Best of SNO

Negative effects of social media

By Caroline Cooney

January 7, 2016

According to SocialMediaToday, the number of current, active users on social media is over 2.206 billion and that number has risen by 176 million users in the past year alone. There is a wide range of social media outlets that give their users the benefits that satisfy their needs: VSCO, Tumblr, Pinterest, ...

Tarantula–Emily

Tarantula–Emily

December 22, 2015

Deciding what kind of pet to get can be very difficult, but it was not for junior Emily Quealy; she knew that she wanted to get a Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula. She was attracted by this type of pet because it doesn’t require special attention that other housepets need. Quealy has had her tarantula, Alaska Satan, for two y...

Chinchilla–Noah

Chinchilla–Noah

December 22, 2015

On his eleventh birthday, sophomore Noah Shields was given a chinchilla, Kirby, and he hasn’t looked back since. Shields got Kirby when he was only a few weeks old, and since then the two have been best of friends. Kirby has many unique talents that never fail to impress Shields. Some of these talents ...

Finger monkey–Savanah

Finger monkey–Savanah

December 22, 2015

Senior, Savanah Urbano, was the proud owner of a finger monkey named George after Curious George. George was as tall as a pointer finger and could easily fit in Urbano’s hand. Urbano had her beloved pet for one year; her brother bought him in Florida from a man who sold monkeys and lizards at his ho...

Chickens–Joe

Chickens–Joe

December 22, 2015

Senior, Joe Busch, is the current owner of twenty chickens but at one point Busch had one hundred and ten feathered friends. Busch is the sole owner of the chickens and this has taught him responsibility and hard work. “I have learned a ton; it has been a great time. Raising chickens is something I...

Con: Schools overstep their authority by restricting drop-offs

By Alicia Nasto

October 14, 2015

Forgetfulness is part of human nature, something children and adults both suffer from. When we forget something, we often beat ourselves up about it. Lake Mary High School in Seminole County, Florida, has a policy in place banning all drop-off items. Normally, when students forget their homework,...

Pro: Schools should stop parent drop-offs to improve safety

By Katherine Montgomery

October 14, 2015

On Friday, October 2, 2015, 27 parents came in to the LHS office to drop off homecoming dance money and other items to students. Over a week, the secretaries in the front office recorded how many parents came in and what they brought. There was an average of 22 parents each day. Twenty-two people...

Ten Thousand Villages moves to new location

Ten Thousand Villages moves to new location

By Kendall J., Mackenzie P., Cyn'Torreya S. and Kristin N.

May 26, 2015

What does it take to fall in love?

What does it take to fall in love?

By Payton Evans

March 26, 2015

Can love be reduced to a scientific formula? To a simple set of 36 questions, even? Payton Evans at the Little Hawk explores this idea. A very cool investigative article paired with some great filmmaking, too. Many of us dream about finding “the one” — a true love, a significant other, a soulmate....

Short films serve as creative outlets, exploratory forms

Short films serve as creative outlets, exploratory forms

By Eva Perez-Greene

March 20, 2015

Artistic inspiration is everywhere, yet few feel bold enough to take the plunge and create something unique with it when they find it. Junior Karsten Runquist, a self-taught filmmaker, has challenged himself this year to produce one original short film per month. From his more mature horror short Yum to his y...

Keep Wall Street out of space

By Kira Steirs

March 19, 2015

The recent failed launch of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo has many questioning the reality of commercial space flight and its usefulness. Oct 31, SpaceShipTwo along with a pilot and co-pilot crashed seconds after takeoff in California’s Mojave Desert during a test flight. The accident came just...

Despite risks, commercial space flight makes sense

By Harrison Bartlett

March 19, 2015

October was, without question, the worst month in the history of commercial spaceflight. On Oct. 28, an unmanned rocket operated by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded in northern Virginia. Just three days later, the in-flight breakup of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo over the Mohave Desert claimed...

Stepping between worlds

Stepping between worlds

By Kaitlin Maloney

March 16, 2015

For most athletes, trying to balance schoolwork with three-hour practices and a 10-minute commute home is difficult enough. However, senior twins Carly and Hayley Mangan travel 45 minutes each way to practice at their Irish step dance school in Montville, CT. They make the commute four to five days...

ReelPeople, ReelOpportunities, ReelAbilities

ReelPeople, ReelOpportunities, ReelAbilities

By Tori Swart

March 9, 2015

Both verbal and nonverbal students with disabilities gather in this student-made short introductory film for the ReelAbilities Film Festival school outreach program. The festival invites people to come together to celebrate the lives, stories and art of people with disabilities. ReelAbilities is...

Fight song Fridays

Fight song Fridays

By Tori Swart

March 3, 2015

A new weekly announcement has been set in place where the entire school sings the Sycamore Fight Song. The reasoning behind it all? Follow along as reporter Tori Swart investigates.

Domo arigato: two robotics stories

Domo arigato: two robotics stories

By Nick Gee and Brooke Vincent

March 2, 2015

Here are a couple cool stories from schools with an extracurricular you don't hear about too often: Robotics Club! We couldn't pick just one, so here's a sampling of both. Wylie East High School finished seventh in the qualifying rounds of the FIRST Tech Challenge, a national robotics competition. (Th...

Students participate in annual Relay for Life event

Students participate in annual Relay for Life event

By Michael Sande

February 27, 2015

Once a year, students and faculty gather in the Homestead field house to participate in the globally recognized fundraising event Relay For Life. Students check into this event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., bringing in sleeping bags, snacks and fundraising money to carry them until the end of the event at...

Aim, shoot, bullseye: on being an archer

Aim, shoot, bullseye: on being an archer

By Devin Wickstrom

February 20, 2015

Senior Christian Morgan on the experience of being an archer.

Good Morning, DC: Divine Child’s daily news program

Good Morning, DC: Divine Child’s daily news program

By Trevor Renner and Jen Lessnau

February 17, 2015

The price is not right

The price is not right

By David Black

February 16, 2015

Over the past six years, gas prices have tended to increase, reaching a U.S. average of $4 per gallon in May of 2011, according to GasBuddy.com. Yet, over the past few months, the price of gas has steadily fallen, landing at a U.S. average of about $2 per gallon. In the Chicago area specifically, prices...

Feature Teacher: Pete Harry’s music makes learning fun

Feature Teacher: Pete Harry’s music makes learning fun

By Alexis Mayhue, Bellwood-Antis High School

February 4, 2015

Let’s assume that everyone knows what Youtube is. You know, that place you go if you want to watch a funny animal video or to listen to that new song? Well, Bellwood-Antis High School teacher Pete Harry uses Youtube for a completely different reason. Harry's Youtube page has over 70 million views and o...

C2 hosts “Peace Through Pie” community event

C2 hosts “Peace Through Pie” community event

By Jack Densmore and Caroline Cravens, Leander High School

January 30, 2015

The Patriot discovers talent in new teachers

The Patriot discovers talent in new teachers

By Nicole Arrison, John Carroll School

January 27, 2015

Marauders vs. Clairton: a real nail-biter

Marauders vs. Clairton: a real nail-biter

By Jordan Rhone, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School

January 26, 2015

It can be difficult to write about "the big game" in a way that's engaging and exciting to an outside audience. But Jordan Rhone at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School has done just that! What sets this story apart? The hook, for one: It began in 2006 when nine fourth-grade boys signed up for the ...

Tyrone involved in Google Glass research project through Penn State

Tyrone involved in Google Glass research project through Penn State

By Amber Chamberlin, Tyrone Area High School

January 20, 2015

Update: Google has officially discontinued sales of Google Glass; according to the company, the product is still in development and may be re-released in the future. -- Imagine: on your next trip to the grocery store, you look at a bag of Cheetos. Its nutritional information flashes in front ...

Making his mark: swimmer sets a gold standard

Making his mark: swimmer sets a gold standard

By Noah Sanchez, Klein Collins High School

January 16, 2015

His arms slice through the water as he makes his way toward the wall. Faster. He knows he can do it. He can break another record. His outstretched fingers make contact with the wall as he glances up at his time — 49.62 seconds. That is how long it took senior Kyle Hendricks to smash the record...

Heads shorn as part of fundraiser for Director of Enrollment

Heads shorn as part of fundraiser for Director of Enrollment

By Kathy Deaver, John Carroll School

January 15, 2015

In honor of raising $21,500 for the “I’m 4 Eddie” campaign for Director of Enrollment Edward Maynard, social studies teacher Anthony Del Puppo and four male students shaved their heads after the Thanksgiving prayer service on Nov. 25th. “It feels very cool, [as in] temperature cool,” Del Puppo said...

Water hyacinth creates trouble

Water hyacinth creates trouble

By Devin Wickstrom, Stagg High School, Stockton CA

January 6, 2015

The highly mobile water hyacinth plant causes headaches for the city, state, businesses and boaters. Devin Wickstrom at The Stagg Online explores the causes and effects of the invasive overgrowth.

Paper towns: a new way to build a city

Paper towns: a new way to build a city

By Svannah Nguyen, Klein Collins High School

January 5, 2015

He pays attention to every detail. He folds and constructs. He draws and creates. He builds the city of London. Senior Jason Manus is not the usual canvas-and-paint kind of artist, but rather one with a unique ability. He showcases his talent through paper models of cities and buildings. “When...

Chattin’ with Catie: I don’t get paid enough for this

Chattin’ with Catie: I don’t get paid enough for this

By Catherine Murphy, Regina Dominican High School

January 5, 2015

Chattin' with Catie is a new podcast out of Regina Dominican High School. Listen as Catie Murphy interviews two fellow students, Hannah McCarthy and Brigid Broderick, about their minimum wage jobs.

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