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

Michelle Hwang

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor

Michelle Hwang is a senior at NASH and the features editor for The Uproar. She enjoys reading, so if you happen to have any book recommendations, please send them her way. And if you happen to have spare slices of pecan pie lying around, send those her way too. She really likes pecan pie. She also likes making pros and cons lists with Claire Majerac. Not about pecan pie though. There are no cons to pecan pie.

All content by Michelle Hwang
At times, the intensive effort and care others put into their passions tend to bother us, but is our aggravation reasonable?

Opinion: Try-Hards Have My Heart

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor June 1, 2022

Dear try-hards, gunners, passionate people, my dedicated Debbies, You have my whole heart. But at times, your tendency to go beyond the mean invites snickers and snide comments. Whether you are...

Lost in the craze of college applications and commitments are the various other pathways high school seniors choose to take after graduation.

A Different Path

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor April 18, 2022

Spring is here, arriving with some much-needed color in Pittsburgh’s grayscale environment, allergy season, and a load of fresh beginnings–many in the form of decisions about the future.  It is...

With its two main characters, Nam Heedo and Baek Ijin, Korean TV show Twenty-five Twenty-one captures the adolescent experience.

Twenty-Five Twenty-One Has a Hold on My Heart

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor March 29, 2022

In 1997, Thailand’s economy devalued its currency – the baht – from the U.S. dollar,  throwing it into deep financial trouble. The state of crisis spread in South Asian countries, such as Indonesia...

When we look in the mirror, we may not always like what we see. But whether or not we take action to change those imperfections is a personal decision that does not deserve shame.

Opinion: In Defense of Plastic Surgery

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor March 17, 2022

Facelift, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, hair transplant, Brazilian butt lift, lip augmentation, breast reduction, Botox injection, and laser skin treatment--These are among the cosmetic plastic surgery procedures...

Speak Up! / Season 2, ep3

Michelle Hwang, Claire Majerac March 16, 2022

Mrs. Tengowski (left) and Mrs. Large stock the shelves of the Sharing Place, located on the second floor adjacent to the library.

A Safe Haven

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor February 16, 2022

Tucked in a corner of the school is a room lined with shelves of canned and instant foods, clothes, deodorant, soap, female hygiene products, even dresses for school dances. The room is stocked with careful...

Young people are increasingly comfortable with the topic of therapy, which has allowed more members of later generations to seek out help.

With Candor and Compassion: Teens and Mental Health Therapy

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor February 9, 2022

Editor's note: The names of some students quoted in this article have been changed at their request to protect their privacy. Two friends meet in the middle of the FCCLA hallway. They greet each other,...

[Multimedia] The Low-Budget Mozart

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor January 19, 2022

Gingerbread House Making, one of the Winter Wellness sessions, provided the supplies for students to build and decorate gingerbread houses with their friends.

Winter Wellness in Retrospect

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor January 6, 2022

At 12:15 pm on Thursday, December 23rd, students finished up their work for the day and scattered throughout the school to attend their respective Winter Wellness sessions. From gingerbread-house-making...

Alls well that ends well

All’s well that ends well

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor December 23, 2021

[Multimedia] How to Pecan Pie

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor December 21, 2021

NASHs Preschool Practicum is one of the buildings best-kept secrets, and it may point the way toward a national solution to the ongoing daycare crisis.

Of Mutual Benefit

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor December 13, 2021

At 8:15 AM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, North Allegheny Senior High School sees a second wave of morning drop-offs. This time, the students who say goodbye to their parents and scamper into...

Membership retention is the key challenge for small clubs, some of which have had to stop meeting altogether.

The Small, the Fragile, and the Defunct

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor November 19, 2021

Ever heard of the Bluegrass Club?  Anime Club?  Sushi Club? No?  You're not alone.  Those one-time clubs are, alas, no more. At North Allegheny Senior High School, a few key names come to mind...

Coach John Neffs commitments to students after school are enormous, as he oversees two of the largest organizations at NA, the Cross-Country and Track and Field Teams.

It’s Not about the Money

Michelle Hwang, Sophie Lu, and Anthony Durzo November 8, 2021

It’s 7 PM on a Monday night. Outside of NASH, the stillness of the parking lot stands in stark contrast to the frenzied mayhem that took place just five hours prior. However, in the midst of the mostly...

Charter schools are legal in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Pennsylvania is one of those states, and the Environmental Charter School is one such example in our community.

Charter Schools: What are they and why are they so controversial?

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor November 5, 2021

Few topics unite and tear policymakers apart like the topic of charter schools.  Staunch advocates and opponents of charter schools exist across party lines. Former President Trump and his appointed...

Netflix original TV show Squid Games has topped charts for weeks. But is it really as good as the numbers say it is?

Despite its popularity, Squid Game falls short

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor October 25, 2021

Since its premiere on September 17th, Squid Games has reached number one in 91 of the countries Netflix is available in. Now, it is Netflix’s most-watched original TV show with over 111 million views...

NASHs auditorium has been met with an onslaught of Devious Licks, shown by the missing arm rests.

Senseless Prank, Steep Price

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor October 11, 2021

Sit in one of NASH’s auditorium chairs and there’s a chance that your elbow will meet cold black metal instead of the classic polished wood of the armrest. Looking around the rest of the auditorium,...

Unknown to many NASH students, the buildings greenhouse sits in the southwestern corner of the third floor.  Though it has not been used for most of the past three years, the Environmental Club is looking to revitalize the space this year.

Toward a Greener Education

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor October 4, 2021

Approximately a decade years ago, students, parents, and educators realized how quickly the world was changing. Silicon Valley was on the rise, innovation was king, and schools grew conscious of the way...

A Summer of Climate Catastrophes

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor September 23, 2021

Besides the ongoing global pandemic, the summer of 2021 was different from previous summers in that natural disasters dominated the news. There were flash floods in Germany and Belgium, wildfires throughout...

The American nation, as polarized as it has grown politically, remains united at the core, though there are forces actively working to keep us from realizing it.

20 Years Ago

Michelle Hwang, Features Editor September 10, 2021

The first day of the 2020-2021 school year seems like just yesterday, but we are already at then end of  another school year.

The Look of Next Year

Michelle Hwang, Staff Writer June 8, 2021

Last September, students and faculty alike walked into NASH with little idea on what the coming school year would bring. There were periods of isolation and confusion, of rapid change, and towards the...

On their last day of school, North Alleghenys seniors were given one last chance to party as high schoolers.

2021 Senior Send Off – A Review

Michelle Hwang, Staff Writer June 7, 2021

By 6:45 pm last Friday, Newman Stadium was populated by tattoo booths, outrageous balloon hats, badminton nets, and a horde of Hawaiian shirts. No, some superior being had not transported an entire carnival...

In America, teaching is a thankless job. Educators work long hours preparing children for the future, yet receive very little appreciation.

America’s Rotten Apple

Michelle Hwang, Staff Writer May 6, 2021

It's Teacher Appreciation Week across the U.S., as it is this time in May each year.  But what ails the profession needs a cure much stronger than a week of gratitude. The backbone of a successful...

Speak Up! / Ep5

Michelle Hwang, Claire Majerac April 23, 2021

Teenage girls, the demographic represented by this image, are often underestimated.

The Power of Teenage Girls

Michelle Hwang, Staff Writer April 22, 2021

Dear Society, It’s time we take teenage girls seriously. It often seems as if the teenage girls’ touch leaves a residue of frivolity and insignificance behind. Anything we like is deemed as either...

Speak Up! / Ep4

Michelle Hwang and Claire Majerac March 25, 2021

Stem and Buds:   Song:  Monday by Free Arlo   And None Were Violent by Gloria Wang              

NA pays for more Securly

NA pays for more Securly

Michelle Hwang, Staff Writer March 22, 2021

North Allegheny’s IT staff are no strangers to heavy workloads. Every week, the department deals with troublesome situations, which may include cyber bullying alerts, a self-harm warning, or even a sexual...

Students and staff from the International Womens Day event participate in the #ChooseToChallenge, an oath students take to call out inequality..

International Women’s Day brings students and staff together

Michelle Hwang, Staff Writer March 11, 2021

In a discussion that went more than an hour over the pre-decided end time, 23 female students, teachers, and administrative staff opened up and revealed the extent to which the women and girls of North...

Director/writer Isaac Chungs new film Minari tells a heartfelt story of a Korean immigrant family.

A Review of Minari

Michelle Hwang, Staff Writer March 1, 2021

Minari, also known as water dropwort, is a slightly soapy scented herb that grows in small bodies of freshwater and can often be found in many East Asian households, mine included. It is also the name...

NASH librarians and English teachers recommended books that run the gamut from escapist to profound.

All Booked Up

Michelle Hwang, Staff Writer February 26, 2021

Books have long provided readers with the escape they need from their troublesome realities. And in the midst of a global pandemic, it's safe to say that our realities right now may be troubling. But...

The pandemic will have many long-term effects on Generation Z, some more radical than others.

Our Generation and the Virus

Michelle Hwang, Staff Writer February 8, 2021

In 7th grade, my history teacher told the class about a time she found blocks of frozen money buried deep in her grandmother’s fridge. Her grandmother, who grew up during the Great Depression, had a...

Students need to remember that success later in life is not solely dependent on which university they wish to attend.

Tempted by the Top-Tier Degree

Michelle Hwang, Staff Writer January 11, 2021

Seniors have arrived at the time of year when college essays have been finalized and applications have been submitted. All that remains is the uneasy waiting period before emails arrive and final decisions...

A Review of Tommy Oranges There There

A Review of Tommy Orange’s There There

Michelle Hwang, Staff Writer January 4, 2021

Of the top 10 books checked out from the NASH Library so far this year (see graphic below), one in particular jumped out at me. Every so often, you come across a novel that is clearly written beyond...

Sometimes students and teachers alike may get caught up in the curricular aspect of learning. But phys ed teacher Frank Cremonese says our focus should always be on the experience.

Experience Above All

Michelle Hwang, Staff Writer December 16, 2020

Physical education teacher Mr. Frank Cremonese first came to North Allegheny as a student teacher in 2007. After seeing the strength of the physical education department, he had “always wanted to get...

The children of American immigrants come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but many share the same urge to succeed.

To First-Generation Americans:
It’s Time We Live For Ourselves

Michelle Hwang, Staff Writer November 30, 2020

Most kids in America grow up with fictional narratives like "Hansel and Gretel," "Cinderella," and "Jack and the Giant Beanstalk." I grew up with those stories, too, but I also received one extra: an adventurous...

Repealing the Affordable Care Act would force abounding numbers of Americans to choose between the absence of healthcare and financial ruin.

The Case for the ACA

Michelle Hwang, Staff Writer November 9, 2020

I write this article because I am afraid that tomorrow basic rights will be taken away from the American people.  On November 10th, the Supreme Court will hear eight hours of oral debate over the Affordable...

Once a hive of interaction at close proximity, speech and debate meetings now take place online over Zoom.

Debate Goes Digital

Michelle Hwang, Staff Writer November 5, 2020

In pre-pandemic times, the tri-weekly practices of the North Allegheny Speech and Debate Team brought the building’s third floor to life in the after-school hours. Halls filled with the sound of debaters...

Tick Tock

Michelle Hwang and Claire Majerac October 29, 2020

The wait for a new Supreme Court justice appears to be near, but President Trumps nomination has come with more than its fair share of controversy.

Judgment Decision

Michelle Hwang, Staff Writer October 2, 2020

After news of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death reached the ears of the American public, the country has been on its toes, impatiently waiting to see whom President Trump would choose to fill the vacancy left...

The coronavirus has caused carbon emissions to decrease worldwide. However, we are still at a critical point in the fight against climate change.

Not the Time to Slow Down

Michelle Hwang, Staff Writer September 24, 2020

We are now sitting in the eighth month of the coronavirus pandemic, and slowly but surely, the world is beginning to recover. Some of the earlier hit countries, such as China and Japan, are entering the...

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