Teen Pulse

  • Book review: A macabre yet entertaining journey

    “Assassination Vacation” brings the reader tales of the past and present through stinging, shocking, and completely irreverent humor, not to mention a wealth of knowledge and criticism.
    Sarah Vowell shares her travel experiences as she explores the history, outrageous politics, and personal stories behind the murders of three United States presidents — Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, and William McKinley. One chapter is devoted to each president, with equal attention given to victim and assassin.
    Interspersed, Vowell provides copious numbers of modern-day anecdotes and accounts of the famous (and obscure) memorials raised to honor the dead past, from the Lincoln Memorial to a remote prison in the Dry Tortugas.
    She has traveled all over the country and beyond to visit John Wilkes Booth’s final resting place, scale the mountain where Theodore Roosevelt received news of McKinley’s demise, and contemplate the ocean where Garfield spent his final days.
    Of course, she also had to see Lincoln’s blood spattered on a very old pillowcase. Along the way, questions of morality, uncanny coincidences, and unseen connections all lie in wait. For example, the unfortunate Robert Todd Lincoln, Lincoln’s first son, was ill-fated enough to witness all three of these presidential assassinations.

  • LAHS hosts AP Night for students, parents

    Los Alamos High School hosted its annual Advanced Placement (AP) Night on Feb. 11. The event gave students and their parents, insight into the 21 AP courses offered every year, including foreign language, science, English, history, art and music.
    The LAHS AP program is available to challenge sophomores, juniors and seniors who want to learn more in depth material about the subjects they love. Courses are not offered to freshman. The classes often place teens in environments that mimic what they will experience in college.
    Students who participate in the AP program are noted to do better at the university level.
    At the end of each school year high school students take AP exams for the courses they applied for to test how well they understand the material. The test is scored on a scale from one to five with one being the lowest, five being the highest. Depending on the school a student applies to, he or she is often able to get college credit as long as he or she passes the test with a score of three or higher.
    Students who tackle AP courses must have self-discipline and drive. “I expect my AP students to work hard and have their eyes wide open to learn about how to survive at the college level with a rigorous college curriculum,” AP German teacher Anita Boshier said.

  • Lewis & Todd 2-15-15
  • Word on the Street 2-15-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Rigel Baron asked students, “What did you do for Valentine’s day?”

  • Poetry Corner

    Personal narrative
    By Melissa Wysocki

    A baby’s cry echoes from the streets of a small Chinese town;
    I am discovered.
    A man holds me, caresses my cold, gentle body.
    To keep me as his own, his only wish.

    She hides bruises of her father.
    To escape him, is only a dream.
    Constant rage never ending.

    Two weeks pass,
    and he loves me like a father.
    A Chinese village does not allow this kind of love.
    Words pass from one another.

    She locks herself in her room,
    to conceal herself from future pain.
    The door broken down,
    her father rages with anger.

    Policemen at the door.
    The love is taken away forever.
    I remember babies crying,
    for all the nannies help.

    Five loud, lashing whips with a belt
    leave red stripes on her side.
    The red transforms to a purplish-blue,
    leaving her with terrible throbbing.

    Babies wait for homes,
    waiting, waiting, and waiting.
    I now have a new family,
    who takes me home to a country they call “America.”

    To sequester this purple pattern
    is like attempting to hide the sun.

  • The Pondering Column: Are parents being unethical by not vaccinating their children?

    Today marks the fourth edition, of “The Pondering Column.” Here I will discuss reader questions regarding morals, philosophy and belief.
    Today’s question, asked anonymously is, “Is it ethical for parents to refrain from getting their children vaccinated due to personal belief?”
    This question is very relevant given current events.
    To provide some context, there have been a recent flurry of measles outbreaks across the country correlating to parents refusing their children’s vaccinations.
     The ethicality of this action is fairly straightforward: it is societally detrimental and unacceptable to refuse your child’s vaccinations.
    While it is legally permissible to refuse a vaccination, the morality clearly outweighs the immorality.
    Not only does refusing to accept vaccination leave your child susceptible to risks, but everyone around him or her could be seriously injured, if not killed. This is especially true for other children, the elderly, or even adults with compromised immune systems.
    The fact that more and more people are beginning to put their beliefs over the lives of others, reveals a disturbing societal trend that needs to be stopped.

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 2-9-15 to 2-13-15

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Pool tournament

    Tuesday: Fuzzy head pencils

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Valentine’s Day Bingo

    Friday: Wii Friday (8 a.m.-6 p.m. in Los Alamos; closed in White Rock

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is located at 475 20th Street, 662-9412. The White Rock Activity Center is located at 139 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565.

    Memberships are free and open to all third and eighth

  • ’Topper Revue does not disappoint

    Applause, laughter and cheer concluded another year of talent at the 2015 ’Topper Revue.
    This year’s emcees Ben Richelt, Charles Hermann, Leyla Ackhadov and Mateo Cardiel did the show justice by spinning a humorous tale about student anxiety over the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
    During the show, these four students prepare to take the SAT but are interrupted when somebody’s timer goes off in the middle of the test. As a result, their scores are cancelled. Reichelt, a teen with a hidden and most definitely dark past, Hermann, a computer genius and tech geek, Akhadov, a critical and intimidating young woman, and Cardiel, a boy mistaken for a dog, work together to obtain their cancelled scores.
    Meanwhile, students perform a flurry of impressive and entertaining acts, perhaps one of the best repertoires Los Alamos High School has seen in years, providing a diverse show experience for audience members.
    In just four acts, the audience experiences a wide variety of dance. “Psychedelics” by Helen Lu, Alice Shao, Anne Scripsick, Sopahn Kellogg, Marybeth Farish, Brad Morely, Rachel Wallstrom and Andrei Popa-Simil, gives viewers a taste of the break dance style while the LAHS color guard shows off its talent by choreographing moves to the song “Funhouse” by Pink.

  • Word on the Street 2-1-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Melissa, Wysocki asked students,”What is your favorite type of car?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 2-1-15 to 2-7-15

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Birthday board

    Tuesday: Air hockey (Los Alamos), Foosball tournament (White Rock)

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Twister challenge

    Friday: Valentine’s Day coloring contest

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is located at 475 20th Street, 662-9412. The White Rock Activity Center is located at 139 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565.
    Memberships are free and open to all third and eighth