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Teen Pulse

  • Foreign exchange student shares view of Los Alamos

    Every year, families around Los Alamos host exchange students from different parts of the world.  In 2013, teens came from Germany, Poland, France and Serbia, and this year after applying through the Rotary Club, teens came from Europe and South America.
    Arriving from the Netherlands, Frederiek Gerretschen, 16, a junior at Los Alamos High School during the 2014 school year, is one student who has traveled from her hometown to experience American culture.
    “I love to travel and to get to know other cultures, and the best way to get to know a different culture is to live there,” Gerretschen said.
    When Gerretschen turned in her application, she did not know where she was headed or what to expect, but by March she was informed that she would be placed in Los Alamos.
    Since then, Gerretschen has become integrated into the LAHS community. During the fall, she was a member of the cross country team. She currently introduces her own culture to Los Alamos teens through the LAHS International Club.
    Although Gerretschen visited New York prior to her exchange trip, she has identified differences between the Netherlands and the United States.

  • The Pondering Column: Questions raised about torture justification

    Today marks the second edition, of “The Pondering Column.” Here I will discuss, reader written questions, regarding morals, philosophy and belief.

    Today’s question, asked anonymously: “Is torture ever justified?”
    This question has particular relevance given recent events. As you may know the CIA released a previously classified report, stating that they had used various techniques of torture to dissolve credible threats against national security.
    The morals behind torture have been an issue for humans since the beginning of our existence, but the answer to this specific question is fairly simple. Yes, torture can be justified.
    Now the real question is, at what point is torture justified? A wide variety of cases would permit torture, at least from my perspective. The only parameter surrounding the permissibility of torture is similar to the “eye for an eye” law of retaliation.
    This law asserts that if one injures another, he or she will be injured to the same extent. So if I shoot your eye, you can shoot mine, but what exactly is taken with torture? The well-being of an individual.

  • Word on the Street 12-21-14

    Teen Pulse staff writer Wilbur Wang asked students, “What was the best present that was ever given to you?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Air hockey tournament (Los Alamos open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., White Rock closed.)

    Tuesday: Christmas coloring contest (Los Alamos open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., White Rock closed.)

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies (Los Alamos open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., White Rock closed.)

    Thursday: Activity Center closed for Christmas Day

    Friday: Staff’s choice game/activity (Los Alamos open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., White Rock closed.)

    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.

  • Students inducted into honor society

    On the evening of Dec. 1, 115 Los Alamos High School sophomores, juniors, and seniors were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) at Duane Smith Auditorium.
    NHS serves to honor students who have demonstrated excellence in areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Scholarship involves achievement in various activities; leadership is membership in organizations and offices held in them; service involving work to help others in areas in of school, community, home and employment; and character — qualities of integrity, positive behavior, cooperation and ethics. These qualities comprise the “four pillars” that define all society members.
    The induction ceremony was hosted by NHS Club Advisor and Sponsor Cindy Black and students Dakota Klasky (president), Sarah Bouquin (vice president), Ashvini Vaidya and Kate Margevicius (co-secretaries), Astrid Hengartener (treasurer) and Esteban Abeyta (LAHS student body president).

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  • Word on the street 12-14-14

    Teen Pulse staff writer Michael Booton asked students, “What will be your hardest final?”

  • Lewis & Todd 12-14-14
  • Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Christmas themed Lego contest

    Tuesday: Pool tournament

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Candy cane reindeer

    Friday: Wii Friday

    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.

  • LAHS students showcase talent through photography

    On Wednesday, Los Alamos High School students in the Beginning Photography class, taught by Michelle Grove, were able to view all of their hard work in a gallery that displayed their projects from the semester.
    Photographs were arranged on boards in the lobby area of LAHS, complemented by the artist’s name and the technique used to produce the desired picture.
    Beginning Photography instructs students on the fundamentals of photography emphasizing the black and white medium. For the class, students are required to use a 35 millimeter manual camera and learn to work in a dark room developing film, enlarging and printing negatives.
    A negative reproduces a bright portion of a photograph as dark, and a dark portion as bright.
    Beginning photography consists of two classes with a total of approximately 48 students. Grove is teaching her first semester at LAHS, but has taught the photography class at Los Alamos Middle School previously. “These kids have never really used a manual camera before. For the most part when I surveyed them, they’ve only really used their iPhone to take a picture,” Grove said.