Environment
Grade 7

Water Shortages in the West

Have you ever wondered how much global warming can do? The lakes and rivers in the west are drying up quickly. If there is ever a water shortage in my area, I would want some form of government or organization that could install preventative measures. I wouldn’t want to have a solution in place too […]

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Education
Grade 7

Book Banning in American Schools

Did you know that from July 2021 to March 2022, 5049 schools from 32 states restricted access to selected books for almost 4 million students? The majority of these have topics such as the LGBTQ+ community, racism, activism, and religion. An example of this is the most banned book from 2021-2022, Gender Queer, a memoir […]

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Gun Control
Grade 5

Gun Violence in the United States

Did you know that in 2022, there were 647 mass shootings in the United States? In July of 2022, 10,000 people had already died due to gun violence. That was  barely halfway through the year! Gun violence is everywhere, even near me. A few weeks back, there was a shooting near my local Walmart. Gun […]

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Justice System
Grade 10

Rehabilitation for Criminals

Did you know that 4.9 million people are put into prison each year, and that one out of four of those people is arrested again that same year? I believe that rehabilitation is more ethical than incarceration because it helps inmates to better themselves so that they will not have the negative mindset to commit […]

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Gender Equality
Grade 9

Abortion

Imagine figuring out you are pregnant! Let that sink in. You are not prepared or in the right situation to bring a baby into this world. No money, no family/friends, not even a job. The responsibility of taking care of a baby isn’t something you can decide quickly on. What do you do? Or what […]

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Education
Grade 10

Racism in Schools

Cultural racism is discrimination against minority groups that creates challenges. Students of color have been affected by cultural racism by not having access to higher education and experiencing higher chances of exclusionary discipline. Therefore, teachers and administrators should hire a variety of teachers from diverse backgrounds, apply anti-racism practices to make students of color more […]

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Immigration
Grade 10

Immigration: The Citizenship Process

The term “undocumented immigrant” refers to anyone residing in any given country without legal documentation. Do you have any friends who are undocumented, or know of anyone that is? Growing up as a first-generation American, many adults I know are undocumented. They are among the other 11 million people living in the US hoping to […]

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Gender Equality
Grade 9

Lack of Abortion Rights and Mental Health

Over the past couple of months, our mostly conservative, white, cis-male Supreme Court has chosen to override the Constitutional right to abortion. They left it up to the states to decide on the laws for women and our bodies. The unsafe abortion rates and sexual violence leading to women being forced to carry pregnancies to […]

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Racial Equality
Grade 10

Ending Stereotypes in Media

When I was younger, it was very rare to see a mixed Korean-American person like me in TV shows. Imagine being a young child and turning on your TV yet never seeing anyone who looks like you, or only seeing people who diminish your whole identity to a stereotype. Millions of children, including me, feel […]

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Mental Health
Grade 10

Social Media is the Cause of Self-Worth Issues

The toxic beauty standards that social media and society expect from young people between the ages of 12 and 20 negatively affect their self-worth. Social media platforms such as Instagram, Tiktok, Twitter, and Facebook need to start taking responsibility by making a change in the negative influence they have on young minds. Secondly, society needs […]

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