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Teen Pulse

  • Staff seniors look to the future

    On Saturday, the 2015 class of Los Alamos High School graduated, a first of many stepping stones in their adult lives.
    Marking the completion of the last four years of standard education, they will now continue to make their way in the world. Three Teen Pulse seniors shared their experiences and their plans for the future.
    Melissa Wysocki looks forward to college as the first step in her adult life. “I think college will be freeing, and allow me to be more independent than I ever have been,” she said. At Fort Lewis College she will study to become an exercise science specialist.
    Her favorite part of high school was seeing the person she became over those four years. To Wysocki, working toward something that she would enjoy and find fulfilling is more important than doing something for other benefits. “Income is not my priority,” she said. Wysocki wants to be either a health or physical education teacher, fulfilling her desire to help others become active.
    She participated in track in high school, as well as many other clubs and activities. She was involved in Evolvement, Spanish Club, Student Council, Gay-Straight Alliance and Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (NJROTC).

  • Word on the Street 5-31-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Katherine Wang asked graduating students,“What are your plans after high school?”

  • Young people need to learn about importance of voting

    As the 2016 United States presidential elections grow closer and candidates begin their campaigns for the highest office, members of the graduating classes of 2015 will be voting for the presidency for the first time.
    To be a part of the election of a national leader such as the president is a great responsibility, however young people do not seem to be treating it as such.
    According to U.S. News and World Report, voter turnout is a constant issue in the U.S., particularly among the young.
    U.S. News and World Report went on to say that voter turnout decreased in the 2014 midterm elections in most states. The drop in turnout can be partly attributed to the fact that young voters often have an extremely low midterm voter turnout rate.
    Something that needs to be considered when talking about young person voter turnout is whether communities and educators around the country are doing a good job when it comes to teaching the youth about their right to vote.
    Turnout is usually lower during a midterm election, but this finding uncovers what could be a possibly dangerous trend regardless of the type of election.
    One of the primary reasons the United States was first considered a free nation is that its citizens were given the right to elect their own leaders.

  • Lewis & Todd 5-24-15
  • Word on the Street 5-24-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Michael Booton asked students, “How do you plan to celebrate the end of school?”

  • Book review: 'Holistic' will make you laugh and think

    Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is an astonishing mishmash of genres on a level with author Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
    Meet Richard MacDuff, a heron-like computer scientist who is fascinated by music and physically impossible sofas.
    At first, all is perfectly well with the universe. Richard reunites with his old professor Reg for the first time in 10 years, getting together for a pleasantly boring dinner at St. Cedd’s College in Cambridge, at the same time that a certain Electric Monk stands looking down on a faraway valley and fervently believes that it is a uniform shade of pale pink (the Electric Monk, for those who might not know, is a labor-saving device that specializes in believing all the things its owner cannot be bothered with).
    Before long, though, a number of somewhat strange events begin to occur: Richard realizes that he accidentally forgot his girlfriend once again, a horse spontaneously appears in Reg’s bathroom, and someone is inconveniently murdered.

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 5-17-15

    Monday: Los Alamos: Kickball, White Rock: Four Square

    Tuesday: Pool tournament

    Wednesday: Movies and muchies

    Thursday: Twister challenge  

    Friday: Kids choice

    Los Alamos: 662-9412, 475 20th St.
    White Rock: 672-1565, 139 Longview Dr.

    Open 3-6  p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, unless otherwise noted.  

    Memberships are free and open to all third through eighth graders.

  • Word on the Street 5-17-15

    Teen Pulse Student Editor Tom Hanlon asked students, “What are your plans for the summer?”

  • The Pondering Column: Is it a human’s goal in life to make the world a better place?

    Today marks the sixth edition, of “The Pondering Column.” Here I will discuss, reader questions, regarding morals, philosophy and belief.
    Today’s question, asked anonymously is, “Is it ethically incumbent on humans, at the end of their lives, to have made the world a better place or is just doing no damage good enough?”
    The question poses several very interesting quandaries. To begin, as the (hopefully) rational beings we are, we can assert almost indubitably that it is ethically wrong to do bad, damage, harm, or anything synonymous with these terms.
    However there is a rather protrusive caveat, bad things are often done with good intentions, or with a greater goal in mind.
    For example, if a soldier kills an enemy, the act of killing could still be considered wrong, but it is done for a greater good. That would make killing, specifically in this scenario an overall, good act. But which side is doing good and which bad?
    Unfortunately, this leads us to the debate over relativity and objectivity.
    For the sake of your Sunday morning, and all the trees across the world, we will forgo addressing that portion of this discussion. I digress.
    What we can conclude thus far, is that it is most certainly “ethically incumbent” on humans not to do bad.

  • ‘The Age of Adaline’ is nothing special, yet entertaining

    Directed by Lee Toland Krieger, “The Age of Adaline” is a very unique and creative film, it will keep the viewer entertained but the movie is nothing spectacular.
    “The Age of Adaline” follows a woman named Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) who was born in 1908 and grew up to marry the man of her dreams. Sadly, he dies in an accident during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and leaves Adaline and her young daughter, Flemming alone.
    One night on her way to pick up her daughter, Adaline is caught in an extremely rare snowfall which causes her to slide off the side of the road and into a lake.
    At that moment lightning strikes her car, which causes her to remain 29 years old forever.
    After 78 years of moving and running away from the authorities, to escape becoming a medical curiosity, and losing the ones she loves, Adaline meets Ellis Jones, (Michiel Huisman) a wealthy man who falls in love with her.
    Ellis takes Adaline to meet his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker), and his father turns out to be one of Adaline’s former lovers, leaving everyone in a very awkward situation.
    Though it may not be for everyone, because of its mellow nature, “The Age of Adaline” captures the audience’s attention and is able to keep it throughout its duration.