Best of SNO

Are digital libraries on the horizon?

Are digital libraries on the horizon?

By Urmi Kumar, St. Mary's Academy, Portland, Ore.

May 30, 2014

On Sept. 14, 2013, Bexar County, Texas, opened the first all-digital public library in the U.S called BiblioTech Digital Library. The library is based on the ideal of “work[ing] to bridge literacy and technology gaps in San Antonio and surrounding areas by establishing a community presence at the physi...

Students take projects to international science fair

Students take projects to international science fair

By Emilia Massa, Lincoln HS, Portland, Ore.

May 29, 2014

After winning awards at the PPS and State Science Fairs, junior Lukas Schwab and sophomore Clemen Deng will be competing in the international Intel Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles from May 11-16. Schwab placed second in both the PPS Science Fair and the Electrical Engineering portion of the S...

With birth of twins, athletic director experiences new outlook on life

With birth of twins, athletic director experiences new outlook on life

By Nicole Joerger, West Linn HS, West Linn, Ore.

April 14, 2014

“I am sure when I reflect in a year from now I will be astounded with all that I have experienced,” Kevin Mills, Athletic Director, said. “I would not change any of it for anything. I have found a way to surround myself with wonderful people, whether I am at work or home.” Mills’ added. “I...

Longboarder balances safety, thrill to master art of speed

Longboarder balances safety, thrill to master art of speed

By Walker McCrae, West Linn HS, West Linn, Ore.

April 10, 2014

You can hear Jeff Lofurno, junior, long before you can see him. And when you do see him, it’s not for very long. Lofurno flies past on his longboard at speeds of at least 30 miles per hour, weaving around cars and people, with the grind of wheels on asphalt fading in the distance. Lofurno didn’t...

Tumblr blogs can glorify depression and self-harm

Tumblr blogs can glorify depression and self-harm

By Zoe Duncan-Doroff, St. Mary's Academy, Portland, Ore.

March 18, 2014

Tumblr has over 140 million blogs. Most revolve around predictable topics, such as photography, music, fashion, sports and design. But this popular social space has expanded in surprising and sometimes unhealthy ways. Tumblr thrives on the emotional, diary-like output from a younger demographic, proving...