Best of SNO

2009 alumna lands front page dream job

Melanie Anzidei, Class of 2009, holds up her front page story, which recently ran in The Record.

By Renee Kochinski, Henry P. Becton Regional HS, East Rutherford, N.J.

December 10, 2014

Melanie Anzidei, an alumna of the 2009 Becton Regional High School graduating class, is making front page news — literally. Recently, the journalist has had two front page stories published in The Record newspaper, both revolving around Black Friday and the Thanksgiving holiday. Her biggest break, ...

Don’t fret about the SATs

Freshmen Amy Santo and Carly Boyle take a peek at a PSAT booklet. SAT season can be a stressful time for students.

By Nina Henry, Pascack Valley HS, Hillsdale, N.J.

October 10, 2014

Every admissions officer I’ve ever talked to has said that there’s no hard and fast cut-off for admissible SAT scores, and some colleges don’t even look at SAT scores.

Frequently banned novel is added to English curriculum

Frequently banned novel is added to English curriculum

By Parima Kadikar, Watchung Hills Regional HS, Warren, N.J.

May 5, 2014

"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie is a semi-autobiographical novel about a Native American teenager growing up on the Spokane Reservation. It won the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the 2008 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and Poetry,...

‘Ostrich’ provides matter-of-fact hope

'Ostrich' provides matter-of-fact hope

By Sydney McCabe, Middletown HS South, Middletown, N.J.

April 25, 2014

Matt Greene’s near constant play on words, coupled with a surprisingly hilarious and unique approach to the woes of life as a teenager in the 21st century, give his first novel, "Ostrich," all the makings of a classic. Through a stream of consciousness elaborated by parentheses, protagonist Alex examines...

The final frame: A perfect goodbye to bowling star

By Beth Keefe, Glen Rock High School

April 16, 2014

After 30 perfect games and 16 years of bowling experience, Glen Rock’s own Jake Rollins became the Boys’ Bowling State Champion on Feb. 11, 2014. In the title-match, Rollins bowled the first 300 in the 13-year history of the stepladder playoff, making it the last, perfect shot of his high scho...

Why do we read poetry?

By Jasmine Xie, Ridge HS, Basking Ridge, N.J.

April 10, 2014

In a new generation of grungy coffee house hipsters, poetry has quickly devolved into a misunderstood art form commonly associated with angsty teenagers and beret-wearing creeps. Ask a class of adolescents whether or not they are looking forward to their poetry unit in English class and one is sure to...

From the mortuary to the laboratory

Although the real rooms are not legally allowed in pictures, a room such as this served as the

By Victoria Messikian, Glen Rock HS, Glen Rock, N.J.

April 3, 2014

A 22-year-old girl is working in a vile room. It is cold and steel, and the young girl is surrounded by inanimate bodies. She is surrounded by the dead. Each body, raised slightly on angled rollers, looks as if it’s reclining on a lounge chair. Underneath, water constantly flushes to rinse out the...

‘Tis the season for Promposals

'Tis the season for Promposals

By Jessica Lowrie, Colonia HS, Colonia, N.J.

March 3, 2014

It’s that time of year again when people are getting asked to prom in both extravagant and simple ways. The seniors try to top others and make their “promposal” the best anyone has ever seen. What is a “promposal” exactly? How does it happen? What is the planning behind all of it? The term...