International Academy PTIA Meeting: February 9th, 2022

The movement to approve the minutes from the last meeting passed with no adjustments. EVOLVEK12+: Maria Kopicki A retired teacher from Avondale Middle school, Ms. Kopicki received her real-estate license just before the pandemic began.  She has a heart for community service, and donates masks, lunches, and care packages to local nurses through her nonprofit EVOLVEK12+.  Additionally, she is sponsoring a cheer team and buying … Continue reading International Academy PTIA Meeting: February 9th, 2022

What You Need To Know About the Russia – Ukraine Crisis

By Siya Chhabra (’24) and Jaxson Kaplan-Rudolph (’25) This special report has stopped daily updating. To see previous daily updates, scroll down to given dates. The Russian Federation and Ukraine are now fully engaged in an intense and world-altering conflict. Some important questions to answer: why the aggression between the two nations? Why does Russia care so much about having control of their neighbor, which … Continue reading What You Need To Know About the Russia – Ukraine Crisis

Op-Ed Contest Results

We’re so pleased to announce that the results of the first ever Overachiever Op-Ed Contest are now out. With nearly 100 entrants, the Overachiever board spent countless hours deliberating on and reviewing submissions. In the end, we selected 3 Winners, 5 Finalists, 10 Semi-Finalists, and will be awarding $275 in prize money. Congratulations to the winners and a huge shout out to everyone who submitted … Continue reading Op-Ed Contest Results

Op-Ed Contest: 1st Place– Heart Beats

By Leah Kendal (‘24) On September 1, 2021, the Texas Heart Beat Act was put into action by 82 Republican representatives and one Democrat. This law bans all abortions after a fetal heartbeat has been detected, as early as six weeks into the pregnancy. There is no exception to this ban for pregnancies resulting from incest or rape. Medical professionals deem the name of the … Continue reading Op-Ed Contest: 1st Place– Heart Beats

Op-Ed Contest: 2nd Place– Reposting Is Not Helping

By Nisha Singhi (‘24) This story is likely a very common one. We scroll through Instagram and start tapping through peoples’ stories. Then, we see those certain Instagram or Snapchat story posts that circulate every month: “each repost is $0.01 that helps save this baby elephant” with a picture just disturbing enough to grab our attention. Now, I’m not saying that the intent of these … Continue reading Op-Ed Contest: 2nd Place– Reposting Is Not Helping

Op-Ed Contest: 3rd Place– The Price of Free School Lunches

By Devi Chandran (‘24) There are many prevalent injustices in our nation, but nothing hits harder in the heart, or the stomach, than the unethicality of school lunches. Tom Colicchio, respected chef and entrepreneur, once said, “This is what people don’t understand: obesity is a symptom of poverty. It’s because kids – and this is the problem with school lunch right now – are getting … Continue reading Op-Ed Contest: 3rd Place– The Price of Free School Lunches

Review: J. Cole sums up the highs and lows of his rap career in The Off-Season, an album that commentates on the artist’s observances through his journey to rap success all while relating it to his favorite sport: basketball

By Mira Sripada (‘22) J. Cole is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is most recognized for his profound lyrics, which often comment on complex social issues. Cole was raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina where he draws much inspiration from in this album. Prior to The Off-Season, Cole debuted seven other albums/mixtapes: Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011), Born Sinner (2013), 2014 … Continue reading Review: J. Cole sums up the highs and lows of his rap career in The Off-Season, an album that commentates on the artist’s observances through his journey to rap success all while relating it to his favorite sport: basketball

“What Do You Wish You Knew in High School?”

By Leah Kendal (’24) I asked this question to Kelly Petrocella of Raymond James financial. Ms. Petrocella has been with the company for fifteen years, as both a researcher and financial advisor. For five years, Kelly withstood the “monotony” of analyzing the stock market because of her love of the field. Her passion for finance began in high school when her favorite class was math. … Continue reading “What Do You Wish You Knew in High School?”