One of my most embarrassing moments was…

One of my most embarrassing moments was…

May 3, 2017


Filed under 2016-2017, Faces

“When I had to wear a chicken suit the whole day.”—Eli M., 15, Freshman “Getting taken out of of the lunchroom in handcuffs at North Star.”—Anonymous, 17 “When I slipped on water and was slipping down a whole hallway.”—Anonymous, 17, Junior “Whenever I turned a corner d...

Picture This: On Photo Editing

Picture This: On Photo Editing

April 28, 2017


Filed under 2016-2017, Faces, Featured, Photo Galleries

Most photos published in media undergo post-processing. But if done correctly, editing can go unnoticed (for the most part). To demonstrate, this photo will be edited with a step-by-step explanation: This photo of our newspaper staff was the best option out of all the photos taken. However, the mask in the background is d...

How to Handle Stress as a High School Student

How to Handle Stress as a High School Student

Fatima Al-Sammak, Editor-in-Chief

March 31, 2017


Filed under 2016-2017, Faces

Being a teenager is stressful enough as it is, but try adding high school into the mix, and suddenly life becomes a hundred times harder. A student must go through long school hours listening to teachers lecturing about this and that, while being cooped up in a desk for almost an hour. Then when schoo...

High School Students Experience Mental Health Complications

High School Students Experience Mental Health Complications

February 21, 2017


Filed under 2016-2017, Faces, Featured

You are sitting in class and see someone walk in with their eyes red and hair disheveled. Did you know this person has a sleeping disorder? You are leaving school and see someone sitting alone, crying in the hallway. Did you know this person has elevated levels of stress and anxiety? Mental illness...

The Normalization of Cultural Appropriation

The Normalization of Cultural Appropriation

February 8, 2017


Filed under 2016-2017, Faces, Featured

Cultural appropriation has been a Popular topic lately. Maisha Z Johnson, a pop culture researcher, defines cultural appropriation as “a power dynamic in which members of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group.” Thi...

Things I Wish I Knew as a Junior

Things I Wish I Knew as a Junior

February 7, 2017


Filed under 2016-2017, Faces, Featured, Op-Ed

NUMBER ONE - You don’t know everything! I know that some of the tips I am about to give you are going to sound redundant, but listen to them! I wish I had someone in my corner feeding me this information when I was a junior. I also know when teachers say these things, it can be difficult to take t...

The Monster in Our Schools: Pressure and Competition

The Monster in Our Schools: Pressure and Competition

February 3, 2017


Filed under 2016-2017, Faces, Featured, Op-Ed

Pressure and competition are great sources of diversity and success, but can they also be extremely harmful? A quick glance into the life of a high school student proves this to be true. Pressure from all possible sides attack high school students in the attempt to make a sparkling diamond, but inste...

Germaphobes Vs Average Person

Germaphobes Vs Average Person

January 24, 2017


Filed under 2016-2017, Faces

Germs; they’re everywhere. Everyone knows what they are, and when you think of germs, your mind automatically goes to negative thoughts. Although this is a widely popular stereotype, not all germs are bad, some are even life-saving. There is a condition that causes this idea to become unrecognizable....

What Muharram means to Muslims

What Muharram means to Muslims

Fatima Al-Sammak, Editor-in-Chief

December 13, 2016


Filed under 2016-2017, Faces

Muharram is considered to be the first month in the Islamic calendar. The Islamic calendar is 11 to 12 days shorter than the Gregorian (Standard U.S.) calendar, which causes certain Islamic events like celebrations of a happy day such as Eid, grievances for the death of a holy figure, and the holy mon...

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying

Fatima Al-Sammak, Editor-in-Chief

December 13, 2016


Filed under 2016-2017, Faces

Cyberbullying is something not many people discuss. Although technology has gone rampant and is now pretty much taking over our lives, it’s still that topic of discussion no one wants to actually discuss. But there must be a reason for that, right? Whether it’s kids not reporting it when it happen...

Non-distracting stress relievers in school

December 9, 2016


Filed under 2016-2017, Faces

All students understand that feeling of stress that happens while sitting in class during a lecture. Hair pulling, eye twitching, heavy breathing, and anger are signs of feeling stressed out. It usually happens because of deadlines or tests. There are many ways in which students can relieve stress du...

Setting the palette aside

Setting the palette aside

December 9, 2016


Filed under 2016-2017, A&E, Faces, Featured

2016 has been the year for makeup. It has been really hot on YouTube as women and guys show off their artistic abilities. The contour, highlights, and winged eyeliner are few of many pretty aspects to doing makeup. But it’s the production of the makeup itself, and what comes after, that makes it not...

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