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Some Schools Bringing Back Cell Phone Bans

Some Schools Bringing Back Cell Phone Bans

Megan Foster, Staff Writer

June 1, 2018


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As recently as last school year, certain school districts have considered the negatives of cell phone use by students during the school day. In particular, the districts have considered how student cell phone use influences exam scores. Those most positively influenced by the phone ban were the lowest...

Studies Indicate New Magnetic Brain Therapy Can Eradicate Suicidal Thoughts

Studies Indicate New Magnetic Brain Therapy Can Eradicate Suicidal Thoughts

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

May 25, 2018


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Suicidal thoughts affect millions across the globe and often those millions go untreated. While there is no surefire way to cure someone from his or her own thoughts, suicidal ideas can be suppressed with the right treatment plan and therapy options. Currently, doctors and researchers are working...

Thinking About an “Educational Tour”? A Little Advice Before Shelling Out the Big Money

Thinking About an “Educational Tour”?  A Little Advice Before Shelling Out the Big Money

Marie Preuss, Features Editor

May 23, 2018


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Traversing the world with friends sounds like a dream come true for most people. For this reason, school trips can be an enticing option for teens who are eager to travel independently from their parents and want to spend time with their friends. And students are afforded such an opportunity through...

Should Teachers Share Personal Details with Students?

Should Teachers Share Personal Details with Students?

Jack Berenzweig, Entertainment Editor

May 22, 2018


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The days of seemingly robotic and impersonal teachers are fading into the past as 21st century students grow a voice, their educators gain a personality. Now, scarcely does a day go by where a teacher doesn’t divulge their not-so-hidden past to their students. There was my eighth grade English te...

Gun Control Debate Is As Old As The Good Ol’ USA

Gun Control Debate Is As Old As The Good Ol’ USA

Cameron Medina, News Editor

May 16, 2018


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America has a lot of issues to tackle and has had them for many years, with gun violence being no exception. Ever since Columbine, the need to diminish mass shootings and the consistent argument for and against gun control has been one of the larger debates in America with no real common ground to be...

Can Current Teen Activism Turn Out the Youth Vote?

Can Current Teen Activism Turn Out the Youth Vote?

Arielle Perry, Staff Writer

May 6, 2018


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An American’s right to protest racial, political, and societal injustices can never be taken away, nor can a teenager’s spirit. When combined, the two put America face to face with what is the hot topic of American society: youth activism. Ever since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High...

The Psychology of Bilinguals Thinking in Different Languages

The Psychology of Bilinguals Thinking in Different Languages

Razanne Saleh, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018


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“People who speak two languages can accept a fact in one of their languages, while denying it in the other” says Ceri Ellie, a research associate from University of Manchester. According to Ellis, individuals who are bilingual tend to have a different concept and interpretation of true or false statements. An...

New Year’s Resolution Fail? You’re Not Alone

New Year’s Resolution Fail? You’re Not Alone

Ashley Perry, Staff Writer

February 25, 2018


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Each year, millions of Americans wait until the stroke of midnight on December 31 to make significant improvements to their lives. In this very second, people decide to create a vital goal or resolution that they plan to maintain throughout the rest of the year or for eternity. But do all individuals...

What Do Our Dreams Say About Ourselves?

What Do Our Dreams Say About Ourselves?

Arielle Perry, Staff Writer

February 25, 2018


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Where can you be the king or queen of a mystic land, fly in the sky like Superman, or see deceased loved ones? Everyone knows the answer to that question: in your dreams! Even though we all can answer that simple question, there are many more questions that we haven’t uncovered about dreams. Simply...

High School Extra-Curriculars Can Be Cost Prohibitive for Low Income Students

High School Extra-Curriculars Can Be Cost Prohibitive for Low Income Students

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

February 23, 2018


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Poverty has been, and most definitely always will be, an ongoing issue within the United States. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCPP), nearly 43 percent of all children are being brought up in low-income families. While the average high school student living in Boca Raton...

Social Media Obsession Can Lead to Depression for Teens

Social Media Obsession Can Lead to Depression for Teens

Razanne Saleh, Staff Writer

December 21, 2017


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Social media can be an unhealthy factor in a teenager’s everyday life. The number one target for social media sites is teenagers. From sunrise to sunset most teenagers are absorbed with that little device that is as big as the average hand. The most popular social media sites among teenagers are...

The Man and the Story Behind the Often Taken for Granted 9-1-1 Emergency System

The Man and the Story Behind the Often Taken for Granted 9-1-1 Emergency System

Arielle Perry, Staff Writer

December 20, 2017


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We might never know what our fanatical and chaotic world packed with homicide, terrorism, and disease would look like without the invention of a universal emergency number. As 21st century civilians, it is easy to take the technology we use in our daily lives for granted, but to imagine a world with...

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