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Teen Pulse

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 4-19-15

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Free-throw contest

    Tuesday: Button bracelets

    Wednesday: Movies and muchies (Happy Earth Day)

    Thursday: Shapes Scavenger Hunt  

    Friday: WII Friday

  • Local teen travels to D.C. for youth program

    From March 7-14, local teen Deanna Gutierrez took an all-expense-paid-trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program.  (USSYP)hosted 104 students from around the nation including two students from every state, two from the District of Columbia, and two from the Department of Defense Education Activity.
    USSYP is a leadership program that provides the opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in public service to meet senators, representatives, Supreme Court justices and the president of the United States to further develop and explore their interests in government work.
    Specifically, the program was designed to increase teen understanding of the interactions and relationships between the judicial, executive, and legislative branches of government.
    Additionally, students are granted a $5,000 scholarship by the Hearst Foundation to pursue undergraduate education with a focus in political science and American history.
    The selection process starts when teachers from public or private schools nominate qualified students.
    To be eligible, students must hold some form of elected office or student body position in their school or community while showing an interest in government, history and politics.

  • Fashion column: Get your game on this prom

    A twice, or in some cases thrice, in a lifetime experience, prom is a memorable and important event to teens across the board.
    This year’s Los Alamos High School prom is set for April 25 and will be at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino, a promising venue for an evening of spectacular fashion and a showcase of unique tastes. To get ahead of the game in terms of fashion and flare, one can simply glance back at the 2015 Golden Globe and Oscar’s trends.
    Immediately, endless options for dress silhouettes and necklines are noted. A-line skirts, mermaid tail contours, and classic ball gown fits promise any wearer a luxurious evening of glamour. Sweetheart and halter necklines offer traditional paths to elegance while keyhole necklines denote boldness as demonstrated by both actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Anna Kendrick at the Oscars.

  • Word on the Street 4-12-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Ben Hanlon asked students, “What movies are you looking forward to seeing this year?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 4-14-15 to 4-17-15

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Relay races (Los Alamos: Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m., White Rock: Closed)

    Tuesday: Ping Pong tournament

    Wednesday: Movies and muchies

    Thursday: Los Alamos: Air hockey tournament, White Rock: Foosball tournament  

    Friday: Brain teasers — Fun exercises for the mind

    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.

  • NJROTC displays discipline at inspection

    On March 27, the Los Alamos High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp assembled in uniform for the annual Area Manager’s Inspection (AMI), the personal and unit assessment that ranks schools in their area.
    At the end of every school year, all NJROTC units — the student bodies from each high school in an area undergo this inspection as a progress review. Including parts of six states and reaching all the way to Oklahoma, the local area is a large partition. A high ranked review allows the high school’s NJROTC to receive the title of “Distinguished Unit,” placing it in the top 10 percent of participating schools. Having been named “Distinguished Unit” for the past 13 years, LAHS participants had high expectations as they performed various drills. Participation in the event is a significant portion of each student’s grade for the NJROTC class.

  • Word on the Street 4-5-15

    Teen Pulse Student Editor Tom Hanlon asked students, “What are you doing for Spring Break?”

  • The Pondering Column: Has human evolution gone stagnate?

    Today’s question, asked anonymously is, “Has natural human evolution essentially stagnated due to intrinsic human morality, laws, religion and scientific advances?”
    This week’s question is very interesting. Essentially the question asks if the principles surrounding evolution (specifically those Darwinian in nature, involving natural selection), have been counteracted by the societal advances we can observe today.
    The concise answer to this question is, yes. Bearing in mind that evolution is not unanimously accepted as valid, I will base this column on the premise that evolution is an indisputably accurate fact.
    As humans have grown in the addressed subjects (morality, laws, religion and science), we have become able to protect those, who in pre-modern times, would have died due to inability.
    A good example of this is blindness. Thousands of years ago, if a child was born blind, it would be practically forced to fend for itself, and with blindness as an impediment the child would soon die. But contemporarily, our morals are so developed that any child with a developmental hinderance, such as blindness, would be cared for or even provided with medical assistance that would completely negate, what in previous centuries, would be considered as a lethal encumberance.

  • Word on the Street 3-29-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Michael Booton asked students, “How do you feel about the PARCC tests after you have taken them?”

  • NJROTC cadets gather for annual military ball

    Los Alamos High School student cadets and guests, dressed in uniforms and formal attire, assembled in a ballroom at Buffalo Thunder Resort for March 14 military ball, the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps annual formal social event.
    The military ball serves both as a social outlet and a time to recognize the importance of events that otherwise go unspoken throughout the year. It celebrates the NJROTC program and is a show of the etiquette and refinement apparent in its participants. The many ideals of the program were summarized by guest speaker John Krepps as he congratulated participants on past success and encouraged continued participation.
    Including elements of many other youth dances, such as a court, the NJROTC attendees of the ball displayed exceptional elegance. Opening with the national anthem and a presentation of the “colors,” or a flag ceremony, the atmosphere was immediately respectful, making the patriotism emphasized by the program evident.  Male cadets wore their uniforms, some with impressive adornments that spoke of their involvement and dedication, while male guests wore suits.