Gun Control
Grade 7

School Shootings

Close your eyes and imagine this, “I love you so much mom. Forgive me for everything I did bad. I love you. I love you. I love you.” That was Aliyah Eastman, a high schooler that was involved the Parkland Florida school shooting. Imagine this was your child. This was your child calling you because […]

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Gender Equality
Grade 7

The Problem of Domestic Violence

Greetings, my name is Brizel Martinez Cruz and today we will be addressing domestic violence against women. Imagine your husband entering your home immediately abusing you and, if your children dare to interfere, they get abused as well. This is what my grandma faced almost all her life. My grandma faced this situation because of […]

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Education
Grade 7

How ESSA Affects Students

My name is Christopher Nelson from Mary McLeod Bethune and I think our federal education policy (FEP) is stunting students growth. Do you have someone you care about: a friend, a family member that you want the best for, like I want the best for my autistic brother? I found previous education policies such as […]

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Government
Grade 7

How US Intervention Leads to Refugees

Have you heard of Jakelin Caal Maquin, the 7-year-old girl who died of dehydration in the custody of border patrol? A White House official said that the Trump administration was not responsible for her death, and they blamed her father for bringing her across the border. But the US government has played a huge role […]

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Education
Grade 7

Suspension Bias

Imagine sitting in a middle school class, seeing a white and black girl talking over the teacher. Imagine the teacher walking over to the white girl and saying, “Sally, it’s ok, you’re just inquisitive.” Imagine the teacher walking towards the black girl, and yells, “you are interrupting the class, and you will be sent to […]

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Environment
Grade 7

Habitats, Deforestation, and You

There are numerous reasons for the drop in habitats, one of the most prominent is deforestation for economic and agricultural reasons. Many aspects of our lives are affected by deforestation. Yet animals are one of the most influenced. “The analysis, the most comprehensive to date, indicates that animal populations plummeted by 58% between 1970 and […]

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Justice System
Grade 7

Stop the Brutality, Wear a Body Camera

Why are police officers killing and being mean to black people in our communities? The police brutality in our communities is a very important issue to me as I am a young black male and hearing on the news how police are killing and abusing black people affects and scares me. I grew up learning […]

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Healthcare
Grade 7

Dangers of Smoking

Smoking kills people. My dad’s parents were smokers. I never met his mom and I don’t remember his dad. This is because his mom died of lung cancer the year before I was born and his dad died of lung cancer when I was about five. My older brother and dad always tell stories about […]

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Environment
Grade 7

Green Vehicles

As I walked my dogs down the street, a low humming noise emerged from around the corner. As I glanced behind me I saw a modern Toyota Prius turn down the street and drive away. The silent car was gone.  As a hybrid, that Prius was running on battery electricity and that’s why it was […]

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Environment
Grade 7

Deforestation in the Amazon

We rode a small boat on that scorching day with an even smaller motor. The cool water sprayed my face as we passed scenery like I had never seen before. The forest played with my senses as our boat’s passengers marveled at the exotic life surrounding us. We passed villages, birds and trees that seemed […]

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