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Sarah J. Ryan

Freelance Writer

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Opinion | Stopping the Vaping Trend

Re " Deal With Altria Vexes F.D.A." (Business Day, Jan. 5): One in five high school students uses e-cigarettes. The deal between Juul and Altria is more likely to increase use than encourage people to quit. As a national youth ambassador for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, I spoke at a news conference alongside Surgeon General Jerome M.

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Do Traditions Like "Powder Puff" Prevent Progress?

From the cultural appropriation of team mascots to the heteronormativity of prom kings and queens, dozens of high school traditions have been called into question in recent years. In Holbrook, the most pressing of these may be the problematic messaging of powder puff football games. On November 20th, several girls from the freshman, sophomore, junior,...

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Students Participate in Nationwide School Walkout

Holbrook Middle-High School students walked out of their classes for seventeen minutes in solidarity with young people all across the country. Students had planned to walk out of their classes on March 14, but the erratic March weather forced Holbrook schools to remain closed on Wednesday.

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Political Participation Starts Before You Turn 18

Ever since the Parkland shooting last February, our generation has become more politically involved than ever. Whether it's by tweeting at public officials or participating in the national walkout, thousands of young people across America have found a way to make their voices heard. Even so, many teenagers feel like making a real change is...

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Against Suicide Movement Inspires 250,000 People Worldwide - Channel Kindness

Trigger Warning: This piece discusses depression and suicidal ideation, which may be triggering to survivors or to the family and/or friends of victims. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please seek help. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24-hours a day at 1-800-273-8255 for assistance.

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Music With a Mission: The Success of the South Shore Children's Chorus - Channel Kindness

This is the slogan of the South Shore Children's Chorus (SSCC), a nonprofit organization in Massachusetts that gives students the opportunity to learn and grow as musicians. Founded in January 2016 by Kirsten Oberoi and Carey Shunskis, this program aims to create a "safe, loving community for students to learn, to grow, and to find their own voice."

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Aventures in Respect Fosters Communication and Builds Leadership Skills

Members of Team Rival recently participated in an Adventures in Respect training on the new baseball field. Team Rival is a program created by District Attorney Michael Morrissey, encouraging students to make healthy decisions by competing with other schools throughout the year. Mrs. Clougher, the advisor for Team Rival, says, "Bringing schools together in friendly...

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Former White House Chief of Staff Shares Wise Words with Recent Graduates

Anxiously awaiting their diplomas, the Class of 2017 had the honor of listening to former White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. during their commencement ceremony. More commonly known as "Andy," Card was born and raised in Holbrook, graduating from Holbrook Jr. Sr. High School in 1965.

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On Anxiety & Activism

Do you think that you could ever make real change? Maybe not. Maybe you're too shy, too awkward, too nerdy, too anxious. Maybe your hands shake when you speak. Maybe you stutter your way through class presentations. Maybe you have a hard time speaking to one person, let alone one hundred.