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Column: Complexity of colorism in Latinx community

Column: Complexity of colorism in Latinx community

By Celeste Ramirez, The Archer School for Girls

December 20, 2018


Filed under Opinions

As I sat down to write this column, I only had the broad idea that it would be about colorism, and I found myself feeling hesitant, even guilty. I mean, just take one look at me and you can tell that I have a lighter skin color when compared to the rest of the Latinx community. Am I allowed to write...

“High school will be the best years of your life”

“High school will be the best years of your life”

By Emmeline Roney, East Grand Rapids High School

December 19, 2018


Filed under Opinions

My days of spending seven hours a day in school are coming alarmingly close to an end. I remember being 14 and so incredibly excited to start my freshman year. All of the adults in my life -- my parents, my parents friends, and random adults I barely knew -- had told me that high school would be the...

Artists forever leave impact on fans

Artists forever leave impact on fans

By Claire Meyer, Canyon High School

December 19, 2018


Filed under Opinions

There are few things more intimate and meaningful than making something entirely new, like carving angels from marble or composing a piece of music. Even doodling a little cartoon character on a piece of notebook paper can be satisfying. As an artist and a writer myself, I have found great value in making...

The Interview of Our Lives for the American Dream

The Interview of Our Lives for the American Dream

By Alondra Castro, Godinez Fundamental High School

December 18, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Being undocumented was a struggle but alas, my family and I began to see a light at the end of the tunnel when I was 12 and my mother married her boyfriend of eight years who was a  Permanent Resident. After a couple of years of marriage, my stepdad, who I now my call my dad, applied and receive...

Build Bridges not Borders

Build Bridges not Borders

By Alondra Castro, Godinez Fundamental High School

December 17, 2018


Filed under Opinions

From the time I was 3-years-old, when I arrived in the U.S., I knew that I was “illegal.” I remember the night before we left for the “other side.” My brothers and I slept with our shoes on to get a head start in the morning. At the break of dawn my two brothers, the oldest five, the youngest, a...

Running a race with time

Running a race with time

By Saijleen Chawla, Starr's Mill High School

December 17, 2018


Filed under Opinions

There’s nothing stopping us from closing our eyes, and just breathing. That is, nothing but ourselves. It is human nature to stress ourselves out. Though it is imperative to “gain control and embrace balance” (see Forbes Article for ways to avoid stress), high school students tend to disregard...

Why the College Board Owns My Soul

Why the College Board Owns My Soul

By Brynna B. '20, Padua Academy

December 14, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

It’s not uncommon for one friend (or several) to fall into a seat at the lunch table proclaiming that taking AP classes was the worst decision of their young lives. Dramatic teen angst aside, I have to wonder: If taking Advanced Placement classes makes everyone so miserable, why do we keep subjecting ourse...

Learning From Your Mistakes

Learning From Your Mistakes

By Crystal M., Day Creek Intermediate School

December 13, 2018


Filed under Middle School, Opinions

Everyone makes mistakes, right? We’ve all done something we regret that we wish we could go back and change. And some mistakes are bigger than others. But the only way to truly learn from a mistake is to acknowledge it and move on. One assignment in Language Arts required our class to complete ...

Opinion: Women’s bathrooms take too long

Opinion: Women’s bathrooms take too long

By Nisha Marino, Carlmont High School

December 12, 2018


Filed under Opinions

One minute. Five minutes. Ten minutes... and you’re still in line, you can’t see the end, and you’re going to pee your pants. But time has run out. According to Women's Health, the average person needs to use the restroom six to seven times every 24 hours, depending on their bladder size and how regularly they drink water. In a school day, that makes for more than a c...

My Experience as an Election Poll Worker

My Experience as an Election Poll Worker

By Fabian Mendoza, Godinez Fundamental High School

December 11, 2018


Filed under Opinions

For the 2018 midterm elections, I was given the opportunity to volunteer as a poll worker at one of the multiple polling locations across the United States. I was assigned to work at Commonwealth Elementary School in Fullerton from roughly 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Volunteering as a poll worker helped me ...

I Wouldn’t Trade Her For Gold

I Wouldn’t Trade Her For Gold

By Katie Pierce, Lake Forest High School

December 10, 2018


Filed under Opinions

I am 18 years old.  Until Monday, Nov. 12, I had never experienced grief.  I had never cried over a death because I had never known anyone close to me who had died.   But that day the hearts of the community broke because an angel was taken from us.  Mrs. Darci Johnson, a beloved Language Arts...

Opening doors to the future: Electives help determine careers

Opening doors to the future: Electives help determine careers

By Heidi Heinlein, Carlisle High School

December 10, 2018


Filed under Opinions

High school is not like what you might think after watching High School Musical as a kid. Many students might find school to very stressful and hard.  The only thing that keeps them going is knowing that what they will be learning will affect their future career and living. Elective courses are ...

Sudden change: What happened to anti-shooting activism?

Sudden change: What happened to anti-shooting activism?

By Zack Mattaboni, Carlisle High School

December 10, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Many people think back to the gun limitation movements of early 2018, with some of the biggest being the national walkouts and marches that occurred. That begs one big question for the past few months: What happened to this activism? There seems to be differing reasons as to why it disappeared. Le...

Why you shouldn’t ask me about my college plans

Why you shouldn’t ask me about my college plans

By Lauren Ors, East Grand Rapids High School

December 6, 2018


Filed under Opinions

My cursor hovers over the Common Application web page and I am filled with a sense of dread because I don’t know what major I want or if babysitting counts as an “activity.” Doubt consumes me. Are my ACT scores high enough? Have I volunteered for enough charities? How will my application compare...

Will multi-ethnicity in sports change Japan?

Will multi-ethnicity in sports change Japan?

By Sakura T., International School of the Sacred Heart

December 5, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Women’s tennis was not seen as a major sport in Japan until one athlete emerged as the victor of the US open: Naomi Osaka. As the first Japanese Grand Slam champion, Naomi Osaka surged in popularity as all of Japan celebrated, including Prime Minister Abe, who made a tweet congratulating the young ...

The South High paradox: diverse, yet divided

The South High paradox: diverse, yet divided

By B Fei, South High School

December 5, 2018


Filed under Opinions

As a freshman, I gawked at the diversity of our school. The colorful faces of the open house immediately reeled me in; I had classmates that looked like me and didn’t look like me. As someone who grew up without seeing other people of color—especially Asian-Americans—at school, that meant a lot to me....

Gender neutral homecoming means equality for all students

Gender neutral homecoming means equality for all students

By Sheridan Woodrow, Wylie East High School

December 3, 2018


Filed under Opinions

At Austin High School, in Austin, Texas, two seniors, Cecilia McBride and Story Dornsife, were nominated by peers in their school for homecoming queens. McBride said that she could be considered for homecoming king so she could walk with her girlfriend down the field if they won but then she was told ...

‘No thank you Kanye, very uncool!’

‘No thank you Kanye, very uncool!’

By Ryan Chang and Eli Maierson

November 29, 2018


Filed under Opinions

The music of Kanye West has been a cornerstone of our friendship. We argue over his best albums, force song references into every sentence we can, sing/scream/rap in the car together and cry every time we listen to “Hey Mama.” Kanye’s music is a seemingly trivial but utterly vital reason that we...

“Giving Thanks”: Choose Thanksgiving Over Black Friday

“Giving Thanks”: Choose Thanksgiving Over Black Friday

By Rachel Lichtenwalner, Cambridge High School

November 29, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Grandma’s tangy cranberry sauce, limp green beans, hot rolls, dry turkey slathered with gravy and your extended family all fighting to get to the front of the line - you know, the annual meal. Or at least that’s mine. To me, Thanksgiving is a beautiful time to rejoice all I’ve been given thro...

A starting point

A starting point

By Nicholas Pranske, Coppell High School

November 27, 2018


Filed under Opinions

As a teacher begins to talk about anything political — especially any current issue — half the students in the class look down at their desks in dramatic, irked despair and the other half perk up and listen intently. And while it is easy to resonate with either side of the class, it is important t...

From the Editor

From the Editor

By Lila Taylor, Clayton High School

November 20, 2018


Filed under Opinions

From the age of 10, I’ve spent my summers in the Northwoods of Minnesota at Camp Kamaji for girls. My home away from home lacks air conditioning, electricity and most importantly, wifi. Those who are brave enough to travel to camp with their phones have them confiscated within minutes of arrival....

OPINION: Call me ‘black’ not ‘African American’

OPINION: Call me ‘black’ not ‘African American’

By Jordan Owens, Starr's Mill High School

November 20, 2018


Filed under Opinions

It seems that the word black has turned into a word people are afraid to use to describe a black person. Instead, they use African American. While there is nothing wrong with describing a black person as African American, some would rather just be called black because that is the term they most rela...

Who Ought To Use the N-Word

Who Ought To Use the N-Word

By Mariam Keita, Iowa City High School

November 16, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Disclaimer: This article contains language that some readers may deem offensive.  There is no situation in which non-Black people should feel comfortable using the N-word. While I am not here to tell Black people how they should interpret a word that they may have a complicated relationship with, I wil...

Harvard sued for discriminating against Asian applicants

Harvard sued for discriminating against Asian applicants

By Lia Reichmann, Thea Sankari, Kabir Sawlani, and Abby Stockmal

November 16, 2018


Filed under Opinions

On Oct. 15 the trial against Harvard University  began for potentially discriminating against Asian-American college applicants. It is supposed to last three weeks. The case has interesting implications for high school students as they apply for college and face the effects of affirmative action.  In No...

Parking Problems

Parking Problems

By Staff Editorial, H.B. Plant High School

November 16, 2018


Filed under Opinions

With limited space and a congestion of cars, arriving and leaving school has become a time-consuming struggle for student drivers. What should be a simple, quick commute from parking lot to street is now difficult and troublesome. The parking lot will not expand anytime soon, so instead, actions can...

California teen driver laws create problems for teens and parents

California teen driver laws create problems for teens and parents

By Curran Nielsen, Mater Dei High School

November 16, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Grease, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, American Graffiti - all these classic films depict a teen driver piling their friends into their cars and going out to have fun. This may have once been a reality, but today's teens may never be able to live out these memories with their own friends due to the stric...

Pep O’ Plant staff tries experimental Oreo flavors

Pep O’ Plant staff tries experimental Oreo flavors

By Chloe-Amelie Aikman, H.B. Plant High School

November 14, 2018


Filed under Opinions

It’s no secret that Nabisco has been tinkering with their creme formula. Concealed between the iconic, rounded and famously embossed wafers that make up the “Oreo” cookie lies a constant surprise, an experiment with the laws of nature, dessert and processed food in the balance.   After the birth of the nearly surreal Pina Colada, Cherry Cola and Kettle Corn flavors this May, the Pep O’Plant staff could ignore their calling no long...

Ruff decisions

Ruff decisions

By Morgan Fischer, North Platte High School

November 14, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Herbie the Husker. Chester the Cheetah. Even Toucan Sam from the Froot Loops box. These popular mascots exist to promote businesses. Each mascot is a way to symbolize individual companies to frame them in a more relatable, down to earth and friendly way with their consumers. Mascots are designed to captivate...

Editorial: It’s time to clean up Lincoln’s bathrooms

Editorial: It’s time to clean up Lincoln’s bathrooms

By Evan Reynolds, The Cardinal Times

November 14, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Why haven’t Lincoln’s restrooms been fixed yet? Make no mistake: criticism of these worn-down washrooms is nothing new. One of the most common complaints about Lincoln’s fractured, crumbling infrastructure is the lack of accessibility in many of its bathrooms. Broken stalls, shattered...

The phrase “accept yourself” is more than a cliché

The phrase “accept yourself” is more than a cliché

By Nishant Medicharla, Coppell High School

November 9, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Throughout my childhood, I have always wondered what it would feel like to have light skin. How it would feel to be someone other than “dark”? This thought would always come up partly because I grew up in an Indian society where being “fair” was desired and learned about American history wh...

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