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Managing Editor Karen Zhang gives advice to underclassmen about high school

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 c...

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

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,...

Consider supporting small businesses by purchasing gift cards during pandemic

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 & ...

In light of local, global outbreaks, administration must take steps to make school safer

In light of local, global outbreaks, administration must take steps to make school safer

March 20, 2020

The information in this issue—originally scheduled for publication on March 20—was written and produced prior to news regarding school cancellation from the COVID-19 virus. Some information may be outdated or inaccurate as a result. Student staff members worked hard to produce this content and,...

Students should receive weight of class if changed for following year’s class

Students should receive weight of class if changed for following year’s class

Kiersten Riedford

March 20, 2020

Disheartened. That was the emotion the students in my Accounting I class and I felt last year after we were told the following year’s (this year’s) class would be counted as a dual-credit course. I can still remember the students in the class immediately asking, “Why can’t we get the credit ...

It’s past time to retire word ‘retard,’ embrace those with differences

SISTER SELFIE:
Emily Sandy (LEFT), staff member and sophomore, and senior Claire Sandy (RIGHT) pose for a selfie. Emily said they love to look at filters on Snapchat and watch cat videos together.

Emily Sandy

March 20, 2020

In seventh grade, I came home to the yells of my sister who was screaming to my mom that someone at school called her a “retard.” My sister, who has special needs, was clearly upset by the fact that someone said that and it affected her day at school and how she would continue to lead her life. Thi...

Restrictive bathroom policies are inhumane, should be reconsidered for student benefit

Restrictive bathroom policies are inhumane, should be reconsidered for student benefit

Hannah Gretz

March 20, 2020

There are two words every student loves to hear: extra credit. Whether it be in the form of an activity, a worksheet or consistent attendance, I’ve never come across a classmate who does not appreciate it. However, I find myself confused and frustrated at one particular policy many teachers implement...

General public should treat celebrities as humans, should not subject them to bullying

General public should treat celebrities as humans, should not subject them to bullying

Wendy Zhu

March 20, 2020

Earlier this year, Taylor Swift released the documentary “Miss Americana,” a film detailing her life over the past few years. In the documentary, Swift opens up about the hate she received in 2016 following a feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. “#TaylorSwiftIsOverParty was the number one trend...

Family vacations create lasting memories, bring families closer together

Family vacations create lasting memories, bring families closer together

Kris Otten

March 20, 2020

The information in this issue—originally scheduled for publication on March 20—was written and produced prior to news regarding school cancellation from the COVID-19 virus. Some information may be outdated or inaccurate as a result. Student staff members worked hard to produce this content and,...

With March recognized as Music in Our Schools Month, students should appreciate music educators’ efforts of maintaining developed performing arts programs

With March recognized as Music in Our Schools Month, students should appreciate music educators’ efforts of maintaining developed performing arts programs

Natalie Khamis

February 21, 2020

Within the realm of music education, March is known as Music in Our Schools Month. According to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), this month-long initiative is dedicated to raise awareness for the importance of performing arts education in schools across the country. As a member of the orchest...

Spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) does not excuse increased racist behaviors, anti-Chinese sentiment

Spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) does not excuse increased racist behaviors, anti-Chinese sentiment

Karen Zhang

February 21, 2020

As an introvert, I have always been aware of the times when I have cleared my throat in a silent room or coughed more than two times in a single class period. But now, as a person of Chinese descent, I have been even more aware of every sneeze, cleared throat or cough in a public setting. While here at this s...