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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...

Just keep singing

Just keep singing

Kylie Miskovic, Bottom Line Writer

December 9, 2018

Everyone has felt like a Grammy Award winning singer while singing alone in their car at some point. However, not many people know that singing in the car has psychological and physical benefits. Singing in the car releases “feel-good” hormones called oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin. Oxytocin establishes...

Sketchbook or textbook: arts integration in schools

Sketchbook or textbook: arts integration in schools

Mint Sungvornyothin, Bottom Line Editor

December 9, 2018

When one hears the word “education,” some things he/she thinks of are mathematics, literature or even standardized testing. Why do classes like ceramics or theater rarely come to mind? Arts education has been part of school curriculums for years. However, even though “The Every Student Succeeds A...

Vaping: can you catch your breath?

Vaping: can you catch your breath?

Mint Sungvornyothin, Bottom Line Editor

October 5, 2018

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

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...

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