Shenendehowa Teenage Republican Students Honor Veterans

By Sara Casale The Shenendehowa Teenage Republican Students (STARS) are sponsoring America’s White Table to celebrate Veteran’s Day.  America’s White Table is a tradition done by branches of the U.S. military, where a white dinner table is set out to remember all veterans. Each item on the table has a specific meaning. A white candle symbolizes peace. A white cloth to honor a soldier’s pure heart, a slice of lemon to show the bitter fate of a captive soldier. Grains of salt symbolize tears of a family. An empty chair represents the missing. A turned over glass represents the meals that won’t be eaten. The black … Continue reading Shenendehowa Teenage Republican Students Honor Veterans

Technology Takeover

By Abby Hurd We live in a world that is constantly moving and always on electronics.  Everywhere you look there is a screen; it could be a TV, a computer, or most likely a phone.  At this point in our lives, almost everyone has some type of electronic device or cell phone, and most people can’t live without them.   According to the Pew Research Center, “46% of smartphone owners said their smartphone is something ‘they couldn’t live without.’” We take our phones everywhere and are constantly on them.  Whenever we are bored or don’t know what to occupy our time with, we turn to the only … Continue reading Technology Takeover

Are students informed or ignorant?

By Jack Kelly and Mitchell Haskins In this age, it has often been assumed that young people are not informed on current political issues. According to the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Civics exam in 2014, the most recently published data, only about 25 percent of high school seniors were found to score proficient. While many juniors and even some seniors may not be able to vote in the upcoming election, the question has been posed as to whether or not young people are informed enough on current affairs and politics. Students were asked if they valued being informed and were given … Continue reading Are students informed or ignorant?

Meatless Mondays

By Anna Hogan and Lily Jandrisevits As concerns about climate change grow, there is the continued question of what a single person can do to help. Recently, there has been support behind eating less meat to help reduce carbon emissions. According to the Climate Change, Agricultural, and Food Security Organization, 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions are from livestock. Not eating meat for even one day of the week can make an impact.  In New York City, all public schools have started meatless Mondays. In a statement, Mayor Bill de Blasio said cutting back on meat will improve New Yorkers’ health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. … Continue reading Meatless Mondays

All-day breakfast at Shen

By Alexandra Molnar and Angelo Oddo Large student participation in purchasing breakfast items for lunch has sparked a recent discussion among students about serving breakfast items throughout the entire school day. In Shenendehowa High School, the cafeteria currently serves breakfast to students until third period. Once in a while, the school serves breakfast food for lunch, such as waffles and pancakes. These days seem to be among the most popular for students to buy  lunch. This popularity of “breakfast for lunch” has raised a discussion  about the possibility of Shen serving breakfast not just in the morning, but all day long. Overall, students’ responses to all-day … Continue reading All-day breakfast at Shen

Is college worth it?

By Carol Lee and Anna Girhart A college education seems like the natural next step to take after completing high school, but some students debate whether getting a degree will be worth it in the long run. Between the high costs associated with a college education and the countless hours students dedicate towards graduating with a degree, students wonder whether that time could be more productively spent in the workforce or the military. “College education is a weapon against poverty,” said Kris Lachhander. Lachhander, the head-instructor of the Kumon Learning Center, is familiar with providing students from age 3-18 with math and reading education.  From his … Continue reading Is college worth it?