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

Sunny Li

Sunny Li, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Sunny is a Senior at NASH who is writing for the Uproar for the second and final year. As one of three Editors-in-Chief, Sunny hopes to inspire the rest of the Uproar's staff to go outside the box with wacky, yet well-constructed works. Outside of writing for the Uproar, Sunny enjoys aiding, guiding, and competing for the Speech and Debate team as one of two event leaders for Interpretation.

All content by Sunny Li
A tent encampment at UVA, approximately two hours before the protests erupted on May 4.

Opinion: A First-Hand Account of the UVA Protests

Sunny Li, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 22, 2024

On October 7th, 2023, a horrific terrorist attack in the Middle East made ripples that spread worldwide, shaking the political climates of many major nations. Nearly seven months later, tensions peaked...

Billy Mitchell poses with his friend and ally, Steve Sanders. (“File:Billy Mitchell and Steve Sanders.jpg” by Datagod is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.)

The Billy Mitchell Saga 4: The Final Chapter

Sunny Li, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 1, 2024

A five-year legal battle has finally culminated in a rather anticlimactic ending. But despite the mocest conclusion to such a saga, a formerly revered retro gamer desperately and hopelessly still scrounges...

NAI Sophomore Saniya Divekar (Front)
and Freshman Sophie Yan (Back) meticulously prepare for the AP Calculus BC exam.

Killer Courses

Sunny Li, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 16, 2024

As the 2023-2024 school year comes to an end, the rising juniors and seniors await an entirely new set of courses for the upcoming year. However, for those who sought the most rigorous courses, they can...

Some parent groups in the community are thrilled over the upcoming Screen-Free Week policy to be implemented next school year.

NASH to implement “Screen-Free Week” in 2024-25

Sunny Li, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 1, 2024

For years, laptops have been synonymous with NA students’ high school experiences. However, starting in the 2024-2025 school year, NASH officials will implement a “screen-free week” during one week...

When both sides of the political spectrum are so polarized, its important to understand the root of the toxic discourse that occurs between them.

Opinion: Why Do We Debate, Bro?

Sunny Li, Co-Editor-in-Chief March 7, 2024

It is no secret that America’s current political climate is more tense and polarized than it has been in a long time. Such polarization puts the spotlight on political debate, with many people flocking...

Seniors Tharun Sunthar (Back Left), Zohaib Rahman (Front Left), Peter Ricci (Back Right), and Gavin Hou (Front Right) compete in a heated round of Public Forum debate.

NA Forensics: A Year of Progress

Sunny Li, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 22, 2024

One year has passed since the North Allegheny Speech and Debate Team went through its most stressful and volatile period in decades. After the sudden resignation of the former head coach, uncertainty loomed...

Matthew Patrick gives a presentation at Campus Party Brasil 2019.

MatPat by campuspartybrasil is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

The Legacy of Matthew Patrick

Sunny Li, Co-Editor-in-Chief January 30, 2024

On January 9th, 2024, one of YouTube’s largest content creators, spanning nearly 40 million subscribers across four channels, announced his retirement from Internet content creation. Following this announcement,...

A National Flags Ranking

A National Flags Ranking

Sunny Li, Co-Editor-in-Chief January 4, 2024

A flag is one of the most defining aspects of a nation or autonomous region. But which flags truly shine above all the rest? It’s high time someone weighs in with a ranking of all the major flags of...

Scientific study and experimentation should be done through the lens of wanting to discover, not a desperate push for absolute facts.

Opinion: Science Is Discovery, Not Facts

Sunny Li, Co-Editor-in-Chief December 6, 2023

My father once told me, “Physics and mathematics are the only legitimate branches of science. There’s too much uncertainty and there are too many exceptions when it comes to biology, chemistry, and...

Gaining admission to college is a result of several factors, but none more stressful than the Personal Statement, according to many NASH students.

Tell Us about Yourself

Sunny Li, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 2, 2023

November 1st, the traditional deadline for early-decision and early-action college applications, marks the end of the first major wave of the months-long application process, and for many in the Class...

Viewers who did not grow up the video game may have a difficult time following the film, despite its merits.

A Review of Five Nights at Freddy’s

Sunny Li, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 1, 2023

Editors' Note: Although the following review concerns a work of PG-13 fiction, some content may not be suitable for younger or more sensitive readers. On August 8, 2014, indie game developer Scott Cawthon...

The Billy Mitchell Saga 3: Judgment Day

The Billy Mitchell Saga 3: Judgment Day

Sunny Li, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 26, 2023

It’s July 4th, 2004. Steve Wiebe has just become the first known human to score over 1,000,000 points on the classic arcade game, Donkey Kong. However, Wiebe's score was rejected over a discrepancy behind...

The Super Mario Bros. Speedrunning community proves that anything a computer can do, they can match with a simple controller. (Note: Not an original NES controller.)

Super Mario Bros: The Journey to Perfection

Sunny Li, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 10, 2023

Introduction With the rapid progression of AI in modern society, people are harkening back to the age-old question--will humans ever be able to catch up with the machines? However, what many don’t...

The act of farting might leave an unpleasant smell, but should it really be frowned upon?

Opinion: A Work of Fart

Sunny Li, Co-Editor-in-Chief September 14, 2023

In today’s shaky political climate, one issue lingers in the air. A stigma has been unjustly silencing Americans for generations, stripping them of a fundamental human birthright. It’s time that society...

With the shift from Tyler SIS to PowerSchool, NASH students certainly have a lot to learn about the new application.

Power On

Sunny Li, Co-Editor-in-Chief August 23, 2023

NASH students were met with quite the change two days ago, the start of the 2023-2024 school year. A previous application that many had used for the entirety of their years of education, Tyler SIS, was...

The Uproar seeks to find the most front and center thoughts that are in the minds of NASH students.

20 Seconds of Wisdom

Sunny Li, Staff Writer June 1, 2023

People at NASH (and by extension, NA as a whole) certainly have a lot to say, so what would happen if they were put on the spot? That is exactly what The Uproar is seeking to find out. The Uproar interviewed...

Due to a lack of awareness surrounding the circle analogy, many big circles and their supporters are forced to fight against the blame caused by their little circles.

Opinion: The Circle Analogy

Sunny Li, Staff Writer May 15, 2023

As any true American will know, pointing fingers and blaming the first person associated with a disaster is much easier than doing extensive research on a situation before forming an opinion. But what...

Billy Mitchell shakes hands with Todd Rogers--a former Twin Galaxies referee who has since been banned for similar cheating scandals--at the 2007 Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers Convention; the joystick with questionable authenticity  is in plain view behind them.

The Billy Mitchell Saga Continues

Sunny Li, Staff Writer April 26, 2023

As time goes on, the reputation and popularity of a celebrity can waver between the highs and lows. But very rarely can someone’s image plummet to such an extreme level that they actually end up worse...

The elusive Andy the Armadillo flashes his mysterious smile as he stands in the NASH cafeteria last week during lunch periods.

The Mystery of Andy the Armadillo

Sunny Li, Staff Writer March 29, 2023

On March 20th, 2023, NASH students were greeted by an unexpected guest during their lunch periods--a mysterious armadillo from Texas Roadhouse. The story of this intriguing guest was shrouded in mystery,...

The list of vocabulary words for NASHs AP Language & Composition has only continued to expand throughout the year.

A Full Review of NASH’s AP Language & Composition Vocabulary List

Sunny Li, Staff Writer March 28, 2023

AP Language and Composition is arguably one of the most challenging courses at NASH, and a staple occurrence for each quarter has been a list of 20 vocabulary words, ultimately leading to a high-stakes...

Third parties have long been lumped into one obscured, overlooked group, and to make matters worse, the two political juggernauts can even spare them an ounce of respect.

Opinion: America’s Illusion of Choice

Sunny Li, Staff Writer March 13, 2023

This is an opinion on opinions--they just don’t work in America. It’s one side or the other, and those who dare to compromise just can’t seem to gain traction. Somehow, some way, the very same nation...

The official artwork for the Running With Speed Documentary, posted on Good Deed Entertainments site.

Running With Speed: An Introduction to Speedrunning

Sunny Li, Staff Writer March 2, 2023

For years, speedrunning remained as a relatively niche form of competitive gaming that has been largely cut off from mainstream media. However, on January 6th, 2023, Good Deed Entertainment released Running...

One half of the largest collection of awards at NASH--a collection that represents the talent, success, pride, and dedication of the forensics team.

NA Forensics: The Students’ Success

Sunny Li, Staff Writer February 1, 2023

The Speech and Debate Team is one of North Allegheny’s longest running and most prestigious clubs, and with it comes an expansive list of successes and awards spanning over 50 years.  The exact...

Sophomores Tommie Helkowski (left) and Autumn Wynne (right) prepare to select their characters for battle.

Absolutely Smashing

Sunny Li, Staff Writer January 25, 2023

Despite being released over four years ago, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (SSBU) has become one of the most widely competitive video games of all time. Now, thanks to the effort of a single junior, the competition...

With an anthem as well-known as the Russian anthem, it can be easy to forget that said anthem hasnt always remained the same.

Anthems of the Motherland

Sunny Li, Staff Writer January 19, 2023

Each national anthem across the world is unique in its own right, but a personal favorite, as previously ranked, is the anthem of Russia. However, the glorious, patriotic tune that the world hears today...

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.

Opinion: United in Our Division

Sunny Li, Staff Writer January 10, 2023

Division, tension, and conflict seem like certainties in 21st century America. But with a new year underway, a question must be raised: is the path of animosity the only way? Or perhaps it’s about time...

Nathan Barnatt shows off his dance moves at a TEDx Phoenix event in 2011.

Nathan Barnatt: The Pioneer of TikTok Dancing Before TikTok

Sunny Li, Staff Writer December 15, 2022

TikTok: it’s a thing now. Just a little thing, nothing more. Clearly, that’s an understatement. The app has garnered a cult following ever since the beginning of the pandemic, but the truth is,...

Billy Mitchell poses with Pac-Man at the 2014 Twin Galaxies trading card event

The Billy Mitchell Saga

Sunny Li, Staff Writer November 21, 2022

A universal truth of competition is the inevitability of cheating. Usually, any infringement against the rules of a contest can be swiftly swept away. However, when the person who is accused has a starring...

The students of Mrs. Rhineharts period 2 AP Literature class are among several hundreds at NASH who have already made their decision regarding registration for the AP Exam in May.

The AP Question

Sunny Li, Staff Writer November 14, 2022

AP Exam early-bird registration has come to a close. Although unregistered students still have time to register, most students have made their final decisions. At the very least, there seems to be a...

Nearly every country  across the globe has a national anthem, but as musical compositions, they vary widely.

A National Anthems Ranking

Sunny Li, Staff Writer October 25, 2022

Seeing or participating in the Homecoming parade is just as important to some students as  attending the dance.

Not for Everyone

Sunny Li, Staff Writer October 6, 2022

The homecoming dance: one of the most iconic and hyped-up events in a student’s high school experience. Many students spend the weeks beforehand preparing anxiously for the dance, as it plays an absolutely...

The poster for the final season of Meta Runner, features Tari, the shows main character who stands not only for individual integrity but also for justice.

Meta Runner: A Hidden Gem

Sunny Li, Staff Writer September 30, 2022

On December 5th, 2018, YouTube content creator, Luke Lerdwichagul--better known as SMG4--released a trailer for an animation series, Meta Runner. This was a major diversion from his usual content: Super...

Mikhail Gorbachev, once one of the most influential figures in global politics, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1990) in recognition of his role in de-esclalating the Cold War.

The Legacy of Mikhail Gorbachev

Sunny Li, Staff Writer September 19, 2022

On August 30th, 2022, Mikhail Gorbachev--the final leader of the Soviet Union--passed away. His role on the international stage left an enormous impact on both the politics and people of the world. But...

The remaining pieces of Freddy, settled on a table in the AP Psychology classroom.

Freddy is Dead!

Sunny Li, Staff Writer September 6, 2022

On August 25th, tragedy struck in fourth period of Mrs. Failla’s AP Psychology course. Freddy--a porcelain phrenology model of the human cranium--was killed. Freddy--who was named by Failla herself--was...

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