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An unexpected addition

An unexpected addition

By Jessica Moonjely, West High School

January 7, 2019


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They knew something was wrong when she couldn’t eat her burger. On Oct. 21, 2017, their one year anniversary, Noah and Sydney sat down like any other teenage couple to eat at Chili’s. However, after taking a few bites of her food, Sydney felt that something was different. Everything tasted disgusting....

Always on the field of play

Always on the field of play

By Grace Nugent, McCallum High School

January 7, 2019


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It’s game day for the freshman football team and two key players, Johan Holmes and Gavin Freedman, aren’t at the team’s mandatory morning lift … again. But they aren’t slacking off. They are still working hard ... at band practice, which is also mandatory, and is concurrent with the f...

Ginger and Baker: Serving up something special

Ginger and Baker: Serving up something special

By Caroline Sears, Fossil Ridge High School

January 4, 2019


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Ginger and Baker in downtown Fort Collins is cooking up something special. The culinary director, or head chef, sat down to answer a few questions. “Chef Deb” settled into the teaching kitchen, where she teaches classes weekly. This includes classes like “Winter in Tuscany,” where customers ...

Occupation Overload

Occupation Overload

By Madison Palmer, Mansfield Legacy High School

January 4, 2019


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Chemistry teacher Mr. John Sudbury walks into his second classroom to teach a handful of students. Drained and tired after an eight-hour day at school, he starts to teach driver’s ed, his second job. Sudbury, as well as 18 percent of teachers in the United States, works a second job for income. These teachers empha...

Taste of Asia

Taste of Asia

By Nithila Ilangovan, Cedar Park High School

January 3, 2019


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From seven people at the first meeting, to 12 at the second, to 27 at last Thursday's meeting, Asian Heritage Club hopes to grow further this year. The officers, seniors Grant Lee, Justin Nita, Joon Kim, Titus Ou and Alden Yi, initiated this club to educate and promote the culture of Asia to students...

What if you were the top of your class?

What if you were the top of your class?

By Imani Warren, Pattonville High School

January 3, 2019


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For some, school may be something to cope with. A place you go because you have to, but for sophomores Grace Ohlsen and Jordyn Lodes, school is a place they go to succeed. These two students are at the top of their class at Pattonville High School, and plan to be for years to come. The student body...

Alumni return to teach at the high school

Alumni return to teach at the high school

By Ava Woods, Pattonville High School

January 3, 2019


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Since 1933, Pattonville High School has been making changes to their district to make it a better learning place for its students. The changes ranged from remodeling the school physically to changing the way that students learn. The teachers, more specifically, the alumni, have seen these changes take...

Seniors to embark on the World Race following graduation

Seniors to embark on the World Race following graduation

By Abigail Lund, Lovejoy High School

January 2, 2019


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Nine months. Three countries. One life-changing gap year. Seniors Mallory Sailer and Alexis Simmons have set their college careers back a year in order to participate in the World Race, spending several months abroad on a mission trip. Carrying only what fits in their backpacks, Sailer and...

A stable path

A stable path

By Abigail Lund, Lovejoy High School

January 2, 2019


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The thoroughbred trotted lightly through the grass despite his tall and intimidating demeanor, red dirt flicking up from each step. The sun cast a golden glow onto his coat, making the fur shine like melted chocolate. A white blanket lay draped over the horse’s back, a dark leather saddle on top...

Continuing the Conversation: Does NA Culture Push Kids Too Far?

Continuing the Conversation: Does NA Culture Push Kids Too Far?

By Kristen Kinzler, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

January 2, 2019


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North Allegheny is known for giving its students stellar opportunities. We seem to have the best to offer in sports, arts, and especially academics. With so many honors and AP classes to choose from, students are often encouraged to challenge themselves. However, where do we draw the line? Where do...

Becoming Joslyn

Becoming Joslyn

By Stephany Jara, Lewisville High School

January 2, 2019


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He sits in his garden, individually picking daisies from the damp soil, creating a crown of flowers in his ruffled hair. To him, flowers mean feminine and feminine feels right. Content and distracted, he fails to notice his grandmother coming up behind him, forcing him to take the flowers out. One by...

Student project seeks to provide relief for classmates with anxiety

Student project seeks to provide relief for classmates with anxiety

By Amirah Bauder, Grand Center Arts Academy

January 2, 2019


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Her erratic heartbeat thumps noisily in her chest, speeding up by the second. Everyone’s gaze locks in her direction and she feels as if the world is closing in on her and preparing to swallow her whole. Everything is moving in slow motion: the whispering of her classmates, the subtle tapping of feet,...

School prioritizes teacher satisfaction

School prioritizes teacher satisfaction

By Josh Wolfe, Henry. W. Grady High School

January 2, 2019


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Math teacher Will Melton arrives to school every morning at 7:30 a.m. hoping to meet students who need extra help in class.  However, there are many days in which students do not show up. Despite making the early morning drive to school, Melton remains encouraged that his hard work and long hours...

Hour of Code brings fourth graders to high school for coding activities

Hour of Code brings fourth graders to high school for coding activities

By Claire Meyer, Canyon High School

December 28, 2018


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Business and computer science students hosted The Hour of Code program for fourth graders Dec. 5-6 during National Computer Science Education Week in the 1300 hallway. Reeves-Hinger, Crestview and Lakeview students took part in the event, totaling 300 to 350 participants. “Hour of Code was started...

Adventure to the United States

Adventure to the United States

By Caché Goracke, Olathe West High School

December 28, 2018


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Karen Fukami, Monica Almagro, Maged Wadi, and Sarah Mari Nielsen, are from different cities in different countries. They have different backgrounds, stories, ideas, experiences and eat very different things for breakfast. Now, they sit in Kansas City, the center of the United States, and discuss these...

Sizing Down

Sizing Down

By Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos and Jesse Hausknecht-Brown

December 27, 2018


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The first thing Ali Herdliska ‘20 does after school each day is relieve her constant back pain by lying down. After eight hours of sitting in a desk at school with five-minute breaks every 49 minutes, four pounds of breast tissue weighing down on her neck and back, she is finally free. “I feel...

Taking the Bus Leads to Unwanted Adventure

Taking the Bus Leads to Unwanted Adventure

By Alexa Penaloza and Laura Horta

December 27, 2018


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Students who ride OCTA (Orange County Transportation Authority) buses are all too familiar with a packed and crowded bus on their way to school. Hundreds of Godinez Fundamental High School students take routes down Edinger and Fairview Streets to and from Godinez, which creates massive overcrowding. Students...

The value of volunteering

The value of volunteering

By Kayla Barry, Pascack Valley High School

December 27, 2018


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Pascack Valley junior Anna Urrea met a construction worker named Willie while she was volunteering in Peru. Since she knew Spanish, she was able to communicate and learn about his life while on her service trip. She learned that he had a daughter with autism and was a very family-oriented person. When...

Hitting Their Mark

Hitting Their Mark

By Estefani Rios, Cedar Park High School

December 27, 2018


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Friday night lights, sparkly outfits, bright smiles and “Hooray for Hollywood”-it encompasses the Celebrity way. Every year, new candidates and returning members audition for a spot on the award-winning Celebrities dance team, and this year was no different. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors...

Math teacher hopes to start yoga classes at high school

Math teacher hopes to start yoga classes at high school

By Emma Leff and Anika Hanson

December 27, 2018


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According to math teacher Bobby Otto, yoga offers many benefits that have helped him manage stress. Because he thinks it also can help students, he is planning to start teaching a morning yoga class this upcoming semester. “(Yoga) is just a relaxation time, where you can start feeling your body,...

Resilience

Resilience

By Natalie Dunlap, West High School

December 27, 2018


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Education was not a guarantee for Veronica Kharunda ’19. The first school she attended was at a refugee camp in Kenya when she was 10 or 11. Children ranging from five to 20 years old attended before it was even finished being built. When it first opened, kids sat on the floor in the roofless building. From...

It’s the finals countdown …

It’s the finals countdown …

By Kennedy Weatherby, McCallum High School

December 27, 2018


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It’s the most studious time of the year! Isn’t that how the song goes? As the semester is coming to its end, the school work is beginning to drastically increase. With finals right around the corner, students are beginning to prepare themselves for that dreadful week. However, many underclassmen...

New guidance intern makes promising impression at East

New guidance intern makes promising impression at East

By Samantha Roehl, Cherry Hill High School East

December 27, 2018


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Described as “effervescent” by one of her classmates at the University of Pennsylvania, Mollie Wraga is bringing her enthusiasm to Cherry Hill East while interning under Dr. Eileen Lynch in the Guidance Department. Wraga has wanted to work in guidance ever since high school Honors Biology made...

“Dear Santa”: 28 years of letter writing tradition bonding all walks of life in education

“Dear Santa”: 28 years of letter writing tradition bonding all walks of life in education

By Christine Zacuai, Coppell High School

December 27, 2018


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Despite the boisterous and lively clamor, Coppell High School senior Sam Madhanmohan remains quiet.   “It feels like just yesterday,” Madhanmohan said. Remembering his first-ever visit to CHS being the ‘Holiday Wish Letters’ field trip in kindergarten, Madhanmohan didn’t realize the...

Introducing Tigard’s anonymous journal

Introducing Tigard’s anonymous journal

By Olivia Young, Tigard High School

December 26, 2018


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     Students passing quickly through the halls see colorful posters, the faces of their peers, and teachers standing in their doorways.      With this brief interaction, it’s hard to imagine the lives and hidden struggles of those going through this routine. Everyone has different experiences...

Seniors Kinza Awais and Hira Khan share students’ stories of immigration

Seniors Kinza Awais and Hira Khan share students’ stories of immigration

By Sabrina Bohn, Parkway West High School

December 26, 2018


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While most students would groan at the thought of an English project, seniors Kinza Awais and Hira Khan used the opportunity to address a topic they care about by creating a video raising awareness about immigration through students’ personal stories. “I wanted to do something I was reall...

Juul’s marketing campaign attracts teens to vape

Juul’s marketing campaign attracts teens to vape

By Justin Wan, Akins High School

December 26, 2018


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With a sleek design, attractive marketing and a variety of fruit flavors to choose from, Juul has proven to be the vape of choice among teenagers. The device, which resembles an elongated USB flash drive, has exploded in popularity over the last school year, and now Juul Labs controls about 70 pe...

Kelsey Pitcairn: Having a community of thinkers and creators is really important

Kelsey Pitcairn: Having a community of thinkers and creators is really important

By Julia Callini, Wayland High School

December 21, 2018


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From the time she could string words together, English teacher Kelsey Pitcairn has had a burning passion for writing. When an opportunity arose to study at the Faber Academy in London, Pitcairn seized it. In November of 2016, Pitcairn started a novel in honor of National Novel Writing Month, better...

Former Sugar Lover Becomes Healthy Living Advocate

Former Sugar Lover Becomes Healthy Living Advocate

By Nithila Ilangovan, Cedar Park High School

December 21, 2018


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Ice cream, donuts, cherry bars and chocolate chip cookies- the diet that was once routine for former sugar lover, senior Jordan Peterson. While her mom tried out several paleo-like diets to become healthier, Peterson spent much of her childhood clinging to anything sweet, causing her parents to worry...

Dying dances

Dying dances

By Emerson Ford, Granite Bay High School

December 21, 2018


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  It is a known fact that Granite Bay High School students often wrestle with the decision on whether to attend school events especially dances. Dances like Homecoming are often overlooked. However, dances like Winter Ball see high attendance rates.   The reasoning behind choosing whether to go...

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