Teen Pulse

  • Students march for the right to life

    On Jan. 24, members from the Students for Life of Los Alamos club at Los Alamos High School traveled to San Francisco to march in the 11th annual Walk for Life West Coast.
    The Walk for Life is a protest against the 1973 Supreme Court decision on Roe vs. Wade, that legalized abortion in the United States.
    Thousands of people took part in the walk, which began with a number of speakers, many of whom gave personal testimonies about their own negative experiences with abortion.
    The next day, the club went to the annual Students for Life of America West coast Conference. There, speakers instructed clubs on how to educate about the right to life and support life from conception to natural death.
    Students for Life of Los Alamos is currently planning events and working with Students for Life of America to strengthen and promote their club.

  • ‘American Sniper’ hits success dead center

    Hailed as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s story is a dramatic, emotional, patriotic and rugged American tale.
    It is portrayed vividly in the new film American Sniper, which chronicles Kyle’s life from an aspiring young Texas cowboy to his heroic efforts during his four tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
    Directed by Clint Eastwood, “American Sniper” does a superb job keeping the viewer on the edge of their seat while at the same time invoking many emotions.
    An intense opening scene sets the bar for the realistic and sometimes dark war violence shown in the film. This scene is followed by a synopsis of Kyle’s (Bradley Cooper) life as a youth who after seeing footage of the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings enlists in the Navy to become a SEAL.
    After completing SEAL training, Kyle meets Taya Renae (Sienna Miller) at a bar and eventually marries her.
    The remainder of “American Sniper” focuses on Kyle’s four tours in Iraq and his relationship with Taya.
    As Kyle leaves on each one of his deployments, Taya begins to believe that her husband loves the SEAL teams more than their family. This creates conflict throughout the movie that provides an insight into what life in a military family can be like.

  • Word on the Street 2-1-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Melissa, Wysocki asked students,”What is your favorite type of car?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 2-1-15 to 2-7-15

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Birthday board

    Tuesday: Air hockey (Los Alamos), Foosball tournament (White Rock)

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Twister challenge

    Friday: Valentine’s Day coloring contest

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is located at 475 20th Street, 662-9412. The White Rock Activity Center is located at 139 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565.
    Memberships are free and open to all third and eighth

  • Are parents morally obligated to finance kids’ education?

    Today’s question, asked anonymously: “If parents can comfortably afford to send their child to college are they ethically obligated to do so?”
    As the time for submitting college applications rolls around, many parents are preparing to empty their wallets in order to send their children off to pursue a better education. But, ethically speaking, where is the limit, at what point (if there is one) do parents no longer have to subsidize their kid’s education?
    A brief answer, parents are generally morally obligated (presuming they are fully capable and the child desires post-secondary schooling) to pay for their child’s collegiate education. However, there are a few, limited situations, in which paying these costs, could be considered morally reprehensible.
    For example, if the child has had a history of truancy issues, drug use, or anything that would severely impair or impede on more education, there may be grounds for not providing the extra schooling. Despite these small odds, most parents are morally obligated to support their children.
    The parents brought their kids into this world, the least they could do (beyond what is legally required) is put their son or daughter on a path to success.

    Submit any interesting questions by email, at pondercolumnquestions@gmail.com.

  • Program helps teens identify with community

    Opportunities for work in the teenage years can be limited. Youth Mobilizers, a program administered by the Family YMCA and funded by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB), seeks to provide teens with a way to identify community issues and address them through projects.
    Teens offer an outside perspective that can make all the difference in new and innovative growth. Including teens in important community issues, Youth Mobilizers then empowers them to change a perceived issue by employing them to fix it.
    Recreating the atmosphere of the job application process, a youth fills out a job application through the Family YMCA. This is followed with an interview to complete the application process. A project is then proposed by the teen that must meet one of the program’s goals:
    • Celebrate teens and their interests/accomplishments
    • Further teen skills and experience in an area of teen interest
    • Empower teens voice in the community regarding topics that are important to them
    After the project is approved, an adult from the program is paired with the teen to provide guidance through the process. The pair then meets and constructs a plan with the details of the project. Goals, timetables, and quality are discussed and included in this plan.

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  • Misconceptions about hookah

    It is common knowledge that smoking cigarettes is detrimental to one’s health, but some methods such as hookah are thought by many youth not to be harmful.
    Hookahs are water pipes used to smoke special tobacco that can come in many different flavors. According to the American Lung Association (ALA), hookah smoking has many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking including oral cancer, lung cancer and decreased fertility.
    Hookah use originated in ancient Persia and India, but is now gaining popularity with teenagers in many European countries and in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, hookah use is increasing among youth and college students.
    Because of this trend, organizations such as the multinational youth-led Evolvement movement are undertaking campaigns to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use through cigarettes and hookah.
    Members of Evolvement need to be part of a participating high school and are required to go through training with an Evolvement coordinator.
    Evolvement New Mexico has started a campaign called Clear the Haze. This campaign specifically targets young people to educate them that hookah smoking is as dangerous as cigarette smoking.

  • Chemistry told through scientists’ the eyes

    “Crucibles: The Story of Chemistry,” by Bernard Jaffe is a nonfiction science book utterly unlike thousands of others — at once dramatic, personal and educational, too.
    The book opens in the early years of the 15th century, with the story of Bernard Trevisan, a wealthy heir who surrounded himself for decades with alchemy and a golden dream, only to die unsuccessful, bitter and poor.
    From there, the life stories of more than 20 other scientists, scattered throughout the centuries from the 1400s through World War II, are told. Here one can find the dynamic personalities of Lavoisier, Dalton and Avogadro, Woehler, Mendeleev and Bohr. They studied everything from alchemy to the periodic table to the world of the atom and the atomic bomb.
    Amongst these colorful characters, there was never a boring moment, even outside the laboratory.
    Take for example Henry Moseley, nicknamed “Harry.” As an energetic and remarkably fearless young man, Harry revolutionized the periodic table before being shot through the head in the trenches of World War I only two months later. As soon as his career began, Moseley was gone.

  • Word on the Street 1-18-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Rigel Baron asked students, “What are your plans for the upcoming three-day weekend?”