CONTrOVERSIAL ISSUE ARTICLES

EDITOR'S NOTE

The topics discussed in this issue are ones that are currently under debate in our culture and at our school. Our aim in investigating these topics is not only to inform readers but also to push them, to challenge their beliefs, and to examine our community in the hopes of making it better. Each reporting team sourced members of SSSAS, the DMV community as well as national resources in order to present as complete a story as possible. We ask that you read the following articles with an open mind, and we welcome your feedback.

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Helen Sweeney '19  

Makeda Melkie '19 

Immigration

Makeda Melkie'19 and Andrew Kiama'19

What does it mean to be an American? Does everyone deserve to be an American or is citizenship restricted to certain individuals based on their ethnic background, religious belief and financial status? Once a person has become an immigrant, will they get a chance to achieve the ‘American dream’, or will their progress be halted?

Drugs

Delaney Moore'20 and Tori Carr'20

What does the daily routine of an SSSAS student consist of? Well, that depends on who you ask. Many students, for example, would describe their days as pretty mundane. Those students would most likely talk about their classes, lunch breaks, or club meetings, but did you know that a good portion of the school would add Juuling to their daily list of school activities?

Sexual Assault

Helen Sweeney '19 and Chumani Chamberlain '21

Sexual assault is not limited to the stories strewn on front pages or flashed across our television screens. It is not limited to Hollywood, and it is not limited to all-boys schools. Sexual assault exists within the SSSAS community, and the first step toward preventing it is acknowledgment.

Mental Health

Sarah Nguyen'19 and Laetitia Haddad'20

“Study and make sure you're ready for the test next week.” Some people might hear these words and roll their eyes. Great, another thing to worry about. For others, their feelings may extend well beyond mere annoyance and build to distress. A variety of mental health issues are prevalent in the SSSAS community, though not many are comfortable speaking about them.For this article, The Voice investigates the stigma around mental health, why stigma exists, and analyzes the effects of stress, anxiety, and depression on students.

LGBTQ+

Harrison Brown'20 and Amy Gastright'21

In recent years, many athletes at all levels, whether professional, collegiate, or high school, have come out as transgender, intersex, or otherwise LGBTQ+. On one hand, many believe that a person should be allowed to compete under whichever gender they identify as. On the other hand, others believe that athletes who do not fit into typical psychological or biological gender boundaries may have an athletic advantage, and therefore should compete under a gender that may vary from their identity.