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SIYAC takes on tanning

SIYAC takes on tanning

By Olivia White

May 11, 2015

As prom quickly approaches, many teenagers look to tanning beds to acquire a certain glow. However, this may be the last year that is possible. Members of the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC), a group focused on passing legislation that affects the young people of Iowa, has sponsored a...

Helping hands

Helping hands

By Jamie Mills

March 24, 2015

The gift that every construction class student and teacher was responsible for giving senior Jacob Spiller was simply just a ramp. However, this slanted piece of wood--to assist Jacob in getting inside his house after a recent osteosarcoma surgery--was nothing compared to the gift that Jacob really received...

Teen forced to undergo chemotherapy

Teen forced to undergo chemotherapy

By Sophia McMorrow

March 3, 2015

On Jan. 8, the Supreme Court ruled that the state of Connecticut can continue to require a teen to receive chemotherapy. “She knows I love her and I am going to keep fighting for her because this is her decision,” the teen's mother, Jackie Fortin, said in an interview with The New York Tim...

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...

Sycamore turns over a new “Leaf”

Sycamore turns over a new “Leaf”

By Staff

February 23, 2015

We're all for making the most of your website here at SNO (obviously). But we must give props where props are due. Sycamore High's "The Leaf" may be a print issue, but it sure is a handsome one. Slick layout, perfect ratio of images to text, and most importantly, solid writing throughout. Ch...

Charter Oak senior battles cancer

Charter Oak senior battles cancer

By Andres Soto

February 13, 2015

December 5, 2014: the date that changed Charter Oak senior Anthony Ortega’s life forever. Anthony was going through what was a normal day in his second period economics class. “I was in second period, and my friend Ryan Hansen pointed out that I had a ball on my neck,” said Anthony. “I felt...

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...

Legend’s death relights chewing tobacco debate

Legend’s death relights chewing tobacco debate

By Angela Cooper-McCorkle, National University

January 2, 2015

Nolan Jirsa is eight years old. He doesn’t know that Tony Gwynn is dead at 54, or anything about the salivary gland cancer that killed the San Diego Padres icon. What Nolan knows is baseball as it should be: played fair, for fun, surrounded by happy fans. Nolan plays for the Warriors, part of the...

‘I’m a 17-year-old senior in high school … and I’m fighting for my life’

‘I’m a 17-year-old senior in high school … and I’m fighting for my life’

By Amin Touri, Watertown HS, Watertown, Mass.

November 13, 2014

High school seniors have a lot to be concerned about, with the college application process looming. Seniors that are also student-athletes often end up with twice the concerns and half the time. But for Watertown High senior and boys’ soccer goalie Joe Keikian, a recent lymphoma diagnosis put any of those concerns in perspective, and fra...

Blindfolded: Senior describes dealing with family disease

Blindfolded: Senior describes dealing with family disease

By Caroline Purtle, Texas HS, Texarkana, Texas

October 14, 2014

“It’s today.” “It’s today.” “It’s today.” Not today. Not again. My eyes look out the window and see a landscape of the world, then the Black Cape of Coping draws a blind to the beauty. A time of balance is blindfolded in a moment of desolation. I know one day I will remove...

Through class interview, student shares struggle of losing parent

Through class interview, student shares struggle of losing parent

By Michelle Norton, Glacier Peak HS, Snohomish, Wash.

June 11, 2014

With his average-length brown hair and his consistent smile, the struggles hidden behind the rectangular glasses of junior, Ethan Anderson, were revealed during his interview in Mr. Bonner’s class. Before he decided to volunteer for one of Mr. Bonner’s interviews, not many people knew that Anderson...

Simple color takes on new meaning when touched by cancer

Simple color takes on new meaning when touched by cancer

By Josh Collins, Canyon HS, Canyon, Texas

May 13, 2014

Logan Hinders walked by another booth selling more Pink Out shirts. The Pink Out pep rally and game were the very next day, but Logan had no intention of participating or even attending. Tomorrow was just going to be another day. However, within 24 hours, those pink T-shirts would mean his mother’s...

Winning battle with brain cancer alters view on living

Winning battle with brain cancer alters view on living

By Avery Cummings, Canyon HS, Canyon, Texas

April 29, 2014

The hospital room glowed white around me, the news of the diagnosis hanging grimly in the air. I had barely turned 7 years old when I started to become incredibly sick. For one week, I threw up and slept endlessly. My parents began to worry. We traversed to the pediatrician, her eyes confused. We...

Coach’s battle with cancer inspires boys to go bald

Coach’s battle with cancer inspires boys to go bald

By Cortlyn Dees, Canyon HS, Canyon, Texas

April 3, 2014

The smell of Christmas scented candles filled the air and a small space heater warmed the living room. The sounds of Monday night football and the laughter of 13 teammates were drowned out by the low buzz of a white electric clipper. Clumps of hair fell to the ground, and slowly the pile of locks grew...

‘Until the day I go to Heaven’

‘Until the day I go to Heaven’

By Katrina Foster, Travis HS, Richmond, Texas

November 6, 2013

Senior Tiffany Baker always has a smile and a friendly “hello” when she walks into class. She loves to talk to her friends in the hall, and she easily joins in their laughter when someone tells a joke. She is very much like every other teenage girl at Travis. But the outgoing senior is also different...