Teen Pulse

  • Cindi Allmendinger talks about ranch life

    Cindi Allmendinger said she loves to teach geometry and financial literacy at Los Alamos High School, but she has other interests outside of teaching that few know about. Teen Pulse’s staff members Lily Johnson and Kenzi Hunsaker put her to the test and interviewed her about her high school experience.

    Q: Where did you grow up and what high school did you go to?

    A: “I grew up on a ranch, one of the last working ranches in Colorado Springs. I went to high school at Cheyenne High School.”

    Q. Did you have a high school sweetheart?

    A: “No my horse (was). I showed horses ... and my school let me take off time to travel all over the nation ... as long as my grades were (a) ‘B’ or better.”

    Q: What clique did you belong to? What were you like?

    A: “I didn’t belong to a clique because I actually traveled and showed horses, and if there (would have been) a horse show clique, I (would have) belonged to it.”

    Q: What made you want to be a teacher?
    A: “I love science and I love math and when I started coaching soccer, I realized how much I loved teaching … One of the parents of one of my students was the principal and said, ‘you need to teach’ and she gave me a recommendation and I started teaching.”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 10-13-13

    Monday: A.C. closed

    Tuesday: Jar o’ lanterns in LA, bingo in WR

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Jar o’ lanterns in WR, bingo in LA

    Friday: Kids choice card games

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is located at 475 20th St., 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. 

  • LAMS students explore new school

    Los Alamos Middle School students began exploring the new building recently. They attended an assembly, where Principal Rex Kilburn addressed them. They quickly found new lockers, science classrooms, water fountains and the library. 

  • Word on the Street, Oct. 6


    Teen Pulse staff members Kenzi Hunsaker and Lily Johnson asked LAHS students, “What is your dream way of being asked to homecoming?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule Oct. 7



    Monday: Pac-Man Halloween garland


    Tuesday: Trick skeleton


    Wednesday: Movies and munchies


    Thursday: Sea spiders


    Friday: Scavenger hunt


  • ‘Breaking Bad’ is hard to do

    AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” one of television’s most well-known and best dramas came to a close Sept. 29, after five terrific seasons of exceptional television. 

    Created by Vince Gilligan, the show, set in Albuquerque, follows the life of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a chemistry genius working as a high school teacher. 

    When White is diagnosed with lung cancer, he turns to a life of crime and the production of methamphetamine to pay for his treatment and leave money for his family before he dies.

  • Recycled Fashions


    Teen Pulse’s Fashion Maven Alexandra Hehlen designed the gown she’s wearing and strutted down the catwalk during this year’s Trash Fashion Show. The show was part of the Next Big Idea Festival last month. Alexandra won first place for her dress made from recyclable materials.

  • It’s OK to follow the bad fad


    After doing a little research and observation, I came to a conclusion about this year’s fall trends: they’re a little difficult.

    Usually I’m on board with the newest fads and excited to embrace them. Yet, there are a few parts of this season’s trends that are difficult for me — and probably for others — to incorporate into their respective styles.

    Some people simply may decide not to embrace the trends they dislike. To me, however, fashion is a challenge and going through the process of turning a fad you think you cannot wear into one that fits your style is a gratifying learning experience.
    Before we talk about the tough trends, let’s recap the ones I like:

    • Furs: Faux or for real, you can buy just about any style and color. Fur is fluffing up hats, jackets and scarves this season. 

  • Cartoon by Tommy Stepan and Ethan Aulwes
  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 09-29-13

    Monday: Capture the flag

    Tuesday: Birthday board

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Spider piñata

    Friday: Homecoming, AC open from noon-6 p.m.

    The centers are open from 3-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Memberships are free and open to all third through eighth graders. The White Rock AC is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565. The LA AC is at 475 20th St., 662-9412.