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.

Finsta, Finding a New Name, and Friends to the End: this week on Best of SNO

Maybe it’s the increase in daylight these days (we’ll take every minute of it) but Best of SNO submissions have been delightful and intriguing. This week, Hannah Jannol tells all about a new social media trend, “Finsta,” Chinese students at Sacramento Country Day School discuss choosing their English names, and Meherina Khan makes a thoughtful and touching tribute to her hijab. Read on for our weekly pics, written and submitted by students just like yours.

REALITY CHECK: So-called ‘finsta’ accounts bring a different view of teen life to Instagram – Hannah Jannol, Shalhevet High School
“This is all the stuff I want to post but because it’s not acceptable or it’s not like what everyone else is posting, I don’t post it to my main. But I can put it on my finsta.”

Choosing new English names no big deal for Chinese international students – Mohini Rye, Sacramento Country Day School
“Surprisingly, most of the Chinese students treated their English names nonchalantly.”

Personal Column: Hijab and me – Meherina Khan, Cinco Ranch High School
“I became a student journalist with a voice—not only for myself, but for people of all different races, faiths, ethnicities, and sexualities who are looked down upon for being different. Hijab helped me convey my moods and convictions.”

Spirit of late student lives on through foundation – Rachel Powell, Pascack Valley High School
“We take our lives for granted. We get to do things every day that we want to do and other people don’t have that opportunity,”

PSEO – not always a fairytale ending – Miranda Felton, Cannon Falls High School
“This stress, I feel, not only took away from the quality of my education, but the experience of senior year.”

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!

Conversion Therapy, Cancer, and Cards for a Cause: this week on Best of SNO

Oh man, it’s tough to say why (maybe it’s lack of sun, maybe it’s the fact that it’s the middle of January, maybe (we like this one) it’s the stiff competition for the SNO Distinguished Sites Excellence in Writing badge) but Best of SNO submissions got real. This week, Izza Choudry tackled the controversial topic of conversion therapy, a student at Pearl Sun shares three stories of classmates battling cancer, and a student at Cinco Ranch High gives back, in a different way. Read on for our weekly picks, written and submitted by students just like yours.

The Harsh Truth About Conversion Therapy – Izza Choudhry, Southern Lehigh High School
“In truth, [conversion therapy accomplishes] not much of anything,” Mrs. Tocci said. “Its existence only seems to strike fear and to support the notion that orientation is a choice that can be changed.”

Battling Cancer: Three students share journeys – Pearl Sun, Walt Whitman High School
“You never know what people have going on, so don’t assume anything,” Matthews said. “Even though people who go through this experience might look or seem different, they’re still the same person.”

Cards for a cause  – Joanne Chavali, Cinco Ranch High School
“I felt really guilty being both Muslim and in America because I wasn’t doing anything. I know there are things people do like protests, but I felt like that wasn’t doing anything personal for the people.”

‘This made his entire senior year’ – Ali Wagner, Bellwood-Antis High School
“Brandon is not just a senior that rarely gets his chance in varsity games, but one who lives with with autism.”

From undocumented to citizenship – Harley Quinn Smith, The Archer School for Girls
“Gomez has a message for Donald Trump: ‘We want to work, but we can’t work if you don’t give us the opportunity to,’ she said. ‘I hope he can change his mind.’”

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!

One more thing:  We now have Best of SNO plaques!