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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

Instagram shows only the mere highlights of our lives, not our reality.

Instagram is a highlight reel

By Ansley Morris, St. Stephen's Episcopal School September 16, 2021

What your followers see: A highly saturated, perfectly filtered photo of you, nonchalantly posed in front of a beautiful beach setting. The piercing blue waves are crashing on the beach, and the birds...

Overlooked issues within Dougherty Valley High School's dress code foster the potential for unfair discipline.

Uncovering and examining Dougherty Valley High School’s dress code

By Jade Wang and Ananda Mayuri Chakkenchath September 15, 2021

In 2016, Leah John, a freshman at Dougherty Valley High School (DVHS), experienced her first interaction with the dress code.  While doing quiet work in one of her classes, John’s teacher called...

Picking out her outfit, executive opinion editor and senior Alyssa Clark looks at a skirt she bought from Forever 21. Forever 21 is along the many online and real stores that mass-produce clothing, like ROMWE or H&M.

Editorial: Fast fashion effects hurt

By Alyssa Clark and ENO Staff September 15, 2021

Fast fashion, a term used to describe trendy clothes sold at cheap prices with mediocre quality, plagues the fashion industry. Some of the most popular "fast fashion" brands are well-known, like SHEIN...

This map shows the percent of families in each state that can afford infant care.  Of Ohio families, approximately 12% can afford infant care.

Opinion: it’s time to fix child care

By Amanda Stevens, Rutherford B. Hayes High School September 15, 2021

The onset of the pandemic unveiled troublesome aspects of child care in the U.S., and although the government made a $39 billion investment in childcare, handing money to states and child care providers...

The 2021 Met Gala will take place on Monday, September 13. The theme is

Fake Met Gala Seating Sparks Bigger Conversation about Influencers

By Naisha Roy and Saahithya Gutta September 15, 2021

Someone tell Zayn Malik’s errant strand of hair to move over, because a new controversy has taken over Twitter. On August 23rd, @__metgala2021 posted a fake Met Gala seating chart on Instagram, immediately...

Signed into law on June 8, 2021, Iowa House File 802 will affect classroom discussion surrounding identity and discrimination in public schools in Iowa.

Iowa House File 802 and the future of classroom discussion

By Jayne Abraham, Pleasant Valley High School - IA September 14, 2021

Within the complex political landscape that America is today, there are few facets of life that politics does not touch. For many people, the birth of their perception of politics is at home. But often...

Charlie Kiernan, class of 2017, hopes his story can help make LFHS an environment that is more supportive of minority students.

‘I hate to say this, but I was bullied for my race’

By Carley Walker, Lake Forest High School June 3, 2021

Charlie Kiernan says the students, some of them his friends, would point their fingers like a gun at him and yell,“Hands up, don’t shoot.” Kiernan, class of 2017, would say, “Oh, you got me,”...

History months like the one celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islanders this month could be more valuable if they were universally celebrated and if people took the time to learn about marginalized cultures in America.

History months don’t do enough to impact our lives

By Andrew Ma, California High School - CA June 2, 2021

As May’s Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month comes to a close, there’s no better time to reflect on the many ways the month has transformed my life. Or rather, the lack of ways. I...

A number of Hindus have protested against their representation in the academia and advocate for fair treatment.

Hinduism remains misrepresented in academia despite protests

By Soham Kinhikar and Amrita Himmatraopet June 2, 2021

As an American Hindu growing up in the United States, my faith and my identity have gone hand in hand. Living in San Ramon, and seeing hundreds of other kids who are like me has definitely helped me feel...

Over 600 flags planted by Boy Scouts Troop 81 over a field in Pittsburgh's North Hills, honoring the lives of men and women who have died in combat.

In Memoriam

By Lorenzo Zottoli, North Allegheny Senior High School June 2, 2021

As late May approaches each year, we grow closer to a day of remembrance, honor, and pride—Memorial Day. Beginning in the late 1800s, Americans have remembered the millions of lives lost in battle for...

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi turning his back as India struggles to combat the deadly coronavirus, endangering Indian civilians across the country.

Indian government fails to respond to India’s COVID-19 catastrophe

By Priyanka Anand, Lynbrook High School - CA June 1, 2021

India is in the midst of a devastating COVID-19 crisis, and any words used to describe it fall short of the horrific reality that millions of Indians are witnessing. The uncontrollable nature of this second...

WSPN's Genevieve Morrison discusses the dangers of misinformation on social media surrounding the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Opinion: Social media is becoming dangerous to the Israel-Palestine conflict

By Genevieve Morrison, Wayland High School May 27, 2021

Over the past year, Instagram changed from a platform for social media to a platform for social change. Hashtags like #blackouttuesday encouraged Instagram users to spread awareness about racism and police...

Demonstrators hold up signs at a protest in San Francisco. Rallies advocating for Asian lives have appeared in many major cities across the country, as anti-Asian hate crimes are increasing.

Another virus makes its way across America: anti-Asian hate

By Lubnag Xiong, Stillwater Area High School May 27, 2021

Following a year of xenophobic rhetoric and racially charged attacks, the Asian American community has faced a terrifying increase in violence. Stop AAPI Hate is a coalition dedicated to tracking reports...

While it is important to celebrate our nation's successes, acknowledging its mistakes is what ensures a bright future.

Patriotism and past mistakes: why both are crucial for history education

By Emma Forster, Lincoln High School May 26, 2021

While politics and school are generally able to be kept separate, history education blurs the lines between education and political beliefs. This crossover is what makes the lack of bias in history instruction...

Therapy, while rough and very emotionally draining at times, has helped drastically. I look into the mirror, and I'm starting to see a more hopeful reflection staring back at me. Jackson Ostrowski

Op-Ed: Living with Body Image Issues

By Grace Papas, Brimmer and May School May 26, 2021

Last year, I wrote an article about how beauty standards impact teenagers in their day-to-day lives. A lot has changed over the course of that year, but the images that follow me from the cover of magazine...

Many consider mutual aid to be a more effective way to support your community than charity due to its cooperative, socially-conscious structure.

How mutual aid offers an ethical, community-oriented alternative to charity

By Lauren Chen and Aditi Praveen Kariyanahalli May 26, 2021

What is mutual aid? Mutual aid was a term coined and popularized by philosopher Peter Kropotkin in his magnum opus, a 1902 essay collection entitled “Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution.” But what...

Does the Pledge of Allegiance reflect our current values as a nation?

On the Pledge of Allegiance: can we stand for better?

By Sage Cooley, Wakefield High School - NC May 26, 2021

I remember my first encounter with the Pledge of Allegiance. A five-year-old Sage sat cross-legged before her Kindergarten teacher. The woman sounded out each line; the class recited. Could we even pronounce...

Different eating disorders include certain signs and symptoms. Scroll down to see a larger version of this image. Infographic by Kaylie Wu.

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Altered My Perspective on Body Image

By Kaylie Wu, Menlo School May 25, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I had no idea how different my life would become. I didn’t expect classes to remain online for the rest of the school year, and I certainly didn’t expect the normalization...

Asian American women face unique challenges posed by racial and gender discrimination which have been exacerbated by historical and contemporary media representation.

We will not be your Yellow Peril: the crisis facing Asian American women

By Lucas Zhang, Southern Lehigh Senior High School May 25, 2021

This third part of the series, We Will not be Your Yellow Peril, covers the unique threats facing Asian American women, and the role that media, specifically entertainment media, has played in creating...

The word America encompasses more than just the United States although it has been popularized.

Todos somos Americanos (We Are All American)

By Lucia Aballay and Translated by Tapley Sorenson May 25, 2021

Translation available below Los estadounidenses tienen fama de sentirse el centro de la tierra, algo que es evidente en ciertos términos populares. Usamos los idiomas para expresarnos, comunicarnos...

A torchlight march in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, to mark the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

An Unrecognized Genocide is a Repeated Genocide

By Sophene A., Westridge School May 24, 2021

Two years ago, I, along with countless other Armenians, stood in front of Congressman Adam Schiff. As he walked onto the stage, the crowd immediately became silent, but we continued to keep our flags raised,...

The Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul, Minnesota houses the Minnesota Senate, Minnesota House of Representatives, the office of the Attorney General, the office of the Governor and also includes a chamber for the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Minnesota rape law outdated, harmful

By Adelee Wrightsman, Stillwater Area High School May 24, 2021

In May of 2017, a 20-year-old woman took five shots of vodka and prescription pills outside a bar in Minneapolis, Minn. As the young woman stood outside with her friend, a man with the last name of Khalil...

A lot of people have questions they want to find the answers to, such as “When is the pandemic going to end?” or “How can I motivate people?” but they cannot find said answers. The Sidekick editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil thinks people must accept the fact that they don’t know and understand they may never find out or find out later in life as they grow.

Curiosity killed the cat but life threatens to kill curiosity

By Sally Parampottil, Coppell High School May 21, 2021

There was once a little girl obsessed with the Disney movie The Little Mermaid. Though lacking in red hair and a tail, Ariel was reflected in her through curiosity: the defining trait of the princess and...

Staff Writer Carolyn Kaefer and Patrick Roemer before prom in 2019.

A Year Without Patrick

By Carolyn Kaefer, Lake Forest High School May 21, 2021

A year without Patrick: It’s an unreal sentence to write. On Mother’s Day last year, only a couple of days after he passed, I met with Patrick Roemer’s mom, Fronzie, who agreed to share her first...

Maya King is a reporter at Politico, a news site that focuses on politics and policy in the United States. Her work primarily concentrates on the intersection of race and politics.

Hurting journalists while they report is unacceptable. King explains why.

By Elizabeth Trevathan, St. Paul Academy and Summit School May 21, 2021

In mid-April, following the police shooting of Daunte Wright and the ongoing Derek Chauvin trial, journalists covering protests in Brooklyn Center were assaulted and detained by police officers. They showed...

Weight gain over quarantine should be something that is celebrated rather than shamed because everyone needs to be a little nicer to themselves during such a rough and confusing time in the world.

Opinion: The quarantine 15

By Ciara Duncan, McHenry High School May 21, 2021

The human body naturally reacts to the environment it’s in. When we’re relaxed, our muscles untighten, our breathing slows, and we emotionally feel like we can take on the world. When we’re stressed,...

The Model Minority Myth has brought great harm to the Asian American Community by not only applying an unfair standard to Asian Americans, but also serving to omit the issues which Asian Americans face.

We Will not be Your Yellow Peril: The Detriment of the Model Minority Myth

By Lucas Zhang, Southern Lehigh Senior High School May 21, 2021

Labels aid in categorization, based upon what are, more often than not, surface level attributes and assumptions. Practically every person, place, or thing can fall under a label for better or worse. And...

Photo from the 5th Solvay Conference in 1927, Marie Curie – sitting in the front row, third from the left – was the only woman invited.

Why STEM remains a “boys’ club”

By Risa O., International School of the Sacred Heart May 21, 2021

In the extended essay, "A Room of One’s Own", writer Virginia Woolf makes a claim that even if William Shakespeare had a sister who was “as adventurous, as imaginative, as agog to see the world as he...

Students of all races can stand together by calling out bias or prejudice when they see it.

Recent Anti-Asian Activity Causes Alarm

By Amy Wang, Albemarle High School May 20, 2021

An 84-year-old man was killed in San Francisco. A 55-year-old woman was left unconscious after an attack in Oakland. A 61-year-old man was slashed across the face on the subway in New York, left unable...

Banks writes about her struggle as a Japanese American during the rise 
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Cultural Convenience

By Nina Banks, Mansfield Legacy High School May 19, 2021

Every year, my family and I load up our car with freezer bags and make the one hour trek to Carrollton to stock up on Japanese food. The bulk of our haul is done at H Mart, a Korean supermarket, where...

Learning about money and the intricacies of financial security is often overlooked within school curriculums.

Opinion: Schools need to teach financial literacy

By Maya Kornyeyeva, Carlmont High School May 19, 2021

This year, roughly 4 million Americans turn 18. They will be free to become their own person, chase their dreams, and start their lives.  But will they get the chance?  Going out into the world...

Pope Francis has suddenly changed his views on LGBTQ rights this year.

Be more mindful of your words, Your Holiness

By Sharlene Chen, Lynbrook High School - CA May 19, 2021

“God can’t bless sin.”  This is how the Vatican responded when asked if the Catholic clergy have the authority to bless same-sex marriages. When this message was announced on March 15, Catholics...

A graphic made by junior Soomin 'Julia' Chung argues against Asian American and Pacific Islander hate crimes. Anti-AAPI racism hate crimes have increased over the last year during the pandemic.

Asian-American Heritage month brings resources, time to end acts of violence, hate

By Soomin Chung and Christy Escobar May 19, 2021

Gunfire echoes as screams flood through the streets. Confusion and chaos surround the scene as eight victims lie wounded. That event happened in March. On Tuesday, May 18, the U.S. House of Representatives...

While unity amongst any Asians seems appealing at first, it only masks the stark differences between us instead of wiping them clean.

Recognizing the Asian American Identity for what it is: a myth

By Samuel Minioza, Dougherty Valley High School May 18, 2021

When we think about what defines Asian Americans, usually a couple of key traits will stand out: hard-working, well educated, on a path to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or professional...

Opinion: Transgender athlete bans ignore the real problem

By Sophia Mattioli, Carlmont High School May 17, 2021

Photo Credits: Ted Eytan from Washington, DC, USACC BY-SA 2.0 Music Credits: Royalty-Free Music from Bensound This story was originally published on Scot Scoop News on May 4, 2021.

At the center of the Armenian Genocide memorial complex is an eternal flame, remembering the 1.5 million lives lost over a three year span.

Armenian people deserve recognition, so much more

By Marshall Durand Mesrobian, Columbia Heights High School May 17, 2021

My grandfather has this joke. It’s most likely not his and I can’t remember exactly how to tell it, but it goes something like this: “A Chinese man, a Russian man, a Turkish man and an Armenian man...

Blogger Tyler Hack responds to an opinion piece about the recent conflicts happening between the Israeli Government and the Hamas in Palestine.

Tyler Hack responds to “Social media posts demonizing Israel threaten Jews and their homeland”

By Tyler Hack, The Masters School May 17, 2021

This article represents a response to this other Best of SNO story.  First and foremost, I’m not writing this response because I’m a Tower blogger or member of the Masters community, but because...

Amidst the rise in racially motivated attacks against the Asian American community, actions such as using the term

We Will not be your Yellow Peril: The Peril of Using ‘China Virus’

By Lucas Zhang, Southern Lehigh Senior High School May 17, 2021

The labels associated with the Asian American community are fraught and ever changing. At times we are the so-called “model minority”: a role model of success and diligence, and at other times, we...

Sandvall and her mom at a hot air balloon show in June 2009.

Mother’s day without a mom

By Jada Sandvall, Lincoln High School May 17, 2021

I hate Mother's Day. A day dedicated to honoring the mother of a family. A day where teenagers post collages on their Instagram stories praising them for all they do. A day where families dress up, go...

Liberation Day May 5, 1945: my great grandma (woman with white circle around her face) and other prisoners were given new boots and clothes after being freed from Mauthausen by the Americans. My great-grandma later moved to the United States, settling in Brooklyn, New York.

Op-Ed: I am tired of my people being the punchline

By Chloe Fidler, Archer School for Girls May 17, 2021

I am angry. I am fed-up. I am offended. But most of all, I am exhausted. I am tired of being called sensitive when I tell non-Jewish people that Holocaust jokes aren't comical. I am tired of being told...

Washington University: a prime example of hard to find sexual assault data.

Data and Deception: Why campus safety matters and how we’re being misled

By Jonas Wall, Brentwood High School May 17, 2021

In 1986, Jeanne Clery applied and was admitted to Lehigh University; she was painfully naive of the culture of sexual assault found on its storied campus. During that same year, a classmate of Clery’s...

The name Akhila originates from Sanskrit and means “whole” or “complete.” The Sidekick CHS9 editor Akhila Gunturu thinks everyone should learn how to pronounce names correctly in order to respect the person.

Mispronouncing names = misunderstanding identities

By Akhila Gunturu, Coppell High School May 17, 2021

To listen to this story, click on the box to the left.  Dear Reader, My name is Akhila Gunturu. That’s 13 letters total. Six and seven in English, three syllables each in Telugu. A-khi-la....

The Asian American identity is a constant crisis for many and reconciling the relative privilege of one's experience with the discrimination that is faced is a critical part of acceptance of oneself and identity.

Kulture à la Kaavya: Notes of a native Asian American

By Kaavya Butaney, Los Altos High School May 14, 2021

What does it mean to be Asian American? I got the technical aspect down cold (an American of Asian descent), but I’ve spent 16 years struggling with the details. Must I be a straight-A student or speak...

The Sidekick executive enterprise editor Shreya Beldona turned plant-based through her journalism. Beldona thinks a plant-based diet can be tough, but everyone should still explore these eating habits.

Plant-based journalism turned me into a plant-based journalist

By Shreya Beldona, Coppell High School May 14, 2021

When you get to Austin, keep heading down Guadalupe Street towards West Campus until you hit a small white building with purple accents; and unlike the rest of Austin, actually decent parking availability. As...

Misinformation, bias, and deceptive facts are all far too prevalent in our society, especially when regarding polarizing topics, namely politics. And while it’s bad enough that people repeat things to each other that are bent one way or are completely incorrect, social media only helps to exacerbate this issue.

Disinformation ruins modern media

By Josh Truesdale, Londonderry High School May 14, 2021

Let's face it. Social media is awful. It is clear that social media is a huge part of most people’s lives. Sure, it connects people from all over the globe in a place that spreads ideas, delivers...

Misusing mental health-related terms can often prove harmful to those who have mental health disorders, as it minimizes one's feelings and makes them feel worse about their mental state.

Opinion: Word choice matters more than you think

By Sabrina Lo, Carlmont High School May 14, 2021

"That's so OCD of me." "I feel sad; my depression must be kicking in." "Haha, I just had a mental breakdown." "Are they psychotic?" "That's so crazy." Terms that describe or are related...

The residents of a diverse town like Coppell are blessed with a variety of appearances and manners of speaking and style of dress. However, those who deviate from the norm are deemed irresponsible or unrespectable. The Sidekick advertising and circulation manager Trisha Atluri argues that this shouldn’t be the case.

Throw away the handbook of respectability

By Trisha Atluri, Coppell High School May 13, 2021

Don’t judge a book by its cover. An age-old adage passed down between generations and the moral of countless children’s books, this lesson is ingrained in our minds from the day we can comprehend...

Ageist stereotypes are harmful for all Americans, and they are causing a rift between older and younger generations in the country.

America hates the elderly

By Morgan Weir, Millard West High School May 13, 2021

America is obsessed with youth. We fund billion-dollar industries that help people cling to their younger days through Botox, cosmetic surgery, hair dye and retinol. In 2019, we spent almost 17 billion...

BREAKING BARRIERS: BTS becomes the first All-South Korean group to top the Billboard Hot 100 and receive a Grammy nomination.

Thank you, AAPI

By Emma Cho, Downers Grove North High School May 13, 2021

The month of May is recognized as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. With the recent rise of hate and racism targeted towards the AAPI community, now, more than ever, we need to come together...

The Israeli Defense Force's Iron Dome system intercepts Gaza rockets aimed at central Israel. In recent days, Hamas has fired over 1,000 rockets toward Israel; the IDF has also launched airstrikes on Gaza, killing over 50 Palestinians. As tension escalates in Israel, individuals around the world are taking to social media to voice their opinions on the conflict.

Opinion: Social media posts demonizing Israel threaten Jews and their homeland

By Logan Schiciano, The Masters School May 13, 2021

Misinformed opinions on social media are fanning the flames of antisemitism, as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalates once again.  In recent days, tension has risen in Israel for a host of reasons,...

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