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Pointe shoes are shoes worn by dancers in ballet and contemporary dance to allow them to dance on the tips of their toes. These special shoes are extremely strong and durable,  while creating a weighless illusion of the dancers, being that their entire weight is placed in the tip of the pointe shoe.

In the professional world, it is expected that all dancers wear pointe shoes within their  numbers. The shoes are supposed to make the dancers seem light and as though they are flying,. They  should blend seamlessly with the dancer, so it appears as an extension of her, not an attachment. But, until recently, pointe shoes have come in only light shades; the most popular of those being, “European Pink,” leaving dancers of darker complexions shoeless.

Gaynor Minden has been of the first companies that has manufactured shoes for dancers of darker complexions. Up until now, darker dancers have been painting or “pancaking” their pointe shoes with paint  in an attempt to make it match their skin tones.

Being forced to do this, and with companies not stepping up to make the necessary changes, these dancers feel like they don’t belong. Dance is an art and a freeing form of expression for many people, so these dancers feeling like they don’t belong is unacceptable.

Even Misty Copeland, the first African-American woman to get a principal role in the American Ballet Theatre, struggled with  not having shoes for her complexion, but with her dancing claim to fame and powerful influence, she had been a catalyst in the community. She is continuously pushing for more companies to make darker colored pointe shoes.


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Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were originally founded in the United States to allow black Americans the opportunity to pursue higher level education. Attending these universities was essentially the only way to receive a college education as a black American. However, today these universities and colleges exist in a time where schools are no longer segregated. Nonetheless, they are wonderful places where students can be surrounded by their culture, empowered, and supported.


Many juniors, seniors, and even sophomores are familiar with the SAT and the ACT. Fundamentally , the SAT and ACT are meant to be standardized tests given to high school students so that colleges can see how much they know. At least, that is what is supposed to happen.


Children have again been separated from their families at the United States-Mexico border, despite the Trump Administration’s assurance that it would “end [its] practice of separating undocumented families in June.” Under the “zero tolerance” immigration policy, nearly 3,000 immigrant children were separated from their families. The separation of families is a key aspect of the Trump Administration’s plan, hoping that it will “deter migrant families from entering the country,” according to The New York Times.

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The topic of sex education has recently become increasingly important around the world. Many high schools have decided to cut sex ed programs in the fear that they promote sexual activity (Serenko), but this is a misconception. There are no studies showing that teaching young adults about reproductive health encourages sexual activity. Sex ed classes have been rightly designed to inform kids about making advised choices regarding sexual activity, or even life choices in general (Serenko).


The Juul, a type of e-cigarette, has become incredibly popular among teens or young adults. The common misconception about the Juul is that it is safer than smoking. While it does not contain the same chemicals as a cigarette, it does contain nicotine, an extremely addictive substance.


In the Media
Doctor Christine Blasey Ford
On September 27, 2018 doctor of psychology Doctor, Christine Blasey Ford testified on national television against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimony is the zenith of the #MeToo movement. Dr. Blasey Ford is not the first woman to question the fitness of a man for the supreme court due to his actions, but her testimony was polarizing in the contemporary political field. Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimony and #MeToo has helped fight for the rights of victims of sexual assault and abuse. Even though Dr. Blasey Ford failed to stop the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, her actions have propelled the movement.

In Contemporary History
Attorney Anita Hill
On October 11th, 1991 Attorney Anita Hill testified on national television against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Attorney Hill’s is notable because of how her accusations affect the modern world. Attorney Hill was one of the first women to accuse man in the power of misconduct. She did this in a time that sexual assault victims weren’t trusted or shunted to preserve the assaulter’s reputation. Attorney Hill sacrificed her reputation and public life to plant the seeds of a movement that would aim to protect women that have been in her position.

In the History
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
On September 25, 1981, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in and joined the bench of the supreme court. Twelve years later she was joined by the infamous RBG. Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court. She was known for being the deciding vote in multiple cases. In her early career, she was denied paid jobs in law firms because of her gender. Her actions shattered the glass ceiling of the Supreme Court.


In July of 2018 the New England Confectionary Co. (Necco) went out of business. This posed a threat to the infamous Conversation Hearts candies this Valentines Day season, causing many to be upset about the end of a nostalgic tradition.


On Christmas Day when she was 14 years old, Bailey Flainzraich, CO 2019, received a gift that would change her life: a red Canon Rebel T-5 camera. It set her on a path that continues to this day. Her goal is to become a professional photographer after her college years where she will pursue a fine arts degree in photography.

According to Flanzraich, photography is something she has been interested in for many years and she believes “there would never be a time that there is nothing to photograph.” Photographs will always be unique and “one picture will never be the same as another.” It is for this senior, an art that will constantly grow and change. Photography, she added, is also an escape. During “hard times” it is an “outlet,” helping her to cope with the situation and giving her something else to focus on.

When deciding what to photograph, Bailey looks to things that stand out, “If something looks interesting or out of the ordinary”, she will most likely photograph it. She said that a lot of different things contribute to the creation of a photograph. It depends on how one photographs the image, considering factors like, “the angle and the lighting.”

When asked what she would rather photograph- people or scenery – she said, “I love to take photos of people.” She continued, “Portraits and candids are my favorite to take. I can take multiple photos of a person and they will all look different because of the way that I pose them or their facial expressions will change.” The staff photographer for the yearbook, she has also done photo shoots for real estate staging, and recently, Christmas portraits of a child. While she enjoys photographing landscapes and objects on occasion, “nothing is the same as capturing a person in their natural state.”

This Class of 2019 senior said that her future profession is in photography. She applied to many different art schools where she can pursue her passion for photography. So far, she has been accepted into two of her choice colleges, School of Visual Arts (SVA) and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). In March, she committed to SCAD.


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