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The pros of Facebook

Olivia Ko, Special to The A-Blast

February 15, 2011

After squeezing through the gaps in bustling hallways and driving home from school, I immediately open two windows: my e-mail and my Facebook. With over 500 million users, Facebook has dominated social networking sites, with a...

A new way to procrastinate

Erin Johnson, In-Depth Editor

February 15, 2011

When a typical high-school student sits down to start his or her homework, they will most likely be doing so in front of a computer. They get their work out in an attempt to get it done so they can go to sleep early, but get sucked...

Overparenting affects students

Erin Johnson and Katie Masters, In-Depth Editors

January 20, 2011

Whether it is helicopter parenting, hover parenting, or curling parenthood; it all comes down to one thing, the recent phenomenon of “overparenting.” Helicopter parenting, the most common of the terms, is used to describe...

AHS student perspectives: A Jewish student explains

Ben Wolfenstein, Special to the A-Blast

December 21, 2010

We can’t solve the problems in the Middle East. There’s no way. And the West just made it worse when we created Israel in 1948. There is nothing that makes people angrier than taking their land. In close second is a conflicting...

AHS student perspectives: A Muslim student reacts

Samar Faris, Special to the A-Blast

December 21, 2010

When people ask me what my position is in regards to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict I am always reluctant to answer.  It is a sensitive, complex issue that involves two incredibly different cultures. Over the summer break I...

Working towards awareness

Katie Masters, In-Depth Editor

December 21, 2010

It is a well-known fact that AHS possesses a highly diverse student population, one that represents 84 different countries and 57 languages. It therefore seems surprising that only two AHS students come from Israel, and only one...

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Freshman Alex Gonzalez has a birth condition called Spina Bifida, which has caused him to need the use of a wheelchair. Outside of school he enjoys playing sports such as sled hockey.

Sled Hockey

December 1, 2010

Playing sports in a wheelchair

Erin Johnson, In-Depth Editor

November 18, 2010

Most students go through school thinking about friends, schoolwork and the latest drama. Most students do not focus on how they are getting to class. Most students see the single elevator as something that might be fun to hop...

Twilight creates vampires from fans

Katie Masters, In-Depth Editor

October 18, 2010

In the past few weeks, a number of news sources from around America have reported on a new extreme trend among adolescents. According to sources such as MSNBC and CNN, (Perez Hilton, the queen of pop culture, also mentions it...

The extent of the First Amendment

Katie Masters, In-Depth Editor

October 18, 2010

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition...

High schools and free speech

Erin Johnson, In-Depth Editor

September 21, 2010

Three students in Des Moines, Iowa protest an unpopular war by wearing black armbands to high school one day. Their school administration suspends them, stating that it disrupted the school day. The students, thinking that their...

Freedom To Me Means …

Rachel Bergen, Rachel Bergen

September 18, 2010

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