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‘Mockingjay Part 1′ shifts series’ tone, keeps books’ integrity

‘Mockingjay Part 1′ shifts series’ tone, keeps books’ integrity

By Abby White, Shaker Heights HS, Shaker Heights, Ohio

November 26, 2014

Spoiler alert, but not about the movie: I devour books like potato chips. “The Hunger Games” trilogy has not escaped my appetite. I read Suzanne Collins’ books in spring 2010, at the height of their popularity. Even in France, where I lived at the time, everywhere I turned I saw posters for...

John Amaechi encourages treating strangers well

John Amaechi encourages treating strangers well

By Alexa Jankowski, Emily Boardman, and Zachary Nosanchuk

November 17, 2014

The world would be better if people paid more attention to those around them. “The truth is, it’s just paying attention to people and being there, not just with your body,” John Amaechi, a retired NBA basketball player turned psychologist told students in the small auditorium second period Oc...

‘It is amazing what one girl can start’

‘It is amazing what one girl can start’

By Lauren Saxon, Sycamore HS, Cincinnati

November 12, 2014

The Xavier Cintas Center was filled with over 10,250 spectators — completely sold out. Mount Saint Joseph University player Lauren Hill took the court for her first, and possibly last, time ever on Nov. 2. After being diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a fatal disease, Hill was given months to live, and one last chance to play the game she l...

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

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

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...

Fans and players show “RE2PECT” for Derek Jeter

Fans and players show “RE2PECT” for Derek Jeter

By Ethan Duwell, Elder HS, Cincinnati

October 6, 2014

Very rarely do today’s players in Major League Baseball stay with the same team for their whole career but to stay with the same organization for twenty years is unheard of. Derek Jeter is a special breed of player, one who only comes along once a generation. Hall of Fame players such as Gehrig, Ripken, DiMaggi...

Collaboration and pronouns are key to expanding GSA’s mission

Collaboration and pronouns are key to expanding GSA’s mission

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...

Redefining caretaker, custodian fills many roles

Redefining caretaker, custodian fills many roles

By Cathy Perloff, Beachwood HS, Beachwood, Ohio

June 10, 2014

On a rainy May morning, at the storm drain behind the cafeteria, a mother duck stood helpless. All her ducklings were trapped beneath the iron grate, and she had no way of retrieving them. She eyed the storm drain anxiously, refusing to leave her deserted babies. The scene took place near the kitchen,...

Students arrested for fight will be recommended for expulsion

Students arrested for fight will be recommended for expulsion

By John Vodrey, Shaker Heights HS, Shaker Heights, Ohio

March 24, 2014

Superintendent Gregory C. Hutchings said today that two students involved in a fight during class Wednesday will be recommended for expulsion. He also said two students filmed the fight and that they will be recommended for expulsion as well. Two female students were arrested for disorderly conduct...

Stop making small talk about college

Stop making small talk about college

By Shane McKeon, Shaker Heights HS, Shaker Heights, Ohio

March 13, 2014

Thanks to his last name, Ezra Zigmond has always been at the bottom of the class list. But in every other respect, he’s always been at the top. To my knowledge, he is the only member of our senior class to be admitted to Harvard University. Harvard, whose admission rate lingers just below six percent;...

Twitter takes a toll

Twitter takes a toll

By Bridget Cook, Shaker Heights HS, Shaker Heights, Ohio

March 10, 2014

I scrolled through Twitter one early morning before school, taking time to see what I’d missed online while I slept. Like most mornings, several CNN tweets were waiting for me from the early hours in the morning. This was one of them: “Students reported killed in terror attack on Nigerian boa...

Passion for fashion: Junior girl makes own Homecoming dress

Passion for fashion: Junior girl makes own Homecoming dress

By Brianna Bennett, Kettering Fairmont HS, Kettering, Ohio

February 25, 2014

It’s not unusual for a teen girl to spend hundreds of dollars on a special dress for a big dance like Homecoming or Prom. And even then, she runs the risk of seeing other girls in the same dress on the big night. Fairmont junior Courtney Carpenter didn’t want to let that happen, so she ma...

Let Mayer’s latest CD transport you to ‘Paradise’

Let Mayer’s latest CD transport you to ‘Paradise’

By Sophie Lockhart, Kettering Fairmont HS, Kettering, Ohio

February 7, 2014

John Mayer has been making a name for himself in music since the release of his first solo album, "Room for Squares," in 2001. He is a virtuoso guitarist, and he is admired for his thought-provoking, clever lyrics. In addition, Mayer has demonstrated his phenomenal musicianship as he has explored several d...

Bowler breaks school record

Bowler breaks school record

By Andrew Cole, Elder HS, Cincinnati, Ohio

January 8, 2014

It was just a normal tournament that day as Nick Roth knocked down those pins in the first game. He totaled 245, which was exceptionally above his average of 195. He had an excellent game which he knew would help his team start. What he didn’t know at that point was that he would go on to make Elder...

Rand Paul needs a Noodle Bib account

Rand Paul needs a Noodle Bib account

By Shane McKeon, Shaker Heights HS, Shaker Heights, Ohio

December 10, 2013

Ah, Thanksgiving. What better way to celebrate than a column about stealing? I always liked Ron Paul. While perhaps the most homophobic, anti-big government person I’d ever seen, I had a real respect for the way he answered questions; he answered off the top of his wise bald head, not with a ...

‘In Utero’ turns 20

‘In Utero’ turns 20

By Nick Antone, Elder HS, Cincinnati, Ohio

October 8, 2013

It’s a scary thought; the loud, talented, and sometimes controversial band from Aberdeen, Wash., Nirvana, recorded their final album 20 years ago. To some, it seems like only yesterday when every teen and young adult could be seen wearing a flannel and ripped jeans, part of the grunge fad of the...

Student arrested for rape at school

By Shane McKeon, Shaker Heights HS, Shaker Heights, Ohio

October 3, 2013

A Note from SNO: This is an ongoing story from The Shakerite news staff at Shaker Heights High School in Ohio. We've chosen to highlight a few of the several stories published to date on this topic as an example of how a news staff can cover a developing story from multiple angles.Print Editor in Chief Shan...

Arrested student on ‘home detention;’ faces charges of rape and kidnapping

By John Vodrey, Shaker Heights HS, Shaker Heights, Ohio

October 3, 2013

A Note from SNO: This is an ongoing story from The Shakerite news staff at Shaker Heights High School in Ohio. We've chosen to highlight a few of the several stories published to date on this topic as an example of how a news staff can cover a developing story from multiple angles.Print Editor in C...

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center continues scheduled visits to health classrooms

By Marcia Brown, Shaker Heights HS, Shaker Heights, Ohio

October 3, 2013

A Note from SNO: This is an ongoing story from The Shakerite news staff at Shaker Heights High School in Ohio. We've chosen to highlight a few of the several stories published to date on this topic as an example of how a news staff can cover a developing story from multiple angles.Print Editor in Chief Shan...