Furry friends, the power of awareness, and Ms. Bond: this week on Best of SNO

Some important questions made it into the Best of SNO inbox this week; for instance, have you ever asked yourself why there hasn’t been a female James Bond? We also received multiple in-depth articles on both mental health and animal shelters this week– what are the odds? Read on for our weekly picks, submitted and written by students just like you.

Step into my mind for a daySydney Kinzy, Parkway West High School
“I have ADD,” sophomore Megan Larsen said. “It is a disorder; it’s not some quirky thing that you have and it’s cute. It’s not. It’s a disorder, and I dislike having it.”

Giving a voice to the voiceless: The Humane Society of Forsyth CountyLogan White, Lambert High School
“Contrary to popular belief, shelter animals have some of the sweetest dispositions, but they also have some of the saddest stories. Most of the furry residents at HSFC were taken out of shelters with high euthanasia rates or even abandoned completely. The world is a huge place, and yet, most animals have no one to rely on.”

Diseases of devastationCayla Vanderzanden, The Lambert Post
“My best advice to anybody that is dealing with a mental illness; would be to find something that helps you. Discover something that you can use as a healthy coping mechanism.”

A day at the shelter – Minju Kang, West Ranch High School
“B.A.R.K. (Benefit All Rejected K-9s) is a club on campus designed to help neighboring shelters with fundraisers and volunteering service. The members of West Ranch club, B.A.R.K. are greeted by Nancy Anderson, owner of The Brittany Foundation. She takes the girls on a tour, introduces all the animals, and demonstrates how to properly clean out the kennels.”

Can there be a female James Bond?Aparna Verma, Catonsville High
“We may find a female James Bond in our movie theaters who won’t be seen for her body, but for her strong, emphatic personality.”

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