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Teen Pulse

  • A new responsibility for students

    Teenagers tend to associate the month of November with cold temperatures, Thanksgiving, hot cocoa and cuddling by fireplaces.
    But how often do the words “presidential election” pop into teens’ minds at the mention of November? And do they even care?
    Some students 18 and older may have already decided to participate in next month’s elections.
    Yet, there are probably many teenagers that have reached the voting age that are unsure about voting.
    “Why even vote?” “How can I do so?” and “When do I register?” are all questions asked by those hesitant to go to the polls because they are not informed about the election process.
    For the most part, adolescents live in a bubble. If their parents vote, they help make decisions for the United States by doing so. At the age of 18, though, the bubble pops and young adults are left with the responsibility to cast their own vote. While some teens are eager to exercise their right as an American, others ask, “Why should I vote?
    According to Michael Montaño, a government teacher at Los Alamos High School, “Most of the decisions made today are going to have the longest impact on (teenagers).” In other words, young adults that vote are taking their future into their own hands.

  • Word on the Street 09-30-12

    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon asked students, “What did you think about the apocalypse theme for homecoming?”

  • Andrew and Mousie 09-30-12
  • Poetry Corner 09-30-12

    Illumination

    Across the endless, flat land sunken in the dark,

    the highway is a string of fairy lights,

    the moon is your lonely reflection.

    The sheet of paper I drive on is soaked in black ink.

    The highway is a string of fairy lights.
    Flat mountains, flat land make eerie outlines.

    The sheet of paper I drive on is still soaked in black ink.

    And the fog is thick.

    Flat mountains, flat land make eerie outlines.

    Your tendrils of brilliance begin to tickle the nearly impenetrable quiet.

    And the fog is thick.
    Coyote howls, and bear bares his teeth in an almighty grin.

    Your tendrils of brilliance begin to tickle the nearly impenetrable quiet.

    The rock is a chameleon, from black to orange.

    Coyote howls, and bear bares his teeth in an almighty grin.

    Sunrise. How I long for you, sunrise.

    The rock is a chameleon, from black to orange,

    across the endless, flat land sunken in the dark.

    Sunrise. How I long for you, sunrise.

    The moon is your lonely reflection.

    —Alexandra Hehlen

  • Fashion Maven: My passion for trashion

    As soon as I read about a trash fashion workshop at Fuller Lodge directed by designer Nancy Judd, I knew that this opportunity was one I could not miss out on. I found out that there would be a Trashion Show in Los Alamos, where I could model my design, so I signed myself up immediately and went to the workshop bursting with ideas.
    Judd’s workshop was fantastic. An internationally renowned trashion designer, Judd creates clothing from recycled or recyclable materials to raise awareness about the fact that many recyclable products are going to waste.
    She showed us pictures of some of her work, which included a gown made of more than 2,000 pieces of glass, a dress made from plastic bags and a bag adorned with nails. Judd has also done commissions for Delta Airlines, Coca-Cola, and Target.
    All the participants in the workshop shared their ideas for their designs and afterward, the room was charged with feelings of creativity. We soon got to work, and I began to construct my dress, which I had sketched out the day before.
    By the end of the workshop, I had finished about half of the construction of the bodice and the detail on the shoulders.
    In the next three weeks, I spent my free time designing for the fashion show.

  • Word on the Street 09-23-12

     Teen Pulse staff members Robert Nafziger and Ben Hanlon asked students, “What do you think about the middle school construction?”

  • Andrew and Mousie 09-23-12
  • Turning Trash Into Fashion

    Teen Pulse’s Fashion Maven, Alexandra Hehlen, models the dress she created for the Trashion Show at the Next Big Ideal Festival recently. Hehlen constructed the skirt out of old newspapers. Check out Teen Pulse next week for a story on the Trashion Show. 

  • Fashion Maven: Dressing for the season switch

    It’s seasons like these when I occasionally find it difficult to pick an outfit according to the weather. Summer is nearing its last days and fall is just about to start, so how exactly should one dress?
    In the morning, the temperature is too low to wear a summery dress or skirt, and come afternoon, it’s much too warm for the jacket that kept me toasty in the morning.
    The best way to beat the heat and hold the cold is all found in layering, mixing-and-matching.
    For those of you who love dresses and skirts, pull on some leggings, which can usually be rolled up to mid-calf if the day becomes too warm for comfort.
    They come in a wide variety of wonderful colors and prints and offer a happy medium between freezing and overheating.
    As for tops, I highly recommend a short-sleeve or three-quarter sleeve top with a unique, colorful print. You can wear a blazer in the shade of one of the colors of your shirt over it. This look can be dressed up or down with some great accessories — and if temperatures increase — you can always take the blazer off.
    Shoes seem to be a tricky subject this season. I am a devout fashionista that is willing to freeze her toes off every morning just to wear sandals to school, even in the dead of winter, but I can imagine that many of you would rather not do that.

  • ‘Hit & Run’ is a car lover’s kind of movie

     “Hit & Run” is one of those films for car people who like comedy.
    The plot of the film goes like this. Charlie Bronson (Dax Shepard) a former getaway driver is living in witness protection with his girlfriend Annie Bean (Kristen Bell).
    When his girlfriend is offered her dream job in Los Angeles, he risks blowing his cover to drive her to Cali. On his way there, they find themselves being chased by the cops and Charlie’s ex-gang buddy (Bradley Cooper).
    From the beginning of the film, you can tell that actor/director Shepard is a true gear head. The film is basically a shout-out to some of America’s best cars and features the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V wagon, Corvette Z06, a 700-hp Baja buggy and Shepard’s very own 1964 Lincoln Continental hot rod.
    Another fun fact is that Bell, who plays Shepard’s girlfriend in the movie, is also his girlfriend in real life.
    The movie does have its hilarious moments, but overall, it is more concerned with cars than comedy.
    Car people are bound to find the film very entertaining, but at many points implausible and illogical.
    For instance, at one point in the film the couple riding in their 650-hp Lincoln find themselves being pursued by a 2002 Pontiac Solstice, which doesn’t even have half that power.