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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Granite Bay High School
Soccer Sundays: Weekly soccer games for disabled members of the community
Sports

Justin Ha | November 24, 2021

“Pass to Dylan! Pass to Dylan!” “Go! Go! Go!” “Shoot the ball Grant!”   

This Sunday, Soccer Sundays ended its second season. Soccer Sundays is a weekly get-together at Hillsborough Park…

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The Hijab: What is its meaning?
Features

Amre Abumarkhieh | November 16, 2021

The piece of cloth around a Muslim woman’s head is simply a piece of cloth, yet priceless in the eyes of the woman herself.

In Islam, the hijab is a form of modesty. However, with a predominantly…

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National Diabetes Month: Type 1 diabetes is rising among young adults and children
Features

Ruby Conger and Jashan Singh | November 5, 2021

Type 1 diabetes has grown to be more common in young adults, with a 30% increase in the diagnosis in the United States since 2020. As of today’s date, there are nearly 1.6 million Americans with Type…

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Employee drought leaves local businesses understaffed and unprepared
News

Justin Ha | November 4, 2021

If you walk into any of the seven Mikunis in California that CEO, Taro Arai, owns, you will find a busy sushi restaurant bustling with activity. Patrons clumsily pick up their sushi rolls, while chefs…

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Commentary: Shang Chi Shatters Stereotypes
Arts & Entertainment

Sarah Yee | November 3, 2021

The road to fair Asian representation in American films has been rough and at times, nonexistent. But the commercial and critical success of “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” Marvel’s first…

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College Sports Recruitment: COVID-19 Edition
Sports

Kate Rowberry | October 29, 2021

   Granite Bay High School senior Rosie Murphy slouched on the couch in her sport culture class wearing a UCLA sweatshirt. Although she verbally committed to UCLA for swim in 2020, coming to that decision…

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Rise of fentanyl poisonings in Placer County youth concerns local experts
News

Sarah Yee | October 28, 2021

Why have fentanyl-related deaths among teens increased in Placer County?
Two milligrams of fentanyl, two specks on a penny, can be lethal. 

Victims of fentanyl poisonings first stop breathing and…

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The lasting impact of teachers of color on campus
Features

Mareesa Islam | April 7, 2021

As a child growing up in a multicultural environment, Lisa Goldsmith, a biology teacher at Granite Bay High School, never felt apart from those around her because of her race. 

Throughout elementary…

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Amplifying Black experiences
Features

Sophia Harimoto | April 7, 2021

As of the 2019-2020 school year, 2.1% of the 2,073 students at Granite Bay High School identify as Black or African American. Concurrently, the staff at GBHS mirrors this minority percentage accordingly…

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Commentary: The internal conflicts of a healthcare worker’s child
Opinions

Chloe Docto | March 22, 2021

Everyday dread is assimilated by the creaking of my garage door opening, denoting another day of saying goodbye with the looming knowledge that my parents are venturing into hot pots of Covid-19. 
My…

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White-Passing Episode 3: Defining ethnicity and race
Audio

Ali Juell | March 9, 2021

We’re coming back from a brief hiatus, so I’m excited to be bringing you a new episode. So, what’s the difference between ethnicity and race? I had always assumed that they were the same thing:…

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Cancelled with prejudice: repercussions of the Muslim Travel Ban
News

Heba Bounar | March 1, 2021

Y.R. is an Iranian chemical engineer. In 2016, she stayed awake for 24 consecutive hours supervising catalysts in her laboratory, a task that most modern labs with basic funding could manage without human…

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Commentary: My Black hairitage is my voice
Opinions

Trinity Jones | February 25, 2021

She took the podium with might. Her presence itself was a powerful symbol, the prestige she would receive for just standing there was evident. 

The radiance of her smile, the glow of the yellow beaming…

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COVID-19 vaccine rollout ramps up across Placer County
News

Mareesa Islam | February 17, 2021

Placer County is currently administering COVID-19 vaccines to health care personnel in Phase 1a, as well as residents over the age of 65 and workers in specific employment-based sectors such as education,…

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White-Passing Episode 2: The weight of a name
Audio

Ali Juell | February 2, 2021

Welcome to White-Passing, where I, Ali Juell, and Jillyan McKinney, the Ethnic Studies teacher at Granite Bay High School, discuss being White and Latinx. This podcast series will focus on ethnicity,…

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Reopening: RJUHSD employees reflect
News

Ali Juell | February 1, 2021

On December 14, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of five days a week of in person instruction with 70 minute class periods despite the calls from the teachers’ union to continue on a…

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Audio

Ali Juell | January 22, 2021

Welcome to White-Passing, where I, Ali Juell, and Jillyan McKinney, the Ethnic Studies teacher at Granite Bay High School, discuss being white and latinx. This podcast series will focus on ethnicity,…

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2010 vs. 2020: Demographic differences within a decade
News

Mareesa Islam | January 11, 2021

Over the last decade, the demographics of GBHS have become more diverse with a growing minority population. 

According to the GBHS 2009-10 School Accountability Report Card, 24.8% of enrolled students…

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Winter Ball — COVID-19 edition
News

Heba Bounar | January 4, 2021

Corsages, tuxes, and dresses fill Instagram feeds, paired with captions of “Shhh!” and “Best winterball ever.”  As high schools have not been allowed to plan functions throughout this semester,…

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An election to remember or an election to forget?
News

Ali Juell | December 15, 2020

Election season brings an unending flurry of emotions.

There are inevitable highs and lows with every batch of polls and slip-ups that cover the front pages, especially in a time where political tensions…

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Commentary: Why we shouldn’t defund the police
Opinions

Justin Ha | December 9, 2020

While there have always been screams of social injustice relating to race in America, this summer those voices have been amplified tenfold. I’m sure you know why.

But when there is a large group of…

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Diversify Our Narrative sparks community conversations
Features

Sarah Yee | December 3, 2020

Diversify Our Narrative (DON) is a student-led organization that advocates for a more diverse curriculum and inclusive district. The RJUHSD Diversify Our Narrative chapter is now connecting with their…

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Keeping up with combating crime… and Covid
News

Maggie Delaney | December 2, 2020

Throughout the nation, thousands of 911 calls are made every day. Trained police officers are always at the ready to be at a scene of emergency, but with state and county restrictions that limit the amount…

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New Supreme Court pick puts legal abortion in jeopardy
News

Ali Juell | November 16, 2020

This year marks the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a case that made abortion legal on the federal level in 1973.

And yet, many people across the country wonder if reproductive rights may soon be limited…

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Different backgrounds bring different views on the “Tribe”
Features

Justin Ha | November 13, 2020

In recent years, there has been discussion of changing the student section name from Tribe to one that is more favorable due to the concerns that the name Tribe can be viewed as insensitive towards Native…

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Honoring the grieving process — suicide loss
Features

Heba Bounar | November 11, 2020

Death to suicide has become so common that it has also almost become numbing.  Mourning those who passed is often the automatic response to hearing of such tragedies.  However, the strenuous battle survivors…

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Trouble with Tribe: Changing the name, not the tradition
News

Mareesa Islam | November 3, 2020

A place of inclusion – the student cheering section at Granite Bay High School was designed to be a place where students could gather for a common purpose in support of their peers. While the students…

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Janitors in overdrive
Features

Justin Ha | October 26, 2020

In the ongoing battle against COVID-19, the janitorial staff is the frontline defense for Granite Bay High School.

As students and faculty transition into the new frontier of hybrid learning, safety…

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Local retirement homes deeply impacted by COVID-19
News

Anna Jenkins | October 20, 2020

Grandparents play an important role in many peoples’ lives as they are the people we go to when our own parents say “no”or when we get a bad grade on a test and need some cheering up, like ice cream…

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Commentary: The CDC has crumbled when we need it most
Opinions

Aiden Sherman | October 19, 2020

“If anything like SARS happened again, everyone in the world knows who they would call: they would call us. And we would step up,” Tanja Popovic, the former CDC Chief Science Officer, said in 2007. 

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Classroom Compromise: District works to accommodate all teachers’ needs as schools reopen
News

Justin Ha | October 15, 2020

Leading up to the district’s reopening 178 teachers who believed they would be teaching from home had the rug pulled out from underneath them and discovered they would be coming back to school in just…

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Life with a firefighter in the house
Features

Anna Jenkins | October 7, 2020

Firefighters risk their lives so that the community feels safe.

Firefighters have been particularly active recently as they battle the major wildfires that have been raging throughout California.

Due…

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Ethnic Studies: Giving a voice to the voiceless
News

Sophia Harimoto | September 30, 2020

As social inequalities have gained media attention over the last couple of months, advocating for racial reform has increased respectively as a result. Included within that agenda is diversifying school…

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RJUHSD students advocate for social equality on campuses through Diversify Our Narrative
News

Mareesa Islam | September 25, 2020

Amidst the “resurfacing” of  racial tensions, many students have begun to express their voice on fragile issues through social media and other activism platforms.

Diversify Our Narrative, a student-led…

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Politi…COVID?
News

Sabine Kanz | September 25, 2020

In an empty room, the lights come up on an older man. He smiles into the camera, connecting with viewers all over America. 

Former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden opens…

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GBHS student starts a fashion magazine
Features

Ali Juell | September 23, 2020

In the middle of the summer where time stopped, junior Chloe Docto sat at her desk preparing to launch what would be the beginning of something great.

All she had to do was click “publish” and she…

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Seniors plan to graduate early under unusual circumstances
News

Maggie Delaney | September 23, 2020

For many seniors, that last spring semester is when they make their last memories of highschool. By that time many seniors are finally relaxing. College applications are over, SAT and ACT tests are done,…

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Quarantine prompts students to switch up their hairstyles
Coronavirus

Mareesa Islam | May 19, 2020

With people unable to leave their homes due to the shelter-in-place mandate, many have found themselves feeling adventurous and experimental when it comes to switching up their physical appearance.

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How COVID-19 will affect seniors now and in the future: ‘Bearly News’ podcast, Episode 4
Coronavirus

GBTV Media staff | May 8, 2020

Hosts Ransom Allen and Ashley Yung interview Matthew Wilson, a senior at GBHS, about how student life is changing with social distancing, college and online classes, and the class of 2020 missing out…

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Crafting gains popularity as people seek to escape boredom during lockdown
Coronavirus

Emerson Ford | April 20, 2020

   Staying locked indoors indefinitely is bound to result in serious cabin fever. As California residents search for ways to ride out the state-wide self-quarantine order from Gov. Gavin Newsom, many…

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COVID-19 affects juniors and the college admissions process
Coronavirus

Ashley Yung | April 7, 2020

Coronavirus has affected all age groups, although some undoubtedly more than others.

At GBHS, among the other concerns juniors face is the fear of their college admissions chances, whether they’re…

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Online learning proves challenging for teachers
Coronavirus

Shreya Dodballapur | April 6, 2020

While the world seems to be falling apart, schools everywhere are working hard to maintain some semblance of normalcy for their students.

Like many other schools in California, Granite Bay High School…

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Seniors choose their futures without in-person visits
Coronavirus

Sophie Criscione | April 2, 2020

In wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the senior class of 2020 has had to sacrifice countless ‘lasts’ of high school, but this global crisis could also be affecting their future.

For many seniors planning…

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Nonrefundable school events pose stress on students after COVID-19 cancellations
Coronavirus

Heba Bounar | March 31, 2020

Barely a month ago girls were frantically making arrangements for junior prom, spending weeks and typically a hefty amount of cash to find the perfect dress.  As events like prom only happen once throughout…

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Commentary: When the trip of a lifetime begins to feel like a nightmare
Coronavirus

Ali Juell | March 27, 2020

New York City.

A place brimming with opportunity and excitement at every corner you turn.

The glitz of Broadway and the glowing billboards of Time Square.

So much to see! So much to do!

When…

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Distance learning due to COVID-19 proves challenging
Coronavirus

Mareesa Islam | March 24, 2020

Never before has Granite Bay High seen its profound educational system shift to a delivery of content online.

That is, until now.

After the discovery of the novel coronavirus outbreak, nearly all…

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GBHS Alumni Forced to Leave Colleges After COVID-19 Outbreak
Coronavirus

Ria Dhamejani | March 24, 2020

Former GBHS students from all over the country are currently facing difficulties as multiple colleges across the nation are beginning to shut down.

After the outbreak of COVID-19, numerous universities…

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Coronavirus Journals, Week 1
Coronavirus

GraniteBayToday.org staff | March 24, 2020

We are living in unprecedented times in America – Covid-19 has shut the country down and  triggered an astonishing economic collapse. But it’s also personal, and it’s being lived out in the homes…

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Teachers reminisce on their senior years
Features

Piper Bacon | March 20, 2020

As the semester drags on, the days getting longer and longer, seniors begin to wonder if everything interesting has just been drop-kicked out of existence by the California Department of Education.

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‘Team Zeena’ Project
Features

Heba Bounar | March 19, 2020

Stories about victims of the life-threatening disease of cancer has become all too common throughout the world.  In fact, it’s almost become too common to the extent that feeling the direct emotions…

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