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Op-ed

“I Have No Excuse”: How Ignorance Breeds Hatred

At Issaquah High School in Washington, prom season was in full swing. The first goal was to ask someone to go with you, obviously enough, but having the funniest sign was just as important to many students. All was well until one girl, whose name will remain undisclosed, showed up with a sign bearing a blatantly racist joke. The sign was emblazoned with the multicolored words “if I was black I’d be picking cotton, but

Op-ed

Why I Don’t Stand For the Pledge of Allegiance

I learned the Pledge of Allegiance in kindergarten, at the age of five. It is so ingrained in my head that I could recite it in my sleep. And now, eleven years later, I no longer stand up at the beginning of each school day and pledge my allegiance to the United States of America. I remain in my seat. Why? Here’s my reasoning: I refuse to pledge my allegiance to my country if my

Op-ed

Work Smart, Not Hard: Why We Need to Stop Glamorizing Lives Centered Around Studying

When I celebrated the completion of my homework on a regular Friday night, I savored the pleasure it brought me to finally whip out my phone and go to YouTube. As I scrolled and tapped my way through various sections on the app (trending, new music, watch later to name a few) I came across the most peculiar video within my recommended. The video, titled, Study with Me || 14 Hour Study Day, immediately rose

Real Life

The Availability of STEM Resources in United States

The massive impact of the development of science and technology have tremendously shaped the modern world. As decades passed by, innovators had continuously contributed to the advancement of machinery. Due to this, students around the world adapted to these changes and attempted to incorporate these new knowledge in their system. However, are there enough STEM opportunities for these bright savants to fully engage themselves in their world of scientific inquiry and exploration? Ria Sodhir, a sophomore in the

Real Life

Heads Up Juniors: Tips to Help You Start Your College Search

Now that the second semester of high school is underway, it’s time to start dreading about the future. Although, the future doesn’t have to be so stressful! Determining what you want to do after high school is one of the biggest decisions of your lifetime. Whether you want to enter college, a trade, or the workforce, there are some big questions that are going to define your future. This may sound like a enormous task,

Real Life

America is Covertly Profiting From School Shootings

You would think that with every incident of gun violence, there would be a push for policy. Instead, there’s only been a growth in profiting. In the wake of so many school shootings, security companies and defense associations have thoroughly increased their revenue after a boom in the industry. Instead of the demand in gun reform increasing, there’s only been a demand in security mechanisms for schools. While implemented with good intentions, the problem with

Real Life

Teens Are Chronically Stressed and Sleep Deprived

Wake up at 6 AM. Drive to school. Spend 8 hours in tough classes. Go to after school activities for 3 hours. Come home. Shower, eat, spend time with your family. Do homework and study. Get some sleep. Repeat. The daily routine of the conventional high school student consists of a jam-packed schedule that can be highly stressful and take up time that should be spent sleeping. According to The Journal of Adolescent Health, a

Real Life

Buying Innocence And A’s: Elitism At My Prep School

College preparatory schools—usually private—are often viewed as pretentious with their ridiculous tuition and fancy terms, such as “higher education.” As lavish as these environments might seem, the rules are very lenient. (Not when it comes to skirt length. No, administrators are adamant about girls’ dress code.) Rather, with the high education and tuition comes the obscenely high behavioral tolerance. Word gets around fast in a class of forty-five. I had just finished a biology test

Race

Why Every School Should Offer African American History Classes

Traditional history classes focus on what is considered the most significant American history- unfortunately, most “significant history” revolves around exclusively white figures. African American historical figures and issues are really only discussed during lessons on slavery and the civil rights movement, causing in-depth discussions about Black history to be a novelty.  This creates a very one- dimensional education. Without knowledge of cultures and history outside of white America, young people are growing up not only

Real Life

It’s Okay to Say “I Don’t Know”

It was 8 a.m. on a Friday when the question popped up on the smartboard: can Sharia law and democracy coexist? Like every high school student fighting through class, I instantly started to panic. Did I miss Sharia law somewhere in the 14 page reading? I pulled up last night’s article on my laptop and did a quick Command + F for “Sharia law.” There was nothing. Before I could say anything, I was put

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