Posts tagged with "high school"

Naz “ItsNastyNaz” Saleh

TikTok, a phone app allowing users to share fun videos of singing, dancing and skits, has taken the world by storm, and Naz “Itsnastynaz” Saleh is its megastar.

Saleh, or “Itsnastynaz” on TikTok, was a completely ordinary fast food worker yet a complete anomaly. He was born on April 27, 1997, in Bronx, New York, and raised by his Yemeni-descendant parents looking for a better life for their kids. When he turned 12, he started working 12 hours per day, seven days per week. Saleh hit rock bottom when excessive bullying made him drop out of high school, but things changed.

Saleh went from working in fast food to being a man who enjoys all luxuries of life, but what made Naz Saleh who he is today?

It all started when Saleh was watching a YouTube video and a Musical.ly ad popped up. He saw the famous Baby Ariel. The video made him laugh and think he could do it even better than she could if he gave it a try. That was the turning point in his life. He started performing more skits with his brother in his workplace. He became an overnight success when the third video he uploaded was viewed 5 million times, and it didn’t stop there. The video spread like wildfire and was featured on news channels internationally.

His audience skyrocketed to over 6 million followers. He was awarded the “Popular Creator” badge by TikTok after his videos broke the internet and were viewed between 100 million and 350 million times.

That’s when he quit his 84-hour-per-week job to focus full time on his TikTok career. He now sits at 13 million followers.

Saleh is now known as “The Most Generous Man in New York” after filming himself giving food and money to homeless people. His videos also caught the attention of the government, giving some of those homeless people the option to go to rehab. Many said goodbye to their previous lives and moved toward a path of happiness.

Following his quick ascent, Saleh signed deals with iconic brands such as What Do You Meme? and Fashion Nova. He even received sponsorship deals from apps on the Apple App Store. He went from working in fast food to making seven figures and driving luxury cars all in a day’s work.

Though he has found success on TikTok, life isn’t always easy for Saleh. He receives many hateful comments online.

When asked how he deals with hateful comments, Saleh said, “Receiving so much hate can be heart-breaking and really demotivating. It used to have really bad effects on my mindset and my happiness until I realized making skits, helping people and making others happy is my safe place, and no one can make me feel bad about that.”

He admits sudden fame can be a bit overwhelming, but Saleh tries to remain positive, using his power to spread as much love and happiness as he can.

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Mask illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Indiana School Quarantines on First Day

By Eamonn Burke

Greenfield Central Junior High School in Indiana opened on Thursday, as one of the first high schools to do so in the country. Within hours, the school had to quarantine when a student tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. It appears that the student was tested days before and went to school without knowing the results.

The emergency “Positive COVID-19 Test Protocol” that went into action following the testing involved isolating the student and a two week quarantine order for those who had come in contact. The schools superintendent, Harold E. Olin, knew the situation was coming but was “shocked it was on Day 1.” Nonetheless, Olin said in a letter that “It was very evident today that nearly all of our families and students were prepared to properly follow the safety protocols we have established”.

This comes amidst a national debate over the re-opening of schools in the fall. While most major school districts have announced a remote start, some in places like Texas and Florida, where the virus is running rampant, plan to open in the fall. Teachers unions have been vehemently opposing an in-person opening, threatening and executing lawsuits and strikes to make their point. They put pressure on Trump’s administration, who is urging for children to get back to school.

Further complicating matters is a study from Northwestern and a Chicago Pediatric Hospital found that children five years and younger carry the virus in high concentrations, although a study on their transmission rate has not been conducted.

On top of all the virus concerns is that of the mental health and success of students who are learning virtually. This spans everything from eye health to sleep patterns to ability to socialize. In addition, it can be harder for many students to pay attention and retain material when studying from home.

Jericho High School Students illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Student Led Leukemia Fundraiser

Three students from Jericho High School have broken a national fundraising record – previously set by one of the students’ older brothers last year – by collecting more than $430,000 in just seven weeks for the annual Leukemia Lymphoma Society “Students of the Year” campaign. 

Team Just Cure It (2.0) was led by co-candidates 15-year-old Harrison Berger, 15-year-old Alexandra Gatoff, and 15-year-old Jake Gershwind of Jericho High School in Long Island, NY. Harrison’s brother Ryan was a co-candidate for Team Just Cure It (1.0), which was the previous national record holder, set in 2019. 

“What they have accomplished is nothing short of remarkable,” said Sara Lipsky, President of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Long Island Chapter. “Cancer doesn’t stop for a pandemic and to see what they accomplished provides families who are fighting cancer together a lot of hope.” 

Harrison says the outlook for fundraising was intimidating, including rising to the challenge of beating his brother’s team’s success. But he says he saw the opportunity to develop a network and personal skills of persuasion – including talking CEOs into donating tens of thousands of dollars for LLS – as something that would benefit him long term as well. 

Jake says he and his teammates each have a connection to cancer: his grandfather passed away from stomach cancer when he was five years old. That, and the realization that blood cancer is the key to fighting all variety of cancers – including those afflicting children – was the motivation he says he needed to pull together his family and friends to help. “I thought we had zero chance to win, because the previous record was so big,” said Jake. “But I kept telling myself, we gotta keep going.” 

“We did lots of planning and had donations set up to come in right away,” says Jake. “Still, you have to be persistent. Not everyone will say yes at first. But we kept following up and didn’t let people say no.” 

The Just Cure It (2.0) team also enlisted the help of about 25 of their classmates from Jericho High School and pulled in the donations before the COVID-19 lockdowns went into effect. 

“COVID has taught us to look on the positive side,” says Jake. “We’re changing lives, helping people survive. One kid might have better cancer treatment because of the money we raised.” 

The Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world‘s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS Mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the work and provides free information and support services.

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7 Tips to Start Building Your Career While Still in College

No matter what college year you are in, it’s crucial to devote time to planning your after-college life. The sooner you find the time and take concrete steps, the better job you will be able to get. Study the following career information for student and make them real to achieve success in their future career. 

Start Acting Immediately

Everybody knows that work experience is precious, and each employer would like to employ an experienced specialist as there is no time to waste time teaching him. So, be proactive in gaining experience in the field you picked up. Of course, a lot of students find it challenging to make time even for completing college papers and often ask someone, “Please, help me with my science homework,” but working side by side with professionals worth your time.

Share Your Ideas 

Feel free to share your career goals with your teachers, classmates, friends, and your family members. Tell them about your plans to get work experience while you are at college. Perhaps, they will help you to find a place for an internship or a part-time job. You can also look through vacancies on the Internet and respond to the job openings you are interested in. Some companies look for young people and teach them to have highly-qualified staff in the future.

Look for Opportunities to Prove Yourself

One more tip on career planning for high school student is to be active and try to prove yourself in different situations. For instance, ask your teacher to put you in touch with his colleagues for an interview for a college newspaper or ask a student newspaper editor to write an article. You can miss dozens of opportunities if you don’t ask to prove yourself.

Find a Mentor

It’s vital to have a person nearby with solid knowledge who might become your mentor. He will nudge you in the right direction and generates new ideas for you. It would be great if this person could take responsibility for his advice.

Pay Attention to Self-Development Every Day

This tip is an important focus in student aid prepare for career opportunities in the future. While studying at college, you are involved in writing a lot of papers. Use opportunities to educate outside the classroom if you want to broaden your knowledge horizons. Follow the novelties in your specialty—read books and blogs, watch educative videos to see how to apply theoretical knowledge on practice. 

Be Curious

Train your brain every day. Technologies are continually advancing, and you need to keep up with them. If you are naturally curious, you don’t mind improving yourself every day as you realize that you will take advantage of gained knowledge in the future. Visiting new countries and exploring new cultures also make a significant contribution to your life experience.

Plan Everything in Advance

If you learn to plan everything at college, you will have good time management in the future. It’s not a small point: you will manage to complete your work issues on time, make time for your family and your personal needs. Some students have poor time management skills and, thus, they have no time to do homework and try to solve this problem for one night browsing through writing services and begging, “I need help with my math homework. Can you do it for me?”

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

Top Tips to Cut Prom Costs and Still Guarantee a Great Night

Today, high school proms have evolved into red carpet events that can easily cost families hundreds of dollars. But the good news is that, according to the experts, there’s no need to blow your savings account on prom – you can do it on a budget and still ensure that your child has the time of their lives. Whether it’s buying outfits, arranging transport or getting hair and makeup on point, there are plenty of budget-friendly alternatives that you can swap for while still making sure that your teen looks and feels a million dollars on the night. We’ve put together some of the best money-saving tips for parents for the upcoming prom season. 

#1. Saving on the Prom Dress or Tux:

If you’ve got a daughter who’s going to prom, then chances are her dress is going to take the biggest chunk out of your budget. But the good news is that there are several things you can do in order to save money on the dress, or at least get a more value-for-money option. And the same goes if your teen is wearing a tux. 

Buy online – online shopping is a godsend when it comes to getting a prom dress or a tux. You can often find budget-friendly options at online stores. For instance, Jovani stock dresses to suit every budget (without the quality being compromised) which might be worth exploring . And, don’t just look at dedicated prom sites too; you may be surprised at what comes up in the evening dress section of your favorite online clothing store or the suit section at a popular menswear retailer. 

Rent – since the dress or tux is only going to be worn for the one night, renting instead of buying is a sensible option – however, this will mean that your teen has to be extra careful not to damage their outfit on the night. If you’re willing to take this risk, renting instead of purchasing outright can save a significant amount. 

Second hand – finally, whether you’re getting a dress or a tux for your teen, don’t rule out second-hand options. There will be plenty of parents selling off last years’ prom outfits at bargain prices. 

#2. Save on Accessories:

When it comes to accessorizing a prom outfit, you can end up spending much more than you’d bargained for if you’re not careful – especially if your teen wants the full works! Keep these tips in mind to make sure that you stay within your budget:

Keep it simple – according to the experts, this year it’s all about the earrings – so investing in a stunning pair of earrings will finish the outfit off nicely. Excessive bling isn’t on trend anymore, so there’s no need to go all out with necklaces, bracelets and rings. If you’re choosing accessories for a tux, a pair of quality cufflinks are ideal. Don’t forget that these are items that can be used again and again, so they make perfect graduation gifts too. 

Shoes – there’s plenty of dancing to be had at prom, so don’t overspend on shoes that are probably going to be coming off within the first couple of hours.

#3. Showstopping Makeup and Hair on a Budget:

Makeup is a must for most teenagers at prom – whether it’s a full face or a slick of tinted moisturizer. When it comes to makeup:

Multitasking products are your friend – if you’re getting new cosmetic items for your teen for prom, then opt for items that can double up, like lipsticks that double as cheek stain, or eye pencils that can be used for filling in brows. 

Use what you have – there’s no need to experiment with an entirely new makeup look for prom. If your teen already wears makeup, chances are they have a look in mind that they are comfortable with, and the products that they already have will probably do just fine. 

Practice makes perfect – when it comes to hair, going to a salon might not be necessary. Check out Pinterest and YouTube tutorials, and spend some time practicing styles beforehand so you can DIY it. 

#4. Arrive in Style for Less:

Celebrating with a meal and arriving to prom in style can be pricey, so keep these tips in mind:

Check out coupon sites – websites like Groupon can be an ideal place to look if you want to find the best deals on limo hire in your area, plus discounted meals at posh restaurants fit for a prom queen or king. 

Host it yourself – instead of a fancy restaurant, hosting a pre-prom dinner at your home or a cheap local venue can help to cut costs, especially if you get all the parents involved when it comes to bringing a dish along. 

Do you have any money-saving tips for prom of your own to add? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Real Sports probes the dangers of heat strokes in high school football.

Little has been reported on the large number of high school football players that have died from heat stroke. Since 1995, the easily treated condition has claimed nearly 50 lives nationwide. Soledad O’Brien probes the grave threat facing high school football players and examines why inexpensive, life-saving solutions to prevent these fatalities have been slow to be implemented.

Producer: Jake Rosenwasser

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL returns TONIGHT!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20 AT 11:00 P.M. ET/PT EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

Rucker Park Basketball

On Saturday, June 22, 2019, Harlem will be celebrating basketball returning to Rucker Park! Continuing in the tradition of Holcomb Rucker  – who founded the legendary Rucker Park basketball association in 1947 – and the late Greg Marius – who in 1982 extended the brand with the creation of the Entertainers Basketball Classic (EBC) – Harlem welcomes the newly formed Rucker Park Prep as the next phase of this staple Harlem institution that has greatly served New York city and its surrounding communities.  
 
Globally known as “The Rucker” and hailed as the temple of street basketball; where legends and greats like Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Kareem Abdul Jabar, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant have gone to earn their rites of passage.  Put through the gauntlet by basketball street legends like Earl “The GOAT” Manigault, Pee Wee Kirkland, Kareem “The Best Kept Secret” Reid, Ali Moe, “A Butta” and “Skip To My Lou”.  The Rucker is where NBA stars such as Vince Carter and Lebron James have sought street cred, and still more show up to be battle-tested.  

Def Jam Recordings – the legendary record label with deep roots in Harlem’s Basketball culture – joins Rucker Park Prep as it’s official launch sponsor and the newest extension of the Rucker legacy. 

Rather than “Street Ball” Rucker Park Prep is instead a 14U (and up) High School youth division that will feature the best high school players from in and around the New York tri-state area. Leading the Games will be Rucker Park Prep’s Co-Founder and Commissioner Steve Barnett, the principal authority at the Rucker who has for decades not only provided College Scholarships for hundreds of young people but has coached countless elite Basketball Players in the country. Through his efforts and commitment to youth development many of his players have achieved the highest accolades in both university basketball of which many have gone on to play in the NBA.
 
“Rucker Park Prep is proud to be a part of the long-standing tradition and legacy of the Rucker Park – We are so excited to have Def Jam Recordings as a launch partner for Rucker Park Prep. The entertainment industry and Rucker Parks relationship is historic stated Haqq Islam, President and CEO of Rucker Park Prep.

“We are excited and honored to join Rucker Park Prep as a presenting sponsor this summer,” said Rich Isaacson, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Def Jam Recordings. “The Rucker and Def Jam are two New York institutions that strive to enrich the cultural fabric of this city and this community. We couldn’t imagine a better opportunity to unite, inspire and empower young people through sports, music and the one-of-a-kind vibrancy that is summer in New York City.”
 
On the first game day -Saturday June 22nd at 3:00pm – Rucker Park Prep in conjunction with Def Jam Recording will be sponsoring a community and family day, providing free food from local Harlem vendors to all guests of the game in the park. 
 
The game will start at 4:30pm and will feature this counties top High School teams The Patrick School vs. Upper Room. On Saturday June 29th the Patrick School will play the Country Day School.
 
Commissioner Steve Barnett proudly states “RPP is a Premier Showcase for High School Basketbal.”
 
On Saturday June 29th at 5:30pm, Rucker Park Prep will be joined in a press conference with Councilwomen Inez Dickens, Harlem Assemblyman Al Taylor,  State Senator Brian Benjamín as well as Borough Manhattan President Gail Brewer will be bestowing honors to the following:  Def Jam Recordings, The Greg Marius Family, Darold “D- Ferg” Thomas who is the father platinum Polo Ground Entertainment/Sony recording Artist and Harlem native A$AP Ferg; Adrian “A Butta” Walton, considered one of the Greatest Street Ball Players in Rucker History and The Legendary Longtime Rucker Park Coach Bob McCullagh Founder of Each One Teach One, who has both played and coached at the Rucker Games for over fifty years.  
 
The Rucker can an also be credited with birthing stars like Stephon Marbury, Cal Ramsey, and Hall of Famer, Nate “Tiny” Archibald. Similarly, Rucker Park Prep aims to help youth in the New York tri-state area earn more access to scholarships and other opportunities for exposure.  Furthermore, the goal and objective of Rucker Park Prep is to enable students to excel in all areas of their high school experience, academically, socially as well as athletically.  
 
“The EBC Organization and the Marius Family supports Rucker Park Prep in their mission of fostering and empowering youth in their athletic abilities in baseball” stated by Cheryl Marius and Family
 
Through Rucker Park Prep Foundation, Life skills workshops combined with high level basketball instruction will aid in the building of character and help instill core values such as integrity, hard work, perseverance, self-confidence, personal responsibility, leadership, respect for the game, and overall sportsmanship. Rucker Park Prep will strive to be a resource, both for students and parents, serving as a guide to help families navigate through the pitfalls and challenges that prevent student athletes from reaching their full potential. By taking a holistic approach to sports education and training, our goal is to help create the next generation of leaders inside and outside of the sports arena.   

Kamaiyah x Black Panther

OAKLAND EMCEE KAMAIYAH HOST SPECIAL BLACK PANTHER SCREENING FOR LOCAL HAYWARD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

WHO:                  Interscope Recording Artist Kamaiyah

WHAT:                Black Panther Movie Screening

WHEN:                Tuesday, February 20th at 8:00 PM

WHERE:              Cinemark Hayward

                              1069 B Street

                              Hayward, CA 94541

Hayward High School students are in for a treat this Tuesday. Oakland emcee and Hayward alumna Kamaiyah will host a private screening of the latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe saga, Black Panther.

The film deemed as “a defining moment for Black America” by the New York Times, features a predominately African America cast and is said to be one of the most inspirational films for black youth in decades. Kamaiyah, who is an eminent display of women empowerment and a champion for the successful development of her community, wasted no time bringing the projected record breaking film to adolescents at her former high school.

Passes will be distributed Tuesday, February 20 at Hayward High School. The film will be screened at Hayward Cinemark Theater on B Street.

CONTACT:           Randy Henderson

Randy.Henderson@umusic.com

310-430-6494

Top Global Teachers × Redesign Curricula 

Employers complain that graduates are not ready for work. Stanford University studies indicate students are overloaded and under-prepared. So exactly what should we teach young people in an age where Dr. Google has an answer for everything; humans are living longer; the traditional professions disappear while new ones are created; international mobility is drastically increasing population diversity; terrorism, environmental threats and inequality need our collective attention; and robots and gene editing are coming, requiring us to re-examine the very core of what it means to be human?

The Global Teacher Bloggers are pioneers and innovators in fields such as technology integration, mathematics coaching, special needs education, science instruction, and gender equity. C.M. Rubin Founder of CMRubinWorld asked them to reflect on these questions: Do you believe curriculum needs to be more relevant for a 21st century world? If you had the power to change the school curriculum, what would you change?

“We need to develop a generation of critical thinkers, collaborators, communicators, environmentalists and ethical IT users,” writes Rashmi Kathuria in India. “The content of the news in the last few months, and indeed years, provides clear and loud evidence for the fact that our education system is failing,” notes Miriam Mason-Sesay, who believes “division, hatred and bigoted fearfulness are fostered seemingly unchallenged, and our education system has not prepared our youngsters to evaluate the veracity of so many claims.” Craig Kemp in Singapore wants “more emphasis on lifelong learning skills than on curriculum content,” and Elisa Guerra Cruz’s curriculum would be focused on “passion projects, aimed at gaining knowledge and abilities, but also at discovering whatever fires a student’s heart,” 

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The Global Teacher Bloggers have founded schools, written curricula, and led classrooms in 16 different countries that stretch across every populated continent on earth. CMRubinWorld’s Top Global Teachers are: Rashmi Kathuria, Jim Tuscano, Craig Kemp, Jasper Rijpma, Elisa Guerra, Pauline Hawkins, Maarit Rossi, Vicki Davis, Miriam Mason-Sesay, Shaelynn Fransworth, Carl Hooker, Adam Steiner, Warren Sparrow, Nadia Lopez, Richard Wells, Joe Fatheree, Kazuya Takahashi, and Abeer Qunaibi

CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a highly regarded trailblazer in the renaissance of 21st century education, and occupies a widely respected place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced hundreds of interviews and articles discussing an extensive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.

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