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Araz the true ASB president

Araz the true ASB president

By Tyler Idema, Burlingame High School

May 20, 2019

An unlikely candidate sprung up in the midst of the ASB president elections when voting started on Feb. 13. Although he had not asked for it, junior Araz Ordubadi was “nominated” by his classmates without his knowledge, and before he knew it, a movement began. “All of a sudden, everybody had...

WHS students give back to their community

WHS students give back to their community

By Alex Janoff and Cammy Lehr

May 20, 2019

WHS requires students to complete 30 hours of community service throughout their four years at the high school. Where, when and how students choose to volunteer is up to them, and WHS students have engaged in a variety of activities for community service. Sophomore Erin Hines has been volunteering...

SMEA wages protests against SMUSD board over teacher contracts

SMEA wages protests against SMUSD board over teacher contracts

By ArvinJay Jumalon, Mission Hills High School

May 20, 2019

San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) teachers in blue San Marcos Educators Association (SMEA) shirts attended their monthly district meeting on April 16 to urge the SMUSD governing board to see eye to eye on concerns regarding their contracts, bringing with them their children and homemade picket...

Hatters share beloved Notre Dame experiences

Hatters share beloved Notre Dame experiences

By Kiara Kaltschnee, Danbury High School

May 20, 2019

The roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burst into flames with unidentified cause on Monday, April 15, 2019. While there were no casualties and minimal damage to artifacts, the estimation has gone up to billions of dollars that will be needed to repair the cathedral, which is home to a religious community and attracts thousands o...

Notre Dame burns, affects SJS French community

Notre Dame burns, affects SJS French community

By SJ Lasley, St. John's School

May 17, 2019

Following the unexpected burning of Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral on April 15, members of the SJS community reflected on their own connections to the famous building. French teacher Jacqueline Vest grew up in France and took regular trips to Paris with her parents. As an adult, she often took...

Students, parents and faculty express concern over sample elementary schedule

Students, parents and faculty express concern over sample elementary schedule

By Lauren Teller and Slater Dixon

May 17, 2019

The Sioux Falls School District (SFSD)  is facing widespread community backlash over a sample elementary school schedule that would cut fine arts and P.E. instructional time by 25 percent. The plan has caused considerable resistance among parents and students who see the fine arts as one of the most...

South High brushes up on an old mural

South High brushes up on an old mural

By Mia Swanson, South High School

May 17, 2019

The mural along the practice field at South High will be replaced by the end of this school year. Over the past 18 years the mural has been there, the paint has begun to chip away from the wall and the mural has been tagged multiple times as well. It wasn’t until a few months ago that South High Principal,...

Broken glass fuels focused fundraiser

Broken glass fuels focused fundraiser

By Cade Spencer, James Bowie High School

May 16, 2019

Glass lay broken on the ground as an estimated 75 windows were shattered around the Bowie facility. This vandalism that struck campus on Dec. 13, 2018 caused the school community to call for increased security. In response to such demands, the PTSA decided to focus their Build Up Bowie fundraiser on necessary s...

2019 Love Awards promotes female empowerment and unity

2019 Love Awards promotes female empowerment and unity

By Sarah Danielson, Pleasant Valley High School

May 16, 2019

When Jasmine Babers was 15 years old, she started a nonprofit magazine that had one main message: every girl has a story. After seeing how a friend was callously bullied by her classmates, Babers knew she needed to make a space for girls everywhere to feel safe. To Babers, every girl, no matter what...

Career fair news anchor’s Instagram video about hating high school causes unrest within SDA student body

Career fair news anchor’s Instagram video about hating high school causes unrest within SDA student body

By Joice He, San Dieguito Academy

May 16, 2019

KUSI news anchor and reporter Ashlie Rodriguez posted a video on her Instagram story about San Dieguito Academy’s career fair last Wednesday that some students criticized as disrespectful. The video was of herself at the career fair with the caption, “Just remembering why I hated high school....

Behind ‘Brave’: Music video promotes new Academic Center

Behind ‘Brave’: Music video promotes new Academic Center

By Allie Worchell, The Archer School for Girls

May 15, 2019

"Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out" echoed through the halls of the new Academic Center at the Grand Opening on April 13. Upper School students saw a music video celebrating the opening of the new Academic Center at the Upper School meeting on April 10. The video, made by Archer Comm...

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 ...

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