Marist High School is proud to highlight two students who are able to add “Published Author” to their resume. Shane Kavanaugh, 23 recently had his first novel published on Amazon. Renata Almachnee, 24 will have a research article published in the Journal of Student Research this Spring.
“Kyle Straiter: His Own World” by Shane Kavanaugh
Shane (St. Catherine of Alexandria) penned his first novel, “Kyle Straiter: His Own World” which is a coming of age science-fiction novel. It is currently available on Amazon for $19.99.
This is the first novel Shane has finished but he has over ten in the works. From the beginning stages of planning the book to getting it published, it took about 5 years. Shane said the process was “pretty grueling” at times due to formatting the novel.
“Finishing the book was a great accomplishment,” Shane said. “I was able to see my story come to an ending and to see a complete book I had made. I can’t say complete ending though, as the second edition of the series is already underway.”
Shane is a member of the boys’ track and field team here at Marist.
Congratulations, Shane on this exceptional accomplishment! Click here to view his novel on Amazon.
“Social Media and Dopamine: Studying Generation Z and Dopamine Levels”
Renata (St. Linus) is publishing a research article titled “Social Media and Dopamine: Studying Generation Z and Dopamine Levels” in the Journal of Student Research (JSR). The research investigates how social media affects Generation Z’s dopamine levels and the consequences that drive.
Below is the abstract for the article:
The study investigates what dopamine is and the symptoms of fluctuating dopamine to establish whether Generation Z’s use of social media has affected their dopamine levels. Research is conducted on 200 Generation Z respondents to assess media utilization. In addition, the outcomes of this study are compared to similar data to examine if there are indicators of social media usage affecting Generation Z’s dopamine levels.
Renata credits long-time Marist English teacher Mrs. Mary Cozzie for being her mentor and helping with the essay. The essay will be published in the JSR sometime this spring.