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Conservation and Conversations: The Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Video

Sam Brook | November 26, 2019

Even on rainy days, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington D.C. provides educational insight for everyone from youth to adults.

Founded in 1889 and offering…

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Review: “Magdalene” by FKA Twigs
Arts & Entertainment

Alexander Balfanz | November 15, 2019

FKA Twigs released her second album “Magdalene” on November 8, 2019, marking her first full-length album since 2014’s “LP1.” The album features Twigs collaborating with a variety of talented electronic…

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National Period Day Raises Awareness For Period Poverty
Features

Taila Lee | November 7, 2019

People across the United States celebrated National Period Day on Saturday, October 19, organizing rallies in all 50 states to raise awareness for period poverty and to petition for increased accessibility…

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Power Outages Disconnect Seniors From Their College Applications
News

Taila Lee | October 29, 2019

With the November 1 early action college deadline approaching, many seniors panicked over their inability to edit their online applications due to the power outage beginning October 26 with no confirmed…

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Photo essay: 13 birds for the 3 billion lost
Photo

Cedrik von Briel | October 21, 2019

A startling report recently published by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology states that North America has lost about 2.9 billion individual birds of many different species since 1970; that’s just over one…

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Police Visit Results in Discomfort for Skeptical Students
News

Sam Brook | October 21, 2019

Four San Mateo County sheriffs came to visit Woodside High School with cookies and donuts for students arriving to their first and second period classes; however, the interaction has left some students…

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Dodie’s Enchanting Performance Lights Up The Fox Theater
Arts & Entertainment

Taila Lee | October 16, 2019

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA — The Fox Theater glowed a striking sunflower yellow on Sunday, October 6 as Dodie took to the stage in front of hundreds of fans for her 2019 “Human” tour.

Known as “Dodie…

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Disney Introduces First LGBTQ+ Character
Arts & Entertainment

Claire Manuel | October 2, 2019

Disney has just announced that they are going to give their female character, Valkyrie, a female love interest in the next Thor movie.

In the upcoming film “Thor: Love and Thunder,” Valkyrie, king…

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Woodside Alum and NFL Star Launches Film Production Company
Features

Emma Montalbano | October 1, 2019

Julian Edelman, National Football League (NFL) star and former Woodside student, and Assaf Swissa, award-winning creative director, recently launched the new production company Coast Productions.

Swissa…

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JUULs, Suorins, and Novos, Oh My
News

Chloe Postlewaite | September 30, 2019

With teen usage and vaping-related deaths on the rise, President Trump’s proposed ban on flavored e-cigarette products leaves students and teachers skeptical.

On September 11, Trump proposed a flavored…

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Marching for Mother Nature: Woodside Students Join Biggest Climate Protest in History
News

Isabella Calcagno | September 27, 2019

Woodside High School students joined millions of worldwide protesters in the biggest climate strike in history to spread awareness for climate change and fight for action from government leaders on September…

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Advanced Placement Classes: The Unintentional Segregators
News

Emma Chiu | September 19, 2019

Woodside’s profile for 2018 to 2019 reflects a fairly racially diverse student body. The majority of students are either Hispanic (49 percent) or white (40 percent), with black, Asian, Pacific Islander,…

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Netflix’s “Tall Girl” Fails to Reach New Heights
Arts & Entertainment

Taila Lee | September 19, 2019

“You think your life is hard? I’m a junior wearing size 13 Nikes. Men’s size 13 Nikes. Beat that.”

This is a line from Netflix’s latest original rom-com Tall Girl, which focuses on the story…

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Taylor Swift’s “Lover” Is Easy to Fall in Love With
Arts & Entertainment

Taila Lee | September 17, 2019

Taylor Swift’s seventh album Lover soared to the top of the charts in dozens of countries quickly after its release on August 22, 2019, with the album crowning the Billboard Top 200 Albums and all 18…

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Forty Days Of Controversy
News

Tessa Bertine | May 24, 2019

A group of Pro-Life activists has been protesting outside the Redwood City Planned Parenthood since March 6 as part of “40 Days for Life,” creating backlash throughout the community.

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Derogatory Language in the Liberal Bay Area
Features

Sam Brook | May 20, 2019

Derogatory language is common in teens’ lives, and though its use has decreased, especially in liberal areas such as the Bay Area, high schoolers still face slurs and offensive language in their communities….

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Avengers: Endgame smashes pre-sales records on way to Box Office
Arts & Entertainment

Cody Bowers | May 16, 2019

Avengers: Endgame, the latest film in the critially acclaimed Marvel Cinematic Universe, has achieved the best pre-sales record of any movie ever and is on course to break many more records after its release.

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Everything You Missed In Taylor Swift’s “ME!” Music Video
Arts & Entertainment

Taila Lee | May 15, 2019

Pop star Taylor Swift is back with her new single “ME!” featuring lead singer Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco, sending fans to scour her new music video for clues about her seventh album.

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Why Being Polite Isn’t Always a Good Thing
Opinions

Taila Lee | May 2, 2019

The following story by Taila Lee and Chloe Postlewaite will be broadcast on KQED for Youth Takeover week in late April 2019, where students from high schools in the Bay Area share their stories.

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Stigma, Silence, and Slang
Features

Emma Chiu | April 30, 2019

Warning: The following story contains mentions of mental illness, self-harm, and suicide, and may be triggering for certain audiences.

One in five American teens lives with a mental illness, but…

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The LGBTQ Fight Will Continue
Features

Spencer Graham | April 23, 2019

The Bay Area was once considered to be the “gay capital” of the world, with many people being liberal and accepting. Yet this is not the whole story.

This is Zeejai Leonard, and they are a senior…

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Young Conservatives Club Encourages Political Discussions at Woodside
News

Taila Lee and Emma Chiu | April 22, 2019

Woodside’s Young Conservatives Club aims to create a politically open environment on campus, especially for those whose views differ from the liberal majority of the Bay Area.

Jack O’Hara, a Woodside…

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Khalid Unites His Music With Cinema in “Free Spirit”
Arts & Entertainment

Taila Lee | April 14, 2019

When I first heard Khalid was making a short film based on his new album, I was instantly intrigued. One night only. In theaters. A fan event.

Based on his sophomore album Free Spirit, his film— also…

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Billie Eilish Stuns With a Haunting Debut Album
Arts & Entertainment

Taila Lee | April 9, 2019

“I’ve taken out my Invisalign, and this is the album.”

Billie Eilish, a bold, blue-haired 17-year-old from Los Angeles, released her debut album WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? on March 29,…

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The Scoop on the College Bribery Scandal
Admissions Scandal

Noelia Arteaga | March 20, 2019

Fifty people were charged in a thread of college bribery scandals unveiled on Tuesday, involving some of television’s top-name Hollywood actors.

Many top schools including Yale, University of Southern…

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I-wing Bathroom Closure Causes Inconvenience But Protects from Larger Issue
News

Sam Brook | February 13, 2019

Imagine you’re in Audio class working on music and making some beats when you realize you have to go to the bathroom. So, you raise your hand, get called on, get up, and go. It’s a nice short walk…

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Oval Office or Bust: Nine Democratic Candidates Declare a Presidential Campaign
Features

Emma Chiu | February 13, 2019

Nine Democratic candidates have publicly declared a 2020 presidential campaign, 149 have filed to run with the Federal Election Commission, and more are expected to enter.

Before the November 3…

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Sweeter than “Sweetener”: Why We Should Thank Ariana Grande for “thank u, next”
Arts & Entertainment

Taila Lee | February 12, 2019

“I can’t stop crying. I love y’all. I hope you enjoy this album. This music, you guys, and my friends saved my life. Love you.”

Less than six months after releasing her Grammy-nominated album…

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Woodside Spanish Teacher, Brett Bowles, Resigns Amidst Controversy
News

Holly Rusch | January 29, 2019

“A person only has his [or] her reputation, especially at a relatively small school, at the end of the day,” former Spanish 3 and 4 teacher Brett Bowles told the Paw Print following his resignation…

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GSA Aims to Eliminate Gendered Graduation Robes
News

Liam Lee | December 21, 2018

Just before Woodside’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) meeting, Woodside senior Zeejai Leonard borrows a bathroom key from English teacher Tony Mueller. Students who want to use a gender-neutral…

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Deadly Camp Fire Brings Devastation to Butte County
California Fires

Jack Freeman | December 19, 2018

The Camp Fire was one of the most devastating fires in California’s history, burning 153,336 acres of land, destroying over 18,000 homes and structures, and killing 86 people in the process.

The…

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Harvard Lawsuit Poses a New Threat to Affirmative Action
Video

Emma Chiu | December 17, 2018

This story was originally published on The Paw Print on December 7, 2018.

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Unhealthy Air Quality Interrupts Fundraising Friday
California Fires

Tessa Bertine | December 4, 2018

Woodside High Schools’ biannual Fundraising Friday was relocated to the old gym due to the unhealthy air quality caused by multiple wildfires occurring around California.

The smoke from wildfires…

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Camp Fire Sparks Students to Wear Masks for Protection
California Fires

Sam Brook | November 30, 2018

Woodside, California is currently in a state of unhealthy air quality with an air index of 184 and visibility of only 2.5 miles. Woodside students have taken to the nurse’s office to acquire barrier…

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This I Believe
Midterm Elections

Holly Rusch and Leila Taherian | November 29, 2018

This story was originally published on The Paw Print on November 18, 2018.

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Social Media Aides Voter Turnout
Midterm Elections

Noelia Arteaga | November 21, 2018

Many Woodside students were bombarded with push notifications from popular apps like Snapchat, Spotify, and Instagram encouraging them to get out and vote in the midterm elections.

The notifications…

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East Palo Alto Leans Left in Midterms
Midterm Elections

Emma Chiu | November 9, 2018

“If I vote this time, is [President Trump] really going to go away?”

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Meme Page Popularity
News

Chloe Postlewaite | November 7, 2018

The @wwoodsidememes Instagram page was created months ago, and it has been extremely popular among students ever since.

Two anonymous Woodside seniors created a school-specific meme account, sharing…

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Democrats Hope to Pass New Policies After the Midterms
Midterm Elections

Liam Lee | November 1, 2018

Congressional Democrats hope to retake Congress in the 2018 midterms, aiming to strengthen voting rights, pass gun legislation, end family separation, and protect Mueller’s investigation.

According…

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Move Aside “The Kissing Booth”: Lana Condor Shines in New Netflix Rom Com
Arts & Entertainment

Taila Lee | October 30, 2018

Growing up, I watched High School Musical and Hannah Montana like everyone else. I didn’t realize until elementary school that none of the stars I admired looked like me. Yes, I had role models. No,…

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The Benefits of Bloom
Arts & Entertainment

Chloe Postlewaite | October 26, 2018

In eighth grade, while listening to Troye Sivan’s music for the first time, I wondered why it sounded so different from everything I was used to. Then I realized: I had never heard any music about queer…

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City Council Candidates Weigh in on the Housing Crisis
Midterm Elections

Emma Chiu | October 23, 2018

Campaign signs are popping up as seven candidates begin their battle for three seats on the City Council of Redwood City; following the November 6 midterm elections, the new council members would help…

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Juuls in Schools: FDA Announces Teen Vaping “Epidemic”
News

Holly Rusch | October 17, 2018

Nationwide, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is beginning to crack down on teenage use of vaping devices. But at Woodside, it seems the trend is alive as ever.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb…

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Dressing for Success: New Dress Code Approved in Alameda After Two Years
Features

Taila Lee | October 16, 2018

A revised dress code for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) permits students to wear almost all types of clothing, raising questions about the stricter dress code of Woodside High School.

In…

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Population Growth Sparks a Need for Better Public Transportation
News

Leila Taherian | October 12, 2018

Efficient public transportation in the Bay Area becomes more necessary as the amount of commuters increases.

The San Francisco Bay Area is a bustling area whose population is rapidly increasing due…

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Woodside Firefighters Face Unrelenting California Flames
Features

Sam Brook | October 12, 2018

During one distressing week in July more than 1,000 wildfires sparked in California, 15 of which are still blazing today. The Carr, Mendocino Complex, and Donnell fires are the biggest flames sweeping…

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