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!