Learn more about Raise Your Hand

Our Reach

As of June 2023, 88 articles have been published with Raise Your Hand. The column proudly accounts for a diversity of student voices, representing 37 high schools from five islands: Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Lanaʻi, Maui, and Hawaiʻi Island.

During lockdown, student stories acted as the Star-Advertiser's driving interest. Articles "COVID-19 Effect in Teens: Increase in Depression Rates" and "Pro/Con: Students grade the school year - Online learning: pass or fail?" made the front page.

"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful." - Malala Yousafzai


Our values of critical-thinking, free speech and diversity of thought means that we're committed to:

  • Publishing pro/con articles when topics are controversial
  • State-wide representation
  • Rotating schools
  • Student choice of topic arguments

Editorial Criteria

Each editorial should: be bold, original, insightful, well-researched and articulate, but, most importantly, let your student voice shine through!

  • One-three authors acceptable
  • Must be 500-600 words
  • Address local, national, or global issues
  • Feature student's own arguments
  • No op-ed piece shall endorse a specific product or event, contain profane language nor personal attacks
  • Opinions represent the author(s) alone and do not reflect the views of the organization or school