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Teen Pulse

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 04-29-12

    Monday — Jump rop contest
    Tuesday — Birthday board
    Wednesday — Movies and munchies
    Thursday — Paper pom pom flowers
    Friday — Horse

    All students in third through eighth grades are welcome to join free of charge.
    The centers are at 475 20th St. (by Ashley Pond) and 10 Sherwood Blvd. (by Piñon Park). Call 662-9412 or 672-1565 or more information.

  • Ask Alex: Why is prom a formal event?

    Teenagers are not well known for being formal. They are better known for their artistry on bathroom walls and driving down residential streets at two in the morning with their windows down and the stereo up.
    How is it that this school-sanctioned event causes nearly the entire junior and senior class to don tuxedos and slow dance to “Buy You a Drank?” First let us analyze this annual high school dance.
    Prom, short for “promenade,” is a dance held toward the end of the school year at high schools across the country. Teenagers gather this one night for dancing, talking and wholesome, heavily supervised merriment.

  • Tales of a first-time blood donor

    Some people are under the impression that having blood drawn is a scary thing, as if a 200-year-old vampire was waiting patiently by your side for a taste of that red bodily fluid.
    I accompanied Los Alamos Monitor Features Editor Jennifer Garcia on a recent photo shoot and learned that donating blood wasn’t at all scary, but perhaps even enjoyable.
    After deciding on a whim that I wanted to donate blood, I signed a form that legally allowed the phlebotomists to draw it. I then sat behind a screen while a young lady asked me questions about my health, such as if I had AIDS or any STDs.
    Once I passed the test with flying colors, I was led to a chair with a pump sitting next to it.

  • Adele: Rumor has it, she’s fabulous

    After seeing her take it all at the Grammys this year, my growing interest in Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, or just Adele for short, was sparked and I realized how little I knew about her life and how she became the successful musician she is today.
    I have loved her music since her song, “Someone Like You,” and I, along with millions of other listeners, was awestruck by her powerful voice, heart-wrenching lyrics and emotion. Vogue conducted an interview with Adele recently, making her the magazine’s cover girl in the March issue, and I learned practically everything I needed to know about her.

  • Students get a wake-up call

    At 11:05 a.m. Wednesday, a simulated traffic collision was made viewable on Los Alamos High School grounds.
    Rescue workers treated “injured” student participants. These students experienced first hand, the feelings of being involved in an alcohol-related, texting-while-driving collision. A coroner handled “fatalities” on the scene, while Los Alamos County firefighters, paramedics and police officers helped student actors, who were made up to look like crash victims, complete with fake blood and wounds. LAPD officers investigated and arrested the student “drunk driver.”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 04-21-12

    Monday — Sunflower seed spitting contest
    Tuesday —Seed starting
    Wednesday — Movies and munchies
    Thursday — Pool tournament
    Friday — Kids’ choice arts and crafts

    All students in third through eighth grades are welcome to join free of charge.
    The centers are at 475 20th St. (by Ashley Pond) and 10 Sherwood Blvd. (by Piñon Park). Call 662-9412 or 672-1565 or more information.

  • Andrew and Mousie 04-21-12
  • Fashion Maven: Show off your shades

    Huge, out-of-this world, colorful sunglasses are a hit this spring and while they may look great in magazines, I’ll bet many of you are having qualms about actually pulling off this look.
    Fashion is about making a statement and making a statement can mean plucking up a lot of courage, but also making sure the trend looks good on you.
    Since this trend is focusing on how large sunglasses are, we’ve got to make sure that the color of the shades compliments your skin tone.
    Hold the glasses up to your face to see if their color makes you look very pale or pasty. Vibrant, neon colors tend to have this effect more than neutral colors, so if you want more toned-down shades, go for neutral colors. That means black, white, beige or navy.

  • Word on the Street 04-15-12

    Teen Pulse staff member and high school senior Ada Ciuca asked students, “What should the 2013 prom theme be?”

  • Ask Alex: What are the best pets?

    What is the best animal to have as a pet?

    This is a valid question. Asking any person on the street will only result in biased opinions and stories about the time they got rabies from the kind of pet they hate. I, on the other hand, will supply you with truth, justice and the rabies vaccine.
    Pets are a great addition to any home that needs just a little more life. No curtain color or carpet  pattern will bring as much life to your house as a pet will. They are living, breathing creatures.