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Column: Starving for hope

Column: Starving for hope

By Andrea Plascencia, Lewisville High School - TX

January 24, 2020

The oatmeal cream pie on the kitchen counter was a luxury I refused to indulge in, couldn’t indulge in.  One bite and suddenly there was 170 calories down my throat. One bite and it would change everything I had worked for. One bite and I would lose it.  The oatmeal cream pie would continue...

Integration of memes and politics

Integration of memes and politics

By Anvitha Reddy, Coppell High School

January 24, 2020

In an increasingly social-media oriented world, memes, ranging from TikTok to Twitter, can often blur what’s fact and what’s fiction. On Jan. 3, President Donald Trump launched an attack which killed Iranian general Qasem Solemani. Solemani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American s...

Your H&M outfit has some unintended consequences

Your H&M outfit has some unintended consequences

By Caroline Gans, St. Stephen's Episcopal School

January 24, 2020

I am the second-highest contributor to pollution in the world.  I employ more than 60 million workers, most of whom are women and children.  I decide what you wear, where you shop, and how much you spend.  What am I? Answer: I am fast fashion.  And I am quietly changing the planet. In the age ...

White by Default

White by Default

By Katie Golden, North Allegheny Senior High School

January 24, 2020

Think about your favorite books. Picture the main characters. How many of those characters are anything other than white? While things are improving across the board for representation in media, some of the most popular fantasy series, such as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson, ...

We’re Rubbish at Recycling

We’re Rubbish at Recycling

By Jonah Carleton, Rhinebeck High School

January 23, 2020

Recycling is simple, or so we’ve been taught. Just throw your paper, plastic, and metal in the blue bins and forget about it. If you’re really an overachiever you might even unscrew the lid from your water bottle before giving it a toss. This current system, single-stream, is effortless. But this co...

OPINION: Expelling students isn’t acting in the Christian spirit

OPINION: Expelling students isn’t acting in the Christian spirit

By EP Presnell, duPont Manual High School

January 23, 2020

If you haven’t been on social media or seen the countless news articles surrounding the former Whitefield Academy student Kayla Kenney’s expulsion over a photo of her celebrating her birthday wearing a rainbow sweater with a rainbow cake, it’s a viral story that has reached national headlines in...

Editorial: Carlmont is not free to go phone-free

Editorial: Carlmont is not free to go phone-free

By Editorial Staff, Carlmont High School

January 23, 2020

"Please take out your cell phones." As the minute bell echoed through the halls of Carlmont High School on the first day back to school, teachers were already asking students to have their devices on-hand. Why? To download two apps deemed necessary to academic success: Campus Student, better known...

Fight for facts over World War III Memes

Fight for facts over World War III Memes

By Martha Sanchez, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

January 23, 2020

With President Trump’s recent decision to kill Iranian leader and military director Qasem Soleimani came a social media panic. The killing caused two days of nervous tensions with the U.S. unsure of how Iran would choose to retaliate. Millions of young citizens took to social media to worry about an i...

Insider trading; South’s neglect of technical careers

Insider trading; South’s neglect of technical careers

By Tannen Holt, Minneapolis South High School

January 22, 2020

There is a wide variety of viable post secondary options. Whether you want to further your education or head right into the workforce, no productive option is necessarily a bad option. Among these options are pursuing trades, whether by learning through vocational school or apprenticeships, there is...

One Person, One Vote

One Person, One Vote

By Anthony Mondelli, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School - KY

January 21, 2020

About a month ago I turned 18, and with that came the new responsibility of being able to vote. It’s arguably the greatest right of being an American citizen, but unfortunately, the way our constitution structures elections effectively makes my vote null and void in a presidential election.     ...

Not Quite The Golden Age

Not Quite The Golden Age

By Betul Tuncer, North Allegheny Senior High School

January 21, 2020

Living in America, one can’t help but notice the lack of representation -- or outright misrepresentation -- of minorities in the film and television industry. Despite the fact that America is known for being a “melting pot of cultures” and a place that accepts everyone, we still lack diversity...

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by educating yourself

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by educating yourself

By Kathryn McAuliffe, Parkway West High School

January 21, 2020

On this day celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., you’ll no doubt find your social media streams flooded with his unmatched diction cast on pretty backgrounds, his words reduced to a mere Instagram story, Facebook post or tweet that will be forgotten in a day. Martin Luther King Jr. is rightfully...

Learning One’s Native Language is not a Lost Cause

Learning One’s Native Language is not a Lost Cause

By Charlotte Cao and Jordan Lee

January 21, 2020

An immigrant family gathers for dinner and begins to reflect on their day, the familiar sounds of their native language ringing across the dining table. A child tugs on their mother’s arm and asks, “I don’t understand. What did they say?” Language attrition is a widespread linguistic phenomenon...

A Transition to Tolerance

A Transition to Tolerance

By Chloe Mawyer, North Allegheny Senior High School

January 21, 2020

In my old West Virginian hometown, it wasn’t uncommon to see Trump flags flying on the tailgates of trucks. Growing up in a deep red state, I was accustomed to most people assuming a similar political identity. Although many of my new friends in Pennsylvania presume that political divides must be everywhere,...

Amazon’s Mistreatment of Workers Must End

Amazon’s Mistreatment of Workers Must End

By Shawkin Kabir, WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL - Austin

January 21, 2020

Starting from the first development of modern technology, there have constantly been new products created to make the essential aspects of our lives easier. Gift buying or purchasing a treat for yourself is a staple of many people’s lives and has become an even faster process because of an intensifying...

Not “Just Hair”: Central Catholic High School Hair Policy

Not “Just Hair”: Central Catholic High School Hair Policy

By Dani Benavides, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

January 21, 2020

Maybe you’ve been recently sent or have seen the Change.org petition link to a trending story in our area. Nearby, Central Catholic High School has seen conflicting opinions as to what the student body is to abide by. JD Younger, a sophomore at CCHS, made the petition in hopes of lifting the ban of braids, locks, and twists implemented in the school’s policies. It has since gone viral, having almost 12,000 signatures, and ma...

It’s never too late to vaccinate

It’s never too late to vaccinate

By Jillian Moore, Coppell High School

January 17, 2020

“They have turned our children into the largest human experiment in history — all of history,”  Del Bigtree, CEO of anti-vaccination group Informed Consent Action Network, says as supporters of the anti-vaccination movement nod their heads in agreement during a New York rally. Mumps, rubella, pertussis (whooping cough), poliomyelitis (polio) and measles represent a small sampling of the many diseases with the potential to be prev...

Reece: Parchman, a prison in peril

Reece: Parchman, a prison in peril

By Davan Reece, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

January 17, 2020

Nestled between the fields and crops that decorate the Mississippi Delta rests an infamous house of horror that has become a blemish on Mississippi and America’s prison-industrial complex as a whole.  Mississippi State Penitentiary, also known as Parchman Farm, is the state’s only maximum-security...

Puerto Rico: A Small, but Strong Island (OPINION)

Puerto Rico: A Small, but Strong Island (OPINION)

By Adriana James-Rodil, Academy of the Holy Names

January 17, 2020

Beginning on Dec. 28, 2019, with a M 4.7 earthquake, the residents of Puerto Rico have felt multiple earthquakes and aftershocks for the past several weeks. While in Puerto Rico visiting family in December and early January, I too felt a small, sudden, and quick shake in the town of Utuado. However,...

Just Another Gen Z Thing

Just Another Gen Z Thing

By Anjana Suresh, North Allegheny Senior High School

January 17, 2020

The start of a new year, especially the beginning of a new decade, is often associated with feelings of hope, promise, and the chance to begin anew. But not everyone is in such a good mood this time around. Just a few days into 2020, I opened my phone to a CNN article notification reading, “Your mental health in 2020: divisive politics, work s...

Cheating Is An Epidemic In Schools Across The US

Cheating Is An Epidemic In Schools Across The US

By Srilekha Cherukuvada, WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL - Austin

January 17, 2020

Cheating has always been an epidemic in schools across the United States. Unfortunately, because it is hidden beneath the wraps and people refuse to acknowledge it, the stigma around cheating has never changed. In recent years, cheating has dramatically increased, making it near impossible to combat....

Opinion: Missouri voters should remember GOP gerrymandering

Opinion: Missouri voters should remember GOP gerrymandering

By Alex Rozar, Lafayette High School

January 17, 2020

Thomas Hofeller worked from the shadows for nearly five decades. His job: manipulating Congressional districts in several states, including Missouri, to give the Republican Party an edge at the federal and state level. “Redistricting is like an election in reverse,” he once boasted at a conference for state legislators. “Usually the voters get to pick ...

An “Astro”nomically bad decision

An “Astro”nomically bad decision

By Joe Flynn, Delaware Valley Regional High School

January 16, 2020

Recently the Astros were accused of using cameras and a trash can to "bang" signals to the batters concerning upcoming pitches. The MLB commissioner, Robert Manfred, investigated the accusations and found enough evidence to prove that the Astros cheated. The penalties were harsh, but in my opinion,...

Varsity Athletes Have Proven Themselves Enough

Varsity Athletes Have Proven Themselves Enough

By Mandy Sisul, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School

January 16, 2020

Extreme fatigue. Overuse injuries. Constant soreness. Feeling overwhelmed. Playing a sport in high school while trying to balance school work and a social life is incredibly challenging. For varsity athletes, they are asked to dedicate six days per week and the majority of their free time in...

Global leaders fail to embody leadership qualities

Global leaders fail to embody leadership qualities

By Lea George, The American School in London

January 16, 2020

Defining leadership is one of the most important topics that high schoolers have to learn. We face countless applications for summer programs, colleges and other organizations which ask why we believe we embody the values of leadership. We perform leadership activities at school to promote bonding...

Ivy leagues are overhyped

Ivy leagues are overhyped

By Emma Johnson, Blue Valley Northwest High School

January 16, 2020

Ivy League fever has swept the nation with these schools reaching a record number of applications and the lowest acceptance rates in their histories. This leaves people to go to extremes to get in. For one family, that was paying $1.2 million in order to make their daughter a fake athletic profile so...

No News is Not Good News

No News is Not Good News

By Jonathan Ross, North Allegheny Senior High School

January 15, 2020

As clocks anxiously ticked toward midnight across the eastern seaboard of the United States, optimistically ushering in a new decade, Washington D.C.’s Newseum closed its doors for the final time. The museum, a beacon for the history and perpetuation of free speech, was sold--the Freedom Forum, the...

Opinion: We need more than climate strikes

Opinion: We need more than climate strikes

By Atharva Weling, Wayland High School

January 14, 2020

September 2019 was a record-breaking month in more than one way. Global temperatures were the highest ever recorded during the month of September since the federal government began collecting data 140 years ago, at nearly a full degree Celsius higher than the average for the 20th century. It's a blatan...

Moving to the center has led to the failure of the Democratic Party.

Moving to the center has led to the failure of the Democratic Party.

By Marco Rivero, Metea Valley High School

January 14, 2020

The representative of California’s 12th District and Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi historically led the Democratic-majority House of Representatives and formally impeached President Donald Trump. In her speech prior to the House vote on impeaching President Trump, Pelosi stated that “It is a...

Stop forcing kids into AP

Stop forcing kids into AP

By Pathfinder Editorial Board, Parkway West High School

January 14, 2020

Last semester, my AP English Language and Composition class was instructed to complete a survey regarding access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses. After a slew of leading questions expressing the perceived benefits of the AP program, the survey asked about the effectiveness of various persuasion techniques,...

Claire’s Corner: Don’t say never mind

Claire’s Corner: Don’t say never mind

By Claire Clements, Coppell High School

January 14, 2020

Have you ever been left out of an inside joke? You’re with a group of friends, and they’re all laughing about some joke that you do not understand. It hurts, right? Or maybe it is not super hurtful, but annoying. But imagine instead of an inside joke, it’s just a regular joke anyone can understand,...

Opinion: We need to address the privacy concerns about personal DNA testing

Opinion: We need to address the privacy concerns about personal DNA testing

By Rebekah Yahner, Foothill Technology High School

January 13, 2020

What’s not to love about personal DNA ancestry testing through companies like 23andMe. All you have to do is spit in a little vial, sign away the rights to your genetic privacy, then ship off your DNA to who knows where and anxiously await the results! All jokes aside, we need to have a serious...

Banning guns is not a panacea

Banning guns is not a panacea

By Julia Kay Smith, McCallum High School

January 13, 2020

As a high school student in the United States, I know it’s out of the question to strip citizens of their Second Amendment right to own firearms. Prying military style assault rifles from the cold and clammy claws of the far right crypt that is President Donald Trump’s administration has become a...

A Plea for Authenticity

A Plea for Authenticity

By Kristen Kinzler, North Allegheny Senior High School

January 13, 2020

I am not one of Harry Styles’s 25.7 million Instagram followers. I don’t ever plan to be, not because I hold a personal vendetta against One Direction, but simply because I have no interest. However, almost every time Harry Styles posts, a majority of the girls I follow share the picture on their...

Column: Turning hate to love

Column: Turning hate to love

By Anna Velazquez, Lewisville High School - TX

January 10, 2020

“You’re not my daughter.” Those words ring in my head over and over again, each time with an extra sting to them. My hands shake and I feel a sharp pain in my heart as tears cloud my vision. I try my best to hold them back but the emotions are overwhelming and I can’t. Anger. Sadnes...

Americanized: “Banana”

Americanized: “Banana”

By Sally Cho, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

January 10, 2020

A “banana” is a term used for Asian people who are considered to have abandoned their Asian cultural identity to adopt a Western cultural identity.  When I was 7, my parents and I left our home country of South Korea and travelled 6,000 miles to the U.S. The prospect of starting a new life i...

Stepping Up: Community Needs to Help Fill Gap Created By New SNAP Rules

Stepping Up: Community Needs to Help Fill Gap Created By New SNAP Rules

By Mary Loeb, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School

January 9, 2020

Over the past year, the Trump Administration proposed three rules that would tighten restrictions for those who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, and ultimately cut millions from receiving food stamps from the government. Now, even after accumulating more than 140,000...

Increased Voter Turnout: Why We Should Lower the Voting Age

Increased Voter Turnout: Why We Should Lower the Voting Age

By Keira McDonald, Lakeland Regional High School

January 8, 2020

Our current political system is failing my generation: and the way things are going, it is damning my future.  The idea of changing the voting age is not new, nor is it radical. This is because the voting-rights circle is continually expanding in order to combat restrictions based on race, gender,...

Bugay: Three lessons I learned from the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference

Bugay: Three lessons I learned from the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference

By LeAnne Bugay, Bellevue West Senior High School

January 8, 2020

Six months ago, nervous, alone, and sweaty, I boarded a plane to represent the state of Nebraska at the 2019 Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference in Washington D.C. The annual conference is a week-long, all expenses-paid trip that teaches one rising senior from every state and the District...

“What College You Go to Doesn’t Matter”

“What College You Go to Doesn’t Matter”

By Grace Ellis, Rhinebeck High School

January 7, 2020

“And which colleges have you applied to?” For the next two minutes I talk around the question. I mumble and tug at a loose thread in my sweater. I laugh nervously and throw out a few vague descriptors: east coast, small to medium, liberal arts. Perhaps sensing my unease, our dog trainer turns...

Letter to the editor: York must silence America’s most hurtful word

Letter to the editor: York must silence America’s most hurtful word

By Black Student Union, York Community High School

January 7, 2020

Some may recall a survey on thisisyork.org in January 2019 regarding the use of the  N-Word. This survey was quickly taken down due to its offensive nature and failure to obtain the voice of York’s African American population in the creation of the survey.   York’s Black Student Union, a club...

Unlevel Playing Field

Unlevel Playing Field

By Magdalena Laughrey, North Allegheny Senior High School

January 7, 2020

When I was in elementary school, I remember always dreaming of the day I would play a sport in high school. Back then, high school athletes seemed like mini-celebrities whom I could not wait to become. They had it all: cool black and gold uniforms proudly brandishing the NA logo, shiny new equipment,...

Would You Rather Do it or See it?

Would You Rather Do it or See it?

By Ruchi Sankolli, Cedar Park High School

January 7, 2020

In their later years of school, students learn to dissect animals in their biology classes in order to get a closer look at how the body systems of different beings are structured and how they function. For example, when the students are dissecting a heart, they can feel the valves and see the difference...

Not All Asians Look the Same

Not All Asians Look the Same

By Emme Perencevich, Iowa City High School

January 7, 2020

Facial recognition is a vital factor of human interaction. However, there’s one variable that can cause this function to falter. Most commonly referred to as “the cross-race effect” or “own-race bias,” cross-racial identification is when one tends to be less able to recognize individuals of...

Staff Editorial: Dating in High School is Hard. Being Queer Makes it Harder

Staff Editorial: Dating in High School is Hard. Being Queer Makes it Harder

By Shoshie Hemley, Iowa City High School

January 7, 2020

High school is one of the most important times of our lives. It’s where we truly mature and find who we are. It is a turning point between child and adult. One of the most significant milestones in this process of coming of age is falling in love. High school is where most people have their first relationship—but...

Disney: The most magical…monopoly?

Disney: The most magical…monopoly?

By Elizabeth Niemiec, Patchogue-Medford High School

January 6, 2020

When one thinks of the Walt Disney Company, images of Cinderella’s castle, Mickey Mouse, and feelings of overwhelming nostalgia may wash over you. People like being happy, and Disney makes people happy. Millions flock to movie theaters every time a new (or perhaps, more recently: remake) Disney movie...

My experience getting through a loss during the holidays

My experience getting through a loss during the holidays

By Victoria Gasca, Coronado High School - El Paso

January 6, 2020

"Five. Four. Three. Two. One. Happy New Year!" the television blared from another room. Ever since I was a small child, I could not wait until the day when I could finally make it to midnight without falling asleep. Last year was a different story. When the countdown rang throughout the otherwise...

The Riches of Religion

The Riches of Religion

By Shoshie Hemley, Iowa City High School

January 6, 2020

A few weeks ago, I was brought to a superchurch against my will. I was staying with the family friend of a family friend in Chicago. Before we had left that morning, I was told I was going to have “a life-changing experience.” I had no idea what it was, but once we were out the door on our way to...

Staff Editorial: Managing Microaggressions

Staff Editorial: Managing Microaggressions

By Shoshie Hemley, Iowa City High School

January 6, 2020

“‘She’s feisty. I like them when they’re feisty,’” City High English teacher Jennifer Brinkmeyer heard as she walked away from a student she was supervising for testing after she asked him to be on task. Along with experiencing other microaggressions, Brinkmeyer is used to having male students...

Equal Rights Amendment ratification fundamental to democracy

Equal Rights Amendment ratification fundamental to democracy

By Sophie Casey '20, Staples High School

January 6, 2020

I first learned of the Equal Rights Amendment as a relic of history. In the room of my sophomore American history class, I committed to memory not only the sequence of presidents and a timeline of war, but also our country’s inability to ensure equality on the basis of sex. The Equal Rights Amendment...

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