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Op-Ed: One should have been enough

In Manhattan, New York City, lies a Black Lives Matter sticker in the subway for people to see.
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By Nyah Fernandez, Archer School for Girls

June 2, 2020

How many black people need to be beaten for the system to change for black lives to matter in the world? How many innocent lives need to be lost for this to stop happening? I find myself asking these questions as I see one after another black person's life be taken like it was nothing. History has continuously...

Column: On ancient armor, quarantine and certain victory

A piece of armor lays on Lena Jones' bed. Jones uses her final column to explore how one Biblical quote brings her comfort in challenging times.

By Lena Jones, Archer School for Girls

June 2, 2020

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the...

UC retaliation against COLA strikers not in accordance with their principles

Graduate students demanding a 412 COLA to be added to their salaries were met with aggression and intimidation tactics by the UC system.

By Youqi Huang, Lynbrook High School - CA

June 2, 2020

Graduate students across the University of California (UC) system have gone on strike, demanding a $1412 cost of living adjustment (COLA) per student to be added to their salaries. The UC system has responded with aggression and employed intimidation tactics contrary to its progressive reputation. As...

Opinion: Trump vs. Truth

In the latest installment of Politipress, WSPN's Atharva Weling takes a look at the implications of Twitter's decision to fact-check President Trump's tweets for misinformation in America.

By Atharva Weling, Wayland High School

June 2, 2020

This should have happened a long time ago. On Tuesday, May 26, the president tweeted that “there is NO WAY (ZERO!)” that mail-in ballots would not result in election fraud. He boldly declared that “mail boxes will be robbed [and] ballots will be forged,” and concluded by warning America of ...

Opinion: When will we all learn to stand together?

There are so many emotions brought up by the story of George Floyd.

By Jaiman White, Baldwin High School - PA

June 1, 2020

I am not black. I am not black, I never will be black, and I can only imagine what the African-American community has had to endure for so long. With that being said, I am more than sympathetic for what my brothers and sisters are going through right now in black communities across the country. There...

Why the press does what it does 

Senior Marta Hill is co-Editor-in-Chief of Echo and has been heavily involved in covering the protests and memorials after George Floyds death.

By Marta Hill, St. Louis Park High School

June 1, 2020

While protests and riots spread throughout the Twin Cities, the press has a job to do. The press needs to be there to truthfully record history for the people who can’t attend and for future generations to look back on.  Student press fills a different role in this situation than professional press....

What You Missed at the BLM March in SF on May 30, 2020

About 1,000 people marched in San Francisco yesterday to honor the memory of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis.

By Zoe Mason, Woodside High School - CA

June 1, 2020

It is an overcast day in San Francisco, California. A Facebook event has invited people to protest police brutality after the brutal murder of George Floyd by police just a few days earlier. As of that morning, 370 people had marked “Going,” and another 1200 had marked “Interested.” At...

The arrest of CNN journalists is an affront to the First Amendment

Omar Jimenez, a CNN journalist, and his crew were arrested Friday morning while covering the Minneapolis protests. Editor in Chief Rachel Cohen sees this as a violation of reporters' First Amendment rights.

By Rachel Cohen, Pascack Valley High School

June 1, 2020

https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1266315061221613569?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1266315061221613569&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fbestofsno.com%2F%3Fp%3D44828%26preview%3Dtrue As a journalist, I stand with Omar Jimenez.  Jimenez, a CNN correspondent, was arrested by state police on li...

If a pandemic won’t stop police brutality, what will?

Despite being in the midst of a pandemic ravaging the globe, we still find ourselves watching innocent African Americans tortured and killed by police officers every day.

By Yasmine Pascal, The Masters School

June 1, 2020

There has been a long history of police brutality against black people in America, from shooting unarmed black men, like Greg Gunn in the street or Stephon Clark in his grandmother’s backyard - and most recently the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. During this global pandemic, politicians have called...

Where Education Fails LGBTQ+ Youth

This board, detailing LGBTQ+ history in America, was presented at the 2019 MHS Culture Fair. While some of the events listed on the board, such as the Stonewall Riots, can be found in textbooks used at MHS, LGBTQ+ history is not a major part of most high school curriculums.

By Alexa Williams, Middleton High School - WI

May 26, 2020

One year ago, I stood in the field house, presenting my board on LGBTQ+ history for the annual MHS Culture Fair. Person after person walked by my poster board, marveling at the same revelation: how little they knew about LGBTQ+ history.  Most people had a passing familiarity with the Stonewall Riots...

Op-Ed: Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month matters

Victims of the Japanese Internment gather for an anniversary picnic. These men were interned in a camp in Kooskia, Idaho, and were forced to construct a highway. This story is one of many untold Asian/Pacific Islander narratives which must be recognized during Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

By Rio Hundley, Archer School for Girls

May 22, 2020

Recently, I was scrolling through Hulu in a bout of quarantine boredom when a stumbled across a promotion for "Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month." I was immediately confused. Even as a Filipina American, I had never once heard of or even thought about having a designated time to celebrate my herita...

Column: Other

By Reya Mosby, Marcus High School

May 22, 2020

“Reya isn’t fully Black or fully Indian, so she’s nothing.” This phrase is all too familiar to me. I’ve heard it from friends, acquaintances, strangers and even myself.  I am biracial — half African American and half Indian. I’ve struggled with my cultural identity for a long time;...

Senior column: Dark chocolate

By Nikhita Ragam, Marcus High School

May 18, 2020

In a bustling cafeteria of nose-picking, immature third-graders, I sat with my peanut butter sandwich, quietly nibbling on it, amongst the girls from my class. Macey, a rambunctious basketball player, proposed the idea of comparing our skin colors to types of chocolate. Fear crept into my stomach. One by one, she identified my fri...

I Thought We Could Do Better

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are similar in many ways, but whether or not they respect women is how they differ.

By Quinn Volpe, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

May 11, 2020

When I saw that #BelieveBiden was trending on Twitter, my heart sank. The party that I have generally supported on many different fronts changed their standpoint from #BelieveAllWomen to #BelieveBiden in order to benefit themselves. This behavior is almost bipartisan, as it can also be seen from the...

Biden Assault Allegations Reveal Hypocrisy

Official portrait of Vice President Joe Biden in his West Wing Office at the White House, Jan. 10, 2013. This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph.

By Nina Burik, Latin School of Chicago

May 11, 2020

“For a woman to come to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real.” Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, shared these words in defense of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford during the...

Protection for election security cannot come soon enough

Secretary of State Steve Simon and Senator Tina Smith are both elected officials striving to secure United States’ elections. Simon created the position of Election Security Cyber Navigator, held by Bill Ekblad.

By Alex Steil, Stillwater Area High School

May 11, 2020

For the world’s oldest democracy, voting would seem to be the act most unilaterally protected by the government. In the United States, however, that does not seem to be the case. Although states and the federal government are providing basic funding measures for Secretary of States’ offices and...

Opinion: Hardship paves way for leadership

A true leader will reach out their hand to help others and together, guide them to success.

By Cori Nicholson, Carlmont High School

May 11, 2020

Throughout history, leadership is always needed. From monarchies to elected officials to unassuming individuals thrust into positions of leadership, society needs leaders who have the charisma to take charge. Though it might be hard to define leadership, times of crisis allow for stark contrasts between...

Corrupt Competition Culture #4: I Was Never Like This…

Student stress and anxieties aren't always visible, but they are always there.

By Claire Majerac, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

May 5, 2020

Every day I walk into my homeroom hearing different variations of the exact same thing: How is this funny? It’s your health, first of all, and second, why on earth would you stay up until four in the morning studying for a test, when you could be sleeping and not cramming? Isn’t sleep supposed...

Toward a Land of the Free

The writer took this photo of an exhibit at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, while on a school trip marking milestones of the civil rights movement.

By Kevin Pharrell Jackson, St. Benedict's Preparatory School

May 4, 2020

¨Where are you from? Montclair, Little Silver, Long Branch? You’re so well mannered!¨  A teacher at a prestigious nearly all-white high school in New Jersey, asked me; I was a student for a day. ¨No, I’m from Newark,¨ I said, trembling, embarrassed. ¨Aww man, did we check you for weapons...

Jira: The college application process–universally flawed and selectively rewarding

As the college application process comes to an end for the class of 2020, they reflect back on the flaws of the process as the class of 2021 worries about the various stressors to come.

By Violet Jira, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

May 1, 2020

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”  It would be nearly impossible to find a child in America who hasn’t been asked this question. This question is usually followed up with a statement: you can be anything you want to be. In fact, that very statement is why I spent a solid year of my li...

Remodel the model minority

WSS Reporter Jenna Wang explores both sides of the model minority myth.

By Jenna Wang, West High School

April 29, 2020

We all know the common Asian stereotype: super smart, math geeks and are perfectly quiet. Asians have achieved more success than any other minority and are therefore the model to follow, otherwise known as the model minority. Sounds like a compliment to Asians, right? You’d be wrong. Imagine...

Dystopia, Now?

Artist's BigHead cartoon symbolizes the increasing, and at times unnerving, grip  of various companies and organizations on the American education system.

By MILA BARRY, Gloucester High School - MA

April 28, 2020

Since the dawn of fiction, rhetorical thought experiments that explore the ultimate fate of human society have been a favorite of readers across the globe. From apocalyptic cliches to the methodical satires, we love to delve into the undetermined darkness of days unlived. The allure of dystopia has...

Supporting survivors should not be partisan

Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden is likely to be the Democratic nominee against Republican President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. https://flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/

By Nora Fellas, The Masters School

April 28, 2020

Amidst allegations of sexual assault and a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2018, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court with 50-48 votes, the narrowest margin in modern history.  Only one Republican senator voted against the conservative justice, and only one Democrat...

During Ramadan, Muslim students reflect on identity and Islamophobia during a pandemic

By Marjina Haque, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School

April 28, 2020

When dawn broke and the sun rose on the morning of April 24, around 2 billion Muslims around the world finished up breakfast, prayed and began their fast as part of Ramadan, the ninth month in the Muslim calendar. During Ramadan, Muslims are encouraged to fast every day from sunrise to sunset for...

Pete Buttigieg’s campaign emphasized core values, closeness to issues

Pete Buttigieg delivers his final campaign remarks in South Bend, Indiana, following a poor showing in the South Carolina primary. Buttigieg's campaign surpassed expectations considering his relative youth and inexperience.

By Grace Doyle, Archer School for Girls

April 27, 2020

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Afghanistan veteran and a former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, differentiated himself from the expansive presidential field using his millennial relatability and closeness to issues. Though Joe Biden, the candidate Buttigieg eventually endors...

A March Without a Shooting

Students hold a sign explaining that they rather read books than eulogies. They're aware of this issue, and they demand change.

By Emily Ito, Yorba Linda High School

April 22, 2020

The conclusion of the month of March was a momentous occasion. Why? Because it is the first March, in nearly two decades, that our country did not suffer from a school shooting. We should be celebrating. We should be proud of this enormous accomplishment.  But I’m not celebrating. I don’t feel...

Corrupt Competition Culture #2: Shelf Life

Student stress and anxieties aren't always visible, but they are always there.

By Samantha Podnar, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

April 21, 2020

Companies spend a great deal of time and money on packaging for their products. An eye-catching design can get consumers to spend their limited budget on a mediocre product, yet people won’t know if they’ve been the victims of flashy advertising until they open the box. Students do the exact same...

Opinion: Count every vote

A person holds up a sign protesting the Electoral College system and the outcome of the 2000 election.

By Isabelle Nunes and Cori Nicholson

April 14, 2020

America.  A place where everyone has a say on key issues and can vote for change. A place where everyone's voice is heard. Or so it seems.  Since its approval in 1787, the Electoral College has directly undermined this nation’s democracy with a state-by-state voting system.  The Electoral...

Speaking out about Special Education in America

Symbol for Autism Awareness Month, which takes place in April

By Aivry Zamora, Clear Creek High School

April 14, 2020

Over the course of my life I have been repeatedly asked the same question: “What was it like to grow up with a sibling who has special needs?” Despite what many would like to believe, my younger sister and I are no different than any other sibling pair; we argue over pointless matters for the sake...

Analysis: Why Sanders had to suspend his campaign

Senator Bernie Sanders was the front-runner for the Democratic nominee for president. Almost overnight, his campaign collapsed.

By Marco Rivero, Metea Valley High School

April 13, 2020

Inside a crowded venue in the middle of Navy Pier, over 12,000 people were gathered to celebrate the start of a campaign. Every few seconds, the crowd erupted in cheers as campaign surrogates and local activists took turns riling up the crowd. Finally, with the crowd going crazy thanks to a bolstreus...

Jira: Reeves pulls Mississippi backward with ‘Confederate Heritage Month’

On April 3, Miss. Governor Tate Reeves signed an executive order naming April 2020

By Violet Jira, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

April 13, 2020

Living in Mississippi, especially the Mississippi Delta, has always felt a bit like living in a time capsule. I pass Dockery Plantation on the way home from school, and in the summer the sprawling cotton fields are a powerful reminder that the freedom I, as a black woman, have now would not have been...

Girls just wanna have fun without facing inherent biases

Statistically, women have scored less speaker points from judges following a high school debate round. The Sidekick staff writer Anvitha Reddy discusses how leaders like Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and Ruth Bader Ginsburg help contribute to a more representative government and can lead to more women in debate.

By Anvitha Reddy, Coppell High School

April 9, 2020

High school debate just doesn’t have enough women. “When you walk into a room and there’s my partner [Coppell junior Arnav Kashyap] and he’s male and the other team has both males and the judge is male. And you do realize that there is an evident lack of representation,” Coppell senior policy...

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: I was raped on New Year’s Day

Although the incident happened on New Year's Day, Melah distinctly remembers the fireworks from the night before her rape.

By Kenny Kim, Westmoore High School

April 8, 2020

Editor’s Note: In commemoration of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a former Westmoore student would like to share her story. To protect her identity and those involved, she is referred to as the pseudonym “Melah” and her offender is "Peter" in this publication.  It was New Year’s Day 2019, ...

#PonleAcento U.S.A. (OPINION)

“Personally, I can speak to the erasure of this element of my culture. My last name, Saez, has always been written without the accent mark. It was not until recently that I realized my name was supposed to have an accent mark. When I asked my parents about it, they told me how the accented 'á' was never included in their paperwork when they came to the United States; thus, it was never passed down to my siblings and I,” said Sáez.

By Adriana James-Rodil and Emara Sáez

April 8, 2020

On Mon., March 30, we — Multimedia Editor Adriana James-Rodil and Junior Staff Writer Emara Sáez — were in Advanced Placement Spanish class when we watched a video about the “Ponle Acento” campaign, and as Hispanic women ourselves, it sparked our interests. The Ponle Acento (which means “to...

Opinion: The damaging effects of cancel culture

By Angela Mashroutechi, Lincoln High School - OR

April 7, 2020

“Cancel culture.” When Googling the term, over two billion results come up. This is understandable considering the essence of this term is rooted in social media and the internet. We see it happen online, and sometimes we see it happen in real life too. But what is “cancel culture” really?...

Jira: Amazon deserves frowns for their employee treatment–now more than ever

One of the top businesses in the world, Amazon, is mistreating their workers in these hard times.

By Violet Jira, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

April 6, 2020

In today's world of big business, only one company can overnight ship you the TikTok lights you impulsively ordered at 3 a.m., deliver groceries directly to your doorstep with the press of a finger, aid you in streaming the latest episode of “Love Island” and deliver audiobooks directly to a tablet...

On the Basis of Color

A painter's palette with a widespread variety of shades of colors.

By Zayaan Tirmizi, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

April 2, 2020

Color. Noun. The property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way the object emits light. We are all captivated by the vibrant colors surrounding us, bursting with such beauty and combining with one another to produce an imperfect, yet so perfect, concoction...

The Awkward Years

Overdosing on laxatives led my body into a spiral of eating disorders and self-hatred.

By Lucie Flagg, North Allegheny Senior High School

March 31, 2020

Often, we’re not taught how beautiful we are until it’s too late. From the day I entered elementary school, I was taught all about my body’s physical health. I’ve completed the PACER test more times than I can count, and I know the proper form for lifting dead weights, climbing a rock wall,...

We should react this way to other contemporary issues

Should the gun violence crisis weigh as much on the scale of social action as the Coronavirus?

By Caroline Gans, St. Stephen's Episcopal School

March 30, 2020

About two months after the first case of coronavirus in America, the total number of US cases has reached nearly 140,000 cases, with approximately 2,400 deaths to date.  That number seems scary and quite obviously, it’s a daunting one. It’s not the deadliest or fastest accelerating or most lethal pandemic of all time, but it is certainly up t...

The Other China

Taiwan has long considered itself separate from Communist China.  the coronavirus outbreak has only accentuated the difference.

By Michael Taffe, North Allegheny Senior High School

March 30, 2020

The Chinese mainland and the island of Taiwan, to which the Chinese government lays claim, have long had a troubled relationship.  But since the world first learned late last year of a new and deadly virus in the Chinese mainland city of Wuhan, the expanse between the two cultures has only widened....

Opinion: Undocumented Immigrant tax payers should be included in Trump’s “economic rescue” package

Donald Trump signs Congress proposed bill that provides some help to all-- except immigrants.

By Karly Ortiz, Don Antonio Lugo High School

March 30, 2020

After a near-unanimous vote by Congress, Trump signed into action a $2.2 trillion dollar "economic rescue" package as a result of COVID-19's impact on the economy as well as the people. This stipend money will go to businesses, healthcare providers, and families that have been affected by this national...

Rowland: Harvey Weinstein sentencing, a monumental verdict for the #MeToo movement

After a lengthy trial, Harvey Weinstein was convicted for multiple sex crimes.

By Gracie Rowland, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

March 27, 2020

The New York prosecution of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein drew to a close on March 11 when he was sentenced to 23 years in prison for multiple sex crimes. He received a sentence of 20 years for criminal sex act and three years for rape. Six main female witnesses came forward to testify against Weinstein,...

Censorship In Our Peer Newspapers

Several peer student-run publication logos, in the order by which they are mentioned below

By Peter Jones, Latin School of Chicago

March 27, 2020

This past February 19, staff of The Forum visited the UC Laboratory High School to meet with editors of their student-run publication, The Midway. The conversation was not only informative but enlightening on the purpose of independent school newspapers in Chicago.  As it turns out, uncensored sc...

Balance of Children and Parental Rights Harms Everyone in Child Protective Services

The info graphic provides a brief snapshot of the frightening and tragic information that surrounds the childcare system and homes throughout the United States.

By Kelly Tran, Henry W. Grady High School

March 25, 2020

The whispers of abuse and suffering that run wild in the Department of Child and Family Protective Services are no secret to the media or the public, although we may act that way. Just recently, Netflix released a documentary series, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez,” which brought light to the consequences...

Opinion: Consumerism kills

A barcode with smoke coming out of it symbolizes the pollution produced by consumerism.

By Cori Nicholson, Carlmont High School

March 25, 2020

Money. Profit.  It drives all of us. It's hard to ignore — after all, society is set up like this. The majority of the world works until they can't anymore. Go to work, go home, eat, sleep, repeat. It's a process, a system if you will; we have to have money to survive, which means what we do with...

An open glance at men’s rights activism in the wake of feminism

The division in the discussion of gender equality does not help feminism, nor does it help men’s rights activism.

By Brinda Ambal, Parkway West High School

March 25, 2020

People today are more eager than ever to join in discussions about gender equality in terms of feminism. When you bring up, though, that men also face issues specific to their gender, and that these issues also need addressing, more often than not you will be met with a slight (or heavy) grimace and...

Kashmir. Not Your Sweater.

Indian soldiers in Indian Occupied Kashmir, where the day to day conflict is taking place.

By Zayaan Tirmizi, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

March 25, 2020

Everyone in the student body is somewhat up to date on vaping, stress, domestic politics, or essentially what the most common headlines are that we see day to day. However, in the digital age, there are so many headlines that it is impossible to read them all. Despite their lack of coverage, most of...

Fake It Till You Make It

When someone experiences imposter syndrome, self-sabotaging thoughts often plague their mind.

By Kristen Kinzler, North Allegheny Senior High School

March 24, 2020

It’s a familiar situation for many high school students, particularly those who go to competitive schools. You look around the classroom, noting all your peers achieving the extraordinary. You see how much talent everyone around you seems to have. You feel inadequate. You feel you don’t belong. You...

My faith wavered, then disappeared

Faith exists in multiple different countries, in multiple different cultures — it just goes by a different name. Religion is a subjective, and unique experience defined by open-mindedness and belief.

By Atmika Iyer, Oak Park High School - CA

March 24, 2020

I was wearing a blue and pink half-sari, standing under a thick cover of branches and leaves to seek shelter from the rain. My bare feet were bouncing up and down lightly in the puddles on the cold, stone floors of a quiet temple in Virginia. A Hindu priest came forward, with three threads, black, red...

They’re watching you… Life under Life360

Original art by Gauntlet Staff artist Evanthia Stirou showcasing the app, Life360.

By Ansley Morris, St. Stephen's Episcopal School

March 24, 2020

You’re walking out of your house to go hang with friends on a Saturday afternoon, but you get an eerie feeling that someone’s behind you, hovering somewhere nearby, tracking your every move.  Whoever it is, they can see the slightest move, notice any time you speed up or slow down, even keep...

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