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Shattering group stereotypes: the duality of acting and athletics

Shattering group stereotypes: the duality of acting and athletics

By Sally Parampottil, Coppell High School

January 15, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

In a generic high school movie, stereotypes run rampant, from the pink clad popular chicks to the acne prone nerds. They are all stuck in their roles, and those who dare to step out of that role face severe repercussions. Two major stereotyped groups are the athletes and the theater kids. The...

Senior takes first lead role

Senior takes first lead role

By Marta Hill, St. Louis Park High School

January 15, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase

When senior Estelle Tronson first saw the cast list for the winter play, “The Amish Project,” she was surprised to find she had gotten a lead role. “I was really excited, because it is a named role and that is super awesome and exciting for me,” Tronson said. “The only other time I have...

Transmedia shows become entertainment fad

Transmedia shows become entertainment fad

By Arianna Farner, Akins High School

January 14, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase

Storylines updated in real time. Characters that interact with viewers. Content accessed solely on social media. The phenomenon of transmedia storytelling is a growing trend that focuses on interaction and realism like no other. In story-based entertainment, transmedia has taken the form of shows...

Disconnected

Disconnected

By Caterina Tomassini, Wayland High School

January 10, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

A simple ring of a phone call, text message or Snapchat has the power to make a person stop in their tracks to respond, look down from their steering wheel and grow anxious not knowing who is trying to contact them. As a matter of fact, 95% of texts are read within three minutes of being sent. About a year ago, I decid...

Running on Empty

Running on Empty

By Jessie Koozer and Grace McKinstry

January 9, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

The morning of Oct. 4, Washington High School student Cameron Smeby, ‘22, was rushed to the hospital after being hit by a Cedar Rapids Community School District bus. Smeby suffered serious injuries, including a broken leg, broken arm, punctured lung, and several broken ribs. Smeby was taken to the...

Protests: Anti-abortion protesters assemble in front of DGN

Protests: Anti-abortion protesters assemble in front of DGN

By Matt Troher, Downers Grove North High School

January 9, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

A once routine act, crossing Main Street to enter DGN became eventful during the week of Wednesday, Dec. 5. On the morning of Dec. 5, two male protesters stood on the sidewalk in front of DGN and held signs displaying graphic images with slogans advocating against abortion. In addition, the men hurled...

Belmont’s farmers’ market vendors build close community

Belmont’s farmers’ market vendors build close community

By Shayna Yurovitsky, Carlmont High School

January 8, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Starting bright and early on Sunday mornings, Belmont’s weekly farmers' market opens up to the public, inviting everyone around to enjoy the fresh and local merchandise. Tucked to the side of El Camino, this open marketplace partially occupies a parking lot, contributing to the friendly and welc...

Facing death twice hasn’t stopped me from living

Facing death twice hasn’t stopped me from living

By Megan Baxter, Stillwater Area High School

January 8, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Three weeks before sophomore Sophia Nelson was diagnosed with diabetes, she kept getting overly thirsty, wetting the bed and losing massive amounts of weight. One afternoon in the summer adventure camp, Sophia had trouble breathing and her legs were in a lot of pain. After a phone call to mom, and a...

Going the distance

Going the distance

By Mason Cooney, Convent of the Sacred Heart High School

January 8, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Rising as early as 4:10 in the morning, theology teacher Kate McMichael begins her school day with a quick exercise session before catching a 6:30 bus into San Francisco for her hour and fifteen-minute commute. McMichael travels from Fairfax, in Marin County, as one of the many teachers who live outside...

The Diminishing Role of Letter Writing in a Digital World

The Diminishing Role of Letter Writing in a Digital World

By Elizabeth Niemiec, Patchogue-Medford High School

January 7, 2019


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

It’s 2018. Today, we can communicate with anyone from around the world with a press of the "send" button.  Just 37 years after the development of the personal computer and 27 years after the invention of the internet, it seems every day we progress in developing newer and faster ways of communicating...

Cashless food services increase in number

Cashless food services increase in number

By Zachary Khouri, Carlmont High School

January 7, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

With millions of Americans paying by credit rather than cash, mobile payments are expected to reach an unprecedented high of $142 billion by 2019, according to the Federal Reserve. Cashless restaurants are on the rise across the nation, and although there are those who may find it inconvenient to pay...

Always on the field of play

Always on the field of play

By Grace Nugent, McCallum High School

January 7, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

It’s game day for the freshman football team and two key players, Johan Holmes and Gavin Freedman, aren’t at the team’s mandatory morning lift … again. But they aren’t slacking off. They are still working hard ... at band practice, which is also mandatory, and is concurrent with the f...

A stable path

A stable path

By Abigail Lund, Lovejoy High School

January 2, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

The thoroughbred trotted lightly through the grass despite his tall and intimidating demeanor, red dirt flicking up from each step. The sun cast a golden glow onto his coat, making the fur shine like melted chocolate. A white blanket lay draped over the horse’s back, a dark leather saddle on top...

Continuing the Conversation: Does NA Culture Push Kids Too Far?

Continuing the Conversation: Does NA Culture Push Kids Too Far?

By Kristen Kinzler, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

January 2, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

North Allegheny is known for giving its students stellar opportunities. We seem to have the best to offer in sports, arts, and especially academics. With so many honors and AP classes to choose from, students are often encouraged to challenge themselves. However, where do we draw the line? Where do...

Bringing the Heat

Bringing the Heat

By Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos and Zoë Miller

January 2, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase

In a haze of fumes the Capsaicin Bros dice, blend, and sanitize. Heat fills the room. After all the work is done, their product, Death Wish, is what’s left. Mitchell Wilkes ‘20, Paul Cornell ‘20, Anthony Murphy ‘20 and Noah Weaver ‘20 make up the Capsaicin Brothers. Their product, Death ...

South’s ceramics program gives students the opportunities to advance their skills and future careers

South’s ceramics program gives students the opportunities to advance their skills and future careers

By Ellie Barnett-Cashman, South High School

January 2, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase

Successful careers in the arts are often judged to be unrealistic, but with South’s incredible arts program, many students plan on pursuing an arts career, specifically in ceramics. Senior Elizabeth Webster is dreaming of  being a ceramics teacher. Webster, who has been doing ceramics for four...

Artists’ deaths cement connections

Artists’ deaths cement connections

By Katerina Lopez, University of Chicago Laboratory High School

January 2, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase

Whether driving, doing homework or just laying down to rewind after a long day, music plays a big part in most teens’ lives. Claire Piccirilli, a sophomore, said music helps her to think. “I usually listen to X’s music while I was writing it just put me in a zone,” Claire said, “or when I wa...

Student project seeks to provide relief for classmates with anxiety

Student project seeks to provide relief for classmates with anxiety

By Amirah Bauder, Grand Center Arts Academy

January 2, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Her erratic heartbeat thumps noisily in her chest, speeding up by the second. Everyone’s gaze locks in her direction and she feels as if the world is closing in on her and preparing to swallow her whole. Everything is moving in slow motion: the whispering of her classmates, the subtle tapping of feet,...

Time to change the rankings

Time to change the rankings

By Carli Spelhaug, Pleasant Valley High School

January 2, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) is in charge of making all rankings and pairings for all girls’ sports in the state of Iowa. The way they come up with these rankings is not the best option and it’s time they change it. IGHSAU makes weekly rankings based on how the teams performed...

Sizing Down

Sizing Down

By Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos and Jesse Hausknecht-Brown

December 27, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

The first thing Ali Herdliska ‘20 does after school each day is relieve her constant back pain by lying down. After eight hours of sitting in a desk at school with five-minute breaks every 49 minutes, four pounds of breast tissue weighing down on her neck and back, she is finally free. “I feel...

Taking the Bus Leads to Unwanted Adventure

Taking the Bus Leads to Unwanted Adventure

By Alexa Penaloza and Laura Horta

December 27, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Students who ride OCTA (Orange County Transportation Authority) buses are all too familiar with a packed and crowded bus on their way to school. Hundreds of Godinez Fundamental High School students take routes down Edinger and Fairview Streets to and from Godinez, which creates massive overcrowding. Students...

Music to my ears

Music to my ears

By Paisley Regester, Kirkwood High School

December 27, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase

A passion for music can take many forms for students at KHS. Whether they are solo musicians, in bands or members of private music programs, performing both for online communities and live in front of thousands, these four KHS students never want to stop doing what they love: making music. Madelynn Ga...

Dance director refreshes program, focuses on psychology, physiology

Dance director refreshes program, focuses on psychology, physiology

By Ellie Crabbe, Mater Dei High School

December 26, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Since being hired as the new dance program director in 2016, Kristina Marquez has refreshed the program by creating a new culture that emphasizes creative expression and dance science. Marquez manages both the dance and all-male hip-hop teams and also teaches Dance I, II and III, which are performing...

Stacy Danielson Lives On

Stacy Danielson Lives On

By Deana Trautz, Cedar Park High School

December 26, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

That’s just the way Stacy was. These 23 characters form a message that countless parents, friends and Celebrities have expressed about their former director, Coach Stacy Danielson, who passed away from colon cancer in July. For 17 years, Danielson led the Celebrities through practices, pep ra...

GSA Aims to Eliminate Gendered Graduation Robes

GSA Aims to Eliminate Gendered Graduation Robes

By Liam Lee, Woodside High School

December 21, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Just before Woodside’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) meeting, Woodside senior Zeejai Leonard borrows a bathroom key from English teacher Tony Mueller. Students who want to use a gender-neutral bathroom have to get a key to unlock it from a teacher and walk to one of the few staff bathrooms available...

A blessing in disguise

A blessing in disguise

By Gregory James, McCallum High School

December 21, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The Knights football season may have been over after McCallum lost to Hutto in the first round of the 5A-D1 playoffs on Nov.  15 , but for senior defensive back Elijah Griffin a postseason saga was just beginning. During the 58-7 loss at Hutto Memorial Stadium, Griffin was pursuing Hutto running...

From A.P. to RPG

From A.P. to RPG

By Camden Brazile, De Smet Jesuit High School

December 20, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

In classroom 218, A.P. English students are all playing a newly released role playing game. They team up, converse, argue, and debate over ways to advance in the game. They all work on various different side-quests and games. One student is creating a board game, another records a podcast, and a third...

Putting up a fight

Putting up a fight

By Audrey Brown, Eureka High School

December 20, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Don’t go to the car alone at night. Walk with car keys out. Check the car before getting in. Avoid parties with drinking. And cover up as much skin as possible. Today’s steps in escaping unwanted sexual advances are the same as those for past generations. The difference is that after years of...

The Evolution of Gym Class: Part I

The Evolution of Gym Class: Part I

By Alexa Fisher and Keira Andrews

December 19, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

To some, it was the most exhilarating part of their school day. To others, it was the slowest, most awkward 48 minutes of their life. Whether a student hated it or loved it, gym class was, and still is, a crucial part of being a DHS Wildcat. From the uniforms and class length to the games and polka,...

Thompson accumulates stickers throughout travels

Thompson accumulates stickers throughout travels

By Sarah Earle, Harrisonburg High School

December 19, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Everywhere senior Walker Thompson has traveled, a sticker has come with it. As he’s accumulated more and more stickers with each destination he’s been to, Thompson’s growing sticker collection has reached several new surfaces over the years. Covering the back of his 2001 Dodge Dakota, three...

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