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Natalie Jew, Regulars Editor

June 14, 2018

The popularity of recreational substance use by teenagers floods the media and student social life. Though there has been a reported decrease of use at the high school, it still affects a wide range of students. In the United States, by the time students are seniors, 70 percent will have tried alcohol, ...

Marathons: Boston and Beyond

Marathons: Boston and Beyond

Susanna Kemp, Co-Editor-In-Chief

April 15, 2018

Junior Ellie Sloane, who is running the Providence Marathon this year, says that most people ask, “Why would you do that to yourself?” when runners talk about their love of the sport. But Sloane said that after you’ve run a couple miles, it’s fairly easy to keep going. “It gives you something...

We get it. You vape.

According to Dean of Students Lisa Redding, vaping has become a commonly seen behavior since last September.

Chloe McKim Jepsen and Josh Gladstone

March 19, 2018

The e-cigarette, commonly known as a vape-pen or vape, was first created in 2003 to wean adults off of smoking cigarettes. E-cigarettes, especially the Juul, have become increasingly popular among high school and college students over the last year. It is not uncommon to see discarded Juul pods -- car...

Teen dating violence: What is and isn’t love

Domestic violence is a prevalent issue in Brookline. According to Brookline's 2017 mid-year crime rate report, there were 28 reported domestic violence incidents that year.

Natalie Jew, Regulars Editor

March 15, 2018

Domestic violence is the repeated abuse of any kind -- physical, sexual, psychological or financial -- by an intimate partner. It is a widespread, and often overlooked issue, that affects approximately 20 people per minute according to Women’s Advocate, a program which offers services for people affe...

Puerto Rican students join the Brookline community after hurricane

Puerto Rican students join the Brookline community after hurricane

Chloe Mckim Jepsen, Longform Managing Editor

February 14, 2018

Darwin Fernández de la Cruz sits in the Steps to Success [STEPS] room, finishing his homework. This normal Brookline scene contrasts the frenzied days he spent in September when a hurricane flooded his house and devastated the Caribbean island that was the only home he had ever known. The 17-year-ol...

Newly reinstated Young Republicans Club prompts community dialogue

Members of the new Young Republicans Club ask for the community's respect. GRAPHIC BY LAURO DEMB/SAGAMORE STAFF

Colby Sutton, News Writing Editor

December 5, 2017

“It is easier to come out as gay at this high school than to come out as Republican.” Those were the words of junior and member of the Young Republicans Club Raman Millky at the student council legislature campaign speeches in September. The new Young Republican Club believes that politics and politic...

Expansion Committee envisions a unified campus

In 2021 students could walk along Tappan St. to the new Cypress St. building. This image is a blend of Google Maps and the preliminary expansion plan by William Rawn and Associates.

Natalie Jew, Regulars Writing Editor

November 3, 2017

On the first day of school in 2021, students will arrive at a new high school campus if all goes according to a current proposal. The high school expansion design calls for a new freestanding building on the 111 Cypress St. property, and the current main building would be renovated to include state-of-the-art...

Hurricane victims’ family members react to national response

A family walks down the flooded streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Rachel Myers, Regulars Multimedia Managing Editor

November 1, 2017

Graphic footage of upturned cars and demolished houses and remnants of what were once bustling neighborhoods and cities, scatter the news. The month of September was known for a series of destructive hurricanes, which hit the southern United States and the Caribbean. Hurricane Harvey reached Tex...

DACA: A dream deferred

Contributed by Susie Steinfield

Chloe McKim Jepsen, Longform Writing Managing Editor

October 26, 2017

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an immigration policy that temporarily suspends the deportation of undocumented immigrants brought into the country unlawfully by their guardians. Under DACA, students who immigrated under the age of 16 are eligible for the program and may defer deportat...

Heath principal receives widespread support after coming out as transgender

Heath principal Asa Sevelius said he is

Jordan Watts and Sascha Wolf-Sorokin (multimedia)

October 18, 2017

Last spring, Heath School principal Asa Sevelius publicly came out as transgender, becoming the first openly transgender school leader in Brookline, and one of only a couple in the United States.  On Jun. 7, Sevelius came out through an email to the parents of students enrolled at Heath, but thi...

How comfortable do students feel talking about race in world language classes

The majority of students who took the survey distributed via Facebook and Canvas feel either very or somewhat comfortable discussing race in their world language classes.

Sascha Wolf-Sorokin and Lauren Mahoney

May 31, 2017

The Sagamore compiled data from a Facebook and Canvas survey of 185 students. The survey included a ranking of students' comforts levels in each academic subject. *For the purposes of these graphics, West Asian, South Asian, Southwest Asian, Southeast Asian, Central Asian and Northwest Asian were...

Immigration policies cause distress

Many students, including seniors Fozan Sadiq, Selin Asma, Serra Muftu and sophomore Ranna Shahbazi, feel unsettled by recent xenophobic sentiments, which include executive orders closing the United States to people from predominately Muslim countries. Check out a documentary about Muslim students at Maya Morris / Sagamore Staff

Leon Yang, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 19, 2017

On Jan. 27, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that closed the United States to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Since then, after being blocked by various courts, the executive order has been revised to ban people without current visas from six predominantly Muslim c...

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