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.’”

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