Elizabeth Byrnes

November 20, 2016 · Posted In: Family, FamilyGuide, Teen Voices

“Students come up to me in the halls and ask when the pantry is going to stock toothbrushes…Toothbrushes…What they’re coming in for, it’s not just food they need, but basic items to survive and help […]

Tharein Potuhera

August 26, 2016 · Posted In: Family, FamilyGuide, Publications, Teen Voices

Jacopever. The exotic fish with bulging eyes and reddish color sank Tharein Potuhera’s hopes at the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee. But the 14-year-old Potuhera did not let the obscure misspelling dissuade his academic and […]

Jennifer Nguyen

September 28, 2015 · Posted In: Family, HerFamily, Publications, Teen Voices

Jennifer Nguyen is bright and soft-spoken. Sitting in the living room of her family teachers’ home on the Boys Town campus, the high school senior thoughtfully considers her answer before explaining why she chose to […]

The Beauty of Words

August 17, 2014 · Posted In: Education, Family, HerFamily, Teen Voices

When interviewing a spelling whiz like Grace Johanningsmeier, it’s almost impossible to avoid lapsing into the role of a spelling bee participant. The road to Washington D.C. and the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the […]

The Ideal Summer Job

June 2, 2014 · Posted In: Family, HerFamily, Publications, Teen Voices

The summertime is the best time for a teenager to get a job. There is no school, good weather, and we have plenty of time on our hands. My perfect job would have to have […]

Wrapping Up Senior Year

April 13, 2014 · Posted In: Family, HerFamily, Teen Voices

Senior year, can you believe it? All of this hard work is finally paying off, and we can see the victory sign ahead. But no one can prepare us for what we will actually have […]

Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2014 · Posted In: Family, HerFamily, Teen Voices

Growing up in a Catholic elementary school, we took notice of holidays with religious connections, mostly involving saints. However, as a younger child, Valentine’s Day did not seem to fit into that religious holiday category. […]


January 11, 2014 · Posted In: Family, HerFamily, Teen Voices

Anger and frustration are emotions everyone experiences. The ways we manage those feelings are what is important. Teenagers are not experts at managing their anger and frustration in comparison to adults. Every day is a […]

Social Media

December 7, 2013 · Posted In: Family, HerFamily, Social Media, Teen Voices

Social media has become a constant in our daily lives over the past few years. For my generation, Facebook started the trend. Everyone had an account during its prime. Facebook was essential in keeping up […]

Community Service

October 29, 2013 · Posted In: Family, HerFamily, Lifestyle, Teen Voices

I don’t feel that most teenagers have anything against community service. We just don’t know how to go about it. When you’re my age, the benefits of community service far outweigh the negatives. You can […]