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Teen Pulse

  • Movie Review: ‘12 Years a Slave’ brutal but excellent

    In recent years, it seems that many films regarding the subject of slavery. Yet, until now there arguably has not been a film that truly captures the cruelly atrocious nature of the “peculiar institution.”
    “12 Years a Slave” tells the incredible true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a distinguished free black man living in the North who was kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery.
    One of the most shocking aspects of the film is the contrast between Northup’s life as a free man and as a slave in the South.
    Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti and Brad Pitt, the film boasts a famous cast to say the least.
    Steve McQueen, the acclaimed director of both “Shame” and “12 Years a Slave,” captures the raw nature of the subject at hand. The film illustrates the gruesome brutality of slavery and explores the horrors of one of the darkest times in our nation’s history.
    The movie has no shame in explicitly showing the torture and wicked punishment inflicted on slaves during the pre-Civil War time period. On the whole, the film is visually disturbing, but also captivating in its authenticity.

  • Word On The Street 03-16-14

    Teen Pulse staff member Ben Hanlon asked LAHS students, “What did you give up for Lent?”
     

  • NJROTC builds strong cadet corps

    The Los Alamos High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) made history on Feb. 22 by qualifying to the Navy National Drill Meet.
    It traveled to Las Cruces to compete in the Area 9 Regional Drill meet and swept the competition. The LAHS NJROTC placed in every single event at the meet and beat the second place team by 700 points.
    Drill meets consist of many events, but the main competition is the drill team performance. In regulation drill, the platoon marches to a set of commands given by the platoon commander. In exhibition drill, the platoon develops its own set of movements that involves marching in patterns and performing actions in sync.
    When the platoon is armed, exhibition often includes throwing and spinning rifles. In addition to these events there are also the physical fitness competition, the academic competition, the color guard performances and a uniform inspection.
    Each cadet in the platoon is usually inspected by active duty soldiers, marines and midshipmen while standing at the position of attention.
    Gunnery Sergeant Bret Painter has been the naval science instructor at Los Alamos High School for the past six-and-a-half years and is the drill team coach.

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 03-09-14

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Ping pong
    tournament

    Tuesday: St. Patrick’s Day bingo

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: St. Patrick’s Day cards

    Friday: Kids choice (Games in Activity Center open to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) 

  • Movie Review: LEGO builds its way to the top

    Writers and directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord bring LEGOs to life in the new comedy, “The LEGO Movie.” Emmet (Chris Pratt) is an ordinary LEGO construction worker who always does what he is instructed to do.
    He works and lives happily in the city of Bricksburg when one day he is mistaken for a Masterbuilder, who can stop the evil Lord Business from destroying the LEGO world with his secret weapon.
    When Emmet finds the “piece of resistance” he becomes the most important and extraordinary LEGO character in the universe.
    After escaping Bad Cop (Liam Neeson), Emmet is recruited into a fellowship of strangers who have a mission to save the world from Lord Business’ destructive plan.
    Together they unite with the real Masterbuilders, LEGO Batman, Superman, C-3PO and many more familiar characters to execute their plan.
    This family action film keeps viewers laughing through the entire one hour and 41 minute showing. The plot never suffers from a dull moment and features an endless array of jokes and gags.
    The movie is so fast-paced that it is hard for the viewer to keep up in the beginning, but the plot slows as the film progresses.
    Although available to view in both 3-D and 2-D, the movie features too few 3-D scenes to justify spending the extra money on the 3-D version.

  • Red Carpet leads to spring trends

    The Oscars always occur at the perfect time. We’re starting to wrap up with winter and spring is just around the corner. Do you know what that means? It’s time for spring trend predictions, and the Oscars are the perfect kickoff to set the stage for upcoming fashion fads.
    Let’s take a look at some styles, jewels and cuts that graced the red carpet — and that you’ll probably see in the store just in time for your spring shopping trip.
    Bohemian vibes: Long, flowy skirts and dresses — accessorized with golden bangles and rings — are back in. Take, for example, “12 Years a Slave” actress Lupita Nyong’o’s powder blue Prada gown, which made her look comfortable, unconfined and stylish.
    What you should look for in the store: tops, skirts or dresses with loose pleats and light, flowing fabric. Accessorize by layering vintage, golden or silver bangles and necklaces. Think effortless chic.

  • Word On The Street 03-02-14

    Teen Pulse staff member Kenzi Hunsaker asked LAHS students, “What is your favorite part of Los Alamos?”
     

  • Foreign exchange students share experiences

    This year, Los Alamos is home to a slew of foreign exchange students, who have been spending this school year at Los Alamos High School as juniors.
    Hailing from Belgium, Germany, Poland, France and Serbia, these students are experiencing a community, culture, landscape and education system that are drastically different from their own.
    Six foreign exchange students shared the details of their stay in New Mexico so far.
    For all of these international students, who are used to the buzzing city life of their hometowns, Los Alamos is quite a change of pace.
    “There’s nothing to do, the only place you can go out is Starbucks,” Thomas Routiaux said half-jokingly.
    Although the college freshman from Liege, Belgium misses the variety of activities that he and his friends can undertake in Belgium, he loves the nature and hiking trails that New Mexico has to offer.
    Elena Plaga, a German student from Munich, and Tina Krkljus, a student from Serbia, have both found activities that keep themselves busy in their spare time.
    Both ladies are swimmers, and Krkljus takes part in various clubs.

  • LA youth to compete in national snowboarding competition

     

    The Olympics always draw attention to the wealth of athletic talent across the globe. Viewers see athletes as young as 15 years old catapulting off ramps, rocketing down steep slopes and flying across ice. Not too long ago, many of these athletes were beginners, adolescent snowboarders nailing together makeshift obstacles in their backyards. With years of practice and dedication they became rising stars.

    Nine-year-old Los Alamos resident Cade Van Etten is an up-and-comer, too. Underneath his red hair, smattering of freckles and big blue eyes lies a tough young man who has been snowboarding since he was 3 1/2 years old.

    For the third year in a row, Van Etten will be competing against dozens of other boarders in the USASA Southwest Freeride series, which is a national snowboarding and skiing competition that will take place in Copper Mountain, Colo., from March 28 to April 8. 

  • A round of applause at the Roundhouse

     

    On Tuesday, Feb. 4, a group of Advanced Placement course students from Los Alamos High School visited the Capitol Building in Santa Fe to receive the College Board’s AP District Honor Roll Award. 

    According to the CollegeBoard, the award was given to 477 districts across the nation and Canada for schools that increased “access to AP®course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.” 

    LAHS is the first school in the history of New Mexico to receive this award. 

    For the 10 faculty members and 22 students that went on the trip, the day began with an awards’ ceremony held in the State Capitol’s rotunda.