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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The East Turkestan flag has been used by the Uyghur community to protest the mistreatment they have faced at the hands of the Chinese government.

Under Chinese Rule: Uyghurs in China Face Brutal Conditions Under the Chinese Government

By Eldon Nichols, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School December 3, 2021

Uyghurs, a Muslim minority group mainly located in China, are currently being held against their will in internment camps operated by the Chinese government. Though the Chinese government claims that these...

The Human Rights Clubs Homecoming mural, which featured a rainbow pride flag, was removed soon after the club completed it.

Symbols Matter: Removing Club’s Mural Erased Important Message of Inclusivity

By Alia Attar, Lake Forest High School December 3, 2021

For the celebration and return of homecoming, students spent the weekend before the festivities painting and decorating the windows of businesses in downtown Lake Forest. Window painting, an LFHS homecoming...

The stigma those with Antisocial Personality Disorder face puts them in danger not only n their everyday lives but also in medical and judicial settings.

Still Human

By Aris Pastor, North Allegheny Senior High School December 2, 2021

The words “psychopath” and “sociopath” are strewn throughout the media, from factual accounts of serial killers to the fictional world of crime shows. Recall Silence of the Lambs, No Country for...

The story behind Thanksgiving distorts Native American history with a falsified portrayal of British colonialism.

Thanksgiving lies harm Native culture

By Delaney Crawley, Richard Montgomery High School - MD December 2, 2021

Marked on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is a time for American families to celebrate what and whom they are thankful for.  Some classic and innocent traditions include eating turkey,...

WSPNs Katya Luzarraga discusses the conservative slogan that has gained national recognition, its impact on political leaders and what it means for our future generations.

Opinion: “Let’s go, Brandon” proves that the GOP still has a lot of growing up to do

By Katya Luzarraga, Wayland High School December 2, 2021

Being a political leader comes with great power and great responsibility to influence the world around you. In the past month, these ideals have been squandered by various Republican politicians as they...

Comedian Dave Chappelles The Closer (2021) standup show has sparked criticism, citing transphobic comments made by Chappelle.

Comedy isn’t an excuse for offensive humor

By Yei Bin Andrews, Midtown High School December 2, 2021

Some jokes aren’t funny. It goes beyond an ill-fated meme on Twitter or a poorly executed SNL sketch. It’s when the facade of humor is used to cover up inherent bias and prejudices, masquerading behind...

Every precious moment we had suddenly runs through my head, making me feel as if my body is still here, but my mind is in another world.

Column: Finding peace, balance

By Senora Gianquinto, Lewisville High School - TX December 2, 2021

I wake up in a deep hole created in the mattress of my bed, looking at my phone and falling into a trance with no motivation to move. I miss my mother, and every precious moment we had suddenly runs through...

Due to the stigma surrounding men’s skincare, men are often forced into a lose-lose situation in which they are mocked both for having acne and for trying to take care of their skin. To end this stigma, skincare must be seen as gender-neutral tools rather than feminine products.

Stigma around men’s skincare must be upended

By Jake Fitzpatrick ’22, Staples High School December 1, 2021

Growing up, I noticed that skincare was often a taboo subject among men. Conversations regarding moisturizers, face washes and toners were often shot down near-instantly by homophobic and sexist remarks....

Local news sites like the QC Times have implemented paywalls making it difficult for people to stay up to date on news.

Commodifying knowledge: How news sites are creating a hierarchy among Americans

By Jayne Abraham, Pleasant Valley High School - IA December 1, 2021

Imagine you are doing research for a project. You find an article that appears informative, click the title and are immediately met with a paywall. You are frustrated, but you move on and perhaps find...

A symbol for the ultimate end-goal: breaking free from gender roles. 

Gender Roles: Distracting At Best, Discriminating At Worst

By Sunny Li, North Allegheny Intermediate High School December 1, 2021

There have been many instances in my life where my (mostly extended) family has complained about my physique--complaining that I was “too skinny”--with their number one justification for their complaints...

Americans consistently let reprehensible behavior for their own partys politicians slide. This needs to stop.

Editorial: Americans need to start holding their own party’s politicians accountable

By Editorial Staff, Carlmont High School December 1, 2021

Chants of “I’m with her,” “Love Trumps hate,” and “P-ssy grabs back” rang out across the country as millions of people took to the streets in bright pink beanies in protest of the inauguration...

The verdict demonstrates the tragic, biased state of Americas justice system.

Opinion: The Rittenhouse verdict is yet another legal failure of the American justice system

By Elle Horst, Carlmont High School November 29, 2021

On Aug. 15, 2020, during the height of the Black Lives Matter protests, Kyle Rittenhouse killed two protestors and injured a third. After two weeks of testimony and evidence in a trial riddled with legal...

Second-grader Jacqueline Solano gets instructions from her teacher Tiffany Harmon at Broward Estates Elementary School in Lauderhill, Florida.

[Opinion] Broward County teachers should receive paid maternity leave

By Abby Marton, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School November 29, 2021

As the second quarter of the 2021-2022 school year is well underway, Broward County still faces a pressing issue in their schools: a shortage of teachers. As COVID-19 caused teaching to go virtual last...

Due to ultimately futile efforts at compromise, Biden’s flagship Build Back Better Act has been repeatedly diminished in scope, leading to fewer and fewer benefits for working Americans.

Compromise, civility and Congress

By Daniel Bethke, Lincoln High School November 24, 2021

Recently, Capitol Hill, the news and the American people have been incessantly saturated by talk of one potent word: infrastructure. All eyes are now on the Senate to either approve or reject the more...

After coming forward to report a crime, victims often feel targeted or attacked, as lawyers use victim-blaming as a defense.

From communities to courtrooms: The culture of victim-blaming

By Chloe Isbell, Pleasant Valley High School - IA November 24, 2021

Oftentimes, our words begin innocently. But before we know it, and perhaps without malice, they develop into something far more hurtful and damaging. Imagine a child who has just fallen after climbing...

WELCOME HOME: The writer as a child waits in anticipation to see her dad, whos been deployed. Deployment can be a time of uncertainty but finally reuniting makes the wait worthwhile.

Moving with the military: A glimpse into the life of an Army brat (Editorial)

By Emma McShea, Carlisle Area High School November 23, 2021

I don’t have what most people would consider a “hometown.” Since my dad is in the Army, I've moved six times in my 14 years of living. I know what it’s like to say goodbye to people and places...

I quietly hated my name because it wasn’t Sue or Emily.

The girl on the box

By Muna Nnamani, Marcus High School November 23, 2021

The Girl on the Cra-Z-Loom bracelet box had cerulean eyes. Her smile shone from the box, marked with confidence. Her thin, glossed lips framed pearly teeth. From the time my mom brought the box home,...

A staggering number of Americans spend their evenings staring at murder on their TV screens.

True-Crime: America’s Sick Pastime

By Sean Bruce, Wentzville Liberty High School November 22, 2021

Investigative journalism and the power of media have been instrumental in solving criminal cases and bringing justice to the victims. The local news aided in catching Richard Ramirez, “The Night Stalker”...

On Nov. 10, people gathered outside of Glynn County Courthouse in Georgia, where the trial of three men for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery was set to take place.

Nearly all-white jury in trial for Ahmaud Arbery exemplifies America’s broken justice system

By Shobini Iyer, Pleasant Valley High School - IA November 22, 2021

Twenty-one months have passed since 25-year-old Black man Ahmaud Arbery was fatally shot by three white men while being chased through a Georgia neighborhood.   A panel of jurors for Arbery’s case...

The implementation of cleaner energy sources into our everyday lives and the complete halt of the use of fossil fuel are imperative to preventing the impending climate disaster, scientists say.

The Effects of Climate Change Are Catastrophic, and We Need Real Action From World Leaders

By Lillian Paugh, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School November 22, 2021

Our time to act against the catastrophic effects of climate change is running out. Saving our planet has been shelved by world leaders who have let their desire for profit take priority over utilizing...

With the end of Halloween the greater population along with marketing campaigns tends to skip over Thanksgiving and turn straight to Christmas and the rest of the holiday season.


By Isabel Rodriguez and Owen Cummings November 22, 2021

Lately, the traditional holiday season, which begins on the American Thanksgiving and ends on American New Year’s Day, has been blurred and has extended to before Halloween and ends almost as soon as...

Many LGBTQ+ books are still available at the school library for students to check out.

Staff Ed: LGBTQ+ books should stay in school libraries

By Shivani Sethu, Chantilly High School November 18, 2021

Explicit scenes have no place in a school library, especially if they are between two people of the same gender. This belief led two Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) parents to speak up against graphic...

The legislature meets at the Mississippi capitol building to make laws--and to gerrymander.

Sharp: Mississippi representatives should not be choosing their voters

By Chloe Sharp, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science November 18, 2021

Every 10 years, Mississippi legislators redraw state district lines after receiving the latest U.S. Census data; however, for decades now, they have been using this power to dilute the voices and votes...

Without policies like paid parental leave and universal childcare, the state of childcare in the US remains deficient in supporting new parents.

Paid Leave is the Minimum

By Sophie Lu, North Allegheny Senior High School November 18, 2021

The Battle for Paid Parental Leave Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, and the United States of America. These seven are the only countries...

On November 5, in Houston, Travis Scotts music festival, Astroworld, lead to a fatal disaster due to a multitude of reasons.

Accountability for Astroworld: a preventable tragedy

By Athena Tseng, Liberty High School - TX November 17, 2021

On November 5, 2021, 50,000 people headed to Astroworld, a music festival in Houston. A night that was supposed to be a fun, one in a lifetime opportunity would become the seventh-highest mass casualties...

Facebook, now renamed Meta, has controlled many sibling companies that it has bought over the years.

One company to rule them all

By Myles Kim, Lynbrook High School - CA November 15, 2021

Facebook’s global outage on Oct. 4 lasted for seven hours and left billions who rely on the app and its subsidiaries for digital communication stranded. This put the company’s unethical, continued...

The screen presented to test-takers when the Proctorio virtual proctoring software detects cheating

Op-Ed: The Negative Impacts of Virtual Proctors

By Mason Cruz-Abrams, Vail Mountain School November 12, 2021

“The exam has ended and you have been logged out.” I was greeted by this message during a midterm I was taking. The explanation? I had stopped screen sharing with Proctorio, an online “proctor”...

Although veterans have their own holiday, many continue to be unjustly treated in American society.

To Serve Those Who Served

By Emily Janosko, North Allegheny Senior High School November 12, 2021

America officially chooses one day of the year to honor their patriotic heroes: November 11th. But how well are the country's veterans treated every other day of the year?  Veterans Day is unquestionably...

Fans crowd together to watch Travis Scott perform at the Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas, on November 5, 2021. Eight people died and numerous others were injured during the event. Scott and Live Nation are solely responsible for the tragedy from their lack of basic security and safety for the audience.

Opinion: Travis Scott and Live Nation enabled Astroworld Festival tragedies

By Peter Beardsley and MacKenzie Jadick November 11, 2021

On November 5, 2021, tragedy struck at the Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas, during headliner Travis Scott’s set. Eight people died, while 25 more were hospitalized. In total, over 300 concert-goers...

The Rust Belt is often perceived as having a faltering economy, yet many cities are finding renewal with jobs based in education, technology, and medicine.

Redefining the Rust Belt

By Andrew McLaughlin, North Allegheny Senior High School November 11, 2021

To a casual observer, the term “Rust Belt” may be linked with economic decay -- cities past their industrial prime, with falling population and little opportunity for growth. As the Rust Belt has worked...

In part two of Mi Viaje, Lincoln student and Honduran immigrant Joel Reyes writes about his difficult journey to America.

The Rest of My Journey – A Miraculous Path

By Joel Reyes , Lincoln High School - OR November 11, 2021

(Translated by Sophia Spehar and Charlotte Yesser) In the first part of my story, I described how I left Honduras and started my journey through Guatemala all the way to the Mexican border.  Once...

Different colored hands form the letters ASL in American Sign Language. The hands were drawn by BPHS junior Kayla Bowman.

ASL language elective can bridge communication gap

By Meghan Krapp, Bethel Park High School November 11, 2021

American Sign Language (ASL) isn’t just a language used by deaf or hearing-impaired individuals. It is used by thousands of Americans to communicate with those who have hearing and/or speaking disabilities....

This picture is a literal, illustrative metaphor of my parents unconditional support and love that pushes me through any obstacle. The pressures of being a first-generation student and being the oldest sibling in the family can be hard sometimes, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Op-Ed: What being first-generation means to me

By Lizette Gonzalez, Archer School for Girls November 10, 2021

Ever since I was little, I grew up listening to countless stories about my parents' life in Mexico. Many of them now feel like parts of my own memory. My mom and dad immigrated to the United States in...

Blood donation is an oft-overlooked but necessary component of the infrastructure of modern medicine. Pandemic-induced shortages have made it more important than ever to donate.

Blood supply crisis calls for increased donation, awareness

By Mimi Casey ’22, Staples High School November 10, 2021

The first time I donated blood was one of the worst days of my life. While my will is strong, my stomach is not, and throwing up in a mask is not an experience I would recommend to anyone. Thankfully,...

As a result of confinement to societys rules, it is common to see many men wearing seemingly rigid or happy faces; But, behind the curtain of strength, they experience issues such as depression and anxiety.

Lifting the curtain of strength

By Sabrina Lo, Carlmont High School November 10, 2021

On the verge of tears, after living on the edge for weeks, barely grasping at straws for help, he was shoved away with the words: "be a man." Depression and suicide are ranked as leading causes of death...

Amazon Fresh stores offer many different features, including ordering ahead and free same-day delivery.  While these may sound appealing to buyers, it allows Amazon to further its monopoly over every possible market. Buyers should prioritize stores like Trader Joes, Fresh Market and Stop and Shop because they do not seek to dominate any market other than groceries.

Amazon Fresh stores destined to change the local supermarket landscape for the worse

By Aidan Sprouls ’23, Staples High School November 10, 2021

Walking into any grocery store, I often expect to see the same things: fruits, meats, dairy and all different types of food. When I think of Amazon, I can’t quite place my finger on what to expect, it...

With over 100 different types of cancer, many people are not aware of them. By creating more ways to recognize and support other cancers, we can spread awareness.

Raising awareness

By Angelica Mendez, Hagerty High School November 8, 2021

A whole month of pink socks, pink football games and pink pom-poms all for breast cancer. Now imagine a month with a different color every week or even every day, showing support for a different...

Opinion: Overcoming racism

Opinion: Overcoming racism

By Arisha Hirji, Hebron High School November 5, 2021

It has been said that elementary school is important in developing every child’s education and setting up their foundation for the future. Studies show that a student’s time in elementary school is...

This is how the bathrooms at La Salle should look — with easy access to period products.

It’s Time To Come to Terms With the Needs of Half the Population

By Clare Daudelin, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School November 5, 2021

We need to end the stigma around periods, period. It’s normal, it's healthy, and it's also inevitable.  Speaking from personal experience, there’s seldom feelings that compare to that of the...

Evacuees fled to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan as the Taliban began taking control of the country.

Afghanistan: a permanent reminder of America’s imperialism

By Nic Barbadora, Delaware Valley Regional High School November 4, 2021

With America’s exit from Afghanistan and the violence that came with it, there have been many stories written declaring that America is no longer the police officer of the world and how this spells for...

Blue pumpkins can also be confused with teal pumpkins which indicate if a child has an allergy.

OPINION EDITORIAL: Blue trick-or-treating pumpkins need to go as they harm neurodivergent children and people with allergies

By Soojin Spencer, Santa Clara High School November 4, 2021

On Halloween night, trick-or-treaters will fill the streets. As the tradition goes, each one will ring doorbells, repeating the beloved phrase “Trick or treat.” This tradition, however, often excludes...

Just as the pandemic was a stressful disruption to the daily routines of our pets, so too is our return to normalcy.

Anxiety’s Other Face

By Waverly Younts, North Allegheny Senior High School November 4, 2021

In March of 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic due to the frightening outburst of cases. As we all know too well, soon after, many states issued a...

Minority majority is often used to describe problems, but minority-majority schools offer a unique experience for their students.

Minority-majority schools offer students opportunities to be themselves without needing to assimilate

By Ashley Huynh and Andrea Gordon November 3, 2021

More than once I’ve heard the term “minority-majority school” to gently relay an explanation of the school’s problems. Whether or not people admit it, the term is thrown around as a euphemism for...

The estimated wait time for a green card runs at 195 years.

The not-so-green green card application process

By Kushi Maridu, Pleasant Valley High School - IA November 3, 2021

The United States of America has been dubbed the “land of opportunity” since its founding, causing many families to come to the US from all over the world in hopes of living the American Dream. However,...

The that girl lifestyle, popularized through social media platforms, promotes toxic productivity and unhealthy eating habits.

OPINION: Not everyone can be ‘that girl’

By Mylinh Duong, Santa Clara High School November 3, 2021

An alarm clock rings at 6 a.m. A sliver of light peeks through her white curtains. With a slice of avocado toast and an oat milk latte sitting on her desk, she reaches for her daily affirmations journal....

Shayna and her god sister, Amara, at a football game in New York

Inspirational Story: Get Out of Bed in The Morning

By Shayna Baker, Santaluces High School November 3, 2021

Somedays, you just wake up and feel like going right back to sleep. I feel like that pretty much every morning, but I have a special photo frame right on my nightstand that does the job every morning....

The lionization of politicians has become more normalized in recent years, yet the practice has lead to dangerous effects.

OPINION: Idolizing politicians distracts people from real political issues

By Khadeejah Khan, Santa Clara High School November 2, 2021

Throughout the years, politicians and elected officials have found more ways to connect with their people through social media platforms such as Twitter or Instagram in efforts to gain more voter support....

Students Veronika Juylova, Syed Abbas, Hajira Ahmed, and Gavin Mcquilkin pose after the pep rally.

Nonbinary student running as Homecoming King raises controversy with administration

By Amena Matcheswala, Athens Drive High School November 2, 2021

Homecoming, a highly anticipated time of year filled with school spirit, seems to have students at odds with the administration as tradition and progress fail to cross paths. An anonymous Senior nominee...

Tri Delta is one of many sororities that exists at universities around the country.

Sororities perpetrate a culture of exclusion

By Calista Shohet, Carlmont High School November 2, 2021

Deep in the southern areas of the United States, college sorority life keeps old stereotypes alive. Beneath the elaborate outfits and smiling blondes, sororities have a deep history of racial and inclusivity...

Social media promotes Eurocentric beauty standards by putting down ethnic features, thus leading minorities to form negative images of themselves.

The take over of Eurocentric beauty standards in social media

By Yarethsi Leal, Middle College High School November 2, 2021

Search up beautiful faces on the internet, and chances are images of white women show up. The same goes for social media applications such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok. It’s not rare to...

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