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Women are making themselves heard this March
Features

Ridhi Goyal | April 15, 2021

In addition to being the one-year anniversary of the month the world descended into the chaos of a pandemic, March 2021 has also been a cause for solidarity and empowerment: National Women’s History…

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‘A Little Late with Lilly Singh’ puts a new spin on late night
Arts & Entertainment

Ridhi Goyal | March 31, 2021

Late night television is widely known for its comedic hosts, masked political commentary, and occasionally cringe-worthy games with guests (looking at you, Jimmy Fallon).

But one show has been a trailblazer…

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‘Raya and The Last Dragon’ raises questions over authenticity and representation
Arts & Entertainment

Michelle Nguyen | March 26, 2021

Disney has always done an iffy job when it comes to legitimate representation, and their latest film, “Raya and The Last Dragon”, is no exception.

Despite the film’s nod to many Southeast Asian…

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Local investors participate in GameStop craze
Features

Saachi Sharma | March 16, 2021

Thousands of Reddit users, including Cal High students, united online in mid-January to buy millions of shares of poorly-performing companies such as Gamestop, AMC, and Blackberry.

These stocks were…

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Keeping students safe means ending the SRO program
Opinions

Nick Harvey | March 16, 2021

As the COVID vaccine begins its national rollout, we are hopefully on the cusp of defeating a public health crisis and being able to return to a healthy school environment.

But there is more to a healthy…

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Attacks against the most vulnerable in the Asian community have increased during the Lunar New Year
Opinions

Isabelle Coburn | March 12, 2021

As preparation started for 2021’s Lunar New Year, I could see my mom becoming more and more on edge every time she came back from work in Oakland.

As a caretaker for a 93-year-old Chinese lady living…

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AP test decision just another symptom of a larger U.S mentality
Opinions

Staff Editorial | March 11, 2021

The decision by the College Board to administer full-length AP tests is its most predictable move yet. It falls perfectly in line with the way Americans operate: learning to live with the problems in society…

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Small businesses struggle to make ends meet as COVID-19 takes toll
News

Ridhi Goyal | March 3, 2021

Every six weeks, sophomore Srinidhi Kanchi Krishnamachari pulls up in front of San Ramon Orthodontics for her routine appointment, finding herself in the solemn and sanitized office that has replaced the…

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High school seniors catch nonprofit fever… and can’t seem to get better
Opinions

Shannah Saul | March 1, 2021

Right around the beginning of August, I had about 20 new follow requests on Instagram. Unfortunately, none of them were cousins or friends from school.

Instead, my feed was jam-packed with student-run…

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Many Americans are leaning against getting the COVID-19 vaccine
News

Asiyah Ally | November 17, 2020

Skepticism about the coronavirus vaccine has steadily been on the rise as concerns about the legitimacy of a vaccine have been widespread throughout the American population.

The prospects of a vaccine…

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Are breakout rooms really beneficial?
News

Sami Tripasuri | November 12, 2020

Sophomore Praneeta Agrawal sat in silence and stared awkwardly at the black boxes and muted mics on her screen. She took it upon herself to start the conversation by essentially asking, “Hey guys, what…

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SRV student who had COVID-19 petitions district to delay reopening
News

Angela Deanne Paloma and Ronnie Gogoi | November 11, 2020

Feeling nothing out of the ordinary on Oct. 17, San Ramon Valley senior Nicolas Prescott went about his normal routine by going to work and grabbing a bite to eat.

In the early morning hours of Oct….

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Students call for better representation in English curriculum
News

Rohan Iyer | November 11, 2020

Black Lives Matter is a movement that many people have heard of, but not many are aware of the effect this could have on the English curriculum.

Students from the district’s four high schools are…

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Online schooling has brought out a whole different side of us
Features

Jaida Baker | November 5, 2020

Google Meet and Zoom recently faced some new security features from the district to keep unwarranted that happened earlier in the year out of classes.

Those changes may be working, but they’re not…

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Don’t expect a winner on election night
News

Jett Gold | November 4, 2020

Election day is Nov. 3, which means that’s when Americans will know who becomes the next president of the United States, right? Not necessarily.

This year, many ballots are being submitted by mail…

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Why does America still use the Electoral College?
News

Brady Horton | November 3, 2020

The Electoral College is America’s very own unique and almost unexplainable democratic lovechild.

But it seems odd that in the most powerful country in the world, a candidate can simultaneously win…

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Cal High students get involved in 2020 presidential election
Features

Gaby Jimenez | November 3, 2020

It’s been four years since the last presidential election. That means on Nov. 3, American citizens have another election to either look forward to or dread.

An election as critical to the nation as…

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Online concerts replace live music shows during pandemic
Arts & Entertainment

Michelle Nguyen | October 7, 2020

With the popularity of online streaming, many artists find it hard to keep afloat as physical and downloadable sales plummet.

Before Miss Corona took over the charts, musicians resorted to touring as…

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San Ramon Valley High senior organizes protest at district office
News

Christine Oh | October 6, 2020

Doak Walker will not be attending school on Monday. In fact, the San Ramon Valley High senior hopes to miss the entire week of school.

Walker has organized a sit-in protest at the San Ramon Unified…

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Anonymous Cal student posts racist comment during class on the first day of school
News

Angela Deanne Paloma | September 10, 2020

Cal High was once again attacked by an anonymous act of racism when a student submitted a racist comment in a virtual lesson on, of all days, the first day of school.

In a letter emailed to the school…

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‘Zoom bombers’ target Cal High’s video conference with Vietnam War veterans
Coronavirus

Isabelle Coburn | May 27, 2020

Nearly 100 Cal High juniors had their Zoom meeting for U.S. history hijacked on Friday when they were continuously shown screen shared videos depicting racial abuse, suicide, executions, and pornographic…

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Cal High students are working in grocery stores as essential workers
Coronavirus

Liann Bielicki | May 22, 2020

Mile-long lines, brawls over toilet paper and waves of frenzied shopping have put the brunt of the coronavirus panic on grocery store workers.

While other workers across the world may find ways to turn…

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Students go nocturnal during shelter-in-place
Coronavirus

Angela Deanne Paloma | May 11, 2020

Now that she doesn’t have to worry about waking up early for school, senior Kaithlyne Nguyen lets herself stay up a little bit longer, playing “Animal Crossing: New Horizons”. Hours later, her eyes…

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Nerdy games are cool again
Arts & Entertainment

Kristen Choi | October 30, 2018

Any true self-professed “nerd” is familiar with the predecessors of all geeky games: “Dungeons and Dragons” and “Magic: The Gathering.” 

Despite the popularity of the games decades…

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Theater 4 goes Hollywood
Arts & Entertainment

Sierra Randel | October 30, 2018

Lights, camera, action! 

With the addition of a Theater Arts 4 class at Cal High, students passionate about drama can now pursue a more advanced level of acting and receive the opportunity to take…

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Anti-vaping class implemented
News

Emmy Burrus | October 29, 2018

The vaping craze is sweeping the nation, and Cal High is no exception. 

To combat this, the school district has implemented a program called Saturday Vape Alternative to Suspension Class.

Suggested…

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Zoe Medlin’s art displayed in D.C.
Arts & Entertainment

Maira Nigaar | October 26, 2018

Vibrant colors fill junior Zoe Alyse Medlin’s world as she paints her life, one stroke at a time. 

Medlin, a self-taught artist who takes her passion for art outside of school, regularly creates…

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