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Academy of Motion Picture Has Lost Its Identity

Academy of Motion Picture Has Lost Its Identity

By Chris Beauchamp, Sage Creek High School

February 26, 2019


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Before I begin with this discussion, this piece is a statement and opinion on the current status of the Academy of Motion Picture. This is in no way directed towards the art of cinema but towards the current Academy and the decisions that have been made (and undone). With all that being said, let’s beg...

Where to Draw the Line: Teachers and Students

Where to Draw the Line: Teachers and Students

By Aliya Linan, Santaluces High School

February 25, 2019


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As high school students, we begin as young teenagers and leave as youngs adults. Some may even leave as adults in the eyes of the law. We make decisions that could affect our entire lives. Spending seven or more hours a day at school, we can become influenced by our teachers, administrators or coaches. Knowing...

Life Through the Filter: VSCO’s Unrealistic Reality

Life Through the Filter: VSCO’s Unrealistic Reality

By Sarah Pinkowski, York Community High School

February 25, 2019


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Like many girls my age, I have a secret guilty pleasure: VSCO. First created in 2011 by founders Greg Lutze and Joel Flory as a way for users to organize and edit their photography, the app has become one of the biggest social media platforms to date. Boasting millions of aesthetically pleasing posts...

Born and Raised in Black and Gold

Born and Raised in Black and Gold

By Kristen Kinzler, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

February 25, 2019


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There’s something that’s kinda funny when you’re a sophomore in a school with kids you’ve pretty much known your whole life. It’s not necessarily a “ha-ha” kind of funny, but rather possesses a think-about-it sort of humor. Actually, it’s pretty weird, and may not be all that comforting....

Why I don’t have to be Republican to call myself patriotic

Why I don’t have to be Republican to call myself patriotic

By Alex Robinson, Walt Whitman High School

February 24, 2019


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Every year around Veteran’s Day, my elementary school music teacher would print out the lyrics of “God Bless the USA” for us to sing in class. My friends and I would belt out, “I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free,” and perform exaggerated hand movements we learned...

Who will save the senior speech? (Editorial)

Who will save the senior speech? (Editorial)

By Editorial Board, Saint Stephen's Episcopal School

February 23, 2019


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Note: The editorial board represents the opinions of the editors and staff of The Gauntlet. For those of us who have been part of the Saint Stephen’s community for longer than the past two years, we imagine senior speeches as engaging outlets for seniors to share stories and  reflect on their...

A woman’s place is in charge

A woman’s place is in charge

By Maddi Shinall, West High School

February 22, 2019


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I refreshed my Twitter feed while sitting in front of my living room TV on midterm election night, trying to get results as soon as they were available. I felt a growing sense of hope. At long last, it seemed there would be more women elected into office. More women were finally going to have a seat...

Column: What it’s actually like being Latina in the classroom

Column: What it’s actually like being Latina in the classroom

By Celeste Ramirez, The Archer School for Girls

February 21, 2019


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“Are Latinas responsible for teaching their peers about their race?” This is a question that has popped up in my life multiple times recently. Whether it comes up at an Hermanas Unidas affinity meeting, at a debrief of "The Hate U Give" at Archer's Diversity Conference or when setting classroom norms for...

One year after Parkland

One year after Parkland

By Isabel Nissley, Walnut Hills High School

February 20, 2019


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It was Valentine’s Day 2018 when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. This day was supposed to be filled with love, candy hearts and homemade valentines, but instead students hid in darkened classrooms, fearing for their futures. When the gunman walked away...

The not-so-Super Bowl

The not-so-Super Bowl

By Ryan Allen, Starr's Mill High School

February 20, 2019


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Going to the Super Bowl is something people cross off their bucket list and dream to attend. For me, it was just another day in my life. I have been working at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the past eight months climbing my way up to a great position. I started out running the condiment stand, one...

Idaho is no longer my Idahome: lessons in accepting and embracing change

Idaho is no longer my Idahome: lessons in accepting and embracing change

By Sydney Miller, Walt Whitman High School

February 20, 2019


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Here’s the thing: I was wrong about Idaho. If you know me, you’re probably really confused. You’ve heard me kick the dead horse that is my love of the Gem State ever since I moved to Bethesda in seventh grade. But I wasn’t wrong about how amazing it is; Idaho truly is one of the most naturally...

The Reality of Being a Browns Fan

The Reality of Being a Browns Fan

By Justin Ballou, Cedar Park High School

February 19, 2019


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On Sunday, Dec. 2, I attended the Cleveland Browns game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. The game was a disappointment, as most Sundays are for Cleveland fans, but it's always fun to see your favorite team up close and in person. Although the Browns got destroyed, I was able...

Subtle Asian Traits: When do memes become mean?

Subtle Asian Traits: When do memes become mean?

By Enzo Cabaltica, Lynbrook High School

February 19, 2019


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Bringing together more than a million members and still growing fast, Subtle Asian Traits (SAT) is a popular Facebook group where members share jokes about life as Asians. Created in Sept. 16, 2018 by nine Asian high school students from Melbourne, Australia, the group quickly gained the attention of...

Editorial: counseling department is understaffed

Editorial: counseling department is understaffed

By Pathfinder Editorial Board, Parkway West High School

February 17, 2019


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The counseling office is a constant hub of activity. All five counselors have a table used as a waiting room filled with drop-form-toting students, kids with parents’ notes requesting schedule changes; seniors begging for late arrival. But where are the kids who need counseling? Counselors are suppos...

The case for Linux: Why America should stop worrying and learn to love the penguin

The case for Linux: Why America should stop worrying and learn to love the penguin

By Harrison Glaze, North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia

February 16, 2019


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In a notorious series of Apple commercials that ran for the latter part of the last decade, a strapping young fellow in fashionable clothing announces, “I’m a Mac,” while a stodgy, physically unimpressive man in poorly fitted business attire proclaims, “I’m a PC.” The ensuing conversation...

More than just a lockdown drill

More than just a lockdown drill

By Delaney Owens, Walnut Hills High School

February 16, 2019


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Suddenly, my entire class is still, fingers frozen to our keyboards. It takes some of us longer than others to process what is happening: the deafening siren means a lockdown. We haven’t heard about a scheduled drill. It could be real this time. When the lockdown alarm went off on Dec. 7, I had...

Firearms: An Outdated Lifestyle

Firearms: An Outdated Lifestyle

By Edison Geiler, Millard West High School

February 16, 2019


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Professional video game player Timothy Anselimo had a bright future ahead of him. The Milwaukee Bucks drafted him to play for their NBA 2K team, giving him a salary of $30,000 with the chance to win one million dollars. Anselimo’s passion for sports video games led him to Jacksonville, Florida, on...

Gillette’s New Ad is a Message Men Need to Hear

Gillette’s New Ad is a Message Men Need to Hear

By Nima Ashtari, Westwood High School

February 16, 2019


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The practice of shaving is a routine most men are familiar with, a ritual that oozes with masculinity and is synonymous with “manliness.” On Jan. 13, Gillette, a popular shaving company, challenged this stereotype with a new short film they released on social media called We Believe: The Best Men Can Be. The roughly...

 College…It’s Not for Everyone

 College…It’s Not for Everyone

By Sarah Grace Mills, Dallastown Area High School

February 15, 2019


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Students sit all day in schools working, learning, studying, and testing. Why? To prepare for their futures. But what does life after high school look like? I agree that many students should go to college for their next step. It is a place with great opportunities, and it provides the higher level...

Column: Lights, Camera, Action — Street Food Cinema’s groovy outdoor movies

Column: Lights, Camera, Action — Street Food Cinema’s groovy outdoor movies

By Grace Wilson and Lauren Evans-Katz

February 15, 2019


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Street Food Cinema has revamped the classic movie-going experience. With the same vibe as the popular Cinespia and Rooftop Cinema Club, Street Food Cinema is a production company that projects classic pop culture films in a variety of outdoor venues across Los Angeles, while also offering gourmet s...

Groundhog Day is Bucket List Worthy

Groundhog Day is Bucket List Worthy

By Kolby Cowher, Tyrone Area High School

February 15, 2019


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Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, a quaint town of just over 5,700 people, explodes to 25,000 or more every February 2 as visitors from all over the world make the pilgrimage to see Phil the Groundhog's annual weather prediction. This holiday sounds, and indeed is, very wonky. Tourists flock to witness...

I owe you nothing

I owe you nothing

By Sophie Stephens, West High School

February 12, 2019


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Everything you do in high school has the chance of being noticed, questioned and even judged. No, West High isn’t an institution that breeds “mean girls,” popularity contests or anything else that may come straight out of a teen movie. However, in high school it isn’t uncommon for your de...

No School, No Work

No School, No Work

By Samantha Solenday, North Allegheny Senior High School

February 12, 2019


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Everyone remembers what it was like in elementary school, waiting for that important call while watching the news and trying to catch your school name scroll past on the list of cancellations, knowing that if it was on there, you would have the whole day to do whatever you wished. With the bonus time...

The magic of impractical passions: how making time for frivolity keeps us close to our true selves

The magic of impractical passions: how making time for frivolity keeps us close to our true selves

By Kelly Wei, Coppell High School

February 12, 2019


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I’ve often felt, rather than growing into the girl I am today, I plucked her out from between the folds of a crisp, clinical pamphlet and put her on. Before GPAs and SAT scores littered each of my classmates’ priorities - including my own - I was unafraid of failure and disapproval. I was...

Letter of Recommendation: Unified Basketball Games

Letter of Recommendation: Unified Basketball Games

By Karen Manley, Fossil Ridge High School

February 11, 2019


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Heading into my final season of Unified Basketball coverage, I feel an obligation not only to write about the games, but to make sure people are there to see them in the first place. For the last three years, I have felt like a part of the team. Because basketball was the first Unified sport I covere...

My experience at Super Bowl LIII

My experience at Super Bowl LIII

By Meera Dahiya, Walt Whitman High School

February 11, 2019


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"Beat L-A, beat L-A, beat L-A!" Swarms of Patriots fans chanted a phrase that has been dear to Boston sports since the 1980s rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. As a Patriots fan myself, I joined in on the chant and later that night enjoyed a 13–3 Patriots' victory. Concerned...

The Day I Met Kim Kardashian West

The Day I Met Kim Kardashian West

By Cynthia Molina, Godinez Fundamental High School

February 11, 2019


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The day you meet your idol, you are starstruck and have no words. You completely forget everything that’s going on around you. The moment she walks up to you, you can hardly breathe and after, you think to yourself, “How did I not tell her everything that I had planned?” On December 4, 2018,...

Holocaust Remembrance is More Important Now Than Ever

Holocaust Remembrance is More Important Now Than Ever

By Aaron Boorstein, Middleton High School

February 10, 2019


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With International Holocaust Remembrance Day - the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp - occurring last week, on January 27, 2019, we face a waning number of Holocaust survivors, an unprecedented upsurge of anti-Semitism, hate crimes, and...

The Time for Northam to Resign was Yesterday

The Time for Northam to Resign was Yesterday

By DHS Press Staff, Dominion High School

February 9, 2019


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In today’s society, there is a sharp focus on identifying any racism, sexism, or homophobia. Comedians, actors, and other public figures have their words and actions scrutinized on a regular basis. Our elected officials should be held to an even higher standard, because they can impact change on a...

Students Want to Use Voices But Censorship Remains

Students Want to Use Voices But Censorship Remains

By Claire Stowe, John Adams High School

February 8, 2019


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In 1988, the Supreme Court of the United States decided that the freedom of the press granted by the First Amendment does not apply to students and student publications, in the Hazelwood V. Kuhlmeier decision. Thirty-one years later, this decision still stands. But, as students living in an increasingly...

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