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Breaking the stigma: mental health on campus and in the culture

Breaking the stigma: mental health on campus and in the culture

By Eloise Rollins-Fife, The Archer School for Girls

May 11, 2017


Filed under Health

One in five. Twenty percent. Theoretically, nearly 100 Archer students. That’s how many adolescents, ages 13 to 18, currently live with or will develop a serious mental illness in their lifetime, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Eleven percent of youth have a mood disorder,...

Sleep Deprivation: The Teenage Nightmare

Sleep Deprivation: The Teenage Nightmare

By Taylor Rohleen, Satellite High School

May 8, 2017


Filed under Health

“Teenagers are practically nocturnal. They can live without sleep,” opines Enjolie Vadella, 11. Vadella, like many other students, faces each day with a veil of sleep deprivation over her head. As high schools, day after day, reach closer to the end of the year, the number of sleepy scholars rises...

Eating My Way Thin

By Morgan Archer, Thayer High School

May 5, 2017


Filed under Health

Growing up I was never thin. I have never been the “ideal” weight. I grew up on fatty, cheap meals and ate whatever I wanted to eat. I always knew I was overweight, but I just complained about it instead of “doing” something about it. If I did do something it would be a fad diet or diet pills....

When chronic illness strikes

When chronic illness strikes

By Michelle Parker, Leander High School

April 26, 2017


Filed under Health

I used to let a four letter word define me. It wasn’t ugly or mean, it was POTS, short for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. POTS is a form of dysautonomia, an umbrella term that classifies dysfunctions in the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Basically, the body carries out many processes...

Eating Disorders Threaten Student Health

Eating Disorders Threaten Student Health

By Lily Ellzey, Bastrop High School

April 24, 2017


Filed under Health

A deadly illness lurks right beneath the noses of students, lying in wait. Friends and family suffer in silence, often until it’s too late. Eating disorders are some of the most deadly mental illnesses, yet the majority of students at BHS are unaware of the impact they can have. “To be honest,...

How to: Healthy Eating for Beginners

How to: Healthy Eating for Beginners

By Naomi Byrne, Orono High School

March 22, 2017


Filed under Health

As February comes to an end, some may struggle to stay committed to health related 2017 New Year’s Resolutions. Others may want to give the healthy lifestyle a try, but find it hard to motivate themselves to eat clean and exercise. Making a change in one’s lifestyle is hard at first, but will pay...

Awaken Project Assembly Brings Light to STL Heroin Epidemic

Awaken Project Assembly Brings Light to STL Heroin Epidemic

By Chase Meyer, Francis Howell North High School

March 14, 2017


Filed under Health

Students file into a half-lit gymnasium at 8:30 a.m. on the morning of March 10, greeted by the sight of a drum set and projector screen on one side and a DJ’s setup on the other. Filing into the stands with their groups of friends, students can already foresee this is no ordinary FHN assembly. The...

Nudist Resort Restores Broken Faith in My Naked Body

Nudist Resort Restores Broken Faith in My Naked Body

By Scott Bright, Arapahoe Community College

December 8, 2016


Filed under Health

It’s 9:45 a.m. I am naked. I am walking through the woods. The coffee is making me more cognizant of my situation. Where am I again? Before coffee. A leaf crunches. A twig snaps. The smell of dirt and mountain and sun fills the nostrils. Tall grass and plant limbs caress my bare legs as I walk...

Am I Perfect?

Am I Perfect?

By Olivia Litzenberger, Abington High School

October 18, 2016


Filed under Health

According to some estimates about 10 percent of people living in the United States will suffer from a serious eating disorder at some point in their lives. Eating disorders are no small matter. There are no quick fixes and there is a constant battle for control. I know this because I have been receiving...

Cough, cold, congestion… corruption?

Cough, cold, congestion… corruption?

By Ashlyn Thomas, Wylie East High School

March 7, 2016


Filed under Health

“It has been going on for a long time. However, it has been increasing in usage,” assistant principal Janet Wyatt said. “We have seen it more with freshmen and sophomores.” The normal dosage for adults with symptoms is one to two pills at a time, but students have been known to ingest full packages...

Anxiety: A crippling distorder

Anxiety: A crippling distorder

By Rebecca Goodman, Legacy High School

February 10, 2016


Filed under Health

In and out, in and out. In, and then out again. With every breath she felt a bit better. She told herself it would be OK, that it would all be over soon. After she calmed down, she slowly got up and made her way back to the class she was in. She sat back down in her seat, and carried on with the rest...

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome: A Rare Genetic Disorder

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome: A Rare Genetic Disorder

By Emily Johnson, Abington High School

January 4, 2016


Filed under Health

A simple leg kick at cheer practice caused my whole world to turn around. As I kicked my leg up, I felt a sharp pain and heard a popping noise. Unable to keep my balance, I fell to the ground. I didn’t know what was causing these symptoms, but I knew that something was wrong in my body. My mom took...

Lunch and lunchability

Lunch and lunchability

By Caryn Corliss, Hebron High School

December 16, 2015


Filed under Health, Opinions

The issue of body image never really made an appearance in my life until I was 14, at which point, seemingly overnight, it made quite the entrance. Until then, I didn’t really pay attention to how the things I ate would affect the state of my body. I just ate what was in front of me, whether it...

Sleep deprivation should be condemned, not celebrated

Sleep deprivation should be condemned, not celebrated

By Riley Wheaton, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

December 2, 2015


Filed under Health, Opinions

I’m chronically sleep deprived. I bet you are too. It’s partly the fault of our high schools who demand perfection in sports, in academics, and in the construction of a perfect (but totally baffling) college application narrative, and yet who refuse to start their schools at a reasonable time. However,...

Don’t overreact to meat claims

Don’t overreact to meat claims

By Meher Hans, Dulaney High School

December 1, 2015


Filed under Health, Opinions

“She’ll have chicken,” my mom says to the Chipotle employee when he asks me what meat I’d like in my burrito. I glance longingly at the carnitas and beef as my mom forces me over to the cash register to pay for my relatively healthy, seemingly cancer-free meal. All I can think about while I eat...

Step into my mind for a day

Step into my mind for a day

By Sydney Kinzy, Parkway West High School

November 30, 2015


Filed under Features, Health, Showcase

Whether you know it or not, behind the faces of your peers lie a variety of mental illnesses; from anxiety, to depression, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and many more. “I have ADD,” sophomore Megan Larsen said. “It is a disorder; it’s not...

Crickets become the new protein source

Crickets become the new protein source

By John Bandek, Clark Magnet High School

October 15, 2015


Filed under Health, Showcase

Whey, protein shakes, and protein bars — that’s what some students at Clark are talking about. However, there is a team of five students that have found a better alternative protein source: crickets. The “Cricket Cuddlers” are a group of students in Dominique Evans-Bye’s Environmental GIS...

Crippling comeback

Crippling comeback

By Noah Sanchez

September 22, 2015


Filed under Health, Profiles, Sports

It was just a normal day. He was going to a normal practice. Routine. Usual. Standard. Nothing out of the ordinary was supposed to happen. But then something did. After taking a hard fall and not being able to get back up, senior Jeff Bowcutt realized that his leg was injured, but it wasn’t until...

SAFE program increases driving safety awareness

SAFE program increases driving safety awareness

By Calder Hollond and Ashley Novo-Gradac

May 22, 2015


Filed under Health, School

We’ve all heard the sayings like “click it or ticket," as well as the horror stories about fatal, yet avoidable, driving accidents. But even with driving safety being taught to us at an early age, do students at BLHS actually follow basic safety measures like putting on a seatbelt? That was the...

SIYAC takes on tanning

SIYAC takes on tanning

By Olivia White

May 11, 2015


Filed under Health

As prom quickly approaches, many teenagers look to tanning beds to acquire a certain glow. However, this may be the last year that is possible. Members of the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC), a group focused on passing legislation that affects the young people of Iowa, has sponsored a...

Twins make working out a career

Twins make working out a career

By Morgan Collier

April 24, 2015


Filed under Health, Profiles

For most young adults, working out is simply a hobby. Many may enjoy winding down with a long run after a hectic day or lift weights to relieve stress. For 21-year old twins Danielle and Deanna Inzano, it’s a different story. At a young age, they have already managed to turn their love of working out...

Theater student’s science fair project could benefit mankind

Theater student’s science fair project could benefit mankind

By Lauren Melendez

April 23, 2015


Filed under Health, Showcase

With a project that could one day benefit the world, Aneysa Rodriguez, a senior Theater Arts student at VMT, got the opportunity to travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Her project was focused on finding an alternative to synthetic...

April shines light on autism awareness

April shines light on autism awareness

By Jessica Phillips

April 10, 2015


Filed under Health, Showcase

As April makes its appearance on calendars, it brings with it Autism Awareness Month. The month is dedicated to educating the nation on the cognitive disorder that affects one in sixty-eight children in America. Lori Jenkins, junior English teacher, has a son with autism. Jenkins said, “People...

Senioritis overtakes class of 2015

Senioritis overtakes class of 2015

By Kaitlyn Aaron and Logan McCubbins

April 1, 2015


Filed under Health

Due to the lack of attendance and ambition in the graduating class of 2015, seniors have been officially diagnosed with senioritis by the county’s specialist, Dr. Ekis Lirpa. “The students of the current graduating class have been coming in, if they come in at all, complaining of severe fatigue...

Bio class travels to UCSD to perform endoscopies on pigs

Bio class travels to UCSD to perform endoscopies on pigs

By Mati Davis

March 31, 2015


Filed under Health, School

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to look inside a pig’s stomach? On February 24, nine Shalhevet biology students joined students from YULA, B’nos Devorah and Yavneh at UC San Diego's Imflammatory Bowel Disease Center. There, professional scientists led the students through the process...

Drinking and driving does more than shatter dreams

Drinking and driving does more than shatter dreams

By Siandhara Bonnet

March 25, 2015


Filed under Health, Showcase

It’s all fun and games until people get hurt. Drinking and driving, however, is not a game. Student Council hosted its biannual Shattered Dreams program — designed to educate students on the importance of making good decisions and the consequences of drinking and driving. During the program, students...

Godsy finds her footing

Godsy finds her footing

By Christian Heutel

March 12, 2015


Filed under Health, Profiles

Ava Godsy, sophomore, really isn’t any different than most 15-year-old girls, but she’s had to deal with more than the typical challenges a teenager has had to face to this point in her life. So far, Godsy hasn't let those obstacles stop her from doing anything. Today she says she is less self-conscious...

Move body, activate mind

Move body, activate mind

By Meera Rothman

March 12, 2015


Filed under Health

Teachers here are executing and experimenting with new techniques that aim to maintain students’ attention for the duration of the class period. Math teacher Kendra Zeller explained that sitting for too long can have a negative effect on your learning. “Students might start to daydream or tune...

Accutane: worth the risks?

Accutane: worth the risks?

By Erin Kelly

March 9, 2015


Filed under Health

Many students have it, and most dream of it disappearing forever. “It” is acne, and to aid the majority of students who must endure the unsightly, red bumps on their face, there is a pill called Accutane. Accutane works to reduce the size of the skin’s oil glands and therefore reduce the amount...

Shots, shots, shots (the under-21 kind, that is)

Shots, shots, shots (the under-21 kind, that is)

By Jenan Taha, Lauren Pantleo and Vaishali Shah

March 6, 2015


Filed under Health, Opinions, Showcase

Sometimes we get a rush of stories revolving around the same topic. This week, it's vaccinations: who should get them, why they matter, and why people choose to abstain. Here are three stories that explore what happens when we immunize, and what happens when we don't. From Clear Creek High School, Jenan...

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