Best of SNO

Los Alamos library one step closer

Volunteers begin the day by digging up flower beds.

By Forest Starr

April 10, 2015

Board members of the library district arranged a day for the Los Alamos community to continue work on a future library site. The town has come a long way in making the library a powerful tool of the community.

Helping hands

Helping hands

By Jamie Mills

March 24, 2015

The gift that every construction class student and teacher was responsible for giving senior Jacob Spiller was simply just a ramp. However, this slanted piece of wood--to assist Jacob in getting inside his house after a recent osteosarcoma surgery--was nothing compared to the gift that Jacob really received...

Senior brings hope to Dominican families

Senior brings hope to Dominican families

By Lauren Cohen

March 16, 2015

“Vaca Flaca! Vaca Flaca!" Jessica Powell walked down the dirt roads of Las Canas in the Dominican Republic amid the chants. At the beginning of the summer, the chants following her had been suspicious and insulting, rather than the endearing nickname of “skinny cow.” Derogatory whispers...

AmeriCorps volunteer making a difference at TAHS

AmeriCorps volunteer making a difference at TAHS

By Kendra Wertz

March 16, 2015

Most Tyrone High School students and faculty know Miss Chelsey Markel as the math tutor. It’s her job to help students who have not passed their Keystone math exams get ready for retakes by providing individual or small group tutoring. What most people don’t know is that Markel is also an AmeriCorps...

PHS student volunteers time at Maryland Zoo

PHS student volunteers time at Maryland Zoo

By Hannah Stoller

March 10, 2015

Throughout the year, each Pikesville student has his or her own preferred way to spend the weekend. Some hang out with friends, some attend football games, some work, and some choose to stay home and catch up on sleep. However, not many students can say that they spend eight hours of their day standing...

Alumnus helps fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

Alumnus helps fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

By Elizabeth Driver, John Carroll High School

February 5, 2015

In order to not become contaminated, a family reluctantly stands a safe distance away from the burial of their loved one. They gaze upon Public Health Officials dealing with the body to prevent Ebola from spreading to any more people. Though the family would prefer to prepare and bury the relative themselves,...

Alumni association hopes to support students via #GivingTuesday

Alumni association hopes to support students via #GivingTuesday

By Sydney Kinzy, Parkway West HS, Ballwin, Mo.

December 4, 2014

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and the latest edition to the holiday shopping mantra … #GivingTuesday. The idea is simple. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. The Parkway Alumni ...

Iowa school play benefits Ferguson student actors

The cast of the Diviners accepts a standing ovation at curtain call.

By Sophia Schlesinger and Ellis Fontana

December 2, 2014

The cast is gone, the set has been stripped, the lights taken down and the curtain tucked away. However, the legacy of "The Diviners" endures beyond the confines of Opstad Auditorium. Miles away in Ferguson, Mo., drama students are being given the opportunity to attend Missouri’s state festival, thank...

Skateistan: Empowering Afghani children

Skateistan: Empowering Afghani children

By Yasmim, International School of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo

November 7, 2014

On October 14, Oliver Percovich Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization Skateistan gave a short presentation at ISSH. Mr. Tootell, head of the Creative Department at ISSH, arranged for Mr. Percovich to speak to the entire middle school during periods one and two on Tuesday. In addit...

Two BHS juniors participate in ‘People’s Climate March’ in New York

 Bearden juniors Mallari Starrett and Alicia Matavosian join the

By Alexandra Gruszkiewicz, Bearden HS, Knoxville, Tenn.

October 10, 2014

Once Mallari Starrett and Alicia Matavosian found out that they could take part in a march against climate change, they were in. “We both just looked at each other the moment we heard about it and said ‘yes, we’re definitely doing this,’” Matavosian said. On Friday in New York City, abo...

U.S. government refuses to recognize the volunteer work of international students

U.S. government refuses to recognize the volunteer work of international students

By Jason Kang, Benilde-St. Margaret's School, St. Louis Park, Minn.

June 5, 2014

While I’m playing the last measures of the school’s alma mater, there is a whole different subject on my mind. Each year, the President’s Service Award, a recognition for volunteers who have completed 100 or more hours of service, is presented at the awards ceremony, and I am confident that in...

A 180-mile ride helps people with Multiple Sclerosis

A 180-mile ride helps people with Multiple Sclerosis

By Sydney Thomas, Klein HS, Klein, Texas

May 1, 2014

The sweat runs down junior Lawrence Mangaoang’s face and drenches the white shirt with red and blue stripes that separates him and his team from the rest. He gazes at the beautiful scenery that lines the designated bike path and he thinks back on the opening gate. The large banner welcoming the bikers...

Souper Bowl raises awarness and money to defeat hunger

Souper Bowl raises awarness and money to defeat hunger

By Nelsen Saavedra, Travis HS, Richmond, Texas

January 28, 2014

Faces are etched with emotion, voices trill through the air. The cold seeps through skin and cuts beneath layer upon layer of clothing. Cheeks are not painted with colors of red, gold, blue, green. Instead, tear stains streak through soot. Stomachs are not quivering with excitement. Instead, sickening...

This senior girl rushes toward the fire

By Sebastian Ortiz, Lufkin HS, Lufkin, Texas

January 23, 2014

You won't typically find high school girls rushing toward a fire, but Shelby Mathison is not your typical girl. This 17 year-old is a member of the volunteer fire department. "I've wanted to be a firefighter since I was, like, 11 or 12," she said, "and it's my passion because I like to help other...

‘Until the day I go to Heaven’

'Until the day I go to Heaven'

By Katrina Foster, Travis HS, Richmond, Texas

November 6, 2013

Senior Tiffany Baker always has a smile and a friendly “hello” when she walks into class. She loves to talk to her friends in the hall, and she easily joins in their laughter when someone tells a joke. She is very much like every other teenage girl at Travis. But the outgoing senior is also different...

Visit to former leper colony transforms student visitors

Kahu Kalani Wong of Kamehameha Schools Maui helps Kalaupapa resident Aunty Elizabeth Kahikolo play Sakura, her favorite card game. Kahu Wong, along with kahu and students from all three KS campuses went to Molokai on their annual community service visit, Oct. 4-9, 2013.

By Maile Sur, Kamehameha Schools Maui, Hawai'i

October 11, 2013

For a town that has changed so little, Kalaupapa can change you so much. Kalaupapa, Moloka’i, a town that sprang up for the quarantine of leprosy patients in the 1800s and early 1900s, was known for being plagued with sadness, but for the residents of Kalaupapa and those who visit, that description...