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E(val)uating the Dismis(sal)s of Titles

By Lucia Geng As long as schools have been around, the practice of awarding the titles of valedictorian and salutatorian has as well. It’s only natural: after all, our best and brightest deserve recognition and honors. However, in the environment of South High, awarding the titles of valedictorian and salutatorian does more harm than good,[…]

Cartoon drawn by Amanda Shen

Revealing the True Cost of Public High School

In the 1830s, a movement to provide education to all children in the United States was initiated. In 1917, the Smith-Towner Act, which established the Federal Department of Education, caused this movement to gain momentum. Eventually, a system was created where all documented children would receive free quality instruction. In spite of seemingly free access[…]

Cartoon by Angelina Wang

Our Liability for Our Labels: Be Wary of How We Categorize

Today, we often hear politicians bemoan political correctness—right before saying something that people may find insensitive, disagreeable, or prejudiced. Political correctness is simply the active attempt to avoid language that marginalizes or discriminates, yet people have ascribed a negative connotation to the concept when they conflate censorship with this correctness. But the core of the[…]

Cartoon by Amanda Shen

Love Is Love Day
Love is All Days

By Amanda Shen Valentine’s Day. A day characterized by pastel-colored Necco Sweethearts, pink and red glittered Hallmark cards, cheaply made stuffed bears holding hearts and roses, and crinkly chocolate wrappers. A day whose true purpose has been largely forgotten. As with most holiday traditions, Valentine’s Day has completely transformed in our society into a festival[…]

Cartoon by Angelina Wang

Make Your Education Count: Focus on Learning, Not Grades

At South, in Great Neck, and in an alarmingly increasing number of schools, we as students are faced with an expectation of academic excellence. Going to college has become a requisite in today’s world, and we are pressured to spend our high school years pursuing impressive grades to earn entrance to “good colleges,” which has[…]