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!