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Home Away From Home

Carrying colorful signs with bold political statements and matching white T-shirts, the 150 students who marched silently through the Canyon Crest Academy campus on Feb. 2 sent a clear message: this is how it starts. After days of preparation, including negotiations with the CCA administration and a social media blitz, CCA student Safi Jafri (11) led the group of students in a peaceful protest against President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, which restricts entrance into the country of refugees and immigrants from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa for 120 days. “What inspired me ...
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Home Away From Home: Infographic

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Let’s Break it Down: Immigration Rights

U.S. immigration policy has fluctuated throughout the years, transitioning from exclusion acts to quotas and even complete bans. The 1921 Emergency Quota Act placed limits on the number of immigrants allowed from each nation. The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act overturned the quota system and allowed for immediate family members of U.S. citizens to enter the country. The 2017 executive order issued by President Donald Trump completely banned any and all immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The recent immigration ban has caused alarm, in the U.S. and...
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1 in 2,568: Kendra Checketts

In a hospital lobby at night, a collection of patients’ friends and family members conversed quietly, awaiting updates on the patients they knew. Seated in the corner, a fourth grader tried to comprehend her father’s coma. Her eyes moved slowly around the room, stopping at the sight of a piano. It was now-senior Kendra Checketts’, who cautiously approached it. Without lessons or knowledge of how to read music, Checketts began to play by ear  and sing for the informal audience. “My dad was in the hospital for a while. He had something called a severe cerebral brain hemorrhage so [singing] wa...
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Let’s Break It Down: Giraffes Endangered

The giraffes we see all over safari parks, zoos and the media may seem common, but giraffe populations have decreased by 40 percent since 1985, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, in what is now being called a “silent extinction.” The International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, estimated that the population of giraffes in Africa has fallen from approximately 157,000 to around 97,500 in the last 30 years. Before this information was released last December, giraffes were listed as an animal of “least concern” on the IUCN red list, which tracks the conserva...
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Minority Report

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1 in 2,568: Dane Hoffman

As crowds of people passed by with shopping bags in hand, Dane Hoffman (12) crouched behind cars in the University Towne Centre Mall parking lot, with his camera lens turned up toward the tops of the buildings. Moments later, his session came to an abrupt end as he was evicted from the parking lot by a security guard for unknowingly violating property code.  “[The experience] made me want to keep on [taking photos] because nobody else gets those pictures,” Hoffman said. “If security guards don’t let anybody take those pictures then I get something that very few people ever get.” At ...
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Minority Rules

Tavisha Thapar (11) has never been one to blend in. At 5 feet 1 inch, Thapar flaunts bright purple hair and runs from class to class, heaving under the weight of a massive navy blue backpack. Yet under the optimistic confidence of her demeanor, Thapar was still racked with nerves as she sat with her family at Souplantation, unsure of how the people closest to her would react to the news she so desperately wanted to share: she is gay. “I’m really lucky because I have a very progressive and [accepting] friend group and family,” Thapar said. “My mom told me that she had been suspecting it. They wer...
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In the Newsroom

In 1984, three students — Cathy Kuhlmeier, Leslie Smart and Leanne Tippett — were seated in a Missouri courtroom. The journalists from Hazelwood East High School held their heads high and stood on the pedestal of their First Amendment rights. In the most recent edition of their school newspaper, the Spectrum, two stories, one about teen pregnancy and one about the effects of divorce on students, were censored at the last minute by Hazelwood principal Robert Eugene Reynolds because he deemed them inappropriate for high school students, especially freshman. Confident in their rights under the First Amendment, Ku...
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1 in 2,568: Andrew Bieler

As Andrew Bieler (12) enters the bustling LAX airport, his backpack rises and falls against his back with every step he takes through the sea of luggage on his way to the ticket counter. For as long as he can remember, his family has inspired his travels. Because Bieler’s extended  family lives in different parts of the U.S., from Seattle to Washington D.C., Bieler grew up visiting them and many parts of the country in the process. On trips to his grandparents’ ranch in Seattle, he would hike local trails and fish at a nearby lake to pass the time. Bieler believes that his interest in traveli...