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.
By Joan Olivero
In recent years, there have been thousands of tragedies due to bullying. Recently, the main source of bullying is cyberbullying on social media platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. As the internet has become one of the most important mediums in our everyday lives, the door for rude and harmful behavior is wide open.
Cyberbullying is a type of harassment in which people torment others, both during and after school hours, through various online platforms. With traditional bullying, kids can at least escape to their houses for the night and try to avoid vicious attacks until the next day. However, when someone is cyberbullied, the bullying follows them home and attacks them right through their devices. While some internet bullies choose to pick on people anonymously, others tend to make their presence and power known.
By Isabella Skvarla
Everybody realizes at one point or another that their bedroom is humdrum, dysfunctional, unorganized, or all three. Here are some tips to make your room picture perfect.
When you are redecorating your bedroom, it is crucial that you consider the placement of your furniture. Place your bed in a location that makes sense, allowing you to open all of the doors in the room fully, while still being in a position that feels natural to you.
One of the most important aspects of your room should be comfort. When you are picking out new pieces, you must remember to choose blankets and pillows that are comfortable and suit your personal style. But, it is also important that your furniture does not have harsh edges. A softer edge will keep the furniture from taking up too much space, while also giving the room a more open feel. Try to use dim lighting. Not only will this give your room a more cozy feel, but it will also create a more relaxed environment.
By Stefanie Sadocha and Ava Aschettino
The Teen Choice Awards, also known as the TCAs, is an award show created for teenage pop culture. First airing on the FOX network in 1999, the TCAs were instantly successful. The key to this success was the handful of celebrity guests who attended and made appearances on the awards show stage.
This year, the Teen Choice Awards results were surprising to us, so we decided to hold our own Teen Choice Awards here at OBHS. In order to allow students to cast their votes, a Google form was sent out to all grade levels through the Remind app. Although a majority of the school received the survey, only 72 students responded. The survey was anonymous; therefore, the responses could have been from students in any grade.
The survey contained eleven popular categories, all focusing on different aspects of pop culture. Although the actual award show has 77 categories, we chose a handful of the most popular. The categories included Choice Comedy and Drama Movie, Choice R&B/ Hip Hop Artist, Choice Male and Female Artist, Choice Male and Female Song, Choice Drama and Throwback TV Shows, Choice YouTuber, and Choice Style Icon.
By Alina Kelly
Halloween is just around the corner and people are ready for all the scary activities to commence. Going to haunted houses is a popular activity this time of year, and there are plenty to choose from across Long Island. However, if you’re looking for a truly ghoulish scare, head to Bayville Scream Park.
Bayville Scream Park is in close proximity to Oyster Bay, so it is easy for residents to get there. There are six haunted attractions available at the park. The haunted attractions are fun for teens, but there are also “not so scary days” designed for families with younger children. The scream park is open every night until Halloween, as well as November 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
The newest haunted attraction is called the “Haunted Asylum.” The other haunted attractions include “Evil in the Woods,” “Temple of Terror,” “Uncle Needle’s Funhouse of Fear,” “Bloodworth Haunted Mansion,” and “The Cage.”
By Matilde Bechet
On January 18th, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s 37-year-old Prime Minister, announced her pregnancy on social media. For women, this is an important revelation. After Pakistan’s former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, Ardern is only the second leader in history to give birth while holding office. In addition, she is the youngest elected leader in the country’s history and the youngest woman in power.
A member of the Labour Party, Jacinda Ardern joined the political scene when she was only 17 years old. She later joined parliament in 2008. A supporter of left-wing politics, Jacinda reached the position of deputy leader for the Labour Party in March of 2017, and Labour Leader (highest position in the party) in August.
By Mikah Covelli
For many immigrants, America represents a land of economic opportunity and freedom. It is a place where they can escape the dying markets of their home countries and establish themselves in steady-paying jobs and careers. However, the possibility of leading financially secure lives is not the only thing that lures such immigrants to the States; liberation from rapidly expanding gang violence present in their homelands is extremely enticing as well. This fact once rang true for immigrants hailing from Latin and Central American nations, as they faced threats from prominent gangs like La Mara Salvatrucha (also called MS-13) on a daily basis. Nowadays, immigrants that are seeking deliverance in the States from gang violence will unfortunately find no such respite. Gang violence is actually on the rise in America, and MS-13 is a frontrunner of this new wave of crime.
By Mikah Covelli
On February 14, 2018, the lives of hundreds of Parkland, Florida students were altered forever. In six short minutes, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz slaughtered 17 people and wounded 14 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, causing one of the deadliest mass shootings the country has ever seen. As a result of this brutal, unexpected tragedy, citizens all over the nation have grown incensed about gun control and the possibility of gun reform.
Debates surrounding the nature of the Second Amendment in a modern world have dominated social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and the youth-led movement of March for Our Lives, as well as the student-led organization, Never Again MSD, has exploded in size and power on the national scale. In such a politically impassioned era, it can be difficult to discern the actual arguments of each side of the gun control debate and even more difficult to determine if any legislative action will actually ensue as a result of such discourse, which is why this article will outline the major points of discussion for both proponents and opponents of gun control.
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