By Parker Kang
Every election season, there is a long-established tradition most look forward to: political debates. Like a competitive sport, most are eager to root for their side. How could one not find them exciting? However, these debates have garnered criticism in recent years. As a politically engaged teenager, I personally contend that the debates as they currently exist are counterproductive to their intended purpose.
By Alina Kelly
Algenist is a company born from biotechnology. They use algae and uncover its limitless potential to create skincare products that can reform your skin in only 10 days. Algenist uses Alguronic Acid, which demonstrates significant anti-aging properties, in their products.
The skincare company is committed to using naturally sourced ingredients in all of their products, which are dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, and suitable for all skin types.
By Ava Aschettino
Disney Plus, the new streaming service full of films and series previously locked in Mickey’s vault, has been made available to millions of Disney fans. Many enjoy the 500 plus films and 7,500 episodes of family-friendly content offered on the platform, and its addition to Disney has procured a large profit for the company. Disney Plus is now successfully competing with streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. However, if you are over the age of 13, you should spend your valuable money on a more diverse streaming service, like the top dog, Netflix.
By Joycelin Wong
In 2019, dozens of affluent parents were convicted for their participation in Operation Varsity Blues, the college admissions scandal that shocked the country. In a desperate attempt to influence admissions decisions at some of the nation’s top universities, parents not only paid hefty bribes to inflate their childrens’ standardized test scores, but they also paid the ultimate price of public shame and humiliation. However, this revelation has only scratched the surface of the cheating epidemic. Though standardized exams were once deemed “fair,” these test scores are now critiqued in the college admissions process as they expose the injustice and bias that plague the system. A standardized test score, one that now defines success and underestimates potential, cons students into thinking that their future is defined by a number. Bringing to light the socioeconomic and gender issues that come into play, standardized test scores should not be emphasized in schools or weighed as heavily in the college admissions process.
By Alina Kelly
Many believe that your nails can say a lot about you, and everyone loves to look at a perfect manicure. The question is, how can you achieve those flawless nails? Moving away from basic polish and acrylics, gel nail polish and dip powder have recently become the most popular types of manicures.
When searching for nail polish, there are many factors to consider. Price, durability, application time, and effects on nail health are all important factors that should be acknowledged when choosing a polish.
By Greta Flanagan
Milky Chance is by no means a new band, having released their first album, Sadnecessary, in 2014. They brought a new voice to the alternative rock genre and eventually set their career into motion with the eleventh, and most well-known, song on this album, “Stolen Dance,” which has over 550 million downloads on Spotify. While many people may know of that particular song, the general population doesn’t quite know who wrote it. However, Milky Chance recently released a new album in November 2019 called Mind The Moon, which contains beautifully crafted songs like “Oh Mama,” and “Right From Here.” These songs have incredibly unique tunes and rhythms, and despite being unknown to many people, they will likely become the next big hit like “Stolen Dance,” which sets the album’s success into motion.
By Alina Kelly
Clear skin is something that most women yearn for; however, it may be difficult to achieve as many problems arise when using different skincare products. Tiffany Masterson, the founder of the skincare brand Drunk Elephant, has faced problems with her own skin, which led her to develop her own brand.
Drunk Elephant was founded in 2012 and has since grown to be immensely popular within the beauty world. The brand is on the pricier side with products ranging from $18 for a lip balm to $134 for a night serum. The packaging of the products is very trendy, so not only will the product make your face look good, but it will also spice up your bathroom vanity.
By Ava Aschettino
We all remember watching those iconic Disney classics and being enchanted by their tales of adventure and magic. Growing up, these films taught the world about the limitless possibilities life has to offer, introducing viewers to an array of iconic characters. The arrival of Disney Plus brings a nostalgic sense of wonder back into people’s homes while enchanting a whole new generation of viewers.
First off, the platform’s price is less than its top competitor, Netflix, costing $6.99 per month, or $69.99 per year, compared to Netflix’s least inclusive plan, starting at $8.99. However, the question remains: is it worth the additional expense for yet another streaming service claiming it “offers it all”?
By David Cohen
The new installment of the popular Call of Duty franchise, Modern Warfare (2019 edition), has players all around the world excited to see a reboot of the well known Modern Warfare series. But does this re-imagining live up to the hype? Let’s dive deep into all aspects of the game.
The series refreshes players with a reboot of the classic Modern Warfare series, which was overwhelmingly popular. The story is set in a fictional, yet realistic, modern era cold war between the U.S and Russia, and the player follows a CIA officer code name Alex and SAS Sergeant Kyle Garrick through a fictional war on terrorism.
By Kate Moore
Oyster Bay High School exudes academic rigor. With numerous Advanced Placement (AP) courses, as well as dual enrollment courses, Oyster Bay pushes students to reach academic success. However, some classes are more strenuous than others. AP Physics Ⅱ, AP Chemistry, and AP Calculus BC rank at the top of this list. Each course is sure to challenge students with rigorous content.