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A committed brother: How Jake Clifton supported his twin through her gender transition

A committed brother: How Jake Clifton supported his twin through her gender transition

Lily Antor, editor in chief

February 16, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature, Uncategorized

 Freshman Kylie Clifton’s story is one that has transcended headlines: from Michigan Radio all the way to People Magazine, her transition from Kyle to Kylie as an 11 year old student at North Middle School received nationwide attention.  While her transition has been well-documented, few people know just how her t...

A shift of faith

A shift of faith

Manny Tsang, Staff Writer

February 15, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

One of the first memories I have about my personal encounters with religion outside of my own church experience was when I was 7 or 8. I was playing with a friend, and at one point I had said, “oh my God.” My friend the proceeded to avoid me for the rest of the day for “taking God’s name in v...

Homework: harmful or helpful?

Homework: harmful or helpful?

Liam Fagan, Staff Writer

February 14, 2018


Filed under Feature, In-Depth Feature

Homework: all students deal with it, but that may not be such a good thing after all. Many students find homework to be a source of stress in their lives. Lena Lukowski, (10th), agrees with that statement. She says she spends up to 4 hours a night on homework. “It’s definitely one of my sources of...

Unmasking derogatory slurs

Unmasking derogatory slurs

Kylie Clifton, Staff Writer

February 13, 2018


Filed under Feature, In-Depth Feature

Twitter: now allowing 280 characters, twice the number of characters allowed previously. What does this mean? More characters for toilet tweets? Viral videos? Inspiration or expression? Or more hateful, and derogatory messages and news stories? It is unknown what this expanded freedom of expression ...

Schools in the US versus in Europe: insights from a world traveler

Schools in the US versus in Europe: insights from a world traveler

Margaux Gendre, Staff Writer

February 13, 2018


Filed under Feature, Informative Feature

“What is the difference between the American education system and the European one? Are they both really that different from each other?” Those are very good questions that some people ask me when they learn that  I lived in Europe for 12 years and attended European schools. I personally have ex...

The therapeutic benefits of photography

The therapeutic benefits of photography

Stephanie Chenery, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

January 4, 2018


Filed under Feature, Informative Feature

On the move

On the move

Gabe Flota, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

January 4, 2018


Filed under Feature, Personal Narrative

Looking out of the airplane window down at the mountains, I had no idea where I was headed. The word “Miami” had no meaning yet to my four-year-old self, except for the fact that it wasn’t home and I was leaving everything I had ever known behind for this strange new place. At the time, I had n...

New school, new me

New school, new me

Trinity Woodruff, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 21, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

“I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of stars makes me dream” -Vincent van Gogh. I spent probably the entire month of August just re-reading that quote everyday because it was the only framed thing in my new room. The big gold frame definitely stood out in a room full of blues and dif...

Horses and hospitals

Horses and hospitals

Taryn Ortiz, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 21, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

It was 11 am, and I a 9 year old, was next door at my neighbor's barn playing around with my horse Montana who was a brown and white paint. With one eye blue and the other brown, she stood 15 hands high. Sitting by the fence while Montana stood by me grazing with the neighbors mule, I suddenly had an idea th...

Apparating into my dreams

Apparating into my dreams

Sarah Maniscalco, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 21, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

Many children have fantasized of soaring over the city on a broomstick or fixing their problems with the wave of a wand. I was one of those children who would’ve loved to be part of the wizarding world, and part of me would rather still be going to Hogwarts. My obsession began in third grade when I sa...

Nearly losing an eye…but being kind of glad about it

Nearly losing an eye…but being kind of glad about it

Zach Lewis, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 21, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

Crack! The sound of a stick breaking over a tree. The same stick that gave me 7 stitches and left a piece of bark stuck in my forehead. It was a summer evening in early July just after my preschool year. My older brother, who had just finished 1st grade,  and I were chopping through the jungles of the Amaz...

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