Live: See tweets from the York Daily Record’s 2014 High School Student Journalism Workshop

York County high school students are using #ydrworkshop as they attend journalism sessions at the York Daily Record / Sunday News.

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Central York students share opinions on Hollywood’s concept of high school

High school is a kingdom of queens, kings, and jesters. It is a corrupt hierarchy that plays favors to no one, and seeks to knock everyone off their pedestals. The powerful scratch and claw their way to the throne while the lesser knowns scurry along in silence, avoiding any place with a royal mark.
It’s four years of constant social struggle and misguided prejudices that create a system unable to be abolished.
At least, that’s what the film industry wants people to believe. In truth, this nationally conceived notion that high school is nothing but a social minefield is entirely inaccurate, some students say. Hollywood decided long ago to create a system in which they sorted students into stereotypical roles based off of the groups which were most evident in schools in the late 1900s.
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Raising awareness for a cause

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder caused by repeated seizures in the brain. In the United States alone, over two million adults have been diagnosed with this condition. While many people are aware of seizures and their effects, epilepsy continues to be a subject in which people have little to no knowledge. Faith Hatchard, a 16-year-old student at Central York High School, is working to make that change.

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Should Central senior have been suspended for prom proposal?

When the news was announced that Nina Davuluri, the reigning Miss America, was going to be speaking at Central York High School on Thursday, students figured it would be enough to give our school a little attention. But, that turned out to be a huge understatement.

The assembly started off normally. Ms. Davuluri’s gave an inspirational speech on how to fight off adversity in life. Of course, Central students won’t be thinking of that encouraging message when they’re asked what they thought about the assembly, and with good reason, too.

Patrick Farves, a senior, did something braver than any high school student could possibly hope to attempt during their four years. In front of an auditorium full of administrators, teachers and his peers, Farves walked up to Miss America not only asked her to prom, but also, if they could take a selfie. How’s THAT for a promposal? While the rest of the student body was busy cheering on their favorite man, school administrators were not quite as pleased. They had asked him not to go through with his plans before the assembly, and therefore, they gave Farves three days of in school suspension. With a kid who is as well loved as Patrick, the outrage over this news spread quickly. And, in a school as big as Central, what started with a spark turned into a raging wild fire by the time the clock struck three.

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What do students say about prom proposals?

The jewelry box Jake Smith made to ask his girlfriend Nitasha Agarwal to prom.

The jewelry box Jake Smith made to ask his girlfriend Nitasha Agarwal to prom.


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Prom, short for promenade, a semi-formal dance or gathering, is the the epitome of dances. Period. High school juniors and seniors anticipate prom as a night to remember forever.

Leading up to this big day, school halls fill with excitement and and murmurs of secret plans to ask out that special someone to the dance.

For Central York High School senior Jake Smith, a handcrafted prom proposal for his girlfriend Nitasha Agarwal seemed perfect. In an internship with his woodshop teacher he crafted a jewelry box for her, with her name engraved on the lid. When she opened the box, a block of wood read ‘Prom?’.

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Spinoffs of Shakespeare’s classic ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Recently, I have discovered the wonder, and evil, that plagues every high school student– Shakespeare. Normally, I would consider myself advanced in English class, but Shakespeare’s never-ending soliloquies weave a fog around my brain that is practically impossible to clear. It does not help that the play I am forced to read what I think is the most over-used and cliché story– “Romeo and Juliet.”

The familiar storyline provides comfort, but I find myself longing for the story to take a sudden twist that will draw me into the plot. I do enjoy the banter between the characters and the occasional romantic scene, but I need a modern-day version of the story.

Luckily, there is a great deal of spin-offs available at the library and bookstore. Here is a list of some books that are based off of the popular love story, but will, hopefully, help you appreciate the original version. Continue reading “Spinoffs of Shakespeare’s classic ‘Romeo and Juliet’” »

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Movie Review: “Divergent”


As a big fan of the book series “Divergent” by Veronica Roth, I had high expectations for the movie version of one of my favorite books. Out of all three of the books in Roth”s series, “Divergent” was the best in my opinion. However, the movie version sorely paled in comparison to the book. Continue reading “Movie Review: “Divergent”” »

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Elementary School Nostalgia

When I was young, fire drills were an event that shook the world.

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Review: ‘If You Leave’ by Daughter bleeds emotion

I first happened upon the band Daughter when exploring the wonderful thing that is the YouTube suggestion bar. Their sound immediately drew me in and I have been listening to them continually ever since. Daughter is an indie rock, alternative, ambient band, originated from England. They were formed in 2010 by Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella, who all met at London’s The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. After playing locally, they self-released their debut EP, “His Young Heart” on April 20, 2011 and later in October of the same year “The Wild Youth” EP was released by Communion Records.

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Five reasons to play the ukulele

Ukuleles have become very popular over the past few years and it is no surprise. These quaint little stringed instruments bring lots of joy and charm to those who play and listen. Here are five reasons to play the ukulele:

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