By Mabel Soriano, 12th Grade When I say I want to stay in the Dominican Republic, I’m usually met by a sigh. A sigh that evokes pity or perhaps disappointment. I’ve probably been worrying about college before I even started high school. My parents emphasized how important this decision was and how it deserved my time and absolute attention. A decision that will severely influence … Continue reading Why I decided to stay in the D.R.
By Mabel Soriano, 11th Grade The summer is arriving, and we are tired of the usual book selection school requires us to read. I don’t know about you, but some classics are difficult to read due to the old English filling the pages. Even though I enjoy reading the Color Purple and the Great Gatsby, I want to see more modern literature in my assignments. … Continue reading Summer books teachers should assign
By Mabel Soriano, 11th Grade If the Supreme Court votes to overturn Roe v. Wade, as a leaked draft majority opinion indicates it might, access to abortion would vary across states due to differing policies. Advocates of abortion rights are expressing concerns that some states’ efforts will go further to curtail contraceptive use. But has Tennessee already outright banned the emergency contraceptive known as Plan … Continue reading Did Tennessee Ban Plan B?
By Mabel Soriano, 11th Grade Burgos is a place of many cultural treasures ranging from their tasteful blood sausage, breathtaking architecture, and perhaps one of the most relevant museums relating to the study of Darwinism. The Museum of Human Evolution is an institution of paleontology-the study of ancient life— and biological anthropology—the study of evolution—that holds various collections of fossils and lithic technology excavated near … Continue reading Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos, Spain
By Mabel Soriano, 11th Grade In recent decades, the public acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community has risen. In 2015, the United States declared same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. However, the LGBTQ+ community is still battling to acquire rights already given to heterosexual individuals. Although prejudice is persistent, many advances have occurred. Well, until now. The Florida Senate passed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, … Continue reading Don’t Say Gay Florida Bill
By Mabel Soriano, 11th Grade Stephen Chbosky once said, “Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight”. Books play an essential role in every person’s life by introducing us to a world of imagination, expanding our horizons, knowledge, and perspective. Books act as doorways that connect us … Continue reading The Controversy of Book Bans
By Mabel Soriano, 11th Grade Elliot Page once said, “This world would be a lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another.” This statement is unquestionably true. People are dreadful in many ways, but probably the worst is lack of acceptance. Nowadays, there has been a lot of improvement and progress defending the LGBTQ+ community. However, some political … Continue reading Conversion Therapy: A Nightmare Dressed as a Daydream
By Mabel Soriano, 11th Grade There are many aspects that can influence your future. It could be money, family issues, politics, health, diseases, among others. However, when many things are uncertain, it is important to have a plan, whether broad or specific, in which you can establish what your future might look like. One of those loaded decisions is higher education and there are many … Continue reading What are the future plans of New Horizons’ Class of 2023?