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21-Year-Old Student Runs for Mayor of Newark

21-Year-Old Student Runs for Mayor of Newark

By Stella W. '19, Padua Academy

January 22, 2019


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Kasai Guthrie grew up on government assistance and food stamps. He watched his mother work tirelessly to send all of her children to private school, and has experienced racial discrimination in Delaware firsthand. Today, at 21, he is running for mayor of Newark. “What made me actually think about...

Latin program’s interest drives demand at Inman Middle School

Latin program’s interest drives demand at Inman Middle School

By Anna Rachwalski, Henry. W. Grady High School

January 22, 2019


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At Inman Middle School, as long as students and staff can remember, there have always been two languages offered: Spanish and French. Those programs have been the standard, and have seemed solidly set in the foundation of the school. But now, things are changing. French has been removed from Inman’s...

Population shifts threaten under-enrolled schools

Population shifts threaten under-enrolled schools

By Andrew Klager, McCallum High School

January 22, 2019


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In the last few years, many of America’s large cities, including Austin, have been experiencing a phenomenon known as gentrification. Gentrification is the process of richer people moving into a poorer area and raising the surrounding property values, which causes many original residents to leave because...

What’s Your Act?

What’s Your Act?

By Lizzie Kayser, Liberty High School

January 18, 2019


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“What’s Your Act?”, the 2019 Missouri State Thespian conference, was held in Kansas City from Jan. 10-12. There, 15 of Liberty’s theatre students took a multitude of workshops, competed in events, gained insight on auditions and grew closer as a troupe. Weather was a concern the week of ThesCon,...

SASS hosts walkout in honor of sixth anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting

SASS hosts walkout in honor of sixth anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting

By Marta Leira and Lucy Polyak

January 18, 2019


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Six years ago, 26 children and teachers were killed in their classrooms at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT by 20-year-old Adam Lanza. This shooting has come to represent the catalyst for the movement for stricter gun legislation in America. On December 14 at 2:26 p.m., students from City High School...

A focus on the future

A focus on the future

By Jenna Wang, West High School

January 18, 2019


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There exists a class that is practically unheard of among West students even though it has been around for four years. The class is called Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG), a program whose purpose is to mentor students who are at the highest risk of disengaging out of school and to work...

Students show solidarity against anti-Semitism

Students show solidarity against anti-Semitism

By Viveka Kurup, Carlmont High School

January 17, 2019


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In the wake of the Pittsburgh shooting, students at Carlmont High School decided to come together and stand up against prejudice. On Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 Jews were shot and killed in a Synagogue located in Pittsburgh, Pa. Mireille Knoll, one of the Jews in the Synagogue, survived the Holocaust but...

Words and quotes around Grady enliven environment

Words and quotes around Grady enliven environment

By Dana Richie, Henry. W. Grady High School

January 17, 2019


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The bell rings. Students shuffle through the crowded halls from class to class, keeping their heads down.  They may not notice the quotes at first glance, but that’s part of their beauty. These words that line the halls and placed between the steps of the staircases  serve as unsung inspiration for...

Baltimore Ravens strength coach speaks to student athletes about staying motivated

Baltimore Ravens strength coach speaks to student athletes about staying motivated

By Nana Osei Tutu, Watkins Mill High School

January 17, 2019


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All athletes are motivated by different things whether it be becoming a professional athlete or something as simple as trying to keep in shape. On Friday January 4, Baltimore Ravens strength and conditioning coach Robert Osborne came to Watkins Mill High School to speak to all fall and winter athletes...

Students of color, their allies create new club

Students of color, their allies create new club

By Janssen Transier, McCallum High School

January 16, 2019


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Jordan Bibby first had the idea for the Students of Color Alliance when she was attending a meeting for the MacJustice Coalition, the club that organized the walkout when Donald Trump was inaugurated. After that protest, Bibby said she realized that the organizations at McCallum that work around issues...

Juniors Organize Community Tedx Event

Juniors Organize Community Tedx Event

By Jazmine Necessary, Mansfield Legacy High School

January 15, 2019


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At the end of the 2017-2018 school year juniors Ryland Mallett, Brinley Koenig and Isabella Estes dreamed of hosting their own TEDx Talk. After some research and permissions, The TEDx Talk is scheduled for June 10 with a limited amount of first come-first serve tickets. “It seemed like everybody...

There Will Be No ZZZs in zSpace

There Will Be No ZZZs in zSpace

By Alyssa Buchheit, St. Dominic High School

January 15, 2019


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After months of talk about new technology at St. Dominic, our new zSpace is up and running. The 3D virtual and augmented reality learning devices are allowing students to get a new perspective and a hands-on approach to education. Science teacher Mrs. Juergensmeyer has spearheaded the effort for integrating...

Turning Snow Days into Online School

Turning Snow Days into Online School

By Maggie Bowen, Triton High School

January 15, 2019


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Turning Snow Days into Online School Blizzard Bags replace Snow Days in some districts The abundant amount of snow in the winter has caused Timberlane Regional High school in New Hampshire to turn snow days into online school. At this school, teachers give students assignments that fill up their...

Cultivating connections: James Nocito’s time at WHS

Cultivating connections: James Nocito’s time at WHS

By Ellie Tyska and Emily Chafe

January 14, 2019


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Assistant Principal James Nocito will be retiring at the end of this school year after dedicating 34 years to public education and three years to Wayland High School. Although he will be missed by staff and students, many are excited for Nocito and his next steps. “I’m happy for him,” Guidance...

Brandy Melville’s San Francisco Warehouse Sale disappoints shoppers

Brandy Melville’s San Francisco Warehouse Sale disappoints shoppers

By CJ Ward, Carlmont High School

January 14, 2019


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The popular clothing brand Brandy Melville had a massive warehouse sale this past weekend. On Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2, every item in the warehouse was $5, $10, or $15, according to several posts on the Brandy Melville Instagram. The line was so long that it wrapped around the ware...

Returning to Irvine Talks with New Perspectives

Returning to Irvine Talks with New Perspectives

By Maya Sabbaghian and Nicholas Hung

January 14, 2019


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Eighteen performers shared moving stories on “Perspective” to students from all Irvine Unified School District high schools, who gathered in the Portola theater on Dec. 15 for “Chapter 2” of Irvine Talks. Performers expressed themselves through dances and passionate speeches, each one opening...

Spartan drama brings show to rehabilitating prisoners

Spartan drama brings show to rehabilitating prisoners

By Susan Anil, Pleasant Valley High School

January 14, 2019


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The Spartan drama department is taking its show on the road in order to perform at One Eighty, an organization that supports rehabilitating prisoners and those in crisis or poverty.  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, directed by Sophia Dahm and assistant director Grace Almgren, was one of the...

Cedar Rapids and Floods: A Complicated Relationship

Cedar Rapids and Floods: A Complicated Relationship

By Abby Throndson, Cedar Rapids George Washington High School

January 14, 2019


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Ranked sixth on the FEMA disaster declaration, the Eastern Iowa floods of 2008 were devastating to Cedar Rapids. Eight years later, the 2016 Eastern Iowa flood drowned the city that ‘would never flood’ once again. Over the summer, Cedar Rapids celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 floods,...

Senior awarded full scholarship to university of his choice through Posse program

Senior awarded full scholarship to university of his choice through Posse program

By Mariam Bukhari, Watkins Mill High School

January 11, 2019


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Senior Andre Tulloch was awarded a full ride scholarship to a prestigious partner university of his choice by the Posse Foundation this November after a three step election process. Tulloch started his application process with a nomination from school during the summer for the internationally-accredited...

Migrant Caravan: A Student Perspective

Migrant Caravan: A Student Perspective

By Trinity Donnelly, Klein Cain High School

January 11, 2019


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A Heated Debate The migrant caravan that recently arrived at the US border has sparked many debates in recent weeks. This migrant caravan consists of people who claim to be fleeing the poverty and violence in their countries. Migrants who are traveling to the United States have stated that they wil...

Elementary, my Dear High Schoolers

Elementary, my Dear High Schoolers

By Abby Throndson, Cedar Rapids George Washington High School

January 11, 2019


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On the morning of Dec. 4, many Washington students were disappointed when they found out that the Cedar Rapids elementary schools had a two-hour delay due to bad road conditions. Later, the district decided to cancel classes for the elementary schools, this aggravated students even more. The district...

Sota clothing starts store locally

Sota clothing starts store locally

By Tamar Gewirtz, St. Louis Park High School

January 10, 2019


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According to Sota store owner, Spencer Johnson, he was recently inspired to open their first physical location of the clothing brand flaunting Minnesota after being strictly online for seven years. “Whenever we did events, (people) would ask us where our store front is located, and we’ve always...

Running on Empty

Running on Empty

By Jessie Koozer and Grace McKinstry

January 9, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

The morning of Oct. 4, Washington High School student Cameron Smeby, ‘22, was rushed to the hospital after being hit by a Cedar Rapids Community School District bus. Smeby suffered serious injuries, including a broken leg, broken arm, punctured lung, and several broken ribs. Smeby was taken to the...

Protests: Anti-abortion protesters assemble in front of DGN

Protests: Anti-abortion protesters assemble in front of DGN

By Matt Troher, Downers Grove North High School

January 9, 2019


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A once routine act, crossing Main Street to enter DGN became eventful during the week of Wednesday, Dec. 5. On the morning of Dec. 5, two male protesters stood on the sidewalk in front of DGN and held signs displaying graphic images with slogans advocating against abortion. In addition, the men hurled...

Trees on the playground removed due to disease

Trees on the playground removed due to disease

By Joanna Odebode and Samantha Young

January 8, 2019


Filed under Middle School, News

Six trees on the playground behind the middle school have been removed and others are dying.  Mr. Ron Miller, fifth grade math teachers, and Mrs. Tina Boyd, fifth grade English language arts teacher, planted these trees as an Earth Day project. They are Bradford Flowering Pear trees and Oak trees. ...

The Longest Day: Storm Surprises Benedict’s

The Longest Day: Storm Surprises Benedict’s

By Jonathan Dulce, St. Benedict's Preparatory School

January 8, 2019


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A powerful snow storm struck Newark Thursday, dropping more than five inches of snow  - most of it in the afternoon and into the early evening. Newark was not prepared. Soon after the storm’s onset, road conditions became deplorable. Accidents at major city intersections, including Springfield...

From Pixels to Pictures

From Pixels to Pictures

By Leah Miget, Liberty High School

January 7, 2019


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Pixel art is an activity that was introduced during Teen Read Week, which lasted from Oct. 7-13, with the Starry Night stick together poster that went with the theme of, “Written in the Stars.” There is now another stick together poster of a tiger up in the library that still needs students to complete...

Police, administration investigate anonymous child pornography Snapchat account

Police, administration investigate anonymous child pornography Snapchat account

By Nyah Phengsitthy, Harrisonburg High School

January 2, 2019


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Once an image is published on an application, its web trail can never truly be erased. It wasn’t until recently that the recovery of images and applications was used in our school after students reported nude pictures of both males and females on an anonymous Snapchat account, a social media platform...

Early snowfall attracts students to the slopes

Early snowfall attracts students to the slopes

By Alex Janoff, Wayland High School

January 2, 2019


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The first major winter storm of the year, Winter Storm Bruce, dropped upwards of 18 inches of snow on certain parts of the Northeast, including Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, prompting many student ski and snowboard enthusiasts to hop in their cars and head north to jumpstart their ski seasons. ...

From Honda store to Pearl next door

From Honda store to Pearl next door

By Evelyn Griffin, McCallum High School

January 2, 2019


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The Honda dealership on West Koenig Lane was frequented by many McCallum students. Some used it as their personal graffiti park, some used it to get to Thunderbird faster, and some used it as a secluded place to light up after school. Whichever of these categories you fall into, this oddly-shaped building,...

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