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Students evacuate throughout southern California due to wildfires

Students evacuate throughout southern California due to wildfires

By Anusha Rao and Mina Jung

January 11, 2019

When the Woolsey fire arrived in the city of Oak Park Friday, Nov. 9, residents evacuated to avoid the flames that came down the Santa Susana Mountains toward their homes. The fire was predicted to touch down in Oak Park at 11 p.m., prompting mandatory and voluntary evacuations that also affected...

Woolsey Fire destroys Gindling Hilltop Camp

Woolsey Fire destroys Gindling Hilltop Camp

By Juliette Setudeh-Nejad, Oak Park High School

December 28, 2018

As the Woolsey fire burned through Malibu, many religious camps, including Gindling Hilltop, Camp were severely damaged. The Gindling Hilltop camp has been the location for the Oak Park High School senior year Life Skills retreat for the past 17 years, since 2002. For upcoming retreats, however, retreat...

Fire survivor shares experience

Fire survivor shares experience

By Oliver Carter, Oak Park High School

December 21, 2018

Over a year has passed since the Thomas Fire began on Dec. 4, 2017. The fire directly affected Ventura County and many families within, persisting until Jan. 12, 2018 after 1,063 structures were destroyed. Mindy Ehret lived in the neighborhood of Ondulando, Ventura, with her husband and two sons, a...

Helping Pets Hurt in the Camp Fire

Helping Pets Hurt in the Camp Fire

By Lily Bonner, Abington High School

December 21, 2018

From July until this fall, it seemed like all of California was burning. For months, a series of fires blazed across the state. These wildfires turned cities into ash. One of these fires, the Camp Fire, started on Nov. 8 and burned 153,336 acres. It burned until Nov. 25 when it was 100% contained. On...

Community grieves double tragedy

Community grieves double tragedy

By Olivia Buccieri, Oak Park High School

December 21, 2018

“I feel like it’s impossible to talk, at least in Thousand Oaks, about one tragedy without talking about the other one because of how close together they have been,” Los Angeles Times reporter Soumya Karlamangla said. Karlamangla drove to Thousand Oaks Nov. 8 from her house in Los Angeles to...

In times of destruction, many feel grateful to return home

In times of destruction, many feel grateful to return home

By Anusha Rao and Mina Jung

December 21, 2018

The Woolsey and Hill fires threatened many communities where Oak Park High School students live, forcing them to evacuate. Some students lost their homes, while others were more fortunate. Those who lived closer to mountains and hills where the fires descended tried to leave as soon as possible. ...

Reflecting on the California wildfire crisis

Reflecting on the California wildfire crisis

By Shreya Mishra and Shree Delwadia

December 19, 2018

He feels a peculiar smell tingle his senses, and he remains confused for a few moments. However, he remembers the conversations he had a few hours back, and he is instantly nervous. He quickly jumps upon his feet as his thoughts run wildly through his mind. He plays a few options in his head, and it...

Deadly Camp Fire Brings Devastation to Butte County

Deadly Camp Fire Brings Devastation to Butte County

By Jack Freeman, Woodside High School

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 deadly blaze started in the small town of Paradise, near Chico in Butte County, eventually decimating ...

Working to tip an election, one front door at a time

Working to tip an election, one front door at a time

By Shani Shaham, Staff Writer and Eva Brous-Light, Staff Writer

December 17, 2018

Richard Ceseroni, a 69-year-old former Marine, was returning home to his ranch- style house in Santa Clarita from church on Oct. 28 when someone he recognized approached him in his driveway. “Why is the mayor of Los Angeles in my driveway?” said Mr. Ceseroni, who served in the Sheriff’s Department...

After the vote: what now?

After the vote: what now?

By Chloe Staples, Cathedral Catholic High School

December 13, 2018

American politics recently underwent change after the November midterm elections, but many Cathedral Catholic High School Students are still unaware about the country’s state of government. During the midterm elections, there were a set of 11 different propositions in California. The proposition...

Deadly Woolsey Fire hits Jewish camps, schools, homes

Deadly Woolsey Fire hits Jewish camps, schools, homes

By Clara Sandler, Shalhevet High School

December 13, 2018

The Woolsey Fire ravaged Simi Valley, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, West Hills and Malibu, resulting in thousands of home evacuations, destroyed properties and displaced schools. Three Jewish summer camps were destroyed, and buildings were burned at the Ilan Ramon Jewish Day School in Agoura Hills and...

Recap of the Recent California Fires

Recap of the Recent California Fires

By Mary Sabados and Katherine Sharafinski

December 12, 2018

California just faced it deadliest and most destructive fire in the state's recorded history: the Camp Fire. It was almost exactly a year ago that the Thomas fire left many in Southern California devastated. Now, the Camp Fire is just one of the three fires that has scorched California this November. C...

Watch Courtney run!

Watch Courtney run!

By Meghan Turley, Tigard High School

December 12, 2018

Courtney Neron, a former foreign language teacher at Tigard High, is running to be a representative of House District 26.

Unhealthy Air Quality Interrupts Fundraising Friday

Unhealthy Air Quality Interrupts Fundraising Friday

By Tessa Bertine, Woodside High School

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 in Paradise and Malibu have polluted the air, making it unhealthy for students to be spending lots...

ASB field trip postponed due to air toxicity

ASB field trip postponed due to air toxicity

By Maya Lip, Carlmont High School

December 3, 2018

ASB students were anticipating their annual field trip in the wild, but because of unhealthy circumstances, it was delayed. The trip was supposed to take place at the YMCA Camp Jones Gulch in La Honda, California. The ASB Service Council was expected to leave at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, and the...

Camp Fire Sparks Students to Wear Masks for Protection

Camp Fire Sparks Students to Wear Masks for Protection

By Sam Brook, Woodside High School

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 masks for some protection against the smoky air. “I’m giving them out to potentially serve as a barrier an...

Frisco Fire Department helping battle blazes in California

Frisco Fire Department helping battle blazes in California

By Melody Tavallaee, Liberty High School

November 30, 2018

The Woolsey Fire has rampaged and spread to more than 200,000 acres across southern California. In the effort to help contain the fires, Frisco has deployed five firefighters and resources to serve the affected communities as part of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System. “Our goal is for th...

Camp Fire smoke burns sports schedules

Camp Fire smoke burns sports schedules

By Mandy Hitchcock, Carlmont High School

November 30, 2018

Up north, desperate evacuees flee the flames. Down here, residents are under an unsaid house arrest while a thick smoke drapes over the Bay Area city skylines. The spark that would evolve to the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history began early last Thursday morning, Nov. 8, in Butte County...

Jewish school, summer camps damaged or destroyed in Woolsey fire

Jewish school, summer camps damaged or destroyed in Woolsey fire

By Clara Sandler, Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, and Molly Litvak

November 30, 2018

Jewish schools and camps have been hit hard by Southern California’s fires, with at least one day school and two camps reporting significant damage in the three-day-old blaze. The Ilan Ramon Jewish Day School in Agoura Hills, which was seen in flames on live television Friday afternoon; the Shalom Inst...

Holbrook Students Voice Their Opinions in Mock Midterm Election

Holbrook Students Voice Their Opinions in Mock Midterm Election

By Sarah Ryan, Holbrook Middle High School

November 29, 2018

Just days before the midterms, Holbrook Middle-High School students were able to cast their own votes in a mock election. On Thursday, November 2, a total of 449 staff and students voted on the races for governor, Senate, and the ballot questions. The results of the mock election were mostly similar to...

So, the Election’s Over… What Now?

So, the Election’s Over… What Now?

By DJ McInturff, Herrin High School

November 29, 2018

The signs have finally been taken down, the ads have stopped running, and the ballots have been counted.  The 2018 midterm elections are officially over, but the politics produced by this year’s vote are just getting started.   In regards to the U.S. House of Representatives, the home of some of the ...

This I Believe

This I Believe

By Holly Rusch and Leila Taherian, Woodside High School

November 29, 2018

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

Midterm election ramifications, locally and nationally

Midterm election ramifications, locally and nationally

By Lia Reichmann, Hajera Naveed, Kabir Sawlani, and Abby Stockmal

November 28, 2018

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the midterm elections occurred with high expectations and pressure on both parties, resulting in a major night both nationally and locally.   On a national scale,  the Democrats won control of the House of Representatives in the midterm election, exceeding the 23 congressional ...

EHS speaks out: Election day

EHS speaks out: Election day

By Jaydin Webb, Englewood High School

November 27, 2018

Students Speak: New Colorado Governor Tuesday’s election broke records and brought change. Here in Colorado, voters elected a new governor, turned down new funding for education, and didn’t approve new oil and gas setbacks. Jared Polis won the gubernatorial race, and Jason Crow beat out Republican incumben...

Issues: The Midterms and why they matter

Issues: The Midterms and why they matter

By Charlotte Heinrich and Thomas Birmingham

November 27, 2018

“This is the most important election in history.” According to Lucas Ravenscraft, AP United States Government and Politics teacher, this is one of those phrases that tends to get thrown around a lot, yet is hardly ever true. Why? Because according to Ravenscraft, to say that one election is more important than all the others diminishes the value of elections as a whole. Because every election is important, he said. On Nov...

Social Media Aides Voter Turnout

Social Media Aides Voter Turnout

By Noelia Arteaga, Woodside High School

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 seem to have had an effect: the elections, which took place on Tuesday, November 6, were record-setting....

“The Future Is Female”: Women In Politics

“The Future Is Female”: Women In Politics

By Cari Spencer, Orono High School

November 21, 2018

It was January of 2017 when women in pink “pussy” hats marched across Washington, demanding their rights ensured and their indignation at Donald Trump’s election be heard. There were around 4 million Women’s March participants across America that day, according to an estimation by The Washington Pos...

Take it to the bank

Take it to the bank

By Laszlo King-Hovis, McCallum High School

November 20, 2018

Junior Jordan Bibby can’t vote yet, but with the midterms just around the corner, she’s getting involved in other ways, like phone banking. “A lot of times people aren’t interested,” Bibby said. “It’s hard because there are people you’re calling and they don’t agree with you, and...

‘Cruz,’ ‘O’Rourke,’ star in Rock the Vote

‘Cruz,’ ‘O’Rourke,’ star in Rock the Vote

By Erik Garcia, Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts

November 20, 2018

LISD seniors learned the importance of voting and how the voting process is like in the real world at a Nov. 1 event at V.M.T. V.M.T’s AP government instructor and Sean Gaynor explained the purpose of Rock the Vote. “The Rock the Vote event was a group effort where multiple teachers, office...

I have a voice, I want to use it

I have a voice, I want to use it

By Anika Arutla, Coppell High School

November 16, 2018

Change. That is what I think about when I think about voting. It is common misconception that one vote, among millions, is not worth anything - that it is a simple raindrop in the middle of the vast ocean. Millions of those raindrops make up the ocean; similarly, my vote, even though it might not seem s...

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