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Lady Gaga Deserved The Standing Ovation For Her Stirring ‘Sound Of Music’ Tribute

Lady Gaga Deserved The Standing Ovation For Her Stirring ‘Sound Of Music’ Tribute

By Ives Cupino Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International OCONTO FALLS, Wisconsin, U.S.A. – Pop star Lady Gaga performed a stunning tribute to The Sound of Music and its star Julie Andrews at the 2015 Oscars. Sans meat dress – her infamous costume at a 2010 music awards ceremony – Gaga opted instead for an elegant, flowing white gown. Although she was without her antics, Gaga’s performance Sunday night was memorable in its own right – and as it should … Read entire article »

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The Annual Oscars Disappointment

The Annual Oscars Disappointment

Jonathan Lee / youthjournalism.org By Jonathan Lee Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International EL PASO, Texas, U.S.A. – The Oscars – whether you’re a movie person or not, you’ve probably heard of this prestigious award show. You’ve also probably been sorely disappointed by the results. Maybe you were rooting for the reclusive Song of the Sea to win top honors for best animated feature film, or … Read entire article »

‘The DUFF,’ A Realistic View Of High School

‘The DUFF,’ A Realistic View Of High School

By Sydney Hallett Reporter Youth Journalism International OAKVILLE, Missouri – Most high school movies tell you absolutely nothing about high school and give students unrealistic expectations about freshman through senior year. Whether students burst out into song, get into drama with different cliques, or are run over by a school bus, most movies don’t help with an eighth grader’s fear of high school. … Read entire article »

Student Writers: The Mayborn Could Be An Impressive Part Of Your College App

Student Writers: The Mayborn Could Be An Impressive Part Of Your College App

Young Spurs of 2014 included two Youth Journalism International reporters. Here, the group stands with author Bryan Burrough, who led the group of young writers last summer. If you are a student at a high school or community college in the United States and want to inject excitement, inspiration and purpose into your writing, consider entering the Young Spurs competition. The Young … Read entire article »

Zorbing: Having A Ball In New Zealand

Zorbing: Having A Ball In New Zealand

youthjournalism.org Beth Pond, center, and her friend Chelsea Saccu, right, celebrate after experiencing zorbing in New Zealand while zorbing attendants steady the orb. By Beth Pond Senior Correspondent Youth Journalism International ROTORUA, New Zealand – Little did I know that a town that smelled like rotten eggs would be the site of one of the most memorable things I’ve ever done. There I was, sitting … Read entire article »

New Zealand Capital Is Fun And Eclectic

New Zealand Capital Is Fun And Eclectic

Selvaganeshamoorthi Balakrishnan / youthjournalism.org A cable car near the Botanical Gardens in Wellington, New Zealand By Selvaganeshamoorthi Balakrishnan Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International WELLINGTON, New Zealand – In the past, Wellington was often described as a lacklustre capital due to its small size and lack of global political clout. But in an attempt to encapsulate the spirit of the entire nation, Wellington has reinvented itself by … Read entire article »

Hill-Stead Museum Is A Winter Work Of Art

Hill-Stead Museum Is A Winter Work Of Art

Zhang Xinxin / youthjournalism.org Large icicles hang from the front of the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Conn. on Wednesday. The museum is home to world class art, including many works from the Impressionists. Wang Xindi / youthjournalism.org Visitors get a snowy welcome to the Hill-Stead. Zhang Xinxin / youthjournalism.org The stone walls on the Hill-Stead property are now covered in snow. Wang Xindi / youthjournalism.org The long … Read entire article »

Photo Essay: Touring Trinity College

Photo Essay: Touring Trinity College

Yang Shanghua / youthjournalism.org The 1933 Gothic style Trinity College Chapel stands out on campus.  Yang Shanghua / youthjournalism.org Inside the chapel, tour guide Jacqueline Bosa, right, tells a tour group about the historic building. Yang Shanghua / youthjournalism.org The front of the chapel. Yang Shanghua / youthjournalism.org The organ in the main chapel at Trinity College contains nearly 5,000 pipes. Yang Shanghua / youthjournalism.org The Long Walk passes … Read entire article »

Downtime At The Connecticut Capitol

Downtime At The Connecticut Capitol

Yan Haizhao / youthjournalism.org The dome of the Connecticut State Capitol building is as pretty from inside as it is on the exterior. Yan Haizhao / youthjournalism.org The Connecticut State Senate chamber inside the Capitol. Yan Haizhao / youthjournalism.org The Capitol Press Room has all the wonderful quirkiness of any good newsroom. youthjournalism.org Students from Hall High School in West Hartford explored the Connecticut State Capitol with … Read entire article »

‘American Sniper’ Takes Aim At A Legend

‘American Sniper’ Takes Aim At A Legend

By Arooj Khalid Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International LAHORE, Pakistan – With six Oscar nominations, American Sniper – directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper – recounts the story of Chris Kyle, a celebrated sniper known for his accuracy and skill during the war in Iraq. One might mistake it for an action-filled army movie where there’s more weaponry, tanks and military strategy … Read entire article »

Will Missing Chibok Girls Ever Be Freed?

Will Missing Chibok Girls Ever Be Freed?

By Festus Iyorah Reporter Youth Journalism International NSUKKA, Enugu, Nigeria – As we approach national elections next week, it is crystal clear that politicians have not been working assiduously towards the release of the Chibok girls who have been held prisoner by the hardline Boko Haram terrorist group since April 2014. Instead, they have been busy solving the political mathematics that would see them … Read entire article »

To Get A Good Education In Nigeria, Students Turn To Private Schools

To Get A Good Education In Nigeria, Students Turn To Private Schools

By Linus Okechukwu Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International AGYARAGU, Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria – While nearly all his childhood friends had absorbing stories of their new journey to private primary schools, Samson Yusuf, 20, had little to share. His tales lacked in novelty, and his experience rather too awful to be told. Yusuf, who is currently preparing to take his West African Senior Secondary … Read entire article »

A Blizzard Begins And The Snow Drifts

A Blizzard Begins And The Snow Drifts

Max Turgeon / youthjournalism.org The snow from the blizzard starts to accumulate at this home in Newington, Conn. about 10:30 Monday night. Conditions are deteriorating and the wind is blowing. By Max Turgeon / youthjournalism.org About 8 a.m. Tuesday, the snow was still falling at a moderate pace. Accumulations reached about 20 inches here in Newington, with drifts up to 30 inches against … Read entire article »

In Boston, The Great Snowpocalypse

In Boston, The Great Snowpocalypse

Alan Burkholder / youthjournalism.org ***  Your tax-deductible contribution can help Alan Burkholder and other students around the world at this nonprofit at: www.HelpYJI.org #call_to_action h4{padding:0px 5px;} … Read entire article »

National Holocaust Memorial Museum Delivers Painfully Sad Lessons

National Holocaust Memorial Museum Delivers Painfully Sad Lessons

By Sydney Hallett Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International WASHINGTON, D.C. – Though we learned about the Holocaust every year in English or history class, we never really went in depth. I wanted to know more. Touring the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum during my visit to Washington gave me the perfect opportunity. I did not know what to expect as our group stepped into the … Read entire article »