Teen Pulse

  • Lewis & Todd 12-01-13
  • Movie Review: ‘Catching Fire’ filled with loveable characters

    “Catching Fire” is based on the second installment of “The Hunger Games” trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins.
    The film begins as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safely after winning the 74th annual Hunger Games, along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).
    After their victory, Katniss and Peeta embark on a “Victor’s Tour” of all 12 districts.
    Along the way, Katniss notices that the people in the districts were rebellious, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland), who is preparing the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) — a competition that could change Panem forever.
    This intriguing film follows the book almost word for word, making the storyline easy to understand.
    It scores a nine out of 10 for the special effects, believable acting and how the characters were portrayed.
    This movie is great for the teen to young adult category and by the end of the film; you are guaranteed to fall in love with each and every one of the characters.
    After watching “Catching Fire” you won’t be able to wait for what “Mockingjay,” the third film of the trilogy, has in store.  

  • Become a high-heeled head honcho

    A businesswoman walks into a room buzzing with chatter, the projector for her presentation already glowing, and she sets her notes on her microphone-equipped podium. Now to just get everyone’s attention.
    Let’s rewind a bit. Imagine this woman, dressed in a formal suit jacket and matching pencil skirt, walking into the room wearing a pair of casual flats, sneakers, or even worse — sandals with socks. Could she catch the whole audience’s attention?
    Now imagine the same woman in the same outfit, strutting into the room in a pair of high heels. She’s taller. Her heels clack loudly, but not obnoxiously, on the tiled floor. People see and hear her. Their babble subsides.
    The businesswoman in the second scenario has a hold on the high heel effect. As trivial as it may sound, her high heels help indicate that she literally means business, and that she thought through every part of her presentation, including her outfit.
    Most teens do not start out fresh as high-level business people, but there is still a time and place for high school students and college students to use a high-heeled shoe to their professional advantage. Take, for example, occasions and venues like school presentations, speech contests, debate tournaments, job interviews and work atmospheres.

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 11-24-13

    Monday: Bird feeder

    Tuesday: Food collages

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies (Activity Center open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Los Alamos only)

    Thursday: Closed for Thanksgiving

    Friday: Closed for Thanksgiving

    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. 

  • Opinion: Gearing up for Black Friday

    Black Friday, a day when most stores have special offers for attractive items, has been around for quite some time. Customers are always excited to have new things at cheap prices, but on Black Friday, it’s a different story.
    People camp out on the sidewalk next to the store just to be there earlier and pay for wanted items. The store is so filled up it looks like many ants coming out of an ant pile. There are many stores that have sales for this event including Walmart, Smith’s, Amazon, Best Buy, Target and many more with interesting sales. During the past decade, people have suffered from severe injuries or death. People have been trampled over, pepper sprayed and shot. This event wasn’t always called Black Friday.
    Before, it didn’t have a name. Black Friday has always been on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This date is considered the first day of Christmas shopping. Black Friday got its name from retailers.
    Traditionally, the Friday after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year. This is when retailer’s profits move from red to black. Obviously, Black Friday is a very popular day for citizens and is also loved. Even though there may be some bumps and bruises, people still get some items.  

  • Things to do when it’s cold outside

    Los Alamos winters can be harsh, but that doesn’t mean Los Alamos residents can’t have fun. The ice skating rink is one of the top things to do during winter time. It opened last Friday, and only costs $5 per person. Public skating is open 1:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    One could also choose to go skiing or snowboarding. The Pajarito Mountain ski area is open 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The season pass, along with the one-day admission cost, depends on age, but the prices are reasonable.
    If you do enjoy the cold and the snow, you can, of course, build a snowman or a snow fort. As another outdoor activity you can get food coloring and write in the snow, make snow cones and make snow angels. And don’t forget snowball fights. These activities are free or very cheap, which just makes them even better.
    But, if you are not interested in outdoor activities like that, then you can do simple activities with friends such as having a small get together, bake things, hang out at Starbucks with some friends, play video games, drink hot cocoa and spend quality time with your family.
    Also, at the library they have several different teen activities. The movie theater does as well. If you are on any sports team or recreational team, you can always get together and have a gift exchange.

  • A DIY slime plush for Minecraft

     Minecraft is a building game that can be played alone, or with multiple players. This game requires players to place and break various types of blocks in a three-dimensional gaming environment. This game, played on PCs, is free for download at the Minecraft website.
    This game is becoming popular, making players want to collect Minecraft merchandise. Buying these collectables can add up to high costs, especially during the holiday season. To help lessen the pain in parents’ pocketbooks this season, follow the instructions below to ensure you have a Minecraft collectable at a low price.
    Two sheets of fabric that are different shades of green (light and dark), one sheet of black fabric (we used a dark green felt), a hot glue gun with extra glue (or a sewing kit if you know how to sew), one piece of paper(8 x 11), scissors, rulers, two bags of cotton balls (large).
    The total cost of everything: — a whopping $5! We got our fabric at a thrift shop for $2 and cotton at Smith’s for $3 and we already had everything else. Let’s get started.
    1. Make your standard 8x11 paper into a square by folding one corner to the adjacent edge and cut off the rectangle off (this step is often used in origami to get a perfect square). This piece of paper will be your first template.

  • Teacher Feature: Mr. A talks about his life as a teen

    Allen Andraski, affectionately dubbed “Mr. A.” by his students is the World History and AP Human Geography teacher at Los Alamos High School. His love for music and a passion for history easily makes him one of the most interesting teachers. Mr. A. dwells in the depths of E-Wing and is one of the few teachers to have refused to leave his old memory filled room for a classroom in the new building. He is always interested in meeting new people and has a love for teaching kids about the world and its culture.

    Last week Teen Pulse staff member, Owen Bradbury Aranda, took a stroll down memory lane with the teacher by asking him questions about the early days.


    Q: Where did you go to high school?


  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 11-03-13

    Monday: Fabulous foliage art

    Tuesday: Pumpkin seed spiting

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Foosball tournament

    Friday: Kids choice

    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.  

  • Comic By Wilbur Wang