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Healthcare
Grade 8

Fighting the Pandemic

At this moment, we are in a crisis. This includes me. COVID-19 has shut off my family’s source of income, we are now reliant on the money we already have. I am just one person affected by this virus, many are suffering more. This crisis has worsened due to the spread of misinformation. Informing ourselves […]

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Environment
Grade 8

The Deforestation of Our Environment

The environment is one of the most important resources to help us survive. It gives us a home and food. Deforestation is causing great damage to the environment. In order to tackle deforestation countries should ban deforestation and give scholarships to students that plant 150 trees to restore the number of trees and reduce the […]

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Government
Grade 8

The Right to Privacy

The police have been invading the privacy of citizens for years. Invasion of privacy is defined as the intrusion into the personal life of another, without just cause. A search or seizure that violates the Fourth Amendment will allow you to sue the police under the Civil Rights Act. Since the September 11th attacks, police […]

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Gender Equality
Grade 8

Tampon Tax

I know that I am lucky to be a girl in the United States, especially when menstruation is concerned. I have access to everything I need to manage my menstrual health and hygiene. However, girls and women are marginalized by the fact that feminine hygiene products are subject to the luxury tax. The tax makes […]

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Justice System
Grade 8

Hate Crimes in America

A hate crime is a crime motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice, typically involving violence. During the election, a lot of hate speech was used, mostly by President Trump. After the election ended, more hate crimes and more hate speech were used because people saw it reflected in their new president. When people see […]

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Environment
Grade 8

Stop Climate Change

The effects of climate change will cause destruction and danger all across the world. The earth is about 317 million square feet (Coffey). That’s all. That’s all the land, water, and resources we have. So why destroy it? Why become dependent on things like oil and coal that kill our planet? Over the course of […]

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Justice System
Grade 8

Justice for Victims of Police Violence

How do policemen get away with killing an unarmed man? That is what many people are trying to find out after several incidents all over the country have resulted in police officers not being charged or convicted for deaths of unarmed civilians. The public wants answers after so many people have been killed at the […]

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Video Games
Grade 8

Video Games Bad? I Don’t Think So

Have you ever played video games? I’m sure you have. According to the Entertainment Software Rating Board, 67% of U.S. households play video games. I play them all the time. One day I might be playing some Call of Duty, the next might be playing Madden NFL 15, or even simple games like Candy Crush […]

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School Safety
Grade 8

School Security: Officers Make an Effective Change

The Sandy Hook Elementary shooting occurred on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, a tragedy that many still remember to this day. It affected people across the country mentally and emotionally. From my whole life as a student, personally I believe, the presence of officers and school guards is important for the school’s environment to […]

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Bullying
Grade 8

Anti-Bullying Programs: Do they Help or Hurt?

We all know those signs: the ones about reporting bullying and speaking out-the signs in every school hallway. Those signs that, like most kids, you never give a second glance. Do those signs and other more assertive anti-bullying programs actually help reduce bullying? According to research, they don’t have much of an impact at all. […]

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Healthcare
Grade 8

Drug Abuse in Sports

Four years ago, and counting, I was a gymnast. I woke up at 5:00 am every morning to go to practice. We trained for three hours in the morning and four at night. I was committed, and in the best shape of my life, both mentally and physically. Being competitive, aggressive, and determined was required […]

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