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

Kristen Kinzler

Kristen Kinzler, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Kristen Kinzler is a senior at NASH who loves expressing her opinions and drinking excessive amounts of coffee and tea. When she's not writing or rewatching Supernatural for the fourteenth time, she can probably be found playing lacrosse, reading, or watching hockey. She plans to attend Bowdoin College next fall.

All content by Kristen Kinzler
There are a wide variety of ways to use your voice for good.

Practice What You Preach

June 4, 2021

Over the past two years, I have written 75 articles for The Uproar, most of which have been opinion pieces. I’ve written about everything from national news to pop culture to school policy, mostly because...

Green reviews various facets of the human-centered planet in his first nonfiction book.

The Anthropocene Reviewed, Reviewed

June 3, 2021

What do scratch and sniff stickers, Canadian geese, Monopoly, and the world’s largest ball of paint have in common? Author John Green reviews them all in The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered...

The New York Islanders defeated the Penguins in Game 6 on Wednesday.

A Bitter Exit

May 28, 2021

I tried really hard not to get my hopes up, but as soon as the puck dropped for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, I couldn’t help but feel excited about the Pittsburgh Penguins’ chances....

Some aspects of remote learning would benefit students even when they go back to school full time.

The Remains of Remote

May 19, 2021

I, like most other Americans, cannot wait to put this pandemic behind me. I’m sick of excessive hand sanitizer, quarantines, the general unpredictability of life as we know it, and, perhaps above all...

AP classes have struggled to adhere to the College Boards schedule and give students adequate time to review.

A Rush to the Finish

May 12, 2021

The pandemic has already ruined most of the traditional aspects of senior year, and now, the consequences of a year of hybrid and remote learning are destroying any sense of relief, relaxation, or satisfaction...

Rutgers University was one of the first schools in the country to announce it would require COVID-19 vaccinations for students.

Freshman OrientVaccination

May 7, 2021

When I received an email from my future college last week about COVID-19 vaccinations, I felt an immediate sense of relief. The message informed me that all students would be required to be vaccinated...

Good Talk: Mr. Omasits

Good Talk: Mr. Omasits

May 4, 2021

How long have you been teaching? 15 years. This is my 14th at NA. What made you want to be a teacher? I actually always wanted to be a meteorologist. After talking to some people in that field, I realized...

While hockey is one of Americas three most prominent professional sports, its growth has been deterred by the NHLs culture.

On Thin Ice

April 27, 2021

Everytime there’s a scandal or big news story surrounding the National Hockey League (NHL), I always expect more people to care than actually do. After an important story breaks, I figure there should...

Seniors Kate Stamper and Nicholas Palermo collected each teams payment after they signed up for the tournament online.

Their Day on Court

April 20, 2021

When school was cancelled for what was supposed to be two weeks last spring, current senior Dom Gralia was in the middle of planning his appearance in NASH’s annual Project Water Dodgeball tournament....

Taking income into consideration when planning your future doesnt immediately make you greedy.

Money Can Buy Happiness

April 16, 2021

Most of us have spent our teenage years planning for the future. We’ve explored our interests, researched what kind of schools we want to attend, and some of us have picked the careers we want to pursue...

The race to be the best at North Allegheny usually just results in false superiority complexes and increased competition among peers.

A Case of Self-Imposed Superiority

April 8, 2021

I was naive to think that, somehow, my senior year at North Allegheny would be different. For some odd reason, a part of me thought it would be a year full of celebrating my peers’ accomplishments, being...

As it resides at the highest point of the corner of the building facing the Ivy League schools of New England, the NASH Social Studies office will be renovated to welcome a new tenant, the AEC.

For the Select Few

April 1, 2021

Next school year, students who have the desire to see and experience the top college campuses in America may have to look no farther than the third floor of NASH. The Alumni of Elite Colleges (AEC) chapter...

Group projects often lead to unequal amount of work among members.

There’s No ‘I’ in Team

March 26, 2021

You’re sitting in class when your teacher announces that you’ll be starting a new project. Before he or she can even begin to discuss the rubric or instructions, they mention that it will be a group...

PPG Paints Arena is currently operating at 25% capacity, giving fans the opportunity to attend games for the first time in a year.

Back in the Stands

March 19, 2021

Two weeks ago, I sat at PPG Paints Arena, with a box of nachos on my lap, a bottle of root beer in my hand, and tears in my eyes. The Pittsburgh Penguins skated onto the ice for their warm ups, and I was...

Ms. Schmiech teaches her 2nd period Honors Meteorology class on Monday. Full classrooms are now the standard at NASH, which can cause both excitement and anxiety.

Back to the Basics

March 15, 2021

Prepare yourselves, because I’m about to say something that I think no second semester senior at North Allegheny has ever uttered before. Here it goes. I was really looking forward to waking up at six...

The best podcasts shine a light on important, interesting, and, most of all, human stories.

I’m All Ears

March 10, 2021

In 2020, the number of podcasts on Spotify nearly tripled, rising to a record 2.2 million shows. With such growth, it seems that podcasts are finally starting to be recognized for all the information,...

The way that authors or producers present a historical narrative can widely vary.

A Historical Dilemma

March 4, 2021

My favorite thing to do after a long week is to immerse myself in some kind of a story. I love getting into a compelling TV show or picking up an interesting book and being taken away to an entirely new...

Telling students they should only excel in the humanities or sciences does more harm than good.

An Arbitrary Line in the Sand

February 19, 2021

In elementary school, most North Allegheny students received a colorful little folder called a career portfolio. As early as first grade, we were told to write in it about activities we enjoyed, our favorite...

A team dynamic is heavily influenced by a coachs attitude.

Put me in, Coach

February 16, 2021

In the eight years that I’ve played lacrosse, I’ve had my fair share of coaches. Between the school team, summer travel teams, and winter leagues, they’ve ranged from college students picking up...

Oftentimes, procrastinating can be more painful than just completing the task at hand.

A Dangerous Delay

February 9, 2021

Whenever you have an assignment or project, the world tends to feel like it’s suddenly full of possibilities. You could scroll through Instagram or turn on your favorite show on Netflix. You could go...

Owen Prem, Kate Stamper, and Shejuti Wahed (from left to right) celebrated their win over Montour High School and Sewickley Academy.

All the Right Answers

February 2, 2021

The clock was ticking. The stakes were high. It was time for the final question. “‘Love one another.’ These were the last words of what Secretary of State who served during the Civil War and later...

It can be hard to know how to navigate a full course load and a personal crisis as a high school student.

Navigating the Impossible

January 26, 2021

It’s six o’clock in the morning, and you’re staring at your reflection in the mirror. Red rims around your eyes. Flushed cheeks. An excruciating headache that’s a result of stress and grief and...

The chance a student has to get into their dream school depends on their wealth, race, and family standing.

A Bewildering Process

January 19, 2021

For the past six months, I’ve desperately wished that I had an older sibling to help me through the college admissions process. At its best, the process is stressful. At its worst, it’s confusing,...

The way we view our country can dramatically shift depending on the current political climate.

On Love of Country

January 7, 2021

I’ve heard many of my friends mention moving abroad after college. We’ve discussed New Zealand and the United Kingdom and Canada, citing the tolerant culture and superior social programs in those countries. But,...

The COVID-19 vaccine should help the most vulnerable first, no matter their political status, income or nationality.

A Disproportionate Distribution

January 4, 2021

As someone who nearly cries almost every time she has to get a shot, I never thought I would be so excited to get a needle jabbed into my arm. But weird times call for weird expectations, so, like most...

Large family gatherings may not characterize this years holidays, but their absence can prompt us to cherish our memories and to look forward all the more to meeting again.

Remember When?

December 21, 2020

A rite of passage in most families is transitioning from the kids’ table to the adult one at large dinners. Well, I’m one of the youngest of twenty cousins, so I have no hope of ever escaping the kids’...

President Trumps response to the pandemic set a horrible example for state and local leaders.

When Leadership Proves Lacking

December 17, 2020

If I had to pick one word to describe our country right now, I would choose frustrated. We’re frustrated that COVID-19 cases are rising, frustrated that our lives are getting shut back down again, and...

Sled riding is an essential part of a good snow day.

In Defense of Snow Days

December 9, 2020

You wake up on a chilly, winter morning and immediately check your phone. The night before, you flushed an ice cube down the toilet and wore your pajamas inside out. Snow fell all through the night, and...

The NASH hallways are empty, but most other public areas are packed with people.

The Outrageous Hypocrisy of School Closures

December 3, 2020

On November 19th, all of New York City’s public schools closed their doors and moved to full remote learning. The sudden shift was because the city had reached a three percent coronavirus test positivity...

A Helping Hand

December 1, 2020

After fifteen seasons, Supernatural is finally coming to an end tomorrow night, and its going to be an emotional goodbye -- as it always is with the shows that mean the most to us.

A Show for All Seasons

November 18, 2020

Last Thursday, my mom walked into the house after picking up my little brother from volleyball practice, and she immediately looked alarmed. She asked me what was wrong. There I was, sitting on the couch,...

Empty staircases at NASH remind students and staff that the pandemic is still overshadowing normal life.

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

November 16, 2020

In the days that followed March 13th, the world felt uneasy. We didn’t know what was safe, if schools and businesses were going to close, or what kind of impact a pandemic would have on our country....

The start of the school year may feel like an emotional roller coaster, but there is some hope.

Growing Pains

November 11, 2020

This time last year, I was a junior looking at my first quarter grades and wondering exactly what I had gotten myself into. I was actually happy with my overall results, but thinking about how much stress,...

Changing the way tests are weighted at the end of the grading period only creates confusion.

Changing the Rules in the Middle of the Game

November 5, 2020

When I heard about the petition circulating in an effort to end North Allegheny’s newly-implemented grading policy, I genuinely felt confused. The policy stated that 70% of a student’s grade would...

Why Fish Dont Exist examines a scientist that history has placed on a pedestal.

A Search for Meaning

October 30, 2020

If you would have asked me to read a nonfiction book in my free time six months ago, I would have groaned and rolled my eyes. While I enjoy reading, I’ve always stuck to fiction, as I thought most of...

Phil McGraw is exempt from medical ethics laws because he is not recognized as a licensed therapist in the state of California.


October 22, 2020

Quarantine left us all homebound and binging TV shows, perhaps none more so than deplorable day-time television programs. Between online classes or during the weekdays when there simply seemed to be nothing...

Savannah Guthrie challenged all of President Trumps rambles and lies at his town hall.

Look Out the Window

October 19, 2020

Anyone who watched the presidential candidates’ town halls on Thursday evening saw two very different programs-- one on ABC, where George Stephanopoulos engaged in a somewhat uneventful, mostly polite...

Mask breaks during gym class can be problematic if students do not properly socially distance.

Unintended Consequences

October 12, 2020

Whether we like it or not, masks have become an inevitable part of our daily lives. They’re encouraged by scientists, required to go into any store or public place, and key to keeping this school year...

The Hybrid Model

October 2, 2020

Right now, it feels like I’m living two very different lives -- one where I go to school and one where I participate remotely. Mondays and Tuesdays have quickly become my favorite days of the week....

When students are in different environments, the disparity between in-person and online tests becomes an even more troubling issue.

“A” for Effort

September 25, 2020

I’ll be the first to admit that right now, it seems silly to care about test grades. In the midst of a pandemic and a hybrid learning model, it feels a little ungrateful to question the integrity of...

Given how many germs and bacteria lie in school bathrooms, the now-abandoned clipboard pass may have been the most unsanitary object in all of Wexford.

Passive About Pathogens

September 17, 2020

Do you remember the days when we weren’t concerned about how long a virus could live on a desk? Or the last time you exited a classroom without applying some hand sanitizer? Or when you didn’t feel...

While the T train has been nearly deserted in recent months, it used to overflow with excitement after large events in the city.

Remember When?

September 10, 2020

Every time I go to a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game, I park far away and ride the T (officially named the Pittsburgh Light Rail transportation system) to PPG Paints Arena. The lot right outside the arena...

This year, disinfectant and hand sanitizer rank alongside coffee and computers as back-to-school essentials.

Preparing for Anything

September 7, 2020

It’s the day before school starts, and all throughout NASH, desks are distanced, masks are ready to be worn, and hand sanitizer is plentiful. It’s about to be a year unlike any other. Under normal...

The sugar in candy helps lower levels of cortisol, a hormone that causes stress.

A Sweet Reminder

June 4, 2020

I’m sure there are lots of different things that I can say I learned during my junior year. I guess I learned something about responsibility and time management, and if I looked hard enough, I could...

Isolation gave many the chance to evaluate the way their achievements affected their view of themselves.

Slow it Down

May 29, 2020

One of my absolute favorite songs is “Slow It Down” by the Lumineers. I love its acoustics and the way the steady lyrics build up to the chorus and singer Wesley Schultz’s vocals. Most of all, though,...

STEM & Buds, originally an after-school and summer program, has adapted to the quarantine by offering online tutoring in math and science for students in fourth to eighth grade.

Bridging the Gap

May 14, 2020

Every Wednesday and Friday at 2 o’clock sharp, NASH junior Emma Bernardi opens up her laptop, heads to Zoom, and breaks out the sixth-grade math notes. The next hour is a trip down memory lane, as Bernardi...

Shejuti Wahed prepares for her favorite Jeopardy! event-- the College Tournament.

Factual Fanatic

April 28, 2020

The game is on the line. The category is Superlatives, and the question is worth $1600. Alex Trebek reads the clue. “The biggest Jeopardy! fan at North Allegheny Senior High School” A contestant...

As the Winchester brothers hunt monsters around the country, they make their viewers believe that good will prevail.

One for the Good Guys

April 16, 2020

There are currently 320 episodes of the sci-fi horror TV show Supernatural. That is about two straight weeks' worth of television, filmed over fifteen years, and I have seen almost every single episode...

Continuously trying to remain positive in stressful times can cause more negativity and stress.

Positively Pessimistic

April 7, 2020

It’s been weeks since the coronavirus hit the United States, and for every single one of those days, I have tried. I have woken up, given it my best shot, and eventually failed. Every bone in my body...

As social distancing mandates wear on, family game nights have the potential to turn dangerous.

When Family Turns Foe

April 1, 2020

***As the dateline would suggest, the following article is an April Fools satire*** Earlier this week in McCandless, PA Governor Wolf 's stay-at-home order led to unexpected complications that forced...

For many students, the beginning of remote learning was filled with work and stress.

Week 1 of Remote Learning: A Review

March 27, 2020

Well, we’ve survived our first week of remote learning, and I can officially say that this has been the longest five days of my entire life. I don’t think anyone was necessarily looking forward...

When someone experiences imposter syndrome, self-sabotaging thoughts often plague their mind.

Fake It Till You Make It

March 24, 2020

It’s a familiar situation for many high school students, particularly those who go to competitive schools. You look around the classroom, noting all your peers achieving the extraordinary. You see how...

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, nearly all activity on the NASH campus -- before, during, and after school hours, weekends included -- has ceased until further notice.

On Living in a Pandemic

March 16, 2020

When Dr. McGahee came on the PA system last Friday and announced that North Allegheny would close its doors for the next two weeks due to the spread of the coronavirus, the atmosphere of the classroom...

An NHL players triumph over addiction is proof of the difference proper assistance can make.

All the Difference

March 10, 2020

Last week, I was mindlessly scrolling through Twitter when I came across a story that physically made my heart ache. I stopped in my tracks as I watched a video of Bobby Ryan, a professional hockey player...

The Roswell, New Mexico reboots second season premieres on March 16th.

Outta This World

March 3, 2020

Some cowboys, a few aliens, one nostalgic love story, and a thrilling murder mystery. This may sound like something that resembles a bad joke, but it’s also a pretty accurate description of  Roswell,...

The roses handed out on The Bachelor often represent a lot more than pure intentions.

Every Rose Has Its Thorn

February 19, 2020

Just about every Monday, I sit on my couch with a bag of my favorite chips and a fuzzy blanket and turn on my television. The rest of the evening is consumed with lots of drama, a few rivers of tears,...

One of North Alleghenys two teams competes against Peters Township.

Late Night Lacrosse, Anyone?

February 10, 2020

At 9:30 PM this past Friday night at Southpointe Fieldhouse, an obnoxious air horn sounded off. It signaled the beginning of what was to be a long night. The clocks began ticking. The sticks started clashing....

Since many students are used to working themselves to the bone, taking a sick day may be deemed as unnecessary, but this couldnt be further from the truth.

In Favor of the Sick Day

February 5, 2020

When junior Oliver Rinehart walked into school a few weeks ago, he appeared exhausted and miserable. As he sat down at his usual booth in the cafeteria, he admitted, in between coughs, that he had a high...

Cheating, in all its forms, is all too common in NASHs competitive environment.

An Open Secret

January 22, 2020

As a junior who is almost finished with her first semester, I’m already looking forward to the next year and planning my classes. I recently decided that, during my senior year, I will challenge myself...

Oftentimes, a students genuine love for learning is stuck under suffocating workloads.

No Time, No Energy

January 21, 2020

I used to be the girl who always had a book on her. Throughout middle school and my freshman year, I read upwards of two books a week. I would stay up late, lost in a story, and every spare minute I had...

The way social media affects its users goes far beyond likes and comments.

A Plea for Authenticity

January 10, 2020

I am not one of Harry Styles’s 25.7 million Instagram followers. I don’t ever plan to be, not because I hold a personal vendetta against One Direction, but simply because I have no interest. However,...

The new year causes many to make a list of resolutions, but accomplishing them may prove to be more difficult than youd expect.

New Year, Not So New Me

December 19, 2019

It’s almost that time when everyone's focus shifts towards the new year. After the traditional holidays pass, it'll be all about 2020. And I guarantee that once we enter into the next decade, you'll...

Following the recent announcement of his upcoming departure from NASH, Dr. Kreider says that he will miss the community here the most.

Leaving a Legacy

December 10, 2019

As the month of December races on, the world begins to shift its focus on the upcoming new year and what the next decade will bring. Well, at NASH, the new year means one big change -- new leadership. On...

Overcoming shame can create a new sense of appreciation, especially around Thanksgiving.

Defining Home

November 26, 2019

Roughly a year ago, I was questioning if I would ever be able to sit around a Thanksgiving dinner table and truthfully recite what I was thankful for. In fact, it felt like I would never be grateful for...

It is commediable for young adults to take interest in current events, but they risk becoming jaded at a much too young age.

With Great Power…

November 25, 2019

Every morning when I get to school, I sit down, take a long sip of my coffee, and open my inbox. I read the “Morning Briefing,” sent by The New York Times. It’s a daily email with five or so headlines...

Many funny but ultimately unfortunate parallels can be drawn between the obsessive competitive culture in fictional Stars Hollow and North Allegheny.

Life Imitating Art

November 12, 2019

I’ve been watching and rewatching Gilmore Girls for years, the iconic comedic drama that ran from 2000-2007. It’s always been a wonderful constant in my life. It’s magical in a way that involves...

An injury that is not properly treated can cause lifelong pain and persistent issues for an athlete.

A Risky Game to Play

November 6, 2019

It’s a scene that’s all too familiar in sports. The star player gets knocked down and injured. They are on the ground. The once loud stadium goes completely silent as a startling sense of fear consumes...

When I see all the intelligent students around me, I often wonder if I really belong.

When Good Isn’t Good Enough

October 25, 2019

It’s a daily occurrence. I glance around at all the faces in the halls. I hear the chatter about an AP test or grades. I see piles of books and binders being carried. And I am filled with a dreadful...

The front of Just One Day shows exactly why you shouldnt judge a book by its cover.

He’s Just Not That Into You

October 24, 2019

I picked up Just One Day by Gayle Forman, noting the couple holding hands on the cover, and skimming over the whimsical description, expecting a relaxing, probably overdone, trivial teenage romance. Sure,...

Even when redistricting is administratively necessary, it must never be taken lightly. A childs whole life revolves around their school and the people there.

Redistricting, Revisited

October 18, 2019

In February of 2014, I walked into the North Allegheny Central Administration Office by my mom’s side. My stomach was in knots as I entered the conference room where that month’s school board meeting...

Thanks to the new club, students are learning how to play this hybrid of mini-volleyball and foursquare.

Spikeball Spectacular

October 11, 2019

On Tuesday afternoon, the area of grass in front of NASH was transformed from a desolate patch to a space full of laughter, competition, and... Spikeball nets. Spikeball is a yard game that feels like...

Stepping into a rigorous course can be intimidating when youre expected to be perfect all on your own.

All or Nothing

October 3, 2019

Last week, I had a very weird day at school. It left me with an emotion that felt like a combination of relief and shock and a little frustration.  All of this was because, in the course of a single...

The stress of trying to achieve it all hits hard and fast.

A Sense of Acceptance

September 30, 2019

School has always felt like something out of my control. It has felt inevitable. It has felt bigger than me in a very terrifying, very tangible way. And by that, I mean my grades have always been such....

 Looking for Alaska by John Green is featured in the NASH Librarys Banned Book display.

Alaska or Bust

September 26, 2019

When most people hear the name John Green, they typically think of The Fault in Our Stars— the cheesy, popular novel that became one of the most recognizable chick-flicks of our time. However, Green...

Lifting, carrying, and lugging around heavy backpacks can leave students with back pain and spinal issues.

Carrying the Weight of the World

September 24, 2019

Every morning before the sun rises, many students let out an exhausted sigh as they hoist their heavy bags off the countertop and onto their backs. The uncomfortable weight settles in, and the realization...

Junior year, we are regularly reminded, is filled with SATs, challenging courses, and lots of stress.

“Everyone Says”

September 16, 2019

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me junior year was going to be stressful… That’s about all I’ve heard since finishing tenth grade — how scary this year would be. Junior year is...

Long days at school are too often followed by longs nights of homework.  Is there another way?

A Study Guide on Homework

September 4, 2019

Homework, homework, some studying, and then, more homework. The start of a new school year naturally brings a lot of conversation about student stress. Of course, there are many factors that play into...

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