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Popularity of wheelchair hockey continues to grow

Philadelphia Powerplay forwards Liam Miller, Alex Pitts, and Jake Saxton fight for the ball against the Minnesota Saints in the Powerhockey championship game. The Powerplay went on to lose the game 5-4.

By Jake Hartline, Haverford HS, Havertown, Pa.

November 14, 2014

The whistle blew and the wheels began to turn, the sticks began to swing, and the ball began to roll. It is just another Saturday of hockey for the Philadelphia Powerplay, a power wheelchair floor hockey team based in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. As an organization, their goal is to provide a...

‘I’m a 17-year-old senior in high school … and I’m fighting for my life’

Senior goalie Joe Keikian (1) and the Watertown High boys soccer team qualified for the 2014 MIAA state tournament.

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...

Blindfolded: Senior describes dealing with family disease

Blindfolded: Senior describes dealing with family disease

By Caroline Purtle, Texas HS, Texarkana, Texas

October 14, 2014

“It’s today.” “It’s today.” “It’s today.” Not today. Not again. My eyes look out the window and see a landscape of the world, then the Black Cape of Coping draws a blind to the beauty. A time of balance is blindfolded in a moment of desolation. I know one day I will remove...

Beating the odds: Student fights back from near-fatal disease

Sophomore Hanna Rinkevicz survived viral encephalitis, a rare virus that causes swelling of the brain.

By Landon Hudson, Grand Haven High School, Grand Haven, Mich.

September 22, 2014

Sophomore Hanna Rinkevicz lays back on the couch with a smile on her face. A tub of animal crackers rests next to her feet, which are propped up on the family’s wooden coffee table. Movie cases and hair ties clutter the table’s surface as Rinkevicz cracks sarcastic remarks about all the television...