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Who Ought To Use the N-Word

Who Ought To Use the N-Word

By Mariam Keita, Iowa City High School

November 16, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Disclaimer: This article contains language that some readers may deem offensive.  There is no situation in which non-Black people should feel comfortable using the N-word. While I am not here to tell Black people how they should interpret a word that they may have a complicated relationship with, I wil...

Harvard sued for discriminating against Asian applicants

Harvard sued for discriminating against Asian applicants

By Lia Reichmann, Thea Sankari, Kabir Sawlani, and Abby Stockmal

November 16, 2018


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On Oct. 15 the trial against Harvard University  began for potentially discriminating against Asian-American college applicants. It is supposed to last three weeks. The case has interesting implications for high school students as they apply for college and face the effects of affirmative action.  In No...

Parking Problems

Parking Problems

By Staff Editorial, H.B. Plant High School

November 16, 2018


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With limited space and a congestion of cars, arriving and leaving school has become a time-consuming struggle for student drivers. What should be a simple, quick commute from parking lot to street is now difficult and troublesome. The parking lot will not expand anytime soon, so instead, actions can...

California teen driver laws create problems for teens and parents

California teen driver laws create problems for teens and parents

By Curran Nielsen, Mater Dei High School

November 16, 2018


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Grease, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, American Graffiti - all these classic films depict a teen driver piling their friends into their cars and going out to have fun. This may have once been a reality, but today's teens may never be able to live out these memories with their own friends due to the stric...

Pep O’ Plant staff tries experimental Oreo flavors

Pep O’ Plant staff tries experimental Oreo flavors

By Chloe-Amelie Aikman, H.B. Plant High School

November 14, 2018


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It’s no secret that Nabisco has been tinkering with their creme formula. Concealed between the iconic, rounded and famously embossed wafers that make up the “Oreo” cookie lies a constant surprise, an experiment with the laws of nature, dessert and processed food in the balance.   After the birth of the nearly surreal Pina Colada, Cherry Cola and Kettle Corn flavors this May, the Pep O’Plant staff could ignore their calling no long...

Ruff decisions

Ruff decisions

By Morgan Fischer, North Platte High School

November 14, 2018


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Herbie the Husker. Chester the Cheetah. Even Toucan Sam from the Froot Loops box. These popular mascots exist to promote businesses. Each mascot is a way to symbolize individual companies to frame them in a more relatable, down to earth and friendly way with their consumers. Mascots are designed to captivate...

Editorial: It’s time to clean up Lincoln’s bathrooms

Editorial: It’s time to clean up Lincoln’s bathrooms

By Evan Reynolds, The Cardinal Times

November 14, 2018


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Why haven’t Lincoln’s restrooms been fixed yet? Make no mistake: criticism of these worn-down washrooms is nothing new. One of the most common complaints about Lincoln’s fractured, crumbling infrastructure is the lack of accessibility in many of its bathrooms. Broken stalls, shattered...

The phrase “accept yourself” is more than a cliché

The phrase “accept yourself” is more than a cliché

By Nishant Medicharla, Coppell High School

November 9, 2018


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Throughout my childhood, I have always wondered what it would feel like to have light skin. How it would feel to be someone other than “dark”? This thought would always come up partly because I grew up in an Indian society where being “fair” was desired and learned about American history wh...

Life as a twin: Palaian’s inside perspective

Life as a twin: Palaian’s inside perspective

By Kaitlin Palaian, Henry. W. Grady High School

November 8, 2018


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I wake up and he is there. I go to school and he is there, I get home he is there. 24/7 has never had a more literal meaning than when it comes to being a twin. Don’t get me wrong; I love my brother Jack. Our two opposite personalities complement each other, but having to see one person every day can be h...

Most Teens posters are cute — I’d rather they be useful

Most Teens posters are cute — I’d rather they be useful

By Emmanuelle Copeland, Downers Grove South High School

November 8, 2018


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The Most Teens posters have come out and you know what that means: Watching middle-aged adults attempt to pick up the lingo of the #coolkids and everyone else cringing a little. I mean, it's not that the posters are wrong per se. Only kind of cute and a lot misled. Most teens our age aren’t dum...

Staff Editorial: Pursuing Pursuit Day’s Potential

Staff Editorial: Pursuing Pursuit Day’s Potential

By Globe Staff, Clayton High School

November 8, 2018


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The Clayton School District’s purpose in educating students, as described in its vision statement, is to “develop leaders who shape the world through independence, creativity and critical thinking.” Yet for most students, primary and secondary schooling consist of prescribed, rigorous academic...

Tragedy brings solidarity to Jewish community

Tragedy brings solidarity to Jewish community

By Talia Lissauer, St. Louis Park High School

November 8, 2018


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I never realized the extent of anti-semitism until I saw the news report of a shooting at a synagogue. At Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, a Jewish congregation was practicing their religion when a gunman opened fire while yelling anti-Semitic slurs using an AR-15 killed 11 innocent people and w...

The Reality of ‘Never Again’

The Reality of ‘Never Again’

By Stella W., Padua Academy

November 7, 2018


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Never again. How many times will we hear those words until it is true? Will each of our communities, each of the people we hold dear have to experience loss at the hands of bigotry? Never again, just one more time. And again. And again. Saturday, Oct. 27, eleven lives lost. A shooter gunned down elev...

Anti-Semitism is our problem too

Anti-Semitism is our problem too

By Hannah Feuer, Walt Whitman High School

November 7, 2018


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After a man opened fire at The Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh Saturday, killing 11, the country and Jewish community mourned. My old Hebrew school group chat lit up with messages of support. Facebook flooded with posts condemning hate. For me, the shooting hit close to home. My dad grew up only 20 m...

The political power of a popstar

The political power of a popstar

By Delaney Owens, Walnut Hills High School

November 6, 2018


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On Oct. 9, Taylor Swift opened the American Music Awards with a fiery performance of “I Did Something Bad,” including a lyric that was censored on national television. Swift received four awards, including Artist of the Year, making her the most awarded female artist in the history of the AMAs. In...

Column: Unity amongst minority

Column: Unity amongst minority

By Nnenna Nchege, Lovejoy High School

October 31, 2018


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Seeking to provide unity and a safe space for African-American students, last year three seniors founded the Black Leopard Society (BLS). I was assigned to report about the club, and I was eager to get started. In the article I wrote almost a year ago, I mentioned comments made about the club and ...

“Disconnected”: School Spirit in the Age of Digital Learning

“Disconnected”: School Spirit in the Age of Digital Learning

By Grace Kish, Cambridge High School

October 30, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

Online classes are becoming an increasingly favored alternative to the traditional classroom. Online courses have typically been popular among upperclassmen, but this year, it seems many sophomores and even freshmen are jumping on the train, too. Assistant Principal Jennifer Beard said 60 perce...

Aliso Niguel High School Trumps Santa Ana High School

Aliso Niguel High School Trumps Santa Ana High School

By Jacqueline Pompa and Yoloczitlali Perez

October 30, 2018


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“What is this, a football game or a political rally?” asked principal Jeff Bishop of Santa Ana High School to the Orange County Register upon seeing the offensive posters on the bleachers. On Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, Santa Ana High School played against Aliso Niguel High School in a football game...

Despite popular opinion, pineapple does belong on a pizza

Despite popular opinion, pineapple does belong on a pizza

By Connor Earegood, Kearsley High School in Flint, Michigan

October 29, 2018


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When you think of a pizza, you probably think of the typical pepperoni- and cheese-topped variety that is served everywhere from schools to offices, from local joints to national franchises. However, one topping that people can't seem to agree on is pineapple. The tropical fruit has often been...

Does Punctuation Really Matter When You’re Sending a Text Message?

Does Punctuation Really Matter When You’re Sending a Text Message?

By Alanna Golden, McPherson High School

October 29, 2018


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Does punctuation really matter when you’re sending a text message? I think punctuation really does matter; whether it's writing an essay for school, or sending a small message to a friend. Writing with acronyms such as, "lol" "lmbo" "ttyl" and many others have their own meaning. Punctuation ...

How to Swim 101

How to Swim 101

By Allison Woods, Harleton High School

October 26, 2018


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Dear freshmen, oh poor freshmen. Hopefully, by now you’ve realized that the transition from middle school to high school isn’t the same as hopping from grade seven to eight. It’s a whole new ballpark. And if you still have not come to that realization by now, you’ve got a long way to go… Let ...

Walking through the decades

Walking through the decades

By Ellie Melvin, Lake Zurich High School

October 23, 2018


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Students took a trip through the decades this Tuesday as they walked down hallways decked out in retro fashion for homecoming week. The school’s diverse clubs set the atmosphere with hallway decorations mirroring the Bears Through the Decades theme. The decorations transformed the school, but a few truly st...

Story time: I ate a snake

Story time: I ate a snake

By Adeline Djemene Siani, Watkins Mill High School

October 18, 2018


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We’ve all wandered across the net and found the weirdest things: “Ten kids who were raised by wild animals” or “Eating scorpions in China.’’ I don’t know about you, but I never had a “wow, I should try that too,” moment...until I found myself eating a snake. How in the world did ...

Dr. Ford’s testimony is still important for women

Dr. Ford’s testimony is still important for women

By Abigail Wheatley, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

October 16, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

Earlier this month, allegations of sexual assault and misconduct halted Federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court of the United States. This led to public hearings, an FBI investigation, and a quick turnaround vote in the Senate. Despite all of that, Kavanaugh was confirmed...

How Will You Be Remembered?

How Will You Be Remembered?

By Ella Sinciline, North Allegheny Senior High School

October 15, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

As the Kavanaugh hearing continues to ensue, a significant point is brought to light: Who you are before you graduate high school matters – especially now. Kavanaugh was appointed by President Trump to become a member of the Supreme Court. The confirmation hearing has, however, become an ordeal...

I’m a Democrat … and I agree with Ben Carson

I’m a Democrat … and I agree with Ben Carson

By Noah Penasack, Hollis Brookline High School

October 11, 2018


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In this era of extreme political polarization, it is important to be able to recognize when an opponent introduces a motion that deserves bipartisan support. Last month, Ben Carson made an appeal to American cities and towns to reduce neighborhood zoning regulations (rules that restrict what types...

Civic duties must be accessible to students

Civic duties must be accessible to students

By Lucy Sandeen, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

October 11, 2018


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An effective democracy relies on its citizens’ civic participation, especially that of its young population. Voter participation primarily relies on registration rates. On Aug. 8, the St. Paul City Council confirmed 5-1 an ordinance that requires landlords to supply information to their tenants ab...

Florence brings memories of surviving Sandy

Florence brings memories of surviving Sandy

By Amanda Field, Tunstall High School

October 9, 2018


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On October 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy hit the state of New Jersey.  With Florence's early forecast projected to hit Danville hard, the flashbacks kept vividly playing through my mind. When I was 11 years old, I experienced my first hurricane. Although it was not classified as a hurricane when re...

How running unexpectedly changed my life

How running unexpectedly changed my life

By Grace Kirtley, Lafayette

October 8, 2018


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I was proudly wearing my Green Pines track uniform, not fully knowing how embarrassed I would be moments later. For some unknown reason I, a chubby fifth grader with a personal mile record of around 10 minutes, was chosen as the alternate for the mile at the annual track meet. One thing led to anot...

Developing Your Political Ideology

Developing Your Political Ideology

By Taylor Rohleen, Satellite High School

October 4, 2018


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At this time, you are in the ripe age of adolescence and on the cusp of adulthood. You are discovering yourself, forming your stances, your morals, and ultimately how you perceive life. This exploration of self and demolishment of role confusion is of absolute pertinence in this day and age: As a trail...

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