Pakistan to the USA: the journey to paraeducation

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Following the death of her parents, Samina Naz was devastated. Her mother passed in 1998 and two years later, her father died of a heart attack. The loss brought her from Pakistan, her home at the time, to the United States, where she became a paraeducator in the special education department.

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West Side Radio: How well do you know ‘The Office?’

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Lots of people have seen the NBC mockumentary “The Office.” In this episode of the West Side Radio, Makenna Hendrickson ’19 joins hosts Jessica Doyle, Natalie Dunlap and Sophie Stephens to put their paper company knowledge to the test. Listen to the podcast below to find out if you’re an “Office” expert.\

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Prioritizing your passion

Originally posted on December 5, 2017 on the West Side Story website. View the original post with a photo by Pareen Mhatre here

When she was four, Annie Chen ’18’s mother taught her how to play the piano. When she was five, Chen picked up the violin. As a freshman, she performed at All-State with her brother. Chen’s music career began years before grade school, and if she has her way, it will continue past it.

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West Side Radio: It’s prom season, my dudes

Originally published on the April 30, 2018. View the West Side Story post here. Made in collaboration with Sophie Stephens, Maddi Shinall and Jessica Doyle.

In this week’s episode of the West Side Radio, we gear up for AP testing season with the AP Vine test and discuss our ideal promposals.

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Being a liberal high school student in Trump’s America

Originally published on April 23, 2018 on the West Side Story website. View the original post with a photo from Maddi Shinall here.

The bell rang that autumn day and I giddily slid into my bus seat. I couldn’t wait to get home and watch TV. Not because I wanted to unwind and mindlessly watch a sitcom, but because I was about to tune into the most highly anticipated broadcast of the year. I was excitedly awaiting the results of the 2016 election. I was certain, like most of America, that Hillary Clinton would win. Donald Trump was inexperienced, disrespectful and inarticulate. There was no way voters would make him president. The U.S. was better than that.

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