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

Anna Parsons

Anna Parsons, Senior Staff Writer

Anna Parsons is a current senior at NASH. This is her second year writing for The Uproar, but her third year writing for a school newspaper. As a sophomore, Anna wrote for the NAEye. She enjoys expressing herself through her writing. She also enjoys acting in local theatre productions, as well as the NA musicals and plays.

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As young children, we fantasize about what it will be like to be older.

Imagining the Future

Anna Parsons, Senior Staff Writer May 25, 2022

Elementary school is a time for imagination to wander and for intelligence to sprout. Middle school is the time for independence to take root and relationships to develop. High school is time for individuality...

Students prepared for their intense matches at Fridays tournament.

Throwing in for Charity

Anna Parsons, Senior Staff Writer May 23, 2022

After months of anticipation, the 2022 Project Water Dodgeball tournament finally arrived this past Friday with over 77 teams competing for the title.  “I think that the Project Water Dodgeball tournament...

Arranged by Erik Bloomquist, this years senior song is full of numbers that the senior class has grown up with.

In Unison, One Last Time

Anna Parsons, Senior Staff Writer May 12, 2022

Each year, as the seniors march towards their diplomas at commencement, a small group of them also stand to sing a song that represents the senior class and all they have been through. The tradition of...

North Alleghenys 1957 Prom.

The History of Prom

Anna Parsons, Senior Staff Writer April 19, 2022

On Saturday nights in the month of May, Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington is crowded with hundreds of high school students dressed in elaborate gowns and strapping suits taking endless pictures before a night...

For some students, their final bow is not on their high school stage.

Opinion: To Be Continued

Anna Parsons, Senior Staff Writer March 21, 2022

Most kids grow up singing Disney songs around the house, playing dress up, or making up little dance moves, but there’s a select few that make their childhood playtime into a real passion, one they’d...

Its Good to Hear Her Voice

It’s Good to Hear Her Voice

Anna Parsons, Senior Staff Writer March 21, 2022

Why do you want to go into music education, and what grades do you want to teach? The fact that I can pursue music while being an educator is something I am really passionate about and looking forward...

The annual dodgeball tournament will be another one to remember.

Let’s Get Ready to Dodge!

Anna Parsons, Senior Staff Writer March 17, 2022

After a successful tournament raising over $30,000 dollars last year, Project Water is back in full swing and ready to raise even more funds this May during North Allegheny’s most anticipated competition...

Opinion: The future will soon commence

Opinion: The future will soon commence

Anna Parsons, Senior Staff Writer February 17, 2022

The first step taken off the graduation stage is the first step taken into the individualized futures of every high school senior. It is the first step into a life that is strictly up to their own aspirations,...

Archive 81 offers an intriguing story with unlimited twists and turns.

The Mysteries of the Visser

Anna Parsons, Senior Staff Writer February 2, 2022

An apartment building is usually no more than bricks and residential rooms and not given too much thought. However, the fictional Visser apartment building from Netflix’s new original series Archive...

Each new snowflake allows for a possibility to try a new activity in the snow.

Let It Snow

Anna Parsons, Senior Staff Writer January 12, 2022

In Pittsburgh, it's not an unusual sight to see kids trick-or-treating while snowflakes fall on their heads. But what is highly unusual is not seeing snow until January. This winter season, the skies had...

Senior Gannon Sprinkle practices his lines for his part of Man in Chair.

The Stage is Set

Anna Parsons, Senior Staff Writer January 4, 2022

The last time the NASH stage saw a spring musical, the Titanic was sinking while the new virus flipped the world on its head three days after the closing show. After almost two years of adapted musical...

One of the self portraits of Vincent van Gogh showcased in the production.

Van Gogh All Around

Anna Parsons, Senior Staff Writer December 10, 2021

In 1889, when a Dutch painter placed blue and yellow swirls onto a canvas that resembled a night sky, little did he know that over 132 years later, those swirls would come to life on over 500,000 cubic...

Even among great success, one flaw becomes the sole focus for a perfectionist due to a fear of not being enough.

I Am Not Perfect

Anna Parsons, Senior Staff Writer December 3, 2021

Perfect. Even the word itself is perfect with an evenly distributed number of tall and short letters that are very pleasing to the eye. But apart from the symmetry comes a mental distortion of what...

Kinsey, Bode, and Tyler Locke fight to keep their late fathers magical keys protected in season two of the Netflix series.

Un”Locke”ing a Second Season

Anna Parsons, Senior Staff Writer November 15, 2021

The overwhelming influx of new Netflix series during the beginning of March 2020 and the hype surrounding them was remarkable. And many of those intricate and entertaining storylines that were born during...

Its not only the changing leaves that make people fall in love with autumn.

The Just-Right Season

Anna Parsons, Senior Staff Writer October 12, 2021

The summer sun turns into comforting clouds. Scorching temperatures drop to chilly and breezy ones. Surrounding colors turn to warm oranges, reds, and browns, and there’s always a slight smell of pumpkin...

Good Talk: Mrs. Perry

Good Talk: Mrs. Perry

Anna Parsons, Senior Staff Writer October 6, 2021

How long have you been teaching at NASH? This is my 27th year at NASH, and I taught one year at NAI. What is the hardest thing and your favorite thing about being the Senior Class Advisor? I...

One persons truth is far more important than how others perceive them or want them to be.

Our Truth

Anna Parsons, Senior Staff Writer September 16, 2021

A simple walk down the hallway. Students passing on either side. “Her hair is too messy.” “His outfit is not put together.” “They look too angry today.” The perceived thoughts...

Last Saturday, auditioners prepared two songs and performed a cold read acting audition as well as a dance audition.

Opening Act

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer August 31, 2021

A carefree and whimsical mother who owns a hotel or a man-eating plant? Might seem like a strange question, but for the NASH Fall Musical auditioners, the question is more than relevant. This year, there...

Becoming a student journalist allows young people to take in the world around them more efficiently.

The Importance of Student Journalism

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer June 3, 2021

To be able to speak freely, passionately, and expressively is a gift and having a public platform to do that is even more of a gift. The significance of journalism as a whole is, ironically, beyond words....

The amount of stress that junior year brings is more than one can handle.

Junior Year and Mental Health

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer May 17, 2021

Anytime someone asks what year in school I’m currently in and I say I'm a junior, their reaction goes from curious and intrigued to plain out sympathetic. The 11th grade’s reputation for being high...

Medical researcher, Zoe Levenson, played by Anna Kendrick, is a character that represents the movies greatest themes.

A Review of Stowaway

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer May 5, 2021

3...2...1...Launch into an expedition to Mars on the MTS-42 that includes far more than a simple spacecraft drifting towards a planet for two years. Netflix’s new original movie Stowaway follows a story...

Picking up litter off the ground is an easy way to clean up the environment.

Down to Earth

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer April 21, 2021

After witnessing the positive effects that the first quarantine had on global environmental health, Earth Day Cleanup directors Quinn Volpe, David Schantz, and Sally Cho knew they had to continue improving...

Tik Tok Creators have created videos reminding their viewers that social media is fake by showing their natural features.

Your Daily Reminder

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

The natural human body and all the different shapes it comes in has become the source of constant harassment in modern society. Instead of embracing the quirks of the human body that are completely normal,...

Iconic teen movies from the 80s contain themes that have kept them relevant even after 35 years.

A Decade of Iconic Cinema

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer March 30, 2021

The 1980s brought history big hair, influential music, timeless catchphrases, and incredible style. But there’s one aspect of the decade that has surpassed time, continuing to stay relevant: the movies.  Though...

Imagining what the future holds is now more difficult than ever.

Normal is Now Abnormal

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer March 25, 2021

Just over 365 days ago, our lives were flipped upside down and inside out. All of a sudden, school was cancelled for “two weeks," people were walking around with masks on, empty shelves lined every aisle...

Even if it is needed immensely, help is often refused in the name of self-sufficiency.

Do You Need Help?

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer March 10, 2021

If someone lost one of their legs, they would need aid from a doctor to be able to properly balance with a prosthetic and heal overall. They wouldn’t be expected to figure out a way to adapt to one leg...

Until recently, the music departments compete in competitions while on their annual spring trips.

The Road Not Taken

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

Relaxing on the beach, performing in contests against other schools from around the nation, and even enjoying the rides at Disneyland are all activities that the NA Orchestra, Band, and Chorus students...

Valentines Day started with religious origins but has become a commercialized holiday.

More Than Just A Clichéd Holiday

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer February 12, 2021

Valentine’s Day, to many, is perceived to be a day exclusively for celebrating the love shared between couples and for single people to enviously await a partner. The holiday that generates fortunes...

Monumental time is ticking away as teenagers are forced to center their attention on their futures.

A Plea to Let Us Live in the Now

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer January 27, 2021

Like every high school junior planning on going to college, I picked a preferable date to take the SAT and set aside an expected 15 minutes to register for the test on the College Board’s website. That...

2021 should be marked by the lessons we learned from the hardships of 2020.

The Hope for 2021

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer January 6, 2021

When the clock strikes midnight every year on December 31st, not only does a new day appear on the horizon, but so does a new year, eliciting hopes from people across the globe. While this pattern of aspirations...

English teacher Ms. Long begins a lesson on a remote day.  For Long and several other teachers, teaching in an empty classroom is not ideal, but its better than teaching from home.

Running on Empty

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer December 14, 2020

On an average school day at NASH, students frantically rush up the stairwells to get to their next class, while staff members maneuver around each other to the printer to get their paperwork.  But...

The Perils of Isolation

The Perils of Isolation

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer December 8, 2020

I am what many would consider “a social butterfly.” Being around people, getting to know them, and socializing with my friends are things I thoroughly enjoy.  When March 13th came around and the...

COVID-19 will open up a new door of firsts for Americas favorite Thanksgiving tradition.

Then and Now: the Macy’s Day Parade

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer November 25, 2020

It’s Thanksgiving. The smell of early morning cooking fills the air. The TV clicks on, and suddenly the living room is transformed into a massive celebration of thanks. 50-foot balloons soar through...

The show was extremely well-cast, representing female empowerment in a male-dominated world.

A Review of The Queen’s Gambit

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer November 9, 2020

The game of chess is one commonly overlooked, seen as the stereotypical nerdy hobby that individuals with immense time on their hands play. Netflix’s new limited series, The Queen’s Gambit, grabs this...

Hocus Pocus is good entertainment, but it also draws parallels to one of the darkest chapters in American history.

The dark history behind the seasonal comedy Hocus Pocus

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer October 29, 2020

'Tis the time of the year for trick or treating and ghost stories and for Mary Sanderson to say her iconic line, “I smell children!” 27 years later and the beloved movie Hocus Pocus is still watched...

Sentimental sayings may seem slightly overdone, but applying them in everyday life has never been more important.

The Art of Dancing in the Rain

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer October 19, 2020

Sometimes we have really difficult weeks. We didn’t pass our math exam. Our friend is fighting with us. Our team didn’t win the big game. Our English essay received a low score.  This is metaphorical...

Though often shunned in our culture, failure is a necessary precursor to meaningful success.

The Misunderstood Key to Success

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer October 6, 2020

Henry Ford once said, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” Every individual is guilty of failing. Every individual is also guilty of punishing themselves...

The traditional school experience now varies for every student depending on their school district and personal preference.

Schooling In The Corona Age

Anna Parsons, Staff Writer September 25, 2020

In mid-March, COVID-19 stopped the world in its tracks. Schools across the country shut down to implement a new and safer version of education: online school. The remainder of students’ school year was...

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