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Coaches take on twice the teaching load

Coaches take on twice the teaching load

Serene Gallardo, Downey HS, Downey, Calif.

April 24, 2014


Filed under Profiles, Sports

At Downey High, teachers tend to take on twice as much as expected – that is, alongside teaching curriculum courses, they take hand in coaching a team. Managing both classrooms full of students and a sports team is double duty, but these teachers are willing to go the distance. The process to apply...

Substitute teachers bring rich backgrounds to classrooms

Substitute teachers bring rich backgrounds to classrooms

Emily Leung and Frances Wu

April 23, 2014


Filed under Profiles

Substitute teachers are always a nice change for Diamond Bar High School students, but their temporary stay in the classroom gives students little time to learn more about them. Although regular teachers have an entire year develop a close relationship with their students, substitute teachers don’t...

Science teacher finds happiness through writing poetry

Science teacher finds happiness through writing poetry

Arij Khanjee, Travis HS, Richmond, Texas

April 18, 2014


Filed under Profiles

The search for happiness takes many forms, and aquatic science teacher Megha Shah found hers through writing poetry. The Most Wondrous of Things was published in paperback and ebook formats last summer and is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Nook and other outlets. The book was...

The final frame: A perfect goodbye to bowling star

Beth Keefe, Glen Rock High School

April 16, 2014


Filed under Profiles, Sports

After 30 perfect games and 16 years of bowling experience, Glen Rock’s own Jake Rollins became the Boys’ Bowling State Champion on Feb. 11, 2014. In the title-match, Rollins bowled the first 300 in the 13-year history of the stepladder playoff, making it the last, perfect shot of his high scho...

Profiles in Passion

Profiles in Passion

Perry Bruder, Farhia Osman, and Chiara Kohlmayr

April 8, 2014


Filed under Profiles

Students at Edina High School in Edina, Minn., must participate in the Passion Project, a year-long research paper on a topic of their choice and a summative presentation about the research.  

Sophomore artist achieves success through talent, passion

Sophomore artist achieves success through talent, passion

Sanah Jivani, Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas

March 25, 2014


Filed under Profiles

Her hands effortlessly flow across the canvas as she depicts her thoughts on paper. Her passion stems from her grandfather, who was also an artist. Art plays a major role in her life, shaping her as a person. She dedicates hours to her work, until she knows she has created a masterpiece. Sophomore...

Wrestling with love

Wrestling with love

Laura Godinez, Lewisville HS, Lewisville, Texas

March 14, 2014


Filed under Profiles, Sports

No sound. No voices. Nothing. No crowd chanting her name. No teammates cheering her on. No coach giving her advice. Her heart’s beating faster and faster. Thump-thump. Thump-thump. Thump-thump. She hears the whistle blow. Tweeeeeeet. Her heart beats one last time, hard. Thump. Then i...

Las Vegas student immerses himself in K-pop culture

Las Vegas student immerses himself in K-pop culture

Patricia Ascano, Southwest Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas

March 4, 2014


Filed under Music, Profiles

If you see sophomore Tyler Antonio around the school, you wouldn’t expect him to be a dedicated fan of Korean pop. But as it turns out, he considers himself to be a true fan of the K-pop industry. Southwest Shadow: What lured you into Korean pop? Tyler Antonio: When I was first lured into K-pop, I actually...