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Teen Life

News and opinion from local teens

A good breakfast can lead to productive day

By ALLISON STRAUS URSULINE HIGH SCHOOL, 16 For as long as I can remember, my mom has kept an eye on my nutrition. She has taught me that breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it gives you the energy you need to focus throughout the day, it helps you lose weight and it helps you start your day off on the right foot. Breakfast also has other beneficial factors, such as improving concentration and increasing nutrition.… Read More »

Teens at risk for early hearing loss

By NATALIE ANDREWS URSULINE HIGH SCHOOL, 16, JUNIOR There are many noises around us. From concerts to football games, and everything in between, teens are damaging their hearing by the blaring noises of everyday activities. One of the major problems that affects teens’ hearing is blasting iPods to the maximum volume. This situation causes long-term damage to the ears. As more and more teens use iPods, for exercise, homework or blocking out other noises, their ability to hear precisely is… Read More »

Lesson of hope learned while helping the homeless

By ELISSA MALONEY URSULINE HIGH SCHOOL, JUNIOR, 16 Dec. 8, 2010 started out as a normal day for me. I planned on going to San Francisco to help homeless people, but I never thought my life could be so strongly affected in such a short time. San Francisco’s Project Homeless Connect was created in 2004 to serve homeless people, and the organization since has been duplicated in more than 200 countries. Essentially, PHC is a bi-monthly event where services to… Read More »

Teen Face: Erin Clark

By CLARK MASON THE PRESS DEMOCRAT As an honors student steeped in the Ursuline High School tradition, Erin Clark takes to heart the ideal of service. She has organized school blood drives, she’s a leader in Catholic youth services, and she volunteers as a sports trainer for her school’s soccer, volleyball and basketball teams. “I go to most games to help out, tape people who need it,” she said. Erin knows CPR and can recommend exercise treatments for injured players.… Read More »

Advantages of attending all-girls Ursuline

By LAUREN FORSELL URSULINE HIGH SCHOOL, JUNIOR, 16 If you were to ask any ordinary high school student if he or she would be willing to give up having co-ed classes, most likely the student would say absolutely not. In fact, when I was in eighth grade and told my friends that I decided I wanted to go to Ursuline, an all-girls, private high school, almost all of them replied, “Why Ursuline? I could never go to an all-girls school!”… Read More »

Teenagers’ lack of respect for adults

By NATALIE QABAZARD URSULINE HIGH SCHOOL, SENIOR, 15 In contemporary America, it seems as though more and more teenagers are inclined to act disrespectfully toward adults. The notion that the youth must respect their elders has completely vanished. What has replaced this attitude is a sense of disobedience, noncompliance and rudeness. Some contributors include the lack of discipline from parents, the mimicking of friends’ attitudes toward adults and how the media portrays disrespectful teenagers as being hip. Modern families contain… Read More »

Health should be priority, not fitting a certain image

By JESSICA BIDDULPH URSULINE HIGH SCHOOL, SENIOR I have always lived my life with minimal concern about what the mass media suggest is appropriate or “good,” but I do see the unreasonable goals they establish for people. Girls living in this century constantly are bombarded with images of stick-thin girls who look skeletal. This image has become one that we look up to and want to accomplish. According to USA today, girls exposed to the most fashion magazines were more… Read More »

Finding joy, hope at the animal shelter

By ELLERY YOUNG URSULINE HIGH SCHOOL, SENIOR, 18 Shiny black eyes veiled with ennui peered forlornly through the kennel door. As I approached, he raised his head with hesitant expectancy. I slid my way into the cramped kennel and stroked his immense coat. Instant gratitude and devotion emerged in his expression. Outside I released him in the single grassy run. It was raining. The agile shepherd dashed recklessly through the grass, impulsively halting to appreciate each smell, then racing back… Read More »