Religious OCD: The hidden variety of OCD

By Sofia Rojas, 10th Grade Religious OCD is a type of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that causes a person to obsess over spiritual segments. Normally, this disorder involves episodes comprising excessive prayer and the abnormal fear of sin.  Religious Scrupulosity or Religious OCD was first analyzed in the 15th century. However, the intrusive thoughts discovered were supposed to be a spiritual issue rather than a psychiatric … Continue reading Religious OCD: The hidden variety of OCD

The dead have arrived

By Emma Bello, 10th Grade Have you ever been interested in getting to know the secrets that lie beneath the surface of our skin? What goes on under there anyway? Everyone knows the basic structure from biology class—cells, skeleton, tissue, muscles, etc.—but there’s only so much textbooks and online research can show you. It would be incredible if you were able to learn all of … Continue reading The dead have arrived

North Korea Caught COVID

By Ana Perez, 9th Grade As one of the most isolated countries in the world, North Korea was relatively safe during the first wave of COVID in 2020, reporting zero cases. Now, the country is facing at least a million cases – an average of one case per 25 people. State media reported their first COVID-related death over the weekend. But North Korea is severely … Continue reading North Korea Caught COVID

Did Tennessee Ban Plan B?

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?

Pakistan and India are Living in Hell

By Carla López, 9th Grade Climate change has been a really talked topic nowadays. There are some that people don’t really take it seriously and just talk about it as a joke and mock people that believe in it and are actually doing something to help the environment. Pakistan and India should be proof enough to those who don’t take it seriously to make them … Continue reading Pakistan and India are Living in Hell

Racial Bias in Medical Books

By Sofia Rojas, 9th Grade Racial bias is condemned as an unreasoned judgment made on an individual’s race. However, today racial bias in medical textbooks is threatening the well-being of POC citizens. For years, the medical field has misrepresented racial identity in patients. By 2014, the majority of U.S physicians had an implicit favor for white patients. In addition to a substantial number of medical … Continue reading Racial Bias in Medical Books

Euthanasia and Assisted Dying

By Sofia Rojas, 9th Grade Euthanasia is the medical procedure of deliberately desisting a person’s life to relieve chronic suffering. Over the years, the assisted suicide and euthanasia rates have spiked. Normally, it’s a multifarious process that includes many factors like local laws, physical and mental health, and the belief system of the person and family imposed.  Euthanasia is a controversial procedure, that’s why it’s … Continue reading Euthanasia and Assisted Dying

Trials for Pfizer’s Omicron-Specific Vaccine Have Begun

By Sydney Joa, 11th Grade Ever since the appearance of the relatively new and highly-contagious Omicron variant, Covid-19 vaccine-makers have been fine-tuning the original vaccines to help fight the rapid spread of the virus. Despite the fact that those who have been vaccinated and boosted seem to be better protected against Omicron-related severe illnesses and hospitalization, the highly contagious variant has nonetheless resulted in a … Continue reading Trials for Pfizer’s Omicron-Specific Vaccine Have Begun

Should kids be able to get vaccinated without their parent’s consent?

Linnette Cruz, 11th Grade On May 12, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that they approved Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for everyone of ages 12 and up. After vast amounts of research and clinical trials, no safety concerns came about for children 12 through 15 years old with the vaccine. Pfizer and the CDC concluded that COVID-19 vaccines can help protect children from … Continue reading Should kids be able to get vaccinated without their parent’s consent?