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Allies need to focus on transgender rights

Allies need to focus on transgender rights

By Clayton Kistner

February 12, 2015

“Fix society. Please.” These were the final words of 17-year-old transgender girl Leelah Alcorn’s suicide note that she posted on blogging website Tumblr on Sunday, Jan. 28. Leelah’s story isn’t uncommon. According to The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization that focuses in suicide...

Hong Kong down but not out in struggle for democracy

Hong Kong down but not out in struggle for democracy

By David Girbino, Mayfield High School

February 11, 2015

The fires of protest blazing in Hong Kong cannot be allowed to die beneath the heel of the “People’s Republic” of China.

A moment of silence for silent protests

A moment of silence for silent protests

By Hannah Hoffmann, Parkway West High School

February 9, 2015

Sitting down during the pledge of allegiance. Pink fingernails. Students not uttering a single word for all six hours of the school day. Anything in common here? If you said no, you are far from alone in that thought: many students and teachers have never noticed the “silent” protesting done in classrooms. So...

Revisiting Ferguson in six acts

Revisiting Ferguson in six acts

By Isabel Giovannetti and RHS Today staff, Robinson High School

February 4, 2015

Is Ferguson, Missouri old news? We think it's important to revisit and remember. Robinson High School's coverage takes several different shapes in this longform piece. From a timeline of events, to social media reactions, to editorials and interviews, the RHS Today staff gives us a pretty comprehens...

Fixing society for Leelah Alcorn

Fixing society for Leelah Alcorn

By Sydney Kinzy, Parkway West High School

January 29, 2015

On December 28th, after leaving a suicide note on her Tumblr blog, 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn stepped out into traffic and was hit by a truck. “Please don’t be sad, it’s for the better. The life I would’ve lived isn’t worth living in…because I’m transgender,” Alcorn wrote. “To put...

MLK Day honors King’s dream, legacy

MLK Day honors King’s dream, legacy

By Katie Valley, Kearsley High School

January 26, 2015

Many students appreciate "MLK Day" as a welcome reprieve from school. But how much do you know about the man behind the holiday? Katie Valley at Kearsley High School has published a great longform piece that explores Martin Luther King's roots, activism, life and death. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luth...

Students refuse to say Pledge of Allegiance due to Ferguson events

Students refuse to say Pledge of Allegiance due to Ferguson events

By Aparna Verma, Catonsville HS, Catonsville, Md.

December 8, 2014

“The Pledge of Allegiance says ‘liberty and justice for all,’ but that doesn’t exist in the America I live in. The proof is the jury failing to indict Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.” Senior Alex Armbruster made it clear that the morning announcements crew would not say the pledge the...

Group pushes for more options for transgender students on overnight trips

Group pushes for more options for transgender students on overnight trips

By MaryClare Colombo, Plano Senior HS, Plano, Texas

December 3, 2014

The Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) organization recently addressed the issue of transgender rooming on school overnight trips in a letter to Principal Sarah Watkins in October. Last year, transgender student senior Sydney Dela Rosa had to room alone or room with her biological sex with no other options....

New ‘patriotic’ AP U.S. History curriculum would cause much more harm than good

New ‘patriotic’ AP U.S. History curriculum would cause much more harm than good

By Joe Jolley, Ballard HS, Seattle

November 20, 2014

This is a very clear attempt at censoring the uglier parts of U.S. history. Not only would this new “patriotic” course deprive students of a proper education, it would also be extremely damaging to the country it claims to be defending if implemented on any sort of large scale.

Does #activism make a difference or does it just turn issues into viral trends?

Does #activism make a difference or does it just turn issues into viral trends?

By Zoe Davis, Whitney Young Magnet HS, Chicago

October 24, 2014

Think of any viral video, meme or trend on social media. Where does it comes from? Tweets and posts start to appear on your feed as your friends start to tweet and comment. You are expected to join in because, why not? It’s viral. Every day it seems like a new trend arises on social media, causing...

Two BHS juniors participate in ‘People’s Climate March’ in New York

Two BHS juniors participate in ‘People’s Climate March’ in New York

By Alexandra Gruszkiewicz, Bearden HS, Knoxville, Tenn.

October 10, 2014

Once Mallari Starrett and Alicia Matavosian found out that they could take part in a march against climate change, they were in. “We both just looked at each other the moment we heard about it and said ‘yes, we’re definitely doing this,’” Matavosian said. On Friday in New York City, abo...

ALS gets dumped on social media

ALS gets dumped on social media

By Julia Wunning-Zimmer, Kirkwood HS, Kirkwood, Mo.

October 1, 2014

Beads of sweat cascade down her back. Adrenaline courses through her veins, while she clenches her fists and squeezes her eyes shut in anticipation of the freezing sensation that she is about to undergo. Her mind races. She is doing this for not only the enjoyment of her friends and family who view ...

‘The Normal Heart’ is an AIDS story that resonates

‘The Normal Heart’ is an AIDS story that resonates

By Aparna Verma, Catonsville HS, Catonsville, Md.

June 4, 2014

Back in '80s, the HIV/AIDS crisis was rising in New York City. More people, notably gay men, were afflicted by this terrible disease, and, in a time where there was little medical knowledge about this virus, the ordeal was quite frightening. Young men were dying, and the people just didn’t know why....

#BringBackOurGirls spreads awareness, calls for change

#BringBackOurGirls spreads awareness, calls for change

By Kori Adair, Canyon HS, Canyon, Texas

May 23, 2014

An inky night surrounds a boarding school in northern Nigeria. Engines rumble as trucks edge toward the school. The sound of gunshots shatters the stillness of the night, followed by shrill screams of young women pulled from their beds and their education into a nightmare. Members of Boko Haram abducted...

Students collect money, supplies to assist Venezuelans

Students collect money, supplies to assist Venezuelans

By Ivy Bennett-Ford and Hannah Baade

May 16, 2014

Canned food, medical supplies, reams of copy paper. That’s what Anna Paz asked for of Hillsborough’s students every morning for two weeks. Why? To aid Venezuelans absorbed in a violent military conflict with Nicolas Maduro’s government. The drive was conducted by SGA’s president, Paz. She...

Tour teaches student rights, features Mary Beth Tinker

Tour teaches student rights, features Mary Beth Tinker

By Allison Koontz, Canyon HS, Canyon, Texas

April 18, 2014

A black strip of fabric and a pink slip of paper led a shy 13-year-old girl from Des Moines, Iowa to the Supreme Court after being suspended for wearing prohibited armbands to school. Almost 50 years later, Mary Beth Tinker, the once-shy girl, spoke in front of more than 750 students on a stop Wednesday,...

California students take proactive approach against underage drinking

California students take proactive approach against underage drinking

By Jamie Jordan, Vista del Lago HS, Folsom, Calif.

April 17, 2014

Teenagers and alcohol. Most likely, this combination sounds dismal, but Folsom Cordova teens are changing the conversation. Students involved with Club Live at Folsom and Sutter Middle Schools and Friday Night Live at Vista del Lago High School recently participated in the filming of an educational...

Anger over sit-in won’t solve anything

Anger over sit-in won’t solve anything

By Jamie Zega, Lake Central HS, St. John, Ind.

April 11, 2014

It took less than 24 hours for coverage of Wednesday’s sit-in to make its way to the Post-Tribune and Sun-Times media, Northwest Indiana Times, Twitter, Reddit, LiveLeak and YouTube. It took less than 24 seconds for students to form opinions of the administration, who only did what they were supposed...