Best of SNO High School Edition

A life in limbo

A life in limbo

Savie Hughes and Bailey Birkholz, Maize High

September 29, 2017


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She walks into a classroom, a light sweat dripping off her forehead. Paranoia swoops through her, making her jump at every sound. She never believed she would have to be scared of the only country she has ever known. But as she takes her seat, she feels everybody around her. She thinks they know her...

Senior calls for old phones in zoo challenge

Senior calls for old phones in zoo challenge

Jenna Bao, Sycamore High School

September 28, 2017


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Flip phones are virtually obsolete today, but they are still taking up space in cabinets everywhere. The Cincinnati Zoo’s “Go Bananas!” Challenge seeks to use the old devices to save the environment. Senior Bennett Heyn is currently participating in the challenge through the Environmental Club. “Last...

And then there was Hope

And then there was Hope

Sofia Hassan, Pascack Valley High School

September 26, 2017


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As the North Tower began to crumble, Louise Buzzelli sat alone in her room and took her Crucifix off the wall. She held it tight to her chest and prayed to God that her husband and the soon-to-be father would come home safe. All she had was hope. The morning of Sept. 11, 2001, was just a normal...

From Teacher to Student and Back Again

From Teacher to Student and Back Again

Richard Pfeifer, Kirkwood High School

September 15, 2017


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Colleen Curran, Special School District (SSD) teacher, attempts to compile her laptop, school supplies and homework on her way out of her front door. She steps out into the hot summer night and walks to her car. She lets out a sigh of relief, only in her car she can find quiet. She shifts into reverse...

Starr’s Mill senior returns from the Phantom Regiment

Starr’s Mill senior returns from the Phantom Regiment

Amy Orr, Starr's Mill High School

September 13, 2017


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Senior Ryan Ragsdale recently returned from his summer spent marching with the Phantom Regiment, making him the first Starr’s Mill student to march in Drum Corps International while still in high school. “[It was] by far the best summer of my life,” Ragsdale said. “There’s no doubt it’s...

Emerson teen raises awareness of friend’s battle with cancer

Emerson teen raises awareness of friend’s battle with cancer

Nina O'Connell, Emerson Junior-Senior High School

May 31, 2017


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Jaiden Mason, a sophomore at Emerson Junior-Senior High School, is on a mission to help save her friend’s life. Her friend and neighbor, 14-year-old Natalie Lopac, has been fighting cancer for just about her entire life. "I want to say that the next time you think your life is over when you get...

Thin blue line

Thin blue line

Grant Schlichting, Cannon Falls High School

May 31, 2017


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It’s eleven O’clock on a Saturday night and Officer Paul Larson has just pulled over a rusted green blazer that has a tail light out. As he steps out of the squad car he gets called by dispatch in nearby Red Wing. “Status?” “15” Meaning check in in 15 minutes. Like clockwork he pulls the...

Walking to remember

Walking to remember

Julia Ganbarg, Pascack Valley High School

May 30, 2017


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Joanna Connors cannot stand cancer. So instead she walks. On Oct. 8, 2014, the unimaginable happened. Joanna Connor’s mother Lisa passed away from a rare form of leukemia known as Myelodysplastic Syndrome, or Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Since her mom was diagnosed on Oct. 18, 2013, the Connors family...