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Making a statement

Making a statement

By Priya Gregerson, Vandegrift High School

May 17, 2019


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As they stride down the hall, people admire their different hues. They are blue moons in a calendar of anonymous phases. No matter how many days students see them, whether it's the first time or the hundredth time, they are left dazed every instance. Sophomores Ashley Rodriguez and Amber Leal can...

Farm to Table: Youth raise livestock in the Bay Area

Farm to Table: Youth raise livestock in the Bay Area

By Pablo Pinilla, Carlmont High School

May 17, 2019


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When people think about county fairs, they usually associate them with hot summer days, carnival rides and games, cotton candy, and livestock exhibitions. What most fair-goers don't realize is that for some young people, the county fair is more than just a day of summer fun. In fact, for members of local...

School-related meme pages entertain students

School-related meme pages entertain students

By Kamryn Harty, Henry W. Grady High School

May 17, 2019


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From knock-knock jokes with corny punchlines, to late-night, televised comedic sketches, to stand-up comedy, humor is inevitably intertwined with pop culture. One of the latest and most popular forms of comedy among teenagers are memes — online pictures or videos with funny captions. Helen Roberts*...

Students, teachers lean away from Mrs.

Students, teachers lean away from Mrs.

By Megan Neal, Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas

May 16, 2019


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Students learn to address their teachers by a specific title and when to use each one in elementary school. However, the use of honorifics in schools has changed. Many teachers and students find themselves only using the title Ms., even when they fit into the category for a different title. While...

The College Wait: What Students Feel, Experience Between November, May

The College Wait: What Students Feel, Experience Between November, May

By Gili Golan, Rockville High School

May 16, 2019


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As the May 1 national decision day for colleges quickly approaches, stress sets in for seniors as they grapple with their final days of high school and struggle to decide where to further their education. The thought process of students after their applications have been sent varies.  One similarity...

Living the American Dream in Hiding

Living the American Dream in Hiding

By Meghan Turley and Maddie Cooke

May 16, 2019


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Student names have been changed for confidentiality and safety of those involved. Christine immigrated to the United States from Mexico when she was three years old. “I feel like a lot of people who oppose illegal immigration always say ‘no parent would ever put their child in danger for crossin...

Actor Zachary Levi’s emotional journey from Ventura local to superhero stardom

Actor Zachary Levi’s emotional journey from Ventura local to superhero stardom

By Bella Hall, Foothill Technology High School

May 15, 2019


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“I remember when I was a kid—a little kid—growing up in Ventura and running around barefoot on hot summer days, when the sun would go down the pavement and the concrete would all still be warm at sunset or dusk," Zachary Levi began. "We were outside playing in the beautiful weather and the concrete...

How the internet has changed education

How the internet has changed education

By Jacob Tutterow, North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia

May 15, 2019


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In human history, people have not faced the same amount of rapid technological advances ever before. Lives continue to change in various ways, and from the assembly line to the commercial airplane to the invention of the internet, individuals must constantly adapt. With this comes a new generation of k...

Rough Ride

Rough Ride

By Jacqueline Downs, Triton High School

May 15, 2019


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Boeing is hitting some turbulence again, not even a month after the second fatal Boeing 737 MAX crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane claimed 157 lives and just five months after the first crash of a Lion plane. A lawsuit, Seeks vs Boeing Co. et. al, filed on April 9th, has brought more trouble for Boeing following problems with the Maneuv...

From sophomore to freshman: A 15-year-old PV student transitions to college

From sophomore to freshman: A 15-year-old PV student transitions to college

By Hannah Lederman, Pleasant Valley High School

May 15, 2019


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Many seniors are making final preparations for their post-secondary journey this fall, and Pleasant Valley sophomore Priyanka Srinivasan has decided to embark on that journey herself. As a 15-year-old, Srinivasan was accepted into Bucksbaum Academy, a program at the University of Iowa which allows...

Sophomore Ulaa Kuziez draws from Syrian heritage to fight for social justice

Sophomore Ulaa Kuziez draws from Syrian heritage to fight for social justice

By Lydia Roseman, Parkway West High School

May 15, 2019


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With a new language, culture and lifestyle awaiting her in the United States, sophomore Ulaa Kuziez and her family immigrated from Damascus, Syria to Missouri when Kuziez was nine years old. “I don’t remember the exact day that we decided to go, but my parents were thinking about our future...

More Than Meets The Eye

More Than Meets The Eye

By Jack Stromberg, Troy High School

May 14, 2019


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On the morning of January 10, 2018 at approximately 5 a.m., a car pulled into the front driveway of Troy’s Zion Church (located on Livernois, no more than half a mile down the street from the community center). The driver of the vehicle pointed a laser at the building and shot out the front window....

Breaking societal norms

Breaking societal norms

By Stephany Jara and Anna Velazquez

May 14, 2019


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Sitting in front of his mirror, his left hand reaches out for the small tube of concealer and the other goes for a soft brush. He starts off by applying dots of concealer on his face, carefully blending it in. Junior Eric Pacheco gained inspiration to explore the world of makeup from YouTubers like James Charles and J...

Bailey Gong fights for a spot on national kung fu team

Bailey Gong fights for a spot on national kung fu team

By Christy Yu, Lynbrook High School

May 14, 2019


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Sophomore Bailey Gong was just eight years old when his friend, senior Brian Chou, suggested that he try out martial arts. Little did Gong know then that kung fu and wushu, a more advanced type of Chinese kung fu, would later become his specialty and passion. “[Martial arts] is actually one of the...

Silver Star captain leaps into spotlight

Silver Star captain leaps into spotlight

By Abbie Brien, James Bowie High School

May 14, 2019


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Walk to center stage. Don’t trip. Keep a smile on. Hands behind your back. These thoughts race through senior Kristin Hauck’s head as she hears thunderous applause and prepares to perform.  In addition to being the Silver Stars’ Captain, Hauck has been involved with studios such as Pr...

Garrison to retire after 16 years as principal

Garrison to retire after 16 years as principal

By Sophie Ryland, McCallum High School

May 14, 2019


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When Winsley Melancon was displaced from New Orleans in 2005 by the devastating Category 5 Hurricane Katrina, her life changed. She was living in the Austin Convention Center, well aware that she could not return to her old school, her old friends. When her mother went looking for a new school for...

Meditation provides a ‘mindful moment’ for students after a stressful morning

Meditation provides a ‘mindful moment’ for students after a stressful morning

By Erika Peterson, South High School

May 9, 2019


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English teacher Elizabeth Johnson has recently started doing a ‘mindful moment’ during the first five minutes of her afternoon classes to promote mindfulness and allow students to calm down. Johnson uses the Headspace app to guide the class through meditation, an app she started using herself and...

College process: then vs. now

College process: then vs. now

By Joyce Wu and Caitlin Newton

May 9, 2019


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From repeated standardized test-taking to writing supplement essays, the college process is long and complicated for most students and can start as early as their sophomore year. Currently, college acceptance rates are at an all-time low and decreasing every year. This rapid change raises the question: how did the college process 20+ years ago compare to how it is now? ...

Serving up some “love”: PV junior uses tennis to help individuals living with autism

Serving up some “love”: PV junior uses tennis to help individuals living with autism

By Sarah Danielson, Pleasant Valley High School

May 9, 2019


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Although April is Autism Awareness month, a student at Pleasant Valley High School is making a year-round commitment to help those living with Autism. ACEing Autism is a national organization with one main mission: to provide connections for children living with autism through tennis. They strive...

Café Justo’s Growth in Its First Year of Business Sparks Popularity and New Additions

Café Justo’s Growth in Its First Year of Business Sparks Popularity and New Additions

By Olivia Galbraith, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory

May 9, 2019


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One year from its opening, La Salle’s student-led, fair-trade coffee shop, Café Justo, has gradually grown in sales and popularity, all the while expanding their initial menu and combating competition and small amounts of backlash. Café Justo opened in May 2018, after being funded by a Dare to Dream grant. The cafe buys their coffee beans from the organization Café Justo, which is based in Chiapas, Mexi...

Ford and GM: Big Cuts for a Brighter Future?

Ford and GM: Big Cuts for a Brighter Future?

By Vanita Seed, Troy High School

May 6, 2019


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Within the past year, Ford and GM, two of America’s biggest automobile producers, have announced massive layoffs as part of a “restructuring process.” According to Detroit News, GM will be laying off 6,000 workers on five plants, in addition to laying off 2,250 white-collar jobs. The operation...

Student project prevents early trauma in children of Harrisonburg

Student project prevents early trauma in children of Harrisonburg

By Sweta Kunver, Harrisonburg High School

May 5, 2019


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Through voluntary practices, special programs and classes, HHSis trying to give back to the community. One example of this is the Government Honors Service Learning class taught by social studies teacher James Hook. Working on their service project together, seniors Elisavet Savides and James Frakes...

Siegfried excels in stocks and socks

Siegfried excels in stocks and socks

By Chas Morgan, Stillwater Area High School

May 5, 2019


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Senior Justin Siegfried has excelled in the Stock Market Games and his Marketing class teacher Debbie Drommerhausen thinks highly of him. Siegfried is not only known for his success in the Stock Market Games, but also for the silly socks he wears. Siegfried only began doing the Stock Market Games last s...

Senior Macauley Callahan, Oregon Zoo Volunteer and Aspiring Veterinarian, Gains Experience and Discovers a Career Path

Senior Macauley Callahan, Oregon Zoo Volunteer and Aspiring Veterinarian, Gains Experience and Discovers a Career Path

By Samantha Kar, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory

May 4, 2019


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Khaki bottoms, a watch, a name badge, close-toed shoes, and a ZooTeens shirt… this has been senior Macauley Callahan’s uniform for the past four summers as a volunteer at the Oregon Zoo through the ZooTeens program. In just a couple of months, Callahan will be spending his last summer with the program. ...

Seniors’ Soundcloud Rap at 15,000+ plays

Seniors’ Soundcloud Rap at 15,000+ plays

By Cari Spencer, Orono High School

May 4, 2019


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Cari Spencer Editor in Chief At 6Smith in downtown Wayzata, seniors Fisher Eiss, James “Jimmy” Buck and Ben Bissen sat down for dinner, having just released their song, “Hot Cold (prod. Ocean Beats),” to Soundcloud. It was Dec. 21, 2018 and their phones were “blowing up.” “People were ...

Shenal’s story

Shenal’s story

By Shenal Christian, Liberty High School

May 3, 2019


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“You are not beautiful. It’s disgusting” “Cut out your skin. Scrape it out” “You look like a cow” “Are you contagious?” “No one cares enough about you let alone how ugly your skin makes you look” “Is that how you’re going to look like forever?” “Are you...

Home Away From Home

Home Away From Home

By Katie Golden, North Allegheny Senior High School

May 2, 2019


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The vast majority of students who walk our halls have lived in NA for all their lives.  NA has always been home, and graduations from elementary school to middle school and from middle school to high school have felt as natural as the change of seasons. That's not to say that life in Wexford has...

Stigma, Silence, and Slang

Stigma, Silence, and Slang

By Emma Chiu, Woodside High School

April 30, 2019


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Warning: The following story contains mentions of mental illness, self-harm, and suicide, and may be triggering for certain audiences. One in five American teens lives with a mental illness, but many face stigma and, as a result, hide their challenges from others. This stigma can also be affec...

High stakes

High stakes

By Sophie Stephens, West High School

April 30, 2019


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*Some sources in this story have been given aliases, as they chose to remain anonymous. It’s a summer night, just a few weeks before you start high school. You are sitting with your friends in the house when they say they’re going outside. Out of curiosity, you follow them to the back porch. Instantly...

After two years of high school, sophomore Nadia Messmer is testing out

After two years of high school, sophomore Nadia Messmer is testing out

By Kayla Reuther, Parkway West High School

April 29, 2019


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While most students choose to complete the standard four years of high school, sophomore Nadia Messmer will complete only two before moving across the country this autumn to either Boston or San Francisco with hopes of starting a new chapter: college. Having moved around a lot, Messmer did not want...

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