By Skye Johnson
Over the past few years, e-cigarettes have dominated the tobacco industry, leaving hundreds and thousands of teens addicted to fruity and sweet flavored nicotine-filled vape pens. When e-cigarettes were first introduced, the health risks were relatively unknown. Now, vaping is directly linked to cases of teenagers on life support, with at least one teenager from New York dying after smoking e-cigarettes.
By Jackson Troxler
Anxiety is a mental illness that affects the lives of many. It has become particularly prevalent among teenagers. With the rise of social media and the ongoing pressure to do well in school, anxiety has taken over many students’ lives. This mental illness causes our youth to falter both academically and socially. The pressures of fitting in and getting good grades can be a recipe for disaster. However, proper treatment for anxiety can alleviate certain difficulties that it causes and aid people in succeeding
By Faith Lingen
Education is constantly evolving. Incorporating new technology to improve teaching is not a new concept. Over the past decade, school districts have started implementing technology such as Smartboards and 1:1 devices. Many students now receive iPads or Chromebooks that they are expected to bring to class every day. But is the hefty cost worth the implementation? And are these new technologies really helping students learn?
By Isabella Gossweiler
Last year, Oyster Bay High School implemented a new safety policy mandating students to wear their IDs on lanyards around their necks. Administration requires students to use these IDs to sign in when they arrive to school late. However, other than for late sign-ins and general identification, students do not use the IDs, which has garnered complaints among the student body over why they must wear them. Despite students’ opinions, the ID policy will continue to be enforced throughout the 2019-2020 school year.
By Beryl Rosenberg
Over the course of two weeks in May, students taking AP courses took their AP tests, and for some, it was their first experience with the exams. But how did these students feel about taking AP tests for the first time? Were some nervous about their first AP? And how did students feel after the APs were finally over?
For many students this year, it was their first time taking an AP test. Caleigh O’Toole, a sophomore, had her first experience with AP courses. “For my first AP, AP Seminar, I wasn't very nervous because I felt like I was very prepared. And [the test] wasn't very content based. It required us to use sources. For my second AP, AP World, I was more nervous because it was a lot more content I had to remember,” O’Toole revealed.
By Josue Ruiz
Xavi Hernández is undoubtedly one of the most emblematic players in Spanish fútbol. He excelled with Barcelona and with the Spanish national team, where he won many important titles, both collective and individual. His legacy remains in the hearts of fans for being a great player and a good person.
Xavi Hernández Creus was born on January 25, 1980, in Tarrasa, Barcelona. His parents are Joaquín Hernández and Maria Merce Creus. He is the brother of Ariadna, Oscar and Alex Hernández. Xavi studied at the Escuela Práctica de Tarrasa.
Xavi Hernández began his career at age four, playing at U.F.B. Jabac and later becoming part of a soccer school called Terrassa FC, of which his father also took part as coordinator. At the same time, FC Barcelona had noticed him, but his father was not happy that he played in the lower categories of Barcelona due to his young age.
By Caleigh O'Toole
Every year, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory selects a group of rising seniors to put in a minimum of ten hours a week at the lab working on biomedical research. Oyster Bay High School’s very own Jessica Layne was accepted and recently presented her research about Cystic Fibrosis. The foundation that provides this experience is called Partners for the Future. Founded in 1990 by Dr. James Watson, the program gives an opportunity for students to complete hands-on research of their choice.
The selected students come from many different schools; however, each school can only nominate three students in their junior years. These students are nominated for the unique experience by the school’s science chairperson. The laboratory
By Shania Kuo
Many high schools don’t advertise college preparation opportunities that are available outside of what the schools offer. Students have to research these opportunities on their own. Since many high school scholars have a packed schedule, there are only a select few who find these opportunities. When I was in 10th grade, I told my counselor about my circumstances, and she recommended a program called QuestBridge. There was no real explanation of what it was, only that it was a scholarship program. Since I was only a 10th grader, there wasn’t much else that I could take advantage of at the time. So, I signed up for the newsletter and forgot about it.
When I was in 11th grade, I got an email telling me about the College Prep Scholars program and encouraging me to sign up. I didn’t give much thought to it at the time, thinking that it wasn’t really that important. The application itself almost
By Maia DiFiglia
Today’s teenagers are not getting enough sleep. According to Nationwidechildrens.org, an average teenager should be getting between 7 and 7 ¼ hours of sleep. Many believe they should actually be getting between 9 and 9 ½ hours a night. There are several proven reasons why teenage students are not getting enough sleep: shifts in sleep schedule, early high school start times, and social and school obligations. So, what can students do to ensure they have healthy sleeping habits?
A lack of sleep heavily impacts one's mood, behavior, cognitive ability, academic performance, and ability to drive, according to Nationwide Children's Hospital. When students do not receive enough sleep, it is definitely noticeable. From personal experience, students tend to receive the least sleep on the nights before exams. Most often it is because students are anxiety ridden with pre-test stress. Teachers and parents tend to assume that students get so little sleep due to procrastination when, in actuality, students are getting home late after extracurricular activities and are just beginning their homework late in the evening.
By Beryl Rosenberg
Located in South Florida, Delray Beach is a great destination for your family’s spring break vacation. This city has two miles of public beach, and a lively nightlife scene on East Atlantic Avenue. Delray is near many other popular cities including Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Boynton Beach. Here are the top five things to do if you make it to Delray Beach.
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