Teen Pulse

  • Movie Review: Spy film ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ is a must-see

     “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” is a classic secret spy movie. Based on the character created by author Tom Clancy, the movie begins with Jack, played by Chris Pine. He is a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps serving in Afghanistan.
    The unit helicopter crashes, leaving Jack seriously injured and out of a job. After recovering, he is recruited to join the CIA by Thomas Harper (Kevin Costner).
    When Ryan believes he has uncovered a plot to collapse the United States economy, he travels to Moscow, Russia. There he must try to destroy the conspiracy and fight for his life and for the one he holds most dear, his fiancée Cathy Mullen (Kiera Knightley).
    The central villain in the movie is Viktor Cherevin. He is played by Kenneth Branagh, who also directed the movie. Action-packed, suspenseful and thrilling, this movie has all the workings of a spy film.
    Despite an unsophisticated plot, the movie is easy to follow and holds the audience’s attention. The action keeps viewers on the edge of their seats throughout the entire film.
    The acting was outstanding, which contributed to the quality of this very entertaining movie.  

  • One teen’s experience in Sin City

    The lights, the sounds, the malls. I recently took a trip to Las Vegas, Nev., with my family and best friend Lily Johnson. I was born in Las Vegas and lived there while I was young, so I never got to take advantage of all the exciting adventures that Vegas has to offer to a teenager.
    Granted, Las Vegas is known as “Sin City,” but it has another side that provides nothing but harmless, teen-friendly fun.
    Shopping is hands-down one of my most favorite activities. Luckily for me, the malls on The Strip are anything but small.
    Living in Los Alamos means that I do not get to spend time in malls with my best buddies all that much, so shopping in the Vegas malls was a completely new experience.
    Lily and I spent an entire day at Forever21, Abercrombie Fitch and even Build-A-Bear. Every store we could think of was bound to be there, and that was something we two teenage girls absolutely loved.
    Driving around Vegas at night is incredible. Seeing all the lights, which have an arresting beauty, was one of my favorite parts of the trip. They shine brightly, and exciting performances boom and twinkle from inside of the buildings.
    Although the sun sets at around 5 p.m. in the winter, Vegas never truly gets dark. Roads hardly need street lights because the glow of the buildings almost creates an illusion of daylight.

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 01-19-14

    Monday: Activity Center closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Tuesday: Painting with water colors

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Twister challenge

    Friday: Kids choice games

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is located at 475 20th St., next to Ashley Pond, 662-9412. The White Rock Activity Center is located at 10 Sherwood Blvd., across from Smith’s in Rocket Park, 672-1565.  

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  • A winter with little snow

    With a sunny Christmas, few snowflakes and some abnormally warm temperatures, this winter has not been ideal for skiing or snowboarding so far. This rather atypical season pushed the Teen Pulse staff to step outside of the conventional boundaries that define “winter” and create a photo essay that still conveys the season, even without an abundance of snow.
    Over winter break, some staff members traveled and took photos that cover winter from sunny Mexico to buzzing Las Vegas, Nev., while other staff members stayed at home and captured winter in Los Alamos. These images show how beautiful a white and non-white winter can still be. 

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 01-12-14

    Monday: Foosball tournament

    Tuesday: Bingo

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Poker

    Friday: Kids choice games

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is located at 475 20th St., next to Ashley Pond, 662-9412. The White Rock Activity Center is located at 10 Sherwood Blvd., across from Smith’s in Rocket Park, 672-1565.  

  • Word On The Street 01-12-14

    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon asked LAHS students, “What would you like to see happen in 2014?”

  • Fashion Maven: Seven most common fashion mythbusters

    Myths hide everywhere. They live in storybooks, defy reality in action movies and thrive through word-of-mouth.
    The last place you may suspect one to be lurking? In your very own wardrobe.
    In fact, the way we dress ourselves is sometimes dictated by fashion misconceptions, the most widespread of which I have listed below.
    1. “You cannot wear gold and silver in the same outfit.” Conventional wisdom has it that these two metallics are mutually exclusive; however, wearing jewelry that combines the two colors actually creates an unexpected pop. The key to combining these two metallics is moderation. With a dash of gold hanging at your ears and a swirl of silver clasped around your wrist, you’ll be sure to make a unique statement.
    2. “Metallics do not count as a neutral.” False. Golden-wash jeans or a silvery top rank at the same level as neutrals like beige, brown and navy. The great thing about these metallics? They tend to offer a greater pop than ordinary neutrals do because of their sheen and sparkle.

  • Students take a stand for the unborn

    A new teenage group has come to Los Alamos, and its focus is protecting the unborn.
    Every day abortions are performed in the United States, and the mission of Students for Life Los Alamos (SFLLA) is to stop this occurrence.
    SFLLA was started in September 2013 and is affiliated with SFLA, a national non-profit pro-life organization dedicated to abolishing abortion in the United States.
    SFLA is the largest youth pro-life organization in the country and is committed to training college, high school, medical school and law school students to stand up for life on their campuses.
    Sophomore Michael Booton, who wants to protect the unborn here in Los Alamos, contacted SFLA about starting a local group. “I heard about SFLA through their national coordinator, and it sounded like a great idea,” Booton said.
    Booton is the president of the Los Alamos group and is assisted by a staff of five other students who help him coordinate events and raise awareness about abortion, euthanasia and infanticide. “SFLLA will be promoting pro-life events and hosting pro-life events. The goal of SFLLA is to educate students to better inform them about this issue,” Booton said.

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