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Anxiety often unleashed during teen years

Anxiety often unleashed during teen years

Julianna Reth, Opinion Editor

September 19, 2014

Anxiety, by definition, is marked by sharp feelings of nervousness, unease, and fear of future events or unexpected outcomes. People who suffer from anxiety attacks undergo heavy breathing, shaking, loss of control, lightheadedness and waves of panic.

Uncovering the facts of skin cancer

Jack Stensland, Sports Editor

September 12, 2014

Most people, especially teenagers, like to enjoy a little fun in the sun during these summer months. Every year millions of people nationwide take advantage of sunny days by participating in activities such as going to the beach, playing sports and camping. The sun provides warmth and light which can invigorate the spirits and boost energy; however, the sun’s benefits come with a seriously dangerous tradeoff. Skin cancer, mainly caused by over-exposure to sunlight, is an up-and-coming crisis in America that affects people of younger and younger ages. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most diagnosed form of cancer in the United States, as well as the fastest growing cancer among 18 to 24-year olds. Annually, around one million people are diagnosed with skin cancer, with 60,000 developing the most dangerous form of the disease: melanoma.

“Run Like a Girl”: Movement encourages phrase to be used as a compliment

Natalia Gevara, Entertainment Editor

September 12, 2014

Run like a girl, throw like a girl, fight like a girl; all of these phrases are used to embarrass, belittle, and demean females. But some are speaking up and asking the question: what is wrong with doing something ‘“like a girl”? According to Lauren Greenfield, absolutely nothing. The award-winning filmmaker teamed up with the Procter & Gamble owned feminine hygiene brand “Always” to criticize what they call “the self-esteem crisis” among young girls and challenge the detrimental female stereotypes in today’s society.

Gender biases keep women from pursuing STEM careers

September 12, 2014

Supporters of greater female participation in STEM aren’t limited to feminazis crying for attention; economists recognize the disparity as missed opportunities for financial, scientific, and technological progress. The federal government itself is taking steps to increase the female participation through a collaboration between the Office of Science and Technology Policy and White House Council on Women and Girls.

Delta Sierra opens STEM Academy to prepare highly skilled workers

Aidan Backus, Online Editor

September 12, 2014

Delta Sierra Middle School shocked its students last spring with the announcement that it would be opening a STEM/Career Tech Academy, where, as an elective, students will learn skills that are vital to many 21st-century jobs. STEM, which stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics,” is a common buzzword in American education and immigration laws; it refers to highly skilled workers and researchers who work in high-tech and high-paying jobs, such as software engineering and chemical research. Delta Sierra’s STEM program has classes for Android app design, medical technology, MESA, robotics and video design.

Lack of females in coding class reflects STEM industry

Lack of females in coding class reflects STEM industry

Ashley Hoang, Staff Writer

September 12, 2014

The gender gap in the STEM fields could be a reflection of children’s exposure in early childhood to gender based toys. Boys usually play with toys that emphasize creativity, construction and building — all of which subtly influence their interests later in life, most likely something in the STEM fields. In contrast, girls usually play with Barbie dolls; her domestic lifestyle and emphasis on beauty may prevent girls from being exposed to science and engineering fields.

Dream college turns to nightmare when costs are revealed

Dream college turns to nightmare when costs are revealed

Lisa Nguyen, Staff Writer

May 30, 2014

Many students’ hard work and dedication has finally paid off as they achieve their educational goals and receive acceptances from their dream schools. However, some are finding that financial realities are hindering their educational opportunities. In an annual published report called “The American...

Annual Satire

Annual Satire

May 29, 2014

Disclaimer: Please read the definition above before proceeding! I want to be a Boy By Laura Angle I want to be a boy so I can talk to as many girls as I want and not get labeled a slut, but I’ll get high-fived every time I break a girl’s heart after a fling she was convinced was going to be...

Toxic friendships

Justine Do-Huynh, Staff Writer

April 25, 2014

Susan and Alex have been friends since they were in diapers. Their friendship has grown closer over the years, but once high school hit, their friendship took a turn for the worse. Alex began cruelly insulting Susan in front of others and embarrassing her. This was the start of their toxic friendship. A...

Test prep guides, cramming can lead to better scores

Molina Soun, Staff Writer

April 25, 2014

Students spend weeks and months in advance anxiously preparing for their SAT, ACT, or AP tests.  Students who receive high scores will get many benefits, but is it really possible to improve scores by cramming for these tests? High scores are an important factor in determining whether a college will...

Companies use SAT scores to weed out weak applicants

Sophaline Chuong, Staff Writer

April 25, 2014

Imagine walking into an interview with a recruiter from the most elite businesses in the world and being asked your SAT score.  Everything you worked hard for in college is just as high stakes as is the exam taken back in high school. Students at Bear Creek are shocked to hear that not only colleges,...

Redesigned SAT set to debut in 2016

Monica Dang, Staff Writer

April 25, 2014

The SAT: for some it is a grueling four-hour exam that elicits sweat, frustration, panic — and, inevitably — a score that will either lead to a college of choice or to a door being slammed in a student’s face. However, changes are underway for this most revered, and feared, exam. The SAT an...

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