Teen Pulse

  • From Leather to Lace: Hairstyles and color for a tech era

    The fashion hair repertoire is anything but scarce.
    From bobs to pinks and purples, there’s always something new and original to try, perhaps divulge from Rapunzel’s golden hair.
    The past few months have been no different in bringing to the stage a new and “trendy” creation.
    This time it’s pixelated hair, the dying skill that effectively demonstrates a stylists skill and taste.
    In reality though, pixelated hair seems to have missed the mark, much like the earlier checkered hair trend from 2004.
    Though pixelated hair appears cohesive on the “wearer’s” head, it is unadaptable to the styles that are currently making top news in every high-flying fashion magazine.
    Floral, sophisticated, and minimalistic all clash with pixelation.
    But perhaps, that clash is exactly what the fashion scene needs right now.
    Undoubtedly the new hairdo would do quite well matched with a leather jacket.
    Perhaps, this invention will bring out the inner edge in every type of person and every ensemble.
    That’s ultimately up to you to decide. Give it a try and see what you like. Better now than never.

  • Word on the Street 3-1-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Michael Booton asked students, “If you could be any movie character, who would it be and why?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Birthday board 

    Tuesday: Foosball tournament  

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies 

    Thursday: Shaving créme shamrocks  

    Friday: Flower coloring activity 

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is located at 475 20th Street

  • LAHS hosts AP Night for students, parents

    Los Alamos High School hosted its annual Advanced Placement (AP) Night on Feb. 11. The event gave students and their parents, insight into the 21 AP courses offered every year, including foreign language, science, English, history, art and music.
    The LAHS AP program is available to challenge sophomores, juniors and seniors who want to learn more in depth material about the subjects they love. Courses are not offered to freshman. The classes often place teens in environments that mimic what they will experience in college.
    Students who participate in the AP program are noted to do better at the university level.
    At the end of each school year high school students take AP exams for the courses they applied for to test how well they understand the material. The test is scored on a scale from one to five with one being the lowest, five being the highest. Depending on the school a student applies to, he or she is often able to get college credit as long as he or she passes the test with a score of three or higher.
    Students who tackle AP courses must have self-discipline and drive. “I expect my AP students to work hard and have their eyes wide open to learn about how to survive at the college level with a rigorous college curriculum,” AP German teacher Anita Boshier said.

  • Book review: A macabre yet entertaining journey

    “Assassination Vacation” brings the reader tales of the past and present through stinging, shocking, and completely irreverent humor, not to mention a wealth of knowledge and criticism.
    Sarah Vowell shares her travel experiences as she explores the history, outrageous politics, and personal stories behind the murders of three United States presidents — Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, and William McKinley. One chapter is devoted to each president, with equal attention given to victim and assassin.
    Interspersed, Vowell provides copious numbers of modern-day anecdotes and accounts of the famous (and obscure) memorials raised to honor the dead past, from the Lincoln Memorial to a remote prison in the Dry Tortugas.
    She has traveled all over the country and beyond to visit John Wilkes Booth’s final resting place, scale the mountain where Theodore Roosevelt received news of McKinley’s demise, and contemplate the ocean where Garfield spent his final days.
    Of course, she also had to see Lincoln’s blood spattered on a very old pillowcase. Along the way, questions of morality, uncanny coincidences, and unseen connections all lie in wait. For example, the unfortunate Robert Todd Lincoln, Lincoln’s first son, was ill-fated enough to witness all three of these presidential assassinations.

  • Word on the Street 2-22-15

    Teen Pulse Student Editor Tom Hanlon asked students, “What class are you most excited about taking next year?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 2-22-15

    Monday: Ping Pong tournament

    Tuesday: “Name the President” trivia contest

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Knock-Out (weather permitting)

    Friday: Staff’s choice game or activity

    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 graders.

  • The Pondering Column: Are parents being unethical by not vaccinating their children?

    Today marks the fourth edition, of “The Pondering Column.” Here I will discuss reader questions regarding morals, philosophy and belief.
    Today’s question, asked anonymously is, “Is it ethical for parents to refrain from getting their children vaccinated due to personal belief?”
    This question is very relevant given current events.
    To provide some context, there have been a recent flurry of measles outbreaks across the country correlating to parents refusing their children’s vaccinations.
     The ethicality of this action is fairly straightforward: it is societally detrimental and unacceptable to refuse your child’s vaccinations.
    While it is legally permissible to refuse a vaccination, the morality clearly outweighs the immorality.
    Not only does refusing to accept vaccination leave your child susceptible to risks, but everyone around him or her could be seriously injured, if not killed. This is especially true for other children, the elderly, or even adults with compromised immune systems.
    The fact that more and more people are beginning to put their beliefs over the lives of others, reveals a disturbing societal trend that needs to be stopped.

  • Poetry Corner

    Personal narrative
    By Melissa Wysocki

    A baby’s cry echoes from the streets of a small Chinese town;
    I am discovered.
    A man holds me, caresses my cold, gentle body.
    To keep me as his own, his only wish.

    She hides bruises of her father.
    To escape him, is only a dream.
    Constant rage never ending.

    Two weeks pass,
    and he loves me like a father.
    A Chinese village does not allow this kind of love.
    Words pass from one another.

    She locks herself in her room,
    to conceal herself from future pain.
    The door broken down,
    her father rages with anger.

    Policemen at the door.
    The love is taken away forever.
    I remember babies crying,
    for all the nannies help.

    Five loud, lashing whips with a belt
    leave red stripes on her side.
    The red transforms to a purplish-blue,
    leaving her with terrible throbbing.

    Babies wait for homes,
    waiting, waiting, and waiting.
    I now have a new family,
    who takes me home to a country they call “America.”

    To sequester this purple pattern
    is like attempting to hide the sun.

  • Word on the Street 2-15-15

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