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High school dating 101

Posted By: Christian Stallworth · 4/21/2014 10:00:00 AM

When it comes to dating in high school, setting your standards high is never a bad thing. Once you realize what you deserve, you will no longer settle. It is completely fine to mess up a couple times with various boyfriends or girlfriends, but eventually, you have to analyze your past relationships and figure out what went wrong. The way your ex messed up will stick to your brain and you can safely avoid repeating the past again.

 There are multiple things that you should receive from your new boyfriend or girlfriend, but since I am a female, I have more expertise when it comes to boys and I will list the top five requirements you should have for a guy.

 1. Your boyfriend should always treat you right. This is nonnegotiable because you deserve a guy who will treasure you. I’m all for independent women and girl ...

Teens react to new revamped SAT planned for 2016

Posted By: Arlena McClenton · 4/19/2014 10:00:00 AM

To paraphrase Ben Franklin, there are three things certain in life: death, taxes, and the SAT.  Now, the college admission test that was the scrounge of your parents, your grandparents — and now you — is getting a makeover.

The new SAT will debut in spring of 2016, which means that this year’s freshmen class will be the guinea pigs. According to The College Board’s website, the new SAT will have three sections: Evidence Based Reading and Writing, Math, and the Essay (though the essay will be made optional). The SAT is also changing the content of some of its sections. The words in the sentence completion questions will be more relevant to today’s workplace instead of obscure treasures even the dictionary forgets about. The reading comprehension questions will force the reader to draw on evidence from the passage, while the passages will be more historical documents, like the Declaration ...

Stressed about prom? Read this!

Posted By: Arlena McClenton · 4/18/2014 11:00:00 AM

Prom. Depending on who you are, the word may leave you overflowing with excitement or with righteous indignation. Most people feel strongly about their special night, whether it’s the glee of finding the perfect prom dress, the satisfaction of going ironically (or not at all), or the anxiety of planning the perfect night.

As the days tick down until the big night, the halls of my school hum with anticipation, an excitement that’s been simmering since the brisk January day we received our “save the dates.” Since my school is small with an uneven female to male ratio, it’s assumed that you’ll go by yourself or with your friends, no big deal. Don’t want to go at all? Though this declaration may be met with some surprise, it’s generally accepted. Most students, however, are going and many have already chosen their dresses. Not I.

I don’t know how to feel. ...

Stress-reducing holiday shopping tips for teens!

Posted By: Arlena McClenton · 12/18/2013 2:45:00 PM

Does worrying over holiday shopping wake you up in a cold sweat at night, gasping for air? Never fear! There are plenty of affordable gifts just waiting for discovery. If you keep your eyes open, you might spot a unique local shop that offers neat, one of a kind gifts. Though they can be hard to find, they’re worth it if you want something your gift recipient won’t find anywhere else. The owners of these shops are often willing to haggle, which means you’ll be able to stretch your holiday budget even further than before.

If the thought of spending hours hunting for the perfect present doesn’t appeal to you, you should try a well-known store like Wal-Mart or Target.  These stores are handy if you have a general gift idea in mind or if you want to buy a big ticket item like an electronic. Even if you have ...

Regaining your confidence after the loss of a loved one

Posted By: Guest Blogger · 11/25/2013 10:00:00 AM

Editor's Note: In August, VOX teens hosted their peers from Kate's Club, a nonprofit helping young people through the death of a loved one. While the Kate's Club teens were here, they expressed themselves through artwork, creating mandalas (click here to see a photo gallery of their work) and through writing. 

In honor of Child Grief Awareness Month, we'd like to showcase an essay and a poem dedicated to the Kate's Club theme of finding your inner confidence.

                                                                        What Confidence Means to Me

To me, confidence is not caring what anybody else thinks and/or feels about you. If you walk with your head up high and push all the negative thoughts out of your ...