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Who's Guarding Your Colors?

By Dan_BergsteinMay 4, 2009
It's safe to assume that your high school has a color guard team, a group of talented individuals who use a combination of dance, flag spinning, and synchronized moves to entertain audiences during parades and sporting events. But are they really guarding your colors? More... More  →

The Weirdness: Older Girl + Younger Guy

By Laura_WassonMay 4, 2009
In every high school, there’s almost certainly going to be a hot jock type dating a lucky underclassman; it’s a given. It's practically as expected as falling asleep in your first period class Monday morning. But every now and then, a pioneering senior girl will... More  →

Advice from a Textpert Sparkler

By ContributorMay 4, 2009
Here at SparkNotes, we've been mining for rockstar Sparklers - real readers with enough wit and wisdom to make us laugh so hard that Dr. Pepper shoots out of our noses (really, it can happen). Textpert Sparkler Stellar1993 submitted the following gem. Enjoy!    -SparkNotes Editors Okay,... More  →

What Would Shakespeare Tweet?

By Joe_LynchMay 4, 2009
English teachers occasionally ponder what the dead literary greats would write about if they were around today. If Hemingway lived in today’s America, what would he have to say about the Internet, Obama, or “Gossip Girl”? Yeah, I guess that’s sort of interesting, teach, but the... More  →

Apply Here For Summer Jobs

By Matt_HunzikerMay 4, 2009

Unless you’re still somehow pulling in serious allowance money, you’re probably looking around for a summer job at this time of year. Or you’re thinking you should probably get around to looking for a summer job soon. Or you hadn’t thought of it yet,

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Hope You Slept Well...'Cause It's Time to Die!

By kat_rosenfieldMay 1, 2009
Have you ever wanted a surefire way to be awake, alert, and out the door in time for the first homeroom bell? Then perhaps you’d like to receive a high-tech wakeup call… …from the shrieking, disembodied head of Darth Vader. We don’t know about you, but with... More  →

How to Fake Your Way Through an Essay

By ContributorMay 1, 2009
Here at SparkNotes, we've been mining for rockstar Sparklers—real readers with such great advice they deserve their own talk show. Liz_Nash is a reader who totally knows what she's talking about. Enjoy her post!     -SparkNotes Editors It happens to the best of us: You’re sitting at... More  →

Comments We Lurve

By Emily WinterMay 1, 2009
What, hasn't anyone told you they lurved you before??? Sparklers, you're the lines on our paper, the cheese on our fries, the...the...comments in our comments section. And sometimes the things you say just make us editors do a little jig. A JIG! Recent Comments We Lurve (Like... More  →

Help Your Class Pick the Perfect Prom Song

By Chris_DikenMay 1, 2009
Custom corsage: check. Aggressive strategy for the pre-prom party circuit: check. A date who’s signed a legal document protecting you from excessive displays of affection: check. Now all you need is one magical melody so you and that lucky somebody can slow-dance the... More  →

Blast You out of Bed Mix

By Joe_LynchMay 1, 2009
Getting up for school isn’t always…. possible. There are strategies, but sometimes the blaring alarm, the parental screams, and the cold shower just aren’t enough. For those particularly miserable mornings where flunking out of school seems easier than getting out of bed, you... More  →