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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....

Teen mom vs. teen mom: sensationalizing teen pregnancy

Teen mom vs. teen mom: sensationalizing teen pregnancy

By Haley Moreau and Courtney Lowery, Catonsville High School

January 30, 2015

Teen mom. Whether you first think of the MTV series Teen Mom or of pregnant adolescents in general, it is clear that teen pregnancy is a rising issue in the United States, one that the show has placed front and center. Teen Mom depicts the lives of four new mothers under the age of eighteen. ...

Fixing society for Leelah Alcorn

Fixing society for Leelah Alcorn

By Sydney Kinzy, Parkway West High School

January 29, 2015

On December 28th, after leaving a suicide note on her Tumblr blog, 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn stepped out into traffic and was hit by a truck. “Please don’t be sad, it’s for the better. The life I would’ve lived isn’t worth living in…because I’m transgender,” Alcorn wrote. “To put...

Unisex bathroom replaces men’s faculty bathroom

Unisex bathroom replaces men’s faculty bathroom

By Beth Keefe, Glen Rock High School

January 22, 2015

Glen Rock High School has implemented a policy change for the bathroom in the junior hallway. The former male faculty restroom is now a unisex lavatory usable by both students and faculty members. Principal John Arlotta wanted to provide students and staff with a single stall bathroom that would provide...

It’s time to unclog the bathroom problem

It’s time to unclog the bathroom problem

By Kathy Deaver, John Carroll High School

January 21, 2015

Upon entering the dim room, the putrid scent of decomposition hits your nostrils. Subtly tinged with Lysol, the aroma suffocates you as you gag and rush to the sinks. Welcome to the bathrooms.

Tyrone involved in Google Glass research project through Penn State

Tyrone involved in Google Glass research project through Penn State

By Amber Chamberlin, Tyrone Area High School

January 20, 2015

Update: Google has officially discontinued sales of Google Glass; according to the company, the product is still in development and may be re-released in the future. -- Imagine: on your next trip to the grocery store, you look at a bag of Cheetos. Its nutritional information flashes in front ...

Peanuts, salty snacks or the new Bubonic Plague?

Peanuts, salty snacks or the new Bubonic Plague?

By Holly Novak, Klein Collins High School

January 19, 2015

“Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks…” More like take me to the ER and buy me some Epinephrine. Peanuts. Just the word makes my throat tighten. With roughly two students in every classroom who suffer from severe food allergies, I feel t...

The evolution of a school lunch

The evolution of a school lunch

By Nick Sousa, Advanced Math and Science Academy

January 13, 2015

The scene is the same three times a day, five days a week. The hot, loud lunch room fills with hungry students, who rush to and from the lunch line in search of a seat next to their friends. In the past, one could count on most of them looking at their trays in disgust. Twenty minutes or so later, it wa...

E-cigs: more than just hot air?

E-cigs: more than just hot air?

By Rachel Kuhr, Juan Diego Catholic High School

January 5, 2015

Over the past ten years, many traditional cigarette smokers have traded their packs for battery-operated devices—their smoke for vapor. Growing numbers of teenagers, including some Juan Diego Catholic High School students, have also chosen electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, to experiment with...

“Getting your bell rung”: the danger of concussions

“Getting your bell rung”: the danger of concussions

By Garret Brantley, Legacy High School

January 5, 2015

The last thing senior Tucker Woolsey remembered was escaping the sack in a quarterback scramble before his head smacked against the ground. A defensive lineman wrapped him up and dragged him to the ground. When he came to, he was dizzy, dazed and confused. Sports-related concussions occur more often...

This must stop: two linked pieces on adolescent suicide

This must stop: two linked pieces on adolescent suicide

By Reese Anderson and Lucy Dwyer, Kirkwood High School

December 29, 2014

A two-part story from the Kirkwood Call.

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