Teen Pulse

  • Fall Installments: What to expect this season


    Numb fingertips and pink cheeks mark the arrival of colder months spent trying to stay warm.

    Any “fashionista,” however, will tell you that autumn brings more than just chilly weather; it brings new formulas to stay stylish during the most trying season. 

    Let’s take a look at what to expect.

  • Opinion: American ignorance runs rampant despite technology


    Recently, I watched a news segment in which a reporter asked random United States citizens what they thought of the Ebola crisis in Africa. 

    Astounded, I listened to citizen after citizen either ask the reporter what Ebola is, say they thought it was great, obviously clueless about the disease, or stare blankly off into space.

    While this does not represent the majority of Americans it shows that there are a striking number of people in this country who don’t know anything about what is happening in this world beyond the screens of their smartphones. The outcome of these types of interviews is nothing new, but it should make one’s blood boil every time one is released.

     When I think about these ignorant people voting and that their vote can affect my future, I am frightened for my generation. 

  • Lewis and Todd 10-19-14
  • A terrible, horrible, no good, very bad movie

    Based on the children’s book by Judith Viorst, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) who experiences the worst day of his young life.  
    He finds gum in his hair, accidentally sets the science lab on fire, angers the girl he has a crush on and finally his parents are late picking him up from school. Alexander is left feeling very sorry for himself.  In contrast, everything is going wonderfully for the rest of his family which makes Alexander want the worst for them.  
    On his birthday the next day, Alexander makes a birthday wish that his family would have the most horrible, terrible day. To his surprise Alexander’s father (Steve Carell), mother (Jennifer Garner), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) do experience the worst day of their lives.  Alexander begins feeling remorseful and decides he must try to turn their worst day into the best day for everyone.
    While having great potential to be hilarious, this movie lacks creativity and is cliché. The father having a bad job interview, the brother failing his driver’s test, the sister getting sick before her play debut are all boring plot scenarios director Rob Lieber wrote.  

  • Word On The Street 10-19-14

    Teen Pulse staff member Sydney Schoonover asked students, “What’s your favorite kind of Halloween candy?”

  • Abney helps students prepare for the future

    Many teachers at Los Alamos High School have been teaching for a while, but this year students have the opportunity to work with and learn from a new teacher, Stephanie Abney, who was born and raised in Los Alamos.
    While in high school, she played for the orchestra and the band until freshmen year and participated in many sports, instilling in her the value of teamwork.
    “I think participating in sports and being a part of a team really helped me gain the confidence in myself that I would not have gained individually,” Abney said. “I think being part of a team and being a team player is one of the fundamental skills people can have in whatever profession they pursue. It has shaped me to fight for what I believe to be right and to listen to what others have to say.”
    After graduating from high school, Abney studied at Colorado State University receiving a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education.

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 10-12-14

    Monday: Activity Center closed for Columbus Day

    Tuesday: Black cats hanging mobiles

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

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

    Friday: Spooky spider cookies

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Cneter is located at 475 20th Street, next to Ashley Pond, 662-9412. The White Rock Activity Center is located at 10 Sherwood Blvd., across from Smith’s in Rocket Park, 672-1565. 

  • Word On The Street 10-12-14

    Teen Pulse Staff member Sydney Schoonover asked students, “What is your favorite outdoor activity?”

  • LAHS Choir hosts pumpkin patch for Europe trip

    Oct. 6 marked the beginning of the 2014 Pumpkin Patch, hosted by the Los Alamos High School Choir, located in the Canyon School parking lot. The Pumpkin Patch is a longtime choir tradition that is making a comeback this year. Pumpkins arrive fresh from Farmington, stimulating both local and state economies.
    Visitors can expect storytelling sessions from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoons, along with a coloring corner, a “selfie” corner, special Trick or Treat on Main Street activities and Halloweekend “Portraits in the Patch,” taken by professional photographer Leslie Bucklin and selling for $10 a piece.
    The Pumpkin Patch will continue throughout the month of October, opening from 4 -7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 12:20-7 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The patch will accommodate visitors from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Columbus Day as well.
    The Pumpkin Patch is one of several events the LAHS choir will be hosting this year. Many will contribute to funding choral activities throughout the year.
    One of these activities is an international tour, funded by the LAHS Choir Boosters, an organization that financially supports the choir program with funds not provided by Los Alamos Public Schools. This year, Choir Boosters has selected Europe as their tour destination.

  • Bradbury sci-fi novel perfect for the season

    In “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” by Ray Bradbury, a classic master of science fiction, brings a dark fantasy world like no other to life.
    Two young boys — Jim Nightshade and Will Halloway — are lifelong friends. Both are within a week of becoming 14 years old when a mysterious carnival arrives unexpectedly in their hometown.
    Accompanying the carnival is Cooger and Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show: a madhouse of strange men, strong men, Illustrated Men. In the center of this chaos is the carousel. Ride it forward, and with each spin you become older and stronger. Ride it the other way, and the years are stripped away. It is a promise that draws
    all. But will it help any? The villainous Mr. Dark is in control and he
    thrives on pain.
    Will and Jim are the only ones to know the truth. If anyone is to save Green Town, Illinois, they must do it themselves — without suffering the consequences.
    Bradbury’s words are always magic. The plot is unique, and Bradbury’s prose drips with poetry.
    Daily truths about the human race are evident even in this otherworldly
    This is, without a doubt, the perfect book for anyone who loves
    science fiction and fantasy with a spooky twist, especially at this haunting time of year.