High school sports are the best. Unpaid athletes coming together for the sole issue of being part of a team, representing their school and community and playing a sport they love. Sure, some do it in hopes of gaining a scholarship but since the percentage of high school athletes competing at a NCAA 1 school is about 2%, the odds are against them.
DEAR READERS: They say all good things come to an end. Writing Teen Talk for the past 16 plus years has been an incredible journey, and I want to thank you, the readers. My first column was published in 2001. Times were very different for teenagers. Social media was just emerging and cell phones were more of a way to connect to your loved ones and less a way to connect to the world. Over the years and through the 825 columns I wrote, you allowed me into your homes, lives and worlds.
DEAR KELLY: Recently I went bowling for my friend’s birthday. We met some really cute guys who were bowling next to us. We had fun with them then all went out again the next night. One guy and I totally seemed to connect, so we started Snapchatting each other pretty regularly. I told my some of friends I really liked him. Two weeks ago, we met at a coffee shop and just talked and hung out. He introduced me to his dog, and I really started liking him after that.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".