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Give Thanksgiving some thanks!

Give Thanksgiving some thanks!

Mint Sungvornyothin, Bottom line editor

November 15, 2019

When the clock strikes midnight after October 31, many already begin to put their Halloween decorations away. They take down the bats dangling on their doors and deck out their windows with red and green string lights. Many shops also do the same, dismantling their animatronic witches and arrange a cozy spot...

Thanksgiving history

Thanksgiving history

Huda Saber, Bottom line writer

November 15, 2019

Thanksgiving is a significant American holiday and the word evokes memories of football, family reunions, turkey, pie and, of course, giving. This holiday has always been pictured to look like a time to spend with loved ones, feast and experience the beginnings of the long awaited holiday season. Si...

Your voice matters

Your voice matters

Huda Saber, Bottom line writer

October 20, 2019

Teenagers are often neglected by the political arena. This is because when they are too young to vote, it is easy to feel like the world of politics is closed off to them. As a result, most teens show little interest in the political future of this country. However, teen involvement within politics is ...

Importance of the ballot

Importance of the ballot

Mint Sungvornyothin, Bottom line editor

October 20, 2019

“No taxation without representation!” This pre-Revolutionary War slogan can be heard numerous times throughout colonial America, and it is still heard today, but what exactly does it mean? According to Investopedia, “taxation without representation” arises when an authority, usually the government,...

Pets for emotional support

Pets for emotional support

Huda Saber, Bottom line writer

September 5, 2019

Animals can provide pleasure and companionship. They can also provide reassurance, especially to those who are deprived of it. These animals are termed ‘emotional support pets’. An emotional support pet is an animal that is specifically intended for companionship purposes and exists in order to provide ...

Furry classmates

Furry classmates

Mint Sungvornyothin, Bottom line editor

September 5, 2019

When it comes to a new school year, parents always say to make new friends—but what if that friend is a creature that resides in the classroom? Many teachers across the nation decide to keep rodents, lizards and fish in the classroom as a way to enrich the environment. Over all, there are numerous be...

Homeschooling vs traditional schooling

Homeschooling vs traditional schooling

Riley Carrillo, Journalism student

May 7, 2019

Ever feel scared to go to school due to bullying or fear of being in danger of a shooting? There are some perks of public schooling and private schools, but they also have a downfall. Homeschooling is not always an ideal way to teach but it is more personal than public school. To begin, homeschooling...

Staying hydrated with H2O

Staying hydrated with H2O

Mint Sungvornyothin, Bottom line editor

April 25, 2019

“Drink more water” is probably one of the most commonly heard phrases. Trees, humans and animals—all living things—must have water for survival whether they get it from a rain cloud, a water bottle or a river. Even though everyone has heard somewhere that hydration is key for crucial health, abou...

How was your day, kids?

How was your day, kids?

Kylie Miskovic, Bottom line writer

April 25, 2019

High school students are busy. There is no getting around that. Sports practices, club meetings, play rehearsals and jobs are just some things that prevent eating at the table each night. Whether it be getting fast food, eating in front of the television or just grabbing something out of the fridge on ...

A helping hand

A helping hand

Mint Sungvornyothin, Bottom Line Editor

March 13, 2019

Lending a helping hand is always a virtue. One of the ways to help out is by volunteering, whether it is something big or small. Although one generally does not get compensation for volunteering, the rewards are far beyond money. In fact, teenagers can experience benefit from offering selfless services...

Paper therapy

Paper therapy

Mint Sungvornyothin, Bottom line editor

February 9, 2019

Pink diaries with padlocks and notebooks with race cars on the covers—journaling might sound like something only children do. However, believe it or not, journaling has been a rising trend lately. From bullet journals to nighttime journals—they definitely have great benefits. Here are possible ...

Why SAT prep is important

Why SAT prep is important

Kylie Miskovic, Bottom line writer

February 9, 2019

With SATs just around the corner, juniors everywhere are beginning to think about the search for colleges. SATs are important, being one of the top three most important aspects that colleges look for in applications, according to ivysise.com. Because of this, improving one’s SAT score 30 points can...

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