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Sowmya Chundi | January 27, 2020

According to the latest results of a rigorous international exam from the Pew Research Center, U.S. students continue to fall behind other countries in standardized testing, despite a nationwide effort to improve education. The results revealed that nearly two-thirds of American children were not proficient in reading and placed the United States an  “unimpressive” 38th out of 71 countries in...

In light of growing popularity of self-care, students,  counselor evaluate proposed benefits, shortcomings of trends

Michelle Lu | December 12, 2019

Glossy Twitter threads. Instagram accounts boasting skincare products. Podcasts sharing stress relievers. Vlogs recording daily routines. These are all facets of the “self-care” movement that has taken the country by storm in recent years. These actions lead to the same question: “How do you practice self-care?” But a question like “Why do you practice self-care?” remains, for the most...

As foreseen apocalyptic events quickly approach,  students consider effect of superstitions, pregame rituals

Leslie Huang | December 12, 2019

Aidan Mellor, Ambassadors member and senior, actively participates in the school choir, and although he said he doesn’t personally believe in superstitions, he said before each performance, choir members follow a chant. He said this chant has become a mandatory ritual to set an optimistic atmosphere for a better performance.  “The chants have always been a staple of our performances and competitions...

Students, parents ponder expectations that come with  traveling, explain how photos on social media create them

Sarah Zheng | December 12, 2019

Although many students find traveling one or two times a year enough to grasp different cultures and places, sophomore Annie Salter travels with her family roughly four to five times a year to a variety of places. “We usually travel to many exotic and tropical places because it’s an escape from real life,” Annie said. “We travel to different cities to be able to see different countries, new...

Students should take a break from constant external stimuli

Grace Xu | December 12, 2019

One Saturday in November, I took it upon myself to attempt a five-hour dopamine fast. (Including sleep, it ended up being a full twelve hours.) I had found out about the self-care trend through the internet, as one does, even though a major component of dopamine fasting is going unplugged. In fact, the trend is based on the idea of avoiding any stimuli that can give you a dopamine release, your brain’s...

As Thanksgiving approaches, students plan Friendsgiving celebration, ponder new trend

Sophia Hawkins | November 28, 2019

For many people around the country, Thanksgiving is when they gather with their families to share a meal and say thanks for all that they have, in accordance with the feast of the pilgrims and their Native American friends back in the early 17th century. However, the story that we tell, not only of the first Thanksgiving but of each other and how we celebrate the holiday, lends itself to being misunderstood....