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Two narratives on racism

Two narratives on racism

Sheila Mwanda and Komalpreet Kaur, Staff Writers

February 20, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative, Showcase

  Explicit Bias Komalpreet Kaur   It was during middle school, and as I walked into school each day, I’d figure out which hallways certain students were in and avoid those places. I was doing this so often without realizing it, and I spent some time reflecting after my friends p...

The stigma surrounding depression in minority communities

The stigma surrounding depression in minority communities

Anai Freeman, Staff Writer

February 20, 2018


Filed under Feature, Informative Feature

Growing up as a minority, especially African American, you learn that there are certain things that are more stigmatized in your culture than in others. There is one particularly damaging stigma, one that believes that crying showcases weakness, that being sad is a normal part of life, and that one cannot exp...

I too am a wonder: how a novel helped me accept my facial difference

I too am a wonder: how a novel helped me accept my facial difference

February 16, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

Head down. Three deep breaths. One. “This is just another round,” I thought to myself. Two. “Give it all you got.” Three. This could be any ordinary performance at any ordinary forensics tournament. At the same time, though, there was nothing ordinary about it: it was, to this day, the most imp...

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...

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