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Teen Pulse

  • TOMS encourages 'A Day Without Shoes'

    The word “charity” usually never comes to mind when buying a new pair of shoes, but TOMS Shoe Company is attempting to change the way consumers think when buying shoes.
    Founder Blake Mycoskie was in Argentina in 2006 when an idea came to him. He befriended many children who lived every day without shoes to wear, causing disease, cuts and preventing them from going to school for lack of a full uniform.
    Mycoskie came up with the idea of giving a new pair of shoes to a child in need, for every new pair of shoes that was sold through his company. He returned to Argentina later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes for the shoeless children.

  • Youth Mobilizers have fun at the Y

    In the late 1970s, the Village People sang loudly and proudly about how fun it is to stay at the Y.M.C.A. Today, teens don’t have the option of “staying” at the Y, but there are plenty of activities to keep them busy at the Y. In addition, some have decided to take it one step further by working at the Y.
    Those who have lived in the small community that is Los Alamos for a while, have probably heard the term, “youth mobilizer.” But those who aren’t familiar with the group have most likely been confused about what it means.

  • Alex Romero: One-wheel wonder

    Learning to ride a bike is hard enough, but try riding one with no handlebars and one wheel missing. Alex Romero, a 17-year-old Los Alamos High School junior, enjoys the challenge of unicycling. In fact, he can often be found around town on his unicycle.
    His interest in unicycling began in 2007 when he received his first unicycle from his uncle for Christmas.  
    He and his brother, LAHS sophomore Daniel Romero, attempted the sport but quit after a few days of frustration. Later in 2009, Romero and his brother gave unicycling another shot.

  • 03-27-11 Poetry Corner

    Oh Thy Ocean

    My bare feet hurt on the asphalt but I didn’t pay attention to the burning sensation rising up my legs. It was all clear to me now. I sprinted down the hill and slid down the sandy slope.  Only when I was down completely I thrust my feet into the cool water, the sand filling in between my toes, massaging my abraded and blistered feet.  
    Oh thy ocean.
    The ocean is my home.
    I calm down completely and close my eyes.
    I listen.
    I smell.
    I almost taste.
    Oh thy sea.
    I listen to the waves surfacing and skimming the shore.
    I almost taste the salty waves washing up my torrid and sweltry legs.
    Oh thy ocean.
    Oh thy sea.

  • Word on the Street 03-20-11

    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon recently asked LAHS students a few questions about Los Alamos.

  • Finding the perfect pair of jeans can be harder than it seems

    Almost everyone owns at least one pair of jeans; they are impossible not to love, especially for teens.  They are essentially the main staple of an outfit. Most jean styles can easily be dressed up or down for a casual or dressy look.
    There is just one problem: many people do not know how to find the perfect pair of jeans, or how to take care of them, for that matter. But don’t worry because the book, “Style,” by Lauren Conrad has all the answers.

  • Practice makes perfect for the Burr sisters

    With sore hips and twisted ankles, Erin and Lauren Burr truly know what it means to excel in whatever they do. These two dancers take classes for ballet, modern, contemporary ballet and jazz for about 10- 12 hours a week with Dance Arts Los Alamos.
    The daughters of Lynn Finnegan and Tom Burr of Los Alamos, the duo admits that their dance schedule is difficult, but combined with the years that both have been dancing, the hobby has become a serious passion.  

  • Teen Center provides new place to hang out

    The Teen Center at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, located across the street from Los Alamos High School, opened in February. The Family YMCA is operating the new facility.
    Since its opening, the center has provided teens with a place to hang out, have lunch, socialize and play a variety of games to include, air hockey, pool, table tennis and video games.
    Center hours are 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 1 p.m. - midnight Friday and 3 p.m. - midnight Saturday.

     

  • Review: Rango’s charm is sure to wrangle viewers

    Rango, the main character in the film of the same name, lives up to his identity as a chameleon as he searches for his destiny in the middle of nowhere.
    Voiced by Johnny Depp, the well-meaning reptile finds himself in the middle of the Mojave Desert after his aquarium is tossed out of the family car in a near-accident.
    A run-over armadillo, named “Roadkill,” directs the chameleon with no name to go into the desert to find his destiny. This begins a fun and humorous adventure in the old west town of “Dirt.”

  • JMHS Debate team places first

    The Los Alamos Area Home Educators’ Speech and Debate team, “Jemez Mountain Home School” Team, brought home a First Place trophy from the New Mexico State Tournament in Hobbs, last weekend.
    The local team earned “First Place Limited Entry Sweepstakes.”
    “Every team member’s efforts contribute to earning a sweepstakes trophy,” said the team’s coach, Dr. Carolyn Conner.
    Team participants for the state competition included: