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Teen Pulse

  • Exchange student from Serbia expands her horizons in U.S.

    Every year, Los Alamos High School hosts a group of foreign exchange students who apply through various global programs such as the Rotary’s Youth Exchange, to explore American culture in depth.
    Srna Petrovic, an 18-year-old senior from Serbia, is one such student who views her exchange experience as an opportunity to “see how other people live in a different part of the world.” To her, being an exchange student means to “go somewhere where you have never been before and to stay with someone that you have never met before.”
    Petrovic applied for the exchange program because she “loved traveling and exploring new cities.” Originally, Petrovic wanted to be located near the ocean, but despite the fact that she was placed in Los Alamos, the opposite of a seaport town, she said she has come to love the mountains and sunsets.
    For Petrovic, the language barrier was nonexistent. Her proficiency in English, allowed her to observe the full swing of the American school system, as well as many different United States’ holidays, her favorite being Thanksgiving.
    Petrovic notes that in Serbia, she has “15 subjects each year, which [she] cannot choose.” There are also no clubs or extracurriculars available.

  • Word on the Street 4-19-15

    Teen Pulse Staff Writer Katherine Wang asked students, “Are you burnt out because of school? Why or why not?”

  • Lewis & Todd 4-19-15
  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 4-19-15

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Free-throw contest

    Tuesday: Button bracelets

    Wednesday: Movies and muchies (Happy Earth Day)

    Thursday: Shapes Scavenger Hunt  

    Friday: WII Friday

  • Homeschool education is on the rise

    For an increasing number of parents, sending their child to public school for a well-rounded education is no longer an option.
    Researchers say that homeschooling may be the fastest growing form of education in the U.S. Many reasons play into this statistic, the most recent of these being the implementation of the government’s controversial Common Core education system.
    Critics of the Common Core system say that it isn’t doing anything to improve learning and that because of high stakes testing and teacher evaluations, teachers will teach to the tests instead of being dynamic in the classroom.
    A 2011-2012 survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) found that 74 percent of parents who home school do so because they were unhappy with classroom instruction.
    Another large reason parents are homeschooling is because of the school environment. According to the NCES survey, 91 percent of parents who choose homeschooling did so due to concern about the environment of the public school.
    For Elizabeth Janke, 17, the public high school atmosphere was not something she wanted to be a part of.
    After spending some time in high school, Janke decided to drop out of the system to study at home. She then took her General Education Development (GED) test at 15 years old.

  • Word on the Street 4-12-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Ben Hanlon asked students, “What movies are you looking forward to seeing this year?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 4-14-15 to 4-17-15

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Relay races (Los Alamos: Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m., White Rock: Closed)

    Tuesday: Ping Pong tournament

    Wednesday: Movies and muchies

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

    Friday: Brain teasers — Fun exercises for the mind

    Los Alamos: 662-9412, 475 20th St.
    White Rock: 672-1565, 139 Longview Dr.

    Open 3-6  p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, unless otherwise noted.  

    Memberships are free and open to all third through eighth graders.

  • Fashion column: Get your game on this prom

    A twice, or in some cases thrice, in a lifetime experience, prom is a memorable and important event to teens across the board.
    This year’s Los Alamos High School prom is set for April 25 and will be at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino, a promising venue for an evening of spectacular fashion and a showcase of unique tastes. To get ahead of the game in terms of fashion and flare, one can simply glance back at the 2015 Golden Globe and Oscar’s trends.
    Immediately, endless options for dress silhouettes and necklines are noted. A-line skirts, mermaid tail contours, and classic ball gown fits promise any wearer a luxurious evening of glamour. Sweetheart and halter necklines offer traditional paths to elegance while keyhole necklines denote boldness as demonstrated by both actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Anna Kendrick at the Oscars.

  • Local teen travels to D.C. for youth program

    From March 7-14, local teen Deanna Gutierrez took an all-expense-paid-trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program.  (USSYP)hosted 104 students from around the nation including two students from every state, two from the District of Columbia, and two from the Department of Defense Education Activity.
    USSYP is a leadership program that provides the opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in public service to meet senators, representatives, Supreme Court justices and the president of the United States to further develop and explore their interests in government work.
    Specifically, the program was designed to increase teen understanding of the interactions and relationships between the judicial, executive, and legislative branches of government.
    Additionally, students are granted a $5,000 scholarship by the Hearst Foundation to pursue undergraduate education with a focus in political science and American history.
    The selection process starts when teachers from public or private schools nominate qualified students.
    To be eligible, students must hold some form of elected office or student body position in their school or community while showing an interest in government, history and politics.

  • Word on the Street 4-5-15

    Teen Pulse Student Editor Tom Hanlon asked students, “What are you doing for Spring Break?”