How did Benjamin Franklin High School become Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics?

By Beverly Danquah For most students, taking a “selfie” on their smartphones in school with their location function on, results in their picture saying “taken in Franklin High School.” A school best known for being the state champions in basketball, Benjamin Franklin High School was bedeviled by its low reading scores, low attendance and in […]

Black Lives Still Matter: Remembering the Lives Lost

  By Roberta Nin Feliz  Today marks the three-year anniversary of Trayvon Benjamin Martin’s death, a 17-year-old unarmed African American teenager gunned down by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Although the death of Martin sparked national outrage and a series of protests, including a National Hoodie day where people wore their hoodies in commemoration of […]

The Measles… At DISNEYLAND?

  By Karla Davis Have you ever wondered about the large number of rare diseases around the world? Well then, here’s one you might not expect: Measles disease. Let that phrase sink in for a minute. Measles is a contagious illness caused by a virus. This infectious viral disease causes fever and a red rash […]

INTERVIEW: A Talk with Non-Fiction/Self-Help Author Wendy Wolff

    By Scarlett Vargas   Editor’s Note:  RamPage staffer Scarlett Vargas reviewed Wendy Wolff’s book “The Letter Writing Project”  for our January issue.  This month she contributes an interview with Wolff to investigate the creative process that led Wolff to cope with her sister’s tragic death by writing a series of non-fictional letters.   […]

MUSIC REVIEW: J.Cole’s “Forest Hills Drive”

By Anthony Rivera On December 29th, J.Cole released his third full length album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive. The album begins by creating a soft, down-tempo mood, accomplished through the use of a slow piano loop over a low, simple electronic sound. This gives the lead track, called “Intro,” a very relaxing effect. This feeling is distributed throughout most […]

FEATURE STORY: Connecting Slavery to my Gambian Roots

    By Cesay Camara   On a particular day within my two-month summer vacation in The Gambia, I traveled to what my 2nd grade mind deemed a “scary place.” I couldn’t wait to escape the “spooky-looking place”. Who could have possibly ever lived here?   Fortified in nature and surrounded by Baobab trees on the beautiful […]

OPINION: American Juvenile System Harshly Punishes Teens

  By Mariama Bah The American juvenile justice system is oriented both towards punishing and helping young kids who are going through adolescence while exhibiting criminal behaviors.  In most states and on the federal level, the age at which a child is legally considered an adult is eighteen years old. In New York State  a […]

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The Harlem Renaissance

 A BLACK HISTORY MONTH MOMENT:  What Was the Harlem Renaissance?            Although African-American writers all over the U.S. had managed to publish both fiction and non-fiction in various formats since (at least) the 1850s, there was something special about the brilliant new writing that emerged from Harlem-based authors between the end of […]

Internship Opportunities with NYC District Attorney/Hosftra’s Summer Science Research Program

  By Keisha Aboagye In its 27th year, the New York County District Attorney is offering a rigorous, six-week Internship Program to high school students with an interest in the criminal justice system. Applications are being accepted from high-school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who reside in or attend a school in Manhattan. Students must also […]

College of the Month: Bates College/Scholarship of the Month: Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge

By Keisha Aboagye Located in Lewiston Maine, Bates College is a private, co-ed, liberal arts and sciences institution that was founded in 1855. With a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,791, it has an urban setting and a relatively small campus size of 109 acres. Because of its small population, students have the feel of a […]