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Teen Pulse

  • Word on the Street 5-4-14

     

    Teen Pulse staff member Katherine Wang asked LAHS students, “What do you do to relieve stress?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 05-05-14 to 05-09-14

     

    Monday: Ping Pong tournament

     

    Tuesday: H-O-R-S-E 

     

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

     

    Thursday: Mother’s Day cards

     

    Friday: Wii Friday 

     

  • Fashion Maven: Hectic schedules made for a prom impromptu

     

    College applications, scholarship deadlines, the last few stressful weeks of school. Twelfth grade is hectic, so it’s no wonder that prom fell down to the bottom of the priority list for many Los Alamos High School seniors this year.

    Many students bought their dresses in last-minute haste, desperately combing through the few leftover gowns hanging in stores, hoping to find a gem.

    Prom improvisation can be quite difficult, especially when you don’t find a gem. Even though some of the dresses at prom were rather run-of-the-mill, I admired the way the seniors gracefully made the best of their dresses with accessories and creativity.

    Whether you find a dress that’s just mediocre or don’t find a dress at all, there are ways to spice up your prom outfit.

  • Test-taking tensions during finals week

     

    May has arrived, and it is the month of the year in which students study for hours and get little sleep. For many teenagers at Los Alamos High School, finals are inevitably one of the most stressful times of the year.  

    With finals week fast approaching, some students are starting to crack under the pressure while others are thriving from the stress, gearing up to finish out their school year with a bang.

    Different teenagers handle stress in their own ways, which sheds a behind-the-scenes light on what really goes on when students are cramming during these last few weeks of school. 

    LAHS senior Alexandra Berl takes four Advanced Placement classes, which entails four AP exams as well. These tests take copious amounts of time to study for and multiple hours to complete.

  • Word on the Street 4-27-14

     

    Teen Pulse staff members Lily Johnson and Katherine Wang asked LAHS students, “Where do you think is the best place to have prom in los Alamos?”

  • Lewis and Todd 04-20-14
  • The Starbucks situation and teens

     

    Walk into almost any Starbucks at rush hour or lunchtime, and getting your coffee will usually take at least 10 or 15 minutes.

    In fact, Starbucks has become so popular in recent years that, in the opinion of Forbes writer Alice G. Walton, the chain redesigned the interior of some of its stores to make the atmosphere less cozy. Walton thinks these uncomfortable furnishings discourage longer stays and therefore accommodate the large amount of customers crowding the small shops.

    Even though the food scene in Los Alamos does not seem at its peak, something still draws hundreds of people into the local Starbucks every day. 

    A large portion of the crowd are teenagers. Starbucks caters partially to a young generation of students, which use the company’s products and coffee shop space as a basis for social interaction and a way to indicate adolescent financial independence. 

  • Lewis and Todd 04-20-14
  • Movie review: ‘Rio 2’ a sequel filled with environmental messages

     

    Colorful, fast and fun, “Rio 2” is sure to delight young audiences. This sequel picks up a few months after the events with which the first Rio left off, with the spix’s macaw Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and his family living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

    The majority of the movie takes place deep in the Amazon rainforest, where Blu, his mate Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their three kids decide to take a family vacation to discover their roots. 

    Along the way they hope to reunite with Blu’s former owner Linda (Leslie Mann) and her orthinologist husband Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro), who are searching for an elusive spix’s mackaw in hopes of finding more of the endangered species. 

    Rafael the toucan (George Lopez), Nico the yellow canary (Jamie Foxx) and Pedro the red-crested cardinal (Will.I.Am) accompany the family. 

  • Teacher feature: Goodwin sees the good in teaching

     

    “Physics is phun” is a popular phrase among the students of Los Alamos High School physics teacher Leroy Goodwin. Spending only one class period in room E-8 reveals exactly why so many students favor the subject.

    The plethora of hands-on projects and demonstrations captures the attention of the learners and generates a connection between teacher and student.

    Goodwin has led a career that defines the epitome of being a teacher. After working at LAHS for 20 years, he has decided to seek retirement.

    He received his teaching degree at the University of New Mexico and had not originally planned to pursue teaching but “eventually (came) to it” when working as a construction foreman.