By Sienna Oates | When she was little, her house burned down, and her family lost everything. Every day was a fight to survive, being homeless and afraid, so her mother did what an alarming amount of others have: she sold her daughter to a man named Michael Pepe. For almost a year, the nine year old lived in his house as a sex slave…
By Judah Santos | A drone races down the length of the expo hall, its wing lights blinking. It cruises over the archers, then stops and hovers for a moment as it eyes them up. As arrows whiz beneath it, the drone rotates and glides in the opposite direction.
The drone is at the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) Nationals and it’s filming the archers for a commercial. The event was held the weekend of May 10-12 in Louisville, KY at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
By Mariam Gorton | What a way to have your lunch, sitting on high ropes clinging to your mum, while an audience watches and coos “Ahh!” and “Aww!” But that’s the way it goes if you are a young, white-cheeked gibbon. The baby gibbon, who is yet to be named, was born on Tuesday, 18th April 2017 at Twycross Zoo in the UK.
Northern White-Cheeked gibbons are listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, which means that their population has declined by 80% over the last 45 years due to deforestation and poachers who hunt them for bush meat and medicine, as well as for the pet trade.
By Sam Bruxvoort Colligan | What happens when a representative votes ‘yea’ on the American Health Care Act? Angry constituents. From social media, to letters to the editor, to protesting at town halls, constituents are expressing their anger toward Congressman Rod Blum, Iowa 1st district representative, for voting for the AHCA. Earlier this month, the House passed the AHCA, a bill that is meant to repeal and replace Obamacare. Many of Blum’s constituents feel alienated by his vote, and they don’t feel that he is representing their values well.
Can high school students revitalize the art of communication and public discourse?
By Elena Auclair | It’s a Friday morning inside the Washington, D.C. beltway, and the halls echo with phrases like, “Please join my partner and me as we affirm that The United States federal government should substantially reform its agriculture and/or food safety policy in the United States. Observation One: Inherency….” This is legalese; but this isn’t Capitol Hill, it’s Capital Baptist Church. And the people debating this topic aren’t Congressmen and women, they’re teenagers. In their world, phrases like this one make sense.
By Audrey Kayser | Steven, 16, had been diagnosed with Schizophrenia. He was extremely shy, timid and deliberately avoided conversation. When he arrived at the Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club (BBTRC), he required the assistance of three people to help him stay on his tiny horse. His legs were shaking. Two people had to hold his legs even when the horse was at a walk. One day, a 17 hand warmblood was donated to BBTRC. It was extremely large. Bernadette Olsen, the founder of BBTRC, invited Steven to ride the horse. Steven then confidently climbed onto the horse without any help, and rode it at a walk and a trot all on his own. His life was significantly changed from that day on.
And one musician’s central role in the propagation of a genre
By Ashlin Duncan | A series of musical notes rise into the night, the detuned guitar complementing the soft violin. The genre is difficult to place – as soon as a pattern is identified, the music shifts to something completely different. To the untrained ear, these notes seem like a cacophony of discordant noise. But this organization of chaos has its own genre: free improvisation.
Although the style is relatively unknown to the general public, free improvisation is popular among many musicians. Pioneered by improvisors such as Derek Baily and Evan Parker during the 1960s, the free improvisation movement has since spread all across the world.
By Macey Uzzell | Beethoven or the Beatles? James May recommends both. In fact, May can recommend dozens of songs, albums, and bands to listen to. But this makes sense as May’s life has revolved around music since he was a teenager. Shortly after highschool in 1979, he decided to make an idea reality and opened his own record store in Spring, Texas. More than 35 years later, May still works at Music Town, helping his customers one on one, digging through stacks of records, cassettes and CDs to find that special song.