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New York’s new college plan shows little ‘HOPE’ for affordable college

New York’s new college plan shows little ‘HOPE’ for affordable college

Mitchell Smith, Starr's Mill High School

May 5, 2017


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The state of New York has recently made history. A new law passed allowed families making under $100,000 to have access to free in-state tuition at New York public colleges and universities. New York became the first state in the U.S. to offer this program. In order to be eligible for the funds, students...

Preparing for AP exams? Here are the do’s and don’ts

Preparing for AP exams? Here are the do’s and don’ts

Ariana Chriss, Mayfield High School

May 5, 2017


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Perhaps you’re in just as much shock as I am, but the time for AP testing is quickly approaching. For those going through this daunting process for the first time, it can certainly be overwhelming. You may not know what to expect, how exactly to study, what to do, or what not to do. That is okay. If...

Against our will: Taking AP tests is now forced upon teenagers

Against our will: Taking AP tests is now forced upon teenagers

Grace Nickas, West Linn High School

May 1, 2017


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Forcing people to sit down for hours on end, not being allowed to speak, eat and perform mentally straining tasks on little sleep seems like a form of torture. This is the reality for high school students in the month of May. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams begin in early...

Schools neglect the biological clocks of teens

Nataly Panczyk, Palatine High School

April 26, 2017


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Most teenagers would rather hear a tornado siren than their alarm clock. Consequently, their parents are also familiar with ultimately having to drag their sluggish teens out of bed by the third snooze alarm. “More than 87 percent of high school students in the United States get far less than...

Gender inequality in sporting event attendance can be corrected

Gender inequality in sporting event attendance can be corrected

Meggie Furlong, Lake Zurich High School

April 12, 2017


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In a world where only 6-8 percent of sports media coverage is of womens’ sports, where male athletes receive $179 million more in athletic scholarships than their female classmates, and where NBA players earn about 70 times more than the average female basketball player makes, the promotion of high...

Students deserve mental health screenings

Students deserve mental health screenings

Camille Caldera, Walt Whitman High School

April 4, 2017


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In first and eighth grade, students undergo mandatory hearing and vision screenings; public schools often take action to ensure students’ physical health. Mental health, however, is rarely addressed. Addressing mental health in schools is essential; 44 percent of Whitman students self-reported battling...

The Instagram paradox

The Instagram paradox

Cassie Valdez, Southwest Career and Technical Academy

April 3, 2017


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Within social media culture, it has become customary to advertise a certain version of oneself in hopes of being perceived a certain way. This lack of authenticity has led to the creation of dual online personalities. Because of this, the social media app Instagram has divided into two worlds. One of which is known...

Normal

Normal

Brynne Herzfeld, Cinco Ranch High School

March 31, 2017


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It comes up everywhere. First day icebreakers, team-building activities, even casual conversation: “What’s your family like?” My response is automatic: “I have two older brothers, Hunter and Cameron. Hunter is in college and Cameron is autistic.” There is always a pause as everyone absorbs...

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