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“Hands up, don’t shoot” belongs to the Black Lives Matter Movement

“Hands up, don’t shoot” belongs to the Black Lives Matter Movement

By Khanya Dalton, Walt Whitman High School

May 9, 2019

 “Hands up, don’t shoot.” This slogan, along with the accompanying gesture of raising one’s hands above his or her head, became one of the core symbols of the Black Lives Matter Movement after unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, MO, in August 2014. ...

Why I took a break from social media

Why I took a break from social media

By Aditi Gujaran, Walt Whitman High School

May 6, 2019

On New Year’s Eve of sixth grade, I decided to put my new Instagram account to use: @xoxosoccerluver2002. With steady hands and dim lighting, I posted a pixelated photo of my giant Albert Einstein poster. The grain made his hair look like a palm tree fresh off of Florida’s finest beach. I didn’t...

An order of depression with a side of courage? Hold the stigma

An order of depression with a side of courage? Hold the stigma

By Suad Adam, South High School

May 5, 2019

“Wa kibiirtaay. Quraan saar aa ubaahantahay” (You’re acting up. You need to be prayed upon). This is a phrase that I often hear from the older generation whenever I choose to express our feelings hardships in life. Mental health in many Somali households has been stigmatized. It’s thought that ...

OPINION: Congress should end Tax Day stress

OPINION: Congress should end Tax Day stress

By Alex Rozar, Lafayette High School

May 4, 2019

April 15, the federal government’s designated due date for income tax returns. For many, the buildup to Tax Day can be stressful, time-consuming and costly. And now that it’s over, we can all take a sigh of relief. But what if I told you it didn’t have to be this way? For the majority of Americans, there’s no reason at all why the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) couldn’t automatically file taxes—it already has the...

Why Being Polite Isn’t Always a Good Thing

Why Being Polite Isn’t Always a Good Thing

By Taila Lee and Chloe Postlewaite

May 3, 2019

The following story by Taila Lee and Chloe Postlewaite will be broadcast on KQED for Youth Takeover week in late April 2019, where students from high schools in the Bay Area share their stories. Woodside juniors and Paw Print reporters Chloe Postlewaite and Taila Lee describe an uncomfortable experience...

“Those poor kids in Africa”

“Those poor kids in Africa”

By Thomas Birmingham, Kirkwood High School

May 2, 2019

The first time I remember hearing it was in fifth grade. “Those poor kids in Africa.” When the Student Council leaders at my Catholic school said those words, they were presenting the latest school-wide service project to my class: raising $1,000 to send food provisions to a small town in...

Hold for Liftoff, We Don’t Have The Money: NASA’s Budget

Hold for Liftoff, We Don’t Have The Money: NASA’s Budget

By Riley Hull, Sage Creek High School

April 29, 2019

Since the beginning of civilization, humanity has looked to the stars for guidance, for inspiration, for a boundary. Now, in our modern age, the heavens are not the end-all-be-all. Armstrong's famous walk on the moon in ‘69; the Hubble telescope sending stunning images; other-worldly explorers...

No Seat at the Roundtable

No Seat at the Roundtable

By Olivia Doyle and Abigail Wheatley

April 28, 2019

When we, members of PLD Lamplighter’s Editorial Board, arrived at the Bluegrass Community Technical College Newtown Pike campus to cover the roundtable discussion on education hosted by Governor Matt Bevin featuring the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, we were told we could not enter. A man we...

FCCPS lifer forced to return to India

FCCPS lifer forced to return to India

By Niharika Singhvi, George Mason High School

April 28, 2019

Junior Niharika Singhvi, has attended Falls Church City Public Schools since 2006. In April of 2018, her parents’ work visas expired, and she was forced to return to India. This February, she arrived back at Mason. Singhvi and her family’s experience is a result of the Department of Homeland Security’s in...

Opinion: Colleges shouldn’t define success through a number

Opinion: Colleges shouldn’t define success through a number

By Gianna Somrak, Mayfield High School

April 23, 2019

The student rushes in through the front door, completely forgetting to have the usual ‘how was your day, honey?’ conversation with his/her waiting parent. The student dashes to their bedroom, leaps to the nearby computer and powers the device on to seek the answer he/she has been awaiting for months....

Opinion: Pornography is the Pedestal on which Rape Culture Stands

Opinion: Pornography is the Pedestal on which Rape Culture Stands

By Caché Goracke, Olathe West High School

April 22, 2019

Beaten, tied up, and viciously raped, consistently for nine months, Elizabeth Smart told CNN and many other news sites “pornography made [her] life a living hell.”  Her captor would come to her excited and “amped up” with porn magazines. He would show her the pages and say that they were going...

Why I’m Taking a Month off Social Media

Why I’m Taking a Month off Social Media

By Nehemiah Jackson, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory

April 19, 2019

As my junior year came to a close and with summer on the horizon, the last few weeks of school dragged along; during finals week, I found myself overwhelmed and stressed, but also excited, thinking about the endless possibilities summer offered. And after my last final, I knew I was only a few days from...

Not adding up to success: We need to set new grade expectations

Not adding up to success: We need to set new grade expectations

By Carter Smith, Carlisle High School

April 19, 2019

Graduating high school is a substantial accomplishment, but some students are able to do so without putting in much effort. In the Carlisle Area School District, there is a major flaw in our grading system that has made it entirely too easy for students to earn their high school diplomas. Carlisle...

One year later the Get Schooled Tour still fails to grasp students mental health concerns

One year later the Get Schooled Tour still fails to grasp students mental health concerns

By Curren Gauss, Fishers High School

April 19, 2019

On March 27, 2018 I posted my first article on Fishersnthered.com titled “Get Schooled Tour fails to grasp extent of mental health”, detailing the convocation I attended days before: the Get Schooled Tour (GST), a concert-style program in which music, video testimonies and interactive polling are used in a...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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