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Vaping: can you catch your breath?

Vaping: can you catch your breath?

Mint Sungvornyothin, Bottom Line Editor

October 5, 2018


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Anybody can describe a traditional cigarette— a small rolled up porous paper containing tobacco leaves. However, the Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), also known as e-cigarettes, e-hookah, vape sticks, and vape pens, are becoming overwhelmingly popular recently. What exactly is this high-tech ...

A modern epidemic

A modern epidemic

Kylie Miskovic, Bottom Line Writer

October 5, 2018


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By now, everyone knows that smoking cigarettes is bad. It has been said in every health class since elementary school. In fact, anti smoking ads are on billboards and in commercials on TV. People are also warned of risks to the heart, lungs and brain. However one issue that people seem less concerned...

Buy it or bag it?

Buy it or bag it?

Kylie Miskovic, Bottom Line Writer

September 15, 2018


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Enough sleep, efficient study habits, and good nutrition—these all contribute to success in high school. But here’s the real question; how are schools providing the best, most nutritional lunches to students across the country? The NSLP, or the National School Lunch Program, was created to improve nut...

Why you really need a nap

Why you really need a nap

Mint Sungvornyothin, Bottom Line Editor

September 15, 2018


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One study has found that napping at least three times a week for 30 minutes has resulted in a 37% lower death rate. Due to a busy schedule, many overlook the benefits of napping. Although a simple nap cannot substitute a good night’s sleep, many find that it can be the perfect way to improve their moo...

Sleep and academic performance

Sleep and academic performance

Michelle Kwon, Writer

January 10, 2018


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On any given day, if asked the question, “Are you tired,” there’s the commonly given curt nod of the head accompanied by a pair of drowsy eyes. As shown in their actions and academic progress, the lack of good quality sleep can seriously disturb a student’s academic performance. Sleep consists...

New Year’s traditions

New Year’s traditions

Ava Childs, Journalism Student

January 10, 2018


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Throughout America, New Years is commonly celebrated with fireworks, kissing at midnight and dropping the ball in Times Square. However, there are other ways the beginning of the New Year is celebrated around the world.   For example, in Australia people prefer to visit their church in order...

Benefits of ADHD medication

Benefits of ADHD medication

Shelby Westfall, Journalism Student

December 21, 2017


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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a chronic condition marked by hyperactivity, impulsivity and a persistent inability to concentrate. Interesting enough, ADHD was not considered a mental disorder in the early 1900’s. Scientist did not have a specific disorder for the symptoms...

History of Kwanzaa

History of Kwanzaa

Shelby Westfall, Journalism Student

December 21, 2017


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Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor at California State University, created Kwanzaa which is a cultural holiday in 1966 during the civil rights movement. Karenga wanted to honor African heritage while celebrating family, community and culture. Karenga had combined different harvest celebrations from...

A touch of Ireland in Illinois

A touch of Ireland in Illinois

Bridget Baehl, Journalism Student

December 21, 2017


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The Mid American Irish Dance Championship, called the Oireachtas, took place over Thanksgiving weekend at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.  This feis ,a traditional gaelic word meaning competition, is the qualifier for the national championship as well as the world championship, of Irish...

Mindful meditation

Mindful meditation

Michelle Kwon, Bottom Line Writer

December 15, 2017


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About how much stress does the average high school student go through? According to USA Daily, “27% (of high school students) say that they experience ‘extreme stress’ during the school year, vs. 13% in the summer. And 34% expect stress to increase in the coming year.” This shows that stress...

Stressful, standardized tests

Stressful, standardized tests

Cassidy Shirley, Journalism Student

December 13, 2017


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Standardized testing is inevitable in the competitive world people live in today. Students ranging from elementary school to their last years of high school are forced to take a multitude of standardized tests to determine how “smart” they are. While standardized tests are considered to be a weight o...

Veganism: a better way of life

Veganism: a better way of life

Shelby Westfall, Journalism Student

December 3, 2017


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“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practicable, all forms of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” Roughly only 2.5 percent of Americans are vegans according to a poll conducted in 2016. For many people, going vegan seems like an absurd idea, ...

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