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Teen Pulse

  • Word on the Street 03-30-14

    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon asked LAHS students, “What do you think the United States should do about the situation in Crimea?”
     

  • ‘Divergent’ is a dystopian classic

    Dystopia — a society where everything is as bad as it can possibly be — has fascinated humans for centuries.
    Beginning in the time of Plato, gaining prominence throughout the age of the Great Depression and prospering in the 21st century, the concept of our modern world’s downfall has been a central theme in many well-known books.
    Plato’s “Republic,” Alduous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” James Dashner’s “The Maze Runner” and now Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” all hinge on dystopian futures.
    Director Neil Burger has brought Roth’s novel to life on the big screen.
    The movie begins with a scene of a distant city skyline, easily identifiable as the city of Chicago.
    However, as the camera moves closer, the far-off metropolis becomes an obviously frayed Chicago, with rusted bridges, torn buildings and the concrete bed of a once-existent river.
    In this ragged city, citizens are split into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite.

  • Opinion: the Crimean conundrum

    Since the beginning of the Ukrainian revolution in mid-November of last year, the country’s future and unity have been in the balance.
    After the ousting of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych, things seemed like they might be able to resolve themselves — until the Russians got involved and things really started to heat up.
    For quite a while now, Russia has been pushing its luck and exercising its power throughout the international community under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, the gun-slinging, bare-chested, horseback-riding Russian president.
    Earlier this month, Mother Russia stepped into the turmoil of the Ukrainian conflict by sending Russian troops into Crimea, the southernmost province of Ukraine.
    Although these soldiers were clearly Russian, unless, as pointed out by Jon Stewart, Russian military fatigues are easy to come by overnight in the thousands, Putin initially denied all claims of the Crimean invasion.

  • Teen activity schedule

     

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

     

    Monday: Foosball tournament

     

    Tuesday: Birthday board 

     

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

     

    Thursday: Capture the flag

     

    Friday: Kids choice 

     

  • Lewis & Todd 03-23-14
  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 03-23-14

    Monday: Pool tournament

    Tuesday: Los Alamos Cone Heads

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Floss eggs

    Friday: Kids choice 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.  

  • Word On The Street 03-23-14

    Teen Pulse staff members Katherine Wang and Alexandra Hehlen asked LAHS students, “If you could invent a sport, what would it be?”
     

  • Jemez Mountain Home School takes top trophies in state tourney

    The Jemez Mountain Home School Speech and Debate Team received many of the state’s top awards at the 2014 Annual New Mexico State Speech and Debate Tournament earlier this month.
    The team’s 10 students competed in a total of 29 events over the three-day tournament that took place in Santa Fe from March 6 through 8.
    The team won first place in Limited Entry Sweepstakes and third place in Overall Speech Sweepstakes. Twenty-five high school teams and 350 students from across the state competed in this year’s state tournament, which was the largest in New Mexico history.
    The state champion in Oral Interpretation is Tom Hanlon, a high school junior, with the piece titled “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid” by Bill Bryson. This collection of Bryson’s memoirs recounts humorous stories of his youth growing up in the 1950s baby boomer era.
    The state champion in Original Oratory is Annika Davenport, eighth grade, with her original piece titled “A Friendly Bottle of Extortion,” which presents the drawbacks of bottled water consumption.
    Davenport and senior Connor Schultz are the third place state recipients for their Duo Interpretation. Michael Booton, sophomore, was third place in Impromptu Speaking.

  • Lewis & Todd 03-16-14
  • Movie Review: ‘12 Years a Slave’ brutal but excellent

    In recent years, it seems that many films regarding the subject of slavery. Yet, until now there arguably has not been a film that truly captures the cruelly atrocious nature of the “peculiar institution.”
    “12 Years a Slave” tells the incredible true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a distinguished free black man living in the North who was kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery.
    One of the most shocking aspects of the film is the contrast between Northup’s life as a free man and as a slave in the South.
    Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti and Brad Pitt, the film boasts a famous cast to say the least.
    Steve McQueen, the acclaimed director of both “Shame” and “12 Years a Slave,” captures the raw nature of the subject at hand. The film illustrates the gruesome brutality of slavery and explores the horrors of one of the darkest times in our nation’s history.
    The movie has no shame in explicitly showing the torture and wicked punishment inflicted on slaves during the pre-Civil War time period. On the whole, the film is visually disturbing, but also captivating in its authenticity.