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SAFE program increases driving safety awareness

SAFE program increases driving safety awareness

By Calder Hollond and Ashley Novo-Gradac

May 22, 2015

We’ve all heard the sayings like “click it or ticket," as well as the horror stories about fatal, yet avoidable, driving accidents. But even with driving safety being taught to us at an early age, do students at BLHS actually follow basic safety measures like putting on a seatbelt? That was the...

Escape, enhance, engage: strategies for handling school violence

Escape, enhance, engage: strategies for handling school violence

By Paige Umholtz

April 16, 2015

April 20, 1999 was just another day in the small town of Littleton, Colorado. Columbine High School was preparing for the first lunch shift of the day. Then, the unthinkable happened. Two students opened fire on students at the school, killing 13 people before committing suicide themselves. On Frid...

Wait, what do we do?

Wait, what do we do?

By Megan Fowler

March 26, 2015

Newtown. Columbine. Virginia Tech. These three are just a few of the most popular school shootings in the United States. Just hearing the name of the deadly events can spark fear and disgust in a person’s heart. In early March, Ola High held a lockdown drill to allow students and faculty to practice...

Rape culture: Too close for comfort


By Jessica Jurado, Academy of the Holy Names, Tampa

September 18, 2014

Rape Culture isn’t a new concept, in fact it’s been around for centuries; it was finally given a name by American feminists in the 1970s. Rape culture’s existence can be blamed on the role of women in society throughout history. Women have always been viewed as the “weaker sex,” existing o...

‘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...

Dangers of distracted driving dissected

Dangers of distracted driving dissected

By Megan Parman, Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas

February 17, 2014

Imagine driving the entire length of a football field at 55 miles per hour. Now imagine doing it blind. That 100-yard drive would take about 4.6 seconds, which is also the average amount of time spent sending or reading a text while driving according to There are three main types of distracted d...