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Teen Pulse

  • 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?”

  • ‘Wreck-It-Ralph’ is no movie wreck

    Those of you who have wondered what happens when the arcade closes, the lights turn off and the doors get locked will finally find out. The Walt Disney computer-animated family movie, “Wreck-It Ralph” shows you.  
    Directed by Rich Moore (of “The Simpsons”), the story starts with an arcade game villain that wants to be a hero in a game that has been around for 30 years.  Wreck-it Ralph, voiced by John C. Reilly, is the character that destroys the buildings that the arcade player constructs.  
    The player then uses the character Fix-it Felix, voiced by Jack McBrayer, to reconstruct the buildings.  Despite Felix’s efforts, villainous Ralph wrecks the buildings again. After years of playing the destroyer, Ralph longs to become a hero. He wants to have a hero’s medal like Fix-it-Felix has — to prove he can be a hero and earn the respect of the other characters in his game.  
    He learns that medals are the awards in another arcade game called “Hero’s Duty,” a first-person shooter game. Ralph and all the arcade characters can move from game to game at night. Ralph sneaks into “Hero’s Duty” disguised as one of the soldiers and meets its leader, Sgt. Tamora Jean Calhoun, (voiced by Jane Lynch of the “Glee” television show).  

  • Hurricane Sandy hits close to home

    For the past few weeks, news of Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath has been seen across the nation. Millions of people have been left without power and shelter.
    The New York Marathon was canceled and places like the Jersey Shore have been destroyed. With a death toll above 110 and an estimated $6 billion in damages, Sandy is being considered the super storm of the decade.
    An advantage of living in a place that’s land-locked is that Los Alamos isn’t susceptible to natural disasters such as Sandy.
    Nonetheless, for the people that have family on the East Coast, Hurricane Sandy hits close to home.
    2006 Los Alamos High School graduate Laura Musgrave, lives in Manhattan. Her mother is Barbara Musgrave, an LAHS biology teacher.
    Barbara said that having her daughter in Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy made her and her husband nervous wrecks.
    She said that the entire time Sandy wrecked through Manhattan, she was on the phone with Laura, but at times reception would be lost.