• Desdemona


    My noble father,

    I do perceive here a divided duty:

    To you I am bound for life and education;

    My life and education both do learn me

    How to respect you; you are the lord of duty;

    I am

  • Colin,
    I found your piece on the chemistry of underage drinking interesting. You gave very strong statistics which greatly strengthened your argument. Your explanation of the “forbidden fruit” idea was well written and showed the detrimental effects that not informing children on the dangers of alcohol can have on adolescents. I found an article…[Read more]

  • Jenessa,
    I found your post on the physical dangers of social media very interesting. I often have difficulty sleeping and have wondered if there could be a correlation between using my phone before I go to bed and the quality and/or duration of my sleep. I also wear glasses and annually I have to get a stronger proscription, and it is alarming to…[Read more]

  • In order to gather more information on the global die off of coral reefs and what is being done to protect them, I interviewed Wesley Crile, Technical Operations Manager based in Maui, Hawaii for the Coral Reef

    • Nice job! Coral reefs are another example of how most humans are naive and don’t realize their daily life is destroying the nature around them. I really hope that our race can become ore observant of what is happening around us and gain the courage to take action. I really like how you added links so the reader can further explore the topic.

  • Jazmin, I found the story of how you came to be called Morena interesting and compelling. In a sense its a blessing that your grandma gave you a nickname, and that it stuck, because now you are reminded of her whenever your close family calls you Morena. Since you think that it could come across offensively if someone who you were not close with…[Read more]

  • Sofia, your article is well written and compelling. In my oceanography class I learned that climate change is likely increasing the severity of hurricanes, but it was interesting reading your in depth research on the topic. I knew very little of the counterarguments before reading your article. With the record breaking hurricane season that we…[Read more]

  • Today, coral reefs are facing more stressors than they ever have in modern history. An estimated 50% of reefs have been lost within the last 30 years, with annual die off continually increasing. If this trend

    • Reilly,
      You did a great job of incorporating facts that showed how severe this issue is. It was shocking to hear that “an estimated 50% of reefs have been lost within the last 30 years, with annual die off continually increasing. If this trend continues, 90% of global coral reefs are predicted to die off by 2050.” I think more awareness needs to be brought to this issue because of how important it is to the world, especially with all of the movements going on about climate change and how it is negatively affecting our planet. I feel like not as many people know about the threats to coral reefs as they do about other aspects of climate change, but it is just as crucial to take steps to prevent it, as your article clearly showed. There is a Netflix documentary called “Chasing Coral” that relates directly to your topic and gives really powerful visuals of the coral reefs. You should check it out: http://www.chasingcoral.com/

    • Hey Reilly! To start I just wanted to say I love the topic you picked. In AP Bio last year we had an entire section on coral bleaching because it has become such a major problem to the oceanic ecosystem and so it’s important that we talk about it and take action in some way. I’m honestly not too surprised that nearly 70% of the northern Great Barrier Reef has been bleached. The coral reefs have the highest rate of endangerment due to lack of biodiversity according to the IUCN and so it makes sense that they aren’t able to adapt to the harsh new oceanic conditions. Here’s a website I found that might be helpful: https://www.iucn.org/theme/marine-and-polar/get-involved/coral-reefs

      Hope this is helpful! -Kira

  • Over the last 35 years or so, the cost of attending college, specifically in the United States, has skyrocketed. What once costed less than $1000 per year may now run a student tens of thousands of dollars per

    • Reilly, I enjoyed reading your article. I also think it is ridiculous how most colleges cost the same amount as a luxury automobile to attend. I have also done some research into the FAFSA and how there is a middle line of students who still need aid, yet do not qualify for aid. This happens in the case of someone who comes from a family who makes, lets say $200k a year in combined earnings, so in the eyes of the FAFSA, this family has the means to pay $50k a year for their child to attend to college. I do not think it is right for a family to have to dedicate 1/4 of their entire earnings for one child, not including others, to attend college. I read this interesting article about how the new GOP tax bill may impact the cost of college in the future that you may find compelling: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/11/06/the-house-gop-tax-bill-would-raise-the-cost-of-college-we-cant-let-that-happen/?utm_term=.30a31fd8164c

    • Your argument is extremely compelling about tuition prices! I think the steep prices further spread the gap between the rich and the poor who may not be able to afford such opportunities(but there are obviously need-based scholarships too). The biggest point that I would like to add is that college is not the best option for everyone. Some people earn a 4-year degree(along with lots of debt) and aren’t even able to apply it. Meanwhile, people who go through trade school or the military can remain somewhat financially stable and get a decent living too.

    • Reilly, I found your article very interesting. I personally believe the best solution to fixing the insane price for higher education to be increasing the federal funding for education. The US has the highest GDP of any nation in the world, by far. Yet we are spending many times the amount of money on education, or even medical research, on military maintenance and technology instead. As our economy has inflated, and as our military spending has only increased, educational funding has always been the collateral. As funding decreased, universities were required to dramatically increase their tuitions to compensate for this difference. As a result, students become trapped within a cycle of debt. Get higher education for a better life, give up part of your life to compensate for higher education.
      I think you’ll find this statistic interesting: https://trends.collegeboard.org/college-pricing/figures-tables/tuition-fees-room-and-board-over-time

  • Reilly commented on the post, GMOs 2 years, 4 months ago

    Mia, I enjoyed reading about GMOs, specifically how they’ve played a role in your upbringing. I too am concerned with what I put into my body on a daily basis. It is particularly concerning that food manufacturers are not required to late GMO products in the US, except in certain states such as Connecticut. Though GMOs and GE crops do result in…[Read more]

  • Ed, I found your post very interesting and provocative. I, for one, have never even considered why the age requirement for legal adulthood is 18, why drinking is legal at 21, and why renting a car is not considered legal until 25. It seems a common theme that with more life comes more mental experience and further physical development. 18 almost…[Read more]

  • Coral reefs are arguable one of the most vital ecosystems on the entire planet. Though they only occupy around 1% of the ocean floor, coral reefs support 25% of marine species. By acting as a breakwater, they

    • Hi Reilly,
      Thank you for writing about such an important issue. After reading your post, I was surprised to find out that “reducing your carbon footprint through methods such as carpooling, eating locally and organic, and turning off unnecessary lights can slow global warming and in turn conserve coral reefs”. You don’t need to take drastic measures to help the environment. I also think that although global warming and ocean acidification are threatening coral reefs, the most important and immediate threats are the local ones. While this is unfortunate, it’s also good because local change is the most likely to happen. Just taking small precautions, such as in tourism can make such a difference. You may find this article about restoring coral reefs interesting (https://oceantoday.noaa.gov/restoringcoralreefs/). I look forward to reading more on coral reefs!

  • Tyler, I loved how you went about addressing such a sensitive topic in your community. Your video is very impactful and I was personally moved hearing from members of your community and how gun violence has touched their lives. Living in a country where thousands of its citizens are killed annually by firearms, it gives me hope to see a young…[Read more]

  • That sounds like a great life. I hope that with hard work, you accomplish your goals of becoming a successful architect & husband. I too hope to one day be successful in my desired field.

    Good luck!
    Reilly Edgar

  • Adrian, your shadow and writing truly shows just how strong of a person you are. I am so proud of you fro embracing your identity and not letting anyone sway your beliefs. You are also a very talented writer, and I challenge you to continue writing in the future. Also, if you like to do artistic things such as drawing do them! You might find a…[Read more]

  • Leslie, I really enjoyed reading about what others think of you contrasting with who you know you are. It was interesting for me to hear about your experience as a Latina and how it has shaped you. I also enjoyed reading about stereotypes that people inherently place on you, and how you have overcome these stereotypes in your own life. I found it…[Read more]

  •        To put it bluntly, people, particularly Americans, do not care about the environment. In an article titled Do People Really Care About the Environment, they discuss a survey developed and conducted by Nat

    • Hi Reilly. I notice that the environment in general is not an American priority. We tend to focus on business instead of nature. From this article by PewResearch, it says it still a top priority, but there are many factors that are more important, like terrorism and the economy. This article also has other data that shows American views on the environment. Hope this helps!
      Source: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/04/20/for-earth-day-heres-how-americans-view-environmental-issues/

    • Hey Reilly,
      I agree with your statement that “Americans do not care about the environment”. The traveling I have done outside of America has shown me how little Americans care. In Germany, every piece of plastic was recycled, even candy bar wrappers. The statistic you brought up about America being 11th among the top 18 did not surprise me. America is such a big country that many people think that our resources will never run our. Or, people spend too much time listening to American leaders who preach about fake science when they probably do not know that the moon is not a planet. How do you think Americans could become more motivated to help save the environment? Thanks!

    • I think americans care about the environment. I care about the earth. Like I don’t want to live on an earth with the pollution in the sky and trash on the ground. I think Americans just don’t take care of their trash. They just think someone else will pick up after them. But they don’t realizes someone else can’t always pick up for them. They have to take care of their own trash. I always think we use a ton of trash and plastic that go in the landfills. Like other countries don’t have that much trash as the US does. I think once we find a way to use less trash and more recyclables we will have less pollution.

    • Reilly,

      I agree that Americans generally don’t care about the environment, and I believe the reason why is more complicated than just selfishness. The American culture leaves little room for environmentally conscious living. You mention that people use disposable plastic bags and water bottles, but these are just so common in the U.S. that it take some conscious effort to not use them. The fact that environmentally harmful practices are so commonplace normalizes them, which is why many Americans are, as you said, aware of their negative environmental impact but not caring enough to reduce it. I wonder what you think about American culture and attitude and how it pertains to the environment.

    • Reilly, I agree with you that the general american person does indeed not really care that much about the environment. All it takes is a look around to the gas guzzling and vehicles burning dirty fuel to get a picture of that. I do however think that there are groups in american society that are working very hard to change the status quo in america and we need to support the good instead of focusing on the bad we see around us. Here is a link that breaks down the way that Americans all over the political spectrum feel about environmental issues, I am very passionate about this issue and I found it extremely interesting. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/04/20/for-earth-day-heres-how-americans-view-environmental-issues/

    • Reilly,

      Interesting write up, although these surveys do seem discouraging, the materialistic nature of the U.S. is not soon to change. The fate of the environment lies in the hands of every citizen and their efforts to cut back and raise awareness. Despite the number of people who couldn’t seem to have any concern, there are people who deeply care about environmental issues and put a lot of energy towards making a positive difference. It does seem close to impossible to correct the path that we are on, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth trying.

      Here’s a resource highlighting some things that the individual can do to positively impact climate change: https://davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/top-10-ways-can-stop-climate-change/


    • Dear Reilly, my name is Karla and I am a student at Back of the Yards College Prep. After reading your article, I am not at all surprised at the results of the survey you mentioned. Based on what I seen in my community, most of the people here don’t put too much importance to our environment. I see people littering all the time which makes the results not at all shocking. My group and I are organizing an event that will bring people together to clean our neighborhood. If there’s any advice you can give us, it would be greatly appreciated.

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