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Different paths, same degree

Different paths, same degree

By Ella Wishchuk, Cathedral Catholic High School

May 21, 2019

As “Pomp and Circumstance” plays loudly over the speakers, graduates wearing colorful full-length robes, jet-black graduate caps, and beaming expressions proceed into the university auditorium. Applause and cheer fill the air while the graduates accept diplomas proudly with a firm handshake in front...

Stressful media

Stressful media

By Daniela Gil, Cathedral Catholic High School

May 21, 2019

Cathedral Catholic High School student Emily Gonzales ‘19, an avid user of social media, spends approximately three hours each day on various social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter. Because of her social media use, Gonzales is no stranger to the stress it can cause. “When I go...

Derogatory Language in the Liberal Bay Area

Derogatory Language in the Liberal Bay Area

By Sam Brook, Woodside High School

May 20, 2019

Derogatory language is common in teens' lives, and though its use has decreased, especially in liberal areas such as the Bay Area, high schoolers still face slurs and offensive language in their communities. Students at Woodside are aware of the negative effects of demeaning language and have a ...

Junior Laura Ernsberger takes action

Junior Laura Ernsberger takes action

By Abigail Gratzol, Elkhart Memorial High School

May 20, 2019

Laura Ernsberger was student-assisting in the nurse's office when a student came in asking for a new pair of pants after discovering blood stains on her own. When the student was told that there were no pants, Ernsberger asked the nurse how often this happens. Jennifer Geers, a nurse of fifteen years,...

Junior spreads mental health awareness, creates short film

Junior spreads mental health awareness, creates short film

By Alex Robsinson, Walt Whitman High School

May 20, 2019

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to suicide. The summer after ninth grade, junior Amelia Montagnino’s summer health teacher started the mental health lesson by asking anyone who had a connection to the topic of suicide to stand up. At the time, Amelia didn’t know anyone...

Sex Ed 101: La Salle Strives to Strike a Balance Between Scientific and Religious Education Around Birth Control and Sexuality

Sex Ed 101: La Salle Strives to Strike a Balance Between Scientific and Religious Education Around Birth Control and Sexuality

By Maddie Khaw, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory

May 20, 2019

Beginning to navigate romantic relationships is a large part of the transition into maturity that adolescents experience throughout their teenage years. As adolescents start to explore this new, uncharted territory of relationships, they are also introduced to a wide variety of unfamiliar concepts such...

Career Center trades program helps students build their future

Career Center trades program helps students build their future

By Crystal Tran, Richmond High School

May 20, 2019

Whether it’s outside or inside, on school or an off property job, sunny or pouring down rain, a big or small project, the RHS construction team has been working at a professional level to help create future construction workers. The construction class offers students the opportunity to build various...

Working in a new world

Working in a new world

By Liza Armstrong, Algonquin Regional High School

May 20, 2019

Many Algonquin students will never know the fear of not having enough food, or being terrified to go to school.  Most will also not have to worry about working a full-time job to help support their family while they are still in high school. That is not the reality for senior Abbass Kamara, who emigrated...

Making a statement

Making a statement

By Priya Gregerson, Vandegrift High School

May 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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