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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Archer School for Girls
GSA hosts celebration for National Coming Out Day and Queer History Month
Features

Greta Irvine | October 21, 2021

Coming out means “expressing myself,” “accepting yourself and others” and “truly being yourself.” Those are some answers to the question of, “What does coming out mean to you?” posed to the Archer community…

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‘It is not just to stand on the street’: Student leaders guide community engagement in climate strike
News

Rose Sarner | October 13, 2021

The annual global climate strike demanded urgent action for climate justice in 99 countries different countries, according to The Guardian. Friday, Sept. 24, marked the global climate strike organized by…

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The lopsided-gender imbalance in chess: What players are doing to make chess more inclusive
Arts & Entertainment

Liora Ginzburg | June 1, 2021

Like many other fields in 2021 that are male-dominated, chess players are working hard to encourage women and girls to become more involved in chess. The United States Chess Federation is currently taking…

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‘Striving to help’: Understanding the underlying issues of affordable food
Features

Rose Sarner | May 24, 2021

Imagine your closest supermarket is only a convenience store, barely better than the mart at the corner gas station. The shelves have no fresh fruit or vegetables. In fact, the only produce options in…

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‘One small gesture that goes a long way:’ The evolving topic of pronouns
Features

Greta Irvine | May 21, 2021

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2019 was they: a common word in the English language, a personal pronoun. Warranting a title administered to only words that were a top lookup during the year is…

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Op-Ed: I am tired of my people being the punchline
Opinions

Chloe Fidler | May 17, 2021

I am angry. I am fed-up. I am offended. But most of all, I am exhausted. I am tired of being called sensitive when I tell non-Jewish people that Holocaust jokes aren’t comical. I am tired of being told…

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‘I was horrified:’ APSU reflects on the rise in anti-Asian violence
News

Rio Hundley | April 20, 2021

One month ago, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long attacked three Asian-owned spas, killing eight people. Among the victims were six Asian women, which to many made this shooting one of the latest in a string…

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Op-Ed: Why do women communicate with so many exclamation points!?
Opinions

Greta Irvine | March 23, 2021

“I’m not an exclamation point type of person,” my brother said when I was checking an email he wrote before sending it off. I was puzzled. “Don’t you want to appear happy?” I asked him. He replied…

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Two sisters, one miracle: Delara, Layla Tehranchi start nonprofit ‘Coco’s Angels’
Features

Rose Sarner | February 16, 2021

Sophomore sisters Delara and Layla Tehranchi were given the opportunity this October to welcome a newborn baby named Coco into their family. Coco’s birth mother had been struggling with various drug addictions…

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Column: Through my own reflection
Opinions

Marissa Gendy | January 26, 2021

Content warning: The following column discusses eating disorders while exploring body image.  

According to the National Eating Disorder Association, body image is defined as the way “you see yourself…

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Editorial: A dark day for America
Opinions

Oracle Editorial Board | January 19, 2021

Two weeks ago, we witnessed what we can appropriately call one of the darkest days in American history. On Jan. 6, a crowd of pro-Trump rioters marched up to and violently broke into the Capitol as the…

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Faculty, staff communicate anti-racist action plans for the future of DEI
News

London Sinclair | December 18, 2020

Two hundred five days have passed since the murder of George Floyd. In Minneapolis on May 25, 46-year-old Floyd was killed after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds….

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‘The Queen’s Gambit:’ An unusual feminist tale
Arts & Entertainment

Thea Leimone | December 18, 2020

If you weren’t one of the 62 million households that streamed “The Queen’s Gambit” in its first 28 days on Netflix, make sure to join in and prepare to be entranced by a world of…chess? Yes, chess. The…

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Op-Ed: The harmful effects of microaggressions surrounding the college admissions process
Opinions

Vaughan Anoa'i | December 14, 2020

“What sport do you play?”

“Are you the first in your family to ever attend university?”

“How does it feel to get a full ride?”

“You’ll go on a scholarship of some sort, right?”

These common…

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Gender and Sexuality Alliance leaders reflect on political firsts for LGBTQ community
Features

Rio Hundley | December 9, 2020

The elections of 2020 extend beyond the executive branch: voters also choose to elect new congresspeople and pass propositions. This year, history was made as LGBTQ lawmakers have officially won over 220…

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Editorial: Generation Z, we’re disappointed in you
Opinions

Oracle Editorial Board | November 23, 2020

From stocking up on toilet paper and hand sanitizer to binge-watching “Tiger King” and doing Chloe Ting workout videos on YouTube, do you remember what quarantine was like in March? 

In the beginning,…

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Column: Why I’m not the ideal Latina
Opinions

Alejandra Ayala | November 17, 2020

It’s my abuela’s 80 birthday. All four grandchildren surround her. My younger cousin stares at the heavily decorated chocolate cake while my older cousin, sister and myself stare up at my grandmother….

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‘Good Trouble’ filmmakers participate in panel for middle, upper school students
Features

Rio Hundley | November 5, 2020

The country is expecting one of the highest rates of voter turnout as the 2020 presidential election season comes to its end this week. This comes just a few months after the death of civil rights activist…

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Students take action, spread importance of voting with When We All Vote
News

Nyah Fernandez | October 12, 2020

As the presidential election looms, youth have taken action by spreading awareness of the importance of voting through an organization called  When We All Vote created by former first lady Michelle Obama….

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Op-Ed: Holocaust education should be mandatory in schools
Opinions

Chloe Fidler | October 5, 2020

When I tell my peers that my great-grandparents were Holocaust survivors, I usually receive a response along the lines of, “That is so sad I am so sorry” or “It is so crazy that something like that could…

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‘Cobra Kai Never Dies:’ Netflix’s ‘Karate Kid’ spinoff revives classic story for new generation
Arts & Entertainment

Rio Hundley | September 29, 2020

I still remember the first time I saw “The Karate Kid.” I always felt a deep connection to the story and what it said about the true purposes of fighting and ideals of honor. It was the first classic 80s…

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College during COVID: Class of 2020 experience freshman year in university in a “multiplicity” of ways
Features

Rio Hundley | September 10, 2020

After an unorthodox end to their senior year due to COVID-19, Archer’s class of 2020 is beginning an equally unprecedented college experience. Between gap years, going abroad and staying home on Zoom,…

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Column: How a diehard Democrat joined a Republican group
Opinions

Charlotte Tragos | September 3, 2020

The past four years have challenged the idea that the United States is a great country. Our once admirable foundation of diversity is being destroyed by the divisive rhetoric of our president. Coming from…

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Op-Ed: One should have been enough
Opinions

Nyah Fernandez | June 2, 2020

How many black people need to be beaten for the system to change for black lives to matter in the world? How many innocent lives need to be lost for this to stop happening? I find myself asking these questions…

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Column: On ancient armor, quarantine and certain victory
Opinions

Lena Jones | June 2, 2020

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,…

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Junior Ava Thompson founds FaceTime Storytime volunteer service
Coronavirus

Anna Brodsky | May 26, 2020

Inspiration comes in many forms — and for junior Ava Thompson, it came from a meeting with a teacher and a bag of childhood books from her garage.

At the end of March, Thompson had the idea to found…

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Op-Ed: Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month matters
Opinions

Rio Hundley | May 22, 2020

Recently, I was scrolling through Hulu in a bout of quarantine boredom when a stumbled across a promotion for “Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.” I was immediately confused. Even as a Filipina American,…

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‘Not adequate enough’: Los Angeles residents reflect on city’s beauty standards
Features

Chloe Fidler | May 22, 2020

From flashy cars to green juices, West Los Angeles can seem like the perfect place to live. The Santa Monica beach always bustles with people because it is basically sunny year-round, and Rodeo drive is…

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Do uniforms really create socioeconomic equity?: Designer items while in uniform
Features

Cydney Johnson | May 22, 2020

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, almost half of all high school students wear a school uniform. Uniforms have grown in popularity annually since 1996, when then-president Bill…

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Heightism affects athletics, media portrayal, romantic relationships in contemporary society
Features

Vaughan Anoa'i | May 13, 2020

In our society, the effects of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia have become prevalent topics of discussion, whether that be in Twitter threads or break room conversations….

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Cash, Community, COVID-19: Is Archer economically impacted by the novel coronavirus?
Coronavirus

Rio Hundley | May 8, 2020

Although students switched to remote learning on Tuesday, March 17, quarantine could not protect all members of the Archer community from the spreading influence of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Along…

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Students of color, mentors reflect on Archer’s admissions process, diversity
Features

Lizette Gonzalez | May 8, 2020

In the interest of full disclosure, Lizette Gonzalez is a part of Young Eisner Scholars, one of the non-profit organizations mentioned in the piece.

When freshman Helen Solis began going to informational…

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Pete Buttigieg’s campaign emphasized core values, closeness to issues
Opinions

Grace Doyle | April 27, 2020

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Afghanistan veteran and a former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, differentiated himself from the expansive presidential field using his millennial…

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Community members reflect on implementation of remote learning practices
Coronavirus

Chloe Fidler | April 24, 2020

Before mid-March, the school day took place in the hallways, classrooms and courtyards of Archer. Now, however, school has shifted to bedrooms, backyards and kitchen tables. Sweatpants and t-shirts have…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) postpones annual Coachella music festival
Coronavirus

Cydney Johnson | April 16, 2020

With over 99,000 daily festival-goers annually, Coachella is one of the most popular music festivals in the world. Tickets to the event, which began in 1999, sell out within minutes. According to the…

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Athletes, coaches adjust to remote learning during outbreak of COVID-19
Coronavirus

Lizette Gonzalez | April 10, 2020

Middle school tennis athletes show up to practice with rackets in hand, smiling and ready to work. But this time practices are different: they’re held through Zoom, an online conferencing platform.

Archer…

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Column: Being a high school senior in the time of COVID-19
Coronavirus

Gracie Wilson | March 19, 2020

This past week, LAUSD and the majority of Los Angeles independent schools canceled classes for at least two weeks to allay COVID-19 apprehension and prevent virus spread. In these upcoming weeks of remote…

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Archer Abroad trips to France, Belgium, Mexico cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns
Coronavirus

Molly Goldberg | March 18, 2020

All Archer abroad trips planned for the upcoming weeks have been canceled due to the outbreak of COVID-19. This includes the trip to France and Belgium, which was intended to take place from March 28 to…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) live updates: Archer
Coronavirus

Lola Lamberg | March 13, 2020

COVID-19, also known as the novel Coronavirus, is a respiratory illness that originated from the Hubei province in China in 2019 and has spread to over 100 countries including the United States which has…

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BREAKING: School to transition to online learning starting next week
Coronavirus

Anna Brodsky | March 13, 2020

Students will not come to campus starting next week due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, according to an email from Head of School Elizabeth English sent Thursday afternoon. Instead, classes will…

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Commentary: Goodbye, Elizabeth Warren
Opinions

Anna Brodsky | March 10, 2020

When I got the New York Times push notification Thursday morning that Senator Elizabeth Warren had decided to suspend her campaign, I wasn’t surprised. After disappointing levels of support in the early…

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Coronavirus outbreak causes ‘panic’ among public
Coronavirus

Cydney Johnson | March 3, 2020

On January 26, The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed its first cases of the 2019 coronavirus in Los Angeles County. Today there are six confirmed cases of coronavirus in California….

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#OurNeighborhood: Facilities staff members reflect on work, personal life
Features

Lola Lamberg | February 27, 2020

As the buses and carpools arrive every morning, students of all grade levels pour into the Archer campus through the main two glass doors on the veranda on their way to their first-period class. But who…

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Commentary: ‘Mamba Mentality’ — Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles legacy
Sports

Molly Goldberg | February 20, 2020

It is difficult to articulate how much Kobe meant to people who grew up in Los Angeles. For 20 years he was on the television screens in living rooms and the posters in bedrooms. We watched him grow up….

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Column: What even is a ‘race card’?
Opinions

Celeste Ramirez | February 10, 2020

A few weeks ago, a friend and I were talking about our futures and what successful people of color look like. Over the course of the conversation, we began to discuss whether we believed their race played…

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Op-Ed: ‘Rich sports’ withhold opportunities from lower class students
Opinions

Cydney Johnson | February 4, 2020

When I picked volleyball as my sport, I knew I wanted to be on a top team. In 2014, I joined Actyve Volleyball club. Ever since then, I have had access to the best coaches, best facilities and best opportunities…

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Commentary: The Taal Volcano eruption reignited my pride in being Filipino
Opinions

Rio Hundley | January 31, 2020

In some sense, I live a double life. During the week, I speak with the standard Angeleno drawl, eat at Brentwood sandwich shops and study U.S. history. On the weekend, I visit my family in Anaheim and…

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World War III memes prompt discussion about inclusion, coping mechanisms
Features

Anna Brodsky | January 28, 2020

Alizeh Davis Jarrahy was scrolling through Instagram at the end winter break when she saw a meme proclaiming that World War III was coming. As she continued looking at her feed, she saw more and more images…

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Op-Ed: Trigger warnings really do work
Opinions

Nicki Rosenberg | December 13, 2019

From the young lovers’ suicide in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to graphic violence in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, students encounter disturbing subject matter throughout their years in Archer…

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Review: Ava DuVernay’s ‘When They See Us’ holds nothing back
Arts & Entertainment

Celeste Ramirez | December 5, 2019

“When They See Us” is rated TV-MA on Netflix and may not be suitable for children under 17. Common Sense Media recommends the series for children ages 15 and up.

“When They See Us,” the four-episode…

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