The SNO Report: Best of Best of SNO

Oh man, we’re already in the homestretch of the 2016/17 academic year. That means that even though the breezes are getting warmer, you’re probably just trying not to pull your hair out as finals bring the school year to a close. And, it means we’ve got nine full months of killer Best of SNO publications to look back on. So what better time than now to share some of our favorite Best of SNO stories from this year? To the Best of Best writers and staff mentioned below: a huge bravo. To any reader using this email as a welcome distraction from studying/grading/stress eating: you’re welcome. To those of you who were published in Best of SNO this year, but don’t see your name on the list: don’t worry, we love your work, but we’d have you here for days if we listed ALL the stories that stand out.

So, without further delay, we present the 2016-2017 Best of Best of SNO.

Best Local Coverage:
Kearsley students from Flint still struggle with their water – Katelyn Elumbaugh, Kearsley High School

Best Human Interest Story:
Student project gives homeless a chance to show their world  – Ma’ayan Waldman, Shalhevet High School 

Best Continuous Coverage:

Best Localized News Coverage:
EpiPen Cost Inflation Causes Conflict Among Consumers – Izza Choudhry  Southern Lehigh High School

Best Breaking Coverage:
Day after encampment sweep, refugees return to central Paris – Allegra Knox and Tailor Liedtke, American School of Paris

Best Niche Interest Story:
Tautology Club bonds over one quirky interest – Manar Ansari, St. John’s School

Best Students Are People Too Story:
The affected – Katie Judd, Kirkwood High School

Best Teachers Are People Too Story:
The story of a miracle – Fenna Semken, Iowa City West High School

Most Likely To Make An Adult SNO Employee Go “Huh”:
REALITY CHECK: So-called ‘finsta’ accounts bring a different view of teen life to Instagram –Hannah Jannol, Shalhevet High School

Best Local Health Coverage:
Battling Cancer: Three students share journeys – Pearl Sun Walt Whitman High School

Best Niche Sports Coverage:
Art and fun in the form of parkour Arman Antonyan, Anderson W. Clark Magnet High School

Best National Health Coverage:
Three viruses, one mosquito – Harsimran Makkad, Sycamore High School

Best Political Coverage:
Presidential election sparks a week of mixed reactions from BSM students – Leo Driessen and Grace Gyolai, Benilde-St. Margaret’s

Best Killer-Creative Topic:
T-Shirt Epidemic – Amelia Vanyo, Coppell High School

Best Story About Writing:
On the Way to 50K: Discover the author inside yourself during NaNoWriMo –Elizabeth Anderson, Linganore High School

Best Community Editorial:
Column: Mental health in the South Asian community – Nimat Hossain, Lewisville High School  

Best Student Profile:
In the Middle: A Refugee’s Journey From Congo to Iowa – Molly Liu and Nova Meurice, City High School

Best Local Entertainment Profile:
Rock Stars of K-Park Emily Humble, Sarah Martell, Kylee Wing, Kingwood Park High School

Most Heartwarming Story:
Community helps senior reunite with mother – Grace Mottley and Caroline Cooney, The John Carroll School

We hope you enjoy reading the Best of the Best of SNO stories as much as we did. And hey! We’re still reading, so keep sending us your stuff. We can’t wait to read it.

Standing with her, a four-peat, and a hard goodbye: this week on Best of SNO

At SNO, we’ve been reviewing tons of Best of SNO submissions this week as staffs rush to get published before the end of the school year. This week, a student at Carlsbad High School fights a scary illness with a little help from her friends, a fourth championship is a little more special for the Canyon High School girls basketball team, and a Kearsley High School student hangs up her pom-poms. Read on for our weekly picks, written and submitted by students just like yours.

Sana Fights with a Smile – Brooke Wasson, Carlsbad High School
“The scariest side effect was waking up and not being able to feel my arms or legs when I woke up. I felt paralyzed. An emergency group had to come and pick me up and I was just crying out of fear since I couldn’t move anything.”

Fourpeat #4Tatum – Erin Sheffield & Codi Bradstreet, Canyon High School
“When you’re down, your heart starts racing because you know you have to get back in the game, but at the end of the game, when you know you’re about to win, it’s one of the best feelings.”

Alburtus says goodbye to cheer but looks forward to her future – Makalia Jenkins, Kearsley High School
“I will never be able to step on the mats as a high school cheerleader again, and that is most definitely my hardest goodbye.”

Technical Center becomes a starting point for success – Demi Nicole Manglona, Borah High School
“We just try to get them on the right path to be a valuable employee for someone down the road.”

Award winning Northampton Community College provides accessible and quality education for all – Alefiyah Vahanvaty, Stroudsburg High School
“You never really grow and learn from those experiences, unless you actually experience it yourself.”

We love featuring student journalism that’s interesting, well-written, and takes a unique angle on the stories we see every day. Encourage your students to polish up that story (or video or multimedia piece) and submit it right here!

Founding Futures, Learning Languages, and Killin’ Kayak Football: this week on Best of SNO

At SNO headquarters, we’re trying to remind ourselves that lots of rain is a good thing (even if we’re pretty sure it’s NEVER GOING TO STOP). But, we don’t need any reminders that Best of SNO is a great thing–– submissions remind us every day. This week, Ann Bailey profiles a mentorship program for young men, Abington High kids talk about learning English, and Elea Levin introduces the kids doing the coolest hybrid sport, maybe ever: kayak football. Read on for our weekly picks, written and submitted by students just like yours.

Lowcountry organization shapes futures for young men – Ann Bailey, Summerville High School
“The most difficult part about being a mentor is creating appropriate boundaries. Once you have spent a considerable amount of time with the mentees, you become really close. You have to remind yourself that you’re there to help guide them and not make decisions for them, no matter how much you care.”

New School, New Language – Brianna Medeiros, Abington High School
“I like the different method of teaching, because here, the teacher interacts with the student and I didn’t have that in Brazil.”

Veterans and students unite for Team River Runner’s kayak football tournament – Elea Levin, Walt Whitman High School
“Kayaking builds upper body strength, it helps with balance, and it gives veterans back sense of camaraderie and adventure.”

Alumni Spotlight: Winter on the Last Frontier – Taylor Hoover, Tyrone Area High School
“To catch a whale, you must have a good striker at the front of the boat and a good boat captain driving to get you close enough to the whale. It also takes a bit of luck to spot a whale in the first place.”

Feminism Club: A Place Where Everyone’s Welcome – Nikki Schobert, Peninsula High School
“Every gender, whatever you identify as, needs to be represented.”

We love featuring student journalism that’s interesting, well-written, and takes a unique angle on the stories we see every day. Encourage your students to polish up that story (or video or multimedia piece) and submit it right here!

Laureates, Life After, and Ukuleles: this week on Best of SNO

It’s officially spring, and we’re celebrating with some excellent Best of SNO stories. This week, Borah High School welcomes a Poet Laureate, Mekayla Phan profiles a peer’s life after the tsunami, and North Hall High gets acquainted with the girl with the uke. Read on for our weekly picks, written and submitted by students just like yours.

Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, connects with high school students by sharing poems – Demi Nicole Manglona, Borah High School
“Poetry is like music, sometimes you have to listen to it before you can understand it.”

Living After the Tsunami – Mekayla Phan, Sahuaro High School
“I think the most amazing part is that everybody in Japan was able to help out each other no matter what. They didn’t stand still and grieve over what happened.”

The Girl Behind the Ukulele – Destiny Mobley, North Hall High
“I like to make people happy, and to some, it usually makes them smile. I hope to brighten their day.”

Ethan Thompson’s Self Expression – Nathan Johnson, Peninsula High School
“When we were travelling I would always watch Youtube channels and I would think, ‘Hey, that would be pretty fun’.”

The Snow Hill Quartet – Erin Hogge, Kettle Run High School
“Being in a quartet presents challenges that are not in the typical orchestra class. You as an individual represent your part in the group.”

We love featuring student journalism that’s interesting, well-written, and takes a unique angle on the stories we see every day. Encourage your students to polish up that story (or video or multimedia piece) and submit it right here!

Concussions, Competitions, and Killin’ It: this week on Best of SNO

Up north, we’ve firmly settled into the new season (it might not even snow again!), and we’re totally digging the high quality Best of SNO submissions that have been rolling in. This week, a Wayzata High student talks concussion awareness, Marquette High students make their mark in a short film competition, and Cortney Chow profiles as peer who absolutely kills it, no matter what. Read on for our weekly picks, written and submitted by students just like yours.

Concussion Controversy: All About Recognition – Elisabeth Oster, Wayzata High School
“I think we are really starting to think about how we can protect our youth, athletes, pro-sport athletes, and people in general so that they can return to what they want to do.”

Students Succeed in Short-Film Competition – Neelansh Bute and Abhijit Srirangam, Marquette High School
“I learned how to work with difficult people,” Shah said. “I also learned how to better film and edit a video.”

Hailey Markus: a battle on wheels – Cortney Chow, Portage Northern High School
“Just ’cause I’m in a wheelchair doesn’t mean I’m any different.”

Geoffrey Wang: It’s hard to get better if you don’t practice – Nathan Zhao, Wayland High School
“People who really want to progress and get better practice a lot. My father always says, ‘If you practice forever, you can learn any trick.’”

The Arambula sisters miss family in Mexico but enjoy life in the U.S. – Autumn Prescott, Kearsley High School
“My sister and I are going to school, getting our education, and learning life lessons. As long as the four of us are together, things are good and, hopefully, continue to be.”

We love featuring student journalism that’s interesting, well-written, and takes a unique angle on the stories we see every day. Encourage your students to polish up that story (or video or multimedia piece) and submit it right here!

Perfection, Pulling it Together, and Plural Pastimes: this week on Best of SNO

It’s almost spring, and that makes it hard to concentrate on pretty much anything. But Best of SNO submissions are killer lately, and they’re really giving the extra sun a run for it’s money. This week, Adler Bowman profiles a peer who has struggled with an eating disorder, a Peninsula High student has his pick of colleges after pulling his life together, and Ethan McGee discusses the risks of athlete over-specialization. Read on for our weekly picks, written and submitted by students just like yours.

Starving for perfection – Adler Bowman, Kirkwood High School
“Every single time I stepped on the scale it felt like an accomplishment.”

From Suspended to Accepted: Tacoda Anker is College-Bound – Natalie Svinth, Peninsula High School
“Anker came from a place of calling suspension “free vacation” to being a semester away from earning all the credits he needs to graduate.”

Is over-specializing overdoing? – Ethan McGee, Bellwood-Antis High School
“Specializing athletes put so much effort into their sport every day that they often become tired of the work they’ve put in.”

Seniors enter business world with entrepreneurial endeavors – Roba Abousaway, Cinco Ranch High School
“I believe that I am able to accomplish anything I set my mind to, but I sometimes become apathetic about the company which leads to a reduction in sales.”

Ohio Education Board President visits Mayfield Schools – Alex Tramontano, Mayfield High School
“Ultimately, at the end of the day, we have to react and we have to change our course per the legislatures of what bills come out of there and how they direct us to what our most important thing is.”

We love featuring student journalism that’s interesting, well-written, and takes a unique angle on the stories we see every day. Encourage your students to polish up that story (or video or multimedia piece) and submit it right here!

Kids in Need, Taking a Stand, and Crossing Countries: this week on Best of SNO

It’s nearly spring, can you believe it? We can’t, but we’ve been buried under mountains of excellent Best of SNO submissions (which is not a bad place to be). This week, Davis McCool addresses the problem of homelessness among students in his district, Lawrence High deals with an offensive banner, and Zoee Rogers profiles a new math teacher with a solid case of wanderlust. Read on for our weekly picks, written and submitted by students just like yours.

School district identifies dozens of homeless students in need – Davis McCool, Oxford High School
“I think it starts off with awareness not to have on blinders and get caught in our little bubbles where everything is fine for us,” Roberson said. “There’s not a single person out there who doesn’t want to be loved.”

Shawnee Mission North banner removed from gym – Meredith Chapple, Lawrence High School
“When we have the opportunity to control things and it puts kids in a place where they feel some trust and some respect by their own school, then we’ve got to try to do that.”

Crossing countries, expanding minds – Zoee Rogers, Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School
“If you are willing to be open to new experiences and new adventures, then there is a whole wonderful world out there just waiting for you.”

Proctor inspires and finds love in art – Andi Fox, Harrisonburg High School
“People fascinate me. I like how we all have noses and eyes and teeth, but they are all different.”

Nashville Actors, Robert Kiefer and Carol Ponder, Perform ‘My Father’s War’ to Central Students – Zeena Whayeb, Chattanooga Central High School
“We have performed this play more than 150 times. So the hard thing is, how do I make it new every time?”

We love featuring student journalism that’s interesting, well-written, and takes a unique angle on the stories we see every day. Encourage your students to polish up that story (or video or multimedia piece) and submit it right here!

Positive People, Personal Evolution, and Protests: this week on Best of SNO

January took pretty much forever to get through, but it’s almost the middle of February already and time is flying! Best of SNO submissions are on fire, so we’ve got reading material to carry us all the way into spring, and that’s awesome. This week, Connor Lin profiles an inspiring teacher, Alex Ellison tells his story to a Sacramento Country Day School reporter, and Sophie Penn captures the scene at a local travel ban protest. Read on for our weekly picks, written and submitted by students just like yours.

History teacher awarded for social justice work – Connor Lin, Carlmont High School
“I am continually surrounded by people who inspire me, motivate me, teach me, and push me into new challenges in the work that I am being acknowledged for.”

From Anna Ellison to Alex Ellison: Alumnus explains his transition from a female to a male – Nicole Wolkov, Sacramento Country Day School
“I always wanted to be ‘one of the guys,’ whatever that means,” he said.

Protesters and lawyers show support at SFO – Sophie Penn, Carlmont High School
Check out Sophie Penn video report on a local travel ban protest.

The affected – Katie Judd, Kirkwood High School
“The worst part of it is that you know you aren’t going to die because that’s just how it feels, and all you want is for it to end and your mind is screaming at you to just use one more time.”

Tautology Club bonds over one quirky interest – Manar Ansari, St. John’s School
“If it sounds repetitively redundant, you’re on the right track.”

We love featuring student journalism that’s interesting, well-written, and takes a unique angle on the stories we see every day. Encourage your students to polish up that story (or video or multimedia piece) and submit it right here!

Driving Bus, Marching On, and Stopping Bullies: this week on Best of SNO

It’s basically the middle of winter, which means that engaging reading material is totally at a premium right now, so we’re pretty happy with Best of SNO submissions. This week, Cat Oriel profiles bus driver An’twon Colvin, Marywood and Southern Illinois University students discuss the epic Women’s March, and an Akins High student looks at legislation on cyber-bullying. Read on for our weekly picks, written and submitted by students just like yours.

‘Bus driving saved me:’ An’twon Colvin’s road to happiness – Cat Oriel, The Archer School for Girls
“I’ve seen my friends, I’ve seen them go down the wrong path, so I just took a different route.”

Carbondale women’s march draws hundreds in a show of equality, solidarity – Marnie Leonard, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
“I was in Washington in 1963 for the civil rights march,” said Greenfield, who has lived in the area since 1968. “I certainly didn’t think I would be doing this again 50 years later.”

Women’s March on Washington draws half a million people – Bethany Wade, Marywood University
“I think it will be something around for history to talk about for such a long time to come and that it’s important for people to see we’re here, willing to fight for our rights.”

Bill would enact stiff penalties on cyberbullies – Bethany Bissell, Akins High School
“It’s become such a problem, and they wanted to honor David by naming the law after him.”

‘I’m not just a minority – I’m a Muslim American’ – Hannah Ortega, Lovejoy High School
“I learned to accept the jeers and the negativity,” Syed said. “When people do that, I learned to say to myself, ‘Well they don’t know me.’”

We love featuring student journalism that’s interesting, well-written, and takes a unique angle on the stories we see every day. Encourage your students to polish up that story (or video or multimedia piece) and submit it right here!

Best of SNO Call for Submissions: Women’s March

We’ve had a big week. The US got a new president, we learned about “alternative facts” and Dippin’ Dots, and probably the biggest thing? The Women’s March on Washington and similar protests around the world. In fact, Saturday’s march may have been the biggest protest in American history. And we’re willing to bet that some of those on the scene were student journalists, there to report on the events.

Were your students there? Send us their best stories, images and videos. We can’t wait to see and feature them on Best of SNO.

Pro tip: we’re looking for local stories. We want to know what it was like to be on the scene, reporting history. Send us that story.