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Teen Pulse

  • Andrew and Mousie 02-10-13
  • ‘Topper Revue in review

    Mix together some hilarious emcees, musical talent, innovative dance moves, talented vocalists, creative skits and deep poetry and you get ’Topper Revue, a talent show put on by students at Los Alamos High School.
    The first show was at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Duane Smith Auditorium. As people poured into the auditorium, an animated buzz filled the air and the crowd waited in anticipation for the show.
    ’Topper Revue began with a video introducing the emcees, who are all seniors: Orli Shlachter, Gary Cooper, Monica Poston, Cassidy Reeves, Dallin Parker and Daniel Hill.
    Each host had a different personality, with Shlachter as the witty one; Cooper as the self-obsessed prima donna; Poston as the quirky creative free spirit; Reeves as the fearless adventurer; Parker as the athlete; and Hill as the all-knowing bibliophile.
    The theme of this year’s show was “Survivor: The Ultimatum,” where the emcees struggled to survive on a tropical island in a tough competition for a mysterious scholarship — with regular interspersion of the performing acts, of course.
    There was a wide variety of vocal acts. Among others, two were boy bands, one was a duet by sisters Samantha and Alexandra Hammon, and another was an ensemble of five girls who sang about “100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man.”

  • March for Life: Giving babies a voice

    Even though the bitter cold temperature would scare most from leaving their homes, it did nothing to stop the 500,000-plus pro-life advocates from participating in the 40th annual March for Life.
    The event was the largest human rights demonstration in the world, and was held Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C.
    Marchers came from all over the country and the world to speak out against abortion and the 1973 decision to legalize it, also known as the Supreme Court ruling, Roe v. Wade.
    The theme for this year’s march, according to the MARCH FOR LIFE Education and Defense Fund, was “40=55M,”  explaining that over the past 40 years since the legalization of abortion, 55 million babies have been aborted.  
    The founder of the movement, Nellie Gray, who passed away in August 2012, was also honored at this year’s event. Every year, pro-life rallies take place all over the country to protest legalized abortion on this anniversary.
    Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church of Los Alamos sponsored a group of 26 teens and chaperones, that attended this year’s march. 
    Director of Youth Formation Cathy Kohlrust, said this is the third year the church has sponsored a group.  
    Going for the first time, was freshman Kim Vo.

  • Word on the Street 02-03-13

    Teen Pulse staff members Owen Bradbury Aranda and Elizabeth Hjelvik asked students, “What do you think about gun control?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 02-03-13

    • Tuesday: Crayon hearts
    • Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    • Thursday: Chinese New Year lanterns
    • Friday: Kids choice board games
    Memberships are free and open to all in third through eighth grade.

  • Andrew and Mousie 02-03-13
  • Be flat out fashionable

    Every day I see teens hurrying to meetings, booking it to class or legging it down the street to catch their buses.
    With so much to do and so little time on our hands, we’ve got to get around fast. Despite that fact, some of us still want to wear our trendy new heels.
    We all know that getting around in a hurry is not going to happen in wedges or stilettos, but fashionistas would argue that to accessorize the majority of their outfits, tennis shoes just won’t do.
    Additionally, some people — even the most devout fashion queens — shy away from high heels.
    After all, this type of shoe is not healthy for your feet, especially if worn often, and finding a truly comfortable heel is, while doable, a daunting and arduous task.
    The shoe that can best keep our feet comfortable and fashionable is the flat.
    Wedged sneakers and heeled boots are strutting down the runway as some of the trendiest footwear for this season and next, but flats aren’t far behind. In fact, they may soon outrun stilettos.
    One of my favorite flats —and one that is massively trendy right — now is the penny loafer flat.

  • ‘Rock of Ages’ turned into the walk of ages

    Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque has become a venue in which some popular touring Broadway musicals come to perform, providing people of New Mexico with some great artistic performances.
    The musicals that visited the Duke City in the past, such as “Les Miserables” and “The Lion King,” were never disappointing. Then a tragedy occurred when the musical, “Rock of Ages” was presented.
    “Rock of Ages” isn’t what one would consider a classic musical. Instead of having original songs like a Broadway performance usually does, the songs in “Rock of Ages” are covers of some famous 80’s rock songs, such as Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock” and Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive.” The expectations are high because the songs are well known.
    The musical had the potential of being extremely entertaining. The story was a romantic parody, the interactions between couples were exaggerated and all the characters were falling in love with any person they laid eyes on. Being set in 1987 Hollywood, “Rock of Ages” does manage to capture the 1980’s rock and roll era through its sets, costumes, makeup and props.
    The men wore jeans with ripped up band shirts, had long hair, wore makeup and sported many tattoos.

  • Andrew and Mousie 01-27-13
  • Word on the Street 01-27-13

    Teen Pulse staff member Robert Naffziger asked students, “What is your favorite book and why?”