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Lack of sleep is harmful to teens health

Lack of sleep is harmful to teens’ health

Liesel Hartwig, News writer February 20, 2024

The dreadful sound of the alarm going off in the morning is brutal for anyone to hear. Most significantly, teens who aren’t getting a whole night of sleep and are expected to perform to their best ability...

Staying up on your screen does a lot more than just make you tired

Staying up on your screen does a lot more than just make you tired

Bella Claeys February 15, 2024

The average teenager (14-17 years) is supposed to get eight-ten hours of sleep a night. Although, it is recommended to get more when having to get up for a test or an important matter in order to perform...

The Recent Boom in Plastic Surgery

The Recent Boom in Plastic Surgery

Annelise Pedersen February 15, 2024

In the age of globalization and the ever-increasing popularity of cosmetic surgery, it is no longer unusual for individuals to travel across borders in pursuit of beauty. This phenomenon has given rise...

2023: Year of the Girl

2023: Year of the Girl

Kate O November 2, 2023

Unless you have been living under a rock all summer, chances are, you’ve seen groups of girls in all pink running toward the movie theater, or droves of friendship bracelet-laden women holding up your...

Gas prices in San Diego, CA by Glenn Batuyong

Current Inflation

Brandy Brennan, Copy Editor May 10, 2022

COVID-19, geopolitical tensions, and inflation have pushed the average US gas price above $4.00 per gallon for the first time since 2008, the current average being $4.114 per gallon. In some cities, like...

JB Pritzker, the Governor of Illinois, an advocate for student mental health days. Picture taken from Illinois Public Radio.

State Legislatures Finally Providing Students with Mental Health Support

Charlotte Sparks, Co-editor May 2, 2022

As days go further into the new year, there have been multiple bills that are being put into effect. One in particular allows for Illinois students to have five mental health days without a doctor’s...

Comic clip describing Big Pharmas influence on the opioid epidemic. Image derived from 
DES Daughter.

The Waves of Drugs

Charlotte Sparks, Co-editor May 2, 2022

According to the CDC, “from 1999-2019, nearly 500,000 people died from an overdose involving opioids, including prescription and illicit opioids.” In America, there have been three waves that devastated...

The 2022 Winter Olympics Recap

The 2022 Winter Olympics Recap

Isabel Rettino and Brandy Brennan, Managing Editor and Copy Editor March 3, 2022

With the recent end to the Beijing Winter Olympics, it is difficult to ignore all that was being accomplished when dealing with the current global pandemic. Spectators may have noticed differences such...

This shows a brief timeline history of banned books.

Book Censorship in America

According to the ALA (American Literature Association), in just 2020, over 250 books were challenged or banished. The idea of censorship within the literature in America has gone back ages ago. It was...

Photo Story: Karwachauth Tradition

Photo Story: Karwachauth Tradition

Karishma Bhatara, Feature editor January 21, 2022

Woodlands Academy Student discusses an assignment with history teacher, Mr. Sands, while wearing masks.

Masks at Woodlands

Brandy Brennan, Copy Editor January 12, 2022

17 of the 50 states have current school mask mandates. Since the start of the pandemic, masks have been highly debated. The state of Illinois holds a school mask mandate that requires all students, staff,...

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