Teen Pulse

  • Students help freshmen adjust to high school life

    High school is an important part of any teenager’s life, but for some the transition from middle school to high school can be intimidating and difficult. Los Alamos High School’s new Link Crew is designed to help students beginning their four-year high school careers adjust to LAHS life smoothly.

    Link Crew is a program provided by a national organization called The Boomerang Project which is dedicated to helping new students in high school make the transition through peer mentoring. Freshmen are divided into different groups during Freshman Orientation and assigned junior and senior class leaders.

  • Word on the Street 8-31-14


    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon asked LAHS students, “Who is your favorite teacher and what is your favorite class so far this year?”

  • Welcome back Teen Pulse


    Staff welcomes adult coordinator

     The Teen Pulse staff welcomes Margie Sarrao as the new adult coordinator. Sarrao is to be the liason between the staff and student editor. 

    Sarrao grew up in Southern California. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s in education from the University of California-Los Angeles. She taught for several years before marrying and moving to Tallahasse, Florida, where her husband worked in a post doctoral position at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Sarrao moved to New Mexico 17 years ago and worked as a long-term substitute teacher until becoming a stay at home mother of two. In recent years, Sarrao has begun oil painting again and her work has been shown at Fuller Lodge Art Center and Karen Wray Art Gallery. Sarrao’s hobbies include painting, sewing, knitting, quilting, scrapbooking and crafting. She enjoys entertaining friends and working with children and youth.

  • Lewis and Todd 06-01-14
  • Final fashion advice

    The single entity we call “fashion” is actually comprised of a constant flux of multiple trends, inspirations, successes and flops.
    Not only do I love to dress stylishly, but the concept of fashion also very closely resembles my life: a constant flux of trends, inspirations, successes and flops.
    Fashion designers learn from their mistakes and successes and each season some new trend or avant garde spin on a style emerges.
    I see fashion as something that constantly gets better and better, despite occasional pitfalls or unpopular trends. As I kept track of this progression over the past four years writing as the Fashion Maven, I myself moved forward as well.
    My writing skills became much better as I learned more and more about journalism, my love for both fashion and journalism increased exponentially and I was able to share my passions for these subjects with the community.
    Even more, as the fashion world is preparing to take its next step into the summer season, I am preparing for college, the next step in my life.
    And my goodness, have I got a dilemma.
    There’s no way in a million years — even if I used vacuum-sealable bags and figured out the most economic way to store all of my shoes — that I could take even half of my closet with me to college.

  • 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.