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Wait…You’re Asian?

Wait…You’re Asian?

By Alison Kenaston and Emme Perencevich

January 22, 2019


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When you grow up in a mixed-race household hearing many different languages, eating many different foods, and experiencing many different cultures, even many different religions, you become a blend of all these different things. For us, being American-born Asian-Europeans means that nobody quite knows...

Invisible

Invisible

By Rin Swann, North Allegheny Senior High School

January 18, 2019


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Earlier this week, I received a letter from the administration reminding me, in hard black letters, that I had missed more than 18 days of school and, in the future, I will need a doctor’s excuse for all other missed days. This letter went in the trash with all the other junk mail. I have received...

All Voices Matter: separating art from the artist

All Voices Matter: separating art from the artist

By Aviance Pritchett, Liberty High School

January 17, 2019


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A six-episode docuseries revolving R&B singer R. Kelly and the allegations against him recently debuted on Lifetime. To many, especially the older generation, this wasn’t anything new, from him being 27-years-old and marrying 15-year-old R&B princess Aaliyah Haughton to the rumors of him ru...

“Kids these days”: why older people should stop judging our generation as lazy

“Kids these days”: why older people should stop judging our generation as lazy

By Shivi Sharma, Coppell High School

January 17, 2019


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As long as the Earth continues to turn, older generations will continue to look down upon their posterity, maybe with a look of disgust or a cliche “In my day…”. Though such thoughts are often expressed in agitation, it is important to look at the significance behind them. Are we really...

Do what you are good at

Do what you are good at

By Nicolas Reyes, Coppell High School

January 17, 2019


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As a kid, I was always clad in Spiderman shirts garnished with hints of mud and paired with scattered marker stains and scraped knees. I wanted to be many things. For one, taller. Maybe an astronaut. Then, one day, I went home and proclaimed I would be a painter. With a smug little grin, I presented...

Beauty from within

Beauty from within

By Umama Suriya, Coppell High School

January 16, 2019


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Society.It tells you that a perfect girl needs to be skinny like a twig, have pronounced curves and wear layers of makeup to cover the scars and acne naturally on her face. Who made society this way? Why is the ideal and perfect girl the most beautiful? I am a short, average-weighted girl with g...

Kat Von D “Underage Red” lip shade scandal and society’s dangerous “Lolita complex”

Kat Von D “Underage Red” lip shade scandal and society’s dangerous “Lolita complex”

By Eve Katz, Summerville High School

January 15, 2019


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The “Lolita complex” is most popularly discussed in Japan, but many are quick to overlook its existence in American society as well. The complex refers to the sexual attraction, usually by older males, to much younger, often underage, females. American TV shows and movies such as Riverdale and Twilight...

Pep rally skit decision made without considering compromise

Pep rally skit decision made without considering compromise

By Liz Iaconis, Londonderry High School

January 14, 2019


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The Mack Plaque pep rally this past fall might’ve been the worst in LHS history. This event leading up to the most anticipated weekend of the year for Lancer athletics lacked spirit and put many students in extremely uncomfortable situations. But now, five months later, the repercussions of this...

Popularity over success: uneven support in sports

Popularity over success: uneven support in sports

By Carter Smith, Carlisle High School

January 11, 2019


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When it comes to watching high school sports, there are two clear favorites: football and basketball. While these sports may be the most popular among students, staff, and members of the community, it doesn’t always mean that the sports are successful. In 2017, the CHS football team finished with...

Disconnected

Disconnected

By Caterina Tomassini, Wayland High School

January 10, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

A simple ring of a phone call, text message or Snapchat has the power to make a person stop in their tracks to respond, look down from their steering wheel and grow anxious not knowing who is trying to contact them. As a matter of fact, 95% of texts are read within three minutes of being sent. About a year ago, I decid...

Students Burdened by the College Board

Students Burdened by the College Board

By Bridgette Lang, Southern Lehigh High School

January 9, 2019


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If you are a sophomore, you may be planning to take the PSAT or an AP test in the near future. As a junior, you may register for the PSAT, SAT, AP tests, or even some SAT subject tests. Seniors can take a final round of SAT and AP tests. All of these exams are administered and created by a single organization:...

Southern Lehigh’s Grading System Must Change

Southern Lehigh’s Grading System Must Change

By Saskia Van’t Hof, Southern Lehigh High School

January 9, 2019


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As students reach the middle of the school year, their frustration over grades echoes through the halls. It’s not just Southern Lehigh – all across the country, teens’ anxiety over school is becoming an epidemic. A survey from October 2018 by the American Psychological Association finds that on average, te...

The Case Against Harvard

The Case Against Harvard

By Amanda Lu, North Allegheny Senior High School

January 8, 2019


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College hysteria is a real problem for seniors across America. What used to be considered free time is now filled up with Common Application tweaks, transcript requests, and freak-outs over the test scores we can't improve or the bad grades we can't change.  Fortunately (and for some, unfortunately),...

The Hidden and Observant Ear of Technology

The Hidden and Observant Ear of Technology

By Ethan Jayne, Santaluces

January 7, 2019


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Since the revolutionary breakthrough of modern technology, concerns haven arisen about personal security and privacy. Fears of what can happen to a persons identity arose with the rise of social media. Cyberbullying has started to grow, identity thieves can access personal information in more ways than...

The Diminishing Role of Letter Writing in a Digital World

The Diminishing Role of Letter Writing in a Digital World

By Elizabeth Niemiec, Patchogue-Medford High School

January 7, 2019


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It’s 2018. Today, we can communicate with anyone from around the world with a press of the "send" button.  Just 37 years after the development of the personal computer and 27 years after the invention of the internet, it seems every day we progress in developing newer and faster ways of communicating...

A Day in the Life of the Cast Aside

A Day in the Life of the Cast Aside

By Sofia Puerto, Clayton High School

January 7, 2019


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Why do we do this to ourselves? We live in a generation where all of the world’s knowledge is at the click of a button for us, and we continuously make mistakes in etiquette when calling someone the right name or their prefered pronouns. Are we too afraid to ask? Do we not want to get caught looking...

Blast from the past: Resurgence of 80’s Fashion

Blast from the past: Resurgence of 80’s Fashion

By Kathleen O'Neill, Carlisle High School

January 7, 2019


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80’s fashion is coming back and in a big way. Teens and young adults everywhere are looking to their parent’s high school pictures for outfit inspiration and the fashion industry is here for it. The trend has slowly come back into fashion, stating in 2015 with the return of the lumberjack look,...

Revisiting 2018: “Year of the Woman”

Revisiting 2018: “Year of the Woman”

By Riya Bindlish, Dougherty Valley High School

January 4, 2019


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2018 has officially been declared the second “Year of the Woman,” with a record-breaking 102 women in Congress thus far and pending elections possibly increasing that number. 1992 was the previous “Year of the Woman,” seen as the first major rise in the number of women in Congress. However, wit...

My culture shock at the dinner table

My culture shock at the dinner table

By David Villani, Walt Whitman High School

January 4, 2019


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I’ve seen a lot of weird things in this country since I moved here from Italy. The constant optimism and cheerfulness, the intense patriotism, the freezing air conditioning in the summer and overpowering heating in the winter—all these things are still bizarre to me. But there’s one American quirk...

I Don’t Know What My College Major Should Be. And That’s Okay.

I Don’t Know What My College Major Should Be. And That’s Okay.

By Alicia DeMar, Santaluces

December 28, 2018


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As a senior in high school, you would think that I have an idea of what my major will be in college. But I have no clue. And honestly, do I need to know? Growing up, I went through many phases of “things I want to be when I grow up”. I wanted be a professional gymnast but my height said otherwise....

Pop Tart Taste Test

Pop Tart Taste Test

By Irene Yannakakis and Anna Pavlisin

December 28, 2018


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1. Wildlicious Wild Berry (3/10) Moving along to our last place contender, the Wildlicious Wild Berry. Before trying this Pop Tart, we had high hopes because we were expecting a sweet berry flavor, but that is not at all what we got. The Pop Tart tasted similar to a sour grape flavor, so we were ...

An art school or a school with art?

An art school or a school with art?

By Aiya Hunter, Grand Center Arts Academy

December 28, 2018


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I think being a professional artist requires several key components, a few being; knowing your talents, understanding the business, training, experience, and patience. At school I am a student and actor, yet, I haven’t been offered classes that focus on how to help me manage the acting world outside...

We are not your enemy

We are not your enemy

By Anjali Huynh, West High School

December 28, 2018


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The gunshots ringing through the newsroom at the Capital Gazette this past summer struck more than five fatal victims. Those shots ignited fear in the hearts of every working or aspiring journalist in the country as this horrific event confirmed our worst fears: the war on the media was no longer a verbal...

Santa who? Senior recounts her less-than-merry Christmases

Santa who? Senior recounts her less-than-merry Christmases

By Janice Asabere, Watkins Mill High School

December 27, 2018


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Having a broken home doesn’t hit you until this time of the year. The holidays are family-oriented. Only seeing half of that can be depressing. My parents got divorced when I was in the second grade. I was seven years old. After that, the whole dynamic of my family changed. I was continuously confused...

Op-Ed: Ode to the ceremonial mayor

Op-Ed: Ode to the ceremonial mayor

By Sam Hosmer, Carlmont High School

December 27, 2018


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Things are different in San Carlos. None of the three incumbents whose seats were up this year chose to run for re-election, so council gadflies can no longer enjoy the perennially confused quasi-libertarian dissents of Matt Grocott nor the judicious parliamentary procedure of Lord Mayor Bob Grassilli....

“Unsafe, Vulnerable, and Belittled”: The Legal Rights of Transgender Students

“Unsafe, Vulnerable, and Belittled”: The Legal Rights of Transgender Students

By Aiiden Robinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

December 27, 2018


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As a transgender male, I worry every day about losing my life because of being who I am, and some of my biggest worries have come from other students, and even some teachers, at my school. Students don’t realize that when I walk the hallways I hear them whispering things like “Pinocchio” and...

A 15-Year-Old-Girl’s View On Brett Kavanaugh

A 15-Year-Old-Girl’s View On Brett Kavanaugh

By Abigail Gallen, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

December 26, 2018


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Every woman in America is furious. And if some are not, they will be. If Brett Kavanaugh is named a Supreme Court Justice, a judge on the highest court of the land, every woman will cry. And every husband, brother, and friend will watch them, and maybe some of them will cry too. Justices on the Supreme...

At the End of Your Rope

At the End of Your Rope

By Nina Cinca, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy

December 26, 2018


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Life is a constant competition. We compete at everything we do and the vicious cycle is never-ending. Teenagers compete against one another to get into college, athletes compete against rivalry teams to win the championship, students compete against each other to win the title of valedictorian in high...

As a Family, We Grieve Together

As a Family, We Grieve Together

By Haylee Brewer, John F. Kennedy High School

December 21, 2018


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In devastating news, we lost one of our own. Kennedy mathematics teacher, Rick Nees has passed away from a tragic car collision in Fort Collins, Colorado on Thanksgiving morning. When students returned to school on Nov. 26., many were upset and grieving. Nees had a large impact on students, he will be...

iPads Broaden the Way We Learn, But They Are Also a Huge Distraction

iPads Broaden the Way We Learn, But They Are Also a Huge Distraction

By Olivia Galbraith, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory

December 21, 2018


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Writing an essay digitally, doing online research, giving a presentation with a digital aid, and turning in homework with the click of a button—the benefits of technology in classrooms are plenty. Having iPads in classrooms broadens the ways students can learn, for the better. However, speaking...

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