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Try the Butter Toffee Peanuts! Vending machine munchies surprise sophomore

Try the Butter Toffee Peanuts! Vending machine munchies surprise sophomore

Ian Thompson, Reporter

November 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Last school year, after multiple iterations, the current vending machine stock was selected under the guide of head of school Lee Thomsen. Due to the obscurity of most of the snacks, their quality is largely unknown, so reviewer sophomore Ian Thompson sampled the lesser-known foods offered.   Sp...

WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES: The seven horrors of August Wilson’s ‘UniSon’ make me question my own demons

WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES: The seven horrors of August Wilson’s ‘UniSon’ make me question my own demons

Gabi Alvarado, Blogger

November 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

In October the junior and senior classes went to Ashland, Oregon, for the annual high school class trips. I’ve gone to Ashland every summer since I was 8 years old. I’ve seen some great plays there, and I’ve come to recognize the actors from many past seasons. This time around we saw a p...

THE SKINNY: Scaredy-cat senior is no match for Spirit Halloween

THE SKINNY: Scaredy-cat senior is no match for Spirit Halloween

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

November 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Imagine the scene in “Elf” when Will Ferrell’s spry, naive character Buddy the Elf makes his first mad dash around a mall in New York City. As he explores, Buddy is mesmerized by flashy Christmas displays. His uninhibited exhilaration leads to lots of eye rolls from frumpy-looking New Yorkers. ...

EDITORIAL: Budgets need to be prompt, transparent and fair

EDITORIAL: Budgets need to be prompt, transparent and fair

November 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Which scenario teaches children responsibility: buying them what they want when they ask for it or giving them a set allowance each week? While teachers don’t need lessons on maturity or conserving money, the principle still applies. This year, due to an unexpected drop in enrollment, the budget ha...

Focus on poke: OK or No-Ke? Order the fish bowls once for Instagram; then head to Chipotle

Focus on poke: OK or No-Ke? Order the fish bowls once for Instagram; then head to Chipotle

Jake Longoria, Media/Broadcast Editor

October 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

The second syllable is pronounced “KAY,” not “Key”! Now that we have that out of the way, we can move on to the main course. Poke, a Hawaiian raw fish salad, is traditionally served as an appetizer. But recently it has become the star of the meal.  Following the likes of Chipotle and Blaze Pizza, poke restau...

THE SKINNY: Little sister shows supernatural inclinations

THE SKINNY: Little sister shows supernatural inclinations

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

October 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

My little sister, fourth grader Morgan, has a theory: everyone’s personality is dependent on which holiday they are born near. For example, if you’re born around the Fourth of July, you’re probably pretty patriotic. Or if your birthday is close to Thanksgiving, you’re generous. If you’re...

WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES: Mi Raza Pt 3: We stand on the shoulders of giants

WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES: Mi Raza Pt 3: We stand on the shoulders of giants

Gabi Alvarado, Blogger

October 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

This summer changed my view of what it means to be Mexicana, Latina, Chicana. This is the last of three columns about my growth in this sense over the past couple months.   Look back at the title “Mi Raza.” What does that mean? Literally translated, my race. But it means much, much mor...

CHLORINE CHRONICLES: In the end, I probably owe my win to the horrific seaweed

CHLORINE CHRONICLES: In the end, I probably owe my win to the horrific seaweed

Becca Waterson, Blogger

October 6, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

If you read my article “What Lies Beneath,” you’ll know I have an intense fear of open water. Lakes, rivers and oceans all pose the same threat: imaginary monsters lurking just out of sight in the murky sludge of the bottom. I thought I had made it quite clear to my mom that I never, ever wanted to swim somewhere where I couldn’t see the bottom, but on Sunday, Sept. 10,...

MY ANGLE: Team first, brain damage second – I’m swearing off football forever (maybe)

MY ANGLE: Team first, brain damage second – I’m swearing off football forever (maybe)

Jackson Margolis, Page Editor

October 4, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

It’s Sunday - the one day of the week when I almost never have to be anywhere. Even though this often turns into my study day, it also becomes my day to sit back, relax and watch some TV.  And on Saturday afternoons and Sundays from September to January, I devote my TV time to one thing and one th...

EDITORIAL: New mural would bring back creativity, individuality

EDITORIAL: New mural would bring back creativity, individuality

October 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

When big changes that affect the school community are made, they have almost always been decided after prompting by or consultation with students, teachers and parents. For example, after dissatisfaction and complaints from students and parents about the old lunch program, a new, well-received one ...