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Lost in Isolation: How Physical Distancing Negatively Affects the Elderly 

Hillside Terrace Senior Living's resident Phyllis with a bunny.
January 15, 2021

At the outset of the pandemic quarantine in March, the most reasonable solution for protecting the elderly, with their vulnerability to COVID-19, was to isolate them. Completely. After all, the fatality...

Tolog starts quarantine vintage shop

At her booth at the Silverlake Flea Market,  Giuliana Casciani ‘21 sells numerous items other than vintage clothing, including crystals, books, and even fairy wings.
January 15, 2021

Teenagers around the world are dealing with quarantine boredom in different ways. Some have taken up new hobbies like cooking, watching endless amounts of Netflix, going on daily walks or bonding with...

Life on a Commune

Life on a commune requires a lot of cooperative effort and hard work, but it pays off.
Most adolescents only see one path to adulthood, but communes offer a unique alternate route.
January 14, 2021

High school students are traditionally conditioned to work towards one common goal: pursuing some sort of higher education and moving on to a career that will sustain them until retirement. What many don’t...

San Miguel Scholars Program Nurtures “More Rich and Vibrant Community” at La Salle

“Any community that’s made up of different people from different backgrounds and different life experiences is a stronger community,” said Ms. Mendez, counselor and co-director of the San Miguel Scholars program. “The students in the program make our community much stronger than we would be without them.”
January 14, 2021

In the late 1600s, St. John Baptist de La Salle, an affluent priest living in Reims, France, abandoned his personal wealth and title to devote his life to educating others. At the time, education was a...

Madison Switch-Fixico: Native American Princess

Wearing her regalia and stash, sophomore Madison Switch-Fixico poses in front of nature.
January 14, 2021

Drum beats can be heard simultaneously with the clashing of bells, necklaces, and other regalia, as folks from different Native American tribes surround the arena. While some gouge on Indian tacos and...


12-year-old Riley Wambeke in the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Wambeke suffered from a brain bleed and emerged from a coma Dec. 29.
Multiple ways to support Rylie Wambeke and her family during tough time
January 14, 2021

In the midst of a global pandemic, it can be forgotten that while lives continue on, so do hardships. But now a community has rallied together to help a young girl by the name of Rylie Wambeke. “Rylie...

After 20 years, Mayor Mark resigns, set to become Connecticut’s new Tax Commissioner

The longest-serving mayor in Danbury's history is ready to move on as the head of the Department of Revenue Services.
January 14, 2021

After ten consecutive terms of service, Mark Boughton - civil servant and a public lover of The Office - has stepped down as the mayor of Danbury, turning over a new leaf as Connecticut’s Tax Commissioner. His...

American Policing

A police car on a road, photo taken from an upwards angle.
January 13, 2021

The role of police in America is becoming increasingly ambiguous. The Globe takes a look at the past, present and future of policing. I. History Until the early 1800’s, most of the United...

Dylan Diamond ’17 lands Forbes 30 Under 30 list

Dylan Diamond ’17 was placed on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List in the “Youngest” category for his development of the school navigation app “Saturn.” The app aims to make school and schedule navigation more manageable as well as connect students by providing an option to friend other students on the app itself, on Snapchat or on Instagram.
January 13, 2021

Staples is the alma mater to many impressive and accomplished individuals. From its impressive acting and musical programs, academically rigorous classes and intense sports teams, Staples has fostered...

It’s not what it looks like: Changing the face of eating disorders

In a hypercritical society, no one is immune to insecurities. However, prejudices surrounding mental illness prevent many from receiving the help they need.
January 13, 2021

“Suffering is universal.” A quote credited to young adult novelist John Green, but one that extends far beyond the pages of a book. We all have our own monsters, under the bed, down the hall, in...

Forgiveness: The concept that can change a life

A handshake is often recognized as a symbol of forgiveness.
January 13, 2021

Forgiveness Projects by Mandy Mah _______________________________________________ The secret to recovery from abuse, neglect, betrayal, and to reduce stress and sadness – in other words, the...

WHS seniors plant the seed for entrepreneurship

Yearning for a taste of what real entrepreneurs experience, Wayland High School seniors Cassie McGonagle, Kathleen Tobin and Mia Mazokopos ventured out and started their very own flower farming business.
January 13, 2021

Wanting to utilize their final year of high school to its greatest potential, seniors Cassie McGonagle, Mia Mazokopos and Kathleen Tobin took the initiative to found their own flower farming business....

The Sunflower

January 13, 2021

She had never heard of a toothbrush. She had never seen snow or knew white people existed. What Dani T-Medhin did know was within Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. She knew the trees in the forest...

CHS students celebrate winter solstice in different ways, describe cultural significance

In preparation for Christmas, their family’s celebration around the time of the winter solstice, sophomore Catherine Byrne and her mother set up their Christmas tree. “For us, the focus is not all about the decorations and the presents and more about our religion. And we always talk about how much we care for each other and how grateful we are for each other. It’s a very sentimental 
time for us,” 
Byrne said.
January 12, 2021

While it might seem unusual to celebrate the winter solstice, the shortest day and darkest time of the year, many students at this school look forward to holidays around this time and have already begun...

Aberdeen ‘rocks’ with mission to bring back classic rock

Sitting on a bench, members of Aberdeen position themselves with their instruments. Aberdeen members present themselves as a classic rock band with a mission.
January 12, 2021

From a simple exchange about Green Day t-shirts to playing together at School of Rock, senior Jake Linder, junior Matt Bolling, junior Garrett Krupens, and junior Jack Graman formed Aberdeen, a rock band...

A Different Election

Elliot Murray '21 was one of the seniors voted for Homecoming King this year.
Joe Bacon '21 and Elliot Murray '21 are both voted as Homecoming Kings for the class of '21
January 12, 2021

November 2020 has presented a time for historic elections, and not just nationally. On November 6, City High elected two Homecoming Kings for Homecoming royalty for the first time: Joe Bacon ‘21 and...

The Youth Vote

City High students were among the youth voters who saw a record-breaking turnout during the 2020 November election.
The November 2020 election saw a record breaking turnout for youth voters this year. City High students were among the young people to participate in this historic election.
January 12, 2021

William Hinton ‘21 was not going to vote. He decided he would walk to Alexander Elementary on the afternoon of November 3 and register at his polling place. Hinton was one of many young people who participated...

Rooker purchases, begins restoring antique phonograph

This is a drawing of Thomas Edison's first phonograph. The design of the phonograph has since changed.
January 12, 2021

Junior Sam Rooker has a variety of scholastic interests outside of his normal schedule, one of which is history. Combining his love of history with science and technology, Rooker became interested in the...

Cats prove to be purr-fect distraction for online classes

Biology teacher Maureen Kenny's cats, Gingerale and Dr. Pepper, have been a welcome addition to weekly classes.
January 12, 2021

While online school may not provide the perks of socialization, it does have one benefit: cat cameos.  Since online learning restarted in September, many students have noticed an influx of appearances...

The standards

Society makes beauty consist of looks and other materialistic aspects that are not realistic.
January 8, 2021

Content Warning: This article discusses mental health disorders and problems with body imaging, topics that some readers may find triggering. Sophomore Alissa Doe* wakes up to attend her Zoom classes...

Riding safely in style: Motorcyclists share their precautions when taking road

 Graphic Designer Caitlyn Richey designed this infographic after researching motorcycle laws.
January 7, 2021

In the sea of high school experiences, a counselor and a student have found something in common: their love for motorcycles. Motorcycles have always been a big part of counselor Bobby Storey’s life growing...

Senior Charlie Atkins finds purpose in philosophy

Senior Charlie Atkins delivers a TEDx Talk at Los Altos High School during his sophomore year on teen identity, backing his presentation with his philosophical findings. From running to blogging to “Jacuzzi Junctions,” Charlie incorporates his passion for philosophy into his identity and daily life.
January 7, 2021

When sixth-grade students pick their own topics for a research project, most don’t resort to complicated, obscure subjects like ancient Greek philosophy. Despite knowing hardly anything of the subject...

Applying economics to the everyday

January 7, 2021

Many people think economics is simply the study of money. And that those who study it only predict the future state of the economy, look into tax policies, or work on trade agreements between nations. ...

Class of 2013 grad makes Netflix film debut in ‘The Prom’

Jack Sippel, Class of 2013, watches the monitors on the set of 'The Prom'.
January 7, 2021

From the high school stage to the lights of Broadway and the sets of Paramount Pictures, Jack Sippel, Class of 2013, has done it all. As a student, Sippel was very engaged and involved in theatre but...

Substance abuse in the Covid era

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, people have turned to substances to ease anxiety and boredom.
January 7, 2021

John Doe* sleeps in the living room of the Queens apartment he shares with his father. His dark hair is messy and overgrown, perhaps a product of Covid restrictions, and he immediately apologizes for its...

Redhead Redemption

People with red hair have learned to embrace their rarity.
January 7, 2021

Eyes, skin and hair are among the most identifiable features of any person, but that is especially heightened when the combination of genes from both of your parents decides to bless, or curse, someone...

Finding a passion: A young artist

Sebastian Alas has developed into a young artist; one day hoping to become a true extraordinaire.
Sebastian Alas finds his passion
January 6, 2021

"Heavenly shades of night are falling It's twilight time Out of the mist your voice is calling 'Tis twilight time" Everyone has a passion; an intense, driving, or overmastering feeling...

The importance of extracurriculars

The value of extracurriculars beyond college applications is often overlooked. Students are left wondering why these extracurriculars matter.
What is their value?
January 6, 2021

Do sports, learn a language, lead a club! This is advice that high school students hear many times in their lives. They are encouraged to add to their college applications with extracurricular activities....

Lake Street Project responses to social injustice and the pandemic

During the summer of 2020 and the start of Lake Street Project, the primary focus was workshops on Lake Street. Students walked around the area taking photos and having moments of discussion about how protesting and covid had impacted the community. Photo Courtesy of Lake Street Project.
January 5, 2021

In response to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, the protests that followed, and the COVID-19 pandemic, a new project was born. Lake Street Project, formerly known as Lake...

Fishman turns pandemic boredom into music production

Jordan Schmidt (left) and Jacob Fishman (right) perform with guitars in hand. The two wrote and performed songs together, something that sparked Fishman's interest in producing his own music.
Jacob Fishman ('21) takes being stuck at home as an opportunity to cultivate his interest in music
January 5, 2021

When COVID-19 canceled Jacob Fishman's ('21) summer plans, he found himself passing the time with an interest growing since his freshman year: music. Over the summer, he got a music recording setup and...

State politics through the eyes of Georgia’s reporters

As the nation watches Georgia for the outcome of two Senate runoffs that will decide the balance of power in Washington D.C., local reporters are facing new challenges and opportunities in covering the 2020 Electoral cycle under a national spotlight.
A small but mighty group: A look at the important work of the Georgia press corps in the midst of the 2020 electoral cycle
January 4, 2021

When Greg Bluestein answered the phone for an interview on Dec. 3, he was speeding to Savannah. Continuously interrupted by trucker horns and turn signals on his five-hour voyage to cover Vice President...

Generation Z enters the political scene

After George Floyd's death, Americans flooded the streets to demand justice, a movement partly fueled by social media outreach.
January 4, 2021

A new generation is entering the political sphere – Generation Z.  In the 2020 election, Gen Z has made its mark. According to Simon Rosenberg, president of the New Democrat Network (NDN), a progressive...

Some like it hot

Spicy foods can simultaneously improve health and add an extra kick to a dish.
Spiciness is the pain that people love
January 4, 2021

A rush of adrenaline. A sense of accomplishment. A lowered risk of premature death. And on top of that, an extra dimension to a dish. What can possibly have all of these effects?  The answer is spicy...

Londonderry resident hosts animated light display

View of this year's display. The display will be open for viewing until around New Year's with no definite closing date determined.
January 4, 2021

In August, most people are probably sitting by a pool and enjoying their summer. However, Londonderry resident Brendan Sevin already has Christmas on his mind. For the past five years, Sevin has put...

People of Various Religious Affiliations Navigate the Holiday Season

Sophia Marciano, junior, volunteers at the Trevisano family home. The family dresses up as Christmas characters, Marciano as an elf, and kids interact with them as they raise donations for the St. Patrick's center. Recently, ABC's Great Christmas Light Fight show filmed the exterior decorations.
January 4, 2021

Strolling through a worn-down pathway of grass to her neighbor’s house, Zoë Malik, senior, smiled as she envisioned a day full of festivities. With each stride, Malik recalled joyful memories from previous...

Class of COVID

COVID-19 has altered the college application scene for prospective students to the class of 2025.
From changes in standardized testing to canceled college visits, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the college application process for the class of 2021.
January 4, 2021

The college application process is always a new and stressful experience for high school seniors. This year, however, admissions officers are also finding themselves in uncharted territory. With testing...

Students ride the highs and lows of the stock market during the pandemic

Preparing to execute another deal, junior Kayvon Rezaei examines his stock market portfolio. Rezaei has been trading stocks for over a year and spends time after school every day analyzing graphs and making trades. “The best part about doing the stock market for me is when you work hard and earn the money,” Rezaei said.
December 30, 2020

Hustling in and out of zoom calls, students are getting involved in the stock market. As the economy takes a downturn and local businesses begin hiring freezes, students like junior Kayvon Rezaei have...

Willow Brook residents share holiday memories

Residents of the Willow Brook assisted living facility in Delaware, Ohio shared some of their favorite holiday moments. Because nursing home visitation has been limited this year, many residents did not get to experience some long-honored holiday traditions.
As COVID-19 evolves and impacts everyone’s lives, residents in nursing homes and senior living have been hit hard from the beginning. Consequently, places like the Willow Brook Christian Villages have been placed in isolation. Brynn is a server in the Courtyard Restaurant and knows the joy that fills the residents when they share their stories and memories. She and Andrew understand the importance of being able to share these stories and wanted to create a project where residents can feel listened to and connected with their memories of cherished holidays that look different from the ones they will be experiencing this year.
December 30, 2020

Phil and Mary Rees Despite growing up miles apart with their own families before being married, early Christmases for Mary and Phil Rees shared some similarities. “When we were little, it was during...

A matter of life and death

The widely controversial topic of capital punishment is weighed by its varying ethics.
December 29, 2020

Content warning: this article depicts certain graphic events that some may find triggering. On the news, people heard about a case where a man would kidnap, rape, kill, and then decapitate young women....

Peer Pressure In An Isolated World

Students reflect on feeling peer pressure to both stay safe and follow the COVID-19 guidelines as well as being socially accepted and interacting in the high school space.
December 28, 2020

Family gatherings are monthly occurrences for Sri Varatharaj, sophomore, that is, before the COVID-19 pandemic. But for a family filled with intense care specialists and doctors, their regular gatherings...

No green light to green card for visa holders

The path to permanent residency and citizenship for employment-based visa holders is complex and uncertain.
December 28, 2020

 Adobe Spark by Anusha Kothari and Priyanka Anand Read the story above in the Adobe Spark or below: Introduction After ten years of tension and uncertainty, Class of 2018 alumnus Daniel...


Balancing at home and in person learning risks and rewards are a difficult balance.
December 28, 2020

This story was originally published on Evergreen Online on December 18, 2020.

Senior’s efforts featured on ABC7’s Eyewitness News offers an opportunity for special needs children to “Always Dance”

Dance Production [DP] member junior David Burns teaches a Sept. 19 9:30-10 a.m. dance class for special needs children ages 8-12. Burns teaches dance classes for fellow DP member senior Elliana Kim’s brainchild The Always Dancing Project.
December 28, 2020

It’s called the Always Dancing Project. But for the 150 kids with such disabilities as cerebral palsy, down syndrome and autism, they are learning to do much more than that. For two sisters in the...

Boys’ varsity volleyball coach takes 6th place in Holiday Baking Championship

The competition challenged Buatti to create a variety of desserts, including quick bread, cakes, pies and a fruit tart. (Used with permission from The Food Network)
December 28, 2020

With the holiday season nearly upon us, season seven of Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship has come to an end. This year’s baking competition featured Lancer Nation’s own boys’ varsity...

On another wavelength

Junior Pooja Kann records an episode of her podcast,
Many enjoy listening to alternative forms of media, such as podcasts, with some people even creating their own.
December 22, 2020

A fresh listen Next track. The song you were listening to an hour ago starts playing once again. Next. This time, the song does not change. Spotify's free system only allows six skips and you have used...

Gears of Racism

Photo from the Speaker Series with Dr. Trisha Rose, taken by Ava Robinson, daughter of D'Rita and Robbie Robinson.
Dr. Tricia Rose Speaks as 2020 D’Rita and Robbie Robinson Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Speaker
December 22, 2020

From a book-lined office on Monday, December 7, Dr. Tricia Rose, this year’s D’Rita and Robbie Robinson Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Speaker, addressed topics of systemic racism in her talk titled...

Andrea Kaiser rises in popularity on TikTok through art

Andrea says this is her favorite art piece. Her art style is unique and abstract. Andrea often does not make self portraits, yet her skills prove she is able to create any piece of art beautifully.
December 22, 2020

As she presses the publish button, senior Andrea Kaiser smiles and relaxes. A new TikTok video will help boost her following and her rising art business. Although her new video is only half a minute, her...

The ADHD impact

Many students at West High had to learn how to manage their ADHD in an online setting.
Students with ADHD can have a difficult time focusing, and online school has only made the problem worse.
December 22, 2020

With school shifted online, many students are finding it harder to focus and get their work done. This is especially true for students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental...

Checking your blind spots

Aasiya Ali '22 and Advika Shah '22 are bringing awareness to  issues of racism and inequity in their new podcast
Juniors Aasiya Ali and Advika Shah share stories from behind the scenes of creating their new podcast, “Blind Spots.”
December 22, 2020

The best ideas don’t always develop in the shower; they can also unfold in the car. At least they did for friends Aasiya Ali ’22 and Advika Shah ’22. This past October, the pair launched their new...

AP Art student Matthew Milani produces sculptures surrounding theme of “man and technology”

December 21, 2020

Fifteen pieces. As art students work hard to meet this requirement for AP Art classes, they often struggle to choose a theme to base all of their artwork on. One senior art student, Matthew Milani, came...

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