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Learning Italian

Learning Italian

By Aleks Zadorian, Clark Magnet High School

March 20, 2019


Filed under Opinions

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, of all things, stirred my interest in Italian. How a beautiful, rhythmic and flowing language can fit so well in a book about murder, organized crime and human suffering was interesting, to say the least. It wasn’t just the Godfather. Italian music and the fact that 6...

Pope Francis’ acknowledgment of sexual abuse was a letdown

Pope Francis’ acknowledgment of sexual abuse was a letdown

By Maria Peralta, Middle College High School @ Santa Ana College

March 19, 2019


Filed under Opinions

On Sunday, February 24, Pope Francis concluded a landmark meeting where he brought attention to the rampant sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. Prior to this, he had began to strip abusers of their titles. With this in mind, this meeting seemed like a step in the right direction. So, how did it go? ...

The Problem Without Passion

The Problem Without Passion

By Amanda Lu, North Allegheny Senior High School

March 19, 2019


Filed under Opinions

When I was a kid, I loved to read and write. My favorite day of the week was Monday, because on Mondays, my father would take me to Northland Library. I’d browse the familiar aisles of the first floor and walk back to our car staggering with a stack of books piled higher than my head. My father...

It’s ok to “throw like a girl”

It’s ok to “throw like a girl”

By Kelly Branco, Colonia High School

March 19, 2019


Filed under Opinions

High school sports separate kids by gender when it comes to teams. There is "Girls Soccer" and "Boys Soccer" and "Girls Track" and "Boys Track." Why separate athletes by genders? What makes the girls so different from the boys? Girls aren't considered equal in sports and we should change that. More Co-ed...

Dismissal Hysteria

Dismissal Hysteria

By Valerie Davis, North Allegheny Senior High School

March 19, 2019


Filed under Opinions

As I walked into school on Monday morning, heading for the attendance office with an early dismissal note in my hand, I was very excited for the day ahead of me. The cast was going to perform Good News for the eighth graders, answer any questions the eighth graders may have, and then go to Ichiban ...

Highly Unprepared

Highly Unprepared

By Emily Ito, Yorba Linda High School

March 19, 2019


Filed under Opinions

This past year, I watched my sister drop out of college. She had the highest available scholarship, she was part of the honors program, she was filled with excitement upon her acceptance. I couldn’t understand why she had done it. I knew how hard she had worked throughout high school. I knew she maintained...

An Ode to Lost Friendships

An Ode to Lost Friendships

By Somya Thakur, North Allegheny Senior High School

March 17, 2019


Filed under Opinions

We lose friends for a variety of reasons -- people move, you get into fights, life gets crazy. No matter the reason, we all know what it’s like to lose a friend. In a way, it's almost like a breakup. You find yourself moping around. You want to text them or send them memes that may relate to an inside...

What does it mean to be an activist?

What does it mean to be an activist?

By Sophia Manolis, South High School

March 14, 2019


Filed under Opinions

Last year, when survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida stepped up in grief and trauma to advocate for more sensible gun laws, the media latched onto them and vaulted them to the forefront of national consciousness.  I remember suddenly seeing the faces of...

Deficit in reading

Deficit in reading

By Lauren Boyer, Cathedral Catholic High School

March 13, 2019


Filed under Opinions

After being held back in kindergarten because of her subpar reading skills, Cathedral Catholic High School student Katherine Stevenson ‘19 never imagined reading would shape her as a person. However, after entering a reading competition in elementary school, Stevenson’s stance on reading quickly...

Coding knowledge should be standard

Coding knowledge should be standard

By Connor Earegood, Kearsley High School in Flint, Michigan

March 12, 2019


Filed under Opinions

In the 20th century, classes like wood shop and metal fabrication were standard to the American high school experience. Students gained a compulsory education in the basic skills that trade jobs — and daily life — required. As trade knowledge is needed less and less and technology progresses,...

Involved students struggle with burnout

Involved students struggle with burnout

By Jackson Battle, Akins High School

March 12, 2019


Filed under Opinions

Most high schools around the world have students who feel it’s absolutely necessary to push themselves beyond their limits in order to complete multiple tasks and eventually graduate with top honors. But the question remains, how does such a rigorous lifestyle affect those students? Students...

Why school doesn’t prepare us well enough for the real world

Why school doesn’t prepare us well enough for the real world

By Patrick Bruch, South High School

March 11, 2019


Filed under Opinions

What we learn in school is different for all of us, but it is meant to provide skills and information that serves as a base for almost any career or life path. Although this is the idea behind education, the system doesn’t fully serve this purpose. It provides students with a concrete base of knowledge,...

Elizabeth Warren hits campaign trail with positive message

Elizabeth Warren hits campaign trail with positive message

By Coy A. Pederson, Cotter High School

March 11, 2019


Filed under Opinions

19 months away from the 2020 Presidential election and the election cycle is already starting, and, as usual, the road to Washington runs through Iowa. Senator Elizabeth Warren  (D-MA) hopes to make significant inroads early on in the 2020 Presidential campaign and a strong showing in Iowa, which...

It’s not ‘skip day’ for every senior

It’s not ‘skip day’ for every senior

By Elizabeth Solenday, Baldwin High School

March 10, 2019


Filed under Opinions

Today, March 6, is Senior Skip Day. It's not an official school holiday, although most seniors stay home to be part of the tradition. I, however, am one of the seniors who came to school today. We're here for a variety of reasons. For me, I am not allowed to miss because my father will not let...

‘I have always had problems with my weight’

‘I have always had problems with my weight’

By Kayla Barry, Pascack Valley High School

March 9, 2019


Filed under Opinions

Ever since I could remember, I have always had problems with my weight. When I was little, I remember I used to have to watch what I was eating, as well as go outside as much as I could. This was easy when I was younger as I was very energetic and in club sports all year around. It started getting...

Opinion: Finding Your People

Opinion: Finding Your People

By Emma Haun, Ross High School

March 8, 2019


Filed under Opinions

Friend. A word directly linked to good jokes and wonderful memories. Genuine happiness is often due to the people we surround ourselves with. Over the past two years, however, this wasn’t the case for me. According to VeryWellMind.com, a friend is supposed to be a source of encouragement and support,...

Participation grades eliminate student interest

Participation grades eliminate student interest

By Michael Han, Dougherty Valley High School

March 7, 2019


Filed under Opinions

Assigning a grade to participation compels students to meet a certain quota of participation points rather than to develop a genuine interest or passion towards the subject. While there is no doubt that participation grades can encourage participation, they also lead to a multitude of deleterious effects...

Why it’s good to be cringey

Why it’s good to be cringey

By Katie Hanson, Walt Whitman High School

March 7, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

I make bizarre comments to people I barely know, break into uncomfortable dance moves several times in an hour and greet my friends in the hallway with a heel click. I embarrass and confuse myself and those around me with ease. I don’t wake up every morning scheming about how I’m going to get...

Adjusting to life without a sister

Adjusting to life without a sister

By Jules Pung, Saint Stephen's Episcopal School

March 7, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

During my freshman year, it wasn’t uncommon for people to ask how I felt about my sister leaving for college, especially in the months leading up to graduation. In an effort to keep the mood light, I would often joke, “Well, I get to have a bathroom all to myself, so that’s something.” Like...

Moms are Taking Over Cookie Sales

Moms are Taking Over Cookie Sales

By Kiersten Watkins, Millard West High School

March 6, 2019


Filed under Opinions

Being a Girl Scout used to be an important part of some girls lives because they got to participate in a lot of fun activities and other group projects. Girl Scouts learned to do many things when they meet with their troop. They learned to value the world and how they can impact society. Many group leaders...

Society’s view on virginity

Society’s view on virginity

By Crystal Tran, Richmond High School

March 5, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

She is overcome with confusion as she lays in her bed. A personal choice is starting to seem less like her own, and more like society’s. Walking through the hallways, she can hear people talking about how many people they’ve slept with, and jokes that are beginning to seem less like jokes. Virginit...

A kid of two cultures

A kid of two cultures

By Saijleen Chawla, Starr's Mill High School

March 4, 2019


Filed under Opinions

The place where you’re from has a huge impact on your sense of identity and is very much part of how you answer the hardest questions about yourself. But there’s never an easy answer for these questions, and it’s even harder when your world is divided into two. This internal struggle is something...

We Need to Talk about ALEKS

We Need to Talk about ALEKS

By Speaking Eagle Staff, Juan Diego Catholic High School

March 4, 2019


Filed under Opinions

There's an open secret among students, and even faculty, here at Juan Diego: ALEKS is for sale. For enterprising students and students in need, ALEKS topics are being bought and sold, with almost one in five students admitting that they've either paid students to do their ALEKS, or been paid. And...

Muddying the waters: Drake Relays dilutes the prestige of “Iowa’s finest athletes”

Muddying the waters: Drake Relays dilutes the prestige of “Iowa’s finest athletes”

By Abby Riley, Pleasant Valley High School

March 4, 2019


Filed under Opinions

The Drake Relays is one of the most prestigious track and field events in the country. Iowa’s finest track athletes dedicate countless hours to their training in the hopes that they will one day be invited to the “blue oval,” where they will earn the iconic blue staining on their spikes. With...

Cultural awareness: More attention needs to be given to Black History Month (Editorial)

Cultural awareness: More attention needs to be given to Black History Month (Editorial)

By Heidi Heinlein, Carlisle High School

March 3, 2019


Filed under Opinions

The month of February is dedicated to the appreciation of black history in order to bring awareness and remembrance to those who helped make our present the way it is currently. It is an important matter that should be focused on during this time of the school year. Currently, this chance at equal attention...

Shots Fired / 3rd. Ed.

Shots Fired / 3rd. Ed.

By Rin Swann, North Allegheny Senior High School

March 2, 2019


Filed under Opinions

A few weeks ago, I caught what has become known as the "NASH Plague,” which left me with splitting headaches, dripping sinuses, and nausea so bad that the only cure was to curl up in a ball until I was numb from Vicks and Ibuprofen. It was also the week that I was supposed to finish writing the dreaded...

Insec-hair-ity

Insec-hair-ity

By Carissa Ackison, North Allegheny Senior High School

March 1, 2019


Filed under Opinions

When we were little, my sister cut her hair really, really short. It was awful, so she had to go a hair stylist to get it fixed. After that, she never cut her own hair again. As a kid, I never had the experience of doing that to myself. I’m now 16, almost 17, and I have, finally, done it. At 4 a.m....

Remembering Carson Smith

Remembering Carson Smith

By Sarah Slaten, McCallum High School

March 1, 2019


Filed under Opinions

Until my coach sent out a picture of Carson Smith, I didn’t know who he was. I had been trying to put a face to the name for a day, and this was the first time I actually realized who he was. So, I didn’t know Carson Smith, and I won’t claim to. He rowed at Texas Rowing Center with me, but,...

The NBA is not tea time

The NBA is not tea time

By Anusha Kothari, Lynbrook High School

February 28, 2019


Filed under Opinions

“Let us play basketball.” The moment Golden State Warriors’ All-NBA forward Kevin Durant uttered these words, sports networks rushed to dissect them, as well as the entirety of Durant’s post-game rant directed at the press. In particular, Sports Illustrated’s distortion of this statement stood...

Driving solo

Driving solo

By Anisa Khatana, Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio

February 28, 2019


Filed under Opinions

I tug my jacket closed as I cross the parking lot, struggling against the oppressively strong winds. As I pull the keys out of my pocket and hear a metallic clank, I realize that I don’t know how to start the car. Approximately 50 seconds earlier, I was sitting in the waiting room at the Seven Hills...

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