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Petaluma Youth Join International Climate Strike

Petaluma Youth Join International Climate Strike

By Alejandro Paredes, Casa Grande High School

May 15, 2019

On March 15, students all over the world skipped or walked out of school to demand radical action to stop climate change and demonstrate their dedication to the fight for environmental justice. The school was one of the thousands to participate in the strike. "These strikes will raise awarene...

Grady’s print shop cut after 25 years

Grady’s print shop cut after 25 years

By Tyler Jones, Henry W. Grady High School

May 15, 2019

What is Grady High School? How do you sum up all of the efforts of one place into a single word, picture, or phrase? For graphic design teacher Paul Nicolson, it is easy. Nicholson’s graphic design pathway has been responsible for the creation of Grady’s t-shirts, branding and multitudes of proj...

Beyond ArtFest: How the art department supports students year-round

Beyond ArtFest: How the art department supports students year-round

By Victoria Gardey '20, Grosse Pointe South High School

May 15, 2019

Although ArtFest has come and gone, the opportunities for art students to showcase and share their work are only just beginning. According to art teachers Thomas Szmrecsanyi and Emily Wolfe, the art department works hard to provide students with chances to share their art through things like the Legacy...

Elementary students say “hola” to a new after school program

Elementary students say “hola” to a new after school program

By Kaitlyn Ryan, Pleasant Valley High School

May 15, 2019

This year, Cody Elementary School began implementing a language program after school. The participants will begin learning a foreign language long before their peers, giving them an advantage in the future. The idea emerged when a pioneering parent contacted Laurie Brasche, the principal at Cody,...

Students sing their way to upcoming chorus concert

Students sing their way to upcoming chorus concert

By Destiny Montgomery, Altoona Area Junior High School

May 14, 2019

On May 3, eighth and ninth grade varsity chorus members will be performing for their spring concert. Choral director and teacher Jessica Connell has been preparing the students for their concert. Students have a period of chorus everyday. Eighth grade has it first o...

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests get closer

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests get closer

By Zakary Hicks, Altoona Area Junior High School

May 14, 2019

The seventh and eighth grade PSSA's are here.  These standardized tests include reading and mathematics for seventh and eighth grade, writing for eighth grade and science for eighth grade. These tests require early planning. “There just never seems to be enough time to get in all the different...

Camp Jojo to honor former student

Camp Jojo to honor former student

By Katie Hanson, Walt Whitman High School

May 14, 2019

Content warning: This article contains language that pertains to suicide. Camp Jojo, an outdoor summer camp designed to help support teens affected by suicide, will be held this July in honor of former student Jojo Greenberg. Her mother, Sonya Spielberg, and her former camp director, Joel Van Egbe...

Becoming a community

Becoming a community

By Josselin Ramirez and Stephanie Rosas

May 14, 2019

Lewisville Soup is a new community event created by art teacher Nicole Franczvai. The main idea of Lewisville Soup is to bring people together to share their ideas on how to create a better environment throughout the community. Though it is not an original idea, Franczvai was inspired by another organizatio...

Celebrating the cultures of students, SCHS introduces first-ever Diversity Rally

Celebrating the cultures of students, SCHS introduces first-ever Diversity Rally

By Melina Kritikopoulos, Santa Clara High School

May 9, 2019

This year, Santa Clara High School’s annual second semester renaissance rally was replaced by a Diversity Rally, on Friday Apr. 12, preceded by a week-long celebration of the many cultures at SCHS. The week and rally come with a theme – “Here, I am at home” – that is presented in the style...

Girl power

Girl power

By Sydney Wong, Lovejoy High School

May 9, 2019

Powerful performances are nothing new to senior Ally Carraway. Last year, she broke a school record by becoming the first girl from the district to qualify for the 5A state powerlifting meet. This year, she surpassed her own record by becoming the first girl to qualify twice. Then, at this year’s...

Update: Controversy around Tom Ricks grows as Kirkwood responds to pastoral letter

Update: Controversy around Tom Ricks grows as Kirkwood responds to pastoral letter

By Thomas Birmingham, Maisie Bradley, Izzy Colón, and Logan Crews

May 9, 2019

Grant Trokey, 2016 KHS graduate, had attended Greentree Community Church for as long as he could remember. For two years during high school, he played with the worship band a few times a month and attended camps with the church. Then, at age 18, he came out as gay. Within a month, he found he was no...

Color guard goes global for world competition in China

Color guard goes global for world competition in China

By Avery Shelton, James Bowie High School

May 5, 2019

Right around the time when students start preparing themselves for AP tests and spring finals, the color guard team is getting ready for a trip to Beijing, China to compete at Winter Guard International (WGI). After receiving an invitation, the color guard team is set to be the first All-American team to a...

Child Development Inspires Students to Pursue Careers in Teaching

Child Development Inspires Students to Pursue Careers in Teaching

By Anna Stewart, Rockville High School

May 4, 2019

It appears to be the typical high school classroom, but walk past the desks and promethean board, and watch as the room suddenly transforms. It becomes filled with cubbies, bright bulletin boards with a letter and theme of the week, puzzles, blocks and even a class pet rabbit.   This is the child...

Sophomore Andres Cancel’s Family Recovers From the Devastating Hurricane Puerto Rico

Sophomore Andres Cancel’s Family Recovers From the Devastating Hurricane Puerto Rico

By Sarah Zimmerman, Francis Howell North High School

May 4, 2019

Wind howling outside, Andres Cancel’s grandmother pushes against the pressure on the other side of the door with all her strength. All she remembers is the water rising. Then she blacked out. That was all the stress she could handle. They had enough water for two weeks. Enough food for two weeks. Enough g...

New charging stations expands electric vehicle access

New charging stations expands electric vehicle access

By Rito Pineda, Akins High School

May 2, 2019

In November, Austin Energy celebrated the “EVs for Schools” initiative with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Akins new electric vehicle charging station. The event featured speakers like Jackie Sargent, Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen as well as various Austin ISD administrators. They spo...

Beloved Principal Ray Aponte will leave South on a high note

Beloved Principal Ray Aponte will leave South on a high note

By Kinsley Wilcox-McBride, South High School

May 1, 2019

On March 19, beloved Principal Ray Aponte made a huge announcement: with the end of the 2018-19 school year, he will officially end his time as principal of South High. Aponte has served as South’s Principal for the past five years. “I was really struggling with it all the way up until December o...

Principal Responds to Allegations of Cover-Up

Principal Responds to Allegations of Cover-Up

By Emily Lu, Westwood High School

May 1, 2019

After website 71 Republic published a story titled Exclusive: Westwood High School Covers Up Shooting Incident on Monday, April 15, Principal Mario Acosta responded with a statement emailed to the Westwood community, maintaining that the story “contains inaccurate and misleading information.” The arti...

A Fallen Hero

A Fallen Hero

By Alexa Fisher, Dallastown Area High School

May 1, 2019

Benjamin Hines, Dallastown graduate 2006, was killed in Afghanistan on Monday April 8. He was one of three marines who died in a Taliban attack near the American base. Hines was just 31 at the time a roadside bomb hit near the Bagram Airfield. A member of the reserve unit out of Harrisburg-CO E...

Life on hold

Life on hold

By Nick Einig, De Smet Jesuit High School

April 30, 2019

The diagnosis He was hurting, he had a lump in his neck, chest pains, night sweats, and felt so uneasy that he couldn’t hold down a meal. He went to see a doctor but he already knew what it was. “We came home from the hospital that day and I got a call and I knew there was something ...

Standing in the wake of devastation (Part 1)

Standing in the wake of devastation (Part 1)

By Kelly Wei, Coppell High School

April 29, 2019

Fifty are dead. Fifty more wounded. On March 16, a pair of mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand suffered what might have once been considered unimaginable, but is now rapidly becoming the new norm. In the wake of the Christchurch shootings, perpetuated by Australian Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old self-proclaimed white su...

Biology teacher Tina Gaser places in physique competition

Biology teacher Tina Gaser places in physique competition

By Devon Schroeder, Baldwin High School

April 29, 2019

A lot of teachers at Baldwin take advantage of the weight room or enjoy working out to maintain physical fitness. Biology teacher Tina Gaser, however, is on a whole different level. Last week Gaser competed in the figure portion of the Organization of Competition Bodies  Physique Competition at...

Students, Teachers Protest MCAS Question

Students, Teachers Protest MCAS Question

By Laura Dupuis, Mount Greylock Regional School

April 28, 2019

During the English Language Arts MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) exam this spring, sophomores encountered a narrative essay prompt based on a passage from the novel The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, and students were asked to write a journal entry from the perspective of an ...

ASL to be introduced at Mason

ASL to be introduced at Mason

By Megan Clinton and Emma McDonald

April 26, 2019

On January 15, 2018, the school board unanimously approved the American Sign Language (ASL) I course for the 2019-2020 school year. The course itself was taken out of the Program of Studies at Mason due to the lack of student interest and enrollment over time. 2011 was the last year that the course was...

Native American Regalia: Culture vs. Code

Native American Regalia: Culture vs. Code

By Maddie Manning, Ada High School

April 26, 2019

Latta High School's Native American population have found themselves in the midst of controversy in recent weeks. Chickasaw student Tvli Birdshead wanted to honor his Native American culture and heritage by decorating his graduation cap and gown with feathers, beads and the Chickasaw Honor Society cord...

After 12 Years as Principal, Finley King (’83) Takes Flight Into New Career at Delta Airlines

After 12 Years as Principal, Finley King (’83) Takes Flight Into New Career at Delta Airlines

By Preston Fore, Chattanooga Central High School

April 24, 2019

Schools are defined by their leadership. The responsibility comes down to the principal to make the tough decisions that can make or break a school. Thankfully, Central High School has been fortunate to have Mr. Finley King as principal for the past 12 years. King has embodied Central for most of his...

The new “Wellness Center” can give MCHS students the help they need

The new “Wellness Center” can give MCHS students the help they need

By Anthony Robledo, Middle College High School @ Santa Ana College

April 24, 2019

Many students have dealt with obstacles in their home life that prevent them from succeeding in the future. Even worse, they may feel that they are required to push through the challenges all on their own. These issues can become problematic and hold some students back from reaching their full potential....

A Toy Story

A Toy Story

By Jalen Gomez, Cedar Park High School

April 23, 2019

Freshman, basketball player, Student Council member and as of this February, presenter at the Toy of the Year Awards. Due to his recent work with inventing toys, Riley Pritzlaff won an opportunity of a lifetime this year to present at the famed TOTY Awards on Feb. 15. The TOTY Awards, which are administered...

Under the weather?

Under the weather?

By Annika Prom, Mountlake Terrace High School

April 23, 2019

Families found themselves stuck indoors during most of February due to the winter storm dubbed the “snowpocalypse.” As a result of the handful of snow days, the school year is now set to end on Thursday, June 27, the fifth snow make-up day. It could have been worse. The graduation dates throughout the...

Students help “pop” world record for largest bubble

Students help “pop” world record for largest bubble

By Juliana Fimiani, Mayfield High School

April 23, 2019

Students in Kim Thompson’s and Bill Selent’s math 4 physics class are trying to break the Guinness world record for the world's largest bubble. These math 4 physics students are working with Gary Pearlman, the former record holder for the world's largest indoor bubble. Pearlman, a Mayfield resident,...

Nerf Wars: Annual senior assassins competition tests players’ aim and friendship

Nerf Wars: Annual senior assassins competition tests players’ aim and friendship

By Sam Weinheimer, Downers Grove North High School

April 23, 2019

It was a brisk and mellow night when senior John Landry bolted out of theater rehearsal to pursue senior Shea Pauley, his target. He drove to Pauley’s friend’s house and waited in his car. After Landry saw figures move outside from his car, he got out and raced toward them. With Nerf N-Strike...

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