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2020 Hopefuls and women of color: Earning the vote

2020 Hopefuls and women of color: Earning the vote

By Gabrielle Donaldson, Wakefield High School

April 19, 2019


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In 2019, the black female community is seeking a return on their investments: to gain support for their own political initiatives and to have their voices heard by politicians who can potentially earn their votes. Historically, black women account for a large portion of the American electorate. We...

Column: Being a gay minority

Column: Being a gay minority

By Anna Velazquez, Lewisville High School

April 19, 2019


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I sat on my front porch, hands in my lap as my legs swung back and forth. I could feel the sweat running down my forehead due to the Texas sun radiating on my face and body but I didn’t care. I let out an exaggerated sigh hoping it would lift my mood; it didn’t. I had too many thoughts going through...

Han Gil Hotel brings drug discussion startlingly close to home

Han Gil Hotel brings drug discussion startlingly close to home

By Anthony Cesario, Coppell High School

April 19, 2019


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When I heard we were going to spend sixth period in the Coppell High School arena for a talk about drugs, I, like my friends, was less than enthusiastic. But within minutes of when Assistant U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of Texas Rick Calvert began discussing the case of the Han Gil Hotel,...

Burnout: The Gifted Student Epidemic

Burnout: The Gifted Student Epidemic

By Roxy Lockard, Scott County High School

April 18, 2019


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5:45 AM. The alarm rings, beginning the almost 18 hour day 6:30. Choke down a breakfast and wave the fatigue away, as the anxiety about all the deadlines swirls. 7:30. Lug a 25 pound backpack to the early morning class taken to allow for extra credits. 8:30 to 12:15. Get in 4 classes, frantically...

Conformity in Japanese Society

Conformity in Japanese Society

By Erika L. (12), International School of the Sacred Heart

April 18, 2019


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In late October of 2017, an article about an 18-year-old Japanese high school girl who sued the Osaka Prefectural Government after her high school repeatedly forced her to dye her naturally brown hair, black, was published by the Guardian. According to the article, the student—instructed by multiple teachers to “dye her h...

Why School Start Times Should Be Later

Why School Start Times Should Be Later

By Carlos Eckert, Friends Select School

April 18, 2019


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It’s 5:59 in the morning, the sun is beginning to rise, and you are in a deep sleep. The night before you got home at 9:00 from work and started your homework while you ate spaghetti. Upon finishing your homework you checked your watch and it read 12:13 A.M. You immediately went to sleep. Fast-forwarding...

Identity Crisis

Identity Crisis

By Kristen Kinzler, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

April 18, 2019


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Every time someone asks me to describe myself, one of the first words that come to mind is “smart." It’s not a matter of arrogance or an attempt to brag. It simply feels like a fact-- something I, like many of my other classmates, was raised to believe. It’s something that so many of us have heard...

FIGHT OAR DIE

FIGHT OAR DIE

By Rachel Kuntz, Powell High School

April 18, 2019


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The waves hit the boat aggressively while the scorching sun scalds the four men by the minute, but nevertheless, they take it stroke by stroke. And with each stroke, they reach closer to their destination, 3,000 nautical miles from the starting line and one step closer to their ultimate goal. After th...

Where’s the Honor?

Where’s the Honor?

By Caroline Mura, North Allegheny Senior High School

April 17, 2019


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With the final stretch of the school year and finals season looming on the horizon, some of us may have already forgotten about the hysteria that consumed the junior class just a few weeks ago. National Honor Society distributed applications to eligible candidates and students scrambled for volunteer...

What Nora knows about being an ethical tourist this spring break

What Nora knows about being an ethical tourist this spring break

By Nora Verdier, East Grand Rapids High School

April 17, 2019


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Within a matter of days, the Grand Rapids airport will be buzzing with families and friends excitedly escaping the brisk beginnings of spring in Michigan to soak up the sun in a distant tropical location: Jamaica, the Bahamas, Mexico -- the list of paradisiacal daydreams goes on. Most of us traveling...

NCAA athletes deserve to be paid

NCAA athletes deserve to be paid

By Karthik Yalala, Algonquin Regional High School

April 14, 2019


Filed under Opinions

One of the most famous U.S. college sports tournaments playing out right now, March Madness, raises an important question that’s often debated by fanatic college sports fans: should college athletes get paid? According to the NCAA, there were over 97 million viewers of the 68-team March Madness...

Life as a visually impaired student

Life as a visually impaired student

By Ritika Khanal, Mountlake Terrace High School

April 14, 2019


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Imagine one day, you wake up to find the world has been stripped of all color and shape. All you are left with is the light of day, the darkness of night and the outline of a person if they are standing right in front of you. If you can imagine this, then you are imagining how I see the world every d...

Every Day Is a Battle to Breathe

Every Day Is a Battle to Breathe

By Amanda Murphy, Abington High School

April 11, 2019


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Going to school, some students are nervous about who they are going to sit with, what their teachers will be like, or what friends will be in their classes. I, too, can be nervous about school, but for me I am nervous about sick people. I have to be cautious about them. If they sneeze or if they cough,...

Place over taste: The case for bad coffee

Place over taste: The case for bad coffee

By Matt Troher, Downers Grove North High School

April 11, 2019


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I am a coffee snob. I exclusively buy whole coffee beans, grinding them myself as I go. I wouldn’t touch anything pre-ground with a ten-foot pole. I use a French press to craft my morning beverage, and I look down on anyone who uses a percolator as their weapon of choice. Cream and sugar -- who...

American Education: A Flawed System

American Education: A Flawed System

By Jenny Tucker, Sage Creek High School

April 11, 2019


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In my sophomore year, a year where I attended an American school based in London, I spent the majority of my days working on chemistry and geometry for an average of four to eight hours per day. I visited my teachers twice a day and asked question after question. Only about half the time did I leave...

‘Self-care’ buzzword vague, open to misinterpretation

‘Self-care’ buzzword vague, open to misinterpretation

By Maria Gacia, Akins High School

April 11, 2019


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There’s a lot of misconceptions about what self-care actually is thanks to all the marketing and social media posts advertising various wellness products. The term self-care is so vague that it is open for various interpretations. Many times when people think about what it is, it is associated with...

Why I’m a proud “choirboy”

Why I’m a proud “choirboy”

By Joseph Ferrari, Walt Whitman High School

April 10, 2019


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“Listen, I might not have the words to ‘Vive l'Amour’ down straight, but I know damn well what I’m about to say to you today,” a Whitman senior said to the reception of rousing applause and laughter. A chorus of 50 boys wearing black suits and Carolina blue ties listened giddily as the senior...

I was approached by a prisoner

I was approached by a prisoner

By Emanuel Negrete, Middle College High School @ Santa Ana College

April 10, 2019


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What would you do if a person approached you and immediately said, “I need help. I just got out of prison and I am hoping to go to Orangethorpe.” Imagine my surprise when I would soon be in this position where, late at night on my way home from work, I had to make a decision on what my next course...

Having an opinion today is difficult

Having an opinion today is difficult

By Cheyenne Miller, Seward County Community College

April 9, 2019


Filed under College Reporting, Opinions

These days, it’s hard to turn on the TV or browse Facebook without encountering some sort of discussion about racial issues. I’m certain that I’m not the only one who has noticed that, recently, almost everyone, regardless of how much they do or don’t know, has an opinion about race that they’re...

What It Feels Like to Be Tangled in Temptation

What It Feels Like to Be Tangled in Temptation

By Kara Galarneau, Antioch Community High School

April 9, 2019


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My life was normal. From the outside you would never assume my life would lead to what actually happened. Nothing traumatic needs to occur for someone to be put in my position; you just need to be human. We all have our insecurities, things we don’t like about ourselves, but mine just compacted into...

Hip-Hop Needs More Empowering Female Voices

Hip-Hop Needs More Empowering Female Voices

By Taylor Riley, Sage Creek High School

April 9, 2019


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Female voices in hip-hop are beyond important. In a genre that historically was and still is dominated in number by men, a woman’s perspective is empowering, refreshing and we need more of it. Hip-hop is so rich with history and oozing with vital force, so it’s disappointing to see how often women...

Why we need to shut up, calm down, and listen

Why we need to shut up, calm down, and listen

By Kailyn Pedersen, Benilde-St. Margaret's School

April 5, 2019


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These days, everyone pretends like they want an open dialogue. I hear people championing the power of ‘respectful conversation’ often. But in the land of “Minnesota nice,” it seems to be an empty promise that no one wants to fulfill. Let’s be real, Minnesotans avoid conflict and replace it...

Don’t panic

Don’t panic

By Alyssa Skala, West High School

April 5, 2019


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At the beginning of Spanish class, my stomach felt queasy. I was nervous, I didn't want to give a presentation, especially in another language. The teacher required us go in alphabetical order by last name, and although I was at the end of the list I still couldn't shake away my anxious feeling. The...

Introducing Charlotte Vanyo: Getting to know my own headspace, realities of living with mental illness

Introducing Charlotte Vanyo: Getting to know my own headspace, realities of living with mental illness

By Charlotte Vanyo, Coppell High School

April 4, 2019


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An overdue realization I was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in seventh grade. My diagnosis was like a business transaction: I was in the door with symptoms and out the door with a prescription, no idea what to expect, how to cope or a clue about what having...

E-Learning: An Advantageous Alternative

E-Learning: An Advantageous Alternative

By Edison Geiler, Millard West High School

April 4, 2019


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The startling blare of alarms mixed with phones vibrating on nightstands awakened many teenagers in the early morning. In a few seconds, all the noises ended only to reveal a recent notification. A faint smile developed on their faces as they turned off other alarms set to ring later in the morning....

Dissections — where to cut the line?

Dissections — where to cut the line?

By Audrey Wong, Lynbrook High School

April 4, 2019


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It may seem like there is no such thing as “too far” when it comes to providing learning tools for students. Dissections, however, may tread that line. Dissections allow students to engage in hands-on learning, helping them visualize organs and body parts more effectively, as well as see whether...

The beef with beef jerky

The beef with beef jerky

By Lily Coady, Hollis Brookline High School

April 2, 2019


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At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, the cafeteria began selling beef jerky. This may strike some of you as unappetizing: not everyone wants to see “school cafeteria” and “beef jerky” in the same sentence. However, it wasn’t just your run of the mill, off-brand beef jerky: it was brand-name...

Socrates didn’t die for this

Socrates didn’t die for this

By Will Brown, Walt Whitman High School

April 2, 2019


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Seeing it on the calendar inspires dread from students; its predictable use by teachers is only matched by the inevitable awkward silences it produces. The Socratic seminar—which at Whitman generally refers to a method of class discussions where students share ideas about a reading or topic—is...

Letter from the Editor: I stand with ASB

Letter from the Editor: I stand with ASB

By Alexis Rodriguez-Mejia, Middle College High School @ Santa Ana College

April 2, 2019


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As my time at Middle College High School comes to an end, I can’t help but be concerned about the accusation being constantly uttered by some students: “ASB is corrupt.” It seems that as the years went by, people began bandwagoning the trend of disliking the school’s Associated Student Body (ASB)....

OPINION: The Parkland shooting sparked a new generation of activists

OPINION: The Parkland shooting sparked a new generation of activists

By Kiera O'Hara-Heinz, Santa Clara High School

April 2, 2019


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The idea of an activist has changed throughout history. In the past, many people would think of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, or the anti-war movement of the 1960s as famous activist movements. Now, people could easily mention Emma Gonzalez’s “We Call B.S.” speech to lawmakers...

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