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Monday’s with Ms. Marvel: Trump tapes

In her weekly column, Monday with Ms. Marvel, Wingspan's Trisha Dasgupta reviews different political issues and relatable topics in everyday life.

By Trisha Dasgupta, Liberty High School - TX

September 16, 2020

Bob Woodward, one of the journalists who broke the Watergate stories, released exclusive tapes from a series of interviews he conducted with President Trump from January to March of this year, tapes that included the President admitting that the administration was purposely downplaying the extent of ...

Trump administration should not ban TikTok

TikTok, a Chinese-owned company, has recently been under fire due to its collection of its user’s data. The social media app is used to post 60-second videos of dances and skits with specific “sounds” in the background.

By Daniel De Beer, The American School in London

September 16, 2020

Over the past year, Chinese-owned social media app TikTok has increased in popularity exponentially, becoming a form of expressing oneself comparable to Instagram, Twitter and even YouTube. With an active user count of 800 million, the app, owned by ByteDance, has become a known hobby among teenagers worldwide. From dancing to comedy, TikTok serve...

The conversation we need to have about 9/11

Protestors gather in Washington D.C. March 17, 2007 to oppose U.S. military presence in Iraq.

By Tyler Kinzy, Parkway West High School

September 14, 2020

I have no 9/11 story. There is no work meeting or trip down the hallway when I learned a plane crashed into the World Trade Center. I will never have a 9/11 story because I was born in 2003. For me, Sept. 11, 2001 always has been and always will be a date lining the page of a history textbook more...

9/11 remembered, but not lived

Nineteen years ago today, thousands of Americans lost their lives when hijackers took command of and crashed four planes, two of which hit the World Trade Center in New York City, N.Y. Dust and ash covered Lower Manhattan, and even though the nation was permanently affected, the day is often times neglected by Americans.

By Abigail Bell, Canyon High School - TX

September 14, 2020

When I sat down to write this piece, I was struck by the gravity of the task set before me. To convey the horror and grief that accompanies the date of Sept. 11 is a task of incredible magnitude. Although I was not alive at the time--the dark day occurred over two years before I was born--I see the anguish...

State legislations restrict higher youth turnout

The age gap between voters between countries is representative of youth voter turnout internationally.

By Sanjana Ranganathan, Dougherty Valley High School

September 14, 2020

Nine years ago, New Hampshire's Republican House Speaker William O’Brien promised to end voter fraud, proclaiming “kids voting liberal, voting with their feelings, with no life experience.” What followed were a series of restrictive voting laws that remain roadblocks to increasing America’s...

Gordy: Rugged individualism is destroying America 

When the pandemic first started, some grocery stores limited how much one person could buy, since shelves were getting cleared out.

By Colin Gordy, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

September 11, 2020

“If it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide,” President Abraham Lincoln said as he addressed the threat of possible...

Djedjos & Vanga: Mississippi schools should have handled reopenings amidst COVID-19 better

Mississippi schools are facing a roadblock, the balance between both the safety and education of their students.

By Vineeth Vanga and Nicholas Djedjos

September 10, 2020

As the back to school season powers ahead nationwide, a difficult question for many families has presented itself at the front of their doorsteps: whether to send their children to school in person or not. For some, this question has a straightforward answer. However, many remain unsure on sending their...

This land was made for you and me?

My Asian American identity is composed of traditions from both my heritage and nationality. Whether it be watching fireworks on the Fourth of July, eating dumplings on Lunar New Year or spending summers in my grandparents' complex in Xi'an, I carry both cultures with me.

By Nicole Tian, The Harker Upper School

September 10, 2020

Whenever I travel to a foreign country, my American passport tells my identity. Gold eagle stamped on navy blue. Carrying it to visit relatives in China for weeks at a time, I spoke English with my sister to distinguish myself as American. I, with my childish pride, knew exactly what I was: American....

Opinion: Call white supremacists what they are

The image above depicts Jacob Blake, who was racially-profiled and shot seven times by police, while separately white supremacist Kyle Rittenhouse walks away unharmed with an AR-15.

By Auva Soheili, Carlmont High School

September 10, 2020

What would you call someone who murdered two people after crossing state lines with an illegally obtained AR-15 to support a white supremacist gang countering a Black Lives Matter protest? White supremacists in Kenosha On the night of August 25, white supremacists gathered in Kenosha, WI, in respon...

Kirkwood, we are the problem

Protestors walk up Chopin street during the June 6 peace walk.

By Genevieve Francois, Kirkwood High School

September 10, 2020

Feet move down the street in unison. “No justice, no peace!” soars through the air. Signs with Black fists dot the skyline like clouds. On June 6, 2020, Kirkwood streets were filled with supported protesters, whereas on Sept. 18, 2017, students were told they would be punished. This summer, Kirkwood...

Why Indians should stand with the Black Lives Matter movement

Digital drawing of an Indian woman wearing a Black Lives Matter mask.

By Akshara Kollu, University Preparatory Academy

September 10, 2020

The Gandhi Mahal, a Bangladeshi-Indian restaurant in Minneapolis, was set aflame on May 9 amid the protests and riots regarding Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the unjust treatment of George Floyd, amid crimes against other Black citizens. Yet Ruhel Islam, the owner of the restaurant, continued to sta...

Using their platform

Andrew McCutchen, LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick are leading figures of the Black Lives Matter movement within their respective sports. Art by Hayden Davidson.

By Hayden Davidson, Kirkwood High School

September 8, 2020

In a post directed toward fellow athletes and artists, LeBron James tweeted on June 23: “We have incredible influence in our community. We need to use this moment to demand change. I gotta be honest…I struggle with what to demand because so damn much needs to change. But I’m starting with our ...

Stop policing people’s grammar

The US Census Bureau found that over 350 languages are spoken in the US. English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog and Vietnamese are some of the most common. Even within these languages, there are different dialects and varieties, making the US incredibly linguistically diverse.

By Morgan Weir, Millard West High School

September 8, 2020

Language is the centerpiece of culture. It’s about more than communication; it’s a shared tool that bonds us with people in our community. However, it can also become a barrier that isolates and differentiates us. It can quickly shift from a powerful tool to a weapon. On a large scale, this often...

A Nameless Chasm: Making Sense of America’s Senseless Growing Pains

A rally of supporters of President Donald Trump. The divisions in the U.S., Reuben Kadushin writes, over race and other factors are a coming of age for America.

By Reuben Kadushin, St. Benedict's Preparatory School

September 8, 2020

Walking through crowds of masks hanging like armor over black faces -- under eyes glossed with a frantic panic, anxiety, or rage -- the strings of my mask teasing my cheek bones, and the sun feeling close enough to fall out of the Bed-Stuy sky, I took the subway on a July afternoon to a dentist’s office...

The confusing intersectionality of the queer Asian identity

LGBTQ+ folk often have to hide who they are on the inside, and we often see that identity doesn’t match what’s on the outside. As an Asian American, it’s rare that we are seen as LGBTQ+ folk and instead are seen as singular facets, made of race or sexuality but people are more complex than that.

By Kay Patel, Los Altos High School

September 8, 2020

Note: Rose Liu is the graphic artist for this article. Colleges want to know one thing about me: who I am. They’re asking for a lot of things, but I don’t know how to explain who I am; I don’t know how to explain my experiences. I’ve seen few others do it well, because I am a queer Asian Am...

Column: How a diehard Democrat joined a Republican group

The statue of sixteenth president Abraham Lincoln sits in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Lincoln Project was founded by eight individuals including a Washington Post contributing columnist, George Conway and New York Times best selling author, Rick Wilson.

By Charlotte Tragos, Archer School for Girls

September 3, 2020

The past four years have challenged the idea that the United States is a great country. Our once admirable foundation of diversity is being destroyed by the divisive rhetoric of our president. Coming from a Gold Star family with roots in Missouri, my background is that of an old-school Democrat. My core...

Opinion: A sign of the times

Time is a concept perceived differently by each person. The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil explores the phrase, “time is relative,” while commenting on the fact that COVID-19 has made time fly by this year.

By Sally Parampottil, Coppell High School

September 1, 2020

With each snip of the scissors, another lock of hair fell to the ground. As nearly six inches of black waves were severed, a small pile formed at my feet. It was my first haircut since May of 2019.  Time is relative. Though measured in standards like hours and days, each person experiences the pa...

Op-Ed: One should have been enough

In Manhattan, New York City, lies a Black Lives Matter sticker in the subway for people to see.
All photos on are relicensed for reuse.

By Nyah Fernandez, Archer School for Girls

June 2, 2020

How many black people need to be beaten for the system to change for black lives to matter in the world? How many innocent lives need to be lost for this to stop happening? I find myself asking these questions as I see one after another black person's life be taken like it was nothing. History has continuously...

Column: On ancient armor, quarantine and certain victory

A piece of armor lays on Lena Jones' bed. Jones uses her final column to explore how one Biblical quote brings her comfort in challenging times.

By Lena Jones, Archer School for Girls

June 2, 2020

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the...

UC retaliation against COLA strikers not in accordance with their principles

Graduate students demanding a 412 COLA to be added to their salaries were met with aggression and intimidation tactics by the UC system.

By Youqi Huang, Lynbrook High School - CA

June 2, 2020

Graduate students across the University of California (UC) system have gone on strike, demanding a $1412 cost of living adjustment (COLA) per student to be added to their salaries. The UC system has responded with aggression and employed intimidation tactics contrary to its progressive reputation. As...

Opinion: Trump vs. Truth

In the latest installment of Politipress, WSPN's Atharva Weling takes a look at the implications of Twitter's decision to fact-check President Trump's tweets for misinformation in America.

By Atharva Weling, Wayland High School

June 2, 2020

This should have happened a long time ago. On Tuesday, May 26, the president tweeted that “there is NO WAY (ZERO!)” that mail-in ballots would not result in election fraud. He boldly declared that “mail boxes will be robbed [and] ballots will be forged,” and concluded by warning America of ...

Opinion: When will we all learn to stand together?

There are so many emotions brought up by the story of George Floyd.

By Jaiman White, Baldwin High School - PA

June 1, 2020

I am not black. I am not black, I never will be black, and I can only imagine what the African-American community has had to endure for so long. With that being said, I am more than sympathetic for what my brothers and sisters are going through right now in black communities across the country. There...

Why the press does what it does 

Senior Marta Hill is co-Editor-in-Chief of Echo and has been heavily involved in covering the protests and memorials after George Floyds death.

By Marta Hill, St. Louis Park High School

June 1, 2020

While protests and riots spread throughout the Twin Cities, the press has a job to do. The press needs to be there to truthfully record history for the people who can’t attend and for future generations to look back on.  Student press fills a different role in this situation than professional press....

What You Missed at the BLM March in SF on May 30, 2020

About 1,000 people marched in San Francisco yesterday to honor the memory of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis.

By Zoe Mason, Woodside High School - CA

June 1, 2020

It is an overcast day in San Francisco, California. A Facebook event has invited people to protest police brutality after the brutal murder of George Floyd by police just a few days earlier. As of that morning, 370 people had marked “Going,” and another 1200 had marked “Interested.” At...

The arrest of CNN journalists is an affront to the First Amendment

Omar Jimenez, a CNN journalist, and his crew were arrested Friday morning while covering the Minneapolis protests. Editor in Chief Rachel Cohen sees this as a violation of reporters' First Amendment rights.

By Rachel Cohen, Pascack Valley High School

June 1, 2020 As a journalist, I stand with Omar Jimenez.  Jimenez, a CNN correspondent, was arrested by state police on li...

If a pandemic won’t stop police brutality, what will?

Despite being in the midst of a pandemic ravaging the globe, we still find ourselves watching innocent African Americans tortured and killed by police officers every day.

By Yasmine Pascal, The Masters School

June 1, 2020

There has been a long history of police brutality against black people in America, from shooting unarmed black men, like Greg Gunn in the street or Stephon Clark in his grandmother’s backyard - and most recently the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. During this global pandemic, politicians have called...

Where Education Fails LGBTQ+ Youth

This board, detailing LGBTQ+ history in America, was presented at the 2019 MHS Culture Fair. While some of the events listed on the board, such as the Stonewall Riots, can be found in textbooks used at MHS, LGBTQ+ history is not a major part of most high school curriculums.

By Alexa Williams, Middleton High School - WI

May 26, 2020

One year ago, I stood in the field house, presenting my board on LGBTQ+ history for the annual MHS Culture Fair. Person after person walked by my poster board, marveling at the same revelation: how little they knew about LGBTQ+ history.  Most people had a passing familiarity with the Stonewall Riots...

Op-Ed: Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month matters

Victims of the Japanese Internment gather for an anniversary picnic. These men were interned in a camp in Kooskia, Idaho, and were forced to construct a highway. This story is one of many untold Asian/Pacific Islander narratives which must be recognized during Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

By Rio Hundley, Archer School for Girls

May 22, 2020

Recently, I was scrolling through Hulu in a bout of quarantine boredom when a stumbled across a promotion for "Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month." I was immediately confused. Even as a Filipina American, I had never once heard of or even thought about having a designated time to celebrate my herita...

Column: Other

By Reya Mosby, Marcus High School

May 22, 2020

“Reya isn’t fully Black or fully Indian, so she’s nothing.” This phrase is all too familiar to me. I’ve heard it from friends, acquaintances, strangers and even myself.  I am biracial — half African American and half Indian. I’ve struggled with my cultural identity for a long time;...

Senior column: Dark chocolate

By Nikhita Ragam, Marcus High School

May 18, 2020

In a bustling cafeteria of nose-picking, immature third-graders, I sat with my peanut butter sandwich, quietly nibbling on it, amongst the girls from my class. Macey, a rambunctious basketball player, proposed the idea of comparing our skin colors to types of chocolate. Fear crept into my stomach. One by one, she identified my fri...

I Thought We Could Do Better

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are similar in many ways, but whether or not they respect women is how they differ.

By Quinn Volpe, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

May 11, 2020

When I saw that #BelieveBiden was trending on Twitter, my heart sank. The party that I have generally supported on many different fronts changed their standpoint from #BelieveAllWomen to #BelieveBiden in order to benefit themselves. This behavior is almost bipartisan, as it can also be seen from the...

Biden Assault Allegations Reveal Hypocrisy

Official portrait of Vice President Joe Biden in his West Wing Office at the White House, Jan. 10, 2013. This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph.

By Nina Burik, Latin School of Chicago

May 11, 2020

“For a woman to come to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real.” Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, shared these words in defense of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford during the...

Protection for election security cannot come soon enough

Secretary of State Steve Simon and Senator Tina Smith are both elected officials striving to secure United States’ elections. Simon created the position of Election Security Cyber Navigator, held by Bill Ekblad.

By Alex Steil, Stillwater Area High School

May 11, 2020

For the world’s oldest democracy, voting would seem to be the act most unilaterally protected by the government. In the United States, however, that does not seem to be the case. Although states and the federal government are providing basic funding measures for Secretary of States’ offices and...

Opinion: Hardship paves way for leadership

A true leader will reach out their hand to help others and together, guide them to success.

By Cori Nicholson, Carlmont High School

May 11, 2020

Throughout history, leadership is always needed. From monarchies to elected officials to unassuming individuals thrust into positions of leadership, society needs leaders who have the charisma to take charge. Though it might be hard to define leadership, times of crisis allow for stark contrasts between...

Corrupt Competition Culture #4: I Was Never Like This…

Student stress and anxieties aren't always visible, but they are always there.

By Claire Majerac, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

May 5, 2020

Every day I walk into my homeroom hearing different variations of the exact same thing: How is this funny? It’s your health, first of all, and second, why on earth would you stay up until four in the morning studying for a test, when you could be sleeping and not cramming? Isn’t sleep supposed...

Toward a Land of the Free

The writer took this photo of an exhibit at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, while on a school trip marking milestones of the civil rights movement.

By Kevin Pharrell Jackson, St. Benedict's Preparatory School

May 4, 2020

¨Where are you from? Montclair, Little Silver, Long Branch? You’re so well mannered!¨  A teacher at a prestigious nearly all-white high school in New Jersey, asked me; I was a student for a day. ¨No, I’m from Newark,¨ I said, trembling, embarrassed. ¨Aww man, did we check you for weapons...

Jira: The college application process–universally flawed and selectively rewarding

As the college application process comes to an end for the class of 2020, they reflect back on the flaws of the process as the class of 2021 worries about the various stressors to come.

By Violet Jira, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

May 1, 2020

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”  It would be nearly impossible to find a child in America who hasn’t been asked this question. This question is usually followed up with a statement: you can be anything you want to be. In fact, that very statement is why I spent a solid year of my li...

Remodel the model minority

WSS Reporter Jenna Wang explores both sides of the model minority myth.

By Jenna Wang, West High School

April 29, 2020

We all know the common Asian stereotype: super smart, math geeks and are perfectly quiet. Asians have achieved more success than any other minority and are therefore the model to follow, otherwise known as the model minority. Sounds like a compliment to Asians, right? You’d be wrong. Imagine...

Dystopia, Now?

Artist's BigHead cartoon symbolizes the increasing, and at times unnerving, grip  of various companies and organizations on the American education system.

By MILA BARRY, Gloucester High School - MA

April 28, 2020

Since the dawn of fiction, rhetorical thought experiments that explore the ultimate fate of human society have been a favorite of readers across the globe. From apocalyptic cliches to the methodical satires, we love to delve into the undetermined darkness of days unlived. The allure of dystopia has...

Supporting survivors should not be partisan

Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden is likely to be the Democratic nominee against Republican President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

By Nora Fellas, The Masters School

April 28, 2020

Amidst allegations of sexual assault and a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2018, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court with 50-48 votes, the narrowest margin in modern history.  Only one Republican senator voted against the conservative justice, and only one Democrat...

During Ramadan, Muslim students reflect on identity and Islamophobia during a pandemic

By Marjina Haque, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School

April 28, 2020

When dawn broke and the sun rose on the morning of April 24, around 2 billion Muslims around the world finished up breakfast, prayed and began their fast as part of Ramadan, the ninth month in the Muslim calendar. During Ramadan, Muslims are encouraged to fast every day from sunrise to sunset for...

Pete Buttigieg’s campaign emphasized core values, closeness to issues

Pete Buttigieg delivers his final campaign remarks in South Bend, Indiana, following a poor showing in the South Carolina primary. Buttigieg's campaign surpassed expectations considering his relative youth and inexperience.

By Grace Doyle, Archer School for Girls

April 27, 2020

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Afghanistan veteran and a former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, differentiated himself from the expansive presidential field using his millennial relatability and closeness to issues. Though Joe Biden, the candidate Buttigieg eventually endors...

A March Without a Shooting

Students hold a sign explaining that they rather read books than eulogies. They're aware of this issue, and they demand change.

By Emily Ito, Yorba Linda High School

April 22, 2020

The conclusion of the month of March was a momentous occasion. Why? Because it is the first March, in nearly two decades, that our country did not suffer from a school shooting. We should be celebrating. We should be proud of this enormous accomplishment.  But I’m not celebrating. I don’t feel...

Corrupt Competition Culture #2: Shelf Life

Student stress and anxieties aren't always visible, but they are always there.

By Samantha Podnar, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

April 21, 2020

Companies spend a great deal of time and money on packaging for their products. An eye-catching design can get consumers to spend their limited budget on a mediocre product, yet people won’t know if they’ve been the victims of flashy advertising until they open the box. Students do the exact same...

Opinion: Count every vote

A person holds up a sign protesting the Electoral College system and the outcome of the 2000 election.

By Isabelle Nunes and Cori Nicholson

April 14, 2020

America.  A place where everyone has a say on key issues and can vote for change. A place where everyone's voice is heard. Or so it seems.  Since its approval in 1787, the Electoral College has directly undermined this nation’s democracy with a state-by-state voting system.  The Electoral...

Speaking out about Special Education in America

Symbol for Autism Awareness Month, which takes place in April

By Aivry Zamora, Clear Creek High School

April 14, 2020

Over the course of my life I have been repeatedly asked the same question: “What was it like to grow up with a sibling who has special needs?” Despite what many would like to believe, my younger sister and I are no different than any other sibling pair; we argue over pointless matters for the sake...

Analysis: Why Sanders had to suspend his campaign

Senator Bernie Sanders was the front-runner for the Democratic nominee for president. Almost overnight, his campaign collapsed.

By Marco Rivero, Metea Valley High School

April 13, 2020

Inside a crowded venue in the middle of Navy Pier, over 12,000 people were gathered to celebrate the start of a campaign. Every few seconds, the crowd erupted in cheers as campaign surrogates and local activists took turns riling up the crowd. Finally, with the crowd going crazy thanks to a bolstreus...

Jira: Reeves pulls Mississippi backward with ‘Confederate Heritage Month’

On April 3, Miss. Governor Tate Reeves signed an executive order naming April 2020

By Violet Jira, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

April 13, 2020

Living in Mississippi, especially the Mississippi Delta, has always felt a bit like living in a time capsule. I pass Dockery Plantation on the way home from school, and in the summer the sprawling cotton fields are a powerful reminder that the freedom I, as a black woman, have now would not have been...

Girls just wanna have fun without facing inherent biases

Statistically, women have scored less speaker points from judges following a high school debate round. The Sidekick staff writer Anvitha Reddy discusses how leaders like Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and Ruth Bader Ginsburg help contribute to a more representative government and can lead to more women in debate.

By Anvitha Reddy, Coppell High School

April 9, 2020

High school debate just doesn’t have enough women. “When you walk into a room and there’s my partner [Coppell junior Arnav Kashyap] and he’s male and the other team has both males and the judge is male. And you do realize that there is an evident lack of representation,” Coppell senior policy...

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: I was raped on New Year’s Day

Although the incident happened on New Year's Day, Melah distinctly remembers the fireworks from the night before her rape.

By Kenny Kim, Westmoore High School

April 8, 2020

Editor’s Note: In commemoration of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a former Westmoore student would like to share her story. To protect her identity and those involved, she is referred to as the pseudonym “Melah” and her offender is "Peter" in this publication.  It was New Year’s Day 2019, ...

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