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

Sam Podnar

Sam Podnar, Staff Writer

Sam Podnar is a senior at NASH. When she's not writing, she enjoys baking, reading, and talking too much about local politics.

All content by Sam Podnar
Mistrust in government institutions has risen to the surface during the pandemic.

Who Do We Trust?

January 20, 2022

When COVID began rapidly spreading in the US in the spring of 2020, alarm and paranoia kept people inside. Stay-at-home orders seemed like the reasonable course of action as we watched a new and mysterious...

Some schools have divided cheerleading into two squads -- competitive and non-competitive -- in order to satisfy both sides of the debate over cheerleadings status as a sport.

Along the Sideline

January 7, 2022

“Cheerleading isn’t a sport.” It’s a phrase that’s been thrown around school hallways and locker rooms for some time now, much to the frustration of many cheerleaders who, understandably,...

College and university applicants can often feel mystified by the process.

Inside the Admissions Office

December 15, 2021

With an influx of early decision letters rolling in this week, seniors are seeing the light at the end of the admissions tunnel. But during the last few months, most students have churned out essays and...

An extravagant clock in Mr. Venezias room serves as a reminder of memorable students from last school year

Tokens of Lasting Thoughtfulness

November 24, 2021

Math teacher Mrs. Volpe’s room houses countless objects from her years of teaching. The corner by her desk is especially jam-packed with decoration, but one image sticks out: the face of Albert Einstein,...

Recent protests at school board meetings across the country have raised questions about individual liberty.

At Face Value

November 16, 2021

The August 25th school board meeting was a pressure cooker of community tension.  I entered the NASH auditorium that night intending to write an article on what would normally transpire, but I left...

NASH senior Emma Scott meets with AP English 4 teacher Mrs. Rhinehart for a college application essay conference.

By the Letter

November 9, 2021

Pick a NASH senior at random and look at the tabs open on their laptop—chances are, you’ll find,, and the ever-popular Reddit thread r/applyingtocollege. College application...

She goes the extra-curricular mile

She goes the extra-curricular mile

October 14, 2021

What extracurricular activities are you involved in? My favorite and most formative commitments include Pennsylvania DECA, Rotary International, the NASD School Board, TigerTHON, Science NHS, the World...

All impact sports entail the potential of head injuries, but the benefits of youth sports make weighing the risk especially challenging.

Upon Impact

September 23, 2021

“Football is the lifeblood of our country.” Those are the words of Louisiana State University coach Ed Oregeron, and they resonate with many Americans. Since the sport’s beginnings in the late...

Though most high school students are not currently of voting age, a nationwide movement may one day give them a voice come election season.

The Movement to Lower the Voting Age

September 14, 2021

I had my first brush with civic engagement in third grade, when I walked into the makeshift polling booth at my elementary school and proudly cast my ballot for whichever candidate my parents told me to...

NASHs counseling office maps out where last years graduates committed to college.

On Tour

September 3, 2021

A fear of commitment is in the air. As the seniors begin their final year at NASH, they’re tasked with making one of the biggest decisions of their lives: where to pursue their college career. Choosing...

Although George Floyds death occurred nearly a year and half ago, his name has only grown more symbolic of the need for racial justice in America.

The Weight of a Name

August 25, 2021

George Floyd. Millions of people have protested in his name. During one week last June, Floyd’s name was searched more than “coronavirus” or “Donald Trump.” Protestors have set up an autonomous...

In the absence of a renewed effort to educate students on the importance of truth, conspiracy theories like QAnon will only continue to strengthen their hold.

An Era of Post-Truth

February 17, 2021

Activism is essential to a thriving democracy, but social media can inundate us with the worlds injustices.

Like and Share to Save His Life

January 6, 2021

A few months ago, I had never heard of Brandon Bernard. But over the course of just a few days, I learned his story, familiarized myself with his case, his crime, and his punishment. Brandon was sentenced...

Since its colonial days, American public life has been marked by episodes of civil unrest.

Riots Through a Different Lens

November 18, 2020

The civil unrest that has marked much of 2020 has provoked pundits on both the left and the right to declare that civil war in America may be imminent.  But a wider view of history may suggest otherwise,...

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