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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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Sarah Thompson: The 14-year-old star
Features

Drew McKown | October 4, 2019

Some people might think they are professional dancers, and some people are Sarah Thompson.

As a freshman at Granite Bay High School, she has been dancing with superstars since a very young age.

She…

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A Singer senior effect?
News

Angelina Kolosey | October 1, 2019

Power and money are two powerful forces that can and have been proven to be able to ultimately help an individual obtain almost any wish, including the desire to gain entry into some of the world’s most…

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GBHS band ‘chases UFOs’
Features

Piper Bacon | September 27, 2019

It really was by accident.

   When band director Lynn Lewis  decided to create an Area 51-themed field show for the Granite Bay High band, she and her staff members had no idea about the Race to…

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Board agrees to offer charter oversight
News

Emerson Ford | September 26, 2019

In late May, the Roseville Joint Union High School District board voted 4-1 in favor of approving a petition submitted by local charter school John Adams Academy, which will make the high school district…

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Kevin Kiley continues to succeed
Features

Justin Ha | September 26, 2019

Kevin Kiley didn’t know he was headed to the Ivy Leagues and eventually the California state legislature when he was a student at Granite Bay High – but that’s exactly where he ended up.

Kiley…

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IB class sizes remain significantly smaller than AP classes
News

Mareesa Islam | September 25, 2019

Granite Bay High School students have branched out into different academic paths since the beginning of Grizzly history – however, in recent  years, these differences have changed the reality of student…

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Music Review: GINGER
Arts & Entertainment

JJ Hill | September 19, 2019

BROCKHAMPTON is the boy band you’ve either heard too much or nothing about. In fact, no one seems to know much about the group, with Google estimating that there are “at least 10” active rappers…

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Non-drama students join cast of recent school play
Arts & Entertainment

Mia Taylor | April 5, 2019

The drama program has never failed to deliver a show loaded with talented performers.

  In their most recent production, She Kills Monsters, viewers were pleasantly surprised to watch many new faces…

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Girls’ wrestling athletes on the rise at local schools
Sports

Raha Elahi | March 1, 2019

   Many students participate in sports, but few women join wrestling.

  This year Victoria Wells, Hannah Thrash, and Lauren Gray have joined the Granite Bay High School wrestling team.

  While…

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Parents take on coaching roles
Sports

Max Schwartz | February 26, 2019

  A parent and a coach hold very similar – and at times interchangeable – roles in a child’s life. But when those two positions are held by the same person, the speculation of it bleeding into…

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Like mother, like daughter on the field
Sports

Lily Williams | February 14, 2019

   After 10 years of hard work and dedication, softball player and senior Lindsay Poulos was recruited in December to play for the Harvard University softball team.

  “Harvard never crossed my…

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Fighting for French
Features

Kate Fernandez | February 14, 2019

Every year, the French program at Granite Bay High School finds itself having to fight to keep its spot. With a significantly smaller department than the Spanish program, the two French teachers – Lynne…

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McKeen runs 100 miles
Sports

Andrew Yung | January 22, 2019

26.2 is an important number in running – for many, it is not only the number of miles in a marathon but also the distance they wish to someday complete.

However, for the daring few, 26.2 miles is…

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Cheerleaders wave goodbye to basketball season
News

Kabe Teague | December 26, 2018

 As the stunt season approaches, the cheer team is looking forward to a combination of fun and success. This year however, they won’t be leading chants at the end of the basketball courts.

  When…

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Dying dances
Features

Emerson Ford | December 21, 2018

  It is a known fact that Granite Bay High School students often wrestle with the decision on whether to attend school events especially dances. Dances like Homecoming are often overlooked. However,…

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Science department braces for upcoming coursework changes
News

Andrew Yung | December 18, 2018

  Three years ago, high schools across California changed their math curriculums to Common Core, bringing in Integrated Math and ditching the traditional Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 sequence.

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Seniors eager to venture outside the bubble
News

Emerson Ford | December 11, 2018

 In their final year of high school, seniors anxiously await their last day of school, ready and excited to complete their first huge milestone in life. However, that day of freedom is closer for some…

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Student shines in Russia
Sports

Mia Taylor | November 27, 2018

 Junior Colin Wills has taken his newfound passion to the next level.

  After two years of competitive climbing, Wills has earned a spot on the United States bouldering team. His skills have allowed…

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Colleges downplay test scores
News

Andrew Yung | November 16, 2018

 Standardized testing has been just another aspect of the high school experience for more than half a century now – the SAT and ACT were introduced in 1926 and 1959, respectively.

  However,…

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Sophomore rush for permits stirs safety concerns
Features

Heba Bounar | October 26, 2018

As more and more sophomores pass 15 and a half years old, the number of students on the roads noticeably increases as well.

With driving being among sophomore’s top priorities, the race to get permitted…

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Football facing adversity after several players hurt
Showcase

Max Schwartz | October 16, 2018

As a football player, senior year is a time to leave it all on the field for a game you have played your whole life. But what if the end comes closer than expected?

This season, Granite Bay football…

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Poor air quality because of wildfires affects outdoor athletic practices
Sports

Emily Hansen | October 1, 2018

Granite Bay High School has committed, diligent athletes who push through difficult conditions to follow through with their sports.

Most people only see athletes perform during a game or meet. They…

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