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NCHS from the student’s point of view…

Great! But can we free ourselves from homework?

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Kate McMahon Opinions Editor @KateM_Courant Not everyone looks forward to Mr. Egan’s weekly email, the appropriately named “Weekly Update”, but I for one enjoy it. Maybe it is because it makes me feel important. Maybe because I like receiving emails that don’t have to do with discounted dog beds. Most importantly it might be because nine out of ten times Principal Egan has some good things to say. Although the Weekly Update might not be interesting to all, I am sure the words “homework free” in the subject line a couple of weeks ago interested most everyone. The words immediately…

Is competition crushing us?

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Meredith Luchs, Reporter @mluchscourant Writing this article, I feel I’ve put myself in a dangerous position. I can already hear the arguments about capitalism and how important it is that we are constantly improving in response to other’s improvements. I can picture the murmurs about coddling America’s youth and not introducing them to the “harsh reality” of the win-lose world we live in. Perhaps you’re anticipating a whiny soliloquy of a loser arguing against competition in an attempt to regain some dignity, but competition exists on macro and micro scales; beyond the competition of businesses and corporations, individuals “moving up…

Letters I didn’t send to an advice column I don’t write

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Ahh, Mattel. They’ve created multiple new bodies for this beloved toy after facing years of criticism for unrealistic body images and physically impossible proportions. I can hear moms clamoring around the country screaming, “It’s about time!”. On a recent TIME magazine cover, the curvier Barbie is displayed with the bolded words, “Now can we stop talking about my body?” TIME states, “92% of American girls ages three to twelve have owned a Barbie, thanks in part to her affordable $10 price tag.” With a doll that is so widely known and coveted, one would think that this leap that Mattel…

Things every NCHS student can relate to

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Meredith Luchs, Reporter @mluchscourant As a senior at NCHS, I feel that I have come to truly understand the NCHS experience. I’ve studied intensely, learned a lot, found friends (and enemies), and made some wonderful memories. But, if I were to synthesize these thoughts into the 15 most relatable experiences, it would probably look a little like this… Setting five alarms because waking up this early is practically impossible. 2) Planning on going to bed at a reasonable hour and eating a balanced breakfast. But you inevitably fall asleep at 2.a.m., stumble out of bed feeling like you’ve been hit…

We were on a break (kind of, but not really)

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Gretchen McCarthy, Editorial Director @GretchenCourant After a week and half holiday break you would think the halls of NCHS would have a relaxed and refreshed vibe, but instead the only thing I could feel as I walked back through the doors was tension coming off people in waves. Maybe it’s because I’m a senior and this break covered January 1st, the day of reckoning for most college applications, but overall it seemed like people had not been able to leave their academic responsibilities behind as they left school for vacation. This long of a break should have meant a complete…

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