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Teen Pulse

  • Farewell until fall from the staff

    During the past four years, Teen Pulse has given many students a rare opportunity to get a real taste of journalism.
    By learning how to write hard news stories, make deadlines, conduct interviews and give their opinions in a local newspaper, students have entertained readers throughout the community by giving them a teenager’s point of view on many subjects.
    Teen Pulse is taking a break for the summer and will continue at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, but only if the team has an adult supervisor.
    If you are an adult who has journalism experience and is interested in leading the team, contact Los Alamos Monitor Publisher Ben Carlson at bcarlson@lamonitor.com.
    To show your support for Teen Pulse, you can also vote in the “Would you like to see Teen Pulse continue?” poll at lamonitor.com.
    If you are a high school or middle school student interested in joining the team, email the incoming teenager supervisor, Tom Hanlon, at tomedhanlon@gmail.com.
    For this school year’s last issue of Teen Pulse, the staff writers on the team took time to reflect on what writing for the page has done for them.

    Alexandra Hehlen, incoming college freshman

  • Lewis and Todd 05-25-14
  • Youth Activity Center schedule 05-25-14

    Monday: Activity Center closed for Memorial Day

    Tuesday: Fuse beads

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Kickball

    Friday: Wii Friday  

  • Word On The Street 05-25-14

    Teen Pulse staff member Katherine Wang asked LAHS students, “What was your favorite high school memory?”
     

  • Gritty drama tackles sensitive subjects

    The thought of an infectious epidemic spreading across the United States seems unthinkable, but in the 1980s the AIDS epidemic made this horrific possibility a reality.
    “Dallas Buyers Club” tells the true story of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), a cowboy from Dallas who finds himself nearly broke, HIV positive and with only 30 days to live.
    Faced with discrimination from those around him who were once his friends, Woodroof skips town in search of help to extend his life expectancy.
    He works his way around the United States healthcare system and obtains un-FDA approved drugs from Mexico to treat him and other AIDS patients in need. Because selling unapproved drugs in the U.S. is illegal under federal law, Woodroof starts the Dallas Buyers Club, where the memberships are bought, but the drugs are free.
    In a sense it is a story of redemption. A man who has spent his entire promiscuous life hating those who are different finds himself helping those very people in order to give his life some meaning.
    The film openly confronts the issue of homophobia, particularly targeting the subject in rural America. This perspective is particularly compelling and interesting, because it challenges the misconceptions surrounding homosexuals and transsexuals during the AIDS epidemic.

  • Cracking the college conundrum

    The essays, the endless applications, the deadlines, the checklists, the fees, the tests, the acceptances, the rejections.
    Applying for college can arguably be one of the most stressful, heartbreaking, gratifying and exciting experiences in a student’s high school career.
    We Los Alamos High School seniors have just come to the end of the arduous process, beginning our college searches as early as junior year and making our final decisions as late as May 1.
    Through web searches, meetings with counselors and oodles of time spent digging through college websites, we’ve discovered a lot about the college admissions process that regular college preparation books might not mention.
    Before I embark on the next steps of my life, I’ve decided to pass down what I have learned for the benefit of the LAHS students who are about to start applying for college. This is not a comprehensive list; rather, these are just a few tips and tricks I have picked up along the way.
    Junior year pre-college search essentials:

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 05-19-14 to 05-23-14

     

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

     

    Monday: Pool tournament

     

    Tuesday: Painting

     

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

     

    Thursday: Twister challenge

     

    Friday: Kids choice games 

     

  • Lewis and Todd 5-18-14
  • Word on the Street 5-18-14

     

    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon asked LAHS students, “What are your summer plans?”

  • Stressing over social media

     

    In today’s society, social media is everywhere. From texting to Facebook to Twitter, social media plays a huge part in most people’s lives, especially the lives of teenagers. 

    In September 2012, the Pew Research Center conducted a study that reported 95 percent of teens aged 12 to 17 are now online and 81 percent of those teens use some kind of social media.

    Although many teenagers may enjoy using social media to keep in touch with their friends, the social media apps that facilitate this can also cause stress.