Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered to 18?

In the United States the drinking age is twenty one, but that would surprise you if you have ever been around high schoolers in America. This is because even though the law prohibits it, most American teenagers ignore the law and drink anyway. It was found in a 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey that 33% of high school students had drank alcohol in the past 30 days (“Fact Sheet...
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Does Language Drive or Reflect Thought?

Different languages drive distinctive thought processes and cognitive skills. Language is the form through which human beings communicate; this communication affects a person’s perception of the world. Influential researchers such as Edward Sapir, Benjamin Lee Whorf, and Lera Boroditsky have studied this phenomenon and have even achieved quantitative results from lab researc...
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The Astounding Analysis of Crossroads

In the story, The Crossroads , by Megan, a boy has an encounter with Satan at a desolate bar and makes an intriguing deal with him. He agrees to only live 15 more years if Satan wakes his brother from a coma. The story teaches that even if people make bad choices and go down the path of evil because you can choose to defeat evil and turn back to the right path. The story, Th...
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The Consequence of Expectations

The Consequence of Expectations “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might wind up someplace else” (Yogi Berra). Expectations are strong beliefs that something will happen in the future and can provide a compass to guide one toward that vision. They can also be beliefs that someone can or should achieve something. On the other hand, expectations can be destructive ...
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Outside of My Domain

Freedom of speech is a quintessential part of the high school experience, and the First Amendment should not be scaled back to fit the needs of a higher power; it should be used to protect the speech of all. Period. It serves as training for later life, teaching teens to be assertive with their beliefs. Otherwise, as adults they will tend to conform, never having learned to ...
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The Biggest Thief of All: Time

Bennie Salazar’s life is anything from ordinary. He grows up with a love for music, dreaming of one day becoming a successful rock star. Although the Flaming Dildos did not receive a platinum record, he successfully involved himself in the music business to continue working in a career that was both enjoyable and worthwhile. However, Jennifer Egan’s novel depicts the ebbs and...
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Um…Let's Think

You hear them every day. Everyone says them, even you. Students are downgraded for it; actors show hosts, and non-live performers have them edited out; live performers get bad reviews for it; politicians are called out on it; and public speakers criticize them. They are verbal pauses, speech errors, that infamous “um”s, “like”s, and “you know”s. You are always taught not to u...
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Vocal Nodules

I will be doing my report on vocal nodules. Vocal nodules are callouses in the back of your throat. They can be caused by a number of things but overall it’s caused by vocal trauma. It causes the voice to sound rough and breathless. It constrains the pitches you can reach. Say if you could previously reach a tenor’s notes you would be backed up to alto. If you sang high it...
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Gravitation

Born out of the curiosity of a young fellow named Isaac Newton, Gravitation has been one of the most baffling phenomenon of all times. Sitting under an Apple tree might be one of the best opportunities to think about new ideas or ways to solve a problem or maybe think about families, loved ones among others but after seeing an apple fall to the ground from a tree, Newton b...
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Growth of a Groundhog

The life of someone constantly changes throughout their entire lifetime, whether through perspective, emotion, a memory, or even life & death. When we grow into each new stage of our lives & grow out of what can be said as our youth, we gain but also leave something behind. In the poem The Groundhog, written by Richard Eberhart, the character progresses through a hand...
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