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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

An area in Napa flooded in January. The deadly storms, which lasted three weeks, resulted from strong atmospheric rivers and bomb cyclones.

Floods devastate California communities

By Sophia Bassi, The American School in London January 31, 2023

California has experienced three weeks of deadly flooding after years of drought, according to The Guardian. The storms, which released 24.5 trillion gallons of water across the state, have killed 20 people...

Eight candles hold the attention in this digitally constructed image made in Procreate by Nora Vedder. Holocaust Remembrance Day, held today, Jan. 27, is an international day remembering the 6 million Jewish people that died during the Holocaust because of their religion. On Jan. 27, 1945, the largest death camp, Auschwitz, was liberated, Holocaust Remembrance Day takes place on the anniversary of the camps liberation. The attached article discusses both the Holocaust and the ongoing acts of antisemitism worldwide – and here.

Students, staff discuss antisemitism, Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Nora Vedder, Prosper High School January 30, 2023

It's been 82 years. Yet, just a week and a half ago, art students in Room 1035 found a discovery on the lightbox in their work area. But, they stopped before turning it on to help with their pieces. ...

Whale Safe has deployed several buoys equipped with high-tech artificial intelligence (AI) technology to detect whale populations. The Benioff Ocean Initiative has worked with leading whale scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), The Marine Mammal Center, and many other institutions to develop the project.

AI saves whales from deadly ship strikes

By Isabella Zarzar, Carlmont High School January 30, 2023

A beloved San Francisco Bay whale washed ashore dead last August. That whale was Fran, the most popular and photographed humpback in the San Francisco Bay, with 277 recorded sightings since 2005. Fran...

Two security vehicles were parked in front of RM’s main entrance on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Former student with gun trespasses on RM campus

By Hannah Lee, Avery Wang, Samantha Wu, Claire Xu, Claire Yu, and Davi Jacobs January 27, 2023

Shortly before dismissal on Tuesday, Jan. 24, RM’s security staff identified a 15-year-old former student trespassing in the school building. As the staff escorted the student off campus, they suspected...

Bolsonaro supporters infiltrate the National Congress by breaking through protective police barriers Jan. 8. The results of the Brazil 2022 presidential elections incited outrage, leading to protests and riots across the country.

Brazilian protests spark conversation around democratic election results

By Sophia Bateman and Nassef Sawiris January 25, 2023

Supporters of Brazil’s far-right Former President Jair Bolsonaro protested the inauguration of new President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Brasília Jan. 8. Thousands of his supporters invaded Brazil’s...

Dylan Englebrecht prepares to vote in the 2020 election. He also attended the Republican caucus earlier in the election cycle.

Iowa poised to lose first-state status in 2024 Democratic primary

By Gretchen Highberger, Pleasant Valley High School - IA January 25, 2023

Since 1972, the Iowa caucuses have marked the start of a busy schedule of presidential primaries. However, the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee voted to approve President Joe...

Junior Uriah Williams works diligently to paint for community service.

Florida bans AP African American Studies

By Kaden Bryant, Oviedo High School January 25, 2023

“Why would you want to censor people from learning about their own history?” Kiana Wilkerson, 12, pondered this question in her bedroom with tears in her eyes on a chilly Florida morning on Jan....

During the Nov. 30 meeting, some parents criticized the lack of clear and consistent information from the school district during the shooting while others brought up the long student dismissal process that followed. 

One year after shooting, Magruder HS parents remain frustrated with MCPS officials

By Harper Barnowski, Walt Whitman High School January 23, 2023

One year after a shooting in a Magruder High School bathroom left one student in a coma, parents remain frustrated with MCPS leaders and Montgomery County police over their response to the incident.  ...

The newly effective ban on single-use plastics in California have hotels leaving behind complimentary take-home shampoo and conditioner bottles and opting for refillable bottles attached to bathroom walls.

A step toward sustainability: California bans single-use plastics in hotels

By Kara Kim, Carlmont High School January 23, 2023

A 2019 bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed has recently come into effect in 2023, banning the use of single-use plastics for bathroom essentials in California hotels with over 50 rooms.  The bill, titled...

The struggling grizzly bear population could benefit from reintroduction to the cascades.

The bears could be back in town

By Alissa Lau (she/her) and Sarah Krug (she/her) January 23, 2023

On Nov. 10, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reintroduced a proposal to return grizzly bears to the North Cascades National Park. The proposal announced that, starting in...

An illustration of the logo of the cryptocurrency company FTX, or Futures Exchange. Previously the third-largest cryptocurrency exchange internationally with a valuation of 32 billion, FTX declared bankruptcy in November 2022, prompting an FBI investigation into its founder Sam Bankman-Fried for fraud.

FTX Meltdown — Sam Bankman-Fried’s meteoric fall

By Jonathan Xue, The Harker Upper School January 23, 2023

FTX, previously the third-largest cryptocurrency exchange internationally with a valuation of 32 billion, declared bankruptcy in November 2022, prompting an FBI investigation into its founder Sam Bankman-Fried...

REAL OR ROBOT? With its fluent, human-like writing, the AI language model ChatGPT has made it easier for students to skip steps in the writing process by producing an essay on demand. However, there are potential positive applications for the new technology.

Helpful or Harmful? Community debates proper usage of AI writing software

By Louis Auxenfans, University of Chicago Laboratory High School January 23, 2023

New artificial intelligence writing software has changed the game, and now educators and students must determine the line between academic benefit and dishonesty. ChatGPT, an AI language model released...

ChatGPT is infiltrating WHS with the newly developed programs aid for school work. In the moment, it can be very easy to reach for the nearest, easiest tool, but the long term effects of that are pretty harrowing, English teacher Kelsey Pitcairn said.

ChatGPT enters Wayland High School

By Nina Wilson and Sophia Oppenheim January 20, 2023

WSPN's Nina Wilson and Sophia Oppenheim explore the influence of ChatGPT, a recently developed AI tool, at Wayland High School. Scroll to read their article and take a quiz to decide if you can tell which...

Staff and students attend the community conversation about Friday’s incident in the auditorium on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Following Friday lockdown, investigation and discussions continue

By The Tide Staff, Richard Montgomery High School - MD January 19, 2023

RM transitioned to a lockdown on Friday, Jan. 13 at 12:56 p.m. following a report of an individual allegedly in possession of a handgun on school grounds. The Rockville City Police Department is continuing...

Principal turnover at RHS

By Danielle Haynes, Ritenour High School January 19, 2023

Dr. Jana Haywood was hired last year as the Ritenour High School principal, but if the history of the principal position at Ritenour over the last ten years repeats itself, she will be gone by the class...

The courtyard is empty during a rainy day Monday, Jan. 9. During rainy days, students looked for indoor spaces to eat, sit and study.

Heavy rain, storms impact Archer community, California, demonstrate greater climate trend

By Audrey Chang, Archer School for Girls January 18, 2023

In the first two weeks of 2023, people across California and in Los Angeles have seen a lot of something they are not used to: the rain. The past three years have been the driest ever recorded in California...

The removal of library books due to inappropriate material has been a nationwide trend, and it has landed in FISD. The FISD Board of Trustees have voted on the removal of books, and Frisco citizens, such as State Representative Jared Patterson, have challenged books in schools.

Battle over school library books continues

By Caroline Caruso, Liberty High School - TX January 18, 2023

Still on the shelves of some Frisco ISD high school libraries, “The Perks of Being A Wallflower” and “Glass Castle.” Gone are “The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” “Check Please,...

Principal Mack Eagleton [left] and senior Aniruddh Mishra [right] pose for a picture shortly after Aniruddh received his 2nd Place Certificate from the US Congressional App Challenge. 

“I think the challenge itself is amazing,” Aniruddh said. “Enroll in the challenge and create your own app. If you don’t know how to code, learn how to code. That’s my number one thing that I’d say to anybody because it’s one of the most important skills coming up in the modern world.”

Senior Nationally Recognized For Original Website

By Laura Rivera, McNeil High School January 18, 2023

Senior Aniruddh Mishra was awarded Second Place in the 2022 US Congressional App Challenge for his website on Dec. 13, 2022. The portion of the website that he coded,,...

The streets of D.C. flood with images of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman while calls for women’s rights and freedom of expression resonate through the air.

“Woman, Life, Freedom”: Thousands demand change in Iran at D.C. protests

By Grace Roddy, Walt Whitman High School January 17, 2023

Each Saturday afternoon since Sept. 23, chants of “Zan Zendigi Azadî” — Farsi for “Woman, Life, Freedom” — have filled the National Mall. Thousands huddle around the green, white and red Iranian...

Maggie Hermann, Plymouth High School alumnus of 2022 gets as close as she can to the handicap door push button, which is blocked by a bench at the front entrace of Plymouth High School. October 20, 2022.

‘There’s no way she can even get close to it’: Students at P-CEP struggle to navigate inaccessible spaces

By Logan Wilkowski, Salem High School - MI January 17, 2023

Eden Ericson, Starkweather Academy senior and former Plymouth High School student, makes her way to Canton High School’s library to attend Anime Club after school. At Canton, a short flight of stairs...

Six alumni who graduated within the last decade are featured on the 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list features alumni

By Chloe Park and Grant Park January 17, 2023

Forbes magazine selected six alumni for its annual 30 Under 30 North America list announced Nov. 29. The six chosen alumni are Lukas Czinger ’12 in the Manufacturing Industry category, Vivien Mao...

With a score of 284 at Saturday’s Rose City League Meet, Maker Industries currently sits at %231 in the world for First Tech Challenge events.

“That Was Crazy”: Maker Industries Sets World Record

By Jasmine McIntosh, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School January 17, 2023

La Salle’s robotics team, Maker Industries, has made history. On Jan. 7 at a Rose City League Meet, the team broke a world record for most points scored without penalties, scoring 284 points. This feat...

The Drug Enforcement Administration released a public warning about the rise in seizures of colorful fentanyl pills, dubbed rainbow fentanyl, on Aug. 30.

In the face of fentanyl

By Ananya Chaudhary and Lillian Wang January 11, 2023

Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine — even a two-milligram dose, the equivalent of 10 to 15 grains of salt, could be fatal. According to U.S. Drug Enforcement...

An example of a student assignment with only the name written. If the new FCPS policy were to pass, students could do this and receive half credit.

“A slap to the face”: Teachers resist proposed FCPS grading policy

By Emily Rice, Linganore High School January 11, 2023

Imagine studying for hours on end for the biggest test of the semester. The test begins, and you immediately start scribbling down your answers. The time ticks down and students turn in their tests until...

Eighth graders Jonah Mitre, Micah Harkavy and Micah Brickman organize backpacks for recent immigrants during a November backpack drive.

Helping create a home away from home

By Adin Halbfinger, CHARLES E SMITH JEWISH DAY SCHOOL January 11, 2023

The new Migrants Assistance Partnership, created by three CESJDS parents, works to increase assistance of migrants from the local community. Since their launch in Sept. they have organized events to put...

Freshmen Gracen Huang and Stephanie Davis won an international digital literacy competition hosted by Checkology.

Freshmen place first and second in international digital literacy competition

By Amelia Sinclair, Algonquin Regional High School January 11, 2023

Freshmen Gracen Huang and Stephanie Davis placed first and second in an international InfoZones competition held by Checkology.  Checkology is a free educational platform run by the News Literacy Project,...

Academic researchers and postgraduate students hold signs to highlight their need for higher pay.

UC strikers’ tentative agreement with California universities displays resurgence of unions

By Urvi Kulkarni, Carlmont High School January 11, 2023

Constantina Bakolista left her job as an academic researcher at UC Berkeley earlier this fall to work with those in her lab to lobby against workplace power abuses in the University of California (UC)...

Counselors intend to offer Appa as an approachable resource for students that could provide them long-term help.

Appa At La Salle — Mental Health Through Mentorship

By Lucas Pinaire, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School January 6, 2023

La Salle announced its new partnership with online youth support resource Appa earlier this fall. This resource comes in addition to the counseling department’s efforts to support struggling students...

PROTEST: Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on June 24, the day when Roe v. Wade was overturned.

Post Roe, states’ laws may say no when halacha says yes

By Molly Menashe, Shalhevet High School January 6, 2023

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman, Shalhevet rabbi and teacher, says terminating a pregnancy violates Judaism’s prohibition against murder, lo tirzach. “The fetus is a life – if you abort it, you kill it,”...

Jewish people across  the world have been lighting candles, frying latkes and spinning dreidels to celebrate  the Festival of Lights as Hanukkah continues until Monday evening. While many are celebrating, the Jewish community has faced a recent rise in antisemitism.

Festival of Lights dimmed by rise in antisemitism

By Maya Silberman, Liberty High School - TX January 4, 2023

Candles are lit. Latkes are fried. Dreidels are spun. Jewish people across campus and the world have been celebrating the Festival of Lights as Hanukkah continues until Monday evening. “I...

Wayland community members gather along Old Connecticut Path in front of the entrance to Wayland High School. Demonstrators voiced their support of Superintendent Omar Easy following the racist graffiti targeted towards him.

Love not hate: Wayland residents rally against racism towards Superintendent Easy

By Nadya Chase, Aimee Smith, and Katya Luzarraga January 3, 2023

From 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, Wayland community members held an antiracism rally in response to racist graffiti targeting Superintendent Omar Easy found on the Wayland Community Pool,...

There is a food bank called Second Harvest in San Carlos, which aims to combat the hunger crisis.

Rising inflation worsens the Bay Area hunger crisis

By Arianna Zhu and Katherine Q. Zhang December 27, 2022

Food banks and charities are having a difficult time keeping up with the increasing demands as prices soar. Rising inflation has caused basic necessities, such as food, to become harder to afford....

Students and staff were rushed to Piedmont Park after news of a possible bomb threat targeted at the school.

Bomb threat evacuates school, delays final exams to Jan. 3

Students and staff evacuated the school after a bomb threat was called in at around 9 a.m. this morning. Police and K-9 units swept the school for threats before students and staff were allowed to...

The concept of lab-grown meat has the potential to solve the global challenges associated with climate change and food production, yet the high cost and shortage of available technology still obstruct widespread implementation.

Cultured meat paves the way for a more sustainable future

By Allan Zhang, Dougherty Valley High School December 21, 2022

On Nov. 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first cultured meat product, lab-grown chicken produced by food technology company UPSIDE Foods. Faced with increasing concerns about the...

Among what students learn about in African American studies courses are important figures such as Frederick Douglass, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks.

African American History Courses Debut In CCSD

By Marie Webster and Vee Williamson December 20, 2022

This year, for the first time, Creek is offering a semester-long CP African American Studies course. The College Board is currently developing an AP African American Studies class that will likely be available...

As part of mass nationwide layoffs, tech companies in the Bay Area have laid off over 43,000 employees since November. 

Silicon Valley layoffs

By Mihir Vishwarupe and Eric Zhou December 20, 2022

Meta and Twitter — along with several other tech companies — announced the layoffs of thousands of employees this November, citing concerns about less income and the possibility of a recession. As...

School administrators reported the incident to the police, who are now investigating the spray-painted vandalism and working to identify a suspect, according to a Montgomery County Police Department statement.

Antisemitic graffiti found on sign outside Whitman

By Dani Klein, Walt Whitman High School December 20, 2022

Antisemitic graffiti that contained the words “Jews Not Welcome” was found on the sign outside Whitman this morning, Principal Robert Dodd wrote in an letter to community members today. School administrators...

A nationwide spike in antisemitism has some Jewish students and staff nervous.

With rise in antisemitism, Jewish students, staff concerned but not surprised

By Saige Joseph and Connor Boyle December 16, 2022

Two months ago, graffiti that included threats and a swastika was found in a school bathroom. While this act of antisemitism might be the most visible at LFHS in years, it is certainly not the first. “Seeing...

Whether it be in a bathroom or a backpack, when available, naloxone can be used like a nasal spray to rescue someone that has overdosed on opioids.

Opioid overdose reversal medication secures hope for tomorrow

By Sienna Reinders and Lucille Sanders December 16, 2022

An opioid overdose can end a life in four to six minutes. However, it takes an average of seven minutes for emergency medical services to respond to an emergency. If naloxone is used in overdose situations,...

UC Berkeley graduate student workers strike on campus. Photo courtesy of UAW | Used with permission

Fighting for higher wages

By Eric Zhou, Monta Vista High School December 15, 2022

Over 48,000 University of California graduate student academic workers took to the streets on Nov. 14, protesting mainly for higher wages to offset the cost of living. The strike, which reverberated across...

Two figures link hands in front of a gay pride flag with interlocked wedding rings touching both. December 14, 2022.

‘Love is love:’ P-CEP students react to The Respect for Marriage Act

By Sanjana Madapa, RJ Doroshewitz, Arya Sharma, and Sara Dallalah December 15, 2022

With President Biden’s signature on Tuesday night, federal legislation codifying existing protections for same-sex and interracial marriage became law. P-CEP students from all over campus celebrated...

From senior Jayla Jones to Board of Education Director Izzy Imig to Director of Student Services Terry Harris, several Rockwood community members have voiced their opinion on the contracts being canceled.

Contract negotation

By Juli Mejia, Lafayette High School December 14, 2022

Senior Jayla Jones first heard about it in language arts teacher Sophia Beasley’s Black Literature class. “We were all working and Mrs. Beasley walked up to me and was like, ‘Have you heard about...

This picture of a Hope Tree ornament, taken by counselor Stephanie Clayton, displays the detail and affection put into every decoration. According to Clayton, this specific symbol of the season reflects the memory of a lost loved one, and joins one of the many made to hang on the Hope Tree. I have tons of different colors of ribbon, Clayton said. Students can select ribbons that represent different emotions that you feel when you think about that person. Some common emotions that people select include love, loneliness, anger, sadness, frustration, hope, encouragement, inspiration and peace.

Students honor loved ones via seasonal hope project

By Lauren Clayton, Prosper High School December 14, 2022

Prosper High School decorates for the holidays annually. Trees, ribbons and lights are present across much of the school to raise spirit for the upcoming break. But this year, PHS student support counselor...

MERCH: From left to right, Kai Belhassen, Alfie Drucker and Adam Westerman wore Kanyes Yeezy Slides at school last week. Out of 20 students  surveyed who have them, 11 said theyd stopped wearing them because of the rappers antisemitic tweets.

Most Yeezys stay home as students respond to Kanye’s, Kyrie’s antisemitism

By Noah Elad, Shalhevet High School December 12, 2022

More than half of Shalhevet students surveyed who own Kanye West (Ye) apparel have stopped wearing it in response to his Tweet about going “death con 3” on Jews, but a majority of students who have...

RACIAL MISTREATMENT. Black students say microagressions and Lab’s environment devalues their Black identity, contributing to decisions on whether to leave the school or stay.

Leaving Lab: Black students say school environment is unwelcoming

By Audrey Park, University of Chicago Laboratory High School December 9, 2022

About 9% of students at the Laboratory Schools are Black, but throughout the 2021-22 school year, the number of Black students who withdrew from Lab was 17%, outpacing the overall enrollment. For many...

Scanners accompanied by designated computers have been installed in classrooms for students to use to check into class.

New attendance scanners have mixed results

By Vedant Desikamani and Ylin Zhu December 8, 2022

Cal High’s new ID scanners were implemented in October with the purpose of streamlining the attendance system. But they have created attendance errors, false tardies and other issues as students and...

Two tents block the sidewalk on NW Everett. In the coming months, tents and encampments will be removed from sidewalks in accordance with new city council resolutions.

Mayor Wheeler’s new houseless camping ban causes controversy

By Mary Carney, Lincoln High School - OR December 8, 2022

In October of 2022, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler unveiled his plan to ban houseless camping on city streets. Two weeks later, the resolution passed in a city council vote. Over the next 18 months, the...

Los Angeles mayor-elect Karen Bass talks with a group of young activists in an event organized by her campaigns youth group called Youth 4 Bass at WACO Theatre Center in Los Angeles Oct. 8. We had a dialogue between her with young people who agreed and disagreed with her. It was awesome to see such seamless organizing [take] place by young people, Youth 4 Bass organizer Bailey Swain said. 

Karen Bass becomes Los Angeles’ first Black female mayor, focused on youth involvement in campaign

By Lizette Gonzalez, Archer School for Girls December 7, 2022

Los Angeles voters broke a record for most ballots casted for a mayoral race in the city this past November election. Former United States Representative Karen Bass faced businessman Rick Caruso, and...

Coppell High School sophomore Safiya Mohammed won CHS’s Hurricane Ian sticker design contest, organized by CHS art teacher David Bearden. The contest was open to all art department students and the top designs were sold as stickers, with all profits going to World Central Kitchen, providing meals to those affected by Hurricane Ian. Photo by Aliya Zakir

Art department’s sticker design competition aiding in Hurricane Ian relief

By Nrithya Mahesh, Coppell High School December 7, 2022

A wave sticker, adorned with a unique design made by a fellow Coppell High School sophomore, decorates an iPad in the hallway. Beyond the engaging art and adhesive back, these stickers impact the lives...

Getting a running start, junior Vita Madamanchi prepares to pie Speech and Debate Head coach Cara Borgsmiller after winning a bid. Borgsmiller was one of the coaches who volunteered to get pied, to raise money for Every Child’s Hope at the Speech and Debate team’s annual fundraiser. “Once I closed [donations, the team] wanted to bid on Borgsmiller, and it was a 10-minute bidding match between Madamanchi and [senior] Noah Schell. Madamanchi won and ended up spending 5,” junior Serpil Kucukkaya said.

Eyes on the pies: the Speech & Debate team raises money to honor alumnus memory

By Triya Gudipati, Parkway West High School December 6, 2022

On Oct. 14 and 15, the Parkway West Speech and Debate Team kicked off the competitive season by hosting their first in-person tournament since 2019. While running the tournament, the raised money for Every...

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