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Legacy | Ella Wedergren

Legacy | Ella Wedergren

By Dylan Bayles, Omaha Westside High School

March 8, 2019


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This story was originally published on Westside Wired on March 4, 2019.

Texas first in uninsured children

Texas first in uninsured children

By Sophie Ryland, McCallum High School

March 8, 2019


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Last December, both of junior Rose Dotson’s parents lost their jobs, and with them, their family’s health insurance. It became a serious issue when her brother appeared to have walking pneumonia, costing them hundreds of dollars, and later when they could no longer afford their daily medications. “Everyone...

A Salute to Military Children

A Salute to Military Children

By Megan Gauer, Casa Grande High School

March 8, 2019


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Approximately two million students have a parent deployed from a branch of the military — the army, the Coast Guard, the Navy, the Marines, and the Air Force — which has increased from one million since the beginning of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The impact of the deployment on these student’s...

Freshman Martin Franciscus overcomes diabetes through basketball passion

Freshman Martin Franciscus overcomes diabetes through basketball passion

By Drew Boone, Parkway West High School

March 8, 2019


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Freshman Martin Franciscus catches the ball and shoots a three-pointer, banking it in off the glass as the crowd erupts and the players on the bench get to their feet, yelling Franciscus’ name. Franciscus managed the boys freshman team and, after working hard all season, he was able to play in the...

Freshmen Dream of Their Tomorrow

Freshmen Dream of Their Tomorrow

By Payton DiSario, Ola High School

March 7, 2019


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High school can be a scary place with trials hiding behind every corner. With each day comes another failed test, another mental breakdown, another heartbreak, another scandal and countless other things that seem to be the end of the world. Yet, through all that can only be explained as bottled up...

Living with traffic: Montgomery County’s congestion problem

Living with traffic: Montgomery County’s congestion problem

By David Villani, Walt Whitman High School

March 7, 2019


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Laughing along to a Comedy Central bit playing on the radio, gym teacher Joe Cassidy sits in his car on the ride from his home in Clarksburg to school. He’s been stuck in traffic on I-270 for an hour and 40 minutes, but after years of experiencing Montgomery County’s infamous traffic, he’s learned...

Pardon My French (Bakery): Senior Shares Her Love Through Local Carlsbad Bakery

Pardon My French (Bakery): Senior Shares Her Love Through Local Carlsbad Bakery

By Emilie Anderson and Harper Hughes

March 7, 2019


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“That will be 5 dollars, please.” Money is exchanged with a smile. A croissant passes across the counter into eager hands. With one last cheerful farewell, senior Lysette Baudier watches as another satisfied customer walks out the door of her family’s French bakery, The Carlsbad French Pastry Cafe....

A City of Censorship

A City of Censorship

By Sammy Kagan and Grace Buono

March 7, 2019


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According to the U.S. Department of Education, as of 2014, there are 37,100 secondary schools across the country, and of those, 10,693 are private institutions. In other words, students attending over 10,000 different high schools are not protected under the First Amendment—Parker included. Evanston Township High Sc...

Creating irreversible masterpieces

Creating irreversible masterpieces

By Nicole Konopelko, Pittsburg High School

March 6, 2019


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I wanna stay in love with my sorrow, oh, but, God I wanna let it go. For some people, these words are nothing more than Evanescence song lyrics. But for sophomore Temper Raign Jetamio Estes — who was diagnosed with clinical depression in middle school — they’re much more. “I completely unders...

Saving yourself

Saving yourself

By Emma Lingo, Kirkwood High School

March 6, 2019


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“Who here plans on saving themselves for marriage?” One hand goes up. Mary Wacker, junior, can see the girl’s raised arm across the health classroom. Mary’s hand should be up, too. She is saving herself for marriage, but she doesn’t feel comfortable letting people know her future plans for...

In the minority

In the minority

By Anjali Huynh and Jessica Moonjely

March 6, 2019


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Teachers. Coaches. Lunchroom staff. Paraeducators. Janitors. These individuals are integral to shaping student futures and partake in a process that impacts society. While in these positions, each acts as a role model for many generations to come. As students nationwide obtain their educations,...

The secret Samaritans of the school

The secret Samaritans of the school

By Lily Dashner, McCallum High School

March 6, 2019


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Lights are out, doors are locked, all you can hear is the AC turn on and the footsteps in the ceiling tiles that you know aren’t human. The lights turn on. It’s six in the morning and even though students won’t start their day for another three hours, it’s time to start cleaning the campus...

Third-Time-Mayor Matt Hall Expands on Importance of Building a Team

Third-Time-Mayor Matt Hall Expands on Importance of Building a Team

By Ari Beckett and Sebastian Valencia

March 6, 2019


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One, Two, Three. Three votes, that’s all it takes. The simplicity of getting three votes was an early lesson in Carlsbad City Mayor Matt Hall’s political career on the five-person council. His predecessor and mentor the late Bud “Buddy” Lewis taught him well. It was about maintaining grace...

Goat yoga at Lemos Farm is a hit

Goat yoga at Lemos Farm is a hit

By Pablo Pinilla, Carlmont High School

March 4, 2019


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Silicon Valley is a place of crazy and weird trends: insanely priced toast, fitness trackers for dogs, float pods, and DogeCoin, just to name a few. Well, another fad just got added to that list: goat yoga. The new craze has taken over the Bay Area as a cross between two of the things people from...

Bringing love through baking

Bringing love through baking

By Avery Shelton, James Bowie High School

March 4, 2019


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Chocolate covered strawberries, truffles, brownies, and more are just a small sampling of the Valentine’s Day treats available to order from the culinary classes for their annual fundraiser. The culinary students have been planning for months and also received assistance from other programs within ...

Setting a new trend

Setting a new trend

By Claire Clements, Coppell High School

March 4, 2019


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Walking into a large thrift store packed with clothes, furniture and everything in between, it can take a long time for someone to find that perfect article of clothing; cheap, stylish and fitting. For Coppell High School science teacher Rebecca Wheatley, the practice of thrifting started about six...

Senior Kristin Priest finds alternative P.E. courses

Senior Kristin Priest finds alternative P.E. courses

By Jacob Stanton and Justin Cupps

March 4, 2019


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After being diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) during September of her freshman year, senior Kristin Priest decided to take ice skating to complete her Physical Education (P.E.) credit. Priest has not been able to take a P.E. class since her diagnosis. She was looking at the catalog fo...

Athletic training becomes reality for Pinder

Athletic training becomes reality for Pinder

By Lucia Gabel, Harrisonburg High School

March 3, 2019


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Tyler Pinder is a student at Bridgewater College who is pursuing her love for sports by becoming an athletic trainer. However, before she can reach her goals of becoming a college trainer, she has to start small. Pinder is one out of two college interns at the HHS athletics program who has been able to...

High school celebrity

High school celebrity

By Jenna Wang, West High School

March 3, 2019


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It was just four years ago when singer-songwriter Abbie Callahan ’20 picked up her classic black Fender guitar and posted her first singing cover on Instagram, armed with nothing but a big dream and a huge passion for singing. Since then, the 17-year-old pop artist has accomplished what few could....

Sisters-N-Tech; a women’s club for computer science and gender equity

Sisters-N-Tech; a women’s club for computer science and gender equity

By Charlie Chinander-McFaul, South High School

March 2, 2019


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Sisters-N-Technology is an after school club based around encouraging and cultivating young women’s interest and skill in computer science. Sisters-N-Technology provides the materials, time, and guidance for members to gain or advance their skills for a future in technology. “Sisters-N-Technology...

Former theater student stars in hit show ‘NCIS’

Former theater student stars in hit show ‘NCIS’

By Avery Gregorash, Plano Senior High School

March 2, 2019


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Pursuing a career as an actor is a gamble, but with a lot of hard work some make it through and Charles Kinder, a 2014 PSHS grad, is one of those few. Kinder actively pursued theater and speech while in high school, participating in many of the plays, and often traveling with the speech team for competitions....

JCHS Students Deal With the Deployment of Family Members

JCHS Students Deal With the Deployment of Family Members

By Lexe West, Junction City High School

March 2, 2019


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At the beginning of the year, through the end of January, Fort Riley deployed three brigades to Poland to aid with Operation Atlantic Resolve and to rotate with the troops currently stationed there. The service members are going to be in Poland for nine months before returning to their families and...

3 Seniors Planning to Attend Ivy League Schools, Some First in families

3 Seniors Planning to Attend Ivy League Schools, Some First in families

By Matthew Liu, Rockville High School

March 1, 2019


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Seniors Emily Huynh, Leo Wagner and Kyle Pico have recently been admitted to Ivy League universities -- both Huynh and Wagner were admitted to the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and Pico was admitted to Cornell University. Some seniors, including Pico and Huynh, are the first in their families to...

Students Involved with Smocks For Life

Students Involved with Smocks For Life

By Kayla Vasquez, Klein High School

March 1, 2019


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For senior Alyssa Chavez getting the chance to participate along with other students on a project hits very close to home. While Chavez was in 8th grade she dealt with the process of going through radiation and was diagnosed with an auto immune disease. “My mom had cancer and I suffered from auto ...

Is Your Phone Listening?

Is Your Phone Listening?

By Karoline Jacobs, Triton High School

March 1, 2019


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What would you do if you found out that your phone was listening to or watching everything you do?     “It really makes me wonder what Apple is really doing with their phones,” said junior Emily Howe.     For several years, there have been conspiracy theories being thrown around that...

Political Polarization

Political Polarization

By Abby Ong, James Bowie High School

March 1, 2019


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Headline after headline grows more and more bizarre, provoking heated arguments between both sides as people jump to defend their beliefs and the decisions made. Others stay silent, choosing to ignore the seemingly chaotic world of politics. The continuing polarization of politics is a cause of fright, as people begin to question why the two parties have become so divided ideologically. ...

First responders face the stress of saving lives

First responders face the stress of saving lives

By Mariela Ramirez, Carlmont High School

March 1, 2019


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Imagine trudging through debris from a wildfire. Your job is to pick up what the fire hasn’t already destroyed. Houses are reduced to rubble and there isn’t a living thing in sight. The environment you’re in is stressful. Luckily, you’ve had the training to handle these types of drastic situations....

Dog Show Days

Dog Show Days

By Kaley Johnson, Cedar Park High School

February 28, 2019


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Working as a teenager can be a challenge, especially when finding something that isn’t tedious or boring. While some students may go to their fast food or retail jobs after school, freshman Lacie Perry does things a little differently by training and competing in dog shows with German Shepherds. ...

Escobar-Medina describes coming out as a gay Latino

Escobar-Medina describes coming out as a gay Latino

By Kevin Pizano, Harrisonburg High School

February 28, 2019


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“I was about six years old when I first knew. I didn’t know there was a word for it, I just kind of knew I liked guys.” At the young age of six, junior Fernando Escobar-Medina found himself questioning his sexual identity. The curiosity followed into middle school where he had begun to act on...

SAGA unites a community on campus

SAGA unites a community on campus

By Aaron Boehmer, Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas

February 28, 2019


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Nearly 80 years after the first gay rights campaign, the U.S. Supreme Court decriminalized same-sex conduct in Texas in 2003. More than a decade later, gay marriage was legalized via Obergefell v. Hodges. Now in 2019, the battle is still being fought by the LGBTQ+ community as there remain anti-LGBTQ+ laws, as well as an absence of non-discrimination protection laws across t...

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