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Eric Chen

Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Book(s): Enders Game
Favorite Movie(s): Gladiator
Favorite Food: ?

Stories by Eric

Seeking new highs, teens share prescription drugs.
Rx drugs near top of abuse list
By Eric Chen, 18, Danielle Hensley, 14
Prescription drug use has exploded recently, especially among teens. They comprise the second most abused drugs by 12- to 17-year-olds, behind marijuana.
Summer learning
By Eric Chen, 17
Most education experts agree that summer learning programs benefit students in many ways Ė they often prevent losses in academic skills over the summer, and they provide extracurricular enrichment. For low-income children, they also provide meals and an outlet for physical activity.
Unconventional writing, riveting tale
By Eric Chen, 17
The Road is about a father and sonís quest through this dangerous land in search of food and warmth, while trying to avoid certain death at the hands of other survivors. This isnít a typical post-apocalyptic novel. It is far from clichť because of the authorís unique style and dark mood.
Discover Green
By Eric Chen, 17, Priya Mirmira, 13, Shanze Tahir, 13
Matthew Evans never considered himself a big environmentalist. However, he cared about the environment and wanted to make a difference, so in October 2008, he founded Discover Green in Pflugerville, Texas. He was 15 years old.
Technology in the classroom
By Eric Chen, 16, Mihir Kumar, 15
Students using PlayStation Portables in the classroom usually are punished, either by getting their devices taken away or being sent to the deanís office.
Indiana teenagers may be facing more roadblocks to driving
By Eric Chen, 16
Many kids look forward to their 16th birthday not only for the cake, but because that means they are only one month away from getting their driverís license. If one state senator gets his way, however, that milestone will have to be delayed an additional five months.
Bully control
By Eric Chen, 16
Olivia Gardner was a northern California sixth-grader when the bullying began. Diagnosed with epilepsy, she had a seizure one day in class. Many of her classmates started calling her "retard." She switched schools, but the bullying continued, moving to a new frontier, the Internet. Some of her new classmates set up a Web site, the Olivia Haters, on MySpace. She moved to yet another school but found no warmer reception there. She thought of suicide.