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

Kate Gilliland

Kate Gilliland, Opinions Editor

Kate is a senior at NASH and this is her second year writing for The Uproar where she will be the opinions editor.  During her sophomore year, she was a staff writer for the NAEye. Kate is also a member of NA's varsity golf team and plays violin in the orchestra. In her free time, she is hanging out with her friends and family, reading, watching movies, and working her two jobs.

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Kate Gilliland, Opinions Editor May 23, 2023

Between 350 and 430 languages are spoken in the United States, and North Allegheny offers four foreign language classes: Spanish, French, German, and Latin. But NASH is missing a language, one that...

A Senior Year Abroad

A Senior Year Abroad

Kate Gilliland, Opinion's Editor May 1, 2023

The American high school experience is like no other: football games under the Friday night lights, Homecoming, Prom, and so much more, drawing thousands of exchange students from all over the world each...

See It to Belize It!

See It to Belize It!

Kate Gilliland, Opinions Editor April 20, 2023

From jungle to beaches and bustling cities to reserved towns, the Central American country of Belize has so much to offer. A young, developing country between Mexico and Guatemala has everything thrill...

(Deutsch)Land of Opportunity

(Deutsch)Land of Opportunity

Kate Gilliland, Opinion's Editor March 21, 2023

The Three Rivers German Day Competition, held annually at Washington and Jefferson College, invites German language students from schools across the Pittsburgh area to gather and compete in various German...

Pictured in Mrs. Perrys first period Honors Calculus class are sophomores Sancia Panicker, Sri Sai Krishnakumar, Divya Sekar, Madison Emekter, and Matthew Tan.

Early Achievers

Kate Gilliland, Opinions Editor March 14, 2023

AP Calculus BC is an especially difficult class to take even as a junior or senior, but at North Allegheny, the rigorous course has a surplus of ninth and tenth-grade students who are up for the challenge. While...

Milanna Habib (left) and Sophie Azar scale the rock wall during their period 4 gym class.

Reaching New Heights

Kate Gilliland, Opinions Editor February 23, 2023

One of the more original aspects of a North Allegheny education is the Physical Education Department. Stereotypically, as shown in high school movies and TV shows, PE is dreaded, with classic units such...

How does this prepare us for college?

How does this prepare us for college?

Kate Gilliland, Opinion's Editor February 9, 2023

As the second half of my senior year settles in, I am starting to wonder if all the homework assignments, tests, and projects are still worth it. In college, I am going to be studying subjects very different...

Three Clubs, One Mission

Three Clubs, One Mission

Kate Gilliland, Opinion's Editor January 26, 2023

In a school where service projects abound, the month of January presented students with another opportunity to give back and affect their community. DECA, Key Club, and National Art Honor Society worked...

Mr. Lyons desk

Desk Designs

Kate Gilliland, Opinions Editor January 18, 2023

Teachers' classrooms and desks give them the opportunity to decorate and express themselves with different colors and patterns. Every teacher’s desk looks different, from extremely organized to a swarming...

After school on Wednesday in the NASH cafeteria, Bocce Team member Connor Ross shartpens his aim with the help of Coach Rachel Tengowski.

On a Roll

Kate Gilliland, Opinions Editor December 8, 2022

Among the most casual of sports, bocce is often a sideline event at backyard barbecues and family picnics. If it involves any real competition (and it probably does not), it's between you and your overly...

NASH senior Leigh Failla makes herself at home in her mothers AP Psychology classroom.

More Than Family

Kate Gilliland, Opinion's Editor December 2, 2022

School is where we first learn to not rely on our parents at every turn. By the time students reach high school, they likely no longer wish to live in the shadow of their mom or dad. But for 13 NASH...

(L-R) Lauren Kardos, Amber Roth, Katie Rose Rankin, Kayli Dings, and Megan Manesiotis

The Swing of Things

Kate Gilliland, Opinions Editor November 3, 2022

At the beginning of the season, every sports team's goal is to make it as far as possible. The highest goal is a successful result at WPIALs and making a run at states. For the first time in five years,...

The anti-vaping poster on the door of the NASH Main Office alerts students to a serious risk: researchers have yet to determine the long-term side effects.

Opinion: Clear the Air

Kate Gilliland, Opinions Editor October 19, 2022

You may not see it but you can certainly smell it -- teenage vaping is back, and it has become an issue not only at NASH but across the country. Back in my elementary school gym class, I remember how...

The stage of the Conan Gray concert last Thursday at the UPMC Events Center was awash with colorful lights throughout the night.

A Long-Awaited Concert

Kate Gilliland, Opinions Editor September 30, 2022

At around 8:30 on the night of September 22, a single red rose was projected on a white screen in the UPMC Events Center. Suddenly, the curtains parted and in the center stood a solo 23-year-old singer,...

NAHS members paint the set for upcoming fall musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Putting the ‘Art’ in Smart

Kate Gilliland, Opinions Editor September 27, 2022

North Allegheny is home to several honor societies, from the large, such National Honor Society, to the small.  National Art Honor Society, or NAHS, was once among the latter group, but the picture has...

Although participating in fashion trends is fun at the time, 84% of clothing ends up in landfills.

The True Cost of Fast Fashion

Kate Gilliland, Opinions Editor September 18, 2022

Every year there are fashion trends that seize the market, from the return on scrunchies from the 80’s and denim skirts from the 70’s to animal prints, chunky shoes and Brandy Melville baby-tees. Far...

Officer Yeaney is ready and eager to begin his first year at NASH.

Good Talk: Officer Yeaney

Kate Gilliland, Opinions Editor August 29, 2022

What is the most stressful part of being a school resource officer?  The most stressful part of is focusing your energy on what you should be concerned about. You end up accomplishing less than you would...

On the Rise

On the Rise

Kate Gilliland, Staff Writer May 16, 2022

`Unlike the real world where there is a presidential election every four years, at NASH elections are held annually. Last month, the results for the NASH Student Council elections were finalized and the...

The Amtrak passenger cars before passenger board.

Opinion: The Rail World

Kate Gilliland, Staff Writer May 6, 2022

Over spring break, airplanes fill up quickly with everyone traveling for vacation during the time off from school. One of the most popular vacation destinations is Florida, and those flights max out months...

For juniors, the future draws near

For juniors, the future draws near

Kate Gilliland, Staff Writer April 26, 2022

What do you want to do after high school? What do you want to be when you grow up? Just about every kid has heard these questions seemingly incessantly since middle school. Back then, however, those...

Pixars Turning Red comes to Disney+ and brings many laughs along with it.

Growing up is a beast

Kate Gilliland, Staff Writer March 28, 2022

On February 21, 2022, a new Pixar movie appeared in the carousel on the Disney+ homepage. It was the scarcely-advertised movie Turning Red, which represents a lot of firsts for a Pixar. It is the first...

On Sunday, February 27th, 2022 the district sent out and email informing students and parents that masks are now optional.

Student views on the mask-optional policy

Kate Gilliland, Staff Writer March 22, 2022

As of Monday, February 28th, 2022 all North Allegheny schools have become mask optional, as have a majority of schools across the country.  At NASH, the number of students and staff who have decided to...

The NA Boys Lacrosse players have redemption on their minds as the regular season draws near.

Boys’ Lacrosse eyes another title-winning season

Kate Gilliland, Staff Writer March 20, 2022

March holds much significance at North Allegheny. It means spring break is getting closer, the third nine weeks is ending, and a new sports season is on its way. And among the most popular spring sports...

The paczki at Oakmont Bakery are arguably the best in town.

Paczki for all!

Kate Gilliland, Staff Writer March 2, 2022

This year Mardi Gras fell on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Known for elaborate parades with shimmering beads, fatty foods and a great excuse to party, Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, marks the day before...

AW Beattie students board the bus following their lunch at NASH.

Career Concentrated

Kate Gilliland, Staff Writer February 8, 2022

Every day at 12:05 pm, students board a bus at NASH or get into their cars to travel to the A.W. Beattie Career Center to further their education under teaching unavailable at NASH. A brief 5.3 miles away,...

No Way Home, No Dry Eyes

Kate Gilliland, Staff Writer December 23, 2021

The highly anticipated Marvel movie, Spider-Man No Way Home, and ninth movie released in Marvel’s phase 4, came out on Thursday, December 16th, 2021. I have had tickets for Spider-Man No Way Home since...

Head First

Head First

Kate Gilliland, Staff Writer December 8, 2021

At what age did you start taking diving seriously? I dove at my first meet when I was around 8, so around then. How did you begin diving? Where did you start?  I was originally a swimmer, and...

Hiking in Colorado was a fitting family trip for English teacher Ms. Yakich, who has enjoyed the outdoors since she was a kid.

When School is Out

Kate Gilliland, Staff Writer December 3, 2021

We see out teachers every day, but do we really know them? Outside of school, what do they enjoy doing?  The NASH staff is full of talented teachers whose lives outside of school may come as a surprise...

During her lunch period, NASH junior Ella Zimmer pets Quigley.

Fur Real!

Kate Gilliland, Staff Writer November 23, 2021

On Friday, November 13th a special furry guest visited NASH. The kindhearted and playful black labradoodle Quigley was greeted with warmth and enthusiasm from students and staff.  “I strongly think...

Though were often told that quitting is easy, when we quit for the right reasons, it can be particularly difficult to do so.

The Quitting Stigma

Kate Gilliland, Staff Writer November 18, 2021

Ever since elementary school, parents and teachers have instilled the idea in us that "winners never quit." Coincidentally, "Winners Never Quit" happens to be the title of a short story I read in the second...

The skeletons in NA resident Kristin Millers front yard change clothes daily throughout the month of October, much to the delight of her neighbors.  Featured in this photo from earlier this month is the cast from Seinfeld

Skeleton Crew

Kate Gilliland, Staff Writer October 29, 2021

October is notable for being the month of the start of fall, pumpkin-flavored everything, and Halloween. As October 31st draws near, it's not uncommon for neighbors to go all out and decorate the outside...

Rankin shoots a 44 at the NA match against Seneca Valley.

She’s Got That Swing

Kate Gilliland, Staff Writer October 13, 2021

The North Allegheny Varsity Girls' Golf team is looking for redemption this year.  After last year's 6-5 record, the team aims to improve their performance and advance to WPIALs, hopefully leaving the...

Along with missing school students can fill out an absence excuse form which can be picked up at the attendance office.

Early dismissals cut both ways for student-athletes

Kate Gilliland, Staff Writer September 22, 2021

It's no secret that sports are a big deal at North Allegheny. Sports seasons often begin moving quickly when the school year starts and games, meets, and matches often start shortly after the school day...

A more diverse offering of gym classes at NA will benefit students, especially those who are actively involved in sports outside of school.

A New Workout Routine

Kate Gilliland, Staff Writer September 15, 2021

The North Allegheny School District Program of Studies requires all students to earn at least two full credits of gym over four years to graduate. Gym can be taken every day for one semester or every other...

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