The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

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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 Dougherty Valley High School
Farmers’ markets promote a fruitful future
Opinions

Ananya Mukherjee | November 17, 2022

Solar panels. Electric cars. Windmills. Paper straws so we can “save the turtles.” As the planet hurtles closer toward a climate catastrophe, environmentalists are increasing their efforts to improve…

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Queer students threatened by rise in book censorship
Features

Indra Deshmukh | November 15, 2022

The American Library Association (ALA) recorded more book removals and challenges in 2022 than in over two decades, with the increased backlash against books concerning sexuality and gender identity impacting…

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Student athletes adjust to the new bell schedule
Sports

Saanvi Haridas | October 31, 2022

Before the start of the 2022-23 school year, San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) proposed a new bell schedule to accommodate California Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2019 mandate that high schools…

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AI-generated art raises ethical concerns
Arts & Entertainment

Anaisha Das | October 13, 2022

The Colorado State Fair and Rodeo Fine arts exhibition is well-renowned, and receives multiple entries annually. This year’s winner is Jason M. Allen, the creator of the piece Théâtre D’opéra Spatial. 

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“Babel” is an explosive critique of colonialism
Arts & Entertainment

Indra Deshmukh | October 7, 2022

“Traduttore, traditore: An act of translation is always an act of betrayal.”

R.F. Kuang’s daring historical fantasy novel “Babel”, released Aug. 23, explores historical narratives of colonialism…

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California tackles climate change by restricting gas-powered vehicle sales
News

Akilesh Kale | October 6, 2022

On Aug. 25, 2022, California passed a policy that would prohibit the sale of new gas-powered cars and light trucks within the state by the year 2035. Although this proposal, Advanced Clean Cars II, does…

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Outdated appeal of grass lawns harms water conservation efforts
Opinions

Lauren Chen | October 5, 2022

Just like the white picket fence, a neatly trimmed lawn has remained a symbol of suburban Americana for decades. However, the maintenance of these meticulously-kept lawns comes at a devastating environmental…

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SRVUSD students and teachers weigh in on utility of ATP program
News

Grace Zhao | October 3, 2022

Each year, a new batch of elementary school kids begins the sorting process into gifted and talented education.

Students identified as “high-potential learners” or possessing “advanced abilities,”…

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A Kashmiri Pandit tragedy survivor recounts his gruesome experiences
Features

Shreyas Sambara | June 2, 2022

Makhan Lal Bindroo, a pharmacist in Srinagar’s landmark medical store was shot dead this past October by terrorists. His killing was the latest in a long line of persecution against the Kashmiri Pandit…

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Long-term substitute teachers hinder students’ learning
Opinions

Ananya Pinnamaneni | May 25, 2022

With many teachers being out of office for multiple weeks due to various reasons, including contracting COVID-19, going on maternity/paternity leave or other personal issues, their students have been left…

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“Cyrano” languishes as an overwrought metaphor
Arts & Entertainment

Grace Zhao | April 20, 2022

“Cyrano” landed in theaters on Feb. 25 with an all-star cast of Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett and Ben Mendelsohn, with Joe Wright (“Pride & Prejudice” and “Darkest Hour”) at the helm as…

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As music evolves, the Grammys fall behind
Arts & Entertainment

Tanvi Rao | April 18, 2022

As they approach their 64th ceremony, the Grammys are starting to show their age. Music is ever-changing as the years pass by, but the highly-regarded awards show just can’t seem to keep up.

In March…

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Amazon’s return policy saves money at the expense of our environment
Opinions

Shreyas Sambara | April 13, 2022

Since the beginning of the pandemic, online shopping on Amazon has become a staple of daily life. Whether it’s clothing, fresh groceries or electronics, you’ve undoubtedly seen an endless stream of…

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Gatekeeping ruins fandoms
Arts & Entertainment

Anaisha Das | March 21, 2022

The word “fan” originates from the Modern Latin term fanaticus, meaning “insanely, but divinely inspired.” 

Obviously, this term doesn’t hold much ground today. Fans aren’t insane (at least…

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Villainizing journalists deters effective reporting
Opinions

Grace Yang | March 11, 2022

In 1566, the Venetian government distributed its first monthly copy of “Notizie scritte” — a handwritten newsletter used to spread information about political, military and economic news to a wider…

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Aesthetic activism is threatening to harm meaningful social justice
Opinions

Samuel Minioza | February 25, 2022

There is a plague spreading across the U.S. Yes, as ominous and as hilariously ridiculous as that sounds, it’s unfortunately true. The plague we speak of isn’t physical however, at least not at first….

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Japan’s plan to dump radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean prioritizes money over environmental concerns
Opinions

Ashley Lee | February 22, 2022

On April 13, 2021, the Japanese government announced that they will allow Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant operator, to release 1.25 million tons of filtered…

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A guide to navigating the metaverse
Arts & Entertainment

Rikin Patel | February 21, 2022

We haven’t fully accepted the idea of a metaverse, yet it’s already being commercialized to increase milk production. How? On Jan. 6, Turkish farmer Izzet Kocak placed his cows in a metaverse to trick…

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Healing crystals work (if you choose to believe in them)
Opinions

Jade Wang | February 21, 2022

Rose quartz. Hematite. Carnelian. If these names are meaningless to you, chances are that you’re not on TikTok.

The #Crystals hashtag has over 6.6 billion views on TikTok (as of Nov. 20, 2021) and…

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EDITORIAL: Non-citizen voting in San Ramon
Opinions

Mahika Arya | February 17, 2022

“I’ve been living here for 18 years,” San Ramon resident Hiren Kotadia said . “I’ll be appearing for my citizenship interview this week.”

After moving here in 2002 on an F1 Student Visa,…

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Cheer leaves viewers without spirit as it deals with various issues
Arts & Entertainment

Ananda Mayuri Chakkenchath | February 16, 2022

The second season of “Cheer,” released on Jan. 12, 2022, puts forth its best foot forward, but cheer spirit just isn’t enough this time to gracefully keep us hooked to the show.

The second season…

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Dangerous trends unveil the dark side of social media
Features

Anaisha Das | February 9, 2022

Throughout the years, social media has grown into a necessity for many, a tool for discovery and self-expression and a place for communication with friends and loved ones. But, as social media use continues…

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Palisades Tahoe makes reparations towards Indigenous women
News

Daphne Wang | February 4, 2022

Due to the racist and misogynistic connotations directed towards Indigenous peoples from its name, the world-renowned ski resort Squaw Valley was renamed Palisades Tahoe on Sept. 13, 2021. 

The vastest…

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“Red Notice” is “Indiana Jones” without the engaging storyline, charismatic performances and successful humor
Arts & Entertainment

Rishvanth (Rishi) Ramesh | January 18, 2022

Rawson Marshall Thurber’s movie “Red Notice” immediately drew in attention when the film was unveiled to the public. An A-list cast? Check. Gigantic budget? Check. Exotic locations with high-octane…

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Adele’s “30” tells a story of poignance she’s overcome in herself
Arts & Entertainment

Shreya Jagannathan | December 29, 2021

Adele’s highly anticipated album, “30,” was released on Nov. 19, 2021 leaving fans in awe. The 15-time Grammy winner came through with the same talent we know and love from her, but with a new level…

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Spotify’s EQUAL initiative amplifies the voices and music of female musicians across the globe
Arts & Entertainment

Tanvi Rao | December 20, 2021

From 2019 to 2020, the percentage of female artists fell from 22.5% to 20.2%, according to  a Spotify-funded study done by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Institute. The study, which…

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Staying in and coming out: questioning and queerness during quarantine
Opinions

Eva Shen | December 9, 2021

*Names have been changed to preserve privacy.

On the first day of Pride Month 2020, Isabella* came out to her mother. It was 4 a.m.; outside, it was dark and a pandemic was raging.

The two sat on…

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Authentic food does not exist
Opinions

Lauren Chen | December 7, 2021

“Authentic” is a sought-after buzzword on food review sites like Yelp. Eateries with this label might be mom and pop shops offering traditional family delicacies or Michelin-star establishments claiming…

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Only Murders in the Building’s portrayal of a crime is a fun, quirky approach with a devious undertone
Arts & Entertainment

Rishvanth (Rishi) Ramesh | December 1, 2021

The first season of “Only Murders in the Building” revolves around a murder investigated by a rag-tag team of crime podcast aficionados. On Aug. 31, the first episode of the ten-episode season was…

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Bay Area shelters brace themselves for post-pandemic pet returns
Features

Shreya Jagannathan | November 18, 2021

As the Bay Area transitions from remote to in-person work, a growing number of pets that were adopted during quarantine are returned to animal shelters by owners who claim that they do not have the time…

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Dougherty Valley students enterprise their creative skill by opening small businesses
Features

Suhani Kashyap | November 17, 2021

Creative and talented students are easy to find at Dougherty Valley High School (DVHS), and among those students are those who created small businesses to sell handmade products. Some sell handmade jewelry,…

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Shortages eat away at California’s free lunch program in DVHS
News

Mahika Arya | November 15, 2021

At DVHS, challenges of shortages, from staff to supply, along with COVID safety protocol are hampering the variety and quality of meal options in the new district free lunch plan. 

California’s free…

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Getting booster shots is the new normal
News

Mason Fang | October 28, 2021

On Sept. 22, the FDA authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot for individuals in specific demographic groups, resulting in high demand for the vaccine while experts consider a future with regular…

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Approaching post-quaratine social connections with gratitude
Opinions

Grace Zhao | October 26, 2021

It wasn’t long ago that I realized I kind of missed trick-or-treating. I had never hated it, per se — it was just that I could never come up with a good costume, there was always that one house with…

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Lucifer’s Season 6 gives more closure to the characters than the fans
Arts & Entertainment

Ella Shen | October 25, 2021

*Includes spoilers from previous seasons.* 

The final and sixth season of Lucifer gives the fans what they truly desire: a memorable ending to a worthwhile journey. On Sept. 10, 2021, the 10-episode…

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Teachers adjust to in-person test-taking following online school
News

Anaisha Das | October 5, 2021

As Dougherty Valley High School transitions from remote learning to in-person learning for the upcoming school year, students and teachers adjust to changes in conducting assessments.

The differences…

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Disentangling Asians from the media’s delusions
Opinions

Daphne Wang | October 5, 2021

People often protest that the media does not include enough diverse representation, especially of Asian women. But growing up female and Asian, we could argue that we DID, in fact, have representation…

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Why are all movies in a British accent? Exploring the psychology and history behind the dominance of British accents in the film industry
Arts & Entertainment

Sarah Han | September 29, 2021

“Les Misérables” recounts The June Rebellion, an uprising in 19th century France that encapsulated the heart of the French Revolution. It takes place in Paris and Montreuil-sur-Mer, two monumental…

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Uncovering and examining Dougherty Valley High School’s dress code
Opinions

Jade Wang | September 15, 2021

In 2016, Leah John, a freshman at Dougherty Valley High School (DVHS), experienced her first interaction with the dress code. 

While doing quiet work in one of her classes, John’s teacher called…

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The Indian diaspora in San Ramon helps loved ones overseas amid COVID-19 crisis
News

Anaisha Das | June 2, 2021

The Indian diaspora in San Ramon finds ways to help and communicate with loved ones amid the devastating surge of COVID-19 cases in India.  

As restrictions begin to ease and more people are vaccinated…

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Hinduism remains misrepresented in academia despite protests
Opinions

Soham Kinhikar | June 2, 2021

As an American Hindu growing up in the United States, my faith and my identity have gone hand in hand. Living in San Ramon, and seeing hundreds of other kids who are like me has definitely helped me feel…

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How mutual aid offers an ethical, community-oriented alternative to charity
Opinions

Lauren Chen | May 26, 2021

What is mutual aid?

Mutual aid was a term coined and popularized by philosopher Peter Kropotkin in his magnum opus, a 1902 essay collection entitled “Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution.” But what…

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Queerbaiting hooks viewers for the wrong reasons
Arts & Entertainment

Aria Khalique | May 25, 2021

“Cas, not for nothing but the last person that looked at me like that, I got laid” -Dean Winchester to Castiel (Supernatural). This provocative quote is just one of countless examples of queerbaiting…

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Recognizing the Asian American Identity for what it is: a myth
Opinions

Samuel Minioza | May 18, 2021

When we think about what defines Asian Americans, usually a couple of key traits will stand out: hard-working, well educated, on a path to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or professional…

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Surf Cup Sports study on youth soccer during the pandemic raises questions about data collection integrity and implications
Sports

Jade Wang | May 17, 2021

A San Diego-based study conducted by Surf Cup Sports on the risk of COVID-19 transmission during youth soccer practices has gained attention— both critical and encouraging— in the national sports…

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True crime genre reflects similar systemic inequities of America: varying perspectives and stories
Arts & Entertainment

Daniela Wise-Rojas | May 10, 2021

TW: This article contains mentions of violent crimes and graphic content that may be disturbing for some. Reader discretion is advised. 

Media consumes everyday life from every angle: social media,…

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Biden’s Climate Plans Running Low on Fuel
Opinions

Hannah Wang | May 6, 2021

With such a rapid change in policy from the far-right Trump to the moderate Biden administration, since his inauguration, Biden has implemented climate-aimed spending plans that represent a genuine step…

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Why our rooms are our safe spaces
Opinions

Owen Spargo | April 27, 2021

March 13 known as the day when our worlds were turned upside down, initially seemed like any other day. In fact, after school ended, we FaceTimed each other talking about how excited we were to get an…

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Conservative students urge for open discussions in the classroom
Features

Lauren Chen | April 13, 2021

“After I [opened up about being] conservative, I got doxxed, cyberbullied, and my house got egged four times. I’ve gotten death threats,” one Dougherty Valley High School student revealed.

“I…

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Online learning heightens learning gaps across the school district
News

Sneha Cheenath | April 2, 2021

The SRVUSD Board of Education presented evidence of significant learning loss among students on Jan. 12, an issue that school staff are now working to solve.

Compared to the first semester of the 2019-2020…

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