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Teen Pulse

  • The Pondering Column: Has human evolution gone stagnate?

    Today’s question, asked anonymously is, “Has natural human evolution essentially stagnated due to intrinsic human morality, laws, religion and scientific advances?”
    This week’s question is very interesting. Essentially the question asks if the principles surrounding evolution (specifically those Darwinian in nature, involving natural selection), have been counteracted by the societal advances we can observe today.
    The concise answer to this question is, yes. Bearing in mind that evolution is not unanimously accepted as valid, I will base this column on the premise that evolution is an indisputably accurate fact.
    As humans have grown in the addressed subjects (morality, laws, religion and science), we have become able to protect those, who in pre-modern times, would have died due to inability.
    A good example of this is blindness. Thousands of years ago, if a child was born blind, it would be practically forced to fend for itself, and with blindness as an impediment the child would soon die. But contemporarily, our morals are so developed that any child with a developmental hinderance, such as blindness, would be cared for or even provided with medical assistance that would completely negate, what in previous centuries, would be considered as a lethal encumberance.

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 3-22-15

    Monday: Freeze tag

    Tuesday: Dodge ball (Los Alamos) Four Square (White Rock)

    Wednesday: Movies and muchies

    Thursday: Paper Loop Flowers 

    Friday: WII Friday

  • Word on the Street 3-22-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Katherine Wang asked students, “Who is your role model? Why?”

  • NJROTC cadets gather for annual military ball

    Los Alamos High School student cadets and guests, dressed in uniforms and formal attire, assembled in a ballroom at Buffalo Thunder Resort for March 14 military ball, the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps annual formal social event.
    The military ball serves both as a social outlet and a time to recognize the importance of events that otherwise go unspoken throughout the year. It celebrates the NJROTC program and is a show of the etiquette and refinement apparent in its participants. The many ideals of the program were summarized by guest speaker John Krepps as he congratulated participants on past success and encouraged continued participation.
    Including elements of many other youth dances, such as a court, the NJROTC attendees of the ball displayed exceptional elegance. Opening with the national anthem and a presentation of the “colors,” or a flag ceremony, the atmosphere was immediately respectful, making the patriotism emphasized by the program evident.  Male cadets wore their uniforms, some with impressive adornments that spoke of their involvement and dedication, while male guests wore suits.

  • Lewis & Todd 3-15-15
  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 3-16-15 to 3-20-15

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Bingo

    Tuesday: Popcorn balls

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Pool tournament

    Friday: Kids choice game/activity

    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 through eighth
    graders.

  • Word on the Street 3-15-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Rigel Baron asked students, “What kind of phone do you have, do you like it and why?”
     

  • Boy Scouts Society creates leaders through scouting

    On March 6-7, student leaders from the Order of the Arrow (OA) of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) met to discuss new events and plan the induction of new members in a quarterly Spring Fellowship meeting.
    The OA was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson in 1915 at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council, BSA. It originated as an experiment to provide leadership opportunities to scouts and officially became part of the Boy Scouts program in 1934.
    The Order of the Arrow is now recognized as the National Honor Society for the BSA and focuses on serving scouts and the community in addition to normal scouting activities such as camping.
    The order is divided into lodges, sections and regions which give students multiple chances to hone leadership skills.
    Home school junior from Los Alamos, Michael Booton has been advancing through leadership positions ever since he became a member of the OA. “I started doing various leadership activities. I was a manager and I kept going and took over publications in northern New Mexico in May 2012,” Booton said. He went on to become vice chief of operations and is now chief of his lodge, Yah-Tah-Hey-Si-Kess which in Navajo means “hello, my friend.”

  • Word on the Street 3-8-15

    Teen Pulse staff member Ben Hanlon asked students, “Do you want more snow and if so why?”

  • Students voice concerns following PARCC protests

    The controversy over the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test began last week as it was implemented throughout the state of New Mexico.
    PARCC tests are administered to students in grades third through 11 and test mastery of course content to make sure the student is on track with regards to college readiness standards.
    This year marks the first time the PARCC test is being administered and it is receiving its share of criticism. While adults and parents are concerned about the necessity of the new standardized test, its most vocal critics have been students.
    On Monday, as testing began, hundreds of high school students across the state walked out of their classrooms to protest the implementation of the PARCC test. This form of protest continued at New Mexico high schools on Wednesday.