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. Continue reading
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… Continue reading
By Duncan Slade | A bluegrass band strums away at the Lutheran Church, a little girl shrieks with joy as her mother buys a large cotton candy, and the laughter of neighbors spending time together fills the neighborhood streets. These are the sounds of Walkersville Day, a time when residents come together to celebrate the town they love. “It reminds me of Mayberry and I love Mayberry” (…read more) Continue reading
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 Eva Aldrin Yashko | Imagine eating 255 Peeps in five minutes. That’s what Matt Stonie accomplished on April 8th on National Peeps Day, in Spring Harbor Maryland, shattering his previous world record. Along with eleven other competitors, Stonie competed in The National Harbor World Peeps Eating Championship. First prize: 3,500 dollars in cash, and a silver trophy overflowing with purple peeps. However that prize comes with a heavy price.
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. Continue reading
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.