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From Colombia to the U.S.: Not exactly the American dream

From Colombia to the U.S.: Not exactly the American dream

By Laura Amador-Toro, Coppell High School

March 22, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

Since moving to the U.S., I can’t help but miss Colombia every single day. I remember getting to school early and hearing the birds chirp so pleasantly, as if you were alone in the middle of the forest. There, my friends and I had similar experiences when it came to joining a new school. As soon...

Psychopaths on TV: Why do we love them?

Psychopaths on TV: Why do we love them?

By Anthony Robledo, Middle College High School @ Santa Ana College

March 22, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase

With any film or television series, audiences project themselves onto a story's lead protagonist and root for their desires. Characters undergo struggles and audiences can’t help but love them. People don’t go to the movies to watch other people live their lives, but rather to come along the journey,...

It’s not all fun and games on the other side of the controller

It’s not all fun and games on the other side of the controller

By Emma O'Connor, Carlmont High School

March 20, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

You’re on the last lap in Mario Kart, hanging onto first place. The music starts to pick up as your sibling starts to yell, excited that you might win. The finish line is only one turn away and with it the trophy. You can’t lose now with only 9 seconds to go. You live for this part of video games,...

Turning to Tinder

Turning to Tinder

By Adler Bowman, Kirkwood High School

March 19, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Wanting to surprise herself on her eighteenth birthday, she decided to make some riskier plans than usual. Sophia*, senior, pocketed her pepper spray before sneaking out to a bowling alley to meet a boy she connected with through the social networking app Tinder. Because this was her first time meeting ...

The top priority

The top priority

By Thomas Birmingham, Kirkwood High School

March 19, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

They drilled a hole in his back. They put metal tubes in his body. He came to school with a cane. Then, under KHS’s revised attendance policy, he got detention. Aaron De Marco, senior, has cystinuria, a rare and aggressive condition which causes him to produce kidney stones every single day. S...

Esports has grown into more than a hobby

Esports has grown into more than a hobby

By Kevin Shimizu, Carlmont High School

March 19, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

The prize pool for DOTA 2’s tournament, The International 2018 is $25,532,177. That's enough money to buy one Toyota Corolla every day for 1,365 consecutive days, nearly 3.8 years. This is 443 times the estimated 2017 median household income in the United States. Just five years before, The ...

Walking into a reputation

Walking into a reputation

By Fatima Kammona, West High School

March 12, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

She was an athlete. She would push her body past its breaking point in hopes of seeking perfection. The stage was her canvas and with her body, she became an artist, painting a picture for all to see. As she grew, the love for what she did grew with her. One day, she found a group who had a passion for...

Why it’s good to be cringey

Why it’s good to be cringey

By Katie Hanson, Walt Whitman High School

March 7, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

I make bizarre comments to people I barely know, break into uncomfortable dance moves several times in an hour and greet my friends in the hallway with a heel click. I embarrass and confuse myself and those around me with ease. I don’t wake up every morning scheming about how I’m going to get...

Adjusting to life without a sister

Adjusting to life without a sister

By Jules Pung, Saint Stephen's Episcopal School

March 7, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

During my freshman year, it wasn’t uncommon for people to ask how I felt about my sister leaving for college, especially in the months leading up to graduation. In an effort to keep the mood light, I would often joke, “Well, I get to have a bathroom all to myself, so that’s something.” Like...

In the minority

In the minority

By Anjali Huynh and Jessica Moonjely

March 6, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Teachers. Coaches. Lunchroom staff. Paraeducators. Janitors. These individuals are integral to shaping student futures and partake in a process that impacts society. While in these positions, each acts as a role model for many generations to come. As students nationwide obtain their educations,...

Everyone has a role

Everyone has a role

By Noah Schwartz, Pascack Valley High School

March 6, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Pascack Valley senior Brenna Collins has a job working at LaViano Jewelers in Westwood, but she had to take a leave of absence during the winter season because she was too busy with her responsibilities as a member of the girls basketball team. Although Collins has only appeared in nine of 29 games and ha...

Society’s view on virginity

Society’s view on virginity

By Crystal Tran, Richmond High School

March 5, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

She is overcome with confusion as she lays in her bed. A personal choice is starting to seem less like her own, and more like society’s. Walking through the hallways, she can hear people talking about how many people they’ve slept with, and jokes that are beginning to seem less like jokes. Virginit...

PV wrestler makes splash amid first ever wrestling season

PV wrestler makes splash amid first ever wrestling season

By Jeremy Lesserson, Pascack Valley High School

February 28, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

PV Senior Andrew Demboski broke the news to his parents on the morning of Nov. 4, 2018. Just a few days after his senior season of football ended, Demboski had committed himself to wrestling. He told his parents, Lorraine and Charlie Demboski, that he was going to get breakfast with his friends. As...

What Should I Tell My Doctor?

What Should I Tell My Doctor?

By Zoë Miller, Iowa City High School

February 27, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Teenagers navigate a sea of choices as they grow up. This includes their healthcare. Some of the different questions teens may face include: Should I see a doctor alone? Should I come out to my doctor? What should I tell my doctor? “I’ll tell my doctor stuff about my sexual activity, but that took me a bit because I was scared about my parents or anyone in my family finding out. If [doctors] say...

Students face allergies as diagnoses rise

Students face allergies as diagnoses rise

By Katie Hanson, Walt Whitman High School

February 26, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Junior Riya Kumar struggles to breathe in the passenger seat of her car as she enters anaphylactic shock. Her dad tries to weave through the congested rainy-day beltway traffic as they rush to the hospital, but ultimately Kumar has no choice but to inject her leg with an EpiPen—something she’s never...

Adopted children struggle to find confidence in their identity

Adopted children struggle to find confidence in their identity

By Audrey Luey, Carlmont High School

February 25, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

The sky beams blue as Jessica scrambles around the playground, trying to not be tagged by Cole, the lava monster. Just as Cole reaches out to tag Jessica’s hand, his mother calls him over, signaling that playtime is over. Jessica peers over at her, eyes instantly glazed with confusion. Cole’s...

Fostering a family

Fostering a family

By Aliza Porter, Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas

February 25, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

For many parents, starting a family involves some planning. If nothing else, it usually takes approximately nine months for a family to have a child. But for AP Government teacher, and assistant softball coach Kristin Lynch, the start of her family came a bit faster, as she and her wife Rebecca went...

Six for six

Six for six

By Alexis Russell, Lovejoy High School

February 25, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Senior Night has come and gone and now the reality has set in: this ride won’t go on forever. These guys have spent six years playing together, but from here on out, every game has the potential to be their last. In order to capture the essence of this year’s senior class of basketball players, one...

Belmont wildlife has a ‘deer’ friend

Belmont wildlife has a ‘deer’ friend

By Leela Stuepfert, Carlmont High School

February 25, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Every day throughout the year, a local resident works wholeheartedly to look after the deer living in Belmont. Sandy Hutchinson, who has resided in Belmont since 1978, has taken care of the many deer living near her house. “Like in Africa, if one of their own kind gets wounded, they kick them...

Feminism as a living entity

Feminism as a living entity

By Pramika Kadari, Coppell High School

February 22, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

DALLAS - Clutching a sign featuring a photo of Christine Blasey Ford, and beside it the words: “Of course I believe her, the same thing happened to me”, Dallas resident Amy Bennett stomped through the city for the 2019 Dallas Women’s March. “I just want to make sure for myself, for my daughters...

From McCallum to mother to mayor

From McCallum to mother to mayor

By Anna McClellan, McCallum High School

February 21, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

People would tell her that it was “too tough for a woman,” that she should “stay in the house and take care of her family, cook dinners, and let the men take care of the government and political work.” But former McCallum teacher and tennis coach Carole Keeton knew she could do more than just...

Shutdowns in space: What Mars rovers and NASA scientists have in common

Shutdowns in space: What Mars rovers and NASA scientists have in common

By Nicki Rosenberg, The Archer School for Girls

February 21, 2019


Filed under Showcase, The Shutdown

After 15 years of exploring the red planet, the Mars Opportunity rover died Feb. 12. After the rover team's attempt to contact it on Tuesday was unanswered, NASA shut down Opportunity's mission. This, however, was not the only shutdown NASA was concerned about this week. The government agency was facing another...

The Parkland massacre: one year later

The Parkland massacre: one year later

By Kelly Jankowski, Downers Grove South High School

February 21, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

On Feb. 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and opened fire, killing 17 people and changing the conversation about gun violence. In the past year, DGS has made numerous security changes by opening up to and listening to students, yet a lot of progress still needs to...

Activism: Post-Millennials vs. Baby Boomers

Activism: Post-Millennials vs. Baby Boomers

By Calen Moore, Seward County Community College

February 20, 2019


Filed under College Reporting, Showcase

To be an activist one must be aware of the political and social climate one lives in. It is clear that today in America the tension between sides or parties are becoming more defined and people are becoming more outspoken. Locally, on social media or publicly in the streets, movements of activism are...

Fighting for French

Fighting for French

By Kate Fernandez, Granite Bay High School

February 14, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Every year, the French program at Granite Bay High School finds itself having to fight to keep its spot. With a significantly smaller department than the Spanish program, the two French teachers – Lynne Guerné and Celine Genève-Brown – face many obstacles to keep it alive. GBHS is the only remaining...

24 hours across West High

24 hours across West High

By Pathfinder Staff, Parkway West High School

February 14, 2019


Filed under Photo, Showcase

1:38 a.m. 7:19 a.m.   9:44 a.m.   10:15 a.m. 11:02 a.m. 11:56 a.m. 1:23 p.m. 4:07 p.m. 5:11 p.m. 6:13 p.m. 7:21 p.m. This story was originally published on Pathfinder on February 4, 2019....

Mobile Science Camp strives to make STEM inclusive, accessible

Mobile Science Camp strives to make STEM inclusive, accessible

By Celeste Ramirez, The Archer School for Girls

February 12, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Junior Hannah Kim was cleaning up after a Mobile Science Camp club visit to the Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library when the working librarian approached her. "Please come again, like, all the time, because I overheard a kid saying, 'Oh, I want to come to the library more often,'" the librarian sai...

Small fish, large pond

Small fish, large pond

By Sarah Levy, Oak Park High School

February 12, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase

Selected out of over 1,700 Senior Division poetry entries, senior Ariel Davydov won the 2018 Ocean Awareness Contest for her poetry submission. The Ocean Awareness Contest is annually sponsored by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs, an innovative space for students to communicate for the ocean by working...

Certified to salsa

Certified to salsa

By Abigail Lund, Lovejoy High School

February 12, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

A new gym membership and attendance in a Latin dancing class is all it took for senior Lyndsey Toft to fall in love with Zumba. After becoming a member at Lifetime Fitness, Toft signed up for a Zumba class because she enjoys dance and wanted a fun workout. She went with her mom and instantly enjo...

Under pressure

Under pressure

By Julian Bartlebaugh, Bellwood-Antis High School

February 11, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. Coaching at any level causes stress, and there are many stories of coaches having health issues from the constant toll it can take on a person both mentally and physically. Bossier High School assistant coach Anthony Johnson from Northwest Louisiana suffered from a major heart attack at th...

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