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News and opinion from local teens

Matt Cotter, 17

Ashamed of America The U.S. is becoming a joke. Not only are we not respected by other countries for various missteps and lack of stable educational and economic systems, but it’s been shown that we, as a nation, are getting collectively dumber. In conjunction with this growing stupidity is a growing fanaticism about almost everything. In politics, both right and left-wingers are increasingly dictated by dogmatic belief systems that don’t allow for open-mindedness. The same for religion or lack thereof:… Read More »

Lauren Gonzales, 17

 Leading the Kim Way  Growing up, everyone used Kim Kardashian as an example of what not do to; teachers, parents, and relatives alike would say, “Don’t do that! You’ll end up like Kim Kardashian!” I distinctly remember her on T.V., my mother scoffing then immediately changing the channel. From that influence, I began to truly despise her. At that point in my life, adults never made mistakes like Kim had; they were always perfect. Being a young adult, I have… Read More »

Michaela Western, 17

Gender Standards The unfair opinions people hold against women in this day and age relegate women in how they look, dress, and act. Social ideals paint inaccurate portraits of what every woman should look like; she should have flawless makeup on, be dressed to the nines, speak only when spoken to, and never cuss out loud or eat too much. We forget the modern time we live in. We forget that individuals are just that, individual. We forget that there… Read More »

Ryan Chavez, 17

The Power of a Movement According to Dictionary.com, counterculture is defined as the following: “The culture and lifestyle of those people, especially among the young, who reject or oppose the dominant values and behavior of society.” The teenage years are synonymous with the idea of rebellion: for years teenagers have taken the norms of society and rejected them, disregarding conformity and creating a culture based off of rule breaking. The “hippies” of the 1960s first immortalized this free-spirited ideology that… Read More »

Quinn Pieper, 17

#TransLivesMatter On March 3, Leelah Alcorn walked along highway I-9 for three miles before being struck by a semi-truck traveling down the highway. An elaborate diary entry she had written prior to her death included “The life I would’ve lived isn’t worth living in… because I’m transgender.” With the higher homicide rate for trans people — and an even higher one for trans people of color — the higher suicide rate for transgender teens, the legality of practices used to… Read More »

Ella Ban, 15

Unashamed I’ll just say it: I wear my mother’s clothes. Before you jump to conclusions, hear me out. My mother has good taste. And as I’ve realized, there is nothing shameful about being like your mother. As a kid, I started wearing Levi’s around the same time I first heard the phrase “mom jeans.” By the time it took me to piece together that mom jeans did not, in fact, connote the beauty and grace that I had always associated… Read More »

Yvonne Lieu, 17

Freedom of Bias Thursday afternoon was the moment that our founding fathers once again rolled in their graves due to the feelings of utter disgust towards the signing of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This Religious Freedom Restoration Act, mimicking another version passed in 1993 by Bill Clinton, is a law meant to protect religious rights. However, the twist that Republican Governor Mike Pence put upon this piece of legislation is that it legalizes discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and… Read More »

Natalie Micco, 15

Living On the Edge I live for the moment when I drop into lukewarm water, filled with water snakes, permeated with trout, and traced with yellow pollen. Dangerous? Yes — but it radiates thrill. I have always been the girl afraid of pretty much everything– sharks, the color red, and even ladybugs. However, there is not a moment in my life that compares to jumping off cliffs in my favorite place on this Earth: Pinecrest. The granite rocks, lined with… Read More »

Jordan Boehning, 16

Are We Alone? As you look into the night sky from your bedroom window, what do you see? A night sky and stars, but what else is beyond?  Astronomers have concluded that there could be as many as 40 billion Earth-sized planets within the Milky Way Galaxy alone. With an estimated one hundred billion galaxies in the universe, anything is possible. So does this mean that aliens are real? Perhaps, but it is still uncertain. Whether you’re hiding behind a… Read More »

Priscilla Ng, 17

Affirmative Action How many times have you heard, “ He/She only got into __enter prestigious college__ because they’re black/ Latino/ Native American?” And how many times have adults told you that race has nothing to with admissions? That it’s based solely on hard work and a passion for knowledge? Affirmative action. Designed to help specific groups enter secondary education and the workforce, minority groups such as Latinos, Native Americans, African Americans, and women are receiving more opportunities to promote diversity… Read More »