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New club inspires controversy, discussion

New club inspires controversy, discussion

By Ridah Syed

April 15, 2015

Tweet sent. Sophomore Spencer Kahn takes a deep breath. He waits for the inevitable backlash that is bound to come from what he’s done. His phone buzzes with notifications of favorites, retweets and a slew of replies. Kahn scrolls through his Twitter timeline to see the hashtag #SHEBRON appearing...

Engineering club builds interest

Engineering club builds interest

By Drew Brown

April 6, 2015

Earlier this year, students formed a new engineering club. Already 40 members strong, the club has had the unique opportunity to explore and learn at a variety of different facilities such as Nestle Purina, Washington University and Boeing. At each of these locations, students were exposed to immense...

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...

Saving the world one conference at a time

Saving the world one conference at a time

By Elijah Zawatsky

February 17, 2015

Public speaking is a vital skill to have in the modern world of business and commerce; however, according to the Washington Post, it is America’s number 1 fear. 25.3% of Americans claim to fear speaking in front of a crowd. Model United Nations (MUN) seeks to remedy this. “Model UN is a learning...

Building a (robotics) team

Building a (robotics) team

By Lilia Wood, Glen Rock High School

February 4, 2015

The robots may be made of metal and circuit boards, but the Glen Rock High School Robotics Team is built of hours of hard work, preparation and engineering ability. This is the team's first year at Glen Rock. Late last year, former middle school students wanted to continue competing in robotic competitions...

McAllen High’s spirit slump

McAllen High's spirit slump

By Isabella Zambrano and Alexandra Arevalo, McAllen High School

January 12, 2015

Spirit Week is an exciting time around McAllen High School. In the days leading up to Homecoming, the student body celebrates through various activities and events: themed dress-up days are one highlight. Usually, the school community is quick to participate and take advantage of such a fun time....

New club allows students to earn academic letter

New club allows students to earn academic letter

By Jack Hiegel, Francis Howell Central HS, St. Charles, Mo.

November 5, 2014

A chapter of Epsilon Beta, a statewide club for high school students interested in reading, has been set up in our school. The group, sponsored by Mrs. Kelly Hauquitz and Mrs. Andrea Head, meets in the Learning Commons on the second Thursday of each month. The club, which was created in 1931 in Washington,...

Checking in with chess

Checking in with chess

By Ericka Shin, Clark Magnet HS, La Crescenta, Calif.

November 4, 2014

“Why would you do that?” asked senior Elizabeth Abramyan. “You’re clearly putting your bishop in danger. Try this,” Abramyan suggested to fellow senior and opponent chess player Joshua Valerio as she highlighted a better move for him during an impulsive lunch game. According to the United States Chess Federation, ...

In Model United Nations, tomorrow’s leaders solve today’s issues

Model United Nations meets once every other week to discuss upcoming conferences and hammer out strategies. The first conference at Mount Notre Dame High School was on Sept 20, where at least one SHS delegation sponsored both passing resolution papers. The next conference is in Dayton in November.

By Elijah Zawatsky, Sycamore HS, Cincinnati

October 31, 2014

Imagine walking up to a podium, facing what feels like thousands (but more likely is only hundreds) of students, and delivering a speech you have just made up about a topic you know little about. This situation may sound more like a nightmare than a club, but it is a reality for the students who participate...

More than 100 attend ‘See you at the Pole’ prayer event

More than 100 students and others at Heritage Middle School in San Antonio gathered at the school's flag pole on Sept. 24 as part of the national

By HMS Hurricane Watch Staff, Heritage Middle School, San Antonio

September 25, 2014

Just before sunrise, some 100 students and teachers attended Heritage Middle School's "Meet you at the Pole" prayer event. The event was in sharp contrast with last year's two students who stood at the pole to pray. Students began to arrive as early as 7: 15 a.m. "I went (to the event) so I could...

Collaboration and pronouns are key to expanding GSA’s mission

Sophomore Hadas Marcus, the Gay-Straight Alliance's public relations manager, speaks at a club meeting as co-presidents Whitney Tyree and Sophy Warner, both seniors, and sophomore Sydney Keller look on.

By Anabel McGuan and Nora Spadoni

September 23, 2014

At the first Gay Straight Alliance meeting of the school year, co-presidents Sophy Warner and Whitney Tyree gave club members a chance to say their names, grades and “their PGP’s — their preferred gender pronouns.” “And where would you fall if you were a raindrop?” asked Warner. “I would...

Fashion scholarship brings students to the runway

Fashion student Natalie Forbess goes to work on her sewing machine. These fashion students work hard in the chance of gaining a scholarship to college.

By Celeste Burke, Carlsbad HS, Carlsbad, Calif.

January 24, 2014

Haute couture demands brilliant designers with wild imaginations, but with thousands of teenagers fantasizing about becoming the next Vera Wang, their chances are slim. However, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise (FIDM) has just increased that percentage. Every year, FIDM offers ...

Club works to save food one lunch at a time

The Drop Squad accepts unopened, nonperishable food items. They donate their collections to the Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg, Md.

By Gil Jacobsen, Winston Churchill HS, Potomac, Md.

January 22, 2014

The five-minute warning bell rings and students begin scrambling to gather all of their stuff and head off to class. Inevitably, students who do not finish their lunches will toss their remains of their lunches in the trash. What these students may not know is that Drop Squad, a school-sponsored club, provid...