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Ava DiGiacomo

Ava DiGiacomo, Opinions Editor

This is Ava's second year writing for the NASH Uproar. She loves writing about her passions and is looking forward to being the Opinions editor. When she is not writing, she spends her times doing work for NA For Change and hanging with friends or listening to music.

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Unsustainable Sustainability

Ava DiGiacomo, Opinions Editor January 23, 2024

Over the past decade, buzz words such as “global warming,” “climate change,” and “carbon footprint" have appeared on everything ranging from informational flyers on the street to the packaging...

Whole Foods is a popular spot for Kombucha lovers.

A Lively Drink

Ava DiGiacomo, Opinions Editor December 5, 2023

From high school students looking for a healthy, refreshing beverage to get through the school day to middle-aged dads hoping to improve their gut biome, a recent fad in the health-nut community is a drink...

Don McLean at the Carnegie Library of Homestead on Friday, November 10th.

50 Years of American Pie

Ava DiGiacomo, Opinions Editor November 14, 2023

On Friday, November 10, Pittsburgh joined folk rock artist Don McLean at the Carnegie Library of Homestead to celebrate 50 years of his album. Reaching the number one spot on the Billboard 200 upon its...

Campaign signs at the corner of Oak and Bradford Roads in Bradford Woods.

A New Generation of NASH Voters

Ava DiGiacomo, Opinions Editor November 9, 2023

As the Class of 2024 nears voting age, issues that once seemed to be in the hands of adults are suddenly in the students' control— to an extent. As this generation gets older, there is a shift in responsibility....

Aladdin Sane— a play on words to insinuate “A lad insane”-- is often looked at as the terrestrial and Americanized version of Ziggy Stardust.

A Lad Insane from the Mind of Bowie

Ava DiGiacomo, Opinions Editor November 3, 2023

Emerging from the enigmatic world of Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie had left his fans with sky-high expectations and a growing hunger for the show-stopping performances of a new era.  Bowie entered...

On Friday, October 6th, Narges Mohammadi was announced the winner of the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize.

A Voice No Prison Can Contain

Ava DiGiacomo, Opinions Editor October 9, 2023

On Friday, October 6th, Narges Mohammadi was announced the winner of the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize. She received this honor as a form of recognition to her fight for gender equality and activism in Iran....

David Bowie on the cover of his compilation album Changesonebowie

An Out-of-This-World Rock Star

Ava DiGiacomo, Opinions Editor October 9, 2023

Picture this: You are at a rock concert. But it is not just any rock concert. Before you is an epicene alien covered head to toe in glitter while being torn apart by his disciples from another planet....

The jumbo screen at Nicks PPG Arena show on Wednesday depicted musical artists from the 60s and 70s, such as Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Janis Joplin, and Stevie Nicks herself.

Stevie Nicks — Live in Concert

Ava DiGiacomo, Opinions Editor September 29, 2023

Drawing fans in with her unconventional performance style, the legendary Stevie Nicks took Pittsburgh on an unforgettable journey. While she is best-known from her time with the band Fleetwood Mac, Nicks...

With 2.5 million copies sold, the American Pie vinyl has become one of the most recognized and loved albums in American history.

Rumors of the Pie

Ava DiGiacomo, Opinions Editor September 15, 2023

"American Pie" by Don McLean has proved a timeless classic of American music history. While the tune is played religiously at July 4th cookouts and Labor Day parades, the history of the song goes so much...

A NASH student finds his way to his car following a long school day.

A Look Back on Week One

Ava DiGiacomo, Opinions Editor August 29, 2023

On Sunday August 21st, many North Allegheny students leisurely rolled out of bed. Perhaps it was 9:00 AM, or maybe it was closer to 1 or 2 PM. And as the sun warmed their faces, they soaked in the last...

Student journalism remains important in todays day and age, especially as pressure increases on the freedoms of speech and press.

Opinion: Student Expression and the Specter of Censorship

Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer June 1, 2023

Every school year, countless articles are published on The Uproar. All of these articles are written by students working to find their voice. The importance of an outlet such as this is often overlooked...



Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer April 28, 2023

It is no secret that it is college applications overtook the lives of many seniors last fall. A multitude of universities visited NASH, giving students a chance to explore different options nearly all...

The One Life: Maya Lin exhibit can be found on the second floor of the National Portrait Gallery.

A Memorial Master

Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer April 26, 2023

If you make your way to the second floor of Washington D.C.’s National Portrait Gallery, you will be met with the One Life: Maya Lin exhibit. Curated by Dorothy Moss, the exhibit illustrates the work...

Members of the Yoga Club take a relaxing moment in childs pose.


Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer April 12, 2023

On Friday, March 24, yoga enthusiasts met in the NASH wrestling room after school at 2:30 for an hour of strengthening and relaxation.  You may have noticed the bright pink flyers around the halls...

This moving graphic novel tells a tragic story of American history.

Finding the Angel in the Enemy

Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer March 20, 2023

In Honors English 3, North Allegheny students read the inspiring story of George Takei in the graphic novel They Called Us Enemy.  The novel encapsulates the trials and tribulations of navigating through...

A study done by the National Library of Medicine shows that 80% of women face an unmet need for feminine hygiene products and a high risk of pregnancy complications.

Pregnancy, Periods, and Prison

Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer March 13, 2023

The issue of the treatment of women in prisons is one that affects many, yet is often not talked about enough. Reproductive health is neglected on a social and legal scale. In the past 50 years, the number...

The Oscar-winning film will make its debut on Broadway.

La La Land set to take Broadway

Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer February 27, 2023

Winning six Academy Awards upon its theatrical debut in 2017,  La La Land instantly found favor with fans who loved its tale of love, dreams, and loss on the streets of New York City. Now, six years...

It is February 14, the day of love. We will see romance everywhere from shelves to screen. But what does love really mean to you?

Opinion: Lovesick

Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer February 14, 2023

Valentine's Day, named after the Catholic patron saint of love, is a commercialized holiday that paints love, romance, and intimacy in a beautiful, shining light. Whether in gift shops, grocery stores,...

Though Fleetwood Mac formed in 1967, it was not until Christine McVie (top), Stevie Nicks, and Lindsay Buckingham joined in the 1970s that the band became an international sensation.

Written in the Stars

Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer December 2, 2022

On November 30th, Christine McVie, the beloved member of the legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac, passed away.  McVie was an English musician, singer, and songwriter. While she is most famous for her...

We asked 15 NASH students to share screenshots of their Spotify Wrapped results, released yesterday.

All Wrapped Up

Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer December 1, 2022


The Inward Journey

The Inward Journey

Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer November 29, 2022

Students in Honors Intro to Philosophy are shown the film Into the Wild as part of Unit 2: The Search for Ultimate Reality. Mr. Jamey Pirring, the philosophy teacher, pushes his students to find lessons...

On Election Day last Tuesday, fellow poll worker Joanie Foran and I represented the Franklin Park Democrats at the Franklin Park Baptist Church.

Voices of the Youth

Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer November 10, 2022

As issues such as reproductive rights, climate justice, and marriage equality found themselves on the ballot this election, more and more young voters took their voices to the ballots and the streets with...

[Multimedia] The Examined Life

Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer October 24, 2022

A Recap of The Bee

A Recap of The Bee

Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer October 24, 2022

A group of talented NASH students put on a spectacular show this past weekend, captivating the audience and taking them on an emotional rollercoaster in North Allegheny's production of The 25th Annual...

NASH senior Rourke Kennedy registers to vote during lunch on Thursday.  The voter registration table was initiated by junior Collin Wang (right), with the help of seniors Zoe Ky (left) and Georgia Moniaga (center).

On the Ballot

Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer October 21, 2022

As students entered their lunch periods yesterday they were greeted by a table filled with pamphlets about the upcoming election and voting registration.  As Pennsylvania becomes more of a political...

The NASH gym was packed for the 2022 Homecoming Dance.

A Look Back on A Stroll Through Paris

Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer October 10, 2022

October 8th, the day everyone had been waiting for, has come and gone. As students got dressed up and had the time of their lives, it is safe to say that Homecoming 2022 was a success.  The anticipation...

Tessa Violet opens her show with a jaw-dropping entrance.

Up Close at Rise of the Phoenix

Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer September 30, 2022

Flashing lights, extravagant costumes, and rhinestone-covered guitars were just a few of the splendors the audience saw on the stage of  Mr. Smalls Theatre at Tessa Violet’s Rise of the Phoenix tour...

Demonstrators on both sides of the abortion debate protest in front of the Supreme Court.

SCOTUS vs. Roe

Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer September 23, 2022

On January 22nd, 1973, Roe  v. Wade  was passed into law, stating that a woman can receive an abortion until the point that a fetus is viable. On June 24th, 2022 -- nearly 50 years later -- the law was...

As the effectiveness of the SAT is increasingly questioned, more and more schools are adopting test-optional admission policies.

Opinion: A Standardized Scam

Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer September 8, 2022

It’s six o’clock on a Saturday morning. After a long week of school, the only thing you want to do is smash the snooze button on your alarm and continue sleeping. However, today you are not so lucky....

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