubled as the theater. Since then the
theater has been built, the steps leveled and longer tables added.

The year was 1993

By Anvi Talyan and Elliott Jorgensen September 25, 2023

At 5 a.m. on a fall morning in 1993, the final roll of carpet was installed in what was the skeleton of Marquette High School. Two years prior, a $65 million bond issue allowed for the building of two...

Chicken breasts are one of upside foods cultivated dishes. Photo by Upside Foods Press Kit. Used with permission.

Make it meat(less?)

By Ruby Kotok, CHARLES E SMITH JEWISH DAY SCHOOL September 25, 2023

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? For Upside Foods, the answer is neither. The food technology company harvests animal cells and uses them to grow FDA-approved meat without slaughtering animals....

On June 15th, Montgomery County Public Schools joined over 500 U.S. school districts in a lawsuit against several prominent social media companies for allegedly contributing to the rise in the teen mental health crisis due to their failure to fight cyberbullying and posts that glorify eating disorders, among other dangerous trends. 

Whitman reacts: School districts across the state join TikTok lawsuit

By Olivia Hansel, Walt Whitman High School September 22, 2023

On June 15th, Montgomery County Public Schools joined over 500 U.S. school districts in a lawsuit first filed in May by neighboring Prince George’s County Public Schools against prominent social media...

Burlingame students witness tragedy of Maui fires

By Joelle Huysmans, Burlingame High School - CA September 22, 2023

One morning during her stay in Maui, junior Sofia Crosina headed to downtown Lahaina for coffee. Nearly all businesses were closed due to a power outage, so island residents and tourists alike queued in...

GANAS Algebra 2 is just one of the six racial affinity classes that ETHS offers for Black and Latinx students.

Seeking Affinity

By Sophia Sherman, Isaac Suarez Flint, and Marin Ubersox September 22, 2023

2,580 miles away from her home in Medellin, Columbia, Maria Gomez stepped into Evanston Township High School (ETHS) for the first time in 2021, a junior in high school. As Gomez made her way through the...

The use of power tools were taught to attendees, such as how to handle a chainsaw.

Biannual NorCal First Alarm Fire Camp teaches teenage girls critical firefighting skills

By Abby Knight, Burlingame High School - CA September 21, 2023

On Saturday, Sept. 16 and Sunday, Sept. 17, female firefighters from several Northern California fire departments hosted the biannual NorCal First Alarm Fire Camp at College of San Mateo (CSM) for high...

Holding up the Timberwolf hand sign after performing Metal Shop at halftime, seniors Austin Waldbusser and Connor Daly pose with sophomore Andrew McCarthy.The three band members spent their summer with Dum Corps International, a non-profit that is known to be the highest level of marching band available. “One [of the reasons for joining] just watching [DCI Corps] shows and being kind of a band nerd about it in general was cool and being like ‘I want to do that’,” Daly said. “Then, one of the now alumni, went to march in the corp of The Phantom Regiment last year, and I was like well ‘I can do it, someone else I know can do it, may as well try it.’”

A Summer of Passion and Excellence

By Alyssa Fox, Cedar Park High School September 21, 2023

The lights of the stadium reflect off the metal of the instruments, bouncing back to their eyes as they move their fingers, feet or entire bodies in sync with one another. The feeling of sweat fills every...

digital painting by Lemon Liu
| Referenced themself into Chinese painting landscapes to showcase unfitting feelings.

The art of ambition

By Isabelle Kok, Monta Vista High School September 21, 2023

College application season is a tumultuous time for many MVHS seniors — paperwork piles up and print-outs loom, but some students have a more specialized undertaking ahead of them than the typical academic...

Sophomore Riti Patels modeling dreams become a reality as she struts across stage during her formal wear event.

From princess to queen: sophomore crowned as Miss Texas Runner Up

By Sarayu Bongale, Liberty High School - TX September 20, 2023

Playing pretend princess as a child is now something of a reality for sophomore Riti Patel who has become a modern-day beauty queen on a statewide stage. Riti was officially crowned as Miss Texas Runner-Up...

Amidst the shadows, teens struggling with suicidal thoughts report feeling trapped in despair.

The unseen epidemic: teens struggle in the face of suicide

By Rei Baxter, Carlmont High School September 20, 2023

This story contains an alternate format that can only be viewed on the original site. View this story on Scot Scoop News. It was originally published on September 6, 2023.

Adapting. Students pass in front of the guidance office on their way to class. For freshmen, the new high school environment can prove to be stressful at first. Its really difficult to get to classes on time when theres a lot of traffic in the halls, especially at the bridge, Dileo said. [But] now that Im more comfortable in the [high] school, I dont worry as much and its not as much of a struggle as it was the first couple of days.


By Melissa Krainer, Altoona Area High School September 20, 2023

Crowded hallways. Packed cafeterias. Congested auditoriums. High school life may be new to freshman Dilara Dileo—but it isn’t to all of her classmates. “[The freshmen class is] large, it's about...

Aminis death paved the way for a renewed movement of defiance, protest and anger against Iran’s oppressive regime. Thousands of people have taken to the streets, dancing, singing, burning hijabs and defying authorities.

Pulse of the People: Iran’s resistance, one year after Mahsa Amini

By Hima Thota, The Harker Upper School September 20, 2023

Today marks one year since the death of Mahsa Jina Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman who was stopped by the morality police for not wearing her headscarf properly. Three days after her apprehension,...

RecPass program founders Karen Kelly and Amanda Shaw celebrate the launch of RecPass on Monday, Sept. 11. The program aims to provide accessible after-school childcare for working Wayland parents. 
I think weve fundamentally changed the fate of after-school childcare in Wayland, and my hope is that it never goes back, Kelly said. It will only get better going forward.

The RecPASS program: A success story for working mothers

By Katya Luzarraga and Nadya Chase September 19, 2023

Bounding through their front door at 2:30 p.m., young children go straight to electronic devices to occupy themselves while their parents finish working at home. In order to not bother their working parents,...

An abandoned physics classroom in the science building. The room is now used for storage.

Coping With Physics Teacher Loss

By Grace Shafer, Robinson High School - FL September 19, 2023

Practically everywhere you go now, you're bound to witness the societal consequences of job shortages. Restaurants void of decent service, stores where you have to chase down the employees, theme parks...

“This is something we’ll remember for the rest of our lives”: UNC-Chapel Hill faces deadly shooting

By Zeba Hussaini, Green Hope High School September 19, 2023

As first-year student Daneen Khan adjusted to her life as a college student during her second week of school, an unexpected jolt of shock interrupted her normal routine as the sound of sirens reverberated...

Latin students pack closely together in the Upper School Learning Commons.

Are We Running Out of Space? Questions Arise as Class Sizes Grow

By Scarlet Gitelson and Lyla Granich September 19, 2023

One hundred thirty-five freshmen entered Latin’s Upper School on August 29—five more than the class of 2026, 10 more than the class of 2025, and 12 more than the class of 2024. With these continuous...

Standing at a lab table, chemistry teacher Beverly Hassell helps sophomores Bosch Qiu, Yousuf Ali and Kushal Kathuria conduct an experiment. “I want to treat the kids in my classroom just like I would want a teacher to treat my own kids, Hassell said. They are like my family.

Science teacher’s passion motivates students

By Anisha Mandem, Prosper High School September 19, 2023

Standing at the front of the classroom, chemistry teacher Beverly Hassell performs a lab demonstration as her students watch, their eyes wide with curiosity.  Hassell initially started as an undergraduate...

Fashion design teacher Abby Winston lays out parts of the mum with her students.

Everything’s bigger in Texas

By Jade Slaughter, Lewisville High School September 19, 2023

Cardboard trinkets of a pitchfork and a Big John mascot lay scattered across room D110. Students, wearing aprons littered with splashes of paint and ink, plot how the next maroon and white ribbons should...

Graphic designed by Grace Lovejoy including a photo of the Zoom participants from the workshops.

The five freedoms in the First

By Grace Lovejoy, McIntosh High School September 19, 2023

For two weeks in July, the Trail's Editor-in-Chief senior Rebekah Bushmire and Features Editor sophomore Grace Lovejoy played a role in the New Voices Student Leader Institute run by The Student Press...

Blair Cummings and her son traveled from North Georgia to the Fulton County Jail to support Trump as he surrendered on August 24.

Fulton County takes national stage with historic Trump indictment

By Sierra Pape, Connie Erdozain, Diana Jachman, and Molly Thompson September 18, 2023

This story contains an alternate format that can only be viewed on the original site. View this story on The Southerner. It was originally published on September 6, 2023.

HABLA ESPANOL. Helping sophomore Ashton Stanley with his assignment, Spanish teacher Pat Kercheval teaches her 6th period class. Kercheval began her 50th year teaching in August.

Spanish teacher starts 50th year of influencing others

By Sam Favela, Willis High School September 18, 2023

The year is 1967. The average cost of a house in America was $14,500. Gas averaged 39 cents a gallon, and Frank Sinatra won five awards at the 9th Annual Grammy awards. A young teacher from the Rio...

Mickey Rowe raises his hands in excitement after successfully juggling three random objects he found in the gymnasium before the assembly.

Mickey Rowe shares his story at Welcome Back Assembly

By Lucille Sanders, Carlmont High School September 18, 2023

The new school year was off to an inspiring start after the Welcome Back Assembly on Sept. 1, which featured Mickey Rowe, a legally blind, autistic actor turned speaker and disability awareness advocate. ...

Main entrance into the current Brunswick High School building. This entrance has been the same since 1965.

When Will The Brunswick Rebuild Happen?

By Kylie Lancaster, Brunswick High School September 18, 2023

After the Brunswick High School Rebuild Plan was recently pushed back another decade, the community questions if Brunswick students will ever attend high school in a new building.   The current...

Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Erika Prahl sits in her office.

New Director of DEIB

By Harry Lowitz, Francis W. Parker School September 18, 2023

A fridge. A “Snacktivity Cart.” A green couch. A pedestal table with two chairs. A charging station. A piece of art saying “I read Banned Books” with Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye.” These...

Voter turnout has been decreasing in recent years, most notably in local and state elections.

Democracy’s missing piece: Local and state elections suffer from voter apathy

By Tanay Pant, Metea Valley High School June 1, 2023

Ron DeSantis, Republican governor of Florida since 2019, announced his bid for the presidency last week. Since then, several media outlets have covered his policies, his connection to multi-billionaire...

Ishan Junnarkar (24), pictured in center, poses with members of Magnus after collecting donations for the non-profit.

Ishan Junnarkar (’24) creates donation non-profit to aid community

By Ritika Ghosh, Amador Valley High School June 1, 2023

It's never too early to start giving back to your community, and that’s exactly what Amador Valley junior Ishan Junnarkar started doing. Junnarkar created his non-profit Magnus, to help those in crises...

The Manternach family spends a day at Gulf Shores, Alabama in 2009.  Since Dana’s melanoma diagnosis in 2008, her family has paid more attention to sun care, especially during trips to the beach.  “We take constant breaks. We try to reapply [sunscreen] every hour and a half to two hours,” Dana said.

The dangers of UV

By Sonya Sud, Lafayette High School June 1, 2023

It started with using tanning beds on a weekly basis. Then, when she was showing a heart-shaped mole on her arm to a friend, her friend soon realized it wasn’t actually a mole. In 2008, sophomore...

In a way, music is a second language for me. When I sit down at the piano, or when I’m performing, I get a sense of comfort, because at that moment, I don’t need to do anything. The music does it for me, and that’s what makes it all worth it, Hita Thota (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Symphonic storytelling

By Katelyn Zhao and Chayce Milheim June 1, 2023

Taking a deep breath in, Hita Thota (12) trains her eyes on the black and white music sheet in front of her and focuses on the first note. Closing her eyes, she begins to guide the violin bow across the...

In her three years as Director of Equity and Inclusion, Ms. Kiah Mounsey has dedicated her time at La Salle to making progress in promoting a more equitable and inclusive community.

Leaving Behind a Legacy at La Salle, Ms. Mounsey Prepares To Depart

By Lillian Paugh and Lucy Loeb June 1, 2023

Over the last three years in her position as the Director of Equity and Inclusion, Ms. Kiah Mounsey has made strides for La Salle to advance the school’s policies, working to create a more inclusive...

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