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Taking the stage when the spotlight is on you

Asking someone about auditions to a show can sometimes cause more butterflies in your stomach than actually going on stage. But luckily, there is no need to be so nervous about trying to become an active member of theater at your school.  Click here for story


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Freshman Journal

First day of high school: the good, the bad, the ugly

I am one of those people who believes that there is a mental soundtrack constantly running to my life. For example, when I broke the glass window in our living room for the SECOND time, the song “Oops…I did it again” played ominously in my head. That doesn’t make me sound crazy…does it? So it’s pretty understandable that I awoke on my first day of freshmen year with Pink Floyd’s “Brick in the Wall” droning inside my brain. Was that an omen for my first day of high school? Is being a freshman as bad as I’m told it is? Well …let me tell you about my day.  Click here for story

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From torment to terrific

Until two years ago, I was surrounded by the same kids I’d known since elementary school. Then life took a turn and I had to learn how to adapt to new surroundings and a new school, fast. Click here for story

The Tattoo seeks teens to write, draw, take photos

This is a great time to join the best teen newspaper in the world. The Tattoo, which is in its 11th year, has long been a training ground for teens who want to become writers or reporters. It’s also a terrific place for budding photographers and cartoonists to get a start.

This issue is the fourth and final Insider’s Guide to High School edition this year – there’s a lot more online at -- but we’ve got plenty of other stories in the works.

We’re especially eager to recruit 8th graders and high school freshmen, who have plenty of time to learn the ins and out of journalism before they head off to college. But any teen is eligible to join and we’re glad to have anybody who’s enthusiastic and talented.

Tattoo writers win plenty of awards, some scholarships and much acclaim. For information, contact advisers Jackie Majerus or Steve Collins at 523-9632 or by email at

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