Best of SNO

A Northern Lens

A Northern Lens

By Kayla Carpenter, Lafayette High School

November 4, 2019

As sophomore Seraphina Blackmon finishes up her homework, concludes her night and gets ready for bed, she hears piercing cracks and thumps from outside her window. Blackmon has no doubt in her mind of what the cacophonous noises are: gunshots. “I can hear gunshots every night, but it isn’t as bad...

Seeking Middle Ground: Abortion

Seeking Middle Ground: Abortion

By Quinn Volpe, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

November 1, 2019

Let yourself imagine that you’re on Instagram back in May of 2019. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has just signed the Human Life Protection Act into law and it will put in place a near-total ban on abortion in Alabama. A bunch of story posts are beginning to pop up in your feed regarding the news story. “Abortion...

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

By Maddie Kantz, North Allegheny Senior High School

November 1, 2019

I can never find the right words to tell people when they ask about my dad, so I’ve started being completely up front about it.  After all, it’s the undeniable harsh reality of my life. My dad died from cancer when I was only seven years old. I’m always met with the same pitiful and sympathetic...

Top of his field

Top of his field

By Jack Matousek, Kirkwood High School

October 31, 2019

With a neutral expression on his face Sam Bryan, junior, makes his way to his first hour. His quiet demeanor may keep him from standing out, but Bryan has done something most students would be instantly recognized for. He recently committed to University of Missouri (Mizzou) to play Division 1 baseball...

Getty Fire closes Milken and other Jewish campuses, winds as high as 80 mph expected tonight

Getty Fire closes Milken and other Jewish campuses, winds as high as 80 mph expected tonight

By Molly Litvak, Community Editor, Shalhevet High School

October 31, 2019

At 6 a.m. Oct. 28, senior Leah Alkin was woken up by her dad and told they needed to evacuate the house because of a big fire nearby. After packing up some clothes, books and pictures, they fled their house and entered a frenzy of traffic on the Pacific Coast Highway. “I looked out the wind...

Recovering, again

Recovering, again

By Kathleen Ortiz, Kingwood Park High School

October 30, 2019

Pond water was already pooling inside Hoa Do’s living room when she woke up on Sept. 19. She faced the water alone. With her parents at work, the sophomore began to worry. She was afraid her parents’ cars would flood at work and make it impossible for them to get home to help. “I had to...

The Brain Issue: Mirror image

The Brain Issue: Mirror image

By Grace Fearheiley, Kirkwood High School

October 30, 2019

As she watched her reflection leap across the dance floor, the large mirror covering the wall in her dance studio reflects her along with her classmates. She couldn’t help but compare herself to the other girls. Sixty-nine percent (225/328) of KHS students reported knowing someone who has struggled...

Marshall Makes History in GCHS Cafeteria

Marshall Makes History in GCHS Cafeteria

By Roxy Lockard, Great Crossing High School

October 28, 2019

Stepping into the kitchen area of the Great Crossing High School cafeteria, one is greeted with a familiar sight. Chicken sandwiches are assembled rapid-fire, and numerous sides form an army of little cups and dishes. An orchestra of refrigerator doors slams, ovens beeps, utensil clinks, and orders being...

Humanitarian pushes through traumatic past to help others

Humanitarian pushes through traumatic past to help others

By Fernando Haro, El Camino College

October 28, 2019

The Union traveled to Tijuana, Baja California to capture the stories of asylum seekers and refugees from countries including El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Haiti. Quotes from asylum seekers were translated by The Union. Some sources requested their names be changed out of concern this story wo...

“The sky’s the limit”: Sophomore Ja’Marion Wayne breaks 52-year-old school yardage record

“The sky’s the limit”: Sophomore Ja’Marion Wayne breaks 52-year-old school yardage record

By Susie Seidel, Parkway West High School

October 28, 2019

Under Thursday night lights at the Mayor’s Cup football game Oct. 17, sophomore Ja’Marion Wayne carried the ball 463 yards, breaking a record set in 1968, the school’s first year. The first record was for rushing yards: the total number of yards gained by a single player as the result of a rushin...

Munoz Back in Play After Tackling Cancer Twice

Munoz Back in Play After Tackling Cancer Twice

By Sariah Penn, Klein Cain High School

October 25, 2019

This past Friday in a football match up Klein Cain vs Klein Forest, Jacob Munoz not only fulfilled his promise to himself to get back on the football field, but he also made two plays against Klein Forest landing him two tackles. "It felt amazing to finally achieve a goal that I've set since the day...

Diversity, Duplexes and the Middle Class

Diversity, Duplexes and the Middle Class

By Ivy Reed, Clayton High School

October 25, 2019

I live in a duplex on the tree-lined 6400 block of San Bonita Avenue. People push strollers and walk their dogs down the shady sidewalk to buy vegan body lotion, CBD oil and artisan ice cream on DeMun Avenue. On summer evenings that buzz with cicadas, cocktails are sipped at wine bars and parents push...

Dallas tornadoes leave devastation in their wakes

Dallas tornadoes leave devastation in their wakes

By Karen Lu, Coppell High School

October 24, 2019

DALLAS - A light flickers from a fallen traffic light. Telephone poles, bent 45 degrees, lay across the intersection, forcing passers-by to step over their twisted wires. Windows are shattered, and roofs are entirely lifted from their buildings. Sunday night’s tornado decimated the shopping center...

Grady teacher helps immigrants obtain citizenship

Grady teacher helps immigrants obtain citizenship

By Yeibin Andrews, Henry W. Grady High School

October 24, 2019

Every year, over a million immigrants come to the United States with hopeful eyes and packed bags in search of the American Dream. However, there’s one major obstacle that can halt this ambition: citizenship. When Spanish teacher Aquiles Loero came to America in 2010 from Venezuela, he knew he wanted...

Remember the forgotten

Remember the forgotten

By James Hindy, Starr's Mill High School

October 23, 2019

As Halloween creeps around the corner, people board up their houses for the effect of abandonment, while supermarket shelves get picked clean. While horrific conditions are usually fabricated on Halloween for spooky effects, the people hit by Hurricane Michael face these realities on a daily basis even...

Volleyball team faces adversity when taking a knee during the national anthem

Volleyball team faces adversity when taking a knee during the national anthem

By Hayley Morgan, South High School

October 23, 2019

As South’s volleyball team runs to the bench after finishing their warm-up before the Robinsdale Cooper match, they are pulled into a huddle by their head coach, Tori Tomlinson. Tomlinson tells the girls that they would all be red-carded by the head official if they chose to kneel during the national...

The power of coding: junior produces apps

The power of coding: junior produces apps

By Amorah Schultze, James Bowie High School

October 22, 2019

The breeze carried chlorine from the pool, soft waves lapping at the shallow end, enticing anyone to step in for a swim. But he was too preoccupied with his computer, the sound of a keyboard as steady as the beat of his heart. The previous summer, it was adding data to his second app, Swim Stats. This t...

Dancing up the ranks

Dancing up the ranks

By Valerie Benzinger and Jannelle Everett

October 22, 2019

Halftime: the moment every drill team dancer counts down to in excitement.Friday night football games are known for their intense rivalries, raging crowds and overpriced concessions, but for senior Farmerette lieutenant Erick Sanchez, it all just adds to the thrill. The band starts to play a familia...

The Parent Trap

The Parent Trap

By Abby Pingpank, North Allegheny Senior High School

October 21, 2019

School entails enough stress as it is, and the last thing students often want is to have their parents get too involved. For some students at NASH, though, that is not an option, as their parents are here daily to witness it all. Such is the life of the juniors and seniors here whose parents are NASH...

The new generation: How teens use fashion to express themselves

The new generation: How teens use fashion to express themselves

By Isabella Johnsen, Downers Grove South High School

October 21, 2019

Sophomore Olivia Seery: I make most of my own jewelry. I make my bracelets most of the time, and I make my own earrings. Most of the earrings I wear are made by me. I like wearing silly T-shirts with goth stuff. I want to look funny. I don’t want to look like fashion. I want people to say ‘wo...

The Billion Dollar Tweet

The Billion Dollar Tweet

By Mitch Fink and Sophie Grand

October 18, 2019

When Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey sent out a tweet advocating support for protesters in Hong Kong on Oct. 4, it’s unlikely that he could have predicted the reverberations of his actions. Now, in the weeks since the tweet (which has been deleted), its butterfly effect has polarized people...

Removals from Cheer Spark Allegations of Title IX Violation

Removals from Cheer Spark Allegations of Title IX Violation

By Clementine Larrouilh, Westwood High School

October 18, 2019

Cheer parents are organizing to bring a Title IX complaint to the school board. Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Over the past month, a total of 10 cheerleaders have been expelled from the cheer squad...

Flipping the narrative, Band receives unexpected support at local competition

Flipping the narrative, Band receives unexpected support at local competition

By Alishba Javaid, Coppell High School

October 18, 2019

CARROLLTON - Surprised smiles and sparkling eyes of Coppell Band members could be seen as shouts of support from varsity football players from the stands pierced the air. The Coppell varsity football team surprised the junior varsity and varsity band by coming out to show their support at the UIL...

JMac: Back to where it all started

JMac: Back to where it all started

By Hayden Davidson, Kirkwood High School

October 17, 2019

For the past decade, people across the country, especially Kirkwood residents, have turned on the TV every Sunday in the fall to see the name “Maclin” on their screen. But before all the fame, Jeremy Maclin, 2006 KHS graduate, walked the same halls KHS students do today. Now, he is back as a football...

Beep Baseball: Wayland players help blind citizens play the game

Beep Baseball: Wayland players help blind citizens play the game

By Ellie Tyska and Meredith Prince

October 17, 2019

Since the sport beep baseball was created in 1976 to allow the visually impaired to play on a real baseball team, it has spread across the globe, opening opportunities for millions despite their disability. Beep baseball is a form of baseball that uses a ball and bases that beep to allow blind people...

Mill Valley’s LGBTQ population finds acceptance and faces new challenges

Mill Valley’s LGBTQ population finds acceptance and faces new challenges

By Ben Wieland, Tanner Smith, and Aiden Burke

October 16, 2019

A classroom right before passing period can reveal a lot about the treatment of LGBTQ students at the school. Pro-LGBTQ stickers cover the laptops and water bottles of some students, while simultaneously other students jokingly use anti-gay slurs to mock each other. This scene is a microcosm of the...

St. Paul Safety erodes as gun violence continues

St. Paul Safety erodes as gun violence continues

By Lara Cayci, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

October 16, 2019

A man who was found in a rolled over vehicle with a gunshot wound to his head on Oct. 6 in St. Paul's West Side has been confirmed dead. St. Paul Police confirmed the news Monday and identified the man as Jeriko Boykin Sr., of St. Paul. He was also identified as the father of a child that was injured...

Bowles: In God We Trust?

Bowles: In God We Trust?

By Luke Bowles, MSMS

October 15, 2019

I could not be more disheartened over the new Mississippi standard-issue license plate, and it is over one phrase: “In God We Trust.” Many Mississippians do not believe in any deity, let alone trust in one; therefore, it is morally objectionable to make them use a license plate claiming to trust i...

Hispanic heritage shapes Liberals community through business

Hispanic heritage shapes Liberals community through business

By Cheyenne Miller, Seward County Community College

October 15, 2019

The image that many may associate with the concept of small town Kansas probably doesn’t involve a heavy focus on Hispanic customs and culture, but in Liberal, such a focus is very much the reality. In the last few decades, Liberal’s demographics have shifted significantly, and people of Hispanic...

The Uncertain Future of Scarsdale’s Tackle Football Program

The Uncertain Future of Scarsdale’s Tackle Football Program

By Jake Lubin, Scarsdale High School

October 14, 2019

In modern American towns, it’s difficult to go an entire day without hearing talk of tackle football. The beloved American pastime has evolved into an entire culture that is easy to find in Scarsdale. From competitive and entertaining fantasy leagues between groups of friends to intense junior varsity...

Every Woman for Herself

Every Woman for Herself

By Ianne Salvosa, Liberty High School

October 14, 2019

Trigger Warning: Mention of Sexual Assault Don’t walk alone. Lock your car as soon as you get in. Watch out for strangers. These are only a few worries running through the minds of young women, when they find themselves in risky situations. From a young age, the phrase “don’t talk to stranger...

Cam High Faces Possible Sanctions Under Accreditation Review

Cam High Faces Possible Sanctions Under Accreditation Review

By Donny Robbins, Adolfo Camarillo High School

October 11, 2019

Many of Cam High's students are at risk of losing their diploma's validity due to a poor accreditation report (officially,1/6) by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a statewide organization that accredits schools. WASC has given Cam High a year and a half probation period to prepare...

The Truth About Straight Pride

The Truth About Straight Pride

By Emma Stoll, Hollis Brookline High School

October 11, 2019

It’s August 31, 2019. Around 200 people are gathered in Boston’s Copley Square, sporting a wide assortment of bright outfits, flashy signs and pre-prepared chants. They’re about to march in Boston’s first straight pride parade that will end in City Hall Plaza. This isn’t a scene unfamiliar...

The Vaping Experiment: Are We the Guinea Pigs?

The Vaping Experiment: Are We the Guinea Pigs?

By Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos and Noah Bullwinkle

October 10, 2019

Advertisements for e-cigarettes, including JUUL, the e-cigarette which represents 76.1 percent of the market (Nielsen), have been a contentious issue between vaping companies and the federal government. In a July 2019 congressional hearing on JUUL, information was released about a representative from...

“The best choice I’ve made in my high school years”

“The best choice I’ve made in my high school years”

By Aaron Boehmer, Liberty High School

October 10, 2019

Cheerleading arrived in the United States with an all-male pep club in the 1880s at Princeton University. Now more than a century later, in 2019, there’s been a nearly complete role reversal as about 97 percent of all cheerleaders are female. The numbers began to shift in the 1920s with few opportuni...

First Amendment Challenged at Cam High

First Amendment Challenged at Cam High

By Marcella Barneclo, Adolfo Camarillo High School

October 10, 2019

Cam High's Principal Mr. Matthew La Belle recently clarified and enforced a ban on all political wear at Cam High. La Belle sent an email to all staff members during second period on Sept. 12 asking teachers to stop class and check their students' attire for any political affiliations. The email cited...

Final Countdown: Friday Night

Final Countdown: Friday Night

By Meg Rees, North Allegheny Senior High School

October 9, 2019

Each Friday night during the fall, thousands of spectators witness the Marching Band's performance.  Significantly fewer, however, see what the group does before and after the big night.  The timeline below shows how, from the moment the school day ends until nearly midnight, a typical fall Friday...

Extra points

Extra points

By Kierigan McEvoy, Francis Howell Central High School

October 9, 2019

“WE WANT SAM! WE WANT SAM! WE WANT SAM!” the student section roars. A second left on the clock, he lines up for the kick. He takes a deep breath through the wind and rain, beating against his face. 42 yards; that's how far he has to kick it. Tie game 6-6. There’s the snap, two strides, and then...

Presidential rally spurs discussion of Latino conservatives on campus

Presidential rally spurs discussion of Latino conservatives on campus

By Marianne Salas, New Mexico State University

October 9, 2019

Following President Donald Trump’s rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico on Sept. 16, a series of tweets surfaced criticizing Latino supporters in attendance. Accusations ranged from Latino supporters being paid to be there and stand behind the camera to being spray tanned in order to “look the part.” Dante...

Unsustainable.

Unsustainable.

By Annabel Hendrickson, Natalie Katz, and Marta Leira

October 8, 2019

From a birds-eye view, the earth appears to be dead. What was once green is now brown; what was once frozen is now melted. Trees can no longer survive in the extreme temperatures, glaciers have completely melted and half of Florida is underwater. As uninhabitable as Earth may seem, you are still alive,...

More than an app

More than an app

By Sumner Wallace, West High School

October 8, 2019

The soul-crushing sound of a Hydro Flask crashing against the worn tile floor sets off a chorus of “sksksks” and “and I oop’s” that echo around an otherwise silent classroom. These are the exclamations of a “VSCO girl.” In the past few months, the concept of “VSCO girls” has become...

For Her Brother: An NMSU student’s resilience after the El Paso Shooting

For Her Brother: An NMSU student’s resilience after the El Paso Shooting

By Ariana Parra, New Mexico State University

October 7, 2019

On August 3, Las Cruces’s neighboring city, El Paso, Texas faced one of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The shooting occurred at a Walmart supercenter near the Cielo Vista Mall, which left 22 killed and 24 injured. Joanna Rodriguez, a sophomore majoring in psychology at New Mexico State...

Activism and autism: Why Greta Thunberg is important to people on the spectrum (Editorial)

Activism and autism: Why Greta Thunberg is important to people on the spectrum (Editorial)

By Samantha Martin, Carlisle High School

October 7, 2019

One of the biggest names in environmentalism today is a 16-year-old autistic girl, and I, along with other people on the autism spectrum, could not be more excited about it. Research done into the subject shows that representation in the media matters: seeing a diverse group of people represented in both fictional mediums and in the news helps f...

Hiring of former judge Persky stirs controversy

Hiring of former judge Persky stirs controversy

By Sunny Li and Anusha Kothari

October 7, 2019

Michael Aaron Persky, former judge on the Superior Court of California for Santa Clara County, was hired as the JV girls tennis coach for the 2019-20 school year on Sept. 2. However, due to Persky’s controversial history as a judge, this decision caused many members of the community to voice their...

Adoption: Fact vs. Fiction

Adoption: Fact vs. Fiction

By Madyson Cieszynski, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

October 4, 2019

A little girl was born in a downtown hospital on December 26, 2003. She had about two days with her birth mother before she was handed over to the social worker. To this day, she is still not sure how her whole story was unfolded. She knows that her adoption case was closed, which means her birth...

School Shooting Hoodie Designs Pollute the Conversation Around Gun Violence

School Shooting Hoodie Designs Pollute the Conversation Around Gun Violence

By Bernice Chen, Westwood High School

October 4, 2019

Controversy emerged once again on the internet during New York Fashion Week from Sept. 6 to Sept. 14 when a label debuted its new line of hoodies online. Bstroy, a streetwear brand based in New York, released a series of Instagram posts showing off designs of sweatshirts with the names of schools such as Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech on them. Though these words we...

Against all odds: the district of women heading the superintendency

Against all odds: the district of women heading the superintendency

By Elinor Melvin, Lake Zurich High School

October 4, 2019

The women of D95 are defying odds by filling the roles of superintendent, assistant superintendents, and the majority of the cabinet in a significantly male-dominated field. In the U.S., 72 percent of all K-12 educators are women, but of the nation’s 13,728 superintendents, just 1,984 are women, according to the School Superintendents Associatio...

California passes laws to limit high school football injury

California passes laws to limit high school football injury

By Audrey Wong, Lynbrook High School

October 4, 2019

Football, often seen as the classic high school sport, is declining in participation due to the apprehension over potential injuries. To ensure students’ safety, California has recently passed laws limiting the possibility of injuries. Set to take effect in 2021, these two laws have already been implemented...

Baldwin students model for Aerie’s celebration of Global Week of Inclusion photo shoot

Baldwin students model for Aerie’s celebration of Global Week of Inclusion photo shoot

By Cassie Snyder, Baldwin High School

October 3, 2019

Modeling for a big company such as Aerie or American Eagle is only a dream for most young women, but for two Baldwin students it became a reality. This past summer Special Olympics athletes and Baldwin students Daijah Massie and Kaitlyn Anderson participated in a modeling photo shoot for Pittsburgh-based...

Athletes’ injuries are becoming more than physical

Athletes’ injuries are becoming more than physical

By Brenna Cohoon, Downers Grove South High School

October 3, 2019

A competitive athlete’s career can change in a matter of seconds: anything from pivoting the wrong way on a turf field to landing awkwardly after a rebound can cause an agonizing injury and although the physical effects of these ailments are apparent, the mental consequences often remain unseen. Senior...

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