Teen Pulse

  • It’s OK to follow the bad fad


    After doing a little research and observation, I came to a conclusion about this year’s fall trends: they’re a little difficult.

    Usually I’m on board with the newest fads and excited to embrace them. Yet, there are a few parts of this season’s trends that are difficult for me — and probably for others — to incorporate into their respective styles.

    Some people simply may decide not to embrace the trends they dislike. To me, however, fashion is a challenge and going through the process of turning a fad you think you cannot wear into one that fits your style is a gratifying learning experience.
    Before we talk about the tough trends, let’s recap the ones I like:

    • Furs: Faux or for real, you can buy just about any style and color. Fur is fluffing up hats, jackets and scarves this season. 

  • Cartoon by Tommy Stepan and Ethan Aulwes
  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 09-29-13

    Monday: Capture the flag

    Tuesday: Birthday board

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Spider piñata

    Friday: Homecoming, AC open from noon-6 p.m.

    The centers are open from 3-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Memberships are free and open to all third through eighth graders. The White Rock AC is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565. The LA AC is at 475 20th St., 662-9412.

  • Try this twist on a popular fall treat

    Most people are familiar with caramel apples, but for those who seek a smaller sweet treat, mini caramel apples might just hit the spot. They have recently become very popular — maybe even more popular than their full-size counterparts.

    • 4-inch lollipop sticks
    • Melon baller
    • Granny Smith apples (one apple makes about eight mini apples)
    • Butterscotch or peanut butter chips
    • Chopped nuts, nonpareils, sprinkles, shredded coconut (optional)
    • Small paper candy cups
    • Cut the lollipop sticks in half at an angle (the pointy end will go into the apple pieces easier).
    • With the melon baller, scoop little balls out of the apple. Each ball should have a section of apple peel. Push half of a lollipop stick into the peel of each ball. Pat the apple pieces dry.
    • Melt the chips according to the package directions. Dip and swirl the mini apples in the melted chips, then roll the apples in nuts, sprinkles, nonpareils or coconut, if desired. Place the mini apples in paper candy cups to set.

  • More opinions on the new LAMS building

     Do you like the new school?Are you getting to your classes on time? Are you having trouble finding your classes? These are the many questions students of the new Los Alamos Middle School are being asked. Here are two opinions about the new school.

     “I really like the new school — it’s really spacious! I feel less cramped. The one thing I don’t like about the new school is that the lockers are really small — why can’t we have the tall lockers! :( But otherwise, I like the building. It’s really nice and modern and easier to move around in.”

    “My opinion about the new school is that I sort of miss the portables, because they were cozy and not as big. Also, I thought having lockers would be really fun. It turns out I don’t really like lockers - I like being able to have all of the things I need right next to me in my backpack. If you forget something, and you are somewhere like P.E., then you have to go all the way back up to your locker and get it. That wouldn’t happen if you had your backpack. I’m sure I will like the new school more and more as the year progresses.”

  • Opinions on the new LAMS building

    The new school is here and most students are happy and everything is much easier. I remember some people couldn’t find their way around, but I’m sure that we will soon.
    There were some interesting rumors though. Some were about when we were moving in and others were about what the building looks like. Personally, I thought it was beautiful and enormous.
    The big building was really hard to figure out on the first day with all the turns that looked alike. Some people got lost and couldn’t find their classrooms. It will be different for awhile but like usual, we will adapt.
    This year will be a really great year knowing that we have an amazing new school.

  • LAMS students adjust to their new digs

    With a new school, comes new rooms and new lockers, as well as qualities more advanced and high-tech.
    There are tons of books to check out at the new library and during lunch, students can go in to play games, hang out with friends and eat. The only rules are, students must have a pass and keep their voices down.  
    The library at the middle school is perfect for reading, homework and socializing with peers. The lockers are small, but they come in handy. Most of those who have classes on the top floor will find the view amazing.
    A lot of discussion has been going on about the new school. Many people like, it but many people also complain about the small details such as the location of the lockers and their size and running up and down the stairs can be tiring.
    But there are also many things to like, which includes the heating and cooling system, new desks, new materials, new features to the classrooms.  

  • Meet the ‘Beak’ staff
  • Andrew and Mousie 09-22-13
  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 09-22-13

    Monday: Ping pong tourney
    Tuesday: Lego contest
    Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    Thursday: Bingo
    Friday: Indoor 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.