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    Unsurprisingly, First Lady Michelle Obama's latest endeavor is being slammed by parents and high school students in Topeka, Kanasas. Surprisingly, the backlash has less to do with what side of the aisle they identify with and more to do with interest in keeping a high school graduation as boring and commonplace as ever. 

    A fight has erupted in the state capital's school district after it was announced that Michelle will address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month in an 8,000-seat arena. Her appearance is to be tied to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools. And while the school district is over the moon about the prospect of hosting the FLOTUS, parents and students have several gripes with the plan ...

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    A boy who was told that he would never walk or talk has beaten the odds yet again: he's been accepted into college. Noah Van Vooren, a senior high school student with Down syndrome, had applied to Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin and was eagerly awaiting a response.

    So when the letter came in the mail, he was more than eager to open it. It took a couple of seconds to sink in, but once he read that he'd been accepted, he immediately embraced his dad and declared: "Dad, you rock! I love you." Then he promptly tore off his sweatshirt and triumphantly flexed. Check out how amazingly excited he is:

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    The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and we all know what that means! No, it's not the promise of summer, or graduation for some, but the event most high schoolers eagerly await: the prom.

    But finding a date, and actually asking them, are events in their own right. 'Promposals,' as they've been so appropriately dubbed, are taking over. From celebrities to puppies to fast food, teens are literally using anything and anyone to outdo each other and snag a date to prom.

    The latest viral promposal? A proposition from Bryan Cranston, aka Walter White. Clearly, the girl can't refuse:

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    There seems to be a lot of crappy things that exist in high schools now that wasn't there when most of us were -- the pervasiveness of bullying; sexting; Justin Bieber. But, as demonstrated in this truly, truly impressive video by a high school in Indiana, there clearly are some things that are significantly more awesome.

    In an effort to show their school spirit, Avon High School involved the entire school (including some faculty) in a lip-sync of over 60 pop songs, and the result is nothing short of amazing. Honestly.

    Check out this video (which appears to be done in one take!) of everyone in high school -- the jocks, the nerds, the theater people, the stoners, everyone -- uniting for the sake of school spirit.

    It's almost enough to make you want to go back to high school. Almost.

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    The absolute best way to contend with unruly teens is up for debate, but one high school English teacher certainly presented a pretty good case for handling one of his students with the power of a red pen. According to a post on Reddit that has now gone viral, a senior at a high school called McKinley posted a letter to their teacher's door. The message was laced with profanities galore and meant to relay that the student, taking it upon him or herself to speak on behalf of their fellow students as well, was fed up with the teacher. Expletive, expletive!

    While we don't know if the student got sent to detention or suspended as a result, what we do know is that the teacher did at least in part respond by editing the student's various grammatical, spelling, punctuation, and other style errors with a red pen. The best part: The "advice" the teacher offered at the bottom.

    Check it out ...

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    What an absolutely heartbreaking story. Ten people, including five high school students, were killed in a tragic fiery crash that took place on a California highway Thursday night. The students and their adult chaperones were traveling on the I-5 from Los Angeles to visit Humboldt State University in northern California when a FedEx truck crossed a median and hit the charter bus head-on. Both vehicles erupted into flames, killing five students, three chaperones, and the drivers of both the bus and FedEx truck.

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    A new prank video that's surfaced a little late for April Fools' Day might just win for prank of the year. Here's what you need to know: This Aquinas College professor has one rule in his classroom. If a phone rings during class time, the student must answer it on speaker phone. Seems like a fair rule that's sure to keep kids' phones on silent, right?

    Well, needless to say, the kids took advantage of the rule and completely fooled the professor with a prank that he admits he'll treasure forever. And maybe his students will realize that some calls should remain, ahem, private.

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    Should this guy win a Teacher of the Year Award? Apparently a math teacher in Belgium was getting so fed up with his rowdy math class, he didn't threaten them with detention, after school work, extra homework, starvation, taking away their iPhones, whatever it takes to get teens to pay attention these days. Nope, he threatened them with Game of Thrones season 4 spoilers!

    That's right, apparently after they kept interrupting his lesson, he asked which of the students watch the insanely popular HBO show. About three-quarters of them did.

    "Well, I've read all the books," the teacher replied. "If there's too much noise, I will write the names of the dead on the board. They are enough to fill the whole year and I can even describe how they die."

    Tyrion Lannister would be proud. I'm sure he's raising his wine glass to this educator right now -- that is, if he doesn't die in season 4!

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    Not that any of us ever cut class when we were in high school, but (cough, cough) those of us who did probably wasted a whole lot of time goofing around at the park or stuffing our faces with fast food. That might have been the initial goal three 17-year-old seniors from California had in mind this week when they broke out of school in search of McDonald's burgers and fries, but they decided to make a little pit stop on their way to the restaurant -- in order to save a 94-year-old woman and her dog from a house fire.

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    Every parent asks themselves the same old question: how do I make sure my child is a good person? To be honest, the answer is usually pretty boring. The experts will give you a long list of talking points on charity and selflessness and OMG, was that a yawn? You can try to teach your kid to be charitable by spending the day going through their closet to find stuff to donate to the local shelter ... or you could try what a school in Washington state is doing. They're torturing their students into being good citizens. Torturing them with Justin Bieber that is. 

    How, exactly, does one torture a bunch of teenagers into being better people?

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