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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Accommodations for my ADHD have led people to dismiss my abilities, and hearing this so often prevented me from acknowledging my own accomplishments. Over time, I have proven my strength to myself and realized accommodations do not discount my effort.

Opinion: Taking my time

By Malley O'Carroll, Hebron High School May 20, 2022

An engineer. This was the response I gave my 11th grade teacher after she asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. In response, she told me I would never be able to accomplish this because I have accommodations...

Although we hear it every day, we dont think how self-deprecating humor affects our mental health. Journaling and writing your emotions down can help deal with low self-esteem that might be causing self-deprecating humor.

No laughing matter

By Janell Lim, Hagerty High School May 20, 2022

“I suck at math, I’m gonna fail this test.”  “I literally look so bad in this, I’m so ugly.”  “I’m so sick of this, I’m literally gonna kill myself.”  Words of self-deprecation,...

Octopus illustration from BHS junior, Geo, for octopus farm debate

New octopus farm in Spain sparks moral debate

By Meghan Shelley, Bernards High School May 20, 2022

In recent years, pushback against the unethical conditions animals endure in the meat and dairy industry has been greater than ever. Despite this, these industries continue to flourish, and even expand....

Sandvall and her mom reading the paper at the kitchen table.

Mother’s Day without a mom: year two

By Jada Sandvall, Lincoln High School May 18, 2022

Another year has passed, and I still hate Mother’s Day. Although I have learned to appreciate all the hugs from my friends when I miss her most and the pieces of advice I have accumulated, something...

Black curly hair has been looked down upon in professional spaces for being too unruly or distracting.

My Struggle with Black Hair in the Professional Space

By Olivia Payne, Academy of the Holy Names May 17, 2022

It’s too big. It’s too frizzy. It doesn’t lay down “normally” like it’s supposed to. Everybody else thinks it’s ugly. My life would be better if I didn’t have it. This is how I used to...

The Universe, as Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene sees it. Lenny the Jewish Space Lizard shoots lasers out of his eyes as he terrorizes the Earth.

Opinion: Re-imagining the Holocaust curriculum as a solution to contemporary antisemitism

By Lila Ettedgui-Scott, Foothill Technology High School May 17, 2022

Teachers have the unique ability to impact the prejudices of an entire generation by the way that they teach history. By refining how they teach about the Holocaust within units dedicated to human rights...

With differences in socialization and lived experiences, people of different genders inevitably encounter differences and disagreements. However, people should never use these differences as leverage to discredit and disrespect an entire gender.

Stop saying “All Men”

By Jenny Loveland, North Cobb High School May 16, 2022

“All men are trash.” This short and dismissive phrase, commonly found floating among people of all genders as they air their complaints about men, shows a mindset that has taken hold in certain branches...

Roman Sompolinski and his wife, Masza, in the displaced persons camp.

Roman Sompolinski: The Untold Story of a Holocaust Survivor

By Ava Schnipper, Scarsdale High School May 16, 2022

***Trigger Warning: article contains some graphic descriptions that some may find disturbing.*** His name at birth was Riven Sompolinski. He was born on January 3, 1923, in Zgierz, Poland, a business...

Were here, were queer, get used to it, was a common slogan used in the 90s during pride rallies.

One step forward, two steps back

By Melody Cui and Mikaylah Du May 12, 2022

In 2022 alone, there have already been more than 200 anti-LGBTQ+ bills proposed, with about half targeting transgender individuals and most revolving around healthcare, sports equality or education. Following...

These top six companies control 90% of the media in the United States.

The Big Six’s big media game

By Mira Nalbandian, Parkway West High School May 12, 2022

Just 37 years ago, there were 50 companies in charge of most American media. Now, 90% of the media in the United States is controlled by just six corporations: AT&T, CBS, Comcast, Disney, Newscorp...

At Metea, 63% of students in the class of 2021 went to a four-year institution and 36% went to a two-year or technical school. However, that does not mean that success can not be achieved on other pathways.

College Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction

By Katrina Viloria, Metea Valley High School May 11, 2022

In a few weeks, over 700 seniors are graduating in Metea’s class of 2022. Some may enlist in the military. But most students will attend a four-year university, and many of them will take on thousands...

Due to Boulders increased rate of fentanyl-related deaths, Colorados Good Samaritan laws, which let people have some immunity from substance laws when reporting on overdoses, have never been more relevant.

Drug Education Needs a Rewrite

By Hannah Cohen, Boulder High School May 11, 2022

In fifth grade, my teacher gave a standard lesson on the danger of drugs. Gathering the class around the table, she told us a scenario about standing outside the Boulder Public Library. When she asked...

Principal donors Franklin and Sandra Yee stand outside the beloved cabin Sandras father bought in 1953.

Small steps on the road to recognition: Yosemite honors contribution of Chinese immigrants to the park’s creation

By Sarah Yee, Granite Bay High School May 10, 2022

Among the world's nineteenth century rush to  California were the flocks of Chinese immigrants who chased their golden American dream of opportunity...

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Op-Ed: Environmental Actions Speak Louder Than Words

By Evan Michaeli, Brimmer and May School May 10, 2022

Actions Speak Louder Than Words Politicians seem to push for a greener world, but their actions don’t say so. Enter keywords .sh_embed { position: relative; height:...

Casual racism, the model minority stereotype, and an overall lack of support in school is troubling to Asian American students.

Casual racism and the model minority myth: why schools must better serve Asian students

By Caleb Stipkovits, Minneapolis South High School May 9, 2022

I believe the Asian American experience in school cannot be defined by one encounter. My personal stories and analysis of school could be completely different from other Asian Americans. Each experience...

Before simply changing your profile picture to the Ukrainian flag ask yourself- why am I doing this?

6,042 miles.

By Shield editorial board , McCallum High School May 6, 2022

As war rages and images of crying children and dead civilians flash across television screens, newspapers and social media feeds, Ukraine has become associated with tragedy. Faced with inhumanity, people...

Teacher Appreciation Week honors and recognizes teachers for all their hard work and lasting impacts they leave on their students.

Life as a Teacher: Undervalued and Unappreciated

By Hailey Vanish, Tyrone Area High School May 5, 2022

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, a time for teachers to be recognized for their hard work and dedication. Whether helping them with their homework, showing compassion, supporting goals, believing...

In the midst of a new wave of anti-trans and LGBTQ+ legislation around the country, the lack of information about recent equity trainings in Loudoun County has led to backlash and conversations over their importance. The discussions include questions on the impact of staff completing equity training and incorporating understandings about topics such as gender identity into classrooms on students’ education.

Opinion: Education vs. Equity and the LGBTQ+ Community

By Megan Langsam, Rock Ridge High School May 4, 2022

Across the U.S., the rights of LGBTQ+ students are facing unrelenting discrimination and restrictions, continuing to fuel debates on everything from life-saving healthcare to respecting students’ identities.  ...

People often assume others racial identity based on preconceived notions surrounding their physical appearance.

White passing

By Anna Jerolimov, Monta Vista High School April 29, 2022

In seventh grade, I had a conversation with one of my white classmates about where we would like to live in the future. On the topic of racial diversity as a factor, the classmate glanced around at our...

Gas prices in Minnesota have spiked following Russias invasion of Ukraine. The price pictured, .67 per gallon, is well below the state average.

Global Energy Crisis Highlights the Need to Go Green

By Aidan Marks, Benilde-St. Margaret's School April 28, 2022

For the past two months, the world has been held captive by news of Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine. Not only has this war validated concerns about Vladimir Putin’s willingness to use lethal...

Rosie Terry and her dad watching the sunrise on their vacation to the Outer Banks.

Finding the Grace in Grief

By Rosie Terry, Liberty High School - North Liberty, Iowa April 26, 2022

“Time heals all wounds” is a phrase that so many of us have heard in our life, especially when something traumatic has happened. These four words have been expressed to me time and time again by an...

Me wearing my yellow cap and gown, ready to graduate kindergarten.

Opinion: Being the first in my family to attend college in America

By Bruna Horvath, Fossil Ridge High School April 26, 2022

Whenever discussions about college arise during family dinners, I always ask my dad, “If you could go to any college in the United States, which one would you want to go to?” and he always responds...

Despite the arguments for and against changing to daylight saving time year-round, right now, it is not an option due to federal law, which requires states to either continue with the biannual time change or stay on standard time. Currently, Arizona, with the exception of the Navajo Nation, and Hawaii are the only two states which observe standard time for the full year.

Standardize sleep with year round standard time

By Margaret Cartee, The Harker Upper School April 26, 2022

Although daylight saving time started on March 13, I still feel the after effects much later — my sleep cycle has not adjusted to the forward shift yet. Unfortunately, I still have to wake up at the...

The United States’ influence, while not entirely harmful, often contributes to unequal economic relations.

Imperialism: America’s Double Standard

By Andrew Clair, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School April 25, 2022

The conflict in Ukraine has sparked conversations on a subject that has defined the modern age: imperialism. While the annexation of neighboring territories brings to mind the most obvious forms of...

Many students spend large amounts of time and money preparing for  standardized tests.

Tried, Tested, Untrusted

By Sam Podnar, North Allegheny Senior High School April 25, 2022

In May of 2019, the College Board made a controversial announcement. It unveiled the Environmental Context Dashboard, colloquially known as the adversity score, to address widespread racial and socioeconomic...

Junior Madi Michajliczenko poses with yellow and blue light shining on her, representative of her family’s history in Ukraine. When her family immigrated, they decided to assimilate, causing Michajliczenko to know little about her past culture in Ukraine.

Lost to assimilation

By Madi Michajliczenko, Parkway West High School April 21, 2022

M-i-c-h-a-j-l-i-c-z-e-n-k-o. I spent time learning to print each letter and its order before I knew what my last name meant. It took me longer than others. After all, a typical last name doesn’t have...

The Spanish retail titan Zara has been a pioneer of the tactics used by fast fashion retailers to multiply profits.

Hanging by a Thread

By Sophie Lu, North Allegheny Senior High School April 21, 2022

A Costly Bargain Spring has officially sprung, and along with the blossoming flowers and trees, the runways and catwalks are also sprouting with new fashions galore. But the climate in which these...

Portraits of the eight people I interviewed during my four day stay in New York City.

The humans I met in New York

By Krish Dev, Monta Vista High School April 20, 2022

It had been more than two years since the last time I had been on a plane, but after finding a ticket to New York City for $70 and having some time to kill, I booked a four day adventure. I boarded the...

The inequitable coverage and difference in government responses are not easily simplified, but are at least partly a result of western double standards and racism, desensitization, a comparative lack of civil society as well as self-interest.

Is the media coverage of Ukraine unfair?

By Jason Shan and Deeksha Raj April 19, 2022

The age-old institution of war — which recently ignited ardent public outcry due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine — has in fact been an ongoing conflict for decades even prior to the invasion. The...

HAIR DYE DISTRACTION: Rosemary Vrazel sits on her living room couch for a picture after dying her hair.
She dyed it to bring something positive to a day with particularly bad flare-ups and pain.

Invisible Disabilities

By Rachel Vrazel, Francis Howell Central High School April 15, 2022

Disability. When you read that word, you probably think of athletes in wheelchairs playing basketball, or children walking through halls with paras, or inspirational stories about a blind person navigating...

One of the best ways to support gender nonconforming students is by respecting pronouns and names.

Editorial: Take steps to affirm pronouns

By Epic Staff, Lynbrook High School - CA April 15, 2022

Amid rising tensions surrounding Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill barring sexual and gender orientation topics from being discussed in schools, it is more important than ever to ensure that Lynbrook’s...

“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury serves as commentary to warn against censorship; the title itself corresponds to the degree at which a book burns. It is being censored by parents who clearly missed the point of Bradbury’s dystopian novel, raising the question if people who challenged it even finished the book.

The War on Books

By Makena Senzon, Dreyfoos School of the Arts April 14, 2022

Short on time? Listen to this story on Soundcloud.  “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.” ― Stephen...

With the growing use of social media by celebrities allowing fans to see into their lives, there has been an increase of parasocial relationships in teenagers. The Sidekick staff writer Saniya Koppikar thinks fans shouldn’t expect anything more from celebrities than what they display to the public.

Celebrities are not your friends

By Saniya Koppikar, Coppell High School April 14, 2022

The screen lights up blue in the darkness of the room, excitement flaring as the notification pings red announcing a midnight music drop. Sleep doesn’t matter tonight, right? After hours upon hours...

Podcasts, docuseries and books alike comprise the vast true crime genre. However, its worth taking into account the adverse mental and emotional effects this content can take.

True crime takes criminal toll on psychological health

By Mahika Sharma, Chantilly High School April 13, 2022

Eerie music plays behind grainy surveillance footage of a figure fleeing through a parking lot until, suddenly, the clip cuts out—only to be replaced with a photo of the same scene splattered in blood....

Amazon’s return policy inevitably makes climate conservation efforts regress.

Amazon’s return policy saves money at the expense of our environment

By Shreyas Sambara, Akilesh Kale, and Nidhay Mahavadi April 13, 2022

Since the beginning of the pandemic, online shopping on Amazon has become a staple of daily life. Whether it’s clothing, fresh groceries or electronics, you’ve undoubtedly seen an endless stream of...

While ballet is no longer a part of my life, I still see a ballerina in the mirror.

Slipping into the toxic culture of ballet

By Stephanie Solomon, Walt Whitman High School April 13, 2022

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to negative body image and eating disorders. The reflection in the mirror wasn’t mine. Staring at this altered image of myself, I placed...

Since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war on February 24, Ukraine has been able to fight back against the aggressor, which Rudy Tabachnik, first-generation Ukrainian-American senior, believes is not only due to foreign aid. “It’s also definitely the resilience of the people. If theres one thing thats true, its that the people that are fighting there are fighting, and they are fighting for their country. The Ukrainians passed a law in the beginning days of the war that able-bodied men 16 to 60 need to stay there and fight, so I think that there are a whole bunch of factors as to why theyve lasted this long, but I think Russia didnt expect whats going on. To a degree, I think that they really didnt expect the amount of resilience coming from the Ukrainian people.”

Living in a nightmare

By Sasha Kek, Lake Zurich High School April 12, 2022

The Russian-Ukrainian war may be 5,300 miles away, but the conflict there is hitting home here, as it puts families and friends of LZHS’s Ukrainian-American students in direct danger. As a first-generation...

The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has created a surge of social media posts at a level arguably never seen before. However, its crucial to note the benefits as well as the detriments of mass exposure during the era of technology.

Social media acts as both threat and aid in the Russia-Ukraine war

By Nick Landler, The American School in London April 12, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February has driven the Western world into chaos nearly a month after its outset. While the topic naturally dominated most media sites, social media platforms were...

While breaking news may grip you with fear of catastrophic thoughts that leads to endless checking of news, it is important to remind ourselves that news coverage is purposefully written in a more tense way at times. “You have to understand that what youre consuming is a product thats sold by a company that has an agenda,” senior Adam Mabsout said. “And that agenda does not align with your best interest, so you have to take that into account whenever you consume news.”

When the News Gets Overwhelming, It’s Okay to Take a Break

By Grace Baek and Tyler Kim April 12, 2022

You know it when it happens. The sensation of receiving a barrage of alerts and texts following yet another overwhelmingly tragic news event has become cemented in the public consciousness. Particularly...

The respect we give to the American flag doesnt match what our country has done for us.

Can’t Stand For This

By Alyx Goldensoph, Kennedy High School - IA April 12, 2022

Ever since kindergarten, at around 7:55 in the morning, the click of the announcement speakers would indicate the beginning of the day. Like clockwork, we would stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Now,...

The need to address our failing prison system begins with acknowledging its sinister practices and history.

The problem with prisons

By Isaiah Dupree, Rancocas Valley Regional High School April 12, 2022

America currently holds more prisoners than any other country in the world, with just over two million people. Prisons, policing and funding for these institutions are often justified under the notion...

By normalizing these insults and comments and allowing them to circulate, we normalize casual homophobia and ableism and allow the seeds of prejudice to grow in our environment.

Derogatory slang perpetuates prejudice

By Margaret Cartee, The Harker Upper School April 12, 2022

Standing in the lunch line outside of Manzanita Hall, I stare intently at my phone, focused on the daily Wordle puzzle. Even though I’m mostly absorbed in thought, I can make out the sound of a senior...

As Regular Decision notifications pop up on seniors phones, it is increasingly important for students to be cautious of their social media footprint.

Think Before You Post: Social Media Activity Impacts College Admissions

By Wildcat Editorial Board, Brea Olinda High School April 12, 2022

Red Solo cups filled with beer. Hands clasping bottles of Budweiser and Corona Extra.  Shot glasses scattered across kitchen counters.  Clouds of vape smoke.  Bring Your Own Drinks and “Alcohol...

Former United States Senator Saxby Chambliss speaks to the senate while in session. The filibuster is used as a way for minority parties to voice their opinions in the Senate.

Filibuster creates division in U.S. Senate

By Mikai Tasch, Stillwater Area High School April 11, 2022

The filibuster is a way for minority parties in the United States to prevent bills from passing in the U.S. Senate. Created by the Democratic Party in 1841, the intent of the filibuster was to keep extreme...

Vladimir Putin addressing a session of the state legislature on amendments to the Constitution.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine will ultimately fail

By Jonnathan Robles, Stroudsburg High School April 8, 2022

Spanish philosopher George Santayana once stated, “[t]hose who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  This lesson has presented itself various times, yet it has been ignored over...

Comments like You need to eat and You look so skinny are common forms of skinny shaming. It is important to realize that they are not compliments and can be hurtful to a thin person.

Not to be taken lightly

By Skyler Glenn, Hagerty High School April 8, 2022

You arrive at a big family reunion. It has been years since you have seen your aunts and uncles, and you have looked forward to catching up. As you walk in the door, you are greeted with a hug and a long...

Opinions editor and junior Katelyn Chu packs her epinephrine injectors (Epipens) in her backpack, after lunch. Those with severe food allergies must carry Epipens with them at all times, as the adrenaline in the shot reduces symptoms of anaphylaxis, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Personal column: stigma harms those with food allergies

By Katelyn Chu, Chantilly High School April 5, 2022

Beep beep. The microwave buzzed, signaling that my food was ready. I sat down with my bowl of maple oatmeal, exhausted from practice and online school. I took one bite and then another. Almost immediately,...

Anaphylaxis is a huge challenge the Forum’s Managing Editor, Bella Andjelkovic, faces on a daily basis.

Be Wise, Don’t Underutilize

By Bella Andjelkovic, Wilton High School - CT April 5, 2022

The worst part is doubting it yourself.  The overwhelming sensation of scratchiness in your throat, the sudden loss of appetite, the itchy tongue, the shallow breathing… Every time I feel it, I deny...

“There’s this whole societal construct that women have to dress a certain way to be respected. And then when people buy into that, not only is it making it more a thing than it ever was… it’s calling more attention to it,” junior Maggie Crimmins said.

Sexism: A Call for Accountability

By Anna Waldron and Lucy MacNeela April 4, 2022

This article contains explicit language and potentially triggering content related to sexual harassment.  Many people may define the moment you begin to mature as a woman as the day you start high...

He bought a house with land, ran a successful business, and still managed to live life to the fullest under all the stress and pain.

Column: A dreadful goodbye

By Agustina Santo Bono, Lewisville High School - TX April 4, 2022

My cheeks get hot and my vision starts to blur. I feel the tears trickle down my face, despite my efforts to stop them. I miss my father. I can’t stop thinking about holding his hand in the very last...

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