• Essay

    With every flick of a light switch, turn of a bath, tap, or shower handle, and flush of a toilet, we are gobbling up vast amounts of electricity and water, far more than we need. But, there may be a solution. Sustainable homes are on the rise, and many have special features to combat wasteful use of energy and water. Earthships are self-sufficient and constructed by mixing soil with recycled materials. These innovative homes can generate their electricity and water and on their own by using solar panels or windmills and collecting rainwater. They also maintain a comfortable temperature year-round without the need for central heating or air conditioning by…

  • Blog,  Essay

    If I were to envision myself going without some technology for a week, I would choose only one: my computer. I don’t have a lot of devices, and when I do go on tech, most of the time you’ll usually see me on my computer because the big screen makes it the easiest to use. So that leaves my X1 music player with AMAZING battery life, my phone with HORRIBLE battery life, and my iPad mini with okay battery life. So, you are probably thinking “Sophia, you still have three devices! This is soooo called cheating…” But, you still need to think about what I do actually need to use…

  • Essay

    Matthew Whitaker only has to hear a song once to make it his own. At age 11, when most kids are playing on the playground, this gifted piano prodigy was playing on international stages, and now, at just 19 years old, he’s won more awards than most musicians get in a lifetime. Whitaker makes it look easy at the piano, but in life, he’s faced some very difficult challenges. He was born three months premature with severe health problems, including a disease that can lead to blindness, and doctors warned his parents that he might not live. Doctors were not able to save his sight, but Whitaker thrived, and soon…

  • Essay

    In Robots We Trust

    “Siri, who’s considered the greatest football quarterback of all time?” People often ask smartphones questions like these and expect immediate—and correct—answers. A branch of research called Explainable AI (or XAI) examines how smart machines can be made more transparent and trustworthy to humans. The engineers built a clever anthropomorphic AI robot and taught it how to use its pliers-like gripper to mimic the movements of a human hand. To demonstrate for the robot, a volunteer wore a glove wired up with movement sensors that measured not only his hand positions but also the forces he used to open the bottle. Every position and movement of the volunteer’s hand was translated…

  • Poetry

    Ode to celery juice!!

    Fresh,  A mighty brew A medicinal tool  From heavens above A sacred drink Preparing it Is not that gruelling But the smooth liquid Is deliciously fuelling An antidote To cure the World’s diseases!! Made from Glorious trunks Crispy,  Stringy, Columns At the mercy Of razor-sharp knives A whir A buzz Finally done! A glossy Shimmering Green liquid A burst Of taste And a decrease In waist.

  • Essay

    Unusual Words

    Please read the following passage, noting the italicized words and phrases as you proceed. Alonso got a big burst of inspo on his vacay after he unplugged and lazed around all week-he decided to become a professional pickleball player. Alonso, you see, imagines himself looking swole on a bluebird day, stans everywhere, as he scores in a heart-stopper with absolutely no garbage time on the clock. His friends all think “how on-brand of him” to want to become a pickleball player, considering that he joined the circus last year (and look how that turned out). In all fairness, though, how could Alonso have known that he’d get a bad case of coulrophobia and that captive animals would be his pain point? Having a little trouble deciphering the italicized words and phrases? Then look…

  • Essay

    Hearts of Our People

    A pink and blue Osage Wedding Coat lined with images of historic moments. A woven green and copper egg made from the fibres of a threatened tree. These are just a few pieces of art featured in a new exhibit dedicated to celebrating the individual talents and cultures of Native American women. Historically, museums have presented pieces of Native American art as unknown examples of cultures, when the artworks were created by female artists from any number of different Nations-but now these artists are finally getting their time to shine. “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists” spans more than a thousand years of Indigenous women’s art, displaying the work…

  • Essay

    Surprising Scholarships

    There’s a lot of scholarships out there for college-bound students who can solve a geometric proof or score a touchdown. But not all scholarships are won by academics or athletics. Many organizations offer alternative and unusual ways to win scholarships, yielding a different way for students to achieve a scholarship. Duck noises are encouraged at the annual Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest. Named after champion duck callers Chick and Sophie Major, the contest awards scholarships to students that can use four different convincing duck calls in 90 seconds. The student deemed to have the most realistic duck calls of the year receives a $2,000 scholarship! Many scholarship…

  • Essay

    Saving Seeds of Cherokee Culture

    Every kernel of Cherokee white eagle corn is a vital vestige of the past and a link to the Native American tribe’s future, along with other Cherokee heirloom crop varieties. These seeds are a key ingredient in the history and culture of their tribe, and on February 25, 2020, some were sent to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, located in the frigid mainland of Norway. Why have the Cherokee tribe chosen to send the valuable seeds there? The first reason for doing so is because of the location that they sent the seeds to. The Svalbard vault was created to reduce the risk of essential crops becoming extinct as a…