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Opinion: We’re not going away

More Asian people are starting to appear in mainstream American media.

By Kaylene Lin, Carlmont High School

March 24, 2020

I always felt a little different growing up. My forehead was always a little too big, my skin a little too tan, and my eyes a little too small. Walking to the bus stop, talking to my friends, going in for an interview, I was always incredibly conscious of the fact that I am Asian. I was never bullied...

The Anguish of Angels: How our country’s system fails to protect abused children

Netflix's newest true crime documentary looks into America's broken system and how its negligence has resulted in the harm and deaths of   many children nationwide.

By Georgia Ruffolo, Academy of the Holy Names

March 19, 2020

Since the release of Netflix’s most recent true crime docuseries, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez, audiences were shown not only the horrors and inhumane treatment of the 8-year-old during the six month period before his death, but more so the devious ring of corruption and indifference that has infiltrated...

Column: Hoping for better opportunities

By Anna Velazquez, Lewisville High School - TX

March 13, 2020

It didn’t happen all at once. It all happened slowly, so slow I hadn’t really realized what was occurring. Or maybe I was just too young and naive to care, but it took a bit of time for me to notice the little things missing in my home. It wasn’t like someone was stealing from us. No, it was...

Self-Hatred, Autism, and Discrimination: How I Left My Feeling of Inferiority at the Door

Integration can be hard, but that's nothing to be ashamed of.

By Andrew Clair, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School

March 12, 2020

A cold September gust of wind stretched across the asphalt landscape, slapping against my face and worsening the bubbling anxiety already growing in the pit of my stomach. Pensively walking towards the designated line for second graders, I anxiously waited for the whistle to boom and the first day at...

The Unspoken Truth About Sexual Assault

The %23MeToo movement encouraged survivors of sexual violence to speak out.  This article discusses how far we still have to go.

By Dani Benavides, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

March 12, 2020

Trigger warning: Mentions of sexual assault and those emotional effects on people. It always seems impossible, until it happens to you. As only a sophomore in high school, I already have multiple friends around my age who have experienced one form or another of sexual assault. On top of that, almost...

Context is everything

A search on Wikipedia reveals that the “OK symbol” has multiple other ascribed meanings. It is the ambiguity of the symbol that has prompted groups like the Antidefamation League to urge people to use caution when evaluating the symbol.

By The Shield editorial board, McCallum High School

March 11, 2020

The commonly used “OK” hand symbol can be defined as many things, depending on who you ask. It is used to check one’s scuba gear after entering the water and in yoga to symbolize inner perfection. In basketball, the “OK” symbol is used by referees to signal that a shot attempt has been released...

All the Difference

An NHL player's triumph over addiction is proof of the difference proper assistance can make.

By Kristen Kinzler, North Allegheny Senior High School

March 11, 2020

Last week, I was mindlessly scrolling through Twitter when I came across a story that physically made my heart ache. I stopped in my tracks as I watched a video of Bobby Ryan, a professional hockey player for the Ottawa Senators, start to nearly cry on the bench. He had just scored a hat trick in his first game since completing the NHL Players’ Association assistance program for alcohol addiction. He ...

Nebraska needs to join the ERA of equality

People protest the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the Lincoln Capitol Building in 1973. Nebraska became the first state to ratify the ERA in 1972 but became the first state to withdraw in 1973.

By Morgan Weir, Millard West High School

March 11, 2020

On March 22, 1972, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), a proposed constitutional amendment to fight sex-based discrimination and ensure equal rights which was introduced in 1923. The active clause of the ERA would read: "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by...

Breaking down biraciality: I am myself

I embrace my multiraciality as not just my identity on the surface but fundamentally who I am.

By Owen Spargo, Dougherty Valley High School

March 11, 2020

The most frequent question I have been asked throughout my childhood is, “So what are you?” I often proceed by staring at the other person in confusion. Are they asking about my ethnic background? My religion? Whether I’m a human or alien? My answer is most usually along the lines of, “My...

New anti-lynching act: A small, yet apologetic gesture to America’s greatest victims

Between the years of 1920 and 1938, the NAACP flew a flag like the one pictured to mark the lychings of black people in the United States.

By TJ Brown, Pleasant Valley High School - IA

March 11, 2020

The year is 2020, but somehow, anti-lynching legislation was passed in the House of Representatives just two weeks ago. If passed by the Senate and signed by President Donald Trump, it will have taken 120 years for the U.S. to pass an anti-lynching law since a similar bill was first proposed. The news...

Should Refugees Still Be Accepted Into European Countries?

Refugees migrating by boat in search for a new home.

By Zayaan Tirmizi, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

March 11, 2020

We’ve all seen it. The videos circulating around the Internet of a small Syrian child whose face has been caked with grime and blood, being rejected by the borders of European nations. The refugee crisis is undoubtedly one of the most controversial crises of the 21st century. Here is my take: The...

Turncoat: UBI, Free Money and Conservatism

A universal basic income (UBI) has been embraced by certain politicians and pundits on both the left and the right.

By Jonathan Ross, North Allegheny Senior High School

March 10, 2020

On July 6th, 1535, Sir Thomas More was beheaded by Henry VIII after refusing to abandon his staunch Catholic beliefs. Four hundred years later, he was canonized as Saint Thomas for his martyrdom as the Archbishop of Canterbury. More was far from a stubborn conservative, though; he was a lawyer, author,...

Guns Kill People


By Billy Gardner, Lake Forest High School

March 10, 2020

Guns kill people. It seems that this simple fact is often disregarded or even denied when the debate over gun control occurs, but it’s quite simple: guns kill people. A gun is a tool, true enough, but it is expressly designed for the purpose of harming others. This is indisputable. So why do we...

Commentary: Goodbye, Elizabeth Warren

2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren holds a rally in Oakland in May 2019. Warren was the final major female candidate left standing in the 2020 Democratic primary but dropped out of the race Thursday morning.

By Anna Brodsky, Archer School for Girls

March 10, 2020

When I got the New York Times push notification Thursday morning that Senator Elizabeth Warren had decided to suspend her campaign, I wasn't surprised. After disappointing levels of support in the early primaries in Super Tuesday including a third-place finish in her home state of Massachusetts, her e...

The Iran Resolution: A Good First Step

Congress is the beating heart of our democracy. It needs to get its act together.

By Casey Murray, Lake Forest High School

March 9, 2020

The last several years have seen a dramatic expansion of presidential power in the face of an increasingly dysfunctional Congress. The War Powers legislation passed by the House of Representatives and more recently the Senate represents a good start toward curtailing the powers of the presidency, but ...

Changing our mindset towards Special Olympics

Junior and cheerleader Tori Fischer hugs a Special Olympics athlete during the opening ceremony last year. Throughout the basketball tournament, cheerleaders encourage athletes from the side of the court. “Cheering for Special Olympics is honestly one of my favorite things I get to do during the school year,” Fischer said. “At normal games, we have to stay in formations and do planned cheers and people are so used to us that [it] doesn't get people excited. But at Special Olympics a lot of the athletes get excited when they hear us cheering for them and we can cheer them on in a totally relaxed and more personal way.”

By Pathfinder Editorial Board, Parkway West High School

March 9, 2020

In the days following Special Olympics, Instagram floods with photos of “Buddies” smiling next to their athletes. Buddies are student volunteers who help and support their partnered Special Olympics athlete throughout the event. However, the basketball tournament, the sole purpose of the event, is...

Black History Month: How Silence Spoke Louder Than Words

The name plate of Freshman Principal Keena Moore is atop a paper presenting Shirley Chisholm, the first African American U.S. Congresswoman. Both Moore and the paper demonstrate a lack of full representation in MHS as Moore is one of two African American faculty members in a high school of 2,250 students, and Chisholm's paper is one of a couple scarce posters scattered around a three-story building. This is how MHS carried out black history month.

By Lauren Pickett, Marquette High School

March 9, 2020

As February, the month reserved for acknowledging black history, fades into March, I found these last 29 days only provided me with feelings of shame and resentment. These emotions stem from the mistreatment of Black History Month at MHS, which held no events, spurred no conversation, created no coverage...


Whitney Nguyen poses for a portrait for her story about her own experiences with child abandonment. Read the print version of the story in any physical copy of On The Record around Louisville.

By Whitney Nguyen, Dupont Manual High School

March 5, 2020

SENSITIVE CONTENT WARNING: This piece contains content that some may find disturbing. “Do you ever want to meet your father?” The spoon nestled within the palm of my hand halted inches before my mouth, the soup wobbling before spilling over the edge onto the table. I stared blankly at the mes...

Public benefits: Are they really for the public?

The Statue of Liberty's original inscription of Emma Lazarus's poem is reworded to say

By Michelle Zhu, Lynbrook High School - CA

March 4, 2020

On Sept. 27, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a stricter criteria on green card applications. In a 5-4 vote, it ruled that the Trump administration is allowed to judge applications for green cards more harshly based on an one's dependence on public assistance, or their potential for becoming...

Many More Issues to Address Before Mars Blast-Off

Scanning the heavens -- Trinity students gaze through a telescope during the Aug. 11, 2018, solar eclipse.

By Michael Chou, Trinity High School

March 4, 2020

“Prepare for landing in T-minus 15 minutes.” The astronaut rouses himself from perhaps his last unpleasant nap. Pushing himself out of bed, he leaves his sleeping chamber and greets the other four people on the ship. One crew member floats over to the radio and begins the regular check with Mission...

Reorder the Primaries

In an increasingly diverse country, it's unfortunate that two less diverse states control the headlines at the outset of the primary election.

By Neeti Cherukupalli, North Allegheny Senior High School

March 3, 2020

Over the course of the past few weeks, there has been a lot of talk about the upcoming caucuses and primaries. Although winning in one state may not mean much in the grand scheme of things, early victories in primary elections can still have drastic impacts on the overarching outlook of a candidate’s...

Panic spreading like the novel coronavirus

A 3D illustration of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus - MERS-CoV - which shares the same family as the novel coronavirus.

By Michelle Zhang, Millard West High School

March 3, 2020

It is well established that the novel coronavirus, officially termed COVID-19, is a threat to humanity as the everchanging virus continues to spread from person to person transmission. Originating from Wuhan, China, the infection has spread all across the globe to nearly 50 countries -- as of February...

An Economic Epidemic

South Korean medical workers wearing protective gear carry samples as they visit a residence of people with suspected symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus, near the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu on Feb. 27.

By Maggie McKinney, Notre Dame de Sion

March 3, 2020

The World Health Organization declared the newest coronavirus, COVID-19, a “public health emergency of international concern.” But the virus is not simply a global health concern—it is a global economic crisis as well. With death tolls rising and confirmed cases spreading internationally, ...

Electability and Sexism

Researchers at Harvard found that voters view power-seeking women as angry, aggressive and unlikeable, while power-seeking men were strong, stoic, and capable.

By Jesse Hausknecht-Brown, Iowa City High School

March 3, 2020

In the 2020 presidential election cycle, American voters have seen a more diverse field of candidates than ever before. Multiple women, people of color, people from different religious backgrounds, and an LGTBQ+ person announced that they would run for the oval office. As a volunteer for the Elizabeth...

Prioritizing electability in politics eviscerates democracy

Going into the 2020 elections, voters should consider policy positions on issues such as healthcare, the environment and the economy, rather than “electability.”

By Sanjana Ranganathan and Vivian Kuang

March 3, 2020

According to a Gallup poll from November 2019, 60% of Democrats surveyed prioritized a candidate with the best chance to beat the incumbent Donald Trump, even if the candidate differs from them on many major issues. This concept of “electability” is not new to politics. But with Democrats anxious...

Editorial: Bring attention and respect back to public education

A private school student showered in money is juxtaposed with a public school student shrouded in darkness, highlighting the differences in the Trump administration's take on public education.

By Epic Staff, Lynbrook High School - CA

March 3, 2020

In President Donald Trump's Feb. 4 State of the Union address, he introduced a policy toward education that seems positive at first glance, but will in truth have dire effects on public schools across the country. Trump spoke of his new nationwide opportunity scholarship programs as great strides...

Coronavirus necessitates global cooperation

The Coronavirus has taken the world by storm in previous months. In order to best combat the spread of the disease, global leaders must work together, be transparent with information and follow advice from experts.

By Sal Cerrell, The American School in London

March 2, 2020

As the ongoing coronavirus outbreak has all but dominated public discourse since its worldwide emergence in January, the true extent of the threat it poses has become direly more clear. An analysis conducted by the Economist suggests that  “25-70% of an infected country’s population” could become...

Bowles: Oklahoma, Texas reveal nationwide problem with racial bias 

An image of the Tulsa Race Riot that killed over 300 people despite never  being taught before in Oklahoma schools.

By Luke Bowles, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

March 2, 2020

In 1921, after the smoke cleared in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 300 people lay dead--almost all African Americans. More than 1,000 homes were burned and looted, and the alleged sexual assault committed by a black man that sparked the violence turned out to be completely fabricated. Known as the Tulsa Race Mass...

Black history is American history, not just a month of the year

African Americans have struggled to fight for freedom and equality; their history should be taught year-round, not just celebrated in one month.

By Grace Edwards, Watkins Mill High School

February 28, 2020

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.”  Two scores, one decade, and seven years ago, a renowned American gave an eminent speech that would one day...

Fair and Deadly: Why the Pressure to Be Whiter Should Not Be Ignored

Women of color are often cast aside in the shadow of more prominent white women.

By Arpitha Sistla, Marquette High School

February 28, 2020

The smell of Fair and Lovely skin bleaching cream is an all too familiar scent for me. Flowery and elegant, the bright pink tube and the beautiful photoshopped woman’s face promise the user a whiter skin tone in the span of just a week of regular use. The box goes as far as to showcase a transformation...

Past to Present: An Adoption Story

The day we met: My mom, Cathy Boyer, proud new parent

By Chelsea Boyer, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

February 28, 2020

I was adopted on May 12, 2005. I was found on November 20, 2003, in Taizhou, China. I was adopted when I was about 1 and a half years old. I was said to have been left at a blood bank at birth.  Technically, I’m not exactly sure. Later I learned that many adoption agencies make up stories to “satisfy”...

Jira: The Black News Channel fails to address journalism’s diversity problem

The Black News Channel aims to solve the lack of diversity issue in journalism today.

By Violet Jira, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

February 28, 2020

I grew up on broadcast journalism. Whether it was listening to “All Things Considered” on road trips with my dad, watching “Meet the Press” on Sundays before church or eating dinner over “NBC Nightly News,” I was there to soak up every single word—until I realized that maybe every single...

Rowland: White privilege needs to be addressed

White privilege needs to be addressed, and it needs to be solved. 

By Gracie Rowland, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

February 28, 2020

As Black History Month draws to an end, I am once again reminded of my own privilege. While this statement may seem odd or bristling, it's true. I don’t have to fight for recognition or equality regarding my race; it is handed to me on a sterling silver platter. I don’t experience injustice or maltreatment...

YouTube’s biggest downfall is itself

Due to Youtube's inability to resolve problems impacting Youtube Creators and the general public, JagWire reporter/photographer Evan Sherman predicts an inevitable downfall of the company.

By Evan Sherman, Mill Valley High School

February 28, 2020

Ever since video sites started to take off, YouTube has been making more and more money at the expense of its content Creators and users (YouTube makes around $7.60 every one thousand views while Creators make about $4.16), while Creators suffer the consequences of a broken system that allows the platfo...

The Gender Wage Gap is Real

Even in 2020, the gender wage gap exists and is a relevant issue.

By Quinn Volpe, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

February 28, 2020

As someone who believes that men and women should be equal, I am able to recognize how far the fight for women’s rights has come. In the last hundred years, women have been granted the right to vote, legislation has been passed to prevent discrimination, and now a record number of women are serving...

Travel Restrictions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus Will Backfire

A graph displays the 2020 cases and deaths of the coronavirus in China as of Feb. 24. On Feb. 12, the Hubei province's method for classifying COVID-19 changed, causing the sudden surge in daily clinically diagnosed cases that day.

By Bernice Chen, WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL - Austin

February 28, 2020

Since its first diagnosis last December, the coronavirus, now officially named COVID-19, has continued to spread around the world. Around 80,000 people are confirmed to be infected with the disease, and over 2,000 have died, although many were already in poor health before they experienced the symptoms...

We are not a virus

A girl with the coronavirus wears a face mask to prevent spreading the disease.

By Ashley Masingale, Wakefield High School - NC

February 28, 2020

Xenophobia: fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers. Racism and xenophobia have been rooted in American history since it was founded. Today, though loosened, these roots still exist. Events like 9/11, Donald Trump’s plans to “build the wall” and the Muslim ban...

Speak to Silence: the causes of eating disorders and my story

Speak to Silence tackles eating disorders and opening up tough conversations in its first chapter.

By Susie Seidel, Parkway West High School

February 28, 2020

It’s no secret that society today is seemingly exploding under the pressure of eating kale and riding a Peloton, having a perfect bikini body and idolizing models and influencers who behind the screen, may not be as perfect as you’d think. It is from these small influences ranging to larger trauma...

Why my hijab does not define my faith

My hijab does not define how I practice and follow my religion.

By Shereen Ahmed, Dougherty Valley High School

February 27, 2020

There I stood, with the hijab in my hands. My head was itching and my mind was struggling, debating whether to wrap this piece of fabric around myself. It was an early November afternoon and in the back of my mind ran two scenarios. The first included me being myself and going to the Muslim party without...

Opinion: The American dream has moved on

The words that make up the drawing of America symbolize what goes in and what comes out of the American dream.

By Cori Nicholson, Carlmont High School

February 27, 2020

The American dream: where equal opportunity is available to any American, allowing the highest aspirations and goals to be achieved.  However, the American dream isn't actually "American." America was just the first place it came true for many people. This was due to two things: democracy and...

Coronavirus does not excuse racism

Writer Nicole Ong stands wearing the surgical mask donned by many as protection from the newfound virus; she holds a sign saying

By Nicole Ong, Lynbrook High School - CA

February 27, 2020

“My dad said to stay away from you since you might give me Coronavirus,” my classmate laughed, and so did I, failing to realize the implications of the comment. I shrugged, a vague discomfort settling in my gut before I realized her dad’s reasoning: I’m Chinese. These occurrences are far from...

Shopping at Goodwill doesn’t make you ‘woke’

As thrifting has grown in popularity, prices of secondhand clothing have increased, causing a problem for many low-income buyers.

By Molly Wetsch, Lincoln High School

February 27, 2020

Over the past few years, it has become increasingly popular for teenage girls to go ‘thrifting’ rather than buying their clothes from traditional stores. The draw to thrifting is usually that the clothing is cheaper, but additionally, a light has been shed on its environmental sustainability, which...

Censorship extends to Internet

Internet censorship data. Statistics from BrandonGaille and World Economic Forum.

By Polina Dashevsky, The American School in London

February 26, 2020

Imagine a society without online censorship – terrorist propaganda, hate speech and sexually graphic images could all run rampant on social media and the Internet. While this outcome is exaggerated, it can altogether be assumed that the online world could become upended. Censorship is a tool that...

I Don’t Care.

Lizzo displaying her

By Claire Majerac, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

February 26, 2020

How easy is it to say: “I don’t care”? How easy is it to ignore rude, cruel, and harsh comments from others who in society’s viewpoint, are better than you? One person who demonstrates this skill to the best of anybody’s ability that I’ve ever seen is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, but perhaps...

Editorial: Teens need educational tools to fuel political duties

As the presidential election nears, some high school students are preparing to vote.

By Editorial Staff, Carlmont High School

February 26, 2020

Alexander Hamilton was the first secretary of the United States Treasury. Franklin Roosevelt implemented the First New Deal of 1933. The Marshall Plan was created by Americans to rebuild Europe after World War II. We have learned all of these facts from our history classes, but what do we know about...

OPINION: Dress code survey lacks clarity, perpetuates inequality

Manual RedEye staff members pose in outfits that they might consider to be pushing the limits of the dress code.

By RedEye Staff, duPont Manual High School

February 26, 2020

This week, Manual’s Culture and Climate Committee released a survey aimed at getting the perspectives of all stakeholders on the topic of “appropriate school attire.” However, despite the well-intended efforts of inclusivity and stakeholder involvement, this survey has failed at what it aimed...

Consequences of college packing

In the box and around it lie a variety of materials that students use to prepare for college applications.

By Sharlene Chen, Lynbrook High School - CA

February 26, 2020

As a result of Lynbrook’s competitive atmosphere, students often look for ways to build a promising resume. Many choose to participate in college “packaging” programs offered by various counseling services. Despite the allure of a single program resolving the struggle to craft a convincing resume,...

Why Americans Should Fund a Partial Basic Income (OPINION)

By Emara Saez and Mei Lamison

February 25, 2020

What would you do if the government gave you $1000 monthly? What would it enable you to do? While this idea may seem far-fetched, its implementation may soon become a reality. After all, the popularity of a Universal Basic Income, or UBI, has risen in the last few months. A UBI defines the idea of...

The Disappointment at the State of the Union

At a time when America appears to be making great strides in social justice, President Trump's decision to award Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom felt like an insult.

By Jordan Atkins, North Allegheny Senior High School

February 25, 2020

“If any race should not have guilt about slavery, it’s Caucasians.” That is a quote directly from Rush Limbaugh, recent recipient of the nation's highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom. On his radio show, Limbaugh is known for his conservative views and controversial language....

It happens here

According to the Argus Leader, violent crimes in South Dakota was approximately 405 offenses per 100,000 people in 2019. The national rate is 370 per 100,000 people.

By Carly Wheeler, Lincoln High School

February 25, 2020

I have always lived in Sioux Falls, and I have always felt safe here. As I got older and had the opportunity to stretch beyond my southeast Sioux Falls bubble, it was bizarre to me how parents from other, bigger cities did not allow their kids to walk a couple of miles to school by themselves or go to...

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