by Sam Byrne(’23) On Wednesday, November 2nd, candidates for Michigan’s 54th State House district participated in a debate and International Academy. Republican Donni Steele and Democrat Shadia Martini faced off as questions came from both a predetermined list and students in the audience. Each candidate began with an allotted time of five minutes for opening remarks. Ms. Steele detailed her entrance into politics, speaking on … Continue reading Debate in 54 at IA
The annual IASA show made a big return Saturday after limited festivities last year. This year’s show, “Saath O Saath,” featured an alluring and glamorous collaboration between the Indian American Student Associations of both West and Central. The show opened with emcees from West, Lucas Poota and Rikhil Sankati. After a heartwarming performance of the American national anthem, Sanjana Kandiraju (’22) sang the Indian national … Continue reading The Return of the IASA Show
By Giulia Pincetti (’24) Ever since I was little I have been taught that every story doesn’t have one side, it is multi-dimensional. A simple sound or movement made by the smallest or largest of people can be perceived in millions of different ways, all slightly unique and different. Maybe this is because we all can’t sit in the same spot at the same moment … Continue reading Perspective
By Aadit Jain (‘23) The New York Times reports that the “typical American worker focuses on a given task for just three minutes” (Schwartz). This should actually come as no surprise as the article further reports that the average person touches their phone 2,000 times every day and spends 3 hours on them. The article also features a conversation with Johann Hari, the author of … Continue reading Digital Technologies: Are They Hindering Our Ability to Focus?
By Devi Chandran (‘24) Who would you hire? Kaitlin is a 25-year-old graduate from Brown University and has a major in business with a minor in communications. Friends often describe her as outgoing, likeable, confident, and driven. As a valedictorian of her high school class, Kaitlin was notably able to start college as a sophomore. Due to a strong passion for charity work, she then … Continue reading Positivity Pinpoint: Halo and Horns Effect
By Mira Sripada (‘22) Billie Eilish, at just 19-years-old and with the help of her older brother Finneas O’Connell, constructed a completely unique and inventive genre of music meant only for her exceedingly soft and breathy voice. Through her career, which began at age thirteen with the release of the song “ocean eyes”, Eilish has been a nonstop risk-taker, constantly redefining her sound and pushing … Continue reading Review: Billie Eilish is eclectic, breathy, sarcastic and mature on Happier Than Ever, a body of work that dismantles toxic masculinity and discusses the significance of growing up and evolving.
By Jaxson K.R (’25) As many of you may know, the Florida legislature recently passed the “Parental Rights in Education” bill, better known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. This bill directly states that “classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate … Continue reading Opinion: Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill is a Continuation of LGBTQ Erasure in America
In Attendance Avondale School District, Bloomfield Hills Schools, Birmingham Public Schools, Huron Valley School District, Rochester Community Schools, Troy School District Public Comment There was no public comment on agenda items. The movement to approve the agenda passed. The movement to approve the minutes from the October 22nd meeting passed with no adjustments. Service Learning at IA – Making an Impact: Lisa Belotti The UN … Continue reading International Academy Governance Council Meeting: February 16th, 2022
The movement to approve the minutes from the last meeting passed with no adjustments. EVOLVEK12+: Maria Kopicki A retired teacher from Avondale Middle school, Ms. Kopicki received her real-estate license just before the pandemic began. She has a heart for community service, and donates masks, lunches, and care packages to local nurses through her nonprofit EVOLVEK12+. Additionally, she is sponsoring a cheer team and buying … Continue reading International Academy PTIA Meeting: February 9th, 2022
By Siya Chhabra (’24) and Jaxson Kaplan-Rudolph (’25) This special report has stopped daily updating. To see previous daily updates, scroll down to given dates. The Russian Federation and Ukraine are now fully engaged in an intense and world-altering conflict. Some important questions to answer: why the aggression between the two nations? Why does Russia care so much about having control of their neighbor, which … Continue reading What You Need To Know About the Russia – Ukraine Crisis