The Student Voice of North Allegheny Senior High School

The Uproar

The Student Voice of North Allegheny Senior High School

The Uproar

The Student Voice of North Allegheny Senior High School

The Uproar

Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Years after editing and delivering the Carson Middle newspaper by himself, Andrew McLaughlin is excited to be Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Uproar. Always a fan of amusement park history, he has written for the magazine of the National Amusement Park Historical Association. He also volunteers at the Depreciation Lands Museum, a local living history museum. Andrew welcomes comments about his writing.

All content by Andrew McLaughlin
Good Talk: Mrs. Lavelle

Good Talk: Mrs. Lavelle

November 22, 2022

When did you realize you wanted to become a music teacher? There are a lot of teachers in my family, and my junior year of high school is when I realized that was what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted...

Campaign signs sit outside of the polls at Northmont Presbyterian Church.

Students react to the Pennsylvania midterm elections

November 10, 2022

November 8th has now passed, and months on the campaign trail--with billions of dollars spent on an endless barrage of advertising--have finally come to an end. Midterm elections are often described as...

The work of some amateur photographers is stunning, including that of local Carolyn Doyle.

North Park in Focus

October 27, 2022

North Park has no shortage of opportunities for high-energy pastimes, ranging from kayaking to mountain biking. But for some locals, it’s also a great place to engage in a less strenuous activity, one...

John Fetterman was mayor of Braddock, PA from 2006-2019. His outfit of choice, both as mayor and US Senate candidate, has always been a hoodie and shorts.

Opinion: A One-of-a-Kind Populist

October 21, 2022

Braddock, Pennsylvania is one of the poorest communities in Allegheny County. Aside from a few patches of hope--take the busy community bread oven, for instance--Braddock’s main street is mostly composed...

The Lincoln Highway crosses through the town square of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

A Ride along the Lincoln Highway

September 28, 2022

Driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike can be a mindless experience. But while you slice through the Allegheny Mountains at 70 miles per hour, you may occasionally catch a glimpse of a nearby road that contours...

A definite lowpoint in Kennywood’s history, three guests sustained non-fatal gunshot wounds last Saturday.

A Firsthand Account of the Kennywood Park Shooting

September 26, 2022

Last Saturday, September 24th, was a workday I will never forget. Running a ride to the tune of a chainsaw-wielding actor, I watched as fake fog filled the midway--it was the opening night of Kennywood...

Cafeteria manager Pat Gillman attends to a student in the NASH cafeteria.

End of free lunch program influences students, cafeteria staff

September 13, 2022

It is a popular saying that there is no such thing as a free lunch, yet for the past two years, students at North Allegheny and across the country were able to receive breakfast and lunch free of charge...

The junior class assembly at NASH on Wednesday morning introduced students to the culture and expectations of the building.

The Battle of Junior Year

August 24, 2022

For the Class of 2023, junior year is still in recent memory. Though much of last year was unusual, it still taught me about what it means to be a successful student. It’s not all about grades, even...

The entrance midway at Kennywood has been overhauled for the 2022 season.

Kennywood Celebrates 125th Anniversary

June 2, 2022

As has been the case for the last few seasons, there is no new ride at Kennywood this year. However, the past winter has still been one of the park’s busiest off-seasons in recent history. New paint,...

On Board

On Board

May 18, 2022

How is the School Board Representative affiliated with the Student Council? The School Board Representative is one of the executive members of the Student Council, but unlike elected officers, it is...

The district has begun to explore the potential advantages and disadvantages of a combined 9-12 high school campus.

NA begins analyzing high school structural needs

May 5, 2022

A decade from now, North Allegheny high school students could be combined into a single building, a combined campus, or the two schools may remain separated.  All these options are being examined as...

This postwar image of US Route 19 (Perry Highway) on October 2, 1949 was taken near  the current location of the Sunoco gas station.

Legendary tales of North Hills history

March 31, 2022

Driving to school on Perry Highway at 6:50 in the morning, the significance of the road’s name is probably the last thing on anyone’s mind. More than likely, students are more worried about finding...

According to the human resources department at NA, staffing difficulties have largely been invisible to students.

NA schools face a nationwide teacher shortage

March 25, 2022

Of the real-world issues he has faced over his 26-year career, AP US History teacher Mr. Venezia sees the nationwide substitute teacher shortage as simply another challenge to overcome.  “When teachers...

A photograph taken of the Dips roller coaster in the twilight years of West View Park

Remembering West View Park

March 14, 2022

Before Interstate 279, Perry Highway was the main road north of Pittsburgh. Winding up and down hills as it leaves the North Side, the road soon enters the borough of West View, where it passes the West...

Looking straight up through the atrium of the Union Trust Building is a mesmerizing sight.

Doors Open Downtown

February 28, 2022

Locked in by the three rivers, downtown Pittsburgh is a dense web of streets and businesses, but it is easy to overlook the history of the Golden Triangle. Any trip downtown reflects that Pittsburgh is...

After decades of hard times, Conneaut Lake Park has come to its end as an amusement park.

Remembering Conneaut Lake Park

February 2, 2022

In 2013, my family made the 90-minute drive north to Conneaut Lake Park (CLP) for the first time. Pulling into the parking lot, we were startled at what we saw. A charred building was to the left, and...

The collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge has raised important questions about the condition of infrastructure in Pittsburgh and the rest of the country.

Opinion: Bridge collapse finally puts state infrastructure under scrutiny

February 1, 2022

The irony of the situation was unbelievable: last Friday, the same day that President Joe Biden was set to deliver a speech about his new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in Pittsburgh, the city experienced...

Some cafeteria options such as the deli bar have been limited or temporarily unavailable because of delivery problems.

District food service endures supply chain issues

January 12, 2022

Styrofoam trays, pizza crusts, and peanut butter and jelly are just a few of the things on NASH cafeteria manager Jay West’s wanted list. As North Allegheny’s Dining Services Director during a nationwide...

The Neapolitan Presepio at the Carnegie Museum of Art in the Hall of Architecture

Pittsburgh Christmas Traditions

December 22, 2021

Many attributes of the holiday season are similar across the country, but every city also has unique holiday customs, and Pittsburgh is no different. While the city has some holiday traditions that were...

The Kangaroos new logo was selected through a vote by Kennywood fans.

The Kangaroo bounces back to Kennywood

December 3, 2021

Kennywood Park's fans can now breathe a sigh of relief that one of the park’s last-of-its-kind rides is not gone forever. On November 19, Kennywood management shared the welcome news that the Kangaroo...

Pittsburgh is the birthplace of many inventions, from the worlds first gas station to the first professional football game.

Pioneered in Pittsburgh

November 22, 2021

For a small city, Pittsburgh has a long and storied history. 268 years ago, George Washington observed that the meeting of the Allegheny and Monongahela would be an ideal location for “absolute command...

The Rust Belt is often perceived as having a faltering economy, yet many cities are finding renewal with jobs based in education, technology, and medicine.

Redefining the Rust Belt

November 10, 2021

To a casual observer, the term “Rust Belt” may be linked with economic decay -- cities past their industrial prime, with falling population and little opportunity for growth. As the Rust Belt has worked...

The cupola on the lift hill of Lakemont Parks Leap the Dips evokes an earlier time.

119 Years and Rolling

October 20, 2021

Western Pennsylvania is home to what is perhaps the greatest collection of historic amusement parks in the world. With six existing amusement parks dating from before 1900 and many distinctive old rides,...

As a stagnant team in a small city, the Pirates have struggled with attendance for years.

A Difficult Position

October 12, 2021

Despite a few bright moments over the past two decades, the Pittsburgh Pirates have long had a mundane existence when compared to the city’s other professional sports teams. The Pirates' business model...

The inside cover of the 1974-1975 NASH yearbook included this artistic interpretation of the school.

It’s Not Ugly… It’s Brutalist

September 23, 2021

Given its notable lack of windows and sharp exterior, practically every NASH student has heard the rumor that the school was designed by a prison architect. Considering the building's fortress-like appearance,...

Ongoing cleaning from the pipe burst continues throughout the building, including in the library.

In the Pipeline

September 10, 2021

In the early morning of September 2, NASH families awoke to the message that school was canceled for the day. This was no typical school closure, however, as it was due to leaks caused by a broken pipe....

The Depreciation Lands Museum in Pittsburghs North Hills offers a slice of Colonial Williamsburg only a short drive from North Allegheny.

Hidden Treasure Museums of Pittsburgh

September 9, 2021

When one mentions the city of Pittsburgh, many nicknames appear. “The Steel City” refers to its industrial past, the “City of Champions” comes from Pittsburgh’s legendary sports teams, and the...

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