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Autistic students design dress to raise awareness April Issue 5 2015

Autistic students design dress to raise awareness

It takes a classroom to design a dress dedicated to autism awareness. That’s what’s happening in Trisha Clark’s social skills classroom at Mirror Lake Middle School, where students with autism spectrum and other socially-inhibiting disorders learn the ins and outs of normal functioning. Working on a dress for an annual fashion show helps them build skills such as making eye contact and working in a team.

Darci Owens is Miss Amazing Teen April Issue 1 2015

Darci Owens is Miss Amazing Teen

Darci Owens, age 19, is not a girlie girl, her mother Dana Owens said. But that didn’t stop her from winning the teen division of the Alaska Miss Amazing pageant. “Anyone who knows Darci knows that she is much more of a tomboy,” Dana Owens said. “But I asked her, ‘Is this something that you think you would want to do?’ She said, ‘Yes, let’s give it a try,’ and so we did.”

Six to vie for three school board seats April Issue 1 2015

Six to vie for three school board seats

On April 7, voters will elect three of seven school board members, with each open seat contested by two candidates. School board seats do not represent geographical areas of the municipality. Each citizen votes on all open seats in a general election.

Students raise funds for shelter April Issue 1 2015

Students raise funds for shelter

At 50 cents per bracelet, one might be tempted to think that selling friendship bracelets at a local elementary school during lunch break might not be the most productive fundraiser. Think again. A group of sixth-grade students at Ravenwood Elementary School turned lunch and recess time into a real-life lesson in community activism. For the past two weeks, five girls have sold handwoven bracelets to classmates, teachers and staff. At last count, they raised nearly $550.

FAA investigates drone complaints April Issue 1 2015

FAA investigates drone complaints

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Federal aviation authorities are investigating claims by Eagle River residents that a drone equipped with a helicopter has followed children and hovered near homes. Anchorage police are also looking into the matter this week after receiving complaint calls from residents on Monday and Tuesday about a drone equipped with a camera following children home from school.

Tasso takes state spelling bee title March Issue 3 2015

Tasso takes state spelling bee title

When he was four, Bryce Tasso was writing out numerals in every system he could learn about – Mayan, Roman, Ancient Greek. In kindegarten, he got bored at school and started reading college-level textbooks on anatomy and economics that he’d found. Later, at home, while his parents and younger brother played outside, he scrawled the mathematical equations he’d read in the economics textbook in chalk on the driveway.

Noise Brigade to launch cross-country tour March Issue 3 2015

Noise Brigade to launch cross-country tour

Chugiak High School graduate and Noise Brigade front man Mikel Henry said he and his bandmates are taking their pop punk show on the road. Their latest album, “Get Rich or Die Crying,” was released Feb. 17. But Henry said the band’s not out for fame and glory.

High school students take lead in suicide prevention March Issue 2 2015

High school students take lead in suicide prevention

After West High sophomore Katherine Murray finished a presentation on suicide prevention at Haines Middle School last month, a little girl came up to her with a question. She wanted to know what she could do for a friend who was feeling depressed. Then she admitted that she was the one who was feeling depressed. She started crying.

Students conduct DNA research at Chugiak High School March Issue 1 2015

Students conduct DNA research at Chugiak High School

Forget dissecting frogs in science class. Students in the BioTAPP program at Chugiak High School are conducting original biotechnology research. The program’s acronym stands for Biotechnology Training and Preparatory Program, and it’s one of a kind in Alaska, said instructor Aaron Kallas. “I thought it would be important for the emerging need for medical professionals and bio technicians within the state of Alaska,” Kallas said.

Gruening students perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’ spoof February Issue 4 2015

Gruening students perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’ spoof

During rehearsal last week for the Gruening Middle School production of “Juliet… Where Are Thou?” eighth grader Ian Burdick wore a red dress, his naturally deep voice transformed into a screech as he performed his lines from behind a red fan, fluttering his eyelashes for an overdone feminine effect.

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