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Murals used as teaching aides will be lost in construction

Murals used as teaching aides will be lost in construction

Siandhara Bonnet, Leander HS, Leander, Texas

June 10, 2014


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The new science building isn't the only new aspect of the school under construction. Next year, we'll also have new room numbers, different wings, a new air conditioning system, and the walls will be painted over. The sad thing is that some teachers in those hallways have been in their rooms ...

Media brings back an unrealistic fantasy of dead rapper

Media brings back an unrealistic fantasy of dead rapper

Tyler Dixon, Evanston Township HS, Evanston, Ill.

May 27, 2014


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Tupac has returned. Tupac Shakur, renowned hip hop artist and actor, died on Sept. 13, 1996. After being dead for 17 years, Tupac Shakur graced the stage alongside fellow hip hop artist Snoop Dogg at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. How can the dead live again? It was an ill...

#BringBackOurGirls spreads awareness, calls for change

#BringBackOurGirls spreads awareness, calls for change

Kori Adair, Canyon HS, Canyon, Texas

May 23, 2014


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An inky night surrounds a boarding school in northern Nigeria. Engines rumble as trucks edge toward the school. The sound of gunshots shatters the stillness of the night, followed by shrill screams of young women pulled from their beds and their education into a nightmare. Members of Boko Haram abducted...

Textbook controversy focuses on wrong things

Textbook controversy focuses on wrong things

Dana Brown, West Shore Junior/Senior HS, Melbourne, Fla.

May 20, 2014


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The mistake wasn’t in including material on Islam; it was in assuming that students would already understand the tenets of Christianity and Judaism.

Confidence 17 years in the making

Confidence 17 years in the making

Nick Keith, Athens Drive HS, Raleigh, N.C.

May 12, 2014


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What I wish I could have seen coming back then and that I remind myself of now is that, no matter what oddities separate you from popularity or a different crowd, if you’re not being yourself, you’re missing out on the pieces of life you would genuinely enjoy.

First steps taken to curb teen suicide rate

First steps taken to curb teen suicide rate

Nelsen Saavedra, Travis HS, Richmond, Texas

May 8, 2014


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The silence has gone one for far too long. Homophobia, discrimination, verbal assault, hate crimes, it all must end. Any efforts that will provide and supply the impetus needed for change to occur is crucial.

Programs for academically gifted do more harm than good

Programs for academically gifted do more harm than good

Sidd Ganghi, Athens Drive HS, Raleigh, N.C.

May 6, 2014


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Starting as early as kindergarten, children are often put into different tracks of advancement based on their intelligence. These tracks offer different levels of curriculum to allow students as identified as smarter to learn at an accelerated rate and get ahead of their peers even in elementary school....

Essay: Why the world should dance more

Essay: Why the world should dance more

Anurima Kumar, Community HS, Ann Arbor, Mich.

April 24, 2014


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“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” -- Friedrich Nietzsche I may not practice dance every day, but I cannot imagine my life without it. Ever since the age of five, I have been learning an Indian classical dance form called Bharatanatyam. When my first teacher moved I remember her words that stuck with m...