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

Quinn Volpe

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Quinn Volpe is a senior at NASH. She enjoys drinking matcha, listening to British podcasts, writing music, and seeing indie movies with Sally Cho. 

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Recently Read Books

Recently Read Books

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 25, 2022

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover ★★★★★ In spite of this book’s continued popularity, it took me a while to pick it up. I’m not sure why because I really enjoyed Hoover’s novel All Your...

Coleman Walsh, Victoria Ren, and Ben Lindgren (left to right) will deliver speeches at the June 3rd commencement ceremony..

On Speaking Terms

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 10, 2022

As seniors begin counting down the days until graduation, commencement plans are moving forward quickly. Dr. Dirda recently announced the commencement speakers. Of the 16 seniors who auditioned on April...

The human tendency to place the rich and famous on a pedestal can distort our perceptions both of those we idolize and of ourselves.

Opinion: Hero Worship

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 20, 2022

A few weeks ago, my sister and I headed to Lawrenceville to see a small show in a pizza place and music venue called Spirit. I could tell relatively quickly that this wasn’t like any show I had been...

Popularity on social media has brought attention to these books, but the stories themselves are what truly draw readers in.

Turn the Page

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief March 28, 2022

The following three books are similar in a few ways--they are New York Times bestsellers, recommended on YouTube by numerous creators, and are in the library, available for your reading pleasure at this...

New music is always being released, but this weeks drops were especially captivating.

Tune In

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief March 21, 2022

The past few weeks have been very exciting in the world of music. Ranging from a song that already found its way onto a plethora of TikTok feeds before release to long-awaited singles and albums to songs...

The TigerThon shirts serve as attendees tickets into the event.

TigerThon on pace for the big event in May

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief March 9, 2022

TigerThon, a longstanding organization at North Allegheny that benefits children with pediatric cancer, is working toward a successful rest of the school year. Originally inspired by Penn State’s dance...

[Multimedia] Off the Shelf

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 11, 2022

The Guest List by Lucy Foley combines many well-known tropes to form a beautifully written tale of a chaotic island wedding.

A Review of The Guest List

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 7, 2022

The Guest List by Lucy Foley intertwines a murder mystery, a high-end wedding on an island, and six different perspectives that all come together to fabricate a slow-burn hatred for the victim rather than...

Three Christmas films released in 2020 and 2021 have marked the beginning of a new era of queer representation in media.

A New Era of Representation in Holiday Movies

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief December 21, 2021

The time in my life during which I was coming to terms with my bisexuality happened to be the same time that I began to question religion. After being raised Christian and baptized in a church that told...

Some colleges across the United States work to lower their acceptance rates when they could be putting more students first.

Tweaking the Numbers

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief December 15, 2021

Most of the programs that I have considered my top choices throughout the college application process have acceptance rates below 20%. The environment that surrounds me at North Allegheny, though this...

Cricket is surging in popularity across the globe, and in Pittsburgh, Sharvil Dahale has a hand in the sports growth.

Off the Bat

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief December 2, 2021

A great deal of Americans are familiar with only four major league sports: football, baseball, hockey, and basketball. Globally, however, cricket is exceedingly popular, with more than 300 million participants...

Good Talk: Mr. Sekelik

Good Talk: Mr. Sekelik

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 17, 2021

You graduated NA in 2003.  What is the best part about being back at NASH? The green chalkboards still span the entire wall. I also enjoy the energy of the building. From class to class, this school...

Mr. Rhinehart spent 18 months creating the 4x8 graveyard miniature now on display in the NASH library.

It’s a Small (and Spooky) World

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 12, 2021

AP English Language teacher Lance Rhinehart does not only specialize in the art of teaching Moby Dick and rhetorical analysis.  For the past year and a half, he has spent much of his free time building...

The Perfection, American Horror Story, Us, Get Out, and Midsommar are just a few must-watch films for spooky season.

What to Watch this Halloween

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 29, 2021

Aside from trick-or-treating and dressing up, entertainment is one of the most important aspects of Halloween. Though horror movies run year-round, they are exceedingly popular during the month of October...

[Multimedia] To a Tee

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 18, 2021

Newman Stadium turned pink on Friday night.

Friday Night in Review

Sally Cho and Quinn Volpe October 10, 2021

Two words provoked the flocking of North Allegheny community members of all ages to the senior high Friday night: Homecoming weekend.  The cheering of students and the arrival of 15 floats marked the...

Seniors Chelsea Boyer (left) and Ben Lindgren (right) at a Student Council meeting to plan homecoming events.

Homecoming plans begin to take shape

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief September 15, 2021

Homecoming planning is underway, and the NASH Student Council has been working tirelessly to guarantee that students will be able to have the safest and most enjoyable weekend possible on October 8...

Mr. Perfect

Mr. Perfect

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief September 7, 2021

How did you feel when you found out about your perfect scores on the SAT and ACT? I was elated. I remember finding out about the SAT score, which came first, at home. I woke up around 7 AM for school...

The newly released film Free Guy was met with a plethora of good reviews from audiences.

A Review of Free Guy

Quinn Volpe, Co-Editor-in-Chief August 26, 2021

After someone gets pushed out of a window and Guy, played by Ryan Reynolds, says, “Mondays, am I right?” and continues on his way to a job at a city bank that gets violently robbed multiple times a...

Amy Adams plays Dr. Anna Fox in Netflixs newly released film.

A Review of The Woman in the Window

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer June 1, 2021

Maybe it was because I was excited to see my favorite Enchanted actress play an obsessive, agoraphobic New Yorker, but after finishing Netflix’s The Woman in the Window with a favorable opinion, I was...

NA students and staff who are fully vaccinated will be able to opt out of wearing a mask at school starting May 19th.

Maskless in Late May

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer May 17, 2021

Editors' note: This article was written and published before the North Allegheny School District announced Monday afternoon that it will resume requiring students and staff to wear masks for the remainder...

Unopened milk is often thrown away by students who thought they had no choice but to take it.

Got Waste?

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer May 11, 2021

In March, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that they would be taking steps toward universal free lunches for American youth through summer. Similarly, back in October of...

The No Place For Hate lesson allowed students to engage in an open discussion about online hate speech.

A Lesson for All

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

When the NASH community saw a chance to continue enriching the learning environment at the school and improving the day-to-day experience of all students, they did not hesitate to take it.  “Our...

Artists and bands Ritt Momney, Twenty One Pilots, City Park, With Confidence, Claud, Boys World, and Taylor Swift have all released new music recently.

Just Dropped

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer April 16, 2021

Recent music releases range from punk to indie to country, so there is something to cater to everyone's taste. You might even be surprised by how much you like a song that's different from what is...

Centering white voices in conversations of equity and civil rights does more harm than good.

Whiteness & Marginalization

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

The clearest sign of privilege is the inability to recognize that it is there in the first place. Further, after this privilege is recognized, it is still necessary to continue to acknowledge it and work...

Tell Her Your Story

Tell Her Your Story

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer March 2, 2021

What inspired you to start The Diversity Story? Over the summer, I did a tutoring exchange with Ray, a friend who lived in China, where he taught me computer science, and I helped him improve his English....

The novel forces protagonist Nora Seed to examine her life through a plethora of stories.

A Review of The Midnight Library

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer February 26, 2021

Trigger warning: This review contains content regarding depression and suicide. Matt Haig's The Midnight Library, a 2020 New York Times Bestseller and Goodreads Choice Award Winner in the fiction category,...

As anti-Asian racism has risen significantly since the beginning of the pandemic, many have protested against Asian hate.

The New Rhetoric of Hate

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued what they believed to be the best practices for naming new human infectious diseases. They did so in acknowledgement that, after reports on newly-identified...

With the SJC and MSU, StuCo hosted their first Black History Month event on February 5th.

StuCo celebrates Black History Month

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer February 11, 2021

February is Black History Month. To observe and honor the accomplishments of Black Americans, the Student Council, Social Justice Club, and Multicultural Student Union have come together to host a series...

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are enjoying widespread approval from progressives, but their past records must not be forgotten.

Cause for Optimism, Not Glorification

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer February 9, 2021

After Joe Biden became the official Democratic candidate at the party’s national convention last year, I hesitantly stood behind the “settle for Biden” mantra, as I felt it was too late at that point...

Life on a commune requires a lot of cooperative effort and hard work, but it pays off.

Life on a Commune

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer January 14, 2021

High school students are traditionally conditioned to work towards one common goal: pursuing some sort of higher education and moving on to a career that will sustain them until retirement. What many don’t...

Trump supporters amassed in front of the Capitol building on Wednesday, shortly before chaos ensued.

The Company They Keep

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer January 8, 2021

I spent more time in quarantine than I would like to admit scrolling through far-right media sources such as PragerU and Breitbart, knowing full well that they are a desecration of journalistic integrity. ...

Canvass three characters, representing three generations of a family, come together in a time of grief.

A Review of Canvas

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer January 3, 2021

COVID-19 has shed a harsh light upon our understanding of loss and grief. With over 300,000 Americans dead as a result of the pandemic, as well as a lessened ability to hold funerals, grieving death has...

Protests for eviction moratoriums and the cancellation of rent continue to grow across the country as the pandemic rages on.

Kicked Out In Crisis

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer December 15, 2020

As we approach the end of 2020, 30-40 million people in America are at risk of losing their homes. Predictably, COVID-19-related wage and job losses are to blame for the housing and eviction crisis.  In...

Students have the option to continue their remote instruction through December 11th, and many are taking advantage of this choice and learning from home.

Opting for Online

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer December 6, 2020

Throughout the short-lived Thanksgiving break, the North Allegheny community anxiously awaited the district’s decision on whether students and teachers would return to hybrid-learning or stay home. ...

Over the past few weeks, a multidue of artists have released songs that are deserving of praise.

New Releases to Wrap Up 2020

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer November 29, 2020

Despite the challenges that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic, new music continues to come out, and there's something for everyone.  Copycat Killer (feat. Rob Moose) - Phoebe Bridgers  In...

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris gave victory speeches on the evening of November 7th after all major news networks projected Pennsylavnia for the Democrats.

A More Perfect Union

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer November 20, 2020

On the morning of November 7th, 2020, all major news outlets projected that former-vice president Joe Biden would be the next president of the United States. Despite some controversy over alleged voter-fraud,...

Emily Skopov (D) and Rob Mercuri (R) face off in the race to represent Pennsylvanias 28th district.

Race to the House

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer November 2, 2020

On October 5th, the official Emily Skopov campaign Instagram, @emily4pa, released a post addressing her opponent Republican Rob Mercuri's failure to engage in a substantive dialogue about issues that affect...

After eleven years of supporting local musicians, the Rex Theater has closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sound of Silence

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer October 21, 2020

Before he was hired as a North Allegheny custodian, Jay Koval worked on the production team at Pittsburgh's Club Cafe, a local music venue and longtime hot spot for emerging jazz and indie bands. "We...

North Alleghenys Dining Services Program and cafeteria staff are working hard to provide free breakfasts and lunches to all students.

A Whole New Meal Plan

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer October 9, 2020

It's a common adage in economics: There's no such thing as a free lunch.  But this fall, the notion is in need of revision. Approximately 30 million students across the United States qualify for free...

Tuesday nights presidential debate made it clear that there is only one responsible choice.

A Painfully Simple Choice

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer October 1, 2020

Let's start here: The first presidential debate of 2020 was an absolute disaster.  I was not looking to change my views Tuesday night when President Trump and former Vice-President Joe Biden walked...

Police officers can be found almost anywhere, including North Alleghenys high school buildings.

Two Sides of Safety

Quinn Volpe, Staff Writer September 24, 2020

For today's students, the presence of police in schools hardly sounds unusual.  But not too long ago -- and throughout most of the American educational system's history -- police officers were present...

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