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The Confusing World of High School Mascots

By Jon_SkindzierDecember 18, 2009
Pro sports teams sink millions of dollars into managing their images, and they still manage to wind up with some resoundingly unimpressive mascots. High school athletic directors, on the other hand, usually just flip a biology textbook to a random page and pick whatever animal ... More  →
The Confusing World of High School Mascots

The School Commute

By Jon_SkindzierDecember 15, 2009
Much of human existence is spent traveling from Point A to Point B. Or, as is often the case in high school, trudging in the freezing rain from Point A to Point C, where you await a clunky, falling-apart bus with an ornery driver who ... More  →
The School Commute

Winter: Time for Shorts! Wait, What?

By Jon_SkindzierDecember 11, 2009
Hey, you, the kid wearing shorts, standing next to that snowdrift. We have some questions for you. One: What's up with the shorts? Two: No, really, about the shorts. Did you lose a bet or something? If you are a Winter Shorts Enthusiast, maybe you can ... More  →
Winter: Time for Shorts! Wait, What?

Blogging Lord of the Flies, Chapter 6: Beast from Air

By Jon_SkindzierDecember 8, 2009
"Beast from Water" earned its title from hapless Percival's suggestion that the monster comes out of the ocean. What terrifying revelations will "Beast from Air" hold? Pterodactyls? No, but read on anyway! ... More  →
Blogging Lord of the Flies, Chapter 6: Beast from Air

The Four Types of High School Assemblies

By Jon_SkindzierDecember 8, 2009
School assemblies are like fortune cookies: At first, you have no idea which of life's great mysteries they'll answer, but then they just say something stupid, like "Life is nice." And much of the time, they make no sense at all. Either way, they're an alternative ... More  →
The Four Types of High School Assemblies

Rating Your School Counselors

By Jon_SkindzierNovember 30, 2009
School counselors should be thrilled to help you. Why? Because unlike teachers, school counselors (or guidance counselors) have pretty much one task, and one task only: to advise you about your present life and your post-high school choices. And when a counselor cannot perform this one ... More  →
Rating Your School Counselors

Blogging Lord of the Flies, Chapter 5: Beast From Water

By Jon_SkindzierNovember 24, 2009
Jon is reading Lord of the Flies and blogging about it. His posts are collected here. Chapter 5 introduces us to a new and updated Ralph—Ralph 2.0, as it were—who has been reborn out of last chapter's lack of a fire like some sort of reverse ... More  →
Blogging Lord of the Flies, Chapter 5: Beast From Water

You—Yes, You!—Can Do Forensics

By Jon_SkindzierNovember 19, 2009
Much to the confusion of every debater's uncles and grandparents, the word "forensics" means both "Legal/Investigative Sciences" and "Speech and Debate." This post is about the latter activity. If you hate public speaking but like dead bodies, then, uh, you should probably get that checked ... More  →
You—Yes, You!—Can Do Forensics

Having Entirely Too Much Fun With Volunteering

By Jon_SkindzierNovember 18, 2009
Let's be honest: most high school students have a volunteering obligation to fulfill, so it's less volunteering than requiredteering. But that doesn't mean it has to feel like you're just a day laborer making an underwhelming $0 an hour. Volunteering can be fun! Wait, stop laughing. ... More  →
Having Entirely Too Much Fun With Volunteering

The Senior Project, aka Your Very Last Assignment

By Jon_SkindzierNovember 17, 2009
Some of you already know about the senior project with which you'll eventually have to justify your entire existence (well, your high school existence, anyway). Others are all "Senior whatjects? SparkNotes, you are so confusing!" But no, we're not. It's just that only some students are required ... More  →
The Senior Project, aka Your Very Last Assignment