YOUTH

The $54.4 million Pope Francis Preparatory School at the intersection of Wendover and Surrey roads is complete and ready to welcome students.
Republican drone photo / Patrick Johnson / MassLive / masslive.com/photos

Even before the 2011 tornado battered Cathedral High School in Springfield, Massachusetts, enrollment in Catholic schools was shrinking. Now, a multi-million dollar high school is about to open. 

Alan Raczka, left, of Easthampton, and JFK Middle School eighth-grader Evan Yurko of Holyoke challenge each other in a game of Scrabble in February 2018.
Kevin Gutting / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

A teenager from Holyoke, Massachusetts, has returned a champion from a national Scrabble tournament in Buffalo, New York.

The Penderwicks At Last
Courtesy of Jeanne Birdsall / jeannebirdsall.com

Our back-to-school book series for younger readers begins with Northampton, Massachusetts, writer Jeanne Birdsall and her book, "The Penderwicks At Last."

An unidentified 15-year-old shows off her JUUL near her school's campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Steven Senne / MassLive / masslive.com

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday announced an investigation into JUUL Labs. Healey accused the electronic cigarette company of marketing its products to kids. 

Most teens today own a smartphone and go online every day, and about a quarter of them use the internet "almost constantly," according to a 2015 report by the Pew Research Center.

Now a study published Tuesday in JAMA suggests that such frequent use of digital media by adolescents might increase their odds of developing symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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