Candlelight: Seniors Pass the Torch to Juniors

Seniors wait in line to receive their awards on paper. These will be awards that they can remember their high school career. Photo Credit / Bill BowserIn rows of blue and white, the eager seniors of Loy Norrix High School’s class of 2017 waited outside of the auditorium for the opening Candlelight. Candlelight is more than a gathering of over anxious seniors into an auditorium, … Continue reading Candlelight: Seniors Pass the Torch to Juniors

A Shared Love of Playing Soccer

Loy Norrix freshman Carlos Santos found love for the game of soccer from his father at an early age. As a child, his father had him playing in competitive games with adults and created practice regiments for him. Santos was never forced to play, but his father wanted to share his love for the game with his son. Santos’s father was a pro soccer player … Continue reading A Shared Love of Playing Soccer

Preparing for Early/Middle College

Guest Writer Brandon Schnurr “I’m just an average kid with average scores and average grades,” said sophomore Jordan Taylor, but she is anything but average. Taylor is one of the few students entering Kalamazoo Public School’s Early/Middle College program at Kalamazoo Valley Community College for the 2017-2018 school year. She wants, and will, pursue a career in early education, one of the many fields offered by the … Continue reading Preparing for Early/Middle College

Harvard Celebrates Black Intelligence

Guest Writer Jordan Taylor-Effinger It is debatable that racism is a thing of the past. Despite the “progress” in our culture, racism is still prevalent today in the U.S. According to Peter Jacobs from “Business Insider,” racial tension and ethnic tensions makes up 5 percent of the biggest problems on college campuses.” While becoming more diverse everyday, U.S. colleges and universities have become a platform for … Continue reading Harvard Celebrates Black Intelligence

Loy Norrix’s Malik Farrakhan Working to Help Restore Lost Eyesight

Glaucoma is an incurable eye condition that currently affects over 3 million people in the United States. Starting with their peripheral vision and extending inward, patients slowly go blind. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, glaucoma affects people young and old, with 10 percent of patients losing eyesight even with proper medical care. If the symptoms are caught early enough, doctors can address the issue … Continue reading Loy Norrix’s Malik Farrakhan Working to Help Restore Lost Eyesight

What Happens When Jesus Takes The Wheel?

Guest Writer Lily Graham “When you put your trust in a higher power, it gives you a more positive outlook on life,” said Loy Norrix Sophomore Bailee Smith, when talking about her relationship with God.   All religions can have many values and beliefs, but what the majority of faiths have in common is the ability to put trust in a power or essence above … Continue reading What Happens When Jesus Takes The Wheel?

Views From Racially Mixed Students

Being ethnically mixed can be both a blessing and a curse. For some students it makes them feel out of place and awkward, but for others it can help make them feel like they fit in more because they can relate to many different cultures. Pew Research Center finds that 60 percent of multiracial people are proud of their mixed-race background and 59 percent feel … Continue reading Views From Racially Mixed Students

Standardized Testing Rips the Fun out of Learning

Guest Writer Lily Graham The alarm goes off on the first day of school, for most second graders this means a year of new classmates, exciting subjects and another year closer to being a “big kid.” For most 9th graders the school year entails being ridiculed by upperclassman, more homework, and the PSATs. Kids and teens should enjoy learning instead of dreading the mundane lessons preparing … Continue reading Standardized Testing Rips the Fun out of Learning

From the Field to the Studio: Sports Give Senior a Love of Photography

Guest Writer Nate Goodwin-Kelly Twenty years from now you’re visiting your mom. You reach behind a dusty corner and find a box filled with old books. Intrigued, you dig into the box and find your senior yearbook. You flip through and nostalgia sets in as you’re taken back to your glory days. The photos of your football team suffering another heart-wrenching defeat on the gridiron, the … Continue reading From the Field to the Studio: Sports Give Senior a Love of Photography

Waiting for Weighting: Kalamazoo Public Schools Should Weight the KAMSC Classes on a 5.0 Scale

Guest Writer Nathan Goodwin-Kelly On most weeknights, there are numerous students staying up late into the night, studying and completing assignments.  The Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center is attended by a small portion of Kalamazoo area students. Students take math, science and computer science classes as well as doing at least one scientific research project each year. The typical KAMSC freshman schedule consists of … Continue reading Waiting for Weighting: Kalamazoo Public Schools Should Weight the KAMSC Classes on a 5.0 Scale