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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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Live Coverage: Student lives at GBHS change in response to coronavirus pandemic
Coronavirus

Bella Khor | March 16, 2020

Update: Roseville Joint Union High School District schools will be closed from March 16 to April 14 following a directive from the Placer County Department of Education to close down all schools in the…

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Administration seeks to thoughtfully acknowledge sexual assault allegations
News

Piper Bacon | March 16, 2020

In this era of awareness, more women have taken a stance against sexual assault and raising awareness.

They’ve been fighting for change, and the change they’ve been pushing for has begun to push…

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Auto-racing community hits the track close to home
Sports

Sean Turner | March 12, 2020

Racing has always been a unique choice in the sporting world. In comparison to other sports and hobbies, motorsports has differentiated itself with the thrill of pushing far past the limits of the human…

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Senior boys present bill proposition to California senator
News

Ashley Yung | March 12, 2020

Recently, two GBHS senior boys presented a bill to a California state senator. 

In December, GBHS senior Zack Haug had the idea to promote 17-year-olds voting in the California primary election if…

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Parties change in mood after college letter-opening
Features

Heba Bounar | February 28, 2020

Another Friday night, another typical high school party.  One particular Friday afternoon in early December, however, marked a different type of get-together — a college letter-opening party.

Fifty…

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Students celebrate Black History Month
Features

Shreya Dodballapur | February 12, 2020

With February comes Black History Month, a chance to honor Black Americans who changed the course of history and made the world a better, more equal place. 

According to Advanced Placement U.S. history…

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Iranian-Americans conflicted between nationalities
Features

Mareesa Islam | February 12, 2020

Political tensions between the U.S. and Iran have generated controversy for many years. 

Yet, even brighter sparks have begun to fly after the recent U.S. driven assaination of Iranian general Qasem…

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My Chemical Romance’s musical comeback stirs nostalgia in students
Arts & Entertainment

Piper Bacon | February 4, 2020

Middle school was rough.

Most people deny or try to forget those times when they slathered layers of black eyeliner on their eyes and drew Dan and Phil themed cat whiskers on their cheeks in black sharpie…

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Religious discussions present problems
News

May Lin | February 4, 2020

Among the ideas that founded the American republic was the idea that all people have fundamental rights, one of which is the maintenance of democracy through freedom of speech. But what happens when the…

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Making the ‘trans’ition
Features

JJ Hill | February 3, 2020

Over the course of the twentieth century, traditionally underrepresented and marginalized groups have come out as victors in the battle for a place at the societal dinner table. Unfortunately, while their…

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Students use fake IDs to drink while still underage
News

Dylan Rowe | January 17, 2020

Generation after generation, teenagers have always found new ways to cause mischief.

One thing that has stayed constant is the undeniable demand of some teens for alcoholic beverages that are supposed…

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Teachers fear they lack a voice and representation in RJUHSD
News

Cori Caplinger | December 20, 2019

For some teachers who work in the Roseville Joint Union High School District, the general attitude and relationship between the district and its educators is tense.

The dissatisfaction of some RJUHSD…

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Live Coverage: GBHS club considers legal action over possible poster censorship
News

Piper Bacon | December 9, 2019

Students across the country rarely have the opportunity to take full advantage of their First Amendment rights and make their voices heard, but it’s been happening recently for conservative students at…

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Only 15, Anika Varma is a golf sensation
Sports

Sarah Rietz | December 5, 2019

Fifteen year-old Anika Varma no longer strives for greatness – she has reached it.

Varma’s love for golf started when she was four. Her whole family played golf, and it was only natural that she would…

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Tenure not applicable to GBHS administrators
News

Ashley Yung | December 3, 2019

Administrators at our school – the principal and the assistant principals – are at-will employees. 

“At-will employment means that (I’m) not protected in my employment status by any contract…

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Gas stations in community list higher prices
News

Drew McKown | December 2, 2019

Gas prices have risen dramatically over the last four decades, and so the recent spike in prices isn’t necessarily surprising – but it’s still painful to student pocketbooks.

Just 40 years ago,…

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Got Addiction?
News

Alexis Craig | November 25, 2019

As children, many found something to cling onto when they were scared, hurt or lonely. Some had a teddy bear, others a doll.

It was that tool that stayed with them through their first steps, their first…

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Recent power outage affects many teacher and students on campus
News

Justin Ha | November 22, 2019

In October, PG&E turned off the lights for thousands of houses in Northern California.

More 800,000 properties, including homes in Placer County, lost power.

The suddenly dormant grid caused…

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Families in community use app to track their teens
News

Kate Fernandez | November 21, 2019

In 2008, the tracking app Life360 was released, and it has recently grown immensely in popularity.

Founded by Chris Hulls and Alex Haro, the app allows those who have downloaded it to share their location…

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Should school’s master key system change after misconduct?
News

Emerson Ford | November 19, 2019

A lock and a key.

The safety and security provided by these modern-day essentials often lead people to trust that whatever they leave behind that lock will remain undisturbed until they return with…

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Live Coverage: Spray paint graffiti appears in school parking lot
News

Gabby Mathis | November 18, 2019

The asphalt in Granite Bay High School’s parking lot, as well as the concrete block walls shared with a housing development at the end of the main parking lot and the Grizzly bear statue were vandalized…

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Ranked: The Musical continues to gain attention
Features

May Lin | November 13, 2019

Almost everyone is familiar with the college scandal that broke out early in the year involving Rick Singer, a former college counselor in the Sacramento area that worked with past Granite Bay students.

When…

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Federal government defunds public health care’s Planned Parenthood
News

Dylan Rowe | November 8, 2019

Abortion, a word that for most evokes strong emotions, has been a topic of controversy within the political world and the general public.

Planned Parenthood, one of the leading institutions for women’s…

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Teacher transfer requirements result in retirement incentives
News

Sophie Harimoto | October 25, 2019

The money’s starting to talk, and the district wants to know if people are going to walk.

In an effort to reduce staff upheaval that could result from the opening of the Roseville Joint Union High…

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Wacky hall passes keep students on their toes
News

Julia Golovey | October 25, 2019

The typical hall pass at Granite Bay High is a green lanyard connected to a green piece of paper with a Grizzly bear and the teacher’s name on it.
But then, there are the alternatives that can be interesting,…

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Is cheating on the rise at GBHS?
News

Emerson Ford | October 22, 2019

Sneaking a glance at a neighbor’s test, hiding a phone under the desk, grabbing a quick picture of a test, plagiarizing part of an essay, discussing questions with students who have yet to take the exam.

No…

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Gen Z facing the vaping epidemic
Vaping

Ashley Yung | October 15, 2019

As vaping becomes a more common and widespread practice, various ramifications are coming to light.

Concerns have already surfaced about the addictive qualities of nicotine, but the most recent and…

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Teacher tries tiny house living
Features

Kate Fernandez | October 8, 2019

Minimizing a bedroom is one thing, but minimizing an entire house is quite another.

The tiny house trend has grown immensely in the past few years, inspiring many to leave behind a majority of their…

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