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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...

Aaron Ash

Aaron Ash

By Caylee Cicero, Starr's Mill High School

April 29, 2019


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Since he was a tween, Panther alum Aaron Ash has been fascinated by computers and technology. By studying computers from such a young age, Ash was able to build a future around programming after his time at the Mill wrapped up. “In middle school, our family had just one computer for the five of u...

See ya, Staples: Why Westport students choose private schools

See ya, Staples: Why Westport students choose private schools

By Claire Redmer ’21 and Lys Goldman '21

April 26, 2019


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Hundreds of students shuffle through the hallways, their books and binders safely stored in backpacks slung across their shoulders. Friendly chatter echoes through the stairwells as students climb up and down, some left out of breath after the seemingly long trek from first to third floor. This is a...

Conquering the stigma: Lehtinen’s journey of mental health

Conquering the stigma: Lehtinen’s journey of mental health

By Isabel Saavedra-Weis, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

April 24, 2019


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Here’s what senior Nik Lehtinen wants you to know about him. He wears a lot of baseball hats. He’s funny, or likes to think he is, and always has some jokes to crack if class ever gets a little dry. He hates running, but loves to play hockey and baseball. He talks to everyone — he’s a textbook...

Stronger Than Fear

Stronger Than Fear

By Sydney Ferguson & Kennedi Roman, Lake Ridge

April 24, 2019


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Badthings happen every day. Everywhere, every second, there’s some struggle to be had, some war to be fought whether internal or external. Though some of these horrible things exist in the past, their effects and the paths they create still exist in their victims, some of whom you see every day. Two...

Sustainable solutions take root in the form of new zero-waste products and services

Sustainable solutions take root in the form of new zero-waste products and services

By Taylor Atienza, Dougherty Valley High School

April 23, 2019


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As the Green New Deal and studies about warming trends raise concerns about climate conditions and environmental issues, the zero-waste movement is bringing awareness to the issue of food and resource waste, marking a trend of increased sustainability in the United States. Bring Your Own (BYO) Container...

The LGBTQ Fight Will Continue

The LGBTQ Fight Will Continue

By Spencer Graham, Woodside High School

April 23, 2019


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The Bay Area was once considered to be the “gay capital” of the world, with many people being liberal and accepting. Yet this is not the whole story. This is Zeejai Leonard, and they are a senior at Woodside High school. “My dad grew up in India with very conservative views," Leonard reflected....

Rodeo Ready

Rodeo Ready

By Kathleen Ortiz, Kingwood Park High School

April 23, 2019


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The broom strokes echo rhythmically through the FFA barns as Ellie May works on her new victim. Her black snout sniffs around before choosing a pair of black and white Adidas. Senior Lauren Kocian wasn’t surprised because 20 pairs of shoes have already fallen victim to her 240-pound pig’s appetite. ...

Weighing benefits of early graduation

Weighing benefits of early graduation

By Mary Wojcik, Downers Grove North High School

April 19, 2019


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This school year, 13 seniors chose to depart from high school ahead of their class as early graduates. Although a discouraged decision by District 99, students who have fulfilled their graduation requirements can, along with their parents, ultimately decide to leave.  According to the 2018-2019 Academic...

The Trouble Behind the Trend: Cultural Appropriation and How it Damages A Person’s Identity

The Trouble Behind the Trend: Cultural Appropriation and How it Damages A Person’s Identity

By Michelle Hwang, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

April 19, 2019


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Cultural appropriation. I’m sure that you’ve heard those words somewhere and sometime before. Whether it be from the “My culture isn’t your  d*mn prom dress” meme, some heavily opinionated social media account ranting about Kylie Jenner’s cornrows, or a news outlet reporting yet another...

Westside Board Works to Overcome $2.8 million deficit

Westside Board Works to Overcome $2.8 million deficit

By Nolan Spisak and Emily Kutler

April 19, 2019


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At a Westside school board meeting on Feb. 27, it was announced that the district is facing a $2.8 million shortage. According to Director of Communications and Engagement Brandi Paul, it is the goal of Superintendent Blane McCann to keep a balanced budget, and, as a result, the budget has been reviewed...

Sophomore Anthony Nguyen Collaborates With Madison High School Students to Create Clothing Brand

Sophomore Anthony Nguyen Collaborates With Madison High School Students to Create Clothing Brand

By Ryan Cechini, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory

April 19, 2019


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Sophomore Anthony Nguyen has teamed up with Madison High School seniors Andy Tran, Gus Harquail, and Nguyen’s cousin, Duy Bui, to create their very own clothing brand: Bonjo. The group of guys came up with their slogan, “Don’t Die Wondering”, and incorporated it into the logo for the brand....

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