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First year Bronco’s fight inspires forgiveness

First year Bronco’s fight inspires forgiveness

By Leah Bowen and Rachael Crews

February 16, 2015

On August 14, new teacher Loressa Pecoraro was on the way home after her first teacher work day when a teenage driver fell asleep at the wheel, hitting her head-on and causing severe injuries. The accident occurred on U.S. Highway 380, causing back-ups for several hours. The student, from a different...

Awareness campaign brings water bottle filling stations to Homestead

Awareness campaign brings water bottle filling stations to Homestead

By Erin Connolly

February 16, 2015

The school bubbler woes of students and faculty may soon be quenched as a water bottle filling station will be installed this week in Homestead High's 900 wing. As a result of an idea Homestead students conceived, enough money was raised to install one water fountain by one of the commons. To cut...

Michigan signs with College Board’s SAT

Michigan signs with College Board’s SAT

By Kayla Smith

February 16, 2015

Some would say that the juniors this year have dodged a bullet, but the sophomores weren't so lucky. Beginning next year, all juniors in the state of Michigan will be required to take the SAT instead of the ACT. For the past eight years the juniors in Michigan have been required to take the ACT. Schools...

AMSA students return from their futures to dispense advice

AMSA students return from their futures to dispense advice

By Rebecca Perlin

February 16, 2015

It’s no secret that the college application process is extremely long and stressful. So how incredible would it be if, as a college student with some experience under your belt, you could hop in a time machine and go back to give your high school self some advice? That is precisely what AMSA’s...

Community members express opinions about ‘State of the Schools’ speech

Community members express opinions about ‘State of the Schools’ speech

By Zachary Nosanchuk, Natalia Perkins, and Alexa Jankowsky, Shaker Heights High School

February 13, 2015

Superintendent Gregory C. Hutchings Jr. gave his second State of the Schools speech Feb. 10 in the large auditorium. In true Shaker style, the audience reaction to the presentation was diverse and included some pointed criticisms. Before the event, students and administrators shared what they expected...

Bringing writing to calculus class

Bringing writing to calculus class

By Kate Daniels, Homestead High School

February 9, 2015

The last thing one would expect walking into room 205 is to find a class full of calculus students writing to their third-grade pen pals. But Mr. Ordinans, math teacher, allows just that. The pen pal program originated when Mr. Ordinans was a high school teacher at Waukesha High. Mr. Ordinans and...

A moment of silence for silent protests

A moment of silence for silent protests

By Hannah Hoffmann, Parkway West High School

February 9, 2015

Sitting down during the pledge of allegiance. Pink fingernails. Students not uttering a single word for all six hours of the school day. Anything in common here? If you said no, you are far from alone in that thought: many students and teachers have never noticed the “silent” protesting done in classrooms. So...

Building a (robotics) team

Building a (robotics) team

By Lilia Wood, Glen Rock High School

February 4, 2015

The robots may be made of metal and circuit boards, but the Glen Rock High School Robotics Team is built of hours of hard work, preparation and engineering ability. This is the team's first year at Glen Rock. Late last year, former middle school students wanted to continue competing in robotic competitions...

Swim team’s future includes new pool

Swim team’s future includes new pool

By Noah Van Hooser, Lovejoy High School

February 3, 2015

Practicing for ninety minutes every day from August to May takes an incredible amount of dedication from the Leopard swim team. The fact that their practices occur far from campus is the icing on the cake. Fortunately, future swimmers will have the convenience of a new pool on campus. Though it is not...

Videos that pack a punch

Videos that pack a punch

By Victoria Sundin, Robert E. Lee High School

February 2, 2015

For better or worse, fights at school will catch anyone's attention. In the heat of battle, some run away, some call a person of authority, and some even try to break it up. Some encircle the action with their cellphones, recording it to show their friends -- or the world. The shrine to Robert E....

School board terminates superintendent’s contract

School board terminates superintendent’s contract

By Isabel Hanewicz, Robinson High School

January 27, 2015

A sea of supporters was not enough to deter Hillsborough County School Board from voting 4-3 in favor of terminating superintendent MaryEllen Elia's contract. Board members Susan Valdes, Sally Harris, Cindy Stuart and April Griffin voted for the motion, with Melissa Snively, Doretha Edgecomb and Carol...

Marauders vs. Clairton: a real nail-biter

Marauders vs. Clairton: a real nail-biter

By Jordan Rhone, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School

January 26, 2015

It can be difficult to write about "the big game" in a way that's engaging and exciting to an outside audience. But Jordan Rhone at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School has done just that! What sets this story apart? The hook, for one: It began in 2006 when nine fourth-grade boys signed up for the ...

Unisex bathroom replaces men’s faculty bathroom

Unisex bathroom replaces men’s faculty bathroom

By Beth Keefe, Glen Rock High School

January 22, 2015

Glen Rock High School has implemented a policy change for the bathroom in the junior hallway. The former male faculty restroom is now a unisex lavatory usable by both students and faculty members. Principal John Arlotta wanted to provide students and staff with a single stall bathroom that would provide...

It’s time to unclog the bathroom problem

It’s time to unclog the bathroom problem

By Kathy Deaver, John Carroll High School

January 21, 2015

Upon entering the dim room, the putrid scent of decomposition hits your nostrils. Subtly tinged with Lysol, the aroma suffocates you as you gag and rush to the sinks. Welcome to the bathrooms.

Long-time teacher and football coach accepts new position

Long-time teacher and football coach accepts new position

By Aaron Glazer, Homestead High School

January 19, 2015

Hearing the call of the Black Hawk, Mr. Fritz Rauch, English teacher and defensive coordinator, has accepted the head football coaching position along with an English position at Grafton High School. The Grafton School Board approved Mr. Rauch's contract on Jan. 12. Mr. Rauch will start off-season coaching...

A commemorative art exhibit for post-9/11 students

A commemorative art exhibit for post-9/11 students

By Kaitlin Stansel, Glen Rock High School

January 19, 2015

For the past thirteen years, the conjoined building of Glen Rock Middle School and High School has welcomed students carrying the scarring memories of September 11th, 2001. Although some students were only a few months old, others a few years, each has a recollection of his or her own location as the...

Making his mark: swimmer sets a gold standard

Making his mark: swimmer sets a gold standard

By Noah Sanchez, Klein Collins High School

January 16, 2015

His arms slice through the water as he makes his way toward the wall. Faster. He knows he can do it. He can break another record. His outstretched fingers make contact with the wall as he glances up at his time — 49.62 seconds. That is how long it took senior Kyle Hendricks to smash the record...

Class of 2016 takes over ‘Cupid’s Cafe’

Class of 2016 takes over ‘Cupid’s Cafe’

By Christina Howie, Glen Rock High School

January 16, 2015

On Thursday, Jan. 8, officers from the class of 2016 held a meeting to discuss the much-anticipated Cupid’s Café, a Valentine’s Day-themed, cabaret-style evening, which will be held at Glen Rock High School on Feb. 18. Cupid’s Café is similar to a coffeehouse performance; students perform...

Is the AMSA policy on colored hair much ado about nothing?

Is the AMSA policy on colored hair much ado about nothing?

By Elizabeth Goldberg, Advanced Math and Science Academy

January 16, 2015

The policy is right there on page 56 of the 2014-2015 AMSA Student-Parent Handbook, in the dress code guidelines: “Unnaturally colored hair dye (i.e., purple, orange, green, etc.) is prohibited.” Although this rule has been included in the handbook for many years, members of the student body have ...

Heads shorn as part of fundraiser for Director of Enrollment

Heads shorn as part of fundraiser for Director of Enrollment

By Kathy Deaver, John Carroll School

January 15, 2015

In honor of raising $21,500 for the “I’m 4 Eddie” campaign for Director of Enrollment Edward Maynard, social studies teacher Anthony Del Puppo and four male students shaved their heads after the Thanksgiving prayer service on Nov. 25th. “It feels very cool, [as in] temperature cool,” Del Puppo said...

World Language department hosts panel presentation

World Language department hosts panel presentation

By Claudia Chen, Blue Valley Northwest High School

January 14, 2015

From first-year Latin students to fourth-year Spanish students, anyone studying world languages was invited to attend Blue Valley Northwest's first ever World Language Professional Panel presentation this past Friday. During their Latin, German, Spanish or French class periods, World Language...

Sophomore nominated for Operation Homefront award

Sophomore nominated for Operation Homefront award

By Cintia Vickery, Rider High School, TX

January 14, 2015

Sophomore Kallie Wagner’s father, Master Sergeant James Wagner, is a fighter crew chief and has been deployed four times. He has been to South Korea, Saudi Arabia and twice to Iraq. Kallie remembers each of those deployments. Now she has been nominated for Operation Homefront Military Child of the Year, an award g...

The evolution of a school lunch

The evolution of a school lunch

By Nick Sousa, Advanced Math and Science Academy

January 13, 2015

The scene is the same three times a day, five days a week. The hot, loud lunch room fills with hungry students, who rush to and from the lunch line in search of a seat next to their friends. In the past, one could count on most of them looking at their trays in disgust. Twenty minutes or so later, it wa...

McAllen High’s spirit slump

McAllen High’s spirit slump

By Isabella Zambrano and Alexandra Arevalo, McAllen High School

January 12, 2015

Spirit Week is an exciting time around McAllen High School. In the days leading up to Homecoming, the student body celebrates through various activities and events: themed dress-up days are one highlight. Usually, the school community is quick to participate and take advantage of such a fun time....

No more Mockingbird?

No more Mockingbird?

By Taylor Porter, Homewood Flossmoor High School

January 8, 2015

For decades, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has been one of America’s most popular novels. However, there is a possibility that the Homewood Flossmoor English Department may clip its wings. No official decision has been made, but English Department Chair Jake Vallicelli says it’s time to ...

Students travel to France for study abroad experience

Students travel to France for study abroad experience

By Kasey Carlson, Whitney Young Magnet High

January 7, 2015

A group of Whitney Young students and faculty have just returned from a ten-day trip to France. The trip was one of several study abroad trips offered through the school this year. Each student stayed with a French student and host family, some of whom stayed with American students when visiting...

Mayfield Model UN to compete in New York City

Mayfield Model UN to compete in New York City

By Raina Dano, Mayfield High School

January 7, 2015

Manhattan, New York – the next destination for the World Affairs Club's annual out-of-state Model UN conference. In the past, Mayfield’s World Affairs Club (based in Ohio) has traveled to places such as Pennsylvania and upstate New York. However, the club hasn't visited New York City itself in...

“Career cruising” now affects report cards

“Career cruising” now affects report cards

By Harrison Otto, Boyertown Area Senior High

January 6, 2015

The Career Portfolio Graduation Project at Boyertown Area Senior High (BASH)--better known as "Career Cruising"--has implemented some new changes to get more students to comply with the requirements. The goal of the project, which has been at BASH since 2009, is to prepare students for life after...

From Colombia to Princeton

From Colombia to Princeton

By Lauren Owens, Lufkin High School

December 22, 2014

Lufkin High School senior Sebastian Ortiz has an early Christmas gift – a full-ride scholarship to Princeton University, an Ivy League college in New Jersey. Ortiz became aware of the life-changing news earlier this month when he unexpectedly received a note in his fifth period class from the Go...

Mayfield students give “A Million Thanks”

Mayfield students give “A Million Thanks”

By Kate Bakhtiyarova, Mayfield High School (Mayfield Village, OH)

December 22, 2014

Tis the season to be jolly, thankful, and surrounded by friends and family. While the students and staff of Mayfield get ready to bundle up for winter break, the same cannot be said for all citizens of our nation– particularly, those out in service protecting it. Although we all pay tribute to the...

Colonia High collects toys for the less fortunate

Colonia High collects toys for the less fortunate

By Stephanie Kontra, Colonia High School

December 20, 2014

From Nov. 24 through Nov. 26, the first annual "Toys for Tots Battle of the Blocks" took place at Colonia High School. All 3rd block classes were encouraged to bring in toys. Each toy earned a certain number of points, which were predetermined by Special Education English teacher Linda Brennan. The...

Students refuse to say Pledge of Allegiance due to Ferguson events

Students refuse to say Pledge of Allegiance due to Ferguson events

By Aparna Verma, Catonsville HS, Catonsville, Md.

December 8, 2014

“The Pledge of Allegiance says ‘liberty and justice for all,’ but that doesn’t exist in the America I live in. The proof is the jury failing to indict Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.” Senior Alex Armbruster made it clear that the morning announcements crew would not say the pledge the...

Alumni association hopes to support students via #GivingTuesday

Alumni association hopes to support students via #GivingTuesday

By Sydney Kinzy, Parkway West HS, Ballwin, Mo.

December 4, 2014

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and the latest edition to the holiday shopping mantra … #GivingTuesday. The idea is simple. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. The Parkway Alumni ...

Group pushes for more options for transgender students on overnight trips

Group pushes for more options for transgender students on overnight trips

By MaryClare Colombo, Plano Senior HS, Plano, Texas

December 3, 2014

The Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) organization recently addressed the issue of transgender rooming on school overnight trips in a letter to Principal Sarah Watkins in October. Last year, transgender student senior Sydney Dela Rosa had to room alone or room with her biological sex with no other options....

Iowa school play benefits Ferguson student actors

Iowa school play benefits Ferguson student actors

By Sophia Schlesinger and Ellis Fontana

December 2, 2014

The cast is gone, the set has been stripped, the lights taken down and the curtain tucked away. However, the legacy of "The Diviners" endures beyond the confines of Opstad Auditorium. Miles away in Ferguson, Mo., drama students are being given the opportunity to attend Missouri’s state festival, thank...

A heroic life lost: Role model alumnus dies serving in Afghanistan

A heroic life lost: Role model alumnus dies serving in Afghanistan

By Dan Fishbein, Algonquin Regional HS, Northborough, Mass.

November 10, 2014

Brian Arsenault loved hockey. When he took the ice adorned in his number 3 maroon and gold uniform, he found happiness. Hockey, as a sport, demands leadership. Two teams take the ice for an hour, and one emerges with a hard fought victory. Fights often break out. Scores are close. Someone needs to...

Mice infestation becomes schoolwide problem

Mice infestation becomes schoolwide problem

By Chase Charaba, Emerald Ridge HS, Puyallup, Wash.

October 28, 2014

Emerald Ridge’s pet mice are scampering around in the walls all around you, but don’t panic just yet. Just two months into the school year, ER staff and students have spotted mice roaming the halls and lurking in the corners. Confirmed sightings have occurred in the library, office and the career...

Foxes cause disturbances on school property

Foxes cause disturbances on school property

By Zac Johnson, Blue Valley Northwest HS, Overland Park, Kan.

October 22, 2014

Huskies are no longer the only animals associated with BVNW. Recently, foxes have been spotted outside of the school causing disturbances. “I think the foxes are more of an annoyance,” lead daytime custodian Ronnie Goodson said. “I’ve only seen them running around; they don’t come up to...

Stifled spirit: New district means controversial new restrictions and rules

Stifled spirit: New district means controversial new restrictions and rules

By Erica Cardano-Hillary, Vista Ridge HS, Cedar Park, Texas

October 21, 2014

Despite the team’s current 6-0 record and top spot in district 25-5A, the student section hasn’t been able to win when it comes to spirit.

District takes proactive measures related to Ebola

District takes proactive measures related to Ebola

By Anahi Castro, North Garland HS, Garland, Texas

October 20, 2014

Even though administrators told students not to panic, out of 2,511 students, about 500 students did not come to school.

AP Spanish class works around lack of materials

AP Spanish class works around lack of materials

By Alexus Plascencia, A. A. Stagg HS, Stockton, Calif.

October 14, 2014

Money is an issue. The class isn’t. With cooperative students, and the teacher carefully planning out what needs to be taught, both students and teacher expect the class to run smoothly.

Know the score: Seniors reflect on cost of SAT preparation

Know the score: Seniors reflect on cost of SAT preparation

By Mimi Evans, Dougherty Valley HS, San Ramon, Calif.

October 13, 2014

Note: Student names have been changed. Oliver, a current senior, was singled out. His free diagnostic test indicated that he would already score over a 2100 on the SAT, and so he was placed in Elite’s SAT 2100 Plus Program. Unlike the Elite Boot Camp, in which students attend class four or fi...

Two BHS juniors participate in ‘People’s Climate March’ in New York

Two BHS juniors participate in ‘People’s Climate March’ in New York

By Alexandra Gruszkiewicz, Bearden HS, Knoxville, Tenn.

October 10, 2014

Once Mallari Starrett and Alicia Matavosian found out that they could take part in a march against climate change, they were in. “We both just looked at each other the moment we heard about it and said ‘yes, we’re definitely doing this,’” Matavosian said. On Friday in New York City, abo...

Turning up the heat: Classroom temperatures cause early school dismissal

Turning up the heat: Classroom temperatures cause early school dismissal

By Amy Shim, Adolfo Camarillo HS, Camarillo, Calif.

October 6, 2014

During hot and dry conditions normal during late summer and early fall, classroom temperatures often exceed 85 degrees and go as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Indian mascot spurs controversy at Massachusetts high school

Indian mascot spurs controversy at Massachusetts high school

By Morgan Banville and Alexias Soares, Dartmouth HS, Dartmouth, Mass.

October 3, 2014

The school has experienced attention due to students dressing as Native Americans and having a Native American as a mascot. Students have worn feathers and face paint at sporting events. “Support your tribe” is often tweeted by students before a sporting event.

Hiring freeze leaves math class with substitute

Hiring freeze leaves math class with substitute

By Isabel Hanewicz, Robinson HS, Tampa

September 30, 2014

The problem is not exclusive to Robinson. There are currently 42 high school vacancies in Hillsborough County, all that cannot be filled with a permanent teacher until after the freeze. Including Robinson, five of those positions involve high school math.

More than 100 attend ‘See you at the Pole’ prayer event

More than 100 attend ‘See you at the Pole’ prayer event

By HMS Hurricane Watch Staff, Heritage Middle School, San Antonio

September 25, 2014

Just before sunrise, some 100 students and teachers attended Heritage Middle School's "Meet you at the Pole" prayer event. The event was in sharp contrast with last year's two students who stood at the pole to pray. Students began to arrive as early as 7: 15 a.m. "I went (to the event) so I could...

Teacher’s union files legal action against district

Teacher’s union files legal action against district

By Eric Staats, Portage Northern HS, Portage, Mich.

September 24, 2014

Because of a breach in contract, the new start time has lead the teacher’s union to file an Unfair Labor Practice against the district.

Collaboration and pronouns are key to expanding GSA’s mission

Collaboration and pronouns are key to expanding GSA’s mission

By Anabel McGuan and Nora Spadoni

September 23, 2014

At the first Gay Straight Alliance meeting of the school year, co-presidents Sophy Warner and Whitney Tyree gave club members a chance to say their names, grades and “their PGP’s — their preferred gender pronouns.” “And where would you fall if you were a raindrop?” asked Warner. “I would...

School responds to federal crackdown on unhealthy snacking

School responds to federal crackdown on unhealthy snacking

By Ellen Kan, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va.

September 22, 2014

A federal mandate may threaten to alter what many students hold close to heart: food.

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