Articles By: Elie Nowlis

Controversial Christmas Parties

Controversial Christmas Parties

by Elie Nowlis The winter season means cold weather, fires, a two-week break, and, for many people, Christmas. In the last couple days before vacation, teachers usually give up on teaching and decide to give students a break and let them throw parties in class. Although this may seem innocent, it can actually be very controversial. Holidays parties are something […]

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One Less Problem on the Path to Graduation

One Less Problem on the Path to Graduation

by Elie Nowlis As teenagers, there’s a lot of things we have to worry about. We have to juggle homework, tests, sports, hobbies, family, and jobs, all while trying to maintain a social life. That’s why the prospect of community service hours can seem so daunting. Sixty hours is no small number, especially with the threat of not being unable […]

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The Power of Food

The Power of Food

by Elie Nowlis Grandma’s recipe coconut lemon jalapenos. This may not seem like a typical food you would find at a food bank, but these spicy treats fit right in with the mod podge of produce, desserts, and household staples that fill the back room of the University District Food Bank. The atmosphere is friendly and light. Soothing music plays […]

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Students hiding their stress and tears under smiles

The Stress of Group Projects

by Elie Nowlis I have only cried at school a few times in my life. One of the most memorable times was when I was working on a map project in 7th grade. It was a big assignment and my group was doing nothing. Even though I had been doing almost all the work, the other group members wanted to […]

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Candy Corn Cookies

Candy Corn Cookies

by Elie Nowlis 2 sticks (1 cup) butter 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1 egg 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 3 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt Red and yellow food coloring

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Each homecoming, people make astonishing discoveries when they learn their peers are in a completely different grade than they originally thought. With freshman wearing red, sophomores in white, juniors in blue, and seniors in black and gold it is easy to group students by grade.

Clash of Classes

by Elie Nowlis Homecoming comes around every year, bringing with it spirit, creativity, and a lot of competition. There are as many philosophies on school spirit as there are spirit days, ranging from die hard Raiders to those who could care less. This brings up an important question. What exactly is school spirit? According to Ms. Ackerman, a student teacher […]

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A Sad Side to Fall

A Sad Side to Fall

by Elie Nowlis For most people, fall means beautiful leaves, sweater weather, and caramel apples. But for people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), it is a very different experience. “Fall “f***ing sucks,” said sophomore Zach Bender-Kokx. Zach “started hating Halloween” in 6th grade. He felt unmotivated and down. “You wouldn’t even know why,” he said. Zach suffers from SAD and […]

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