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Teen Pulse

  • ‘Life of Pi’ is stunning

    “Life of Pi” is a beautiful film. It is an adaptation of a best-selling book with the same title, by Yann Martel.
    The film is incredibly visually captivating and filled with gorgeous special effects and magnificent cinematography.
    In the film’s plot, the protagonist, Piscine Molitor Patel, also known as Pi, discusses faith and his life’s story with a young Canadian writer.
    Pi tells the younger man of his fascination with all religions from an early age. Subsequently, the protagonist discusses his shipwrecked journey across the Pacific Ocean while sharing a life raft with an adult Bengal tiger called Richard Parker.
    The film is presented in an incredibly dream-like manner and involves many serial images.
    One small problem with the film is that, as a viewer, one gets the sense that there are elements missing from the original novel.
    Another is that the conclusion is somewhat weak and this ultimately diminishes the sense of wonder that the rest of the film worked so hard to establish.
    It is almost as if the film becomes a fable, a spiritual journey rather than a realistic depiction of true events.

  • Coming home for the holidays

    College begins a new chapter in life for both students and families. Students get to see a life outside of Los Alamos and families adjust to missing a family member that is miles away.
    Some young people have described the experience of leaving home as exciting, overwhelming, interesting and sad.
    In contrast, families have said that having a part of their family leaving is sad, but also a proud experience because that person is moving on in life.
    In the months of November and December, the weather gets colder, people’s bank accounts dwindle and the holidays arrive.
    This time of year marks a season of giving, joy and guilt-free eating, but it’s also a time for families to be reunited.
    Aidan Bradbury Aranda, a 2012 Los Alamos High School graduate, is attending the University of Southern California and is majoring in film.
    Bradbury Aranda said that leaving New Mexico was “an interesting change because I was used to living in a smaller town and moving to the big city was exciting, but also a bit overwhelming.” He also said he missed the nature, the stars and green chile.
    Even though he likes California, Bradbury Aranda said, “I like being home because I get to see my family again, as well as my friends, plus I prefer living in my house than in my dorm room.”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 12-23-12


    • Monday: Ping pong tournament

    • Tuesday: ACs closed for Christmas
    • Wednesday:  Movies and munchies (L.A. open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., WR closed)

    • Thursday: Pool tournament (L.A. open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., WR closed)
    • Friday: Kids’ choice  (L.A. open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., WR closed)

    Memberships are free and open to all in third through eighth grade.

    The White Rock Youth Activity Center is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565. The Los Alamos Youth Activity  Center is at 475 20th St., 662-9412.

  • Tis The Season

    Dear Santa,
    It’s me again, and I’ve got a few wishes for Christmas this year.
    At first I wanted a pony, but I figured that wouldn’t fit very well into your bag of toys, so I settled on something more reasonable.
    I instead wish for that pair of camel-colored boots I found in Dillard’s a few weeks ago, a sparkly headband, and a voluminous polka-dot scarf — preferably in red, yellow, pink, white, or all of the above.
    I hope that’s not too much to ask for. Try looking at discount stores to get the best deals.
    Merry Christmas!
    Love,
    Alexandra Helen

    Dear Santa, 
    I know I haven’t been the best boy, but I hope you will give me something other than coal this year. Anyway here goes. I’d like:
    • An Erector set
    • Lincoln logs
    • An iPhone 5
    • A pogo stick
    • Your autograph

  • Word on the Street 12-16-12

    Teen Pulse staff member Owen Bradbury-Aranda asked LAHS students, “What are you doing for winter break?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 12-16-12

    • Monday: Candycane elephant
    • Tuesday: Snowflake card
    • Wednesday:  
    Movies and munchies
    • Thursday: Bottle cap art
    • Friday: Coloring contest

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

  • Andrew and Mousie 12-16-12
  • Fashion Maven: A chance to reuse my recycled fashion

    I thought that the dress I made from recyclable materials had seen its first and final audience after I modeled it on the runway at the Los Alamos Trash Fashion Show in September. I was wrong.
    In October, I found myself signing up for the Trash Fashion and Costume Contest, Nov. 2 at the Santa Fe Convention Center, as a part of the Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival.
    The festival includes a recyclable art fair and hosts the largest trash fashion show in the United States. This year was the 14th contest.
    On the day of the show, I left immediately after school with my dress, makeup and spare craft materials piled into the trunk of my car. I guess you could say I literally recycled my dress, because I was going to model it at a second show.
    At the convention center, I was given ample time to put on my dress, which is not an easy feat. A panel of several judges interviewed me and I explained to them in detail the materials I used and how I sewed and glued the recyclable components together, to create my dress.
    Tickets to the show were sold and models walked across a raised catwalk, in a large room that also housed the recyclable art fair.
    All the contestants took their turns to strut down the runway, while the emcee read each participant’s bio and outfit description.

  • There’s more to Key Club than meets the eye

    It’s been said that Los Alamos High School has a diverse student body and an as a result, multiple clubs are formed.
    From the Supercomputing Challenge to the Olions, there is a club that fits just about every interest students may have. However, some clubs at the school are not as well known as others are, and because of this, clubs sometimes don’t receive recognition.
    Key Club is commonly mistaken for a group that talks about keys; a club where people that aspire to be locksmiths go; or a science club; but Key Club is an international organization sponsored by Kiwanis. The mission statement is “Key Club is an international student-led organization, which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.”
    Members of Key Club carry out service activities within their community, such as pancake breakfasts at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, building gingerbread houses at Family Strength Networks and helping at elementary school carnivals.
    If members achieve 30 or more service hours, they receive a letter (to put on their letterman’s jacket) for their participation. A member can only receive the letter if they paid their dues, which range from $15-$20.

  • YAC schedule 12-09-12


    • Monday: Christmas lanterns
    • Tuesday: Paper poinsettia
    • Wednesday:  
    Movies and munchies
    • Thursday: Holiday bingo
    • Friday: Kids choice board games

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