Teen Pulse

  • Holiday toddler throwback

    This week, our Teen Pulse staffers took a trip back in time and each, as if they were little kids again, wrote a letter to Santa describing what they wanted for Christmas years ago.

    Dear Santa,
    I hope you have had a good year making all those toys. How is Mrs. Claus? For Christmas this year I would really like a Harry Potter life-size broomstick and a German shepherd puppy.

    Merry Christmas,
    Ben Hanlon

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    Dear Santa,
    This Christmas I would like a few things. First of all, I wish for a unicorn. I don’t know how many unicorns you have, so it’s OK if you drop off a pony instead. Please make sure it is no taller than five feet because I would like to ride it. I also wish for a glitter nail polish set. Finally, I would like to ask you a favor. I’m sure you know the Tooth Fairy very well. Could you please ask her to visit me sometime? She always writes me nice letters, and I think that she and I would make the best of friends.
    Thank you!

    Alexandra Hehlen

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  • What reindeer are you?
  • Mystery teacher solution


    On Dec. 8, the Teen Pulse staff writer, Lena Saiz invited readers to play “Name That Teacher.” Below is the solution. 


    The Mystery teacher answer is... Melissa Goldman. Latin, German and French teacher at Los Alamos Middle School. 

  • Living skills


  • Opinion: Lightning Hawk 8 Declaration of Independence


    In the past few weeks, in Julia Agnew’s language arts classes, we have been writing our own Declaration of Independence’s from Rex Kilburn, the principal of Los Alamos Middle School. 

    We have been looking at the Declaration of Independence, and this was an exercise to help us with understanding the Declaration, and how the people at the time felt. 

    When we finished writing our Declaration, we invited Kilburn to come and listen to our thoughts, and we gave him a royal seat and outfit to make him feel like King Kilburn. 

    In our Declarations, we stated the rules we felt should be changed and why. We also made a threat of what we would do if Kilburn did not change the rules. 

  • New Mexico Crisis and Access Hotline

    Professional counselors are available 24/7.
    • Having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else
    • Struggling with drugs and/or alcohol
    • Feeling like you can’t get out of bed in the morning
    • Experiencing violence or abuse where you live
    • Looking for a counselor in your area
    • Behaving in ways you know aren’t safe, but you continue anyway
    • Having a hard time keeping your anger
    under control
    • Seeking support for someone struggling with
    their mental health
    1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474 crisis line) or

    Free and confidential.  

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 12-15-13

    Monday: Holiday crackers

    Tuesday: Gift box

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Popcorn Rudolph bag

    Friday: WWII Friday

    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 12-15-13

    Teen Pulse staff member Owen Bradbury Aranda asked LAHS students, “What do you think LAHS should do in order to prevent more suicides?”

  • Lewis & Todd 12-15-13
  • Christmas assistance at YMCA

    The Family YMCA is asking the public to help sponsor some families in need for the Christmas holiday.
    Family members’ wishes are noted on tags hanging on the tree in the front lobby of the main Y. Sponsors are asked to remove a tag from the tree, purchase and wrap the desired gift, and then attach the tag to the outside of the package before returning it to the Y for delivery to the family.
    Gifts must be returned to the Y, wrapped with tag attached, by Dec. 17. The Y is open from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
    For more information contact Jocelyn Chapman at 662-3100, or by email at jchapman@laymca.org.