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Teen Pulse

  • Band practice makes a perfect year

    The 2012-2013 school year is going to be a big one for the Los Alamos High School marching band. Starting the first week of August, the band practiced every day for two weeks, before school had even started. Aside from the band class during the school day, the group also practices from 6:30-8:30 p.m. two evenings during the week.
    While a large portion of the band’s responsibility is to perform at football games, all of the practice contributes to its performance at marching band competitions, as well. Various pep bands will play at basketball games, while small jazz ensembles play at events around town.  
    This year, the band will travel to two different competitions in October. The first takes place  Oct.13 in Los Lunas.  
    Another big activity for the band is the spring break trip to Disneyland. Nate Hall, a senior who has played the alto saxophone for eight years and is one of two drum majors said, “We will not only go to Disneyland and the beach and have fun, but the band will record a fake sound track with the Disneyland musicians.”
    The band relies on LAHS Band Booster Club parent volunteers to help with expenses, the performances and competitions and with this year’s trip fundraisers.  

  • Goodbye for the Summer

    Teen Pulse staff writers are taking a break for the summer, but will be back in August. Students in grades 7-12, interested in being part of the 2012-2013 staff, should send an email to lacommunity@lamonitor.com. No experience is necessary. Pictured from left to right are: Sebastian Garcia, Andrew Li, Alexandra Hehlen, Alexander Castillo, Ada Ciuca, Ben Hanlon and Tom Hanlon.

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  • Fashion Maven: Dressing up the little black dress

    Money, money, money … fashion is an expensive passion. All of you can surely remember that costly dress or those pricey jeans and the longing to buy them against your better judgment. Been there, done that. But don’t fret.
    There is a way to bring diversity to your closet without spending a penny. All you need is a little imagination. Versatility is the key. Being able to wear an object in your closet a few different ways is cheaper and better than buying a whole new outfit.

  • Ask Alex: No one knows what the future holds

    Many months ago, back when I was a student at Los Alamos High School, the column “Ask Alex” came to be. Brainchild of very inquisitive Teen Pulse staff members, it all began as a way to make me find out answers anyone could find with a simple Google search, but I made it my own.
    Simple questions were given ridiculous answers. Ridiculous questions were given even more ridiculous answers. I would have never known how lenient The Los Alamos Monitor is when it comes to censorship, had it not been for my columns.
    However, it was not all fun and games. It was fun and games and delicious smoothies from The Coffee House, where we held our weekly meetings.

  • Wolf out on Sunday nights

    Imagine running
    through the woods during a full moon, while a bloodthirsty werewolf chases you down. This obviously can never happen to you, considering werewolves are mythical, but you can watch the TV series “Teen Wolf” if you want to get up close and personal with a werewolf.
    “Teen Wolf,” loosely based on the 1980s movie starring Michael J. Fox, puts a 21st century twist on the classical lycanthropy myths. The show follows Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) who is unexpectedly turned into a werewolf as he searches for the answers to his newfound abilities.  
    On top of dealing with his new problem, Scott has to deal with finding out that the girl he likes comes from a family of werewolf hunters.

  • Andrew and Mousie 05-20-12
  • Word on the Street 05-20-12

    Teen Pulse staff member Ada Ciuca asked students, “Where are you going to college and what are you majoring in?”

  • ‘The Avengers’ is Marvelous

    Nick Fury, (Samuel L. Jackson), director of the Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-Enforcement Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.) activates the “Avenger Initiative” to begin the recently released superhero film, “The Avengers,” based on the Marvel Comics characters.
    The initiative brings together the comic book and movie heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America to team up against invading aliens. The movie begins with Fury arriving at a secret research facility.

  • Seniors’ school days come to an end

    After four years of hard work, the graduating class of 2012 finally gets to leave behind Los Alamos High School and start a new life. The following three seniors took time to reflect on the past year and their future.
    For Elizabeth Brug, leaving Los Alamos is kind of a welcome thought. Brug was born in Los Alamos and has lived here all her life.
    “My sisters and I were all born in the same hospital room and I’m ready to move on,” Brug said.
    Senior year allows for time to complete college applications and to do service projects and other activities that demonstrate leadership and organizational skills.