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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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Teen forced to undergo chemotherapy

Teen forced to undergo chemotherapy

By Sophia McMorrow

March 3, 2015

On Jan. 8, the Supreme Court ruled that the state of Connecticut can continue to require a teen to receive chemotherapy. “She knows I love her and I am going to keep fighting for her because this is her decision,” the teen's mother, Jackie Fortin, said in an interview with The New York Tim...

Nicotine product causes controversy in schools

Nicotine product causes controversy in schools

By Hunter Stokes

February 27, 2015

“Vape" made headlines as the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2014. It's also the controversial subject for teens and high school administrators who are trying to figure out how to clarify that smokeless doesn't mean harmless. Electronic cigarette use among teenagers has nearly tripled from...

Students participate in annual Relay for Life event

Students participate in annual Relay for Life event

By Michael Sande

February 27, 2015

Once a year, students and faculty gather in the Homestead field house to participate in the globally recognized fundraising event Relay For Life. Students check into this event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., bringing in sleeping bags, snacks and fundraising money to carry them until the end of the event at...

Survey: alcohol use down, pot up as school outpaces nation

Survey: alcohol use down, pot up as school outpaces nation

By Sumin Woo and Holly Sutley

February 25, 2015

Although Dulaney's school-wide drinking rates appear to be declining, the overall rate remains high compared to the national average. An anonymous survey of 256 students in English classes of all grades and levels shows that half of students drink recreationally. The figure is down from 60 percent...

Too young to transition?

Too young to transition?

By Jessica Gilligan

February 19, 2015

When 13-year-old Zoey entered puberty, her doctor prescribed medication to slow down her development--because she didn’t identify with the gender she was born as. This fairly new treatment has caused controversy in the medical community, as critics argue that blocking puberty is harmful to a child’s...

Eating disorders more common than you think

Eating disorders more common than you think

By Katherine Green and Christina Elias

February 18, 2015

(Trigger warning: story contains frank discussion and first-person accounts of eating disorders) Katherine Green and Christina Elias at Dart News Online have written a great piece on eating disorders. Through sensitive and compassionate reporting, they've done a great job of putting real faces on...

Child abuse: An exploration of society, systems, and survivors

Child abuse: An exploration of society, systems, and survivors

By Grace Gyolai

February 17, 2015

Here's another great use of the longform template to tell a complex and multifaceted story. Grace Gyolai doesn't shy away from reporting on the tough stuff: Roxy Foster grew up in the suburbs with her mother, stepfather, and brother, but she did not live a typical life. Caught in a cycle where every...

Measles spreads to New York

Measles spreads to New York

By Claudia Chen

February 16, 2015

On Jan. 25, a Bard College student with measles travelled on a New York train, possibly exposing other passengers to the virus. New York is now the 14th state involved in a current nationwide measles outbreak. News outlets reported that the student boarded the Amtrak train at Penn Station and got...

Hopeful Beginnings guides teen moms

Hopeful Beginnings guides teen moms

By Laura Plata

February 16, 2015

Hopeful Beginnings is a non-for profit agency located in Arlington Heights that works with teens and women dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. To assist young women on their journey, the team utilizes a problem-solving approach where social workers offer a listening ear to young women who don’t ...

Uncapping the truth

Uncapping the truth

By Mina

February 16, 2015

Have you seen all the boxes and plastic bags filled with bottle caps lying around the school? Have you ever wondered what they are collected for? In a recent survey asking if students knew where the bottle caps go or why we collect them, only two out of ten answered correctly. Out of the eight that...

Examining the nutrition standards of the OAHS cafeteria

Examining the nutrition standards of the OAHS cafeteria

By Maddie Callis

February 16, 2015

It’s no secret–the school meals at Orcutt Academy are not very popular. Some students frequently complain the meals are unappetizing, unhealthy, or lack variety. People with specific dietary needs or those seeking healthy meals do not usually find what they are looking for in the lunch lines. But...

First year Bronco’s fight inspires forgiveness

First year Bronco’s fight inspires forgiveness

By Leah Bowen and Rachael Crews

February 16, 2015

On August 14, new teacher Loressa Pecoraro was on the way home after her first teacher work day when a teenage driver fell asleep at the wheel, hitting her head-on and causing severe injuries. The accident occurred on U.S. Highway 380, causing back-ups for several hours. The student, from a different...

Awareness campaign brings water bottle filling stations to Homestead

Awareness campaign brings water bottle filling stations to Homestead

By Erin Connolly

February 16, 2015

The school bubbler woes of students and faculty may soon be quenched as a water bottle filling station will be installed this week in Homestead High's 900 wing. As a result of an idea Homestead students conceived, enough money was raised to install one water fountain by one of the commons. To cut...

Charter Oak senior battles cancer

Charter Oak senior battles cancer

By Andres Soto

February 13, 2015

December 5, 2014: the date that changed Charter Oak senior Anthony Ortega’s life forever. Anthony was going through what was a normal day in his second period economics class. “I was in second period, and my friend Ryan Hansen pointed out that I had a ball on my neck,” said Anthony. “I felt...

Allies need to focus on transgender rights

Allies need to focus on transgender rights

By Clayton Kistner

February 12, 2015

“Fix society. Please.” These were the final words of 17-year-old transgender girl Leelah Alcorn’s suicide note that she posted on blogging website Tumblr on Sunday, Jan. 28. Leelah’s story isn’t uncommon. According to The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization that focuses in suicide...

Cities ban cell phone use behind the wheel

Cities ban cell phone use behind the wheel

By Annabelle Archer, Lovejoy High School

February 9, 2015

Bans on the use of cellphones while driving are creeping closer to Dallas as Austin and San Antonio are the latest cities to make it illegal to use a phone behind the wheel of a car. But locally, there’s no such law on the horizon. “There have been no requests from any council members, or recommendations...

One year after flood, students still struggle

One year after flood, students still struggle

By Mark Vallejo, Akins High School

February 9, 2015

Senior Amanda Rios still has trouble sleeping through the night when she hears the sound of rain or thunder outside her home. “I get really worried,” Rios said. “I look out my window to make sure there is no rain on the street. Every time it starts raining hard I get freaked out that it can...

Alumnus helps fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

Alumnus helps fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

By Elizabeth Driver, John Carroll High School

February 5, 2015

In order to not become contaminated, a family reluctantly stands a safe distance away from the burial of their loved one. They gaze upon Public Health Officials dealing with the body to prevent Ebola from spreading to any more people. Though the family would prefer to prepare and bury the relative themselves,...

Electronic cigarettes find their way into schools

Electronic cigarettes find their way into schools

By Amellia Vasquez-Collins, Kearsley High School

February 4, 2015

A word that you might not have known two years ago was added last year to the Oxford English Dictionary. The word is “vape”—referring to, or to the use of, an electronic cigarette, vaporizer, hookah pen, or similar device. The use of these electronic smoking devices has increased in the past...

Videos that pack a punch

Videos that pack a punch

By Victoria Sundin, Robert E. Lee High School

February 2, 2015

For better or worse, fights at school will catch anyone's attention. In the heat of battle, some run away, some call a person of authority, and some even try to break it up. Some encircle the action with their cellphones, recording it to show their friends -- or the world. The shrine to Robert E....

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