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Teen Pulse

  • Book Review: A Twisting Tale

    “Death on the Nile,” by Agatha Christie will take readers on a ride as twisting and unpredictable as the mighty river itself.
    The scene is an exotic Egyptian cruise, filled with men and women from around the world. Much of this novel’s captivating power stems from the characters themselves.
    There are writers and lovers, lawyers and aristocrats, archaeologists and sightseers. Each character, from Linnet Doyle — the center of action — to Fleetwood, an engineer present in only a handful of scenes, is so realistic and so shockingly human that any one of them could easily spring to life.
    Great detective Hercule Poirot is in their midst, as is a devoted newlywed couple. From the start, though, something is wrong. Suppressed anger and jealousy, linked with an unhappy past, taint a seemingly perfect honeymoon. The drama quickens and thickens, resulting ere long in the greatest calamity of them all: murder.
    The wealthy heiress and bride, beautiful Linnet Doyle, is dead. With the criminal still on the loose, the task once again falls to Poirot to sort out a deceptively simple mystery. Around every corner is a new surprise, and most of them are unpleasant.

  • LAHS Olions’ One Acts engaging to audience

    Los Alamos High School, once again, showcased its theatrical talents at the The Olions Thespian Club Annual One Acts show.
    This year’s performance featured two separate one acts. The first, “Roll the Dice,” was written and directed by LAHS senior Charles Herman.
    The performances featured Rosemary Vigil as the narrator and the acting talents of Opale Shapert, Megan Pimentel, Marja Graham and Donald Poston.
    The first play consisted of a scene involving poems transformed into narration, followed by an instance of characters placed in specific situations where they step outside of their comfort zone.
    The theatrical work provoked thought about controversial moral issues and was entertaining throughout.
    The second performance of the night was written and directed by another LAHS senior Ben Reichelt.
    Reichelt put together an extremely entertaining play showcasing aspiring actors Emma Martens, Leander Murphy, Lauren Partin, Jack Majure-Barkley, Max Hermann and Daniel Sarrao.
    The plot line followed the complicated story of a knife factory, a murder and an escaped convict searching for his coat.
    Ending the evening, the cast of both performances came together for a group dance number to the classic hit, “The Time Warp.”

  • Rediscovering an American favorite

    It’s more than likely that a search through any closet will unveil multiple pairs of jeans. In fact, the blue jean has been a part of American culture for a long time, although it didn’t officially take off in fashion until the 1950s when rebellious teens and young adults used the clothing item as a form of protest.
    Since then, jeans have come a long ways, developing into a day-to-day staple and “fashionista” go-to for any outfit.
    Luckily, denim has not yet been “worn out,” style-wise and will not be for quite a while. Surprisingly, the new way to revamp denim is to recycle earlier trends from earlier days. Clothing connoisseurs across the board have been sighted in overalls and flared jeans from the ’60s, high rise and rocker jeans from the ’70s, boyfriend or distressed jeans from the ’80s, and patched and patterned jeans from the ’90s.

  • Word on the Street 11-23-14

    Teen Pulse staff writer Ben Hanlon asked students, “What is your favorite cafeteria food?”

  • Lewis & Todd 11-23-14
  • Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: GOBBLE basketball contest

    Tuesday: Turkey cookie pops

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies (open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.)

    Thursday and Friday: Activity Centers closed for Thanksgiving

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is located at 475 20th Street, 662-9412. The White Rock Activity Center is located at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565.

  • Teen domestic violence a hidden issue

    One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. Less than one-fifth of victims reporting an injury from intimate partner violence sought medical treatment following the injury.
    These statistics from the Center for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Justice highlight one of the most damaging and prevalent issues in the United States. Domestic violence is not just prevalent among the adult population, it also greatly affects the teenage demographic.
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) defines domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.
    According to the DOJ, about one in five high-school girls reports being abused by a boyfriend, and physical aggression occurs in one in three teen dating relationships.
    If these statistics seem disturbing, consider the report from the DOJ that states domestic violence is one of the most chronically under reported crimes. The reason for a lack of reporting the crime could be due to the cycle in which domestic violence arises.

  • Lewis & Todd 11-16-14
  • Word on the Street 11-16-14

    Teen Pulse staff writer Rigel Baron asked students, “What are your hobbies and or talents”

  • Teen Center a safe place, despite criticisms

    The teenage years are something all people all have in common: a rocky road to adulthood, with quite a few bumps along the way.
    During this time, a place to relax and hang out is a refuge for teens, and having a safe place to do this, with supervision to guide teens to the destination of adulthood is important.
    Here in Los Alamos, the Los Alamos Teen Center provides that safe place for teens, despite the bad reputation a hub for teen activity often accumulates.
    As noted by the Teen Center staff, those who have an opinion of the teen center are very polarized in their views.
    As one anonymous White Rock teen said, “Isn’t the teen center a druggie hang out?” A non-participant at the teen center, this teen represents one of the two main camps of opinion in the Los Alamos community about LATC. There are those who have experienced the teen center, and those who have not. Los Alamos native and LAPS School Board Vice President Kevin Honnell offers a contrasting voice, calling the teen center “long overdue.” With more than 200 teens visiting each week, the influence of the teen center is a very real concern.
    Often times, teen gathering sites form a bad reputation with adults.