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

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

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

September 22, 2014


Filed under Profiles

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...

Student struggles with social media fame

Student struggles with social media fame

Skylar Cross, Santaluces High School, Lantana, Fla.

September 16, 2014


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The issue of Insta-fame is one that goes highly unnoticed. Just imagine for a moment having the population of a small town following you on social media. Sergio Lopez, a sophomore at Santaluces, undergoes the constant burden of having to please some 16,000 people. “I do feel pressure to act a certain...

Everything she has is dedicated to becoming state champion powerlifter

Everything she has is dedicated to becoming state champion powerlifter

Alexis Megdanoff, Fenton HS, Fenton, Mich.

June 11, 2014


Filed under Profiles, Sports

The inside of a gym is a familiar sight for senior Crystal Krupp. For four years, she has trained every week to succeed in the sport of powerlifting. Powerlifting at the high school level involves three separate lifts: the squat, bench and deadlift. Each participant has three chances, the highes...

Through class interview, student shares struggle of losing parent

Through class interview, student shares struggle of losing parent

Michelle Norton, Glacier Peak HS, Snohomish, Wash.

June 11, 2014


Filed under Profiles

With his average-length brown hair and his consistent smile, the struggles hidden behind the rectangular glasses of junior, Ethan Anderson, were revealed during his interview in Mr. Bonner’s class. Before he decided to volunteer for one of Mr. Bonner’s interviews, not many people knew that Anderson...

Redefining caretaker, custodian fills many roles

Redefining caretaker, custodian fills many roles

Cathy Perloff, Beachwood HS, Beachwood, Ohio

June 10, 2014


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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,...

Former dean hosts radio show

Former dean hosts radio show

Adalie Zanis, Pottsville Area High School, Pottsville, Pa.

June 3, 2014


Filed under Profiles

For 13 years before his retirement in 2012, students were called to see Mr. John Powers, the dean. Now, they can call him. “I don’t think I intimidate people like I did in my office,” Mr. Powers said. Mr. Powers, or JP, as he is known at WPPA radio station in downtown Pottsville, is one ...

Art student receives Gates Millennium Scholarship

Art student receives Gates Millennium Scholarship

April Valdez, Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts, Laredo, Texas

May 29, 2014


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Visual Arts student Lizeth Terrazas said she cried when she found out she received a Gates Millennium Scholarship this spring. Just 1,000 students nationwide receive this award yearly. "I didn’t think I was going to get it because I was one out of 52,000 people that applied," Terrazas said. "I...

Spencer Wiley: Born to lead the choir

Spencer Wiley: Born to lead the choir

Claire Kyllonen, Leander HS, Leander, Texas

May 23, 2014


Filed under Music, Profiles

Spencer Wiley stands before his students, his hands at the ready. With one look he has command of the room around him; 28 pairs of eyes stare fixedly, waiting for his mark. Not one word. Not one sound. Then, the music begins to play, and suddenly the room is enveloped with the resonating melodies and...