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Beverly takes steps towards national recognition pals and teachers who see themselves as architects for a new type of high school that is more flexible, open, demanding and challenging," Riley said. "[Therefore] we have created a network of high schools on the cut- ting edge of reform. These "New American High Schools' are setting a new standard of excellence for all stu- dents." In addition to national recognition, New American High Schools are each recognized with a display trophy and, to offset the financial burden of out- reach activities on the schools, a stipend, which will amount to at least $3,000. In addition, travel and accom- modations for leadership from win- ning schools to the fall 2000 By Margaret Boyle Lisa Smith, representative from the U.S. Department of Education, spent time visiting and evaluating Beverly Hills High School, April 24 and 25, in the school's final steps towards possi- ble recognition as a New American High School. This recognition pro- gram is co-sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the U.S. Department of Education. Beverly Hills High School Principal Ben Bushman said, "It is certainly an exciting and promising time for the high school." Smith spent her visitdiscussing the school with teachers, students and administration to get feedback on cur- riculum, the active use of technology, plans for future development, and the quality and atmosphere of learning. A member of a student discussion, junior David Foldvary, described the group's conversation with Smith. "She wanted to know about how the school integrates technology into the curriculum," Foldvary said. "Then we went on to discuss and describe our classes, projects and activities we've worked on." In his annual Back-to-School address last fail, "Changing the American High School To Fit Modern Times," U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley described the purpose of the New American High School program. "We need to support creative princi- An exploration of the teenage battleground By Tamar aham I am a 16-year-old girl living in America. This statement may just seem nothing more than a simple fact, but to me, it represents a weight of experience and a complicated state of being. My age alone tells of a harsh battle fought by all teenagers, on the grounds of high school, home, and wherever else we may land. Independence, free- dom, control, survival, success, and most of all, the truth, are the things hoped to be gained. When we fight, we are called rebellious teenagers, just fitting the description -just living up to the label. No mat- ter what we do, an end to the war never comes. We struggle with failure, inferiority, popularity, md identity every single day. We try to hold our leads above the murky waters, where all we face are standards, rules and repression. The hope to reach our goals and mold our desired future, as we have been taught to uphold, is slowly draining away. The bad grades, the scolding by teachers, lec- tures by parents, and insults by other kids hurt us, in more ways than people know, and with more depth than people can see. Yesterday I was told face to face by a parent that I have failed them, failed myself, and doomed my future; and that I was ignorant to it all. My value and faith in myself crumbled. All I could say amidst raging tears was, "I'm trying." I ran to my room, shut the door, grabbed my teddy bear, and fell to the floor. I cried myself into a frenzy of anguish and solitude and shame. I wanted to shut out the world and shut down myself. The pressure I deal with exploded. My effort and struggle simply did not count--I had failed--because I got a D on my report card. The pain of that simple letter goes far deeper Washington awards ceremony are provided at no expense to the schools. Schools also will have access to tech- nical assistance and support and stay informed of cutting-edge research findings and grant opportunities from throughout the U.S. Department of Education. There are currently there are 32 New American High Schools. The goal is to recognize 80-100 additional schools this fail. Final selection of schools for the Fall 2000 competition will be selected by October and for- mally recognized in Washington, D.C., this November. than anyone can see. I want everyone to see, to stop inflicting and start understanding. Where does the pain stop? The broken down dreams, disappearing imagina- tion, and shattered souls and hearts are leading the youth of America to a darkened future. The people of America stare at it through the shields of indif- ference and the masks of concern. Everyone wants to help, to find a solution, to fix the seemingly doomed generation. Nobody sees the reality that we perpetuate this ourselves, that we as a whole have created this generation: we are the image of this country in its purest form. It is a cruel picture. I look at it with wet eyes. It burns slowly as the image is, once again, forgotten. America: Can you see? II THE PRINCETON REVIEW PSAT . SAT I SAT II . ACT Better Scores, Better Schools (800) Z-REVIEW (310) 473-3423 0 www.revlew.com I I April 27-May 3, 2000 * 13