Teen Pulse

  • Word on the Street 2-15-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Rigel Baron asked students, “What did you do for Valentine’s day?”

  • Lewis & Todd 2-15-15
  • ’Topper Revue does not disappoint

    Applause, laughter and cheer concluded another year of talent at the 2015 ’Topper Revue.
    This year’s emcees Ben Richelt, Charles Hermann, Leyla Ackhadov and Mateo Cardiel did the show justice by spinning a humorous tale about student anxiety over the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
    During the show, these four students prepare to take the SAT but are interrupted when somebody’s timer goes off in the middle of the test. As a result, their scores are cancelled. Reichelt, a teen with a hidden and most definitely dark past, Hermann, a computer genius and tech geek, Akhadov, a critical and intimidating young woman, and Cardiel, a boy mistaken for a dog, work together to obtain their cancelled scores.
    Meanwhile, students perform a flurry of impressive and entertaining acts, perhaps one of the best repertoires Los Alamos High School has seen in years, providing a diverse show experience for audience members.
    In just four acts, the audience experiences a wide variety of dance. “Psychedelics” by Helen Lu, Alice Shao, Anne Scripsick, Sopahn Kellogg, Marybeth Farish, Brad Morely, Rachel Wallstrom and Andrei Popa-Simil, gives viewers a taste of the break dance style while the LAHS color guard shows off its talent by choreographing moves to the song “Funhouse” by Pink.

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 2-9-15 to 2-13-15

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Pool tournament

    Tuesday: Fuzzy head pencils

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Valentine’s Day Bingo

    Friday: Wii Friday (8 a.m.-6 p.m. in Los Alamos; closed in White Rock

    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

  • 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.