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Rock and Roll Here to Stay, With Help of The Loops

Rock and Roll Here to Stay, With Help of The Loops

By Addy Bates, Cedar Park High School

April 10, 2019

With the inspiration from famous bands such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd and even Van Halen, a local band formed by four juniors hopes to make their dreams of being successful musicians become a reality. The Loops, consisting of singer and lead guitarist Luke Ferguson, singer and bassist Jonathan Khadivi,...

Jordan Peele’s Us is a funhouse of thrills and horrors

Jordan Peele’s Us is a funhouse of thrills and horrors

By Kevin Pizano, Harrisonburg High School

April 9, 2019

America was not prepared for the frighteningly relevant film Get Out. Writer-director Jordan Peele’s Get Out was a horror satire that sharply explored racial relations in America. The film garnered Peele an Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay and became a cultural phenomenon with critics and audien...

Billie Eilish Stuns With a Haunting Debut Album

Billie Eilish Stuns With a Haunting Debut Album

By Taila Lee, Woodside High School

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, 2019, quickly obtaining the top five spots on the U.S. Spotify charts. Eilish first rose to fame with her dreamy single “ocean eyes” in 2015, followed by her 201...

Book review: “The Waning Age” is a lackluster novel about emotion

Book review: “The Waning Age” is a lackluster novel about emotion

By Edward Keen, West High School

April 5, 2019

Emotions. It goes without saying that our emotions, our inner feelings and our sensations, are a main proprietor in making us who we are. We use them during every moment of our life, whether they be the stronger ones you feel in a more pointed situation or feeling more tepid emotions in a casual sce...

Non-drama students join cast of recent school play

Non-drama students join cast of recent school play

By Mia Taylor, Granite Bay High School

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 take on the big stage alongside some of Granite Bay Theater’s star actors and actresses.   Unfamiliar...

RDR2: Good Cinema Does Not Replace Good Gameplay

RDR2: Good Cinema Does Not Replace Good Gameplay

By Caden Brooks, Tyrone Area High School

April 4, 2019

Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 is a colossal disappointment, and surely not a masterpiece. “Red Dead Redemption 2 is a masterpiece. 10/10...” wrote just about every video game critic on the internet. What? Has everyone been brainwashed? With all of the extremely high critical acclaim, it was natura...

Recent Bundy films glorify horrific killings, mislead impressionable youth

Recent Bundy films glorify horrific killings, mislead impressionable youth

By Natalie Sadek, Algonquin Regional High School

April 4, 2019

In the documentary “Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes,” serial killer Ted Bundy told a journalist that he did not care what was written about him in a potential book about Bundy’s crimes, as long as it sold. Thirty years later, Bundy is still getting what he wanted. January 24,...

Reeves Earned a Spot in The Voice Competition

Reeves Earned a Spot in The Voice Competition

By Rachel Litvin, Scott County High School

April 3, 2019

Scott County High School junior and local musician, Savannah Reeves, recently auditioned for The Voice. This teen has always been passionate about music for as long as she can remember. “I started singing as soon as I opened my mouth to speak,” Reeves stated.   She eventually picked up the guitar...

Pop-punk bands grow, work to maintain popularity as fans age

Pop-punk bands grow, work to maintain popularity as fans age

By Zeta Handy, Akins High School

April 2, 2019

While music classified as “pop-punk” is very popular, its specific classifications are often unclear. It’s often conflated and used as a synonym for alternative music and some indie rock. Indie rock is another genre that has picked up speed, without much real meaning attached to its de...

Behind the scenes, stage managers ensure show goes on

Behind the scenes, stage managers ensure show goes on

By Rahul Rupani, Matthew Samson, Alex Tinkham, Ryan Doughty, and Davis Rae

April 2, 2019

As Lucy Curtis walked into the Lowe Theatre for rehearsal on Saturday, an onslaught of tasks, from moving set pieces to coordinating light cues and managing props, awaited her before the opening of "9 to 5." The musical was still two weeks away, but the logistics could not be put off to the last minute. Curtis,...

“9 to 5” explores feminism in work environment

“9 to 5” explores feminism in work environment

By Fareen Dhuka, St. John's School

April 2, 2019

Franklin Hart (played by senior Gray Watson) flails in midair while three of his female employees hang him from his own garage at the climax of Act I of “9 to 5.” The musical, which is based on the 1980 movie of the same name, features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Set in the late 1970s,...

“Wasteland, Baby!:” An Album Review

“Wasteland, Baby!:” An Album Review

By Libby Jones, Cambridge High School

April 2, 2019

Irish singer-songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne, better known as just “Hozier,” has finally emerged from his forest with a new album. And with a name like Wasteland, Baby!, how can it disappoint? Wasteland, Baby! was released March 1, five years after Hozier’s self-titled album released in S...

Seniors Express Themselves Through Dance, Choreography

Seniors Express Themselves Through Dance, Choreography

By Elenna Mach, Rockville High School

April 1, 2019

Aside from the typical sports played with sticks and balls and scoring points, many students dance passionately and competitively in and out of school, expressing themselves and creating their own choreography. For some, dance may be a hobby, but for others, it is a vocation that requires dedication...

Picasso, Rodin, Michelangelo … Charles Danna?

Picasso, Rodin, Michelangelo … Charles Danna?

By Zainab Ansari, Klein Oak High School

April 1, 2019

Walking into the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, senior Charles Danna didn’t expect that he’d place in the art competition. He never had in his former years of entries. As the announcer called out the top 72 winners of 30,000 entries, he anxiously waited in his seat as numbers went down. At...

Genre repeat: Battle royale gaming has ties to deathmatch style

Genre repeat: Battle royale gaming has ties to deathmatch style

By Zack Mattaboni, Carlisle High School

April 1, 2019

It is often expected that the video game industry tends to move forward. However, with recent successes such as Fortnite and Apex Legends, we can see an obvious difference: the industry has begun reusing old ideas. Jumping back to the past, we can see an obvious trend of the early 2000s. Games base...

“Revelations” shows South students African American history through dance

“Revelations” shows South students African American history through dance

By Maya Edmonds, South High School

April 1, 2019

On Wednesday March 13th, South students went to go see a dance performance by the Alvin Ailey American dance theater at the Northrop Theater. Many students in South went–some from the dance department because it was a dance performance and relevant to the class in general, and sophomores went because...

‘Riverdale’ Review: Luke Perry and the Haverhill-Archie Comics Connection

‘Riverdale’ Review: Luke Perry and the Haverhill-Archie Comics Connection

By Glory Trelfa, Triton High School

April 1, 2019

As Kevin Keller approached Sweetwater River’s edge to end his near-perfect summer, he found Jason Blossom’s dead body with a bullet wound in his head. He quickly alerted his father - Sheriff Keller - and solemnly watched, along with Archie, Betty, Jughead, and Veronica, as authorities took away the...

Untameable Spirit: The Evolution of “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Untameable Spirit: The Evolution of “If Beale Street Could Talk”

By Kyle Harris, Wakefield High School

April 1, 2019

“This is my strangest book yet”. The infamous phrase had eloped Author James Baldwin’s mind as he completed the empirical masterpiece, “If Beale Street Could Talk”. This immaculate conceptualization of black love painted on the subjugations of a racist 1970’s societal landscape has proven...

Ignore the ratings: “Captain Marvel” takes a seat alongside Marvel gems

Ignore the ratings: “Captain Marvel” takes a seat alongside Marvel gems

By Colleen Weinburke, Richard Montgomery High School

March 28, 2019

All in all, “Captain Marvel” is a well deserving global blockbuster. Although the female-led film has generally been deemed a feminist movie, “Captain Marvel” is really just about Marvel’s most powerful superhero. The gender of Captain Marvel, though critical for Hollywood diversity, is not...

From project to premiere: “Changing Fate”

From project to premiere: “Changing Fate”

By Yairis Alvarado, Lincoln High School

March 28, 2019

“This was a school project that we just went above and beyond for,” said Mackenzie Kortus, a freshman, who with her friend, freshman Hal Lam, produced and released a 58-minute film. “Changing Fate,” an animated movie, leads into an ancient Britannica setting. Explained by the animator, freshman...

Tale as Old as Time

Tale as Old as Time

By Elisabeth Andrews, Troy High School

March 27, 2019

“Beauty and the Beast” is a tale of adventure, romance, danger and this year’s musical. At the center of the musical is freshman Alexis Gearty playing the lead role of Belle. Gearty has been in theatre for three years, ever since her sixth grade year when her mother insisted she try out for th...

Billie Eilish Music Review

Billie Eilish Music Review

By Simon Sweeney, Central Catholic High School

March 26, 2019

I was born on December 11, 2000. I wrote a song or two, performed it with my band, and put it on YouTube. It has amassed somewhere around 200 views, last I checked. I am fairly proud of this. Billie Eilish was born on December 18, 2001. Billie Eilish’s most popular song, “Lovely” (with...

Behind the scenes with the senior show directors

Behind the scenes with the senior show directors

By Jessica Reilly, Wayland High School

March 26, 2019

As many students at WHS prepare for upcoming spring sports, the Class of 2019 is hard at work with a different type of preparation. This week, the senior class will be performing their Senior Show on March 22 and 23. The Senior Show is an annual performance put on by the graduating class full of skits,...

Culinary TV moves away from tired stereotypes

Culinary TV moves away from tired stereotypes

By Brooke Scanlon, Baldwin High School

March 25, 2019

The stereotypical view of culinary TV shows is that they are the programs that moms watch to get new recipes from their favorite chefs. That stereotype does apply to many shows on the Food Network, like The Pioneer Woman and The Kitchen. But culinary TV has changed a lot in the past few years and...

Schooling the stage

Schooling the stage

By Laszlo King-Hovis, McCallum High School

March 25, 2019

McCallum’s second fifth annual teacher’s pageant was on Friday, Feb. 15. “I actually screwed up with the Teachers and Tiaras poster,” film teacher Ken Rogers said before the show hit the stage. “This is actually the sixth annual. I guess I used the background for the old one but forgot to...

PV violinist stuns audience with Vieuxtemps’ “Concerto No. 5 in A Minor”

PV violinist stuns audience with Vieuxtemps’ “Concerto No. 5 in A Minor”

By Jeanelle Cho, Pleasant Valley High School

March 25, 2019

In the dim lit theater, a young violinist in a teal gown emerged from the wings. As the violinist and the orchestra behind her started playing, the sounds of Henri Vieuxtemps’ “Concerto No. 5 in A Minor” filled Centennial Hall auditorium at Augustana College. The violinist was PV orchestra’s...

New rotation of art exhibits bring vibrance to Redwood City with secret, empowering messages

New rotation of art exhibits bring vibrance to Redwood City with secret, empowering messages

By Shayna Yurovitsky, Carlmont High School

March 22, 2019

In the Redwood City Courthouse Square, a new art installation has been established. Through a new program named Art Kisoki, Redwood City has partnered with different artists, both local and global, to incorporate modern issues into contemporary art pieces. The exhibition opened on Mar. 9 and wil...

Psychopaths on TV: Why do we love them?

Psychopaths on TV: Why do we love them?

By Anthony Robledo, Middle College High School @ Santa Ana College

March 22, 2019

With any film or television series, audiences project themselves onto a story's lead protagonist and root for their desires. Characters undergo struggles and audiences can’t help but love them. People don’t go to the movies to watch other people live their lives, but rather to come along the journey,...

Delightfully Dank

Delightfully Dank

By Sara Bailey, Liberty High School

March 22, 2019

“Slow down, Satan.” “Why flirt when there’s life alert?” “It’s free real estate.” To Gen-Z people reading this, you are very likely to have heard and seen these multiple times, and happen to find them downright hysterical. However, everyone else is most likely going to need some explanation....

The Japanese House tells the story of my broken relationships, but it actually sounds good

The Japanese House tells the story of my broken relationships, but it actually sounds good

By Jacqueline Sumida, Downers Grove South High School

March 22, 2019

The Japanese House released her debut album on March 1, 2019, and it’s the story of all my relationships ever. Except it’s actually my favorite album of 2019 so far and isn’t about a 17-year-old girl crying over the fact the same girl dumped her for the third time in a row. Instead, it perfectly...

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