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Teen Pulse

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 12-02-12

    • Monday: Birthday board
    • Tuesday: Yarn holiday craft
    • Wednesday:  
    Movies and munchies
    • Thursday: Snow swabs
    • Friday: Peppermint ornament

    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.

  • Jack White makes a break

    Break-ups are never an easy thing to handle, especially if the people breaking up are in a band together.
    Depending on the popularity of the band, individual members may have a hard time starting new endeavors.
    None have been more successful than Ozzy Osbourne, who crafted his own dark image, after getting kicked out of Black Sabbath; and John Lennon, who rose to immortal status with solo albums such as “Imagine,” after the break-up of The Beatles.
    Jack White, one half of former alternative rock band The White Stripes, tries his hand at a solo career with his debut solo album “Blunderbuss.”
    Released on April 23, 2012, “Blunderbuss” sold 138,000 copies in its first week, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
    White came into the music industry with then-wife, Meg White, in 1997, as The White Stripes. After a successful music career, the Stripes broke up in 2011.
    After 14 years of being one-half of a duo, many wondered if White could successfully break away and strike out on his own.
    The answer is, not really. Lets face it, White was the driving force behind the White Stripes.

  • Fashion Maven: Clothes make a statement

    Many of you out there read this column every time it’s published and some of you may even follow the advice in it. Article after article has been written, telling people how they should dress, how to do their hair and what accessories to use. Yet, at the end of the day, what does it matter? What is the purpose of being fashionable, anyway?
    It’s easy to imagine that many people would ask themselves this — and you can’t blame them. After all, we grow up learning why manners are useful and why doing our homework is important, but unless you have a fashionable family, is anyone ever taught the reasons that dressing well is crucial?
    Fashion is an essential part of life. Style can determine first impressions, credibility and self-esteem.
    For example, if you go to school in your pajama pants, you give off the impression that you would rather be sleeping. People often assume that if you appear as if you could care less about the way you look, your attitude may likely match your ensemble.
    Dressing for an interview, which some job-seeking teenagers may have to do, falls into the same category. If one candidate for a job appears at an interview smartly dressed and the other shows up in sweatpants and slippers, who do you think is more likely to get the job.

  • Tryouts bring out serious players

    On Nov. 18 volleyball players did their best to make it onto a team for Northern New Mexico Fusion Volleyball, a girls’ Junior Olympic Volleyball program.  
    Fusion is a non-profit organization sanctioned by the U.S.A. Volleyball organization.  Its goal is to train and provide competition for athletes ranging from elementary school to high school.
    Assistant Coach Kyle Stokes said, “The point is to get the kids interested in volleyball and if it clicks with the then they get better and progress.”  
    The program offers smaller teams, select coaching and highly competitive play.  NNM Fusion is a club that participates in the Sun Country Region Volleyball Association of U.S.A. Volleyball, one of 38 regions in the United States.  The Sun Country Region has club programs in Texas, New Mexico and southwest Colorado. “Most of the competitive play will be in-state, but some of the older, more experienced teams will compete out of state and in regional competitions,” Stokes said.  The season starts in January and wraps up in April.  
    Tom Courtney has been director of Fusion for two years. He explained that he and the board of directors pick which tournaments to attend.  They also find capable coaches to instruct the athletes.  

  • Word on the Street 11-25-12

    Teen Pulse staff member Elizabeth Hjelvik asked students, “What are you thankful for?”

  • Andrew and Mousie 11-25-12
  • YAC schedule

    • Monday: Ping pong tourney
    • Tuesday: Pumpkin seed spitting
    • Wednesday:  
    Movies and munchies
    • Thursday: Sand art
    • Friday: Inside games

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

  • NMDT-PC puts on a festive show

    The winter season is usually associated with snow, Christmas cookies, holiday spirit and, of course, “The Nutcracker” ballet.

    This year, the New Mexico Dance Theater-Performance Company presented “The Nutcracker” at Los Alamos High School’s Duane Smith Auditorium.

    LAHS senior Jordan Baker played the Nutcracker prince,  while Emily Brown played the role of Clara.

    Directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, the ballet was well put together and was very enjoyable and entertaining to watch.

    The presentation showed elements of the classic “Nutcracker” ballet, but NMDT-PC’s show also integrated humor.

    The Butler (Dalton Smith) surreptitiously snatched a leftover present from underneath the Christmas tree with a sneaky smile.

    The Grandmother, played by Nicole Jeffery, performed a tap dance and pretended to nearly topple over at moments when she felt tired.

    In the “Arabian” scene, two bodybuilders from the Los Alamos Fitness Center were recruited to lift dancer Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff, who sat atop a flat palanquin.

    The costumes were phenomenal. Planned down to every last detail, they suited the roles of the characters perfectly.

  • YAC schedule

    Monday: Food collage

    Tuesday: Lego creativity contest

    Wednesday:  Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Activity Center closed
    Friday: Activity Center closed

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is at 475 20th St., 662-9412.
    The White Rock Youth Activity Center is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565.
    They are open from 3-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and from noon-6 p.m. Friday.
    Memberships are free and open to all in third through eighth grade.

  • Word on the Street 11-18-12

    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon asked students, “What video game are you most excited for in November?”