Best of SNO High School Edition

Gluten-free foods storm social media

Gluten-free foods storm social media

Kaila Finn, Staples HS, Westport, Conn.

May 19, 2014


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Dessert: warm chocolate fudge cakes, flaky pie crusts, and creamy soft-serve. This may be some people’s definition of after-meal confections, but I happen to be the quinoa flour cookie kind of gal, and Gluten Free Week at Staples is my haven. To celebrate this week laden with buckwheat scones and...

Dieting dudes: Young men seek ways to drop pounds, too

Dieting dudes: Young men seek ways to drop pounds, too

Maxwell Shukuya, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, Calif.

May 13, 2014


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Pick up any Cosmopolitan magazine from the past month and chances are you’ll see two teasers: 1) “75 Sex Moves Men Crave” and 2) “4 Steps to a Flat Belly.” Now turn to the past 20 issues of GQ. While there’s the occasional “Amp Up Your Sex Appeal” article, not one cover story addresses...

California students take proactive approach against underage drinking

California students take proactive approach against underage drinking

Jamie Jordan, Vista del Lago HS, Folsom, Calif.

April 17, 2014


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Teenagers and alcohol. Most likely, this combination sounds dismal, but Folsom Cordova teens are changing the conversation. Students involved with Club Live at Folsom and Sutter Middle Schools and Friday Night Live at Vista del Lago High School recently participated in the filming of an educational...

Tumblr blogs can glorify depression and self-harm

Tumblr blogs can glorify depression and self-harm

Zoe Duncan-Doroff, St. Mary's Academy, Portland, Ore.

March 18, 2014


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Tumblr has over 140 million blogs. Most revolve around predictable topics, such as photography, music, fashion, sports and design. But this popular social space has expanded in surprising and sometimes unhealthy ways. Tumblr thrives on the emotional, diary-like output from a younger demographic, proving...

Teenage cigarette use declines, while hookah use rises

Teenage cigarette use declines, while hookah use rises

Alejandra Lozano, Academy of the Holy Names, Tampa

March 12, 2014


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With the constant pressure society places on the teenager regarding looks, grades and popularity, the pressure of fitting in can sometimes be overwhelming. Sometimes, it can become so large, that it pushes teens to make bad decisions. In early November of 2013, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) r...

Exhausted students turn to stimulants to get through schoolwork

Exhausted students turn to stimulants to get through schoolwork

Kyoka Millard and James Birr

March 6, 2014


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While 20 years ago, high school students might have turned to coffee to give them focus and energy, more and more students today are turning to illegal prescription medication to help them excel at school. Typically prescribed to kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD),  which are characterized by difficulty focus...

Ignore dehydration symptoms your own risk

Ignore dehydration symptoms your own risk

Joe Cramer, Harrisonville (Mo.) HS

February 7, 2014


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Imagine enjoying a day of nice weather outside doing activities, after a long cold winter, when all of a sudden you realize you have become thirsty. You shrug it off as nothing, and continue to participate in the fun with your friends. What you may not realize is that your body could be beginning to...

Self-harm is damaging but treatable

Self-harm is damaging but treatable

Alex Boutrous and Laura Turner

January 21, 2014


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“Basically I started [cutting] because I was struggling with an eating disorder,” explained South student Anna (not her real name). “I was very overwhelmed and had a ton of anxiety. I felt so trapped and there was so much going on and I was so overwhelmed. I wanted to do something to feel better.” Dr....