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Katie Bolinger

School: Pike High School

Stories by Katie

Police and youth
By Katie Bolinger, 19, Quinn Andrews, 15, Keenen Brannon, 15, Warren Stokes, 18, Max Gabovitch, 16
In this series, five Y-Press journalists explore the relationships between minority youth and the police in the Indianapolis area. Over the last several months, the team interviewed teens involved with 100 Black Men, the Latino Collective and teens participating in the four-year-old Our Kids (OK) program. In addition, local police officers told of us about the issue from their vantage point.
Before 9/11
By Katie Bolinger, 18, Jordan Denari, 17
On a warm September morning, we sat in our elementary school classrooms and watched collapsing towers on T.V. We heard whispers of an attack, and many of our classmates were whisked out of school by nervous parents.
Democratic 2008 Convention
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 13, Max Gabovitch, 15, Sarah Zabel, 15, Jonathan Gainer, 16, Millie Cripe, 15, Quinn Andrews, 14, Jordan Denari, 17, Katie Bolinger, 18, Mallory St. Claire, 17, David Glass, 18
Considering how important young people have been to this election cycle, it's not surprising that their journalistic peers have the same enthusiasm for covering it.
Molly Kawahata, 17, is the high school director of Barack Obama's campaign.
Young political activist: Palo Alto, Calif.
By Katie Bolinger, 17
Molly Kawahata takes the term "campaign worker" to a whole new level. The high school senior rearranged her school schedule to have an earlier release in order to have more time to work as the national high school director for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
When The Most Connected Generation and Politics Unite
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 12, Katie Bolinger, 17, Millie Cripe, 15
Youth today often have unlimited access to multiple forms of communication and have been called the most connected generation. It is not uncommon, for example, for a kid to spend several hours each night instant messaging friends, creating and posting videos on YouTube or inputting information on Facebook or MySpace for (almost) all the world to see. These communications venues are also playing a key role in the 2008 election. As the conventions near, presidential candidates are trying to get all the votes and funding that they can, and the Internet has become a gold mine for generating support, particularly from youth.
Young political activist: Weston, Conn.
By Katie Bolinger, 17
When David Burstein was in high school, it never occurred to him that politics might be irrelevant to his life. He grew up watching CNN and accompanying his parents in voting booths.
Students go for culture of Japan
By Katie Bolinger, 15
In 1956, a movie titled "Godzilla, King of the Monsters" was released in the United States. Although it was a dubbed English version of a Japanese monster movie, it became a smash hit and has spurred 28 sequels, including the 1998 American-made film "Godzilla," starring Matthew Broderick. This has not been the only Japanese influence on American pop culture, however. In more recent years, "Power R
Volunteerism helps youth fulfill community's promise
By Katie Bolinger, 15
A merica's Promise was founded in 1997, after the Presidents' Summit for America's Future, "to ensure that every young person -- no matter their class, race or culture -- has access to the tools that create opportunities for success," according to its Web site, The nonprofit organization seeks to collaborate with communities to fulfill "Five Promises" to youth, which inclu
Course teaches baby sitters to be responsible
By Katie Bolinger, 15, Lauren Bruns, 14, Britany Lewis, 15
I n the United States, baby-sitting is a major money-making enterprise for teenagers. According to a 2005 survey by Junior Achievement, more than 11 percent of those ages 13 to 18 who work during the summer are employed as baby sitters. For teens ages 13 and 14, baby- sitting is the biggest employer, with more than 25 percent engaged in such work. Baby-sitting is one of the few jobs open to younge
Teachers look to space for new classroom
By Katie Bolinger, 14, Allison Gardner, 14
There are many kinds of teachers -- some are down-to-earth, some are out of this world, and some are just spacey. And sometimes there are teachers who you just know are meant to be in space. This isn't to say that these teachers are aliens, but rather they are fascinated by space and space exploration. For 20 years, NASA has been reaching out to these teachers. The Teacher in Space program was sta
It came from the garage!
By Katie Bolinger, 16, Beverly Jenkins, 15, Melissa Patterson, 14
"I honestly don't care if their music is on tune or off tune; all I care about is if they're having a good time." Tom Vornholt, owner of Franklin's Club Logos, which caters to an under-21 crowd They've come and gone for more than 40 years, but these risk-takers are still cool, original and evocative, according to music experts. In Indianapolis, they have names like The Naked Neighbors, Unikque and
Epilepsy: A matter of coping
By Katie Bolinger, 17, Kate Dolan, 19, Katie McDowell, 15
Most kids get permission slips from their parents to go on school field trips, but Lance Rice got one from his neurologist for something a lot more important. His doctor gave him a note saying that it was OK for him to get a driver's license. That was necessary because Lance, 17, a Lawrence North High School student, has epilepsy and had to be seizure-free for six months before he would be allowed to get a license.
Swordplay makes a point for youngsters
By Katie Bolinger, 16, Pratik Cherian, 14, Elise Renollet, 16
Two opponents face each other, tense, anticipating the moment when they will be locked in combat. Suddenly, they raise their swords, and the clash of steel on steel reverberates as they engage in a vigorous bout of swordplay. Sound like a scene from "Pirates of the Caribbean" or "Robin Hood," right? Wrong.