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Teen Pulse

  • Summer blockbusters: The good, the bad and the boring

    There are few better seasons for movies than summer. It’s a time for blockbusters to make big bucks and for comedies to make audiences laugh. This summer was no exception.

    “Man of Steel”
    (5 out of 10 stars)

    One of the biggest letdowns of this summer, “Man of Steel” turned out to be possibly the worst film of the year.
    Directed by Zack Snyder, director of “300” and “Watchmen,” and produced by Christopher Nolan, director of “The Dark Knight” franchise and “Inception,” the film seemed as if it couldn’t go wrong.

    The movie was laden with promise — maybe this time they’d get it right. Unfortunately it did.

    Due to its excessive and pointless destruction, terrible acting, badly written dialogue and shallow plot, the film not only failed to recapture the excitement created by the Superman franchise of the late ’70s and ’80s, but also turned out to be one of the worst super hero films of all time.

    Although it seemed as if this portrayal of superman would manage to revive the story of America’s favorite superhero, the film failed like so many before it, and turned out to be nothing more than another pointless Hollywood blockbuster.

  • Students get back to the basics

    Class is back in session! To kick off the new year at Los Alamos High School, Teen Pulse members Tom Hanlon and Alexandra Hehlen asked four LAHS students some questions about the upcoming school year. 

  • Youth Activity Center schedule 06-09-13

    Monday: Games of tag
    Tuesday: Penny pitch game
    Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    Thursday: Air hockey tourney
    Friday: Kids choice

    Memberships are free and open to all third- through eighth-graders.
    The L.A. Activity Center is at 475 20th St., 662-9412.
    The WR Activity Center is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565, Open from 3-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; and from noon to 6 p.m. Friday. 

  • They’ll be back

    Teen Pulse staff members are taking a break for the summer, but will be back in the fall with new content. 

  • Seniors share their plans for the future

    After four years of study and accomplishment, seniors turned their tassels on June 1 to begin a new life.
    Four Los Alamos High School graduates took the time to talk about high school and their futures.
    Andrew Habiger will attend Kansas State University and major in bakery science and management.
    “Bakery science and management is looking at food and the chemistry in it and the ways you can change it to be more efficient for either big companies or problems like world hunger,” Habiger said.
    Throughout high school, he participated in a rugby club, took three years of advanced ballroom dance and participated in the high school’s DECA program.
    For Habiger, the most memorable part of being a senior was getting to the end of the year.
    “The most memorable part was definitely getting through all the classes and making that final push to finish strong,” Habiger said.
    His advice for incoming seniors is to look out for scholarships.
    For Miranda Honnell, the most memorable part of senior year was opening her acceptance letter to the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.
    She will major in elementary and special education. In high school, she participated in cross-country, track and field and was a member of the National Honor Society.

  • Andrew and Mousie 06-02-13
  • Youth Activity Center schedule 06-02-13

    Monday: Birthday board
    Tuesday: Wii Tuesday
    Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    Thursday: Ping pong tourney
    Friday: Kids choice

    Memberships are free and open to all third- through eighth-graders. The L.A. Activity Center is at 475 20th St., 662-9412. The WR Activity Center is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565, Open from 3-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; and from noon to 6 p.m. Friday.

  • Word on the Street 06-02-13

    Teen Pulse staff members Owen Bradbury Aranda and Sebastian Garcia asked students, “What’s the first thing that comes to mind?”

  • ‘Iron Man 3’ entertains comic fans

    The Marvel Comic superhero Iron Man hits the big screen again, this time in “Iron Man 3.”

    Although this is the third Iron Man movie, the character was featured in the recent film, “The Avengers.” 
    In that movie, Iron Man Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) was almost killed. In the beginning of the movie, Stark suffers from anxiety attacks because of his near-death experience. 

    The evil villain the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), declares war on America and sets off a series of attacks around the country.

    The near-death of one of Stark’s employees during one of these attacks, brings Stark out of his stupor. He challenges Mandarin to come to his turf and try to destroy him. 

    The Mandarin sends his helicopters to destroy Stark’s mansion, which is done in a violent attack with missiles. Stark escapes the attack by flying in his Iron Man suit to a safe place in Tennessee, but the long journey from California to Tennessee uses up all of the suit’s power and he must find a way to recharge it. 

    He encounters the help of a young boy Harley (Ty Simpkins), who has the unique ability to reconfigure the suit.
    In the meantime, Stark decides to set out alone to find the Mandarin. He uses his wit and abilities to find the villain’s mansion.

  • Teens needed to form relay teams

    In 2010, cancer was the second leading cause of death in the United States, taking more than 500,000 lives.

    Though so many are affected by the disease, not all can afford to be treated.

    Treatment for cancer is very expensive, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in many cases.

    For almost 100 years, The American Cancer Society has raised funds through various events for cancer treatment.

    According to cancer.org, the ACS “has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.” One of the biggest fundraisers for ACS is the Relay for Life.

    Relay is a 24-hour organized community event that usually takes place at a track. During Relay, participants form teams and walk around the track continuously.

    The walk symbolizes that cancer never stops. For some, the event is emotional. A Relay representative said that it is a “very powerful and passionate event,” as evidenced by the number of participants.
    Los Alamos has its own Relay for Life event, which has been organized by Hope Jaramillo, a Relay participant for 10 years.

    The event will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 and ends at 10 a.m. Aug. 24 at Ashley Pond. Relay is open to the public and currently, Jaramillo is looking for people to form teams, particularly youth teams.