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Rosie Pipada: A sister and a teacher

By: Natasha Kanitkar & Juliana Wojtenko While students were busy scrambling to prepare for the start of the 2018 school year, Junior Rosie Pipada was busy teaching students English at Prashanti Vidya Mandir School in Kota, India. During the summer of 2017, Pipada visited her family in India. After seeing students struggling to learn English at school, she realized that she wanted to dedicate her free time to making a difference in those kids’ lives. After a bit of logistical coordination, she informed the school that during the following summer, she would teach the kids English lessons. This past August, she eagerly showed up at the Prashanti Vidya Mandir School to begin her project. Upon arriving, she got her own […]

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You should care about the clothes you wear: A guide to thrifting

By: Imogen Lubin Entering a thrift store, you are immediately greeted with the thick musty smell of vintage clothing. If you’re not familiar with this scent, imagine the smell that hits you whenever you enter your grandmother’s house––a blend of floral perfume, body odor, cigarettes, and mildew. The smell, accompanied by flickering lights, linoleum floors, and overcrowded racks, characterize every thrift store. experience. Despite this overwhelming environment, I love thrifting. Here’s why: 1. Thrifting brings people together. In the thrift store I most frequently shop at, Red White and Blue, they play all the announcements twice, first in English and then in Spanish. There are so many different people from various walks of life, who, without the existence of these […]

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Why the world sucks

By: Emma Gampper Over the summer, I was lucky enough to receive a digital subscription to the New York Times—or so I thought. Immediately after I activated my account and downloaded the app, I was plagued with notifications that still haunt me to this day. I often woke up to a buzzing phone in crisis rather than an alarm clock. After all, nothing says good morning like a notification that reads, “The U.S. is holding a record 12,800 migrant children in detention, a fivefold increase from May 2017, data obtained by The Times shows.” What a time to be alive. Now don’t get me wrong, I love The New York Times, but every once in a while I wish I […]

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No, I don’t know what I’m going to do with the rest of my life.

By: Rafeea Tamboli Dear admissions officers, I am confused. I am not old enough to vote. Nor am I old enough to rent a car. Nor am I old enough to drink. However, apparently, I am old enough to decide what I want to do for the rest of my life. Like most seniors, I’m currently buried under a mountain of college essays. In almost every single one of them, I’ve had to write about what I want to be. Now you may think that it’s not too tough of a task; there must surely be some profession that intrigues me. And you are correct. I’m intrigued by International Relations. And Near East Studies. And neurology. And artificial intelligence. And […]

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One thousand one hundred thirty five and counting

The number represents how many people have died because of mass shootings since 1966. On October 27, 2018, eleven people were killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue. On November 8, 2018, twelve people, including college students, were killed at a California country music bar. The following is a collection of student opinions regarding mass shootings. “I remember someone telling me that religion brings nothing but violence. That religion does not promote peace, but rather hatred. That religion will be the downfall of humanity. When I heard about the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting, I remembered this conversation. However, I didn’t remember this conversation because I’d found an example of religion-based hate—actually, it was quite the opposite. I remembered this conversation because I’d found […]

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What exactly is love?

By: Rafeea Tamboli & Raymond Chang Preface: The following is an accurate representation of what happened between Rafeea and Raymond while they were trying to write an article about love. Just like love is complicated, this conversation reflects the complications that arise when discussing love. Raymond: Have you seen the video, “Why ‘love’ is a useless word – and three alternatives,” from The School of Life? I want to touch on some ideas mentioned in that video during some parts of the article. Also, have you ever experienced those texting highs, which is basically explained by the Greek term, Eros, mentioned in the video? Texting highs are where in the first couple weeks of texting someone, every conversation is really […]

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On living in a chicken soup bubble

By: Sarah Hudes My grandmother’s chicken soup is only adorned with matzo balls on the highest of holidays. On these special days, we roll them together from a box of Manischewitz matzo ball mix; hers are always smooth and perfectly sized (the size of a walnut is ideal, she says), while mine always turn out large and lumpy. I’ve never ceased to roll these imperfectly ginormous balls, and my grandmother has never ceased to remind me, pronouncing my name Sah-rah, rather than the typical gentile pronunciation, Sair-ruh, that the size of the balls will double in the pot. The stainless steel pot is the largest pot you will encounter in your lifetime, so I’m never sure why she is so […]

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New gender-neutral bathrooms open for student use

By: Megan Leung & Emma Gampper At the beginning of the 2018 school year, students at High School North discovered that one of the bathrooms at the end of the upstairs math hallway had been transformed from a girl’s restroom to a gender-neutral restroom. The gender-neutral bathrooms are not new—North already had converted two other bathrooms in previous years. The first of the older gender-neutral bathroom is down the athletic hallway in the trainer’s office, while the second is in the nurse’s office. Another gender-neutral bathroom has been created right off the main hallway. These three locations combined with the one upstairs make the bathrooms accessible to gender nonconforming students regardless of where they may be in the school. The […]

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High School North students visit Europe

By: Camila Angola & Emane Haque & Ananya Dondapati Eleven High School North students spent their summer vacation traveling across Europe and immersing themselves in different cultures under the guidance of the Education First, or EF Tours, travel program. The program is not sponsored by the West Windsor-Plainsboro school district; the tours are run independently by EF Tours and North teachers. In previous years, the trips were offered only to students who took Spanish, but this year students taking French and German were also able to attend, as the destinations did not only include Spanish-speaking countries. The two tours consisted of separate destinations: the first—led by Spanish teacher Ashley Warren and social studies teacher Matthew Warren—visited Spain, Switzerland, Italy, France, […]

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West Windsor-Plainsboro introduces Class III Officers

By: Michael Miller & Natasha Kanitkar & Ananya Sathish Due to a 5-3 majority vote from West Windsor-Plainsboro’s Board of Education, Class III officers will be added to schools in the district, including High School North. The new Class III officers will function similarly to most police and will be stationed at all ten WW-P schools throughout the day. Class III officers are retired police officers who still retain full police powers, including a police uniform and police-issued firearms. “There will be one officer at each school during the day with a second officer at each of the high schools during the evening for a total of 12 regular shifts,” Anthony Fleres, the Head of the Board of Education, said. […]

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West-Windsor Plainsboro unofficially passes referendum

By: Rafeea Tamboli & Aashika Mehta On November 6, as West Windsor and Plainsboro residents voted for Senators, House representatives, and Board of Education representatives, they also voted to pass a district-wide referendum. The election results, published on the West Windsor-Plainsboro School District website state that the referendum “passed in both communities by over 1,500 votes.” The referendum focuses on four main issues: school safety, air quality, program improvements, and residential growth. The Board of Education proposed the referendum after reviewing the possibilities of expanding schools to increase student capacity, build and renovate facilities, and improve current school conditions. Dr. David Aderhold, Superintendent of the school district, said, “the goal of the referendum is to build facilities to address the […]

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Olivia Young dominates on and off the volleyball court

By: Camila Angola Balancing sports, academics, and other interests is an arduous task for most students. Some might crack under pressure or not be able to perform well. However, for Senior Olivia Young, balancing volleyball and her other responsibilities, all while keeping a positive attitude, comes with ease. Young first started playing volleyball in eighth grade and has been a varsity player for three years. She was introduced to the sport by an after school clinic held at North by one of the varsity players at the time, and immediately gravitated towards the sport. Volleyball takes up a lot of her time, but Young has never found it particularly difficult to keep herself organized. “I find that playing volleyball helps […]

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Lily Huang: A Stroke of Brilliance

By: Pranav Nair Each stroke from Lily Huang’s brush is delicately precise––creating vibrant paintings that come to life. To Huang, art isn’t just the picturesque scenery one might see on a postcard. Rather, it is a medium of expression in which she is free to channel her true self. “I incorporate aspects of my life that really matter to me into my art. My art reflects my deep interests in the environment and in human nature,” Huang said. The root of Huang’s talents can be traced back to her childhood. “I couldn’t stop doodling on my homework. My friends and family told me I had a knack for art and that it would be a worthwhile pursuit,” Huang said. Although […]

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Behind the goals of Alex Quezada: anything and everything soccer

By: Pranav Nair & Aashika Mehta With immense devotion, a tremendous heart, and the skills to bring it all together, Senior Alex Quezada, already named MVP of the soccer team, exemplifies the role of captain in North’s soccer team. His talents have brought him recognition at many levels, such as The Colonial Valley Conference and the Mercer County Tournament. Quezada became infatuated with the sport when he was four years old, at which time he began his career with recreational soccer in East Windsor. Ever since then, Quezada’s life has centered around the sport. “Soccer has helped me become a stronger leader. It has affected my life greatly. I’ve noticed that in class when we work in groups, I find […]

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I’m in love with Five Guys

By: Emma Gampper For most people, home away from home is a friend’s house, the library, or maybe even a school’s sports team. But for me, it’s Five Guys––the one near Pet Valu and Panera. The red and white color scheme paired with the smell of potatoes and peanuts is oddly comforting. It’s familiar. This sense of comfort, coupled with […]

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Starr shines brightly in Angie Thomas’ “The Hate U Give”

By: Megan Leung To simply focus on how Amandla Stenberg was tremendously able to give yet another stunning, heart-wrenching, authentic performance, would, while reflecting the truth, be undermining the sheer brilliance of the story she was given to tell. 19-year-old Stenberg––flanked by almost equally striking performances by Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie, and Common––portrays the main character in the […]