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Teen Pulse

  • An elegant evening to remember

    The 2015 Los Alamos High School junior/senior prom on April 25 was accompanied by the usual excitement, which leads up to a dance of such stature. Acquiring a date, buying a dress or renting a tuxedo and, of course, attending the dance itself.
    One thing however, made this year’s prom more unique: the venue. This year’s “Moonlight Sonata” themed prom was held at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino this year, which, while providing complications such as price and transportation, made for a sophisticated and enjoyable evening for couples, groups and friends from LAHS.
    Upon entering one of the larger ballrooms, students were greeted by a dark blue lit room, candlelit tables and a stunning ceiling decorated with blue lights to look like the night sky. Guests were then served a three-course meal, which was surprisingly delectable considering that the same entree had been prepared for everyone.
    The dinner portion of the night was extremely well prepared and executed. The table arrangements, three course meal and atmosphere were all elegant. The dance portion however, missed the mark. This is very common among high school dances because one cannot please everyone when it comes to music genres.

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 5-3-15

    Monday: Air hockey (Los Alamos), pool tournament (White Rock)

    Tuesday: Horse

    Wednesday: Movies and muchies

    Thursday: Black jack  

    Friday: Mother’s Day cards

    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.

  • Lewis & Todd 5-3-15
  • Word on the Street 5-3-15

    Teen Pulse staff member Michael Booton asked students, “What do you think about the ‘Kylie Jenner lip challenge? A recent fad in which people take a shot glass and apply suction to artificially enlarge their lips?”

  • Exchange student from Serbia expands her horizons in U.S.

    Every year, Los Alamos High School hosts a group of foreign exchange students who apply through various global programs such as the Rotary’s Youth Exchange, to explore American culture in depth.
    Srna Petrovic, an 18-year-old senior from Serbia, is one such student who views her exchange experience as an opportunity to “see how other people live in a different part of the world.” To her, being an exchange student means to “go somewhere where you have never been before and to stay with someone that you have never met before.”
    Petrovic applied for the exchange program because she “loved traveling and exploring new cities.” Originally, Petrovic wanted to be located near the ocean, but despite the fact that she was placed in Los Alamos, the opposite of a seaport town, she said she has come to love the mountains and sunsets.
    For Petrovic, the language barrier was nonexistent. Her proficiency in English, allowed her to observe the full swing of the American school system, as well as many different United States’ holidays, her favorite being Thanksgiving.
    Petrovic notes that in Serbia, she has “15 subjects each year, which [she] cannot choose.” There are also no clubs or extracurriculars available.

  • Word on the Street 4-26-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Wilbur Wang asked students, “If you could be an exchange student to another country, which one would you choose?”

  • Lewis & Todd 4-26-15
  • Homeschool education is on the rise

    For an increasing number of parents, sending their child to public school for a well-rounded education is no longer an option.
    Researchers say that homeschooling may be the fastest growing form of education in the U.S. Many reasons play into this statistic, the most recent of these being the implementation of the government’s controversial Common Core education system.
    Critics of the Common Core system say that it isn’t doing anything to improve learning and that because of high stakes testing and teacher evaluations, teachers will teach to the tests instead of being dynamic in the classroom.
    A 2011-2012 survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) found that 74 percent of parents who home school do so because they were unhappy with classroom instruction.
    Another large reason parents are homeschooling is because of the school environment. According to the NCES survey, 91 percent of parents who choose homeschooling did so due to concern about the environment of the public school.
    For Elizabeth Janke, 17, the public high school atmosphere was not something she wanted to be a part of.
    After spending some time in high school, Janke decided to drop out of the system to study at home. She then took her General Education Development (GED) test at 15 years old.

  • Word on the Street 4-19-15

    Teen Pulse Staff Writer Katherine Wang asked students, “Are you burnt out because of school? Why or why not?”

  • Lewis & Todd 4-19-15