Choices, Cherished Moments and Challenging Gender Definitions: this week on Best of SNO

Wow. It’s hard to believe it’s already November, but it’s even harder to believe how truly outstanding the Best of SNO submissions have been over the past seven days. This week, Jillian Cheney explores the choices made by teen parents, an Iowa City West student tells a story of enduring memory and strength in the face of loss, and Michael Moonjely discusses the struggle to define gender at the 2016 Olympics. Read on for our weekly picks, written and submitted by students just like yours.

Dealing with the unexpected
Jillian Cheney, Texas High School
“After the birth of his child, Ragland has devoted much of his time and dedication to raising her. He knows that not a lot of teen dads take responsibility for their children, but he is determined to make her a part of his life.”

The story of a miracle
Fenna Semken, Iowa City West High School
“After learning the news of her daughter’s condition, the focus of the pregnancy shifted from dreaming about little pink clothes to praying for just two hours with her daughter.”

Defining the female Olympian
Michael Moonjely, Iowa City West High School
“As Semenya kept getting faster, the debate surrounding her only got bigger.”

Exclusive: Oxford resident, Holocaust survivor speaks out for first time
Davis McCool, Oxford High School
“My dad was an optimist,” Puttman said. “He thought none of it was going to amount a hill of beans. But then, within a few months, the writing was on the wall.”

NFL Quarterback’s Protest Draws Attention to Police Brutality
Sarah Trebicka, Southern Lehigh High School
“As long as unarmed black Americans continue to be disproportionately killed by police, it is unlikely that protests such as Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the anthem will falter.”

Racist incidents spark action at Ashland Shakespeare Festival
Adam Dean, Sacramento Country Day School
“Lally, a Sikh who wears a turban, was walking in the town to get food with two of his friends when three men in a truck pulled up beside him and told him to go back to his country.”

*Correction: Last week, we featured this story by American School of Paris students Susie Pieper, Jess Schot and Hugo Ward, but we credited the wrong school. Our apologies to ASP and these fantastic student journalists.

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