The Tower Pulse

Internet journalism emphasizes need for news literacy

Abigail Wilson '20, Copy Editor

April 15, 2019


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Anyone can report the news now that the whole world is connected by the internet and social media.   Professor of Scholastic Journalism at Kent State Candace Bowen said anyone can broadcast their ideas as facts to a huge audience who might not always be fact-checking their sources. News lit...

Beyond ArtFest: How the art department supports students year-round

Beyond ArtFest: How the art department supports students year-round

Victoria Gardey '20, Web Editor

April 11, 2019


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Although ArtFest has come and gone, the opportunities for art students to showcase and share their work are only just beginning. According to art teachers Thomas Szmrecsanyi and Emily Wolfe, the art department works hard to provide students with chances to share their art through things like the Legac...

The wrath of climate change

The wrath of climate change

Elizabeth Flower and Navya Chamiraju '20, Copy Editors

April 4, 2019


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In 50 to 60 years, the world we live in could be entirely different because of climate change. Lisa Bouda, long-time earth science teacher, at South, highly stressed this, emphasizing the importance of immediate action. “If we don’t start doing something about it now, there’s no chance to ...

South girls cross country and track coach has been with the teams for 40 years

Ryan Caldwell '21, Staff Writer

March 29, 2019


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Girls Track Coach Stephen Zaranek has been a staple in not only girls track and gym class, but in the South athletic community for the last 40 years. His outgoing personality makes him well-liked among his student athletes and his coaching peers. Zaranek was hired to be the head coach of the first official gir...

AP Photography class offers students ability to express their creativity

AP Photography class offers students ability to express their creativity

Grace Reyes '19, Pulse Editor-in-Chief

March 27, 2019


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The Advanced Placement Photography class gives students the opportunity to spend the year creating portfolios, allowing for flexibility of coursework while guiding students to produce college-level quality, artistic investigation and breadth of work, according to the College Board website. “...

Coding the future: alumna discusses career path in tech

Coding the future: alumna discusses career path in tech

Victoria Gardey '20, Web Editor

March 22, 2019


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1010011 1010100 1000101 1001101 That’s binary code for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), the booming field that is rapidly evolving, particularly in the area Gabrielle Nguyen ’13 works: technology and computer science. Although she didn’t take any programming classes during ...

Working out is one of many stress-reducing strategies for students

Working out is one of many stress-reducing strategies for students

Grace Reyes '19, Pulse Editor-in-Chief

March 20, 2019


Filed under Featured Content, Features, Health and Fitness

Balancing work and other extracurricular high school activities can be overwhelming. Finding a healthy coping strategy to battle stress can be a great outlet for busy students. Working out is one of many ways to reduce stress, according to South’s school psychologist, Lisa Khoury. Carly Orhan ’...

Spring fever: walking students look forward to warmer weather

Spring fever: walking students look forward to warmer weather

Bridget Doyle '21, Copy Editor

March 19, 2019


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Ice. Snow. Freezing temperatures. These are some of the many aspects winter brings to  some students as a result of walking long distances. Because Grosse Pointe is a walking district, more students are put at risk due to the cold temperatures, low visibility and ice. Although walking home can serve as nothing m...

Candid about culture: The Tower investigates a change in environment at South

Candid about culture: The Tower investigates a change in environment at South

Alyssa Czech '19, Editor in Chief and Bianca Pugliesi '19, Associate Editor

March 11, 2019


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Based on the 2017-2018 Employee Engagement Survey, which The Tower obtained through FOIA (Freedom of Information Act), over half of the staff at South say they are not satisfied with the culture of their workplace. Over the past several months, The Tower has conducted over 35 interviews and obtained multi...

The life of a high school gymnast uncovered

The life of a high school gymnast uncovered

Hope Whitney '21, Page Editor

March 8, 2019


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Kate Ennis ‘21 has loved gymnastics since the moment she stepped into the Extreme Gymnastics gym, when she was just nine years old.   Ennis said her first gymnastics memory was joining the team and meeting her best friend. “My first day of practice, I had no friends, until we had to do a partner drill a...

Community college: a path to consider

Community college: a path to consider

Ally Bearman '20, Staff Writer

March 7, 2019


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Community college is a widely-popular alternative to a state college with 5.8 million students enrolled in the U.S. per year, according to statistica.com. This option is less expensive, Statistica said, and serves the same purpose as state college with the additional factor of possibly living at home...

Snowed in

Snowed in

March 4, 2019


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Weather related closings have been the cause of many days off from school in the Grosse Pointe Public School System (GPPSS) recently. From ice storms to freezing temperatures, the start of the second semester has been full of disruptions. While sleeping in or hanging out with friends on an unexpected...

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