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Teen Pulse

  • Movie Review: Legendary story takes on new spin

    Everything needs a foundation, and director Peter Jackson lays a fitting corner stone for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy with his latest epic finale, “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.”
    Picking up the action from the cliffhanger at the end of the second movie, the villagers of Laketown flee the ruins of their wooden village, destroyed by Smaug the dragon (Benedict Cumberbatch).
    The dwarves prepare the mountain for siege, while, Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Galadriel (Cate Blanchet), Elrond (Hugo Weaving) and Saruman (Christopher Lee) confront the nine kings returned from the dead, and find an old enemy.
    In front of the mountain, the refuges of Laketown and the wood elves prepare a siege to claim a part of the treasure.
    Tensions escalate as Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) negotiates to prevent a skirmish. Despite his efforts, the dwarves of the Iron Hills arrive to defend the mountain. Before the armies of men, elves and dwarves can meet, Azog (Manu Bennett) and his force of orcs, by a second force of orcs from the north, attack. At the climax of the storyline, the five armies battle to decide the fate of Middle Earth.

  • Students advise administrators on new dance regulations

    The Los Alamos High School’s Topper Advisory Council (TAC) has recently reviewed and approved a new set of guidelines, created by the student council, pertaining to dress code and other school rules for high school dances. The TAC, a council consisting of members belonging to the LAHS staff, student population, and parents, provides advice to the principal on school related issues. With a membership of about 20, this group of hardworking individuals meets monthly and is committed to making a positive and influential impact on the high school.
    After tireless effort to revise the old code, members of the high school’s student council created a new set of dance rules due to previous misconceptions, misinterpretations and an overall negative reaction from high school students in relation to the previous dance regulations.
    LAHS senior Jodi Thomas said, “I think that the main problem about what happened was not the rules, but how late they were released.” Others felt differently though, asserting that the rules regarding strapless dresses, dress thigh height and open back dresses needed revisions. Regardless, both issues have been solved with a revision and approval of the new rules more than five months before the high school’s next big dance, Prom.

  • Word on the Street 1-11-14

    Teen Pulse staff members Tom Hanlon and Melisssa Wysocki asked students, “Do you have any predictions about what will happen in 2015”

  • Lewis & Todd 1-11-15
  • From Leather to Lace: Tailor made for the new year

    ...Five, four, three, two, one! The big apple drops and it’s officially 2015.
    With a fresh year in mind it is no surprise that fashion tops my resolution list.
    For those of you struggling to piece together a fashion resolution, take into account the two sides of the fashion resolution scale to find your tailor made resolution.
    On one end is minimalism, a style characterized by extreme spareness or simplicity. From the fashionista’s perspective, minimalism exudes subtlety and elegance. These nuances are evident in higher-end pieces that fall under the minimalist category.
    Fashion runways today bear eccentric and avant-garde draperies, jewels and footwear. Sometimes, such items are thrilling to see on the runway, but cannot be worn in public on a regular day to day basis. Of course, we all need that special dress for the cocktail party next Saturday or the sky high heels for Lucy’s wedding on Wednesday, but are those items really necessary?
    William Zinsser, author of “On Writing Well,” tells us to “simplify, simplify, simplify.” This simplifying process applies to fashion, as well as writing.
    Will “detoxing” style put you through both a physical and mental catharsis? I leave the experiment to you.

  • Word on the Street 1-4-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Ben Hanlon asked students, “What is your new year’s resolution?”

  • Lewis & Todd 1-4-15
  • Program helps teens identify with community

    Opportunities for work in the teenage years can be limited. Youth Mobilizers, a program administered by the Family YMCA and funded by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB), seeks to provide teens with a way to identify community issues and address them through projects.
    Teens offer an outside perspective that can make all the difference in new and innovative growth. Including teens in important community issues, Youth Mobilizers then empowers them to change a perceived issue by employing them to fix it.
    Recreating the atmosphere of the job application process, a youth fills out a job application through the Family YMCA. This is followed with an interview to complete the application process. A project is then proposed by the teen that must meet one of the program’s goals:
    • Celebrate teens and their interests/accomplishments
    • Further teen skills and experience in an area of teen interest
    • Empower teens voice in the community regarding topics that are important to them
    After the project is approved, an adult from the program is paired with the teen to provide guidance through the process. The pair then meets and constructs a plan with the details of the project. Goals, timetables, and quality are discussed and included in this plan.

  • Dear Santa...From the Teen Pulse
  • Word on the Street 12-21-14

    Teen Pulse staff writer Wilbur Wang asked students, “What was the best present that was ever given to you?”