Author Archives: Amelia Kurk

Musical taste clashes with popular culture


On the night of August 15, 1998, my mom found that it was particularly hard to fit her favorite Queensrÿche T-shirt over her seven-month pregnant stomach. It was heavy-metal-date-night, and I was along for the ride. My dad’s ten-year obsession with the band fired up again when they went on an unannounced tour to Texas. Eating the festival hotdog she’d been craving and dancing in the mosh pit with me in her stomach, my mom introduced me to the music scene. Growing up five minutes away from Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, most of my Friday nights were spent sitting on […]

May 20, 2015

Mormon youth find unity in faith


It’s 6:45 in the morning. At a church, about 20 Latter-Day Saints, more commonly known as Mormons, are studying scriptures from the Bible and the Book of Mormon. “It’s a sacrifice, but it helps me start off my day right,” senior Kailee Kema said. The Mormon youth attend seminary, a program to learn more about their faith and beliefs, and this gathering helps members solidify their values to explain their religion to others. One common misconception is that its members are not Christians. “I just clarify to them that we are Christian,” freshman Brandon Aguilar said. “Other churches don’t always […]


Music fanatics explore world of shows, performances

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Bright lights beckon the crowd. The entire area silences before the noise erupts. Then everything amplifies. The screams. The writhing dances. The chaotic energy of being there. With these people. With this band. With this energy. Lost in the music of this moment. Despite the distance or the cost, that magic of a concert captivates people to immerse themselves in the concert scene. “I absolutely love the energy,” said sophomore Scout Hartlage, who enjoys concerts featuring artists such as  One Direction and 5 Seconds Of Summer, said. “There is nothing in the world like the feeling you get when the […]

February 18, 2015

Realization of anxiety leads to self discovery, change


When I was little, I loved the rain. I found pleasure in the cold water splashing my face, and the sound that resonated as it hit the ground around me. In the rain, I felt at peace. My problems didn’t feel as big because the rain connected me to something more powerful. I used to talk to the rain. I would sit outside for hours telling stories and working things out. As I grew up, that feeling that I always had in the rain, that feeling of serenity, that feeling that’s not supposed to go away, went away. I no […]

Teen pregnancy


  When her alarm rings at 5:00 a.m., senior Kayla Salazar knows hitting snooze is no longer an option. Since the birth of her son, Landon, her morning routine has become complicated. “I have to get him up, feed him breakfast, and get him ready for daycare before I even get dressed,” Salazar said. “I drop him at daycare by eight, and then I drive to school and spend most of the day yawning and trying to accomplish as much as possible in every class.” While most students have their afternoons and evenings available for homework and activities, Salazar fills […]

January 26, 2015