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‘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...

A heroic life lost: Role model alumnus dies serving in Afghanistan

A heroic life lost: Role model alumnus dies serving in Afghanistan

By Dan Fishbein, Algonquin Regional HS, Northborough, Mass.

November 10, 2014

Brian Arsenault loved hockey. When he took the ice adorned in his number 3 maroon and gold uniform, he found happiness. Hockey, as a sport, demands leadership. Two teams take the ice for an hour, and one emerges with a hard fought victory. Fights often break out. Scores are close. Someone needs to...

Darn teenagers, get off my porch!

Darn teenagers, get off my porch!

By Eileen Moynihan, Algonquin Regional HS, Northborough, Mass.

November 3, 2014

“Trick-or-treat!” a loud voice bellows. I look up in confusion at a boy with a full beard in a sports jersey and jeans. Darn it. Not again. More than once on Halloween, I’ve opened the front door with candy bowl in hand to see someone my age, or older, standing in front of me. When I’m...

Indian mascot spurs controversy at Massachusetts high school

Indian mascot spurs controversy at Massachusetts high school

By Morgan Banville and Alexias Soares, Dartmouth HS, Dartmouth, Mass.

October 3, 2014

The school has experienced attention due to students dressing as Native Americans and having a Native American as a mascot. Students have worn feathers and face paint at sporting events. “Support your tribe” is often tweeted by students before a sporting event.

A man, his mics and his guitar

A man, his mics and his guitar

By Jilliane Mortimer, Abington HS,

September 29, 2014

Ed Sheeran, a charming 23-year-old indie folk singer/songwriter from England, known for his song, “The A Team," did not disappoint in his performance at the Xfinity Center on Sept. 9.

Boston Calling preparations a show of their own

Boston Calling preparations a show of their own

By Erin Delong, Dominika Bondaryk, and Taylor Bunnell

September 19, 2014

Originally published Sept. 5, 2014 The Boston Calling Music Festival is back and better than ever. Boston Calling takes place this weekend, Sept. 5-7 at City Hall Plaza with an estimated 20,000 people attending each day. This will be the fourth Boston Calling event in two years. Starting off th...

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is strong stuff

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is strong stuff

By Charlotte Vitti, Watertown HS, Watertown, Mass.

April 9, 2014

To the relief of fans everywhere “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” destroys the precedent set by its rather lackluster predecessor, “The First Avenger.” The characters are well-developed, the plot is intriguing, and the CGI is spectacular. It all comes together in a wonderful blend of dram...

‘This wasn’t the movies’

‘This wasn’t the movies’

By Heidi Rush, Watertown HS, Watertown, Mass.

April 7, 2014

“This is how I am going to die,” thought Sergeant John MacLellan. Many police officers thought about this in Watertown during the night of April 19, 2013. The intense look on Sergeant MacLellan’s face captivated the audience, especially when he described when Tamerlan Tsarnaev was mortally wounded...

Holy moly! Rogue mole on the loose

Holy moly! Rogue mole on the loose

By Erin O'Brien, Algonquin Regional HS, Northborough, Mass.

February 17, 2014

Papers are scattered everywhere. Chairs are turned over, and the office is in disarray. Calamity has struck Algonquin: a mole is on the loose. As you walk between classes, be on alert for a five-fingered feral animal that may be scampering anywhere around the halls. Nearing the end of the school day...

Puppy Bowl X: Everything you wanted to know

Puppy Bowl X: Everything you wanted to know

By Cunniff Kids News staff, Cunniff Elementary School, Watertown, Mass.

January 31, 2014

Reporters from the Cunniff Kids News have their questions about Sunday's big show answered by the producers at Animal Planet. View original story. Puppy Bowl X will be airing this Sunday on Animal Planet starting at 3 p.m. There will be a lot of fun at Puppy Bowl this year, including more than 60 dog...

“When I was 16, I got hit by a baseball bat…”

“When I was 16, I got hit by a baseball bat…”

By Ayah R., Watertown Middle School, Watertown, Mass.

January 17, 2014

“When I was 16, I got hit by a baseball bat. I was passed out for a week and a half.” It all happened in the Watertown High School gym during baseball practice in 1996. A teammate swung a bat and hit Aram Manoukian on the right side of his head. He had surgery and five metal plates were put...