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Established in February of 2022, our goal as a newspaper is to inform and voice the concerns of the student body. Our top-tier writers will work ceaselessly to make sure that is the case.

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Pride Month Kicks off in Pittsburgh

For every June since 1970, Pride month has been a celebration. The organizers of this year’s Pittsburgh Pride parade on Saturday June fourth made it very clear that Pride Month is more than that. It’s not just a parade, it’s a protest. Pride Month is a symbol of how much further we can go.

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The Effects of Social Media on Teens

It is undeniable that all teenagers have come into contact with social media in some way. Though it is largely a technology of the twenty-first century, its popularity has transformed teenage life. This provides today’s adolescents with a unique perspective and set of tools; we are growing up in a completely different landscape than that of our parents.

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STEMification

“Women in STEM.” Chances are, you’ve heard this phrase sometime in the past few years. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math, and its usage has become more and more popular. But what exactly does it mean to be a woman in STEM? How far have we come in supporting women in STEM areas? And what more do we still need to accomplish? 

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Don’t Don’t Say Gay

The Don’t Say Gay Bill recently passed in Florida prohibiting the discussion of LGBTQ+ issues in Floridian school classrooms of Kindergarten through Third grade. Since its signing into law on March 8th by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis this law has caused much outrage in not just Florida but the entire country. Many people are afraid of what this law will entail. 

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At Obama

Teacheritis

We all feel a tremendous amount of stress as school starts to come to an end. With finals, grades closing, and summer plans awaiting, nobody wants to be in the building anymore. It’s clear to see the distance between school and students, but how are teacher’s feeling? The Eagle Times sat down with two teachers to talk about Teacheritis and its symptoms as the school year is coming to a close.

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A Senior Farewell

In a mere week, once final exams are over, the Obama Class of 2022 will no longer be high school seniors. After they receive their diplomas, they will have graduated and be off to wherever life takes them. This momentous occasion is years in the making and one that they have spent all of high school preparing for. But for a short while longer, they are still Obama students. Here are some glimpses into a few seniors’ minds as graduation looms.

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What Does Safe2Say Really Do?

On Tuesday, May 17th, students at Obama were required to review a presentation and take a short quiz on Safe2Say as a way of informing the student body about the program. It was a mindless activity that most students completed for a full grade. But what does “Safe2Say” actually do? 

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Sports

Obama Runs The City

Spring sports wrapped up this week, with every team finding success on their own courts, fields, and lanes. Both the baseball and the girls track team won the City League, the softball and volleyball teams went to the City League Finals, and the tennis and track teams sent athletes to states. Read more to find out about individual team’s seasons!

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Winter Sport Roundup

Obama Academy’s winter sports teams started the season with lots of questions. What would the season look like? How would competition compare to previous years?  How do you come back from a pandemic season? All of Obama Academy’s winter sports teams successfully answered these questions and performed well on their respective courts, lanes, and mats.

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City Champions!

After a tough first three quarters, the girls basketball team pulled ahead of reigning champions Allderdice to win the City League 68-40 in the finals game on February 20. This is a landmark season. The team had an undefeated City League run, senior Samaree Perkins became the third person in Obama history to break the 1,000-point barrier, and the team lifted their 5th City Championship trophy.

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Arts & Entertainment

IB Arts Exhibitions

Outside the Auditorium before honors night on Thursday June 9, art made by 12th grade IB Art students was exhibited. The art was a wide variety, from classical portraits, to more contemporary pieces, to some painted internet memes.

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The Legacy of Butterflies: New Mural in East Liberty

Cecilia Price-Knight is a servant leader who has recently been featured on the newest East Liberty Mural. Located on the East Liberty Place South building off Penn Avenue, the mural looks over a changed landscape starkly different from a couple of decades ago. This change is something that Mrs. Price-Knight experienced firsthand when gentrification forced her to close her restaurant Impressionz, which served Jamaican cuisine that was long a stalwart of both dining and community circles.

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1975 Renovation

A common joke made about Obama’s appearance is how similar it looks to a prison. This is in part due to the building’s brutalist style and lack of windows. In our last issue we very briefly mentioned Peabody’s 1975 renovation, when our building lost its neoclassical style and obtained its current look. In this issue, The Eagle Times would like to take a deeper look at that renovation.

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Editorials

IB: Yay or Nay

The IBDP is a true asset to this school: Obama is the only public high school in Pittsburgh that offers the option to take it, and one of very few in Pennsylvania. Teachers and administration can be heard extolling its virtues at assemblies and orientations, and it is one of the reasons why students choose to attend Obama. The Diploma is standardized across the world, so Obama students are able to access the same curriculum as students at top-ranking private schools across the planet.

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A Lesson From Finland

Many people in our school would agree that school days are brutal, you wake up early in the morning and attend 7 hours of strictly scheduled schooling every day. This leaves many of us stressed and constantly exhausted. The Eagle Times suggests taking a lesson from Finland, where school is approached differently.

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Freshman Reflections

For the last two years, everyone has experienced changes with the pandemic. We have had to convert to online, hybrid, and finally back to in person schooling. Many people could deal with these changes without issue, but for others, they quickly became detrimental.

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What Obama Needs Most: A New Field

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that schools around the country have received millions of dollars in federal aid. $130 billion was allocated by the American Rescue Plan alone, with Pittsburgh Public Schools recently coming into over $100 million. This money comes with short deadlines and a spend or return policy. School districts around the country have been asking themselves how to spend money that cannot be used for long-term salaries or extended projects. The district is already investing in amazing goals and initiatives, but one other answer jumps out—the Obama sports field.

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