The Pel Mel

Editorial Opinion of the Staff: Go Vote, It’s Your Duty

October 22, 2018

  This has been a politically tumultuous year filled with anger, panic, chaos, and fear. In a book entitled, “Divided America”, the editors of the Associated Press deemed America more divided now than at any point...

Finding A Solution to Child Labor

Anna Shampanier-Bowen, Sophomore

May 30, 2018

According to the United Nations, child labor is “any work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and which is harmful to their physical, moral and mental development.” Around the world,...

The Problem with Racial Profiling

Henry Gutch, Sophomore

May 29, 2018

Racial profiling is defined by the National Institute of Justice as “a practice that targets people for suspicion of crime based on their race, ethnicity, religion or national origin.” Although using racial profiling is illegal...

Opinion of the Staff: Standardized Tests Need a Change

May 29, 2018

As one enters high school, there are many fears that cross the mind. Will I have a good experience? Will I take the best classes? Will I get the right grades to go to the college of my choice? Should I take the SAT or ACT? Tests...

The Price of a Participation Trophy

Ella Stern, Junior, Assistant Features Editor

May 29, 2018

If you are an American teenager, it is very likely that you have a “participation” trophy, medal, or certificate sitting in your room collecting dust. It has probably idly sat there since you were a part of that rec soccer...

Twitter in the Trump Presidency

Madison Popovic, Co-Managing Editor, Sophomore

May 24, 2018

Words have power, so people have to think before they speak. Donald Trump has utilized Twitter to express his views on certain topics, including the missile predicament between Russia and Syria. The president has impulsively “threatened”...

Point/Counterpoint: School Safety in the Post-Parkland Era; For

Daniela Christian, Freshman, Staff Reporter

May 24, 2018

In the first 16 weeks of 2018, according to CNN, there were 20 school shooting incidents, ranging from mere accidents to multiple homicides. Unfortunately, according to a study at Harvard University, the number of school shootings...

Point/Counterpoint: School Safety in the Post-Parkland Era; Against

Gavin Woods, Senior, Co-Editor-In-Chief

May 23, 2018

Following the Parkland High School shooting in which 17 students were killed and another 17 sustained injuries, schools nationwide are updating their security policies. While the decade-old debate as to whether or not the second...

The Ben Commandments: Humorous Advice You Never Really Asked For

Ben Glickman, Junior, Co-Editorial Director

May 23, 2018

Q: I feel like this school year will never end. How can I make the 4th quarter go by faster? A: Little games will help you pass the time. Try playing a numbers game with the points tally for Olympics. It should be pretty easy...

Putting the “Us” in #MeToo

Charlotte Edmunds, Junior, Co-Editor in Chief

March 16, 2018

One can’t scroll through Instagram, Facebook or Twitter without encountering the hashtag “MeToo,” which emerged after Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was publicly accused of sexual assault. Through this hashtag, women...

Point/Counterpoint: Open Enrollment

Mason Brady, Senior

March 16, 2018

In a country that is founded on the principles of freedom, it makes sense that people would want to be able to choose the level of their education, and the courses they want for the future. As we continue to try to push the country...

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