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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Tragedy in Florida leads to activism in Johnson County

Originally posted on the West Side Story website on February 24, 2018. View the original post with Maddi Shinall here

Parkland and Iowa City are 1,442 miles away from each other, but they have been united, along with the rest of the country, in mourning the 17 lives lost in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The students from Parkland are advocating for more gun control and calling out politicians whose campaigns have been funded by the NRA, such as Marco RubioThese activists have inspired others across the country, especially high school students, to fight for safety and demand legislation to prevent these tragedies.

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West Side Radio: Spilling the tea

\Originally published on the West Side Story website. I collaborated with Jessica Doyle for this podcast. View the original post here.

In this week’s episode of the West Side Radio, we catch up on some of the latest news stories, including the short-lived government shutdown, the second annual Women’s March and the Logan Paul suicide forest controversy.

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Cultural proficiency team takes new approach to MLK day celebrations

Originally published on January 16, 2018 on the West Side Story website. I collaborated with Sophie Stephens on the article. View the original post with photos here.

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. led the equality movement in the South and made history for his work with minority group rights. But in recent years, students have expressed that they feel underrepresented, unnoticed or unwanted in school because of their race, gender identity, sexual preferences or religion.

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