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Lucie Flagg

Lucie Flagg, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Lucie Flagg is a senior this year. She enjoys the finer things in life, such as sushi, napping, and her dog, Daisy. Along with writing for The Uproar, she also contributes to NATV. Outside of school, Lucie works at Naturally Soergel's, and she watches Impractical Jokers whenever that's not happening. Lucie plans to attend Pace University in New York City next year to pursue a career in media production.

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Patrick Birmingham puts on his brand new socks for the first time early Friday morning.

They Knocked His Socks Off

May 21, 2021

When senior Patrick Birmingham showed up to school Friday morning, he was shocked to see his face in so many unexpected places. “I feel so amazing,” he expressed. “My face is on socks.” Patrick,...

NA's Personal Finance course teaches students about saving and investing.

Dollars and Sense

May 14, 2021

“When am I ever going to use this in the future?” As a high school student who has generally been on the honors track all four years, I can confirm that this is a common sentiment among my peers....

Jealousy of friendships plays a huge role in the loneliness within cohorts.

Sad Endings, New Beginnings

May 3, 2021

My generation has always thrived on self-deprecating humor. Even though we know that so much of what we say isn’t true, it’s still something that many of us love and, truthfully, it keeps me in touch...

The current royal family appears to be a perfect institution on the outside, but there are significant problems within.

Time to Modernize

April 19, 2021

I am incredibly intrigued by the monarchy of the United Kingdom. As an American, I’ve simply been taught about their glitz and glam, and I have always overlooked the true trouble within. Maybe it’s...

Everyone who receives the vaccine, no matter when, is making a difference.

In Defiance of Guilt

April 13, 2021

I am COVID-19 vaccinated. That sentence has taken me well over a month to admit. I received my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in early March and my second just a few weeks ago. For me, the process...

NASH classrooms will once again contain empty desks as many students will learn from home in the upcoming weeks.

NASH to return to hybrid model

April 7, 2021

Senior Will Palicki returned to in-person school on Tuesday after completing a full quarter of NACA and was excited to finally see his friends and teachers again. Later that afternoon, however, he was...

The district hopes that the new plant-based lunches will help increase student productivity.

NASH cafeteria to offer radical new menu

April 1, 2021

The chicken patty sandwich has long been a cafeteria staple for NASH juniors and seniors who do not pack a lunch. But supplies are not likely to last much longer. Last Wednesday, fittingly during the...

[Video] Tigersonly.com

March 26, 2021

Based on an idea from Maggie Laughrey

The NHS application process is tedious and misrepresents the structure of goodwill.

A Flawed Sense of Honor

March 22, 2021

Scholarship, service, leadership, and character—these are the four pillars of National Honor Society (NHS), according to the organization's website. And it sounds great in theory, right? It’s a group...

The Manchester neighborhood of Pittsburgh has seen great change in recent years.

A Neighborhood on the Rise

March 18, 2021

My mom loves to tell this story—an incredibly ironic one. A few years ago, she had a meeting in the Manchester neighborhood of Pittsburgh’s Northside. As she left her safe and remote Wexford home,...

Using Google Meets has been a stress reliever for many, but it has made recording lessons difficult.

A Plea for Leniency

March 9, 2021

It finally hit me today. I opened up my laptop and searched my makeup work on Blackboard, as I cried tears of stress. I missed two days of school last week, and suddenly, I have no idea of what I’m doing.  Unsurprisingly,...

Social distancing will become significantly more difficult as in-person student attendance rises.

Full-Time in the Offing

February 23, 2021

Like most NASH seniors, Sophia Elliott has had to acclimate to an ever-changing school year. Although back and forth between the classroom and remote learning has proven difficult, she was even more upset...

The popular app is quickly growing, and is now available in 154 markets worldwide.

TikTok: Beyond Dancing

February 19, 2021

We all know what TikTok is at this point, right? You know—the app that former-President Donald Trump tried to ban. Though many see it as a collection of provocative teen dances, TikTok may just have...

Birth control helps to regulate hormones and decrease the symptoms of PCOS.

Beneath the Surface of Womanhood

February 7, 2021

Fun fact: I’m a non−sexually active teenage girl on a massive dose of birth control. No, it’s not because I fear the whole Virgin Mary situation—it’s because my hormones are wack.  I started...

JoJo Siwa is making a huge impact on LGBTQ+ children everywhere.

An Unexpected Influence

January 29, 2021

Last Wednesday, Dance Moms star and singer JoJo Siwa released a cryptic TikTok. In the video, she sang along to the song “Born this Way” by Lady Gaga. Fans and fellow TikTokers quickly flooded the...

Dunkin’ vs Starbucks

January 25, 2021

Many COVID-19 patients have died just before their vaccination eligibility.

Death by Discrepancies

January 21, 2021

It’s been just a little over twelve hours since my grandfather died from COVID-19, and it has yet to sink in. My mind knows that he’s gone, but my heart refuses to accept it.  Just a few weeks...

Teaching neurodiverse patients

The Problem with ABA Therapy

January 20, 2021

Hearing those words—“Your child has autism”—can be terrifying for any parent. It marks a lifetime of uncertainty both behaviorally and emotionally for the child. Though every person with autism...

Back on Track

Back on Track

January 19, 2021

Along with Lehigh University, Wagner College was among those who have revoked an honorary degree from the President.

Disgrace by Degrees

January 14, 2021

After his role in the Capitol storming last Wednesday, President Trump can’t seem to stay afloat. He’s been banned from social media sites and impeached for a second time, and now, he’s losing multiple...

Kamala Harris has enough challenges ahead of her.  Contending with opponents who willfully mispronounce her name should not be one of them.

In the Name of Respect

January 8, 2021

Last August while discussing presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, Fox News host Tucker Carlson made a crucial mistake. Throughout his interview with Democratic political...

Good Talk: Mr. Claus

Good Talk: Mr. Claus

December 22, 2020

It's been a rough year. How are you holding up? I'm fine—more worried about others, honestly. I'm doing okay. Thanks for asking. What is the toy shop’s policy on COVID-19 sanitation? It's...

Community colleges offer great educations for a fraction of the cost of attending a university.

The Fight to End CC Stigma

December 18, 2020

Like a lot of other suburban high school students, I suspect, I was raised to equate community college with unsuccessful people. I used to joke that, as the youngest child, my parents would run out of...

According to Merriam-Webster, the word Black—in reference to race—is capitalized.

To B, Or Not To B

December 10, 2020

Every Wednesday here at The Uproar, we have a staff meeting. We discuss current events to potentially write about and review writing style. For students who have been taught MLA formatting for years, the...

The chickens at Freeman Family Farm provide fresh eggs to residents of Pittsburgh's North Side.

Farming Reimagined

December 3, 2020

Like many Pittsburghers, Lisa Freeman lives a fairly normal life. She is a wife and a loving mother, who has raised her family in the Manchester neighborhood of the city’s North Side. Her devotion to...

[Video] City Living

November 23, 2020

College acceptance letters are always shocking and exciting, especially when you never applied.

Congrats, Stranger! You’re In!

November 20, 2020

Last week, I was surprised to receive an email from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, granting me admission and a hefty scholarship of $20,000 a year. Though the news was exciting, I was undoubtedly...

It was hardly a surprise, especially with high voter turnout, that President Trump won the small rural town of Shanksville, PA by a landslide yesterday.

By a Landslide

November 4, 2020

I started to become politically aware during the 2016 election. I was in eighth grade, and I desperately wanted Hillary to win. When it came to policies and civic rights, I knew just about nothing. But...

Robert Redfield's biased politics caused great problems in the control of COVID-19.

A Failure of Leadership

November 1, 2020

Since the beginning of 2020, Americans and others around the world have experienced a new age of existence. Life no longer relies on social interaction, but rather on the willingness and ability to survive....

Slip into the Season

October 30, 2020

Madam President

Madam President

October 23, 2020

What was your biggest motivation to run?  To represent the senior class and make this year the best we can make it for the circumstances we've been given.  What are you most excited for? I am...

Many celebrities were added to the cast this season, including Judith Light and Bette Midler.

A Review of The Politician: Season 2

October 16, 2020

After its success in season one last year, The Politician is back on Netflix for season two with many new changes. In fact, the show feels like an entirely new series this season—but a good one at that. The...

Purdue University is among a list of schools that are financially thriving at present, while many other colleges across the country are struggling.

The End of School as We Know It

October 6, 2020

As the cost of college has increased dramatically in the past few decades, students often worry about their ability to pay. While 85% of students in the U.S. receive some sort of financial aid, 2020 has...

Living in the city can open our eyes to suburban privilege.

A Greater Responsibility

September 28, 2020

Growing up in Wexford, I never learned about the real world. Here, we’re entitled. When Giant Eagle is all out of crackers, we yell at the poor employees. We like to point fingers and place blame. And...

NASH Trivia 2020

September 22, 2020

In the absences of preschoolers, NASH's Preschool Practicum is finding creative ways to educate.

A Classroom Without Students

September 15, 2020

It's not an uncommon occurrence—you're sitting in class and hear voices echoing from down the hall. As the sound travels closer and closer, you look out the door of your classroom to see 18 preschoolers. In...

First-day-of-school

A New Appreciation

September 9, 2020

Your 5:45 AM alarm sounds. You wake up panic-stricken.  “Where am I?” “What day is it?” “Am I late?” You finally gather yourself and come to terms with the fact that it’s already...

Scenes from Day One

Scenes from Day One

September 8, 2020

Gluten-free products have become increasingly popular in recent years, but the benefits and risks are not yet sufficiently understood.

Fad Fares

May 29, 2020

It’s not an uncommon occurrence -- you’re strolling through the grocery store and look up to see a huge display labeled “Keto” or “Gluten-Free.” The media has taken to designating these “fad...

The loss of a part-time paycheck is no small setback, but the loss of a business owner's livelihood can be tragic.

A New Reality

May 15, 2020

Growing up, I was rarely handed things. If I wanted something new, I had to wait for my birthday or work up the money to buy it. This parenting technique, while often unpleasant in nature, taught me the...

From the uncertainty of campus visits to the cancellation of test dates, juniors will likely have to adopt new approaches to the upcoming college application season.

Common App vs. Coronavirus

May 4, 2020

Like many 11th graders this year, junior Will Palicki had a trip scheduled over spring break to tour college campuses. But then the pandemic arrived. “I have always been pretty stressed about college,”...

Classics are a staple in many English curricula, but often, we overlook the deeper meanings, especially when they apply to our daily lives as students.

To Be Yourself

April 21, 2020

“You must strive to find your own voice because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are going to find it at all.” This quote by Welton Academy English teacher John Keating, portrayed...

Set and costume design were two of the award categories that NASH seniors won.

A Wired Win

April 3, 2020

Last Saturday night, as students around the district participated in whatever at-home activities social distancing brought their way, a group of NAI and NASH actors and directors and two staff members...

Overdosing on laxatives led my body into a spiral of eating disorders and self-hatred.

The Awkward Years

March 31, 2020

Often, we’re not taught how beautiful we are until it’s too late. From the day I entered elementary school, I was taught all about my body’s physical health. I’ve completed the PACER test more...

Local grocery store chain, Giant Eagle, has bagged plastics and is saying

In the Bag

March 23, 2020

We’ve all seen the blue plastic bags, whether they're carrying our groceries, blowing around aimlessly in parking lots, or hanging from roadside tree limbs.  It's long been known that single-use plastic...

La Buicka: The Student Car

March 13, 2020

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The Gift of Life: NASH Spring Blood Drive

March 12, 2020

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Up Close: Dunk Tank!

March 6, 2020

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Gifted programs' testing requirements are too narrow to properly measure the varieties of giftedness in young people.

Gifted or Gifting?

March 2, 2020

I always felt like I was a step below my sister. In first grade, she tested into the gifted program, which jump-started a future of constant prioritizing and hierarchical learning. She was the kid with...

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