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Students address concerns with Mississippi K-12 education

Students address concerns with Mississippi K-12 education

By Cameron Thomas, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

February 17, 2020

With it being an election year, people are discussing policy and social issues now more than ever. Whether about universal health care, gun control or immigration policies, people tend to be the most passionate about issues that affect them directly. This is why the public k-12 education system has been...

Wisconsin Department of Justice Investigates Nude Photographs of Minors Shared at Middleton High School

Wisconsin Department of Justice Investigates Nude Photographs of Minors Shared at Middleton High School

By Ella Roach, Middleton High School - WI

February 17, 2020

The Middleton Police Department received the initial report of nude photographs of minors being passed around on Tuesday, February 11, according to a written statement. They began working with the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District to identify students who may have been victimized or were involved...

Student Voices, New Voices

Student Voices, New Voices

By Ella Williams, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School - KY

February 17, 2020

New Voices legislation aims to give greater protection against the censorship of school-sponsored publications and news sites. Currently, 14 states have enacted these laws: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont,...

One Year Later

One Year Later

By Myra Bajwa, Metea Valley High School

February 14, 2020

Clayton Parks, Trevor Wehner, Russell Beyer, Vicente Juarez, and Josh Pinkard were shot and killed in the mass shooting at the Henry Pratt warehouse in Aurora on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.  The day before, Feb.14, marked the anniversaries of both the Northern Illinois University shooting of 2008 and...

Second Anniversary of Parkland School Shooting Brings Reminders of Gun Violence

Second Anniversary of Parkland School Shooting Brings Reminders of Gun Violence

By Sofia Cruz, Coral Gables Senior High School

February 14, 2020

The second anniversary of the infamous Parkland school shooting is approaching, casting a shadow over the upcoming Valentine's Day. On Feb. 14 of 2018, gunshots were reported at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when a former student initiated one of the deadliest mass shootings in the history ...

‘A very last option’: Harris to revamp Limited Choice program

‘A very last option’: Harris to revamp Limited Choice program

By Alex Rozar, Lafayette High School

February 14, 2020

After years of existence with little change, Rockwood’s Limited Choice program is being overhauled, Executive Director of Student Services Terry Harris said. The program, which allows Rockwood students to transfer to another school within the district free of charge, has been around for a long time,...

Coronavirus hits ESOL teacher Liljun Zhu’s hometown

Coronavirus hits ESOL teacher Liljun Zhu’s hometown

By Joseph Lee, Pittsburg High School - KS

February 14, 2020

On Jan. 31, the World Health Organization declared a national health emergency in response to a coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. The coronavirus, dubbed COVID-19, continues to spread throughout Hubei Province, home to nearly 60 million people and considered a transportation hub. ESOL teacher...

Coronavirus outbreak threatens freshmen China trip

Coronavirus outbreak threatens freshmen China trip

By Dante Coppola and Garrett Spooner

February 13, 2020

Novel Coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has taken the world by storm since the outbreak escalated in mid-January. Health officials found the source of the infection, Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which has a thousand stalls selling fish, chickens, pheasants, marmots, snakes, deer and...

Every person counts

Every person counts

By Emily Corona, Middle College High School

February 13, 2020

What is the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau, and why is it so important? The U.S. Constitution mandates the country to count its population once every 10 years.  The data gathered influences policy making and the regulation of funding and services for the following 10 years.  This census will determine...

California voting age potentially to be lowered to 17

California voting age potentially to be lowered to 17

By Juliette Setudeh-Nejad, Oak Park High School - CA

February 13, 2020

A new bill about the voting age in California, Assembly Constitutional Amendment Eight (ACA-8), has passed in the state assembly and has been referred to the Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee. The bill states that “a United States citizen who is at least 17 years of age and resident in the...

As 2 cases of new coronavirus confirmed in Southern California, public health measures ramp up worldwide

As 2 cases of new coronavirus confirmed in Southern California, public health measures ramp up worldwide

By Kathy Fang and Eric Fang

February 13, 2020

Three new cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been confirmed in California and Arizona yesterday, as health departments around the world increase disease control measures and as Harker recommends additional safety initiatives to limit the virus’ spread. As of today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also confirmed one new case...

The fight for funding: Charter schools rally at state capital for National School Choice Week

The fight for funding: Charter schools rally at state capital for National School Choice Week

By Aiya Hunter and Jessica Carter

February 13, 2020

On January 22, charter schools of Missouri rallied at the state capital to address the funding discrepancy between charter and other types of public schools. Missouri charter schools report receiving around $1,100 less per student than state public schools. National School Choice Week (NSCW) originally starte...

Out of the red: California passes a temporary law removing menstrual product sales tax

Out of the red: California passes a temporary law removing menstrual product sales tax

By Emily Xia, Monta Vista High School

February 13, 2020

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]alifornia’s Senate Bill 92 went into effect on Jan. 1 2020, removing the sales tax from menstrual products and diapers. By passing this law in June 2019, California added itself to a list of 12 other states, such as New York and Maryland, that have also exempted hygiene products...

KSD School Board President Darnel Frost and board member Julie Backer announce joint statement Feb. 10

KSD School Board President Darnel Frost and board member Julie Backer announce joint statement Feb. 10

By Ally Ortmann, Kirkwood High School

February 12, 2020

At the KSD Board of Education meeting Feb. 10, an agenda item set to present a resolution to censure board member Julie Backer was not moved forward. KSD School Board President Darnel Frost amended the previously distributed meeting agenda, announcing that Backer and the board had agreed on a joint sta...

The rise of anti-Semitism in American high schools

The rise of anti-Semitism in American high schools

By Lindsey Fine, Jupiter High School

February 12, 2020

Boarding the bus on her way home from school, then freshman Brielle Cohen walked through the narrow aisle and took her seat just to be faced with drawings of Swastikas and other anti-Semitic doodlings. Sitting in classes, Cohen has been told things like“Jews shouldn’t be here today because they all...

Coronavirus spreads local concern

Coronavirus spreads local concern

By Yael Even, Liberty High School - TX

February 12, 2020

Wreaking havoc on the nation as well as the world, a deadly strand of coronavirus first took its course in China in late January and since then has killed over 600 people across the planet. In response to this, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has suspended entry of foreign nationals wh...

Iowa caucus recap: student perspectives and result analysis

Iowa caucus recap: student perspectives and result analysis

By Natalie Dunlap, Ken Wilbur, and Alexis Dick

February 12, 2020

Many West High students, faculty and families took to their polling places on Feb. 3 to support their candidate of choice in the 2020 presidential election at the Iowa caucuses. For a majority of students, this night represented a first foray into the world of politics, and a chance to be vocal about...

Up in flames: Australian bushfires from July 2019 continue to devastate

Up in flames: Australian bushfires from July 2019 continue to devastate

By Ishaani Dayal and Tina Low

February 11, 2020

Since late July 2019, Australian wildfires have ravaged over 26 million acres of land and destroyed over 3,000 homes. After the deaths of three American firefighters on Jan. 23, the fatality count rose to 34, while approximately one billion animals have been killed or displaced.  According to prof...

CVHS to Hire A Dedicated Mental Health Counselor Amid Calls for More Support

CVHS to Hire A Dedicated Mental Health Counselor Amid Calls for More Support

By Katherine Linares and Hilary Nguyen

February 11, 2020

*Lily has a rubber band she uses to snap herself out of her anxiety attacks, moments when her workload accumulates and consumes her. Otherwise, she pinches or scratches herself. "If I'm in stressful situations, I don't handle them very quickly and my mind just starts racing and being like, 'this went...

Carlmont rose sale raises questions regarding its impact on students

Carlmont rose sale raises questions regarding its impact on students

By Elle Horst, Carlmont High School

February 11, 2020

Carlmont’s annual rose sale may be sweet for some, but it can leave a sour impact on other students’ self-esteem. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, posters and booths are all over Carlmont, advertising for the rose sale. For just $1, a student can buy and send a rose with a note to a frie...

Why Are Younger Generations Turning Away From the News?

Why Are Younger Generations Turning Away From the News?

By Mei Lamison, Academy of the Holy Names

February 11, 2020

The Senate’s impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump, the third presidential impeachment in United States history, closed last week. Despite the event’s historical importance, few tuned in to watch. During the trial’s first two days, networks covering the event averaged with nearly 11 million viewers, with ...

Students lead the discussion following safety incident

Students lead the discussion following safety incident

By Daniel Davidson, Lawrence High School

February 11, 2020

In the wake of a gun being confiscated from a student on the first day back from break, junior Oscar Schmidt said they notice themselves more regularly planning escape routes when walking into a room. Schmidt’s frustrations were echoed by peers during the Student Voices, Student Actions School Safety...

International virus creates national and local implications

International virus creates national and local implications

By Natalia Berti, Lia Reichmann, Editor-in-Chief, and Saba Ali, Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2020

As of Thursday, Feb. 6, the Coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China from many who worked or shopped at a wholesale seafood market, has risen to a 590 person death toll with at least 25 countries that have confirmed cases. In hopes to limit spreading the virus globally, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) calls for una...

Local lawyers take US secretary of education head-on in two year lawsuit

Local lawyers take US secretary of education head-on in two year lawsuit

By Khalid Kishawi, Carlmont High School

February 10, 2020

In 1972, the Nixon administration introduced Title IX, whose purpose was to prevent sexual harassment and assault in schools. For decades, schools seemed to be getting safer. But now, protections that once seemed secure are under attack. President Donald Trump appointed controversial figure Betsy DeV...

Coronavirus Sparks Health Scare In MD

Coronavirus Sparks Health Scare In MD

By Kara Peeler, Clarksburg High School

February 10, 2020

As panic rises over the spread of coronavirus to the U.S., Maryland residents have become worried following two potential cases of coronavirus in the state. One patient displaying symptoms that met the qualification to be tested for the virus has come back with negative test results. A second patient’s...

IPSD students experience firsthand chaos of the 2020 Iowa Caucus

IPSD students experience firsthand chaos of the 2020 Iowa Caucus

By Leland Pan and Noelle Smagala

February 10, 2020

Caught in the adrenaline rush of early election mayhem, 45 high school students from District 204 who received financial support from the Mikva Challenge, IPEF, and League of Women Voters were able to observe the Iowa Caucuses from Iowa City on Monday. The political enthusiasts first touched...

Hands free driving law to be implemented in MA

Hands free driving law to be implemented in MA

By Lindsey Brown and Emily Staiti

February 10, 2020

Cell phones are now distracting drivers to the point where a new hands-free driving law will be implemented in Massachusetts on Feb. 23. The new law will ban any use of a hand-held device such as texting and calling while driving. Although Massachusetts lawmakers have set laws restricting phone use...

What to know about the 2019 novel coronavirus

What to know about the 2019 novel coronavirus

By Kathy Fang, Eric Fang, and Alysa Suleiman

February 10, 2020

As the 2019 novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, continues to spread across the world, Harker Aquila breaks down what you need to know about the outbreak. What is the 2019-nCoV?  The 2019-nCoV is a respiratory disease that causes respiratory illness, according to the World Health Organization. It belongs in the coronavirus family, which includes viruses such as...

Cultural identity fades due to lack of preservation

Cultural identity fades due to lack of preservation

By Amber Chia, Carlmont High School

February 10, 2020

Families gather around the table, devouring the plentiful amount of food that symbolizes the wealth and prosperity the upcoming year will bring. Children receive their yearly allowance from their relatives in a red envelope. As the clock strikes midnight, the sounds of firecrackers and fireworks explode...

Bay Area organizations fight against human trafficking

Bay Area organizations fight against human trafficking

By Zachary Khouri, Carlmont High School

February 7, 2020

Do you know who made your clothes? The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that there are currently 40.3 million victims of human trafficking around the globe; 24 million are used for their labor. Whether it be from within our own communities or in factories abroad, Americans are either directly or indirectly affected by human trafficking every day. Despite the widespread nature of this issue, many Americans remain unaware. Contrary to popular belief, human trafficking extends far beyond forced prostitution. The practice — which has been ...

Fighting fire: Australia battles blazing bushfires in war against climate change

Fighting fire: Australia battles blazing bushfires in war against climate change

By Emily Tan and Brian Chen

February 7, 2020

26.9 million acres burned. More than 3,000 homes destroyed. 33 deaths, including nine firefighters, as of Jan. 31, according to the Crisis Coordination Center of the Australian government. And over one billion bird, mammal, and reptile deaths, according to the Australian Academy of Science. This is the impact of the hundreds of fires that have been burning ac...

Iowa caucus trip offers insights into political process

Iowa caucus trip offers insights into political process

By Melissa Nie, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

February 6, 2020

Loading duffel bags and suitcases into a coach bus on the morning of Feb. 3, students going on the Iowa caucus trip embarked on a two hour trip to Mason City to see Sen. Amy Klobuchar speak at her rally. The town hall was filled with reporters from KARE 11 to TIME, giving people a chance to talk about...

New lockdown procedure put in place

New lockdown procedure put in place

By Marta Hill, Isabel Kjaer, and Kaia Myers

February 6, 2020

As part of the referendum passed in 2017, the district made a special effort to focus on safety, according to facilities and safety manager for the district Thomas Bravo. Bravo said as a result of the focus on safety, the blue light system was implemented “When we got the referendum approved in ...

“Together, We Rise”: Women’s rights, civil rights activists around Bay Area call for change at fourth annual Women’s March

“Together, We Rise”: Women’s rights, civil rights activists around Bay Area call for change at fourth annual Women’s March

By Kathy Fang, Lauren Liu, Arushi Saxena, Alysa Suleiman, Emily Tan, Nicole Tian, Anna Vazhaeparambil, Sara Yen, and Eric Fang

February 6, 2020

Upper school students joined the 37,000 demonstrators who filled the streets of San Jose and San Francisco last Saturday for the fourth annual nation-wide series of Women’s Marches. Originally sparked in response to the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, the Women’s March movement has...

Gen Z reaches voting age

Gen Z reaches voting age

By Lindsay Bonetti and Abby Fowler

February 6, 2020

With the Internet and social media at their fingertips, members of Generation Z have become more politically aware and involved than recent generations, taking part in online and real-world debates and protests about gun control, climate change, and human rights. The question is: Will they actually...

Coronavirus Concerns in Irvine – How Worried Should Students Be?

Coronavirus Concerns in Irvine – How Worried Should Students Be?

By Ryne Dunman, Portola High School

February 5, 2020

The novel coronavirus has affected over 17,000 people across 23 countries with a report of 369 fatalities, as of Feb. 3. The city of Wuhan, China claims most of the affected patients and casualties and is believed to be the origin of the strain, according to the New York Post. On Jan. 26, the Centers...

111 days later and a student killed- HISD finally enacts security measures at Bellaire H.S.

111 days later and a student killed- HISD finally enacts security measures at Bellaire H.S.

By Gabi Rodriguez and Vivian Huynh

February 5, 2020

Recent headlines have publicized the demands for increased security on HISD schools after a student shot senior César Cortes at Bellaire High School on January 14. But many are not aware that these demands started almost half a year ago. Last semester alone, 3 gun-related incidents occurred on Bellaire’s...

Stark divide between teens and adults ahead of Iowa caucuses tonight, polls show

Stark divide between teens and adults ahead of Iowa caucuses tonight, polls show

By Benjamin Gamson, Shalhevet High School

February 5, 2020

Iowans are gearing up for the first presidential contests in the 2020 nomination process to be held tonight on Monday Feb. 3. An Iowa youth straw poll of the state’s middle and high school students found that 22.8% supported entrepreneur Andrew Yang, compared to 20.3% for Sen. Bernie Sanders and...

Stop the Bleed programs come to schools in Pitkin County

Stop the Bleed programs come to schools in Pitkin County

By Harper Axelman, Aspen High School

February 5, 2020

A program that trains high school students on how to save lives in an emergency may be coming to AHS. The program, called Stop the Bleed, consists of basic instruction courses that teach students, staff, and administration what to do in the event of serious bleeding, as well as kits that contain the...

Santa Clara County announces first case of coronavirus – as infected person in isolation

Santa Clara County announces first case of coronavirus – as infected person in isolation

By Eric Fang, Mark Hu, Arushi Saxena, Srinath Somasundaram, Arely Sun, and Nicole Tian

February 5, 2020

Santa Clara County confirmed today that an adult male resident, who is currently being held in isolation, has tested positive for the 2019 coronavirus (2019-nCoV), but also noted that no additional cases have been confirmed. County health officials did not reveal his name or the city in which the case...

Despite Uncertain Caucus Results, Elizabeth Warren Still Hopeful

Despite Uncertain Caucus Results, Elizabeth Warren Still Hopeful

By Casey Murray, Lake Forest High School

February 5, 2020

DES MOINES, IOWA — While the results of the Iowa Caucuses were in doubt at the time, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) nevertheless declared that the night had already shown Americans’ “deep hunger for big structural change” to roars of approval from the crowd at her party in Des Moines. “Tonight...

Elizabeth Warren at West days before Iowa caucus

Elizabeth Warren at West days before Iowa caucus

By Paras Bassuk, West High School

February 4, 2020

Hundreds of Iowa City residents filled the gym to show their support for Democratic candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren, on Feb. 1, just two days before the Iowa caucuses. As the dense crowd awaited her entrance, the buzz of excitement grew. One of the first speakers at the rally was West alum Nina El...

Religious discussions present problems

Religious discussions present problems

By May Lin, Granite Bay High School

February 4, 2020

Among the ideas that founded the American republic was the idea that all people have fundamental rights, one of which is the maintenance of democracy through freedom of speech. But what happens when the right for people to communicate their ideas infringes on another person’s opinion?  Many court...

Grant funding threatens sex education resources

Grant funding threatens sex education resources

By Maya Edmonds, Minneapolis South High School

February 4, 2020

By June 30th, 2020, the grant from the federal government for sex education will run out and Hennepin County will stop receiving money, meaning Minneapolis Public Schools won’t have the necessary funding for education on sex, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and pregnancy prevention in the School...

Controversy hits Pro-life Club at Blue Valley Northwest

Controversy hits Pro-life Club at Blue Valley Northwest

By Megan Yates and Emma Johnson

February 4, 2020

As a result of the BVNW pro-life club posting about their attendance at the Topeka Rally for Life on their Instagram, students took to social media to voice their opinions about the club.  Despite the club forming in September, it wasn’t until they created an Instagram and posted photos from the...

Children having children

Children having children

By Madi Olivier and Ayra Charania

February 4, 2020

Even though the teen pregnancy rate has declined in the past 25 years, Texas had the seventh highest teenage birth rate in the United States in 2018, according to the CDC. Only Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arkansas surpassed Texas’s rate of 25.3 births per 1,000 females wh...

From City Council to the U.S. Senate?

From City Council to the U.S. Senate?

By Alex Dowd, McCallum High School

February 4, 2020

Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Texas in August of 2017, leaving the proud metropolitan city flooded with over 40 inches of rain in less than four days. Grocery store shelves were stripped, and the once busy roads turned into rivers. As this storm was one of the most notorious natural disasters in moder...

“A Very Messy Divorce”: How Brexit is Impacting British Bears

“A Very Messy Divorce”: How Brexit is Impacting British Bears

By Cherise Kim, Cambridge High School - GA

February 4, 2020

Flip to any news channel on television. Pick out any magazine or newspaper while in line at the grocery store. Scroll through your phone’s news app notifications. Chances are, there is yet another update about Brexit. Most Americans can simply change the channel, pick up another magazine or swipe...

ROTC program faces potential loss of funding due to low enrollment

ROTC program faces potential loss of funding due to low enrollment

By Makayla Archambeault and Juli Mejia

February 4, 2020

On Nov. 4, 2019, the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC) program received a letter of notice, signed by Colonel Stephen Sanders, Director of ROTC at Maxwell Air Force Base, containing the information that the program currently does not meet the required number of cadets in order for...

Politics meets streetwear as presidential candidate Andrew Yang comes to Fairfax

Politics meets streetwear as presidential candidate Andrew Yang comes to Fairfax

By Sam Rubanowitz, Shalhevet High School

February 3, 2020

Waiting in line for a Supreme clothing drop on Fairfax Avenue Dec. 19, senior Ben-Tsion Oliel was surprised to see a commotion down the block. Then he saw cars approaching with “Yang” stickers pasted on. “People were just going around painting the sidewalk, writing ‘Yang’ on the floor,...

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