The good, the bad and controversial

Ellie Jordan, Managing Editor

May 25, 2017

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Ninety-nine percent of the time, I find it easy to overcome the infamous case of writer’s block. I’ve spent the last three years writing opinions columns for the Torch with all the enthusiasm of a hyper-opinionated, dr... Read more »

Thank you to all of my high school friends

Kelly Johnson, Page Editor

May 25, 2017

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Being able to attend Glenbrook North high school was like winning an award, and for that this is my acceptance speech. First, I would like to thank the administration for making the district lines include my house, my mom for a... Read more »

Don’t get hooked onto one path

Kaylyn Du, Executive Opinions Editor

May 25, 2017

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For the past year, I’ve lived and breathed this question. I’ve heard it from my parents while scarfing down dinner, watched as it plagued conversations with my teachers and cringed upon hearing my friends ask the same questi... Read more »

Searching for the perfect apple

Ben Zhao, Executive Features Editor

May 25, 2017

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I can’t stand an apple with bruises. I don’t even remember when this distaste began, all I know is that whenever I see the slightest signs of a bump on an otherwise pristine apple, I find myself instinctively throwing... Read more »

80-year-old graduates high school

Liza McMahon, Advertising Editor

May 25, 2017

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In many ways, I embody the characteristics of a senior citizen more than a senior in high school: I love HGTV, I knit all the time, and I dream of retirement. But wait — one of these is not like the rest. Knitting is not just for o... Read more »

Please, expose our biases

Emily Chwa, Editor-in-Chief

May 25, 2017

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Who would win in a fight: a giant squid or a sperm whale? Easy, the whale. Tentacles are no match for a mammal the size of a 16-wheeler. The math or English department? The math department, of course. Taking a TI-Nspire to t... Read more »

Do it for the community

Gillian Redstone, Staff Writer

May 25, 2017

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The most power I have as a member of Torch is knowing the code on the keypad to get into the locked room. That’s certainly how it seems, at least. But now’s my last chance to elaborate. For those who don’t know,... Read more »

Going the extra degree

Hailey Koretz, Executive Sports Editor

May 25, 2017

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In Torch, we use the saying, “212 it.” The saying comes from a video entitled “212° the extra degree” from InspireYourPeople.com. At 211 degrees, water is simply very hot. But at 212 degrees, it boils. There’s not much... Read more »

Start writing your future

Zoe Engels, Executive News Editor

May 25, 2017

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On June 4, I’ll be leaving Glenbrook North with a diploma, thousands of pencils, a $10,000 grant and a commitment to help children across the world. I was compelled to create Write the Future, a non-profit that donates ... Read more »

Weighing the cost of education

May 25, 2017

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The average cost of four years at a public university nowadays is about the same as an all-electric Tesla, a water jet pack or 400,000 pounds of gummy bears. It’s roughly $100,000 that can be used in a lot of different wa... Read more »

A letter to the culturally uninformed

Anya Eydelman, Staff Writer

April 21, 2017

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Dear woman  standing in front of me at the Lifetime Fitness café, I am dying to know where you got your Hamsa necklace from. I’ve been looking to buy a meaningful Hamsa bracelet for my sister’s bat mitzvah, so I ha... Read more »

From diapers to diplomas

Grace Chatas, Staff Writer

April 21, 2017

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I am going to attend an Ivy League university. I heard these words during my first week of freshman year. They were not uttered by a confident senior or even an eager junior. Based on her appearance, the speaker looked as if she could... Read more »

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