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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

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.

13 years after original, new Pokémon games debut

By Lucas Cook, Emerald Ridge HS, Puyallup, Wash.

December 3, 2014

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire for the Nintendo 3DS were released in Japan and North America Nov. 21, the 13th anniversary of the original Japanese release. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are remakes of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, the games that first introduced the third generation of Pokémo...

Why you aren’t too cool to play ‘Pokémon Omega Ruby’ and ‘Alpha Sapphire’

By Eric Staats, Portage Northern HS, Portage, Mich.

December 3, 2014

Many of us played Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald in elementary school — don’t even deny it. Pokémon was the greatest video game ever in a time where we were too old to play Animal Crossing and Nintendogs, but too young for Call of Duty and Halo. Nintendo has released remakes of these classic...

Forecasts relieve flooding fears

By Rachel Fischer, Madeleine Spivey, and Hailey Verdick

April 16, 2014

Anyone who was in Iowa City in the summer of 2008 remembers the massive amount of flooding. This winter, Iowa’s snowfall was only slightly below the winter of 2008 at 47.4 inches. “What we have seen so far is the main response that we will get from the snowmelt,” said Maren Soflet, NOAA. Of...

Exclusive interview with Delta Rae

Exclusive interview with Delta Rae

By Bianca Lopez, Miami Palmetto HS, Pinecrest Village, Fla.

April 15, 2014

  Bianca Lopez: What songs can we expect to hear at Tortuga? Ian Holljes: We will play everything off of our recent EP “Chasing Twisters” and a selection off of “Carry the Fire.” I’m very partial to the new stuff of off “Chasing Twisters.” I personally love “Dance in the G...

Stress management plays key role in health

April 4, 2014

Sometimes, picking a topic interesting enough to research for a whole year can be extremely challenging, and having to connect it to one’s life does not make the process any simpler. However, it seems sophomore Kitty O’Connell was able to naturally find a topic when she was choosing her Passion Project:...

Media portrayal can distort images

April 4, 2014

For her Passion Project, sophomore Caiying Selmo decided to take on the world. Computers, smart phones, movies, social media, all the things that entertain us in our lives, the entire media, she says, can hurt society with their unrealistic depictions of people. “It’s about how media’s stere...

Grandfather’s illness motivates education about in-home care

April 4, 2014

Every Edina High School student knows about the Passion Project. For some it’s a burden, but others see it as an opportunity to inform everyone about a problem in the world. For sophomore Nate Shapiro, it’s a chance to tell his family’s story. Shapiro’s grandfather was diagnosed with Alzhei...

Education is key to avoiding crash dieting

April 4, 2014

For many sophomores, thinking of an idea for their Passion Project -- an idea about which they will have to write a paper, make a presentation, and do a service project, all for a grade -- is difficult. For sophomore Casey Robinson, however, it was simple. “I, like a lot of other people I know,...

Surveilling John Carroll School’s approach to private data

Surveilling John Carroll School’s approach to private data

March 17, 2014

In the past few years, JC has taken measures to monitor student action more closely, both regarding technology and around the school. The Acceptable Use Policy was instated with the arrival of laptops at JC, setting a guideline for student actions on their personal laptops. The policy appears on JC...

Surveilling U.S. government’s approach to private data

Surveilling U.S. government’s approach to private data

March 17, 2014

Starting with an article by Glenn Greenwald in The Guardian, it has come to the attention of the United States, and the world, of a scandal by the National Security Agency (NSA) on surveillance. This initial report revealed how much the NSA was monitoring phone calls of Americans and a court order th...

Like father, like daughter: Teacher, freshman daughter bond over common interest in debate

By Gennifer Geer, Blue Valley HS, Stillwell, Kan.

March 5, 2014

Arguing with parents is a part of life. You usually don’t win, but you can try — but your parents generally don’t condone it. But imagine a world where not only does your dad encourage you to argue, he teaches you how — just not against him. Freshman Caitlin Riffer enrolled in Debate this...

Like Father, like son: Art teacher, sophomore son share close, yet professional relationship while attending same school

By Sally Cochran, Blue Valley HS, Stillwell, Kan.

March 5, 2014

Walking down the hallway, you see the normal sights that make up Blue Valley. Classrooms, lockers and… your dad? Art teacher Mark Mosier has had two children attend BV, 2010 graduate Emma Mosier and current sophomore Ian Mosier. Mark said Emma was a student in two of his classes — Digital Imaging...

Gabe Caballero

February 18, 2014

Gabe Caballero — Left leg On Nov. 14, 2013, senior Gabe Caballero was involved in a car accident, leading to him spending 12 days in a hospital and having three surgeries on his left leg and more to come in the future. “The first two days in the hospital I don’t remember anything, there was ...

Kelly Sabers

February 18, 2014

Kelly Sabers — Knee In Kelly Sabers ‘14’s case, doctors do not know the specifics of her injury. Some say it could be hereditary while others say it could have been caused by the medicine she took for her seizures when she was younger. But in the past four years, Sabers has had knee surgery on both legs. “I had this same surgery done fres...

Ana Clemons

February 18, 2014

Ana Clemons — Both feet Along with Small, Ana Clemons ‘14 has had surgeries on both her feet this past year as well. In her case, running was the cause for the surgery. “I had surgery on both of my feet because of running, they got worn down and basically the pressure on my feet moved my bones over so they had to put...

Eve Small

February 18, 2014

Eve Small ‘15 — both feet After spending hours on the court practicing her serve, swing, and form, Eve Small ‘15 grimaces as she glances at her feet, feeling a painful ache slowly spread from her arches to the back of her heels reminding her that in just a few short months she will no longer b...

A parent fights back

February 14, 2014

After fighting cancer and her own son’s drug addiction, one St. Francis High School parent is taking her struggle to the streets. Shelly is a founding member of the St. Francis Community Drug Awareness program. The group recently formed due to parents’ concern with a growing number of former students’...

Heroin hits home

Heroin hits home

By Kaitlyn Lemke and Jackie Gehling

January 10, 2014

That sweet smile, that contagious laugh and a face his friends will never forget, Jacob Roger Schmaus was a 2010 graduate. He was part of the varsity basketball team for two years and the journalism team. Having undergone treatment, he had been clean four months when his death was brought on by a heroin...

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