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The competitive edge: supportive or stressful?

Sonia Zaacks and Matthew Chupack, Executive Features Editor and Features Editor

December 7, 2018

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Getting asked about her grades is a common occurrence for junior Sarah Cottick. After a big test, her peers do not hesitate to compare answers and test scores.  “People are constantly asking [about] grades, people are constantly comparing test scores [and] peopl...

Students consumed by competition

Micha Gachpar and Ellie Pazol, Features Editors

December 7, 2018

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The feeling of competition with  his peers appeared as early as elementary school for junior Ryan Hertzberg. Kindergarten activities were slowly replaced with projects and the tasks of learning how to read and write.  ...

FDA declares vaping an epidemic

Maddie Harris, Features Editor

November 2, 2018

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On her way to a Glenbrook North volleyball game, senior Alana Gertz uncomfortably watched her friends pull out their JUULs to use during the brief car ride. She tries to stay away from these products, so she got a different ride...

Myths and myths busted

Sonia Zaacks and Matthew Chupack, Executive Features Editor and Features Editor

November 2, 2018

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Myth: I can stop whenever I want… The belief that e-cigarettes are not addictive is a myth. University researcher Ayodeji Awopegba said in a phone interview that because e-cigarettes contain nicotine, kids are becoming addicted...

Filtering the effects of caffeine

Sonia Zaacks and Ellie Pazol, Executive Features Editor and Features Editor

September 28, 2018

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Years after getting hooked on caffeine, science teacher Joel Borowicz developed peptic ulcers in his stomach, eventually causing him to be hospitalized. He began drinking coffee in sixth grade, and by the age of 14, he was consuming...

Different paths to education

Lucia Bosacoma, Executive Features Editor

May 24, 2018

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By the end of her senior year, alumna Dana Cagen (‘17) was exhausted. Four years of intensive studying and extracurriculars left her tired and burnt out to the point at which she could not imagine attending college in the fall. ...

Senior embarks on immersion trip

Leah Matlin, Features Editor

May 24, 2018

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Attending college right after high school was what senior Matt Marschall had always expected to do. Yet, after attending a gap fair program during his junior year, he began to look into various postgraduate options. He plans to take a gap year in which he will travel to Ecuador to live with a host family and partic...

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