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Alexandria Villaseñor and Her Fight Against Climate Change

Alexandria Villaseñor (center) talks to the crowd at a climate strike. Since late 2018, she has become one of the principal faces of the movement in the US.
Photo courtesy of @alexandriav2005

By Keana Saberi, WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL - Austin

May 18, 2020

As the climate crisis morphed from the protests of a few determined teens to thousands of young and spirited protesters on the streets in a massive movement, the intentions for a brighter and more sustainable future became the rallying cry of young teens on a mission to activate change. Activists like...

Coppell’s blooming business scene: present condition, tackling COVID-19 and future ambitions

Coppell has made a name for itself in the local business scene, with a growing business economy and pro-business attitude. The city government hopes to continue attracting businesses and building its image.

By Akif Abidi, Coppell High School

May 18, 2020

Coppell is a prime example of the tremendous growth North Texas cities have been experiencing the past few decades-- booming from approximately 16,000 residents to 42,000 residents in the last 30 years. As Coppell’s population boomed, so did its business sector. Coppell held approximately 2 mill...

The hidden side of cheating

Students often can get creative in finding ways to cheat on assignments.

By Cooper Perez, Carlmont High School

May 18, 2020

High school is a period in which teenagers can express their free-spirited attitudes towards life and ready themselves for the "real world." Students party and spend time together before they depart for college, they go to football games and get their faces painted and cheer when their team scores,...

The Depths of Water Pollution

The Iowa River is about 330 miles long, starting in northcentral Iowa and flowing past Iowa City on its way to the Mississippi River.

By Julianne Berry-Stoelzle and Paris Fuller

May 15, 2020

Silvia Secchi often takes walks along the Iowa River with her dog Chiquita. She enjoys the fresh air, and watching the eagles, but also keeps a careful eye out for algae blooms and the water level. She worries about the contamination in the river, if the pH is too high for the fish to survive, or if...

Under the microscope: An inside look at DGS’s Research Club

DGS Research Club offers students the opportunity to conduct their own long-term research projects.

By Jacqueline Barba, Downers Grove South High School

May 15, 2020

Stepping into Research Club, there’s a sense of controlled chaos. In one corner, students laugh with each other while pouring and mixing different liquids in beakers while in another, a student sits with their chromebook open, eyebrows furrowed as they scribble notes. Everyone is busy and focused,...

Pressures of fitting in

By Anna Velazquez and Andrea Plascencia

May 15, 2020

Fashion. It has no one definition, no one look and absolutely no rules. Fashion can be anything. Fashion is art, freedom and expression. But even in the midst of a revolution of change and progress, there is an underlying pressure to be thin. Desite plus-sized models and people from all walks of life...

Teacher gets inspired, helps students with ‘food insecurity’

LMS reading teacher Rachel Yakey helps kids who deal with food insecurity in her roles as coordinator of Londonderry’s “Ending 68 Hours of Hunger program.” The program is a non-profit organization that feeds students over the weekend when food services can’t be provided. Yakey said her family (pictured here) often helps her by packing bags and delivering food.

By Matt Palmer, Londonderry High School

May 14, 2020

After reading the book No Place by Todd Strasser, LMS reading teacher Rachel Yakey was inspired to help students in Londonderry who suffer from food insecurity.  “When I first joined the middle school, they were doing a summer book read and I chose the book ‘No Place’, and in that book the yo...

Sofia Algorri takes over TikTok

'Twas a mighty and ferocious fall, face first, into the grass.

By Cerys Davies, Flintridge Sacred Heart

May 13, 2020

It was a random day during winter break, an overcast day with a slight breeze, the sun peeking through intermittently. In a big empty home in Sierra Madre, Sofia Algorri ‘20 had nothing to do. Netflix, YouTube and every other form of entertainment had started to look bleak. She simply couldn’t bring...

Heightism affects athletics, media portrayal, romantic relationships in contemporary society

This illustration depicts the effects and various stages of heightism that members of the Archer community and beyond can experience. Additionally, this image demonstrates the greater effect that heightism has within our society, considering it doesn't only affect one group or type of people. This illustration was created by graphic design artist and sophomore Molly Solowitz.

By Vaughan Anoa'i, Archer School for Girls

May 13, 2020

In our society, the effects of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia have become prevalent topics of discussion, whether that be in Twitter threads or break room conversations. However, according to 5 foot 11 sophomore Shaun Milton, one form of discrimination is often "overlooked" and "pushed aside": height...

Family-owned 805 Goats protects the community from wildfires

Fire season in 2020 is a concern as the spring rain nurtures vegetation that will dry with the summer heat. Local brush clearing service, 805 Goats, is visiting Westlake to clean up the hillsides before fire season.

By Olivia Horstman, Oak Park High School - CA

May 12, 2020

Until Scott Morris attended Toastmasters, an international public speaking and education club, he never considered starting his own goat-grazing service. Morris met Ventura County Fire captain, Vaughn Miller, in his chapter six years ago and was surprised to hear that the county had a short supply of...

Remembering Tyrone Alumni and World War II Veteran Vincent Hagg

Members of Dog Company, including Vince Hagg and Roy Miles from Tyrone, pose for a photo holding a captured Nazi battle flag in Czechoslovakia in 1945.

By Tyler Beckwith, Tyrone Area High School

May 8, 2020

Seventy five years ago today, guns across the European continent fell silent for the first time in over five years. VE (Victory in Europe) Day brought a partial end to one of the most devastating wars in human history. More than 16 million Americans served in World War II, almost 11% of the entire...

Students of color, mentors reflect on Archer’s admissions process, diversity

An artistic illustration by Leslie Castaneda. The graphic represents students of color standing in front of the entrance of Archer.

By Lizette Gonzalez, Archer School for Girls

May 8, 2020

In the interest of full disclosure, Lizette Gonzalez is a part of Young Eisner Scholars, one of the non-profit organizations mentioned in the piece. When freshman Helen Solis began going to informational meetings about a non-profit organization called "A Better Chance," she hoped she would be accepted into th...

Yuppies 2.0

Millennial and Gen Z fashion and style are awash in luxury brands, such as Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton, Invicta, Rolex, Supreme, Champion, and Yeezy.

By Jordan Atkins, North Allegheny Senior High School

May 7, 2020

Madonna knew the truth when she sang, “We are living in a material world.” It was especially true in the 1980s, when her hit single “Material Girl” was released. It was the decade of the "yuppie," an acronym for young urban professional. “Being a yuppie meant that you had a good-paying job...

Dr. Jerry Friedman and the roots of Shalhevet democracy


By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Shalhevet High School

May 7, 2020

For Dr. Jerry Friedman and his wife, Jean, it all began at their daughter’s graduation from Harvard University. That day, Dr. Friedman -- successful Los Angeles real estate developer specializing in industrial warehouses -- heard Harvard president Derek Bok call for non-educators to join the field. Soon...

Legacy of action: The protests at Lab

The legacy of the Kent State shooting left its mark on the Laboratory Schools through the U-High Midway, which published several articles about the tragedy and its effects.

By Grace Brady, University of Chicago Laboratory High School

May 7, 2020

“You can kill the revolutionaries: but you can’t kill the revolution!! Remember KENT!” reads a poster pictured in the May 12, 1970, U-High Midway newspaper. This attitude toward protest proved itself to be prevalent among faculty and students at Lab throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s with...

“It was the biggest thing that had ever happened to us”

When two Black & White reporters broke a Soviet radiation scandal in 1976, news outlets around the country picked up the story of their efforts.

By Jesse Rider, Walt Whitman High School

May 6, 2020

To a passerby, Rick Berke (‘76) and Michael Gill (‘76) would have looked like any other Whitman seniors going out for a quick meal at a diner in Bethesda in 1976. But they weren’t just any old high schoolers craving french fries or a chocolate shake — the two Black & White reporters were...

Behind the scenes

CHS9 student Matthew McCann plays Teddy Burns on the CBS sitcom “Man with a Plan” starring “Friends” actor Matt LeBlanc. McCann began acting at age 7 and balances school with filming in Los Angeles.

By Alishba Javaid, Coppell High School

May 4, 2020

One week Coppell freshman Matthew McCann is attending school and the next he is filming a CBS show in front of a live studio audience in Los Angeles. McCann plays the middle child, Teddy Burns, on the sitcom “Man with a Plan” starring Matt LeBlanc who played Joey Tribbiani on the hit show “Fri...

How Teachers Deal with Academic Dishonesty

A student uses the app

By Osaivbie Uhunmwuangho, Lake Ridge High School

May 4, 2020

A math teacher hands out Test A to every student in rows 1, 3, and 5. The remaining rows, 2, 4, and 6, receive Test B. In order to prevent cheating from happening in his classroom, he has created different versions of the test so that students cannot easily cheat off of each other. Academic dishones...

Stroudsburg High School welcomes back survivor of sex trafficking

Seen above is the sex trafficking survivor that visited, Ms. Sioni Rodriguez.

By Taha Vahanvaty, Stroudsburg High School

May 4, 2020

Two years ago Ms. Sioni Rodriguez stepped into Stroudsburg High School’s auditorium to share her story as a survivor of sex trafficking. This February she stepped in once again to continue her story on her pain, her struggle, and her recovery. “It was powerful,” said junior Thomas Mathiesen....

Individual action can reduce greenhouse gas emissions 

The Calpine Russel City Energy Center in San Leandro is a natural gas-fired power station.

By Katerina Gaines, Carlmont High School

April 30, 2020

There's an excess of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; many scientists refer to it as the slow destruction of the natural world. This is climate change.  The Causes Carbon dioxide has been pumped unrestrictedly into the Earth's atmosphere from the start of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century to today. The leading causes of clim...

The debate over facial recognition

Infographic depicting the results of the survey conducted by The Standard.

By Willa Blair, The American School in London

April 30, 2020

“The amount of information that it can provide is almost priceless, due to the fact that you can’t get that kind of info from anywhere else,” Dean Papayoanou (’21) said, when speaking about the concept of facial recognition.  A new facial recognition company known as Clearview AI has gathered over three bill...

Overcoming obstacles

English Language Learners at West face a language barrier while adjusting to the new environment.

By Hanah Kitamoto and Isaac Young

April 29, 2020

Language is everywhere and it’s surely unavoidable. Homework, tests, socializing and even a quick trip to your local coffee shop will require you to use language. As English is the most common language in America, it’s not rare to be surrounded by English in our daily lives. Transforming thoughts...

He housed his smile in his eyes

Mourning the loss of sophomore Travis Carney, there will be a small service live streamed in his honor. Carney was hospitalized for a two days before he passed away on April 15.

By Alexis Perno, HB Plant Senior High School - Newspaper

April 29, 2020

Sophomore Travis Carney passed away April 15 after being hospitalized at Tampa General Hospital April 13.   Sophomore Emma Hill described Carney as her best friend, brother and rock for the past three to four years.   “He affected everyone around him and changed my life for the better in...

Live out loud

Head Softball Coach Christy Tumilty and her daughter, senior Kamdyn King, at the 2019 Marquette Christmas show.

By Renee Gomez, Marcus High School

April 28, 2020

A couple walked the waxed white floors of the mall as the scent of over-salted pretzels wafted through the air. In the bustle of it all, they held hands without rings as their kids joined the overall commotion, spiraling in and out of the toy stores and ever-distracting kiosks “Hey, are you...

Utilizing old habits: the applications of procrastination

Many students procrastinate on their work for more fun and appealing alternatives.

By Andrew Ghazouli and Owen Finigan

April 28, 2020

All you want to do is take a break, but a binder full of work demands attention. With homework at the back of your mind, the temptation to scroll through Instagram and talk to friends overpowers the need to be productive. The subconscious neglect for work continues, waiting for the perfect moment...

Climate Strikers One Year Later

Greta Thunberg came to Iowa City in October and over 3,000 gathered to hear her and the other Iowa City climate strikers speak

By Jesse Hausknecht-Brown, Iowa City High School

April 27, 2020

Sitting in class, Alex Howe ‘23, Massimo Biggers ‘23, and Ian Martinez ’23 carefully watched the clock, waiting for the time to come. Walking out of South East Junior High for the first time was scary. Teachers and students' heads turned as the then-eighth graders stood outdoors, signs in hand,...

Teenage Mental Health Epidemic: Jordan Thompson

MSMS junior Jordan Thompson tells her story as she battled mental health issues growing up. Mental health issues are especially prevalent in American teenagers today.

By Gracie Rowland, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

April 27, 2020

“You can’t let it get too late. Your teenage years aren’t supposed to be sad; they’re supposed to be happy. You may have some mood swings but no one is supposed to be miserable. No one is supposed to want to die.” Jordan Thompson is a junior at The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Scie...

Danger creeps right beneath our feet

The San Andreas Fault goes through Crystal Springs Reservoir in Belmont, California.

By Nikhil Vyas, Carlmont High School

April 24, 2020

It’s Oct. 17, 1989. The Giants and A’s are about to play game three of the World Series. Televisions and radio stations across the country are tuning in to the game. Jaime Garcia, a Carlmont social studies teacher, is in the Mission District of San Francisco. Two to three-story Victorian houses...

Students at HHS and their nails

Junior Emily Nguyen enjoys different colored nails like this set. She likes to be creative and enjoys the way acrylics make her feel more confident about herself.

By Oziel Valdez, Lucia Gabel, and Grace Andrade

April 23, 2020

Various students at HHS customize their nails in different ways and for different reasons. Read about how students keep up with their nails. Nguyen finds new hobby with acrylics after parents open nail salon Some find that a new set of nails makes them feel confident and bold. Others hope that i...

A tip of the paycheck

Tips are often essential to maintaining the livelihood of workers in the service industry.

By Aleyda Contreras, Carlmont High School

April 23, 2020

Tiredness whispers through you after six and a half hours of school, the weight of your eyelids a complement to the intense yearning for rest. However, there is one more thing you have to do: you trade your backpack for an apron, and rest becomes a lapsed fantasy. You rush to work with no time for...

The Racism and Economics Behind Climate Change

Climate change and environmental issues disproportionately affecting lower income communities and communities of color

By Cecile Bendera and Victoria Weckmann

April 22, 2020

The negative effects of climate change are expected to have a greater impact on lower-income communities, according to a federal report released in 2018. Additionally, these specifically in the United States, are made up primarily by minorities. The American Psychological Association reported that 39...

FOMO: Not just a trend

Kendra Chew, a freshman, opens a Snapchat from her friends as she wishes she was with them at their party.

By Sophia Deynega and Sophia Morgan

April 22, 2020

“You’re missing out.” The grey bubble pops up on your phone as you sit in bed, “The Office” humming throughout your room. Your friends are at the movies, seeing a film you don’t even care to see. You still feel left out. You look through the various Snapchat stories of your peers....

Intertwining cultures

Katinka Lennemann stands representing society and its intricate integration of many cultures.

By Lora Simakova, Carlmont High School

April 22, 2020

Once seen through a cultural lens, the Bay Area becomes more astounding than ever. The many cultures present in the region intertwine to create a mixture of amazing people, places, and traditions. Although there are many cultures visually present in the Bay Area, there are a few larger districts that...

Nobody ‘screams McCallum’ quite like Jane Farmer

BOUNTIFUL BINS:  Junior Rachel Plotkin and sponsor Jane Farmer move decorated socks into the bin for the NHS sock drive. The prepared socks were then taken to homeless shelters around Austin. Photo by Isabella Dietz.

By Ella Irwin, McCallum High School

April 22, 2020

Since today is National Library Workers Day, we thought it was a good time to share one of our favorite stories that appears in the pages of the 2020 Knight, McCallum's yearbook. She was in 10th grade, but on the first day of school, Anna Nagle felt more like a freshman. That's because Anna'...

Remembering Kevin Gerke

Athletic Director Kevin Gerke smiles as he watches a Northwest football game.

By Jonny Isaacson and Ethan Knauth

April 22, 2020

Athletic Director Kevin Gerke died yesterday. He was 47 and is survived by his wife, Carmen, and three sons, Zach, Brett and Braden. Gerke served as the activities director at Northwest for the 2015-16 school year, before transitioning into the role as athletic director from the fall of 2016 up until...

STL sex trafficking scandals

Websites such as Backpage have allowed sex trafficking to enter our everyday lives.

By Amelia Hurley, Kirkwood High School

April 22, 2020

*This story contains anonymous sources. *Katie was on the honor roll at her local high school; many of her peers liked her, but Katie lacked something: a father. He didn’t come home often, but when he did, he did so in a drunken rage. She simply wanted a man to love her and make her feel special,...

Grady alumni form band, Rising Appalachia, inspired by their childhood and social justice

Sisters and Grady alumni, Chloe and Leah Smith (left to right) formed internationally recognized band, Rising Appalachia. Their music style blends folk and hip-hop, inspired by traditional Appalachian music and their childhood growing up in Atlanta. They have used their music as a platform for advocacy and social justice and have started movements such as the Slow Music Movement and %23IamResilient.

By Ava Smith, Henry W. Grady High School

April 20, 2020

“What are we going to do with the wickeds of the world? Make magic.” This is a lyric written by sisters and Grady alumni, Leah (stage name Leah Song) and Chloe Smith. Since their graduation from Grady in the early 2000s, they have gone on to create an internationally recognized band,“Rising Appalachia,” which blends the folk and hi...

CHS Graduate Continues to Climb Country Music Charts

Steven John Simon, a 1995 Crowley High School graduate, is a rising country artist.


April 20, 2020

What started as a way to inspire his daughter to pursue a music career has turned Steven John Simon, a 1995 Crowley High School graduate, into a rising country recording artist. The native of Lyons Point explained the process that started his music career. “I started by just posting videos on the...

Adolescent Addictions

Teachers and students share their opinions on whether or not cell phones should be taken up by teachers at the beginning of class.

By Faith Lawrence, James Bowie High School

April 20, 2020

You wake up on a Saturday morning and take out your phone to scroll through TikTok for several hours before getting out of bed. After getting ready, you make a cup of coffee and go back to bed, turning on your computer to re-watch episodes of The Office, eyes switching back and forth between screens as yo...

Irish dance like no one is watching

Mulhern School of Irish Dance was first established by Coleen Mulhern Malloy in 2006 and now competes internationally.

By Cedra Jazayerli & Ailish Lyman, Hinsdale Central High School

April 17, 2020

The local Irish dance school prepared to compete in the upcoming World Championships before their season was cut short. It is 4:30 a.m. and sophomore Annie Morel fights off the feeling of jet lag as she prepares herself for another rigorous day of competition. She ties her dark hair into a slick bun ...

The battle to become a man; four years later

Holding up the transgender pride flag, senior Tony Morse takes a picture in his binder. He got the flag towards the end of middle school. “The flag for me is a symbol of pride,” Morse said. “It reminds myself and others of who I truly am. I am wearing a binder in my photo; I used to be very very self conscious of letting others know I used a binder. Now, I am comfortable enough to post pictures of me in it and wear it out in the open. I feel as if I pass enough. Once I get top surgery, I am so excited to not have to deal with wearing the chest binder. It definitely takes a toll on me having to wear it. It gets physically uncomfortable and I long for the day when I can put on a shirt without having to put it on first, as well as being able to take off my shirt and be proud and comfortable.”

By Zoe DeYoung, Parkway West High School

April 17, 2020

As a seventh grader, senior Tony Morse decided that after years of gender dysphoria, he would take the leap to come out as a transgender male. He cut his hair short and kickstarted the long process of transitioning, a journey that, years later, he is still undergoing.  In the beginning of his tra...

Refugees: A test of humanity

Left: U.S. border patrol stops a large group of immigrants who were allegedly crossing the border illegally. Right: President Ford carries a South Vietnamese orphan during Operation Babylift in 1975.

By Kai Yoshida, Carlmont High School

April 15, 2020

Diving to the floor, tucking into a tight ball, and squeezing her eyes shut, the trembling stopped. Peering out the window, she saw the thick black clouds rise towards the heavens. The restaurant with the Americans had been bombed. Caroline Hao Hoan Do was nine years old when she first experienced...

Little Free Library brings neighborhoods together

Joanne Martinez’s book exchange location stands in front of the house it was modeled after. The successful impact of Martinez’s Little Free Library allowed her to help other book exchanges in the community. “We have an excess number of books,” Martinez said. “We will oftentimes put them all in a box and go and drop them off at someone else’s little library to share.”

By Lena McEachern, Carlsbad High School - CA

April 14, 2020

Outside of a blue home lies a replica miniature house planted next to a gray bench fit for reading and discourse. Inside of the glass panel door lies two shelves of books- one for adults complete with titles like Eat, Pray, Love, and one for kids with stories like Looking for Alaska. This book-exchange...

High school & homeless: one teen shares her story with poverty, anxiety and finding herself

Homelessness is a growing problem in Montgomery County, one student shares her story about being in high school and homeless.

By Charnell Haywood and Zulema Lopez

April 13, 2020

There are over 2000 students that attend this school. Each one lives an exceptionally different life, some taking on more challenges than others. One may worry about what shirt they are to wear that day, another may worry about the test that is expected to be hard and they didn’t study for, and...

Integrating Classes, Hearts and Minds

Teachers pose for a picture at the PoCC in Seattle, Washington.

By Mila Nguyen, Greenhill School

April 13, 2020

Two months after attending the People of Color Conference in Seattle, some of the 21 Greenhill faculty members who attended the annual gathering say they are drawing on their life-changing experiences to transform their classrooms and community. Middle School science teacher Hennah Abubaker said she...

Video project preserves percussionists’ perspective

Harrington said it took him about 12 hours to assemble and edit the video that is just under eight minutes long. Other than a summer film camp and some school projects for his Spanish class, Harrington doesn't have much experience making films, but he plans to change that in the future. Photo courtesy of Oliver Harrington.

By Madelynn Niles, McCallum High School

April 10, 2020

The gentle rolls of the marimba escalating, bass drum pounding, chimes ringing sweetly; everything flowing together seamlessly, the tension rising and falling as the story of the music flows through the recording hall, filling each corner to the brim with —  Pause. Edit. Trim clip, try again. On Wed...

Along for the ride: staff explores alternate methods of transportation

Posing with his bike, Special School District teacher assistant Chris Powers gets ready for a bike ride. Powers’ rides to work can take anywhere from half an hour to two hours. “You can discover things that you would never see if you were in a car,” Powers said. “[Riding my bike] has made me more perceptive. You gain wisdom each time you ride your bike.”

By Leah Schroeder, Parkway West High School

April 10, 2020

Whether it’s a way to get energized for the coming day or a form of meditation after school, Special School District teacher assistant Chris Powers and Orchestra teacher Ed Sandheinrich advocate for the benefits that riding a bike to school offers.  Powers began riding his bike to work as a form...

Banding Together

Joshua Hezel, Zach Daubert, Margaret Wilkerson, and the rest of their band music-make in harmony on the night of their Red Cross fundraiser.

By Essy Ingram, Francis Howell Central High School

April 10, 2020

The night dims its sound and light to make way for a new flavor of ambiance. Metallic strings and dense speakers buzz freely in the basement air like static energy. Closer to the source of soft lavender beams, senior Margaret Wilkerson stands among her band mates, a guitar slung about her middle, microphone...

Undocumented students: finding hope through struggle

A silhouette photo, representing the anonymity and isolation that many undocumented immigrants face.

By Sam Bull, Downers Grove North High School

April 9, 2020

Sitting in class, senior Rosa Flores* hears them talk. “I can’t stand these illegal Mexicans taking American jobs!” one says. “We need to deport all of them,” another argues. “Everyone knows they’re bringing crime and drugs into our country,” a third adds. Undocumented students...

Surviving toxic relationships

Surviving Toxic Realtionships is the first story in the series. All stories marked with the Issue Issue logo were written as part of an in-depth project of the newspaper staff.

By Caleigh Nabors, Willis High School

April 9, 2020

It started with him wanting me to move away from my family and lose touch with friends.  She told me to drop my girl best friend of 10 years.  He said he didn’t mean for me to bruise.  I see him throw glass at my mom but I feel helpless. She said she would hurt herself if I left.    ...

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