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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Global artist and Grady Alum Alex Brewer found a way to leave his artistic mark on the school he left for tagging.

Alum makes artistic comeback to new library

By Lindsay Ruhl, Midtown High School September 24, 2021

Global artist and alum Alex Brewer, better known as HENSE, found a unique way to leave his mark on the school he was forced to leave as a student for tagging. He designed the mural in the school's...

Junior Aria Agarwal takes a nap on the floor during lunch break after getting 5 hours of sleep the night before.

“I only got 4 hours of sleep”

By Jiya Singh, Monta Vista High School September 24, 2021

“I only got 4 hours of sleep last night.”  Beginning first period with the discussion of late bedtimes and exhaustion is just another typical morning conversation starter for many MVHS students....

Barrett Kenny, Landon Ahrendt and Michael Kell laugh during a Trailwood Gators swim meet. The three of them became friends in first grade when Kell heard Ahrendt and Kenny talking about Yoshi and joined the conversation. The three of them would call each other by the nicknames Boshi, Loshi and Moshi, replacing the ‘Y’ in Yoshi with the first letter of their names.

A friend unlike any other

By Kathleen Ortiz, Kingwood Park High School September 23, 2021

Soccer practice had just ended when they noticed the bump. “Did you roll your ankle?” Scott Ahrendt asked his then 9-year-old son. “No,” Landon Ahrendt replied as he took off his shin guards. ...

Chuseok, also known as Korean Thanksgiving, is a three-day long holiday and major harvest festival in Korea. Pictured above are traditional Korean foods eaten throughout the holiday, songpyeon (송편), dried persimmon, and yakgwa (약과).

Celebrating Chuseok is changing throughout generations

By Rin Ryu, Liberty High School - TX September 23, 2021

Chuseok (추석) or Hangawi (한가위) is one of the most important holidays of the year for Koreans. The 15th day of the eighth lunar month serves as a time to give thanks for family and their ancestors...

The American and Californian flag fly over the San José Fire Department Station 21 on Sept. 19. Out of the 415 emergency service workers who died on Sept 11., 343 were firefighters according to the New York City Fire Department.

Remembering 9/11, 20 years later

By Ananya Sriram, Nicole Tian, and Alysa Suleiman September 21, 2021

“Some things you just remember, [and] they stop you in your tracks,” upper school history teacher Karen Haley said. On a couch in her home in Dallas, Texas, Haley, a retired U.S. Army captain,...

Some may ponder the ethics behind selling pictures of your feet or getting into a sugar baby relationship.

Social media leads to sexual exploitation of teens

By Allison Raisner, Carlmont High School September 21, 2021

“Would you like to be my sugar baby $700 weekly allowance for you?” a Carlmont senior read from her Instagram direct messages. “You interested in the offer dear?” There is no concrete definition...

Pleasant Valley students and teachers are committed to increasing the awareness of global issues in young people.

Addressing topics that transcend borders

By Shobini Iyer, Pleasant Valley High School - IA September 20, 2021

In a world flooded with turmoil and uncertainty, young people can be easily overwhelmed. Amid the ongoing Afghan Refugee Crisis, it is now more vital than ever for teens to navigate issues on the other...

Before COVID, student tutors and refugee tutees met in person during the summer.

Upper School students tutor refugee children, host Summer Express on Zoom

By James Li, St. John's School - TX September 20, 2021

In 2006, sophomores Laynie Johnson (‘08) and Johnny Leader (‘08) sought to bridge the gap in academic achievement between wealthy and low-income children. They created a 10-day academic summer camp...

Hispanic Heritage month serves as a month-long celebration of Hispanic culture, heritage, and contributions.

For Spanish teacher Patricia Flores, this month is also a time to celebrate her Hispanic culture outside of the classroom by sharing her heritage with her family and children. 

“I spent a ton of my life in Mexico, since I immigrated to America for college, so I definitely celebrate this month, Flores said. Usually, I celebrate by preparing a special meal to share with family and friends.

Redhawks ring in Hispanic Heritage Month

By Jordan Battey and Allyson Lastovica September 20, 2021

In 1968, a scene of civil unrest and Hispanic rights movements led to the creation of Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon B. Johnson. This was later extended to become National Hispanic Heritage...

Houston’s massive infrastructure upholds its reputation as the stronghold of American oil, but underlying the citys status as an industrial juggernaut is a tortured legacy of environmental racism.

“Invisible” communities poisoned by rampant industrial pollution

By Indrani Maitra and Max Stith September 17, 2021

Jalen Bradley was sitting at home when he felt a “sort of vibration” followed by a deafening boom. A short time later, he could hear the sounds of sirens from emergency vehicles. A chemical facility...

A group of smiling Webster Groves High School boys show their support to the cause by wearing their most revealing belly shirts.

Belly Buttons and Bylaws: A look into the controversy surrounding school dress codes

By Eloise Ayotte, Brentwood High School September 17, 2021

As St. Louis area high schools reopened at total capacity this past August, Webster Groves High School students found themselves punished for dress code changes to which they were unaware. The students...

Facility nursing manager Candice Pleasant works as a supervisor to faculty, nursing staff and more. At the start of COVID, emergency facilities had to adapt to the lack of access to ICU. “We have to transfer them or we have to do a video consultation,” Pleasant said. “Not only do we not have those resources, we don’t even have them at our disposal anymore. It’s hard to even get in touch with those doctors. It’s hard to transfer patients. We are left to not only be their advocate, but to be every single persons specialty for that patient.”

Pandemic provides no rest for the weary

By Sophie Leung-Lieu, McCallum High School September 17, 2021

Since the pandemic, working in the medical field has become more rigorous, pressure-filled and detrimental to one's health. Pre-COVID, Emergency departments saw 50-100 patients per day. Now, they are seeing...

Sgt. Nicole Gee pictured on her Instagram cradling a baby in Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 20.

Remembering fallen soldier Sgt. Nicole Gee

By Valentina Moreno, Oakmont High School September 16, 2021

On Thursday, Aug. 26 at 6:30 a.m., Oakmont High School alum USMC Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23, was killed in a suicide bombing at Hamid Karzai airport along with 12 other U.S. troops and 60 Afghan civilians. ...

GSA treasurer Lexi Cunningham and president Michaela Maschhoff talk with other board members at the clubs first staff meeting. The GSA leadership met on Aug 23 to discuss board rules, campus safety, and upcoming plans for the year.

The pros of pronouns

By Nadia Knoblauch, Hagerty High School September 16, 2021

Last year, after being online for half of the semester, John* (he/him), a transgender student, walked into his first in-person class. He, like many freshmen, looked forward to new friends, engaging classes,...

The text in this illustration are snippets from calls made by victims and first responders on Sept. 11, 2001. The number 2,996 represents the total number of fatalities caused by the attacks.

For close Bush adviser, 9/11 emotions remain strong

By Anna McClellan, McCallum High School September 15, 2021

It was a sunny Tuesday. Most people weren’t even at work yet.  At 8:20 a.m. Betty Ong, a flight attendant on United Airlines flight 11, placed a call.  “The cockpit’s not answering,”...

 Kathryn Aurelio, Class of 2021, sits in front of her laptop to find application information for her college application editing service @collegeessaygals on Instagram. She runs this business with alumni Anika Madan and Amaya Mitchell.

Stressed about college apps?

By Divya Bharadwaj, Sunny Hills High School September 15, 2021

Senior year. A time filled with spirit days like Black and Gold Day, traditions like Grad Nite and most importantly, graduation.  But wrapped up in the midst of these moments – especially during...

Senior Cici Bailey hangs upside down while practicing her aerial arts. Bailey performs competitive aerial arts, and her performances often require specialized costumes. There’s times where I love my costume and then there’s times where I despise my costume, Bailey said. Sometimes they’re ill fitting because the sizes aren’t made for all body types, obviously, unless you get a custom fit which can be really expensive.

More Than a Uniform: Athletic Gear Raises Female Sexualization Debate

By Marin Ellington, Marquette High School September 15, 2021

Shriya Sawant, senior, is a competitive gymnast and often finds it difficult to feel completely comfortable given the tight-fitting nature of her uniforms and the sexualization of athletic wear she has...

Kennedy Karbowski ‘24 chants in opposition to the mask mandate at the anti-mask walkout in the student parking lot Sept 1. Karbowski and other students protested the Tri-County Health Department’s decision that requires students to wear a mask in school in a walkout organized by the @dcsd_anti_masks Instagram account.

Walkout Unmasks Tensions Among Students

By Kira Zizzo, Rock Canyon High School September 14, 2021

“We won’t wear it! We won’t wear it!” A crowd of students chant, bolstering their anti-mask expression by waving American flags and blaring music in the school parking lot. Students protested...

OVERLOOK: From the balcony of his dorm overlooking the Kotel, David Edwards 20 photographs smoke rising where fireworks had ignited grass fields after being launched from Silwan in East Jerusulam before Shabbat on May 14.

Israel Under Fire: Views of a War

By Keira Beller and Caroline Kboudi September 14, 2021

On May 10, six rockets were fired into Israel from Hamas in Gaza. Two were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system, two fell inside the Gaza Strip, and two landed in open fields. In the...

On every anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the Tribute in Light is held near the World Trade Center. This art installation features 88 searchlights shone from dusk to dawn, which create two pillars of light that according to 9/11 Memorial & Museum, “[honor] those killed and [celebrate] the unbreakable spirit of New York.”

9/11: Two decades, too far removed

By Aarti Gupta, Neuqua Valley High School September 14, 2021

The morning of Sept. 11, 2001 started off as any other for Neuqua Valley High School social studies teacher Tom McManamen. It was first period, and he was teaching in B221 when someone came up to him and...

Ocean Park, freshman, performs back flips in the quad as staff member Kevin ODea observes the lunchtime crowds. The week of Aug. 16 to Aug. 20 marked the first time in 17 months that the entire student body had access to the quad for lunch.

517 Days Later: Students, Staff React to First Week Back

By Karis Choi and Jasmine Youn September 14, 2021

517. 517 days between the March 17, 2020 shutdown of all Brea Olinda Unified School District (BOUSD) schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and their re-opening to full in-person instruction on Aug....

Gal’s Guide Library is located in the Nickel Plate Arts building. The library opened in the beginning of March 2020.

“Who run the world?”: Noblesville’s historic Gal’s Guide Library builds its new home

By Kylee White and Kennedy Miller June 3, 2021

Monopoly. Aquariums. Fire escapes. Toll House cookies. As random as these all may seem, they were all invented by women. And yet, many people may not be aware of these accomplishments, which pushed one...

Junior Beth Blessent beside her mom, wearing matching t-shirts they had made to support Terri through her cancer journey.

Fighting back

By Hannah Gray, Pittsburg High School - KS June 3, 2021

Sitting on her bed, junior Beth Blessent listens to a podcast for her world history class. She’s taking notes, when she hears her mom, Terri Blessent come in the front door. She calls to her from the...

Recent graduate (class of 2020) Monserrat Flores stuffed animals placed in a corner of her sister Vanessa Flores room in remembrance of her.

In Memory of Those We Lost this Past Year

By Wendy Rodriguez, Godinez Fundamental High School June 2, 2021

With over 60,000 deaths in California due to the outbreak of COVID-19, it is evident that it is no longer just a number, but more about the millions of lives that this pandemic has taken worldwide from...

The 2019 Lunch Bunch club members join in room B127 for a Thanksgiving dinner. “My favorite experience has been forming relationships with people—which doesn’t just happen in one single moment, junior Jonny Goldin said. It takes time to form any kind of connection with anybody, and all that time I’ve spent forming these relationships is my personal favorite experience at the club.”

Hey! Yeah you! Come join the Lunch Bunch!

By Caterina Tomassini and Billy Cossart June 2, 2021

While lunch period may be a small break from academics for some students, that time can be magical for students in room B127: home of the special education classroom and the “Lunch Bunch” club. Students...

Labels can be used to express ones identity and also tie them to the communities they are a part of.

A Look at Labels

By Sofia Guerra, Annie Wright Schools June 1, 2021

Glossary of Labels LGBTQIA+ Labels are terms people use to identify and express their sexuality and gender identity. For example, the acronym LGBTQIA+ stands for the following labels: Lesbian Lesbian...

A group of Cotter students wear their Pikachu masks to a Zoom English class to connect with the in person learners and bring a smile to their day

Cotter’s really distant learners make it through the year

By Lexi Licheng and Tony Zhao June 1, 2021

There are distant learners and then there are REALLY distant learners. Under  COVID-19, many of Cotter's international students  were forced to return to their home countries and go through distance...

Roderick Wilson, a security guard at Baldwin High School, is known for his enthusiastic morning greetings to students and for attending school sports events.

Security guard’s passion for positivity stretches from activism to morning greetings

By Alli Schroeder and Ethan Spozarski June 1, 2021

Baldwin students know Roderick Wilson as the security guard who greets everyone with positivity in the morning.  But before his employment as a security guard, Wilson was a bishop in several different...

The increased demand for people with a platform to advocate change and spread awareness has become more prevalent with global issues. Questions arise of whether or not they hold responsibility to become activists have become increasingly widespread.

Community evaluates celebrity activism

By Yasmina Kassir, The American School in London June 1, 2021

With the prevalence of growing reform movements such as Black Lives Matter, the demand for people in fame to use their platform for activism and education has increased. However, some choose not to pursue...

Lohiya transforming self-taught skill into inspired masterpieces

Lohiya transforming self-taught skill into inspired masterpieces

By Trisha Atluri, Coppell High School June 1, 2021

As the persistent clicks of the sewing machine bounce off the blush-colored walls of her study, Coppell High School sophomore Mehak Lohiya settles into an easy rhythm.  Just minutes before, Lohiya...

BSU and World Religions Students will host a prayer service on Thursday, May 27 to pray for people of color who were killed at the hands of police in 2020.

BSU and World Religions Students Host Prayer Service to Memorialize Victims of Police Brutality

By Mallory Middendorff, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School May 27, 2021

After months of planning, a prayer service will take place in the academic courtyard to remember and pray for men and women who were killed at the hands of police in 2020. The Cross Project prayer service...

Vax facts for students

By Lauren Ritz and Grace Miller May 27, 2021

PhotographyInfogram This story was originally published on Lantern on May 26, 2021.

On June 5, Archbishop Riordan High School will graduate girls for the first time in its history. The ceremony will take place on Mayer Family Field and be live streamed for those who cannot attend.

Riordan to graduate first coed class

By Christian Ramirez Cortes, ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN HIGH SCHOOL May 27, 2021

On June 5, Archbishop Riordan High School will officially have its first coed graduating class, the Class of 2021. This year’s senior class will be the first graduating class at Riordan to consist of...

Art No. 2 created by Chuck Baird, a Deaf artist shows a man signing the word art in ASL.

Being Deaf in a hearing world

By Christine Hinckley, Middle College High School May 27, 2021

You cannot escape the hearing world. Since the majority of the world has the ability to hear, hearing has become an important part of life. The ability to hear is important in countless situations so much...

Wilton High School, despite its vast campus, thrives due to the immense efforts of often unappreciated staff members.

Hidden Gems

By Bella Andjelkovic, Joy Ren, and Lora Simakova May 27, 2021

Human. A quality that is unique to none and shared by all of society. As a species, humanity relies on identity to make them different, such as their behavior, personality, and past experiences. So why...

Math teacher Martin Jenning retires after 39 years of teaching, 23 of which were at MVHS

MVHS Retirees

The end of the 2020-21 school year marks the start of retirement for six MVHS staff members — math teacher Martin Jennings, Guidance Senior Clerical Assistant Elaine Hamilton,...

Equality means giving everyone the same opportunities. Equity means allocating resources such that equal outcomes are achieved.

A Question of Equity

By Jeff Pape , St. Charles East High School May 27, 2021

On March 8, the D303 School Board approved the implementation of Deep Equity, a professional development program for teachers, starting next year. The program aims to reduce educational inequities--meaning...

Senior Jaden Billings will attend TCU in the fall to major in pre-medicine.

Senior Speaks Out on Prejudice in Aledo

By Olivia Caggiano, ALEDO HIGH SCHOOL May 27, 2021

In sixth grade senior Jaden Billings created a science project about ducks. He brought his presentation to school along with all of the other kids in his class and set it up in the classroom. Parents filed...

Ellery Bodell ’22 writes and produces their own music, as well as performs in front of live audiences, even amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ellery Bodell continues passion for songwriting professionally

By Anna Diorio '23, Staples High School May 27, 2021

As a community that prides itself in the musical arts, it’s no surprise that there are young, talented musicians in Westport looking to make their dreams a reality. Many aspiring artists pursuing their...

Marta Flores de Gomez readies her first child for school before heading to work in the early morning.

Bellaire’s Selfless Servant

By Ricky Kai, Bellaire High School May 27, 2021

The wailing of her baby wakes her up. In the pitch black, she navigates through the mess of her bedside desk to find her phone. It’s 5 a.m.  The crying comes from her second child, whose whining...

Many members of the LGBTQIA+ community try and hide their sexuality. Jayy Whited said, I kind of hide it from the teachers because they tend to treat you differently once you do make it clear.

LGBTQIA+ community speaks out on acceptance

By K.J. Beckley, Streetsboro High School May 26, 2021

Since quarantine, people of all ages have come out and said they identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.  Sophomore Kale Conti said the reason they came out as bisexual was “because my family...

Senior Hasset Asfaw (right) often had to translate for her parents when she was younger.

The hidden responsibilities of bilingual children

By Christopher Campos, Ritenour High School May 26, 2021

Ritenour is amongst the most diverse school districts around the St. Louis Metropolitan area, providing education to students from all ethnic backgrounds who often juggle multiple languages as they bounce...

Social selling becomes the basis for the attention-seeking craving people have.

Watch Me

By Lora Simakova, Wilton High School - CT May 26, 2021

We crave attention. It’s the human in us. Social selling is the act of using social platforms to present oneself in a desirable way. It often refers to the establishment and expansion of sales products...

READY SET GO: Chloe-Mei Espinosa sees the effects of plastic in our oceans firsthand through her many scuba diving adventures. The harmful impact that single-use plastics have on the environment are what caused Espinosa to launch her campaign, Skip the Plastic Straw.

Freshman launches campaign to reduce plastic waste and save our oceans 

By Lilly Ashworth, Mater Dei High School May 26, 2021

The issue of plastic straws and their impact on the environment has become a topic of debate within the past few years. Many people have switched to metal, rubber, and other reusable alternatives in order...

The AAPI community and its allies share powerful messages and tags across social media and during protests and speaking events.

Community Response to Rise in AAPI Hate Crimes

By Sofia Guerra, Annie Wright Schools May 26, 2021

Since the emergence of the COVID-19 virus in the Wuhan Province in the People’s Republic of China, there has been a significant increase in discrimination against the AAPI community in the United States....

Many immigrant students face challenges that go unnoticed by others, which can lead to immense amounts of stress.

The struggles that go unnoticed: Life as an immigrant at PV

By Kendall Jarvis, Pleasant Valley High School - IA May 26, 2021

Immigrant students are faced with many challenges within and outside of school. At PV there are many immigrants who are living in America on many different types of immigrant visas. These students all...

IB Theory of Knowledge teacher Leath Hunt has been a teacher in South Florida for 50 years, since 1971, and is celebrating his retirement at the end of this school year. (Shown on right with IB Coordinator Jan Patterson.)

Leath Hunt: 50 Years as a South Florida Educator

By Kathleen Lewis, Gulliver Preparatory May 25, 2021

“Supportive.” “Lively.” “Funny.” “Mentor.” “Friend.” These are just a few of the words members of the school community use to describe IB Theory of Knowledge teacher...

The learning ledge on the second floor of the Center for Science, Technology, and Industry waits for students fill its seats starting the 2021-22 school year — the first year that West Campus will be known as the Upper Campus.

Becoming one

It is fall of 2022. A sophomore moves to the Upper Campus after coming from the Freshman Campus. As they navigate the school, they find and explore the recent extension — The Center for Science,...

A mother and her two children walk away from a Larayas Bodega, a local grocery store. The grocery store is located in the middle of downtown Los Angeles and puts an emphasis on healthy nutritious food. According to Feeding America, inn 2020, an estimated 265,000,000 were living with food insecurity, partially due to lack of access to healthful food and affordable groceries.

‘Striving to help’: Understanding the underlying issues of affordable food

By Rose Sarner, Archer School for Girls May 24, 2021

Imagine your closest supermarket is only a convenience store, barely better than the mart at the corner gas station. The shelves have no fresh fruit or vegetables. In fact, the only produce options in...

Scholastic Journalism & Media Director Tracy Sena sits by stacks of The Broadview as she cleans out the Publications Lab before retiring. Sena has advised The Broadview for more than two decades and has overseen newspapers for both high school divisions, Convent Elementary and the yearbooks.

‘Okay gang, let’s wrap this up’

By Charlotte Ehrlich, Grace Krumplitsch, and Tabitha Parent May 24, 2021

Gazing at the flurry of high schoolers frantic to meet the imminent print deadlines in the Publications Lab, Tracy Sena removed her mask to take a sip of coffee, and smiled. It was the first deadline week...

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