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Teen Pulse

  • Hilltalkers triumph at district competition

    Between March 21 and 23, the Hilltalkers, Los Alamos High School’s debate team, attended the New Mexico District Qualifying Tournament at Albuquerque Academy.
    Daniel Ahrens, Ali Berl, Katie Haynes, Sam Baty, Naftali Burakovsky, Toni Batha and Jessie Zhao all qualified in various speech and debate competitions. They will now go to the National Forensic League National Tournament in Birmingham, Ala. in June.
    The team has been working all year preparing for its various tournaments.
    Debaters take part in numerous competitions such as Lincoln Douglas debate, which “is a one-versus-one” event “about the morality of an issue,” according to George Barnum, a high school junior and debate team member.
    Some members participate in the Congress debate event, which Barnum said “simulates Congressional procedure.”
    Debaters in the Public Forum event discuss current issues in teams and Policy Debate members go head-to-head in duos as they debate a matter they research all year.
    Hilltalkers in the speech part of the tournament participate in competitions such as the Interpretation, Original Oratory and Expository events.

  • Popping the prom question

    By Elizabeth Hjelvik

    With April 20 fast approaching, the excitement of prom seems to increase at Los Alamos High School.

    Seniors are getting their invitations (juniors buy their tickets after spring break); students are able to nominate their peers for prom court and as the month goes on, more people are getting dates or planning on asking a friend or significant other to the most anticipated night in high school.

    Asking someone to prom is probably one of the most nerve-wracking tasks for a high school student, but it should not be something to be nervous about.

  • Lil' Wayne needs to get with it or get lost

    By Sebastian Garcia

    Throughout the history of music, artists have always looked for ways to be better than each other in order to achieve musical immortality. 

    So far, the 21st Century has seen many rappers boasting in order to make names for themselves. 

    No rapper tries to convince himself more of musical greatness than Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. aka Lil’ Wayne. 

    After the success of his ninth studio album “The Carter IV,” Weezy tries to continue his momentum with “I Am Not A Human Being II.”

  • Tips on popping the prom question

     Elizabeth Hjelvik

    With April 20 fast approaching, the excitement of prom seems to increase at Los Alamos High School.

    Seniors are getting their invitations (juniors buy their tickets after spring break); students are able to nominate their peers for prom court and as the month goes on, more people are getting dates or planning on asking a friend or significant other to the most anticipated night in high school.

    Asking someone to prom is probably one of the most nerve-wracking tasks for a high school student, but it should not be something to be nervous about.

    Those looking for a date should have fun with it. They shouldn’t worry about being rejected. If the thought of rejection is too much to handle, one can always go to prom stag, so instead of stressing out over rejection, focus on being creative.

  • It's curtains for my Chemical Romance

    By Sebastian Garcia

     

    “Have you heard the news that you’re dead? No one ever had much nice to say, I think they never liked you anyway.” 

    Those familiar with rock band My Chemical Romance, probably recognize those lyrics from their 2006 concept album, “The Black Parade.” 

    Dealing heavily with the theme of death, MCR unknowingly wrote the band’s epitaph. Fast-forward seven years after “The Black Parade,” which critics called “this generations ‘Sgt. Peppers’ ” and MCR is no more.  

  • Weathering the spring season

    Alexandra Hehlen

    When I woke up on the first day of spring, I was at first relieved. I felt as if I was one step closer to summer, until I walked out the door.

    Contrary to my hopes, the first day of spring was chillier than I had expected it to be. And over the past few days, the weather has been fluctuating between nippy winter conditions and warmer, breezy circumstances.

    This rather indecisive weather pattern sometimes makes it difficult to put together an outfit for the day.

    The first few weeks of spring often pose a dilemma. The temperature is just a little too low to wear sandals, but not cold enough to wear your favorite toasty winter boots.

  • Exploring the dangers of Facebook

    Elizabeth Hjelvik

     

    What is the point of Facebook? Since its launch in 2004, the social network has become increasingly popular. 

    On his blog, founder Mark  Zuckerberg said, “I founded Facebook on the idea that people want to share and connect with people in their lives.” 

    So why is it that there seems to be a large population of users that utilize Facebook as an online diary? 

  • Let your voice be heard

    Teen Pulse is currently recruiting middle and high school students for the staff.
    Are you interested in writing, drawing cartoons, taking pictures or writing poetry? If so, you might be a good fit for our staff.
    No experience necessary, we will train you. Minimal time required, we meet for a couple of hours a week, on Friday.
    These are volunteer positions, but you will gain experience and get published in the Los Alamos Monitor.
    If interested, send an email to teenpulse@lamonitor.com. 

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 03-24-13

    Monday: Free throw contest
    Tuesday: Jump rope contest
    Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    Thursday: Paper craft
    Friday: Kids choice outdoor games

    The White Rock YAC is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565. The Los Alamos YAC is at 475 20th St., 662-9412. Memberships are free and open to all third through eighth graders. 

  • Andrew and Mousie 03-24-13