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Beyond the barre: life after high school for CHS dancers

Beyond the barre: life after high school for CHS dancers

By Samantha Martin, Carlisle High School

December 3, 2019

From the studios at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) to the barre at Carlisle Ballet, the Carlisle area has its fair share of dance studios--and with them come student dancers. These students spend hours learning discipline and patience while perfecting their pirouettes, giving up week after...

Into the podcast trend? So is Dr. Dodd

Into the podcast trend? So is Dr. Dodd

By Meera Shroff, Walt Whitman High School

December 3, 2019

Before recording his podcast, Principal Robert Dodd does his homework — something you might not expect from a high school principal. He types up notes, article links and research on a Google Document shared with academy coordinator Casey Siddons at John F. Kennedy High School and White Oak Middle School...

‘Friday Football Fever’ broadcasts school spirit for playoffs

‘Friday Football Fever’ broadcasts school spirit for playoffs

By Ore James, Tomball Memorial High School

December 2, 2019

When most students signed up for clubs as wide-eyed freshmen, ready to take on the whirlwind of high school, they knew it would take commitment - the long hours in the dance room, the sweat after a grueling band practice, the tense moments perfecting a cheer routine. Luckily for these students, these...

A star among us

A star among us

By Kaylee Robbins, Walnut Hills High School

December 2, 2019

WHHS is known for its academic excellence pushing a multitude of its students into the spotlight. Whether it’s for sports, school or theatre, each year many students work to achieve their dreams. For Aidan Brogan, ‘24, hard work and perseverance, mixed in with a little bit of luck, took him straight...

Finding a friend

Finding a friend

By Lydia Cohen, Kirkwood High School

December 2, 2019

Lori Zucker’s life changed June 2009. Her daughter, Arianna, was diagnosed with a nerve cell cancer called neuroblastoma at 3 years old, and nothing was like before. They spent more time in the hospital than out, underwent eight years of intensive treatment and were stretched financially. Lori struggled...

Trio of CHS Juniors Takes Shot With Retail Company

Trio of CHS Juniors Takes Shot With Retail Company

By Joe Laffman, Clarksburg High School

December 2, 2019

CHS juniors Chase Aldous, Jayden Burnett, and Hunter Marsh recently released their very own clothing brand called One Wish on Sunday, Nov. 17. in hopes of growing and becoming a popular nationwide clothing provider. Aldous and his friends recently came up with their brand after being inspired by art...

The Influence of Legacy in Elite College Admissions

The Influence of Legacy in Elite College Admissions

By Kevin Wang, Wayland High School

December 2, 2019

With deadline after deadline sneaking up on seniors across America, the hectic flurry of the most recent college admissions cycle has not disappointed. Following the explosive pay-to-play "Varsity Blues" scandal and the polarizing federal court ruling of the Harvard admissions lawsuit, the omnipresent q...

Musical talent among students

Musical talent among students

By Elise Canning and Taylor Moss

December 2, 2019

Sophomore Derik Bandad has a passion for music and has been playing it nearly his entire life Since the age of four, when he received his first guitar, sophomore Derik Bandad has had an undeniable love for music. “I got this three-fourths sized guitar, so it looked more like a ukulele but had ...

Women on call: Local artist transforms call boxes, creates tribute to historic women

Women on call: Local artist transforms call boxes, creates tribute to historic women

By Emily London, Walt Whitman High School

December 2, 2019

Stepping off the escalator at Metro Center, a tall, bright red sculpture is one of the first things that pedestrians see. These structures, called call boxes, are scattered throughout D.C. and have existed since before the invention of the telephone. During the mid-1800s, police and fire departments u...

Underage ink: Students show off their tattoos

Underage ink: Students show off their tattoos

By Teagan Smith, Downers Grove South High School

December 2, 2019

Tattoos-- a form of self expression that is regulated by many states, but this doesn’t stop minors from getting inked. Illinois law requires that a person has to be 18 years or older [regardless of parental consent] to get a tattoo in the state of Illinois. Despite this legislation, many minors...

Bergeron Fellow reflects on the power of storytelling

Bergeron Fellow reflects on the power of storytelling

By Isabelle Lhuilier, The American School in London

December 2, 2019

“I want people to think of writing as the most fun thing you can do,” Bergeron Fellow Jennifer Finney Boylan said. “It’s more fun than playing video games, it’s more fun than riding a roller coaster, and the more you work on something, the more it reveals itself to you.” Boylan is a memoiris...

Setting the stage

Setting the stage

By Dillon Tarle, Cathedral Catholic High School

December 2, 2019

The screen flashes with bright colors, and sounds roar to life. The projector starts playing a jungle scene on screen, covered with plants and the faces of Mr. Kevin Hart, Mr. Jack Black, and Mr. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. “In eighth grade I went and saw Jumanji,” Cathedral Catholic High S...

Fasting phenom: How teens are being force fed society’s dangerous dieting trends

Fasting phenom: How teens are being force fed society’s dangerous dieting trends

By Caitlin Crome, Pleasant Valley High School

November 27, 2019

“Lose 10 pounds in a week”… “Tone your stomach in just one day.” From scrolling through Instagram to watching commercials on TV, students see such promises everywhere. Celebrities and influencers are the face of many popular dieting trends, promoting the idea of becoming the best version...

Senior finishes last walk for diabetes

Senior finishes last walk for diabetes

By Laurie Carrillo, Tomball Memorial High School

November 27, 2019

Shivering in the cold, senior Courtney Smith goes from guest to guest with a smile across her face despite the large grey sky and the looming dangers of Type-1 Diabetes, present in her life since childhood. October 26 marked the last Cure for Courtney walk, a diabetes awareness and fundraising event...

Juna and Joey duo competes on Nickelodeon show

Juna and Joey duo competes on Nickelodeon show

By Katie Davis, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

November 27, 2019

“They were the best vocal performance hands down.” “Wow I love them. They are so extremely talented. I was only watching for them.” “Easily the most talented, gifted performers on their episode. It is unforgivable that they aren’t moving on.” These are just a few of the many comments...

Do you have Netflix?

Do you have Netflix?

By Natalie Mix, Forest Hills Central

November 27, 2019

Bold red letters unfold on the screen, emphasized by a familiarly thudding noise that fades into a faint ringing. The black screen dissipates, unveiling a vast library of movies and TV shows. From The Office to Indiana Jones and everything in between, Netflix seems to have it all.  But lately, t...

Whitman students grow a passion for gardening

Whitman students grow a passion for gardening

By Ella Adams, Walt Whitman High School

November 27, 2019

On a warm August afternoon, while many students are out at the pool enjoying their last days of summer, seniors Henry Haddon and Joe Ku are in their own home gardens, harvesting microgreens, tomatoes, shishito peppers, cucumbers and melons. Haddon and Ku love planting, weeding, harvesting — every...

Friendsgiving: When blood is no longer thicker than water

Friendsgiving: When blood is no longer thicker than water

By Maria Vaaler, Pleasant Valley High School

November 26, 2019

As the leaves change their colors and the winter chill sets in, students prepare for the impending holiday season with their families. But, as many teens and adults alike move towards celebrating traditions like Friendsgiving, the definition of whom people consider “family” to be is changing. ...

Senior Gabriel Weber learns new ways to be an adaptive athlete with the help of Beautifully Flawed retreat

Senior Gabriel Weber learns new ways to be an adaptive athlete with the help of Beautifully Flawed retreat

By Zoe DeYoung, Parkway West High School

November 26, 2019

Senior Gabriel Weber was born with symbrachydactyly, a congenital abnormality that left her with only one hand. Growing up with a limb difference in a world made for two-handed people put Weber in many unique situations, from difficulties tying shoes to dealing with stares from strangers. Despite the ...

Teachers shed light on their indispensable jobs

Teachers shed light on their indispensable jobs

By Sean Liuli and David Su

November 26, 2019

Teachers are, in a sense, the unsung heroes of the child-rearing process. High school teachers, in particular, play a very unique and essential role in our society, working to educate and prepare students for the real world. In California specifically, the average salary for a teacher is around $47,000...

Activism to poetry: Mazumdar’s collection inspired by struggle of adolescence

Activism to poetry: Mazumdar’s collection inspired by struggle of adolescence

By Anvitha Reddy, Coppell High School

November 25, 2019

Each page covered in sparkly pen, journals filled with nearly a decade’s worth of emotion sat untouched in Coppell High School senior Roma Mazumdar’s room. Through all of her frustrations and joys, writing was her outlet. Her collection of poems were untouched until CHS teacher Stephanie Spaete’s...

FEATURE: Out like a light

FEATURE: Out like a light

By KC Ciresi, duPont Manual High School

November 25, 2019

Her breathing slowed and eyelids shut before she jerked forward and continued to read the notes on her paper. The battle to stay awake against her own body’s natural instincts became more like war. She checked the time: 12 a.m. As she shook her head and took a deep breath, Manual sophomore, Lauren...

Funny, Famous, and From Here

Funny, Famous, and From Here

By Jordan Atkins, North Allegheny Senior High School

November 25, 2019

It’s not uncommon for North Allegheny grads to go on to successful careers out of college, but 2004 alumnus Joe Kwaczala might be hard to top. Earlier this month, Kwaczala’s stand-up comedy show "The Difference Between Being a Bad Boy and a Bad Guy" premiered on Comedy Central, garnering him a na...

Senior Seaira Knight and junior Lana Hughes celebrate their friendship through marriage

Senior Seaira Knight and junior Lana Hughes celebrate their friendship through marriage

By Fatema Rehmani and Nayeon Ryu

November 25, 2019

For most, marriage is a union between two people who love each other romantically and wish to legally bind their relationship. For senior Seaira Knight and junior Lana Hughes, marriage is the union and celebration of two best friends. Knight and Hughes plan to wed in the theater at 7:05 a.m. Dec....

Palavali siblings paint aid for Doctors Without Borders

Palavali siblings paint aid for Doctors Without Borders

By Sreeja Mudumby, Coppell High School

November 25, 2019

The green cacti and pink flowers shine with wet paint as the card is placed it on a table, consisting of a plethora of cards, paints and brushes. Another finished card for a customer and another donation to help impoverished people around the world. Coppell High School sophomore Rohan Palavali and...

Engineering students start year-long project to help a family affected by Christianson syndrome

Engineering students start year-long project to help a family affected by Christianson syndrome

By Sammie Volkamer, Mill Valley High School

November 25, 2019

Four students in Engineering Design and Development began their year-long project Friday, Nov. 15. Students in this class are required to choose a problem in the world that interests them and find a solution for it. Seniors Alex Heinking, Brett Bellmyer, Nathan Greenfield and Nolan Leininger met...

Refugee mother gives Waltons unique perspective

Refugee mother gives Waltons unique perspective

By Grace Kirtley and Sarah Locke

November 25, 2019

Since 1975, more than 3 million refugees have arrived in the United States (U.S.), according to the United Nations Refugee Agency. Until recent years, the U.S. was known as the world’s top country for refugee admissions.  According to the Council on Foreign Relations, "refugees are migrants who...

Helping heal Harper’s heart

Helping heal Harper’s heart

By Kasey Harvey, Liberty High School

November 22, 2019

It was supposed to be a normal 20 week checkup and sonogram for former Vandeventer Middle School coach and teacher Brittany Manning on Nov. 14, 2018. It quickly became something else. “They told us that they couldn't see all four chambers of the heart but you know maybe it's just the way that the ba...

Barnes lives with disorder, uses computer to communicate

Barnes lives with disorder, uses computer to communicate

By Karleigh Gentry, Harrisonburg High School

November 22, 2019

When her son was just a baby, the life of Anne McKeen was forever changed by a question asked by a team of doctors in Charlottesville, Va. McKeen was forced to make a decision regarding her son Jimmy Barnes’s health that would impact both of them for years to come. “[The doctor] said, ‘Well,...

Chipotle program offers to cover tuition for workers, sparking discussion on high school jobs

Chipotle program offers to cover tuition for workers, sparking discussion on high school jobs

By Uma Kandallu and Sarah Zheng

November 22, 2019

Ben Ring, Chipotle worker and senior, is among the many students at this school who have an after-school job. While many high school students already work in order to gain benefits such as real-world experience, Chipotle has taken the extra step by covering the tuition cost for their employees to earn techn...

Ubiquitously Funny Obsessions: With the invasion of Area 51 memes across all social media, students and teachers analyze possibility of real-life alien invasion

Ubiquitously Funny Obsessions: With the invasion of Area 51 memes across all social media, students and teachers analyze possibility of real-life alien invasion

By Grace Xu, Carmel High School

November 22, 2019

Over the summer, junior Daniella Richardson went on Instagram to catch up and unwind as usual before coming across something decidedly unusual: an Area 51 meme. Strange, she thought, and she just kept scrolling. And scrolling. But the memes didn’t stop. The meme, titled “Storm Area 51, They Can’t ...

Zoey Brewer and Her Movie-Making Uncle

Zoey Brewer and Her Movie-Making Uncle

By Katie Lamm, White Station High School

November 22, 2019

Zoey Brewer (12), a White Station student and Craig Brewer, an award-winning director, seem like they aren’t alike in the slightest. Nonetheless, they share one similarity: they are related. Craig Brewer is Zoey Brewer’s uncle. Zoey describes their relationship as playful, like any other bond...

Movies filmed at Grady distort teen life

Movies filmed at Grady distort teen life

By Avery Li, Henry W. Grady High School

November 22, 2019

Blockbuster movies can be wildly inaccurate. Grady has been used as a set for multiple movies, which all revolve around the daily life of a teenager. From 2017's "Spider-man: Homecoming" to 2018's "Love, Simon," the hallways Grady students walk through daily can be noticed in the background of some...

Meatless Meat

Meatless Meat

By Erin Walters, Klein Oak High School

November 22, 2019

Side by side, the burgers could be twins. Wrapped in the same grease-streaked papers and sandwiched in between identical golden sesame seed buns, it’s nearly impossible to discern the patties are polar opposites - one composed of meat and the other plants.  Vegan burgers like these are new contenders...

Rodriguez overcomes traumatic experience

Rodriguez overcomes traumatic experience

By Dany T Medhin, Harrisonburg High School

November 22, 2019

“The last thing I remember was that my mom wasn’t there.” Senior Paloma Rodriguez was in second grade when her mother was detained and deported by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “At first we didn’t really know what happened. My dad wasn’t telling us anything and I don’t...

LGBTQ chorus belts out message of love and equality

LGBTQ chorus belts out message of love and equality

By Holly Adams, Walt Whitman High School

November 22, 2019

The spotlight glowed on a group of teenagers wearing all black — black slacks, black button-down shirts, black shoes. The only color came from their matching vibrant, rainbow neckties, perfectly coordinated with the colors of the LGBTQ pride flag. Family, friends and community members locked their...

Ok Boomer: Both Sides Of The Story

Ok Boomer: Both Sides Of The Story

By Kay Copeland, Liberty High School

November 21, 2019

You’ve probably heard by now that the phrase “ok boomer” has gone global. From news headlines to angry tweets, the new catchphrase of a generation is everywhere, and it’s receiving mixed reactions. People in Generation Z have made rap songs using the meme, while some baby boomers are marking...

Cancer survivor Danny Valerius heads back to school, participates in unlimited shopping spree

Cancer survivor Danny Valerius heads back to school, participates in unlimited shopping spree

By Ella Gag, Stillwater Area High School

November 21, 2019

“He's one of the most positive and heartwarming people I've ever met," sophomore CeCe DeLeon said about sophomore Danny Valerius. Valerius entered remission after being diagnosed with t-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a blood cancer, when he was 12.  “Before I was diagnosed, I noticed these spot...

Chorus collaborates with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on “Movies in Concert”

Chorus collaborates with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on “Movies in Concert”

By Elise Isakov, Henry W. Grady High School

November 21, 2019

Classic movies, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Grady Chorus. What do they have in common? Twice a year this odd triplet comes together to make movie favorites come to life. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra created “Movies in Concert” nearly five years ago, partnering with the Grady chorus. ...

An honorable path: PV seniors prepare for a future in the military

An honorable path: PV seniors prepare for a future in the military

By Morgan McCartney, Sakshi Lawande, Darsh Balani, Morgan Miller, and Taylor English

November 21, 2019

In celebration of Military Family Month, the Spartan Shield would like to recognize the seniors planning to join the U.S. Military in the fall of 2020. Known applicants include Anton Dahm, Maria Vaaler, Caleb Hawbaker, Weston Douvakais and Will Rolfstad. Their ambitious attitudes make this senior class...

Games Galore

Games Galore

By Matthew Lemke, Blue Valley Northwest High School

November 20, 2019

Working for your parents is not something many students get the privilege of, however that is the case for sophomore Olivia Ryan. Monte Cook Games is a roleplaying game business run by Ryan’s family. RPG is a genre where players assume the roles of characters in the game in a fictional setting, according...

Introverts: Is it environmental or biological?

Introverts: Is it environmental or biological?

By Josh Swanson, Seward County Community College

November 20, 2019

When mathematics major Jonathan Flores clocks out of his work-study tutoring job in the MRC for the day, he heads back home to the small town of Hugoton, instead of making plans with any of his friends for the evening. He asks his parents if any chores need to be done around the house. When they say...

A whole new angle: teen models take control of their image

A whole new angle: teen models take control of their image

By Mira Costello, University of Chicago Laboratory High School

November 20, 2019

At an age where self-image can be fragile, it’s hard to imagine being styled, posed and photographed by a team of near-strangers. For some people, the modeling world looks cutthroat and toxic. But what is the industry really like for teenagers, and what does this visual curation mean for their self-pe...

Den of Delight

Den of Delight

By Kendel Barber, North Allegheny Senior High School

November 20, 2019

Looking to grab a quick snack during homeroom? The Tiger Den, located in room 258 on the second floor next to the main stairs, is in its third year of operation as a student-run shop selling snacks and drinks. The unique shop is run by the Special Education Department, whose students man the counter...

Out of sight, out of mind

Out of sight, out of mind

By Hanah Kitamoto and Marta Leira

November 20, 2019

The soft glow of the SMART Board beams at the front of the room, casting a low-lit shadow over the faces of those residing in the front row. As you are concentrating on the presentation in front of you, the disgraceful “ding” of an unsecured cell phone jolts you from your focus. As you attempt to...

Pulling back the curtain

Pulling back the curtain

By Eva Levy, Walt Whitman High School

November 20, 2019

This year’s musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, is a drama that takes place in Paris in 1482. The story begins when the protagonist, Quasimodo — whose uncle hides him away from society because of his physical appearance — leaves the sanctuary of Notre Dame’s bell towers and spend a day in the...

Being Both Co-Workers and Spouses

Being Both Co-Workers and Spouses

By Kay Copeland, Liberty High School

November 20, 2019

Couples in the workplace are becoming more common in today’s society. According to an article published by Business Insider, 29% of couples in the workplace describe being in a “serious, long-term relationship.” This statistic poses the question- "Is working with your spouse beneficial to the couple'...

Senior operates jewelry business in free time

Senior operates jewelry business in free time

By Elizabeth Guevara, Plano Senior High School

November 19, 2019

Even with her busy school schedule, senior Emily Kolb finds time to run her own jewelry line, Em’s Gem’s. Kolb started her business last year, making keychains for her friends at request. However when she saw how popular they were getting, she decided to start charging for necklaces. “I started...

Local Santa Clara Elite Dance Team takes on Broadway

Local Santa Clara Elite Dance Team takes on Broadway

By Melina Kritikopoulos, Santa Clara High School

November 19, 2019

This summer, the 15-member Santa Clara Elite Dance Team brought their talents to the Big Apple, performing a dance showcase in the New Amsterdam Theatre on Friday, July 26.   The SC Elite Dance Team performed five numbers on the Broadway stage. Two songs featured all 15 members, two included smaller...

Creating Cash Cult

Creating Cash Cult

By Megan Glasgow, Kirkwood High School

November 19, 2019

Dressed in jeans, sneakers, and a T-shirt, John Allen, senior, looks like he could fit right into a high school crowd. But blending in is next to impossible for him, as shown by his precise style. His cuffed jeans have butterflies on them and his tee contrasts with spiders and skulls. The sweater tied...

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