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How to End Poverty

By Saiarchana Darira

This research paper was originally written for Ms. Mezeske’s Math Honors Class.

My eyes open, and it’s another day. Suddenly problems overwhelm me, and I start worrying – worrying about college, the ACTs, the SATs, and writing this paper in time. Thousands of mile away, a child in poverty opens his or her eyes. Worries plague their minds too – but these are different ones – about having enough to simply stay alive. The problems in a first world country seem like nothing in a third world country living in poverty. Poverty is one of this world’s greatest problems, and it affects millions of human beings on a daily basis. To an average human being, problems like poverty seem impossible to solve. But, can the solution to poverty actually be simpler than one thinks? Poverty is something that is solvable. Here is how to end poverty.

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Pink Diplomas: Gender Bias in Upper-Division Math and Science

By Amanda Bertsch

This essay was written for Tri-City Prep’s Math Honors class, which asks students each spring to write a paper on a topic in mathematics.

“What are you even doing here? You belong in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant.”

These are the words that greeted Eileen Bertsch when she went to ask her calculus TA a question. Shocked, she didn’t respond, walking away without the answer to her query (Bertsch). The year was 1980.

Almost a century after the first women graduated from engineering programs, she was facing some of the same blunt rejection that these pioneering women engineers struggled through. As a freshman in college, she was hearing the same sexist rhetoric that had persisted for decades, still as sharply obvious as ever. Her calculus TA, while a particularly blatant example of why women are underrepresented in engineering, was only one of a series of challenges she and her sister Patricia Haslach would face as they earned engineering degrees. Continue reading

Mental Health Awareness in Adolescent Syrian Refugees

By Natalie Krafft

This essay was written by a TCP alum and former Denobis staff member during her freshman year of college.

Ahmed is a young boy, aged eleven, who has just fled Syria from all of its war and devastation. He has left his home, his friends and life as he knew it to flee to Greece. Since being in Greece, he has not been in school for a year and greatly misses his friends. The camp he lives in now is filled with diseases and has poor living conditions. The refugees who live here wait weeks or months before a soldier takes them to a new home. Now, all he wishes is to go to school to be with the other children and to be like them. This feeling of being ostracized is all too normal for him, which has lead him to be more melancholy than he typically was when he was back home (Katz).

For millions of children like Ahmed, this is their reality now, and it is taking a toll on their mental health, which will negatively affect them for the rest of their lives. Families of all sizes abandon everything they know for their safety. Adolescent refugees who are brought with these families have already faced trauma even before they left through the violence and death in their home regions. Their journey to a safer place is just as dangerous and once they arrive, nothing seems to be better right away. For a young person under the age of 19 to experience something as a traumatic as fleeing a war torn country can have some major consequences on their mental health that, if not addressed, could erupt into something much larger and darker such as depression and anxiety. Adolescent Syrian refugees are facing mental health problems because of the displacement from their homeland due to war. Continue reading


By Sairachana Darira


What does it take to be grateful? Does one derive happiness from wealth, popularity, fame, abundance? These are questions my mind contemplated over Thanksgiving and the holiday season. And to find the answer to these inquiries, I looked around me. Many people decided to spend this holiday standing in endless lines, to shop for deals. There seemed to be this unquenchable thirst for more, more, and even more, which felt wrong. Thanksgiving is a holiday where we look within ourselves, to see what makes this life worthy, instead of looking outwards, at what we don’t have.

When one inquires, one experiments. So, I threw myself out into the world, and decided to take part of the shopping frenzy called Black Friday. I found myself in stores on Thursday night, instead of home. It was an authentic experience – yet I felt like I lost myself in this process. I kept on contemplating what I wanted, instead of seeing what I needed. And what I needed was what I already had. Continue reading

A Fraud Named Shakespeare

By Natalie Krafft

With references of Greek figures and Biblical illusions, one would be lead to believe that William Shakespeare was a playwright with extensive knowledge. To imagine Queen Elizabeth I as the real Shakespeare makes sense. She was a well-educated woman who had a love for drama and theatre. Shakespeare himself was alive but he most certainly was not the playwright genius modern day Western society has made him out to be. Upon further examination of his class, the lack of information kept on record of him, and the fact that he has written very risqué plays that should have gotten him beheaded, it is not outrageous to question his authenticity. Queen Elizabeth is the genius behind Shakespeare because of her education, her status, her love of drama and theatre, and her immense power.

Queen Elizabeth was born on September 7, 1533 at Greenwich Palace. Her father was King Henry VIII and her mother was Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife. Her father’s marriage to Anne was condemned by the Holy Roman Emperor and thus painted Queen Elizabeth I as illegitimate. The only reason King Henry decided to marry Anne Boleyn was out of love and a need for a son as heir to the throne. This scandal made Queen Elizabeth I birth one of the most exciting, politically speaking, during the 16th century. Once this had happened, King Henry had pleaded with his daughter, Mary, to relinquish her title as Princess of Wales and support his new marriage to Anne. However, Mary refused and blamed both Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth for her decline of power. King Henry himself was brought to power after his brother and rightful heir, Arthur had died. This began the reign of the Tudors. Although King Henry did eventually have a son, he died soon after which left Mary with all the power. When Queen Mary had taken power and began her infamous purging of all those non – Catholic, she soon gave her throne to her half – sister on the condition she ruled as a Catholic. This left Elizabeth I to become queen in the 16th century and turn right around on her promise to be Catholic and go back to her Protestant ways. (Henry) (Queen)

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