Managing Editor Karen Zhang gives advice to underclassmen about high school

Karen Zhang | May 21, 2020

Dear underclassmen, I’m a senior, and as you probably all know, the last two months of my high school career have disappeared, just like that. There are a couple of things I regret not doing—going to prom, watching Holiday Spectacular, being in the pit for the spring musical—but really, I can sum this up into one thing I didn’t do: listen to advice from upperclassmen and teachers. (Not...

Students should actively reach out to friends through virtual platforms despite increased physical distancing

Grace Xu | May 21, 2020

To be quite frank, I’m a massive introvert. If there were a kitchen in my room, I’d probably never leave—and what’s more, I’d be content with not having to leave. So when this quarantine started, I was, of course, disheartened, considering the global crisis we’re currently in and whatnot, but social isolation wasn’t exactly the top of my worries—at first. So not at the top of my worries,...

Consider supporting small businesses by purchasing gift cards during pandemic

Wendy Zhu | May 21, 2020

I love shopping. Though I will admit that I spend most of my time browsing rather than actually making purchases, shopping has become a way to cope with stress or sadness. Although retail therapy may not be the most effective long-term solution to negative emotions, a study published in Psychology & Marketing found it can temporarily improve psychological well being. In these uncertain times, shopping...

Later school start times next year will allow  students to sleep longer, improve overall well-being

HiLite Staff | May 21, 2020

On May 18, the Carmel Clay Schools (CCS) school board passed the resolution to move CHS and all CCS middle school start times from 7:50 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.. The school day will end at 3:45 p.m. instead of 3:05 p.m. As numerous studies have shown, later start times are associated with several benefits, including improved grades, and fewer car accidents and absences. As a result, the HiLite staff fully...

During times of uncertainty, health, essential workers can be counted on

Kimmi Vasil | April 30, 2020

As someone who has gone to Carmel Clay Schools for my entire life, I’ve grown up with familiar faces and a daily routine. Since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, I’ve experienced a great change of pace in my own life. Instead of waking up while it’s still dark and being surrounded by friends even before 7 a.m., I now have no fixed schedule due to the move to online learning. The days blend...