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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Lynbrook High School - CA
Boats, oars and ergometers: Lynbrook’s rowers
Sports

Sophie Au | May 26, 2022

As the whistle sounds, rowers speed across the lake in unison, navigating along the shoreline to reach the finish line. For sophomores Vera Chu, Christie Kim and Vinay Venkatesh, the breeze in the air…

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Learning is limitless with switch-adapted toys
Features

Sam Sarma | May 16, 2022

Children begin their education with toys: learning the different senses, the alphabet, colors and more. For children and adults with motor disabilities, small switches on electronic toys limit their access…

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Harry Styles isn’t the epitome of androgynous fashion
Arts & Entertainment

Lina Mezerreg | May 13, 2022

Fashion has long been a form of self-expression, but as androgynous or gender non-conforming fashion begins to enter the mainstream, public figures have often received polarizing media attention for their…

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Snapchat: Fostering friendships or competition?
Arts & Entertainment

Susanna Tang | May 6, 2022

Approximately 319 million users every day tap on the iconic white ghost centered within a yellow box to reply to a friend’s “snap” — a picture or short video. Snapchat’s mission is to “empower…

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Is the media coverage of Ukraine unfair?
Opinions

Jason Shan | April 19, 2022

The age-old institution of war — which recently ignited ardent public outcry due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine — has in fact been an ongoing conflict for decades even prior to the invasion. The…

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Vandalism strikes Miller Middle School
News

Susanna Tang | April 19, 2022

Joaquin Miller Middle School was severely vandalized on the weekend of March 5. Targeting the science wing, the vandals caused alarming damage and theft to the school’s property and classrooms. 

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Editorial: Take steps to affirm pronouns
Opinions

Epic Staff | April 15, 2022

Amid rising tensions surrounding Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill barring sexual and gender orientation topics from being discussed in schools, it is more important than ever to ensure that Lynbrook’s…

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“All Of Us Are Dead” ties zombie outbreaks to political endemics
Arts & Entertainment

Emma Constable | April 14, 2022

More than a stereotypical zombie horror show, South Korean drama “All Of Us Are Dead” offers a fresh perspective into the chaos of modern pandemics as it explores love, sacrifice and political flaws…

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Lynbrook’s notable alumni
Features

Elliu Huang | March 23, 2022

Kurt Kuenne, Class of 1991: Filmmaker

It started with a letter. After drafting a crude 10-page script of E.T., nine-year-old Kurt Kuenne mailed his childhood masterpiece to several literary agencies…

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Gaming culture: The latest updates are taking over
Arts & Entertainment

Samyukta Sarma | March 22, 2022

Gaming culture has seeped into the daily lives of many students, with teenagers constantly making references to games and flocking to chatting platforms for gamers such as Discord. Even celebrities like…

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Supreme Court retirements, replacements and reflections
Features

Crystal Qian | March 10, 2022

Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement after 27 years on the Supreme Court, granting President Joe Biden his first high court selection. With Biden nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson,…

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Rose-colored romanticization vs. the reality of historical eras
Features

Anwen Huang | March 1, 2022

A web search of “Victorian Era” brings up images of polished women huddled in lavish ballrooms. Likewise, a browse for the “1980s” produces neon graphics and glitzy, shoulder-padded outfits. These…

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Homophobia
Opinions

Mei Corricello | February 9, 2022

California is the face of progressive legislation and leads the national fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Yet the heart of the state, the Bay Area, is less accepting of the LGBTQ+ community than it appears, with…

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Identifying toxic relationships
Features

Amishi Chandra | February 8, 2022

Butterflies and queasy feelings often accompany new relationships. The desire to be with one’s partner is overwhelming yet exciting, and the possibilities for the future seem endless. However, healthy…

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Supply chain shortages slow deliveries and production
News

Anirudh Seshadri | January 10, 2022

Supply chain shortages and increasing inflation from the COVID-19 pandemic have hindered the exportation of different items, ranging from fruit syrups to computer chips, to the Bay Area and across the…

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Homekey: A key to a better future for homeless families
Features

Catherine Zhou | January 5, 2022

Project Homekey aims to combat the homelessness crisis in the Bay Area by converting commercial properties and existing buildings into housing for the homeless. While advertised as an effective and sustainable…

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Stanford recruits
Sports

Anushka Anand | December 30, 2021

Crystal Qian

Senior Crystal Qian started fencing at the age of 8. After years of hard work and ambition, she committed to Stanford after being recruited for her internationally recognized achievements.

At…

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Afterlife: The revival of the Ghostbusters
Arts & Entertainment

Katie Chin | December 29, 2021

The Ghostbusters series has long been eternalized as a witty, imaginative cinematic treasure, and its newest installment, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, has revitalized the nostalgic characters and features…

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Student artists paint life into San Jose’s streets
Arts & Entertainment

Chelsea Lee | December 29, 2021

On daily drives and evening walks, local residents find art ranging from scenic snow-capped mountains to a giant book. Local student artists are the visionaries behind these pieces, thinking outside of…

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Don’t catch the Christmas consumerism craze
Opinions

Amy Liu | December 21, 2021

The day after Halloween, homogenous marketing greets shoppers in each store: Posters and signs glare at passersby from front windows, holiday music screams in customers’ ears and mountains of Christmas…

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Editorial: Gender disparities in AP courses influence classroom dynamics
Opinions

Epic Staff | December 17, 2021

Although Lynbrook is widely viewed as an encouraging environment for students to pursue their aspirations regardless of sex, there are still significant disparities between the number of male and female…

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No Time to Die: Daniel Craig’s final act as Bond
Arts & Entertainment

Bennie Chang | November 22, 2021

For decades, James Bond has been the epitome of emotionless, brutal masculinity. However, in Daniel Craig’s final appearance as 007, the actor exists in the most pleasant of twists, one centered around…

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One company to rule them all
Opinions

Myles Kim | November 15, 2021

Facebook’s global outage on Oct. 4 lasted for seven hours and left billions who rely on the app and its subsidiaries for digital communication stranded. This put the company’s unethical, continued…

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Parched for fresh cuisine: Life in food deserts
Features

Jason Shan | November 10, 2021

Picture a desert: arid and empty, without water in sight. Similarly, food deserts are impoverished regions where immediate access to healthy foods is out of reach, and their prevalence affects millions…

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Vocal fry: Exploring the controversial stereotypes
Opinions

Lillian Fu | October 29, 2021

Vocal fry — when someone drops their voice to their lowest register and fry their vocal cords — is commonly associated with the Valley Girl accent, made prominent by celebrities like Kim Kardashian,…

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The Pledge of Allegiance: Patriotism or outdated routine?
Opinions

Neha Ayyer | October 27, 2021

“Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance”: a statement that makes students instinctively place their right hand over their heart and utter an oath in unison. Whether they like it or not, American…

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Oliver Ni contributes to his community through coding
Features

Katie Chin | October 25, 2021

While the Lynbrook app is an essential element of the school’s community, many may not know its origins. The creation of the app was spearheaded by senior Oliver Ni, who pursues all things computer science,…

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Indian government fails to respond to India’s COVID-19 catastrophe
Opinions

Priyanka Anand | June 1, 2021

India is in the midst of a devastating COVID-19 crisis, and any words used to describe it fall short of the horrific reality that millions of Indians are witnessing. The uncontrollable nature of this second…

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Be more mindful of your words, Your Holiness
Opinions

Sharlene Chen | May 19, 2021

“God can’t bless sin.” 

This is how the Vatican responded when asked if the Catholic clergy have the authority to bless same-sex marriages. When this message was announced on March 15, Catholics…

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The history of sexism of the NCAA
Sports

Alara Dasdan | April 28, 2021

The NCAA has recently come under scrutiny after a video from Sedona Prince, a member of the University of Oregon’s Women’s Basketball team, went viral on Tiktok. The NCAA responded to outraged viewers…

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Model minority: The stigma around the success
Features

Amy Liu | April 28, 2021

Hardworking, smart and obedient. The picture that enters the mind of an average American upon hearing the word “Asian” has changed throughout history, ultimately creating many stereotypes against Asian…

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The rise and fall of “boba liberalism”
Features

Ron Aich | April 27, 2021

In the wake of recent xenophobic attacks on Asian Americans, the Stop Asian Hate movement has gained significant traction across the country, with the focus shifting toward Asian activists regarding stopping…

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The myth of Silicon Valley CEOs
Opinions

Renee Ge | April 23, 2021

Rags-to-riches stories loom large over Silicon Valley: the two college dropouts who started a billion-dollar company out of their parents’ garage and the Harvard dropout who built one of the most influential…

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Embracing my ethnic name without shame
Opinions

Anwen Huang | April 21, 2021

“What’s your name?” the Starbucks employee asks.

“Ann,” I say, as she hastily scribbles it onto a plastic cup. 

But my name isn’t Ann, it’s Anwen. Yet I find myself assuming this identity…

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Girl boss stereotype: Empowering or detrimental to gender equality?
Features

Kavya Iyer | April 14, 2021

One search for the term “girl boss” online yields a plethora of cheesy quotes, decked out in cursive and bright pink, encouraging women to work hard and achieve their goals. While at first glance this…

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The unsustainable truth of thrifting
Features

Allison Hsieh | April 14, 2021

Items in high demand tend to come at ever-increasing costs that not everyone can afford. Thrift stores, which offer second-hand products at cheap prices, have become a useful alternative for individuals…

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Community gathers to Stop AAPI Hate
News

Bennie Chang | April 6, 2021

On the morning of March 27, hundreds of people gathered in front of Saratoga’s City Hall to protest the recent surge of violence and discrimination against Asian Americans in the United States. 

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What students should know about mandated reporting
Features

Elizabeth Cheng | March 22, 2021

Trigger Warning: mentions of abuse, sexual harassment

The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act requires professionals in all states and U.S. territories to report suspected child maltreatment,…

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Dear Disney, stop teaching kids that foreign accents are evil
Arts & Entertainment

Emma Constable | March 18, 2021

There is a rumor that cartoons directed toward children often hide a more sinister motive — brainwashing them to adopt a certain mindset or believe in certain principles so that they can be more easily…

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A Look into Student Governments of the Past
Features

Sophie Au | March 11, 2021

The voice of student government is vital in creating a school’s identity. Student governments have held influential roles in academic culture for millennia, and their structures have evolved alongside…

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Politicians must stay above the influence of private interest
Opinions

Youqi Huang | February 8, 2021

Janet Yellen, the first woman to chair America’s Federal Reserve, was sworn in as the nation’s first female Treasury Secretary on Jan. 25. However, Yellen’s financial disclosures, released through…

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California’s true nature masked under blue shadows
Opinions

Kavya Iyer | February 4, 2021

California has been considered a Democratic stronghold since the 1990s. Many Republicans even go so far as to label California as a “socialist” state and a haven for communists due to its liberal reputation….

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: A window into the past and the present
Arts & Entertainment

Priyanka Anand | January 28, 2021

Much like the call-and-response pattern of multiple voices in Blues music, the characters in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom continually engage in conversation, attempting to make sense of the unreasonable…

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No green light to green card for visa holders
Features

Anusha Kothari | December 28, 2020



Adobe Spark by Anusha Kothari and Priyanka Anand

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After ten years of tension and uncertainty, Class of 2018 alumnus Daniel…

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Tech companies update computing terms to promote inclusivity
Features

Melissa Chen | December 16, 2020

As anti-racism movements, most notably the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement, have gained momentum this year, many industries are making a greater effort to address discrimination. In particular, the tech…

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It’s time for a $20 makeover
Opinions

Crystal Qian | December 16, 2020

In 2016, former Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew shocked the public when he declared that African American abolitionist Harriet Tubman would replace former president Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Despite…

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Aditya Suresh, besting illness to founding non-profit
Features

Bennie Chang | December 15, 2020

Whether it be starting his own organization or conquering illness, junior Aditya Suresh has done it all. On top of being an avid student interested in biomedical research, he has become a non-profit founder…

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A new sport: (Social) distance running
Sports

Amy Liu | December 14, 2020

On your mark, get set, go!

Imagine a typical holiday 5k race: runners lining up at the starting line, listening for the sound of the starting gun and waiting to dash down the path. Organizers are waiting…

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From scraps to sculptures: Kruk’s wearable art
Features

Christy Yu | December 14, 2020

With her creative dresses made of wrappers, parts from trophies and packaging paper from airplane snacks, art teacher Charlotte Kruk uses artistic skill and imagination to turn what others see as garbage…

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The mute button: A curse in disguise
Opinions

Allison Hsieh | December 14, 2020

Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. Watch your character,…

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