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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Recently, the Florida House of Representatives introduced HB 1423, which aims to ban children from attending drag performances. The GOPs political agenda is built around make-believe problems, conveniently ignoring real issues, like mental health and gun control.

It’s no longer ‘Don’t Say Gay’ in Florida—it’s don’t be gay

By Skyler Glenn, Hagerty High School March 31, 2023

The first time I saw a drag performance, it was at Hamburger Mary’s in Orlando. I was 12 years old, and when the dancers came to my table, I smiled and clapped. I did not question my beliefs, my sexuality,...

The Jewish Journals story on the Shalhevet-Buena Park game had consequences that made matters worse.

EDITORIAL: When journalism goes wrong

By The Boiling Point Editorial Board, Shalhevet High School March 30, 2023

“Antisemitic Incident Reported at Shalhevet Girls Basketball Game” was the headline attached to an article published by the Jewish Journal, a Los Angeles-based Jewish newspaper with a large website...

An exhausted service worker awkwardly awaits as a customer is deciding how much to tip — or if to tip at all.

Tipping culture has reached its tipping point

By Sam Sarma, Lynbrook High School - CA March 28, 2023

“One latte. That’ll be $5.45,” the cashier says. She turns the register screen around to face you, and so the internal monologue begins. The numbers stare you down, 10%? 15%? 20%? How much is appropriate?...

Women often feel compelled to get rid of certain linguistic tendencies and phrases to talk more like men

Stop policing how women talk

By Sarah Liu, Monta Vista High School March 28, 2023

It was like Grammarly with a twist. A few months ago, during my usual routine of falling into a zombie-like state while mindlessly scrolling through TikTok on a Saturday afternoon, I stumbled across...

AI has been shown to have gender bias, likely due to a lack of female representation in the technology industry and its use of biased resources.

Bias in AI could accentuate sexism

By Reese Duncan, Lincoln High School March 28, 2023

As Women’s History Month moves along, so does the development and the expanding influence of artificial intelligence technology. From ChatGPT to search engines, the world has become increasingly reliant,...

People commonly use the phrase “born in the wrong generation” in reference to music of past generations, but when the past is glamorized and taken out of its context, the phrase grows problematic.

Where “born in the wrong generation” grows problematic

By Shobini Iyer, Pleasant Valley High School - IA March 28, 2023

“I was born in the wrong generation.” This phrase is uttered by people of all ages, perhaps with a hint of nostalgia for a certain fashion trend or a longing for a time when life was simpler without...

SRVUSD needs to protect their students rather than ignore them.

SRVUSD’s sexual abuse records infected with lies and misconduct.

By Nishita Mukherjee, Dougherty Valley High School March 27, 2023

 In sixth grade, my favorite teacher was my math teacher. He was so sweet with me, I thought. He would make jokes, give me candy whenever I wanted and would listen to all of my middle school drama. ...

Hookup culture is defined as a culture that encourages hooking up which entails brief, uncommitted sexual encounters between two people who are not in a romantic relationship.

Hookup Culture harms physical and mental health

By Nolan Sargent, Southern Lehigh Senior High School March 24, 2023

Content warning: sex, sexual assault, rape culture We live in an era of extensive sexual liberation. With loosening social norms and advanced communication technology, it’s easier than ever to find...

An oil drilling and natural gas station is shown positioned in the ocean currently gathering resources that can be used as energy in the future. This is one of the 17 primary oil companies within Alaska.

Willow Project Achieves Total Climate Chaos

By Georgia Scherrer, Sage Creek High School March 24, 2023

Originally proposed in 2020 by the Trump administration, the Willow Project is a drilling venture set to last 30 years in Alaska’s North Slope Petroleum Reserve. This drilling project is proposed to...

Del Vals parking lot will need charing stations for electric vehicles after New Jersey takes aim at limiting carbon emissions in 2035.

Governor Murphy makes ‘electrifying’ announcement

By Ellen Jordan, Delaware Valley Regional High School March 24, 2023

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy rolled out an ambitious, environmentally-focused plan for the Garden State. His proposal has been met with much criticism, but it is a step in the...

Many American schools continue to use ineffective tactics to teach students to read, causing them to develop bad reading habits such as relying excessively on context provided by pictures to understand a book.

Opinion: Schools are failing young readers

By Isabella Zarzar, Carlmont High School March 23, 2023

Two-thirds of fourth graders in the United States struggle to read, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Nationwide, the average reading score on NAEP fell three points...

The climb towards racial equality is overshadowed by inter-minority racism and infighting.

Minorities … can be racist too?

By Myles Kim and Timothy Kim March 22, 2023

The evening news crackles in the background as a family eats their dinner. Is it another mass shooting? A brutal police killing of a minority? An uncomfortable conversation ensues; the father, a first...

The residential sector accounts for roughly 15% of natural gas consumption. As Gov. Tina Kotek has called for 36,000 new houses to be built each year, it’s vital for Oregon to move towards more sustainable energy sources in the face of climate change.

Sourcing sustainable housing

By Kaelyn Jones, West Linn High School March 22, 2023

As dozens of species go extinct each year, destructive weather strikes cities, and dire droughts impact thousands, climate change seems to constantly populate news cycles and social media feeds. But, as...

Despite being one of the wealthiest nations in the world, the United States is notorious for providing subpar provisions and unaffordable health care for its elderly population.

Abandoned and alone: America’s senior citizens failed by an unsympathetic system

By Leila Assadi, Pleasant Valley High School - IA March 22, 2023

“I feel like the only solution is pretty clear. In the end, isn’t it mass suicide of the elderly?” Yale University professor Yusuke Narita sparked outrage after this suggestion, beliving that...

For decades, school cafeterias have offered milk as the main beverage at lunch time

Intolerance beyond just lactose: how dietary racism shapes school lunches

By Janjabill Tahsin and Leila Hewitt March 21, 2023

The alarm rang in my ears as I struggled to rise from bed. I picked up my phone from under the pillow, and my eyes widened at the sight of the time displayed on the faded black background. It was 7:20,...

Chess tournaments are competitive and demand a high level of physical strength from the player as they can last upwards of nine hours. Chess should be categorized as a sport due to its intensity and the stamina players must have.

Settling the Debate: Chess Should Be Considered a Legitimate Sport

By Aditi Salunkhe, Portola High School March 20, 2023

Several of society’s debates are destined to continue forever. Among these is the controversial debate of whether or not chess should be categorized as a sport. Chess is undoubtedly a sport as it requires...

In recent decades, there have undoubtedly been marked strides in advancing women’s rights. Even so, gender discrepancies in wages persist and is indicative of entrenched sexism.

Wage gap epitomizes stagnation in gender equality efforts

By Grace Hamilton, The American School in London March 17, 2023

A few weeks ago, an email dropped in my inbox with the long-awaited, “It is with great pleasure we offer you a position for the 2023 summer season.” In my offer letter, I received a base rate of $18...

Kids should have access to digital literacy classes to gain crucial skills necessary to become mindful internet consumers.

Editorial: We need to implement digital literacy classes

By Editorial Staff and Annabel Chia March 17, 2023

The internet is always right. Most people have heard this phrase tossed around before in their lives. The speaker might have jokingly tossed this remark around, but a certain danger arises when the...

Seniors Kirsten Linton (left) and Grace Quinones show off their respective Cars and Paw Patrol backpacks. As part of the recent inner child trend, seniors nationwide are choosing to sport elementary-school backpacks to celebrate their nostalgic childhoods.

Exploring the childishness of today’s teens

By Wren Bulawin, Ruben S. Ayala High School March 17, 2023

High school and late adolescence is a time of great maturity. From learning to withstand peer pressure to applying for part-time jobs and colleges, students are expected to shed their childish, immature...

A study done by the National Library of Medicine shows that 80% of women face an unmet need for feminine hygiene products and a high risk of pregnancy complications.

Pregnancy, Periods, and Prison

By Ava DiGiacomo, North Allegheny Senior High School March 15, 2023

The issue of the treatment of women in prisons is one that affects many, yet is often not talked about enough. Reproductive health is neglected on a social and legal scale. In the past 50 years, the number...

OUT OF THIS WORLD OIL. ConocoPhillips’ long-pursued The Willow Project, was approved by the Biden administration today. This project aims to drill for a projected 180,000 barrels of oil every day. To put this into perspective there are 20 gallons of gas per barrel. An American car averages 24.6 miles per gallon which equates to 492 miles per barrel. So 180,00 barrels per day multiplied by 492 miles per barrel is approx 88.6 million miles produced per day. The moon is 238,900 miles from earth. Meaning that each day an individual could drive to the moon and back 372 times.

Biden trades the planet for oil by approving Willow Project

By Evan Morris, St. Paul Academy and Summit School March 15, 2023

Allowing The Willow Project to go forward will result in the extraction of a staggering amount of oil from Alaska’s north slope which will only serve to exacerbate the already dire climate crisis. Biden’s...

In addition to using phones at home, teens today constantly work on homework, assignments and tests on their school chromebooks. While technology has made it easier for teachers to share content, push out assignments and receive student’s work, this time quickly adds up to hours upon hours every day.

Dark sides of blue light

By Julia Mielczarek and Leila Rexhepi March 15, 2023

In this day and age, it is no secret that screens have become a significant part of our lives. From school assignments to keeping up on social media, communicating with family and friends and more, we...

Organic brown carton of eggs from Wegmans, sourced from local farms

Egg prices in the US rise to egg-straordinary highs

By Alex Vaccaro, Bernards High School March 15, 2023

Over the past few months, grocery shoppers across America have cringed amidst their strolls to the dairy aisle as a result of the exceptionally apparent incline in egg prices. Where egg consumers could...

Prince Harry’s memoir “Spare” has undermined the monarchy’s role of providing stability. “Spare” has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book of all time.

‘Spare’ by Prince Harry undermines role of monarchy

By Rahil Punshi, The American School in London March 14, 2023

Prince Harry’s much anticipated “Spare,” a personal memoir, has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book of all time, according to Forbes. “Spare” explores Prince Harry’s personal experiences,...

The missed diagnoses of ADHD have a disproportionate effect on young women.

Misunderstood and Misdiagnosed: The Long-Term Effects of ADHD in Women

By Ruby Batcheller, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School March 13, 2023

Around 5.6% of women and girls are impacted by attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), however this is only the percentage of those who have been diagnosed. The frequent underdiagnosis of ADHD...

Photo of Clayton high School student and Globe reporter, Aylah Hooper posed in the studio.

Being Black Where Black Feels Unwanted

By Aylah Hopper, Clayton High School March 13, 2023

The School District of Clayton prides itself on being a,“Place for Everyone in Head and Heart.” However, in my 12 years as a Black student in the District, I have found that it has been hard...

Nepotism exists far beyond celebrity circles, outlining the future of academia and politics alike.

Opinion: Admitted since Birth

By Aris Pastor, North Allegheny Senior High School March 10, 2023

In 2022, Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of famous actor Johnny Depp and actress Vanessa Paradis, told Elle, “If somebody’s mom or dad is a doctor, and then the kid becomes a doctor, you’re not going to...

Menstrual products like these are widely available in Manuals bathrooms. Photo by Isabella Edghill.

OPINION: Kentucky schools should provide menstrual products, period

By Isabella Edghill, duPont Manual High School March 8, 2023

While many adults may look back on their adolescent years with a sense of nostalgia, the daily grind of high school often chips away at developing teens. Many are navigating friendships, forging through...

A female Mallard duck scavenges alongside several others on a hotel-owned Lake Michigan beach in Traverse City, Michigan. These ducks, like many birds in North America, lively closely with humans, sometimes putting the birds at higher risk of human-caused death. According to the American Bird Conservancy, domestic cats kill around 2.4 billion birds in North America per year, making cats the biggest human-made threat to birds. Many of these deaths can be prevented by keeping cats indoors.

Cats are the Single Greatest Threat to Migrating Birds. Keep Them Indoors.

By Carly Philpott, Cherry Creek High School March 8, 2023

When I was in elementary school, my dad’s greatest mortal enemy was a cat called Salem. My dad has never been a cat person, but Salem was possibly the animal he hated most. He would spot Salem in...

Turf grass on the campus of Clover Hill High School.

Obsession with lawns harms environment for sake of vanity

By Jackson Lair, Clover Hill High School March 3, 2023

In a time of rampant habitat destruction and starvation, America continues to waste precious land and resources. America’s communities are surrounded by empty, dead space. The land is cleared of its...

The battle of ingratiating Black history into the mainstream has been arduous, especially with the media’s capitalization on villainizing Black history. Underneath this vilification lies a history that is abundant in culture and has impacted America more than it is typically credited with. “Representation is [a] really big [deal], and people want to do things that they can see themselves being represented in. I think that a lot of African Americans — and a lot of students in general — don’t know how rich the history of Black [people] is in America,” senior and Black Student Union president Lauren McLeod said.

The vilification of Black history is exactly why we need it

By Elizabeth Franklin, Parkway West High School March 2, 2023

In August 2022, as part of a new law that banned "sexually explicit" content in schools, nearly 300 books were pulled off the shelves in Missouri. Across the nation, schools and districts everywhere went...

Historically, photography has long been biased toward lighter skin tones. Over the years and over many different photography companies, students like junior Elizabeth Franklin have begun to see this bias seep into their school pictures. “It’s disappointing that each year, my school photos looked wildly different. Some have glares, and some are completely oversaturated,” Franklin said. “They don’t look like me and they don’t really represent me.”

Photography through a racial lens

By Serena Liu, Parkway West High School February 24, 2023

A photographer peers through their viewfinder. The subject smiles. A camera flashes. Every photo captures a moment in time. But for many people of color, pictures rarely capture authentic skin tones.  ...

A political cartoon depicting the shortcomings of philanthropy and its implications on society.

Philanthropy won’t save us. Here’s why.

By Myles Kim and Calvin Zhou February 23, 2023

Every year, countless stories praise one billionaire or another’s selflessness and altruism for their donations to charity. Yet each year, more bad actors use philanthropy more as a public relations...

Austins Net Zero plan seeks to create renewable energy solutions and eliminate carbon emissions through new infrastructure, but in reality these policies push for more urbanization and grant developers tax breaks.

Hidden in plain sight

By Evie Barnard, McCallum High School February 22, 2023

Austin’s growth is inevitable. Over the past decade it has consistently been ranked by publications such as U.S. News and World Report as one of the "best places to live." It is home to many of the...

Volunteer group Team TLC NYC is one of the many initiatives serving a wide range of migrants.

How Masters’ NYC neighbors are aiding incoming asylum seekers

By Alexa Murphy and Lydia Ettinger February 22, 2023

At Port Authority Bus Station in Manhattan, New York, barricades surround the waiting area, lined with soldiers deployed from the National Guard. Lines form in front of tables where just a few volunteers...

Nearly every day of the year is linked to its own holiday or remembrance. National Gorgeous Grandma Day, celebrated on July 23, is when people tell their grandmas how gorgeous they really are.

Obscure holidays are worth celebrating

By Indra Deshmukh, Dougherty Valley High School February 20, 2023

Ever heard of Elm Farm Ollie? On Feb. 18, 1930, this Guernsey cow was milked midair on the 72-mile flight from Bismarck, North Dakota to St. Louis, Missouri. Ollie had been selected for a scientific study...

Since affirmative action was first established there has been controversy surrounding whether colleges should factor in race when considering applicants for admission.

We still need affirmative action

By Claire Bradford and Haset Mekuria February 20, 2023

Affirmative action, a policy that has been in place for 61 years, is now threatened in light of the 2014 Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College lawsuit which reached the...

PV students struggle to hold on to complex texts as new legislation threatens to take them away.

Iowa governor Kim Reynolds mounts attack on education

By Josh Thomas, Pleasant Valley High School - IA February 16, 2023

On Thursday, Feb. 3, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds spoke out against students’ freedom of access to books at a Moms for Liberty event. Reynolds stated she believes that if a book is banned from one Iowa...

The AP African-American Studies course has sparked Republican criticism and served as a lightning rod in the debate over parents’ influence in education.

Gutting AP African-American studies sets dangerous precedent

By Finnegan Courtney ’23, Staples High School February 15, 2023

For over a decade, the College Board has put in time and tireless work to create an AP course that covers a subject seriously lacking in traditional high school history courses: Black and African-American...

Since affirmative action was first established there has been controversy surrounding whether colleges should factor in race when considering applicants for admission.

Rethinking affirmative action: an Asian student’s perspective

By Andrew Liu, Bellaire High School February 15, 2023

“Don’t check that race box.” “Don’t put your race as Asian, it’ll only hurt you.” These are the words of advice my parents, friends and peers have told me time and time again. But why...

Drawing of Tyre Nichols created after his death to pay tribute to his memory.

Opinion: Justice for Tyre Nichols also requires systemic changes to our policing system

By Josie Morrow, Rutherford B. Hayes High School February 13, 2023

It is a cold evening in Memphis, Tennessee as protesters march along Interstate 55. The sorrow and grief flooding the crowd seemed far too familiar as, yet again, another innocent African American was...

In an ideal world, disabled actors are recognized for their talents.

Hollywood needs to cast more disabled actors

By Owen Chaidez, Downers Grove South High School February 13, 2023

For years, Hollywood has incorporated characters with disabilities into their stories to varying degrees of success. While there have been numerous times where it’s done well, it often seems off, and...

When society places unrealistic and unhealthy expectations for how women’s bodies “should” look, it dismisses the adverse physical and mental harm that accompanies the objectification of women.

Not malleable objects: Society’s standards of body expectations are changing again

By Leila Assadi, Pleasant Valley High School - IA February 10, 2023

The 2020s saw the recycling of many trends from the ‘90s and early 2000s such as low-rise jeans, Polaroid cameras and platform sandals. Meanwhile,  another trend that is much more harmful in nature...

Adjusting classes and curriculum will only serve to combat the root of racist ideologies if people — the true perpetrators — change.

U-High must shine a light on Asian American struggles

By Amy Ren, University of Chicago Laboratory High School February 10, 2023

“You can’t take Chinese because you are Chinese.”  “You’re already an expert. There’s nothing for you to learn.”  “It’s not fair for the other students because you speak Chinese...

School lunches have had a decline in nutritional value over the past few decades.

Opinion: School lunches, sponsored by Domino’s

By Grace Metz, Rutherford B. Hayes High School February 9, 2023

The year is 2010, and America is in the throes of a childhood obesity crisis. President Obama stands at a lectern at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington, D.C., flanked by First Lady Michelle...

A few doilies made by Kathi Gemperline, who said she would encourage others to learn to make handmade items.

Sweatshops and sustainability: how fast fashion harms us all

By Brennan Mumper, Rutherford B. Hayes High School February 8, 2023

It has happened to just about everybody. That new T-shirt, purchased only a few months ago, has loose threads hanging from the sleeves and the collar. The skirt, which looked so nice in the picture on...

Although in recent years more Generation Z and Millennial individuals have been voting, there is still a lack of age range in our elected positions.

It’s Time To Retire — Make Room for the Next Generation

By Lucy MacNeela, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School February 7, 2023

Many Americans fantasize about the day that they can retire from their jobs. It is a chance to step back from the pressures and stress that burden the workforce and begin a new chapter in one's adult life....

In the digital world, sales and competition are tipping towards online resellers.

Opinion: Killer Sales

By Sierra O'Neil, North Allegheny Senior High School February 7, 2023

With clothes old and new now at the touch of a button, “I have nothing to wear!” is a statement rarely uttered by most teenagers. With the days of scavenging through overflowing sale racks and rummaging...

Lawmakers in Missouri voted to update the dress code exclusively for women Jan. 11. The new bill requires women’s arms to be covered by a blazer, cardigan or knit blazer. “There’s a lot of cost to purchasing new clothes. If you must wear a long-sleeved blazer or something over a short-sleeved outfit, that is a huge cost to be considered; It requires women to change what’s already [in their wardrobe]. This bill requires female members to take an extra step because not all business-casual clothing for women is made in long sleeves,” social studies teacher Rachel Money said.

The battle between feminism and equality

By Audrey Ghosh and Emily Early February 3, 2023

The Missouri House of Representatives recently updated its dress code in a 105-51 decision, requiring female legislators to cover their arms with a jacket, cardigan or knit blazer. Mainstream media quickly...

As the effects of climate change set in and politicians and corporations continue to ignore scientists warnings, it can seem like fighting for our planet is a losing battle. With the power of optimism and personal action, however, its possible to envision and make strides towards a positive and sustainable future.

All hope is not lost

By Shield editorial board, McCallum High School February 3, 2023

The headlines scream that it’s too late. People are tracking their carbon footprints all over the planet, rising sea levels are swallowing cities and glaciers are melting under penguins’ feet. If we...

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