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A world of protests

Citizens protest in Hong Kong's Central District. Hong Kong citizens have protested against the extradition, among other reasons, since early 2019.

By Jack Hansen, Carlmont High School

February 20, 2020

One million, two hundred thousand. That’s how many people protested in the 2018 March for Our Lives. Two million. This is the number of people protesting in Hong Kong on June 16, 2019, according to the Civil Human Rights Front. These two events are some of the many demonstrations taking...

Life at Home: Four families share how their culture influences their lives

For his first birthday, freshman Amit Kaushal visited his family in  Punjab, India

By Hannah Chern and Quinn Franken

February 19, 2020

The Kaushals Freshman Amit Kaushal's family blends American and Indian cultures Growing up speaking three languages has always been normal to freshman Amit Kaushal. Kaushal speaks Punjabi and Hindi with his family, and English with most everyone else. Both of Kaushal’s parents immigrat...

Masked from Panic

Airmen assist one another in donning their personal protective equipment, while on-board an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III during transportation isolation system training at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. Engineered and implemented after the Ebola virus outbreak in 2014, the TIS is an enclosure the Department of Defense can use to safely transport patients with diseases like novel coronavirus.

By Brianna Cheng, Anita Beroza, Isabella Wesson, and Kasey Liu

February 19, 2020

A new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) emerged from Wuhan, China, at the beginning of the new year. According to the CDC, the reported symptoms are varying, but common ones are fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. What makes this strain different from the last major coronavirus outbreak i...

Boys don’t cry

A man’s thoughts control him, influenced by the expectations society provides.

By Isabella Wesson, Carlmont High School

February 19, 2020

Your bare knees are on the hot concrete, eyes tearing up under the scorching sun. Taking your training wheels off was a mistake. Your dad — who swore he wouldn’t let you go — runs over to help you get back up. “C’mon. Boys don’t cry,” he says. You are grounded for the D on the test...

Students and administration face racist language within the classroom

Racial slurs and derogatory remarks have a long-lasting impact on people of all races and ethnicities and can lead to increased tension within society.

By Steven Curto and Ben Wieland

February 18, 2020

While sitting through another day of AV Production Fundamentals last year, junior Beth Desta got into a heated argument with a boy sitting next to her in class. Desta doesn’t remember what instigated the conflict. What she does vividly recall, though, is the boy’s response. “He disagreed...

How to be a ‘mate’ from miles away

A lone kangaroo stares down the camera amidst a burnt forest. This kangaroo is one of many Australian animals affected by the fire. The animal death toll is estimated at 1 billion. The Key Club is selling Candy Grams to raise money for Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. Photo by Richard Brailsford.

By Samantha Powers, McCallum High School

February 18, 2020

Email to Michelle Heustess from Paul Laws: Subject: Cry from smoky, smoggy Melbourne Hello Michelle, The last few days, it’s like fog here, 24 hrs a day. Except it’s smoke from the bush fires that are still burning in so many places. The elderly and very young are being warned to minimize [...

From students to colleagues

English teacher Kerri Barnhouse has had multiple students from previous years end up teaching with her at West.

By Bess Frerichs, West High School

February 17, 2020

Having taught at West High for 34 years, social studies teacher Gary Neuzil has had thousands of students. Some of which have gone on to be teachers themselves. An even smaller number, just four, have gone on to teach at West. Neuzil remembers them all clearly: art teacher Christian Aanestad, scienc...

Processing Minority Episode 3: The coronavirus’ xenophobic effects in the Bay Area

This week's episode focuses on the racism brought upon by the newest coronavirus.

By Clarisse Bell, Carlmont High School

February 14, 2020

The most recent worldwide epidemic: the novel coronavirus. Beyond its terrifying symptoms lies something often left out of the media: racism. In this week's episode, we discuss the underlying racism that has arisen with the virus and its place in the Bay Area. This story was originally publish...

The terror of the times

School shootings have the power to tear apart families and communities.

By Clarisse Bell and Kaylene Lin

February 13, 2020

Since 2012's Sandy Hook, the United States hasn't gone more than 231 days without a school shooting. That’s the 2000s: a time when gun violence frequents the news so much so that it’s become a constant reality where students have to worry about whether or not their classmates will pull a gun out...

Keep the dream alive

A Fremont High School teacher shares about her experiences growing up undocumented, the relief that DACA brought her and the work she does now supporting undocumented students at her school.

By Jai Uparkar and Swara Tewari

February 13, 2020

Living Undocumented "You need to pack all your things. Your notebooks, all your school stuff.” Fremont HS English teacher Onette Zabinski vividly remembers her parents telling her this when she was 7 years old. She recalls packing her belongings into the car and thinking to herself, If w...

AR-15: America’s most hated weapon

Consumer AR-15 rifles on sale at a bay area gun store.

By David Su and Sean Liuli

February 12, 2020

Parkland, Las Vegas, San Bernardino, Sandy Hook. Among others, these are the locations of some of the deadliest mass shootings in America in recent years. During these shootings, hundreds of innocent lives were lost, taken by people that society agrees should not have had guns. Besides death, there...

What lies beneath the screen

Melatonin helps control the wake and sleep cycles in the body. The sleep cycles of teens, according to Alcantar, are already naturally unbalanced, causing teens to want to stay up later.

February 12, 2020

Using phones before sleep may seem like a good way to wind down, but it actually has the opposite effect. A specific wavelength of light that radiates from phone screens, called blue light, can have many negative effects. The wavelength of blue light is short and produces high amounts of energy, according...

The rise of anti-Semitism in American high schools

Senior Maya Milstein wears a blue hamsa necklace she got while in Israel to show she is proud to be Jewish

By Lindsey Fine, Jupiter High School

February 12, 2020

Boarding the bus on her way home from school, then freshman Brielle Cohen walked through the narrow aisle and took her seat just to be faced with drawings of Swastikas and other anti-Semitic doodlings. Sitting in classes, Cohen has been told things like“Jews shouldn’t be here today because they all...

Venturing into the era of artificial intelligence: humanity’s doom or greatest ally? (Part 1)

Artificial intelligence is one of the fastest growing technologies in today’s age. As it progresses, more debates have arisen concerning the safety and true potential of AI. Graphic by Cristina Gomez.

By Akif Abidi, Coppell High School

February 11, 2020

From portable virtual reality headsets to self-landing space rockets, new technological advancements are popping up right and left in today’s age. However, among the expanding sea of innovation, the one technology that will most likely influence the future is artificial intelligence (AI). AI, def...

International virus creates national and local implications

As of Thursday, Feb. 6, the Coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, has nations increasing their health precautions, security, and keeping an eye on the fluctuating economy as a result of lock downs in China's manufacturing.

By Natalia Berti, Lia Reichmann, Editor-in-Chief, and Saba Ali, Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2020

As of Thursday, Feb. 6, the Coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China from many who worked or shopped at a wholesale seafood market, has risen to a 590 person death toll with at least 25 countries that have confirmed cases. In hopes to limit spreading the virus globally, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) calls for una...

What to know about the 2019 novel coronavirus

An illustration of the 2019 novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By Kathy Fang, Eric Fang, and Alysa Suleiman

February 10, 2020

As the 2019 novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, continues to spread across the world, Harker Aquila breaks down what you need to know about the outbreak. What is the 2019-nCoV?  The 2019-nCoV is a respiratory disease that causes respiratory illness, according to the World Health Organization. It belongs in the coronavirus family, which includes viruses such as...

They/them: Students share their experiences with they/them pronouns

Sophomore Anika Sharma drags face paint down their face, using the colors of the non-binary and LGBTQ flags.

By Alyssa Hui and Annie Zhang

February 10, 2020

Student X is anonymous in order to protect their identity. In April of 2019, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal disclosed that her child is “gender-non comforting” and uses “they” as their pronoun. American singer Sam Smith announced in September that they prefer to use “they/them” as their...

Bay Area organizations fight against human trafficking

Human trafficking exists everywhere, from the U.S. to China.

By Zachary Khouri, Carlmont High School

February 7, 2020

Do you know who made your clothes? The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that there are currently 40.3 million victims of human trafficking around the globe; 24 million are used for their labor. Whether it be from within our own communities or in factories abroad, Americans are either directly or indirectly affected by human trafficking every day. Despite the widespread nature of this issue, many Americans remain unaware. Contrary to popular belief, human trafficking extends far beyond forced prostitution. The practice — which has been ...

How Do You Choose to Remember Kobe Bryant?

A photo illustration of Kobe Bryant playing in a game against the Wizards. Photo originally by Alexandra Walt (labeled for use with modification on Flickr). Photo illustration by Megan Tuin '21.

By Amanda Brauchler, Rock Canyon High School

February 6, 2020

This week, the Lakers collected the trinkets and tributes left at the makeshift memorial for a fallen 'hero'. The still world mourns Kobe Bryant- the world mourns the loss of him, his daughter, and the seven others who perished Jan. 26 in the Calabasas helicopter crash. Abruptly losing the basketball...

“Together, We Rise”: Women’s rights, civil rights activists around Bay Area call for change at fourth annual Women’s March

A crowd of 30,000 gathers for the fourth annual Women's March rally in San Francisco last Saturday. Later that afternoon, about 12,000 demonstrators marched down Market Street to the Embarcadero, according to estimates provided by the march's press team.

By Kathy Fang, Lauren Liu, Arushi Saxena, Alysa Suleiman, Emily Tan, Nicole Tian, Anna Vazhaeparambil, Sara Yen, and Eric Fang

February 6, 2020

Upper school students joined the 37,000 demonstrators who filled the streets of San Jose and San Francisco last Saturday for the fourth annual nation-wide series of Women’s Marches. Originally sparked in response to the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, the Women’s March movement has...

From The Lou to the League

With a combined 25 years of NBA experience (and counting) between the three of them, Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum and Larry Hughes have lived most of their professional lives under the scope of national attention. Art by Merry Schlarman.

By Hayden Davidson, Kirkwood High School

February 6, 2020

  TKC had exclusive interviews with three of the best basketball talents to ever come out of St. Louis. Here are their journeys from local high schools to the national spotlight.   Bradley Beal 2011 Chaminade College Preparatory School graduate College: University of Florida NBA career: 2012-present Primary team: Washington Wizards He’s never had...

“They just held so much power over me”

The voices of harassment victims often go unheard, or their stories are twisted. Here, their stories are shared, on their terms.

By Bella Grumet, Walt Whitman High School

February 5, 2020

Students’ names have been changed to protect privacy. Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to sexual harassment. Being a high school girl, Anna is used to using social media to talk with friends and casually flirt with boys her age. But she never expected for a man who...

Santa Clara County announces first case of coronavirus – as infected person in isolation

Santa Clara County officially confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the county, with no additional cases being confirmed. County health officials did not reveal his name or the city in which the case was confirmed because of privacy concerns.

By Eric Fang, Mark Hu, Arushi Saxena, Srinath Somasundaram, Arely Sun, and Nicole Tian

February 5, 2020

Santa Clara County confirmed today that an adult male resident, who is currently being held in isolation, has tested positive for the 2019 coronavirus (2019-nCoV), but also noted that no additional cases have been confirmed. County health officials did not reveal his name or the city in which the case...

Finding hope without a home

Paper snowflakes decorated with encouraging messages hang on the ceiling of Kyle’s Place during Christmas.

By Ayra Charania, Marcus High School

February 4, 2020

Leah* never thought she would find more safety in her car than her home. She was parked in the middle of the pitch black Walmart parking lot, laying in the back seat of her truck with only a pillow tucked below her dark black waves and a pair of thin clothes. The heat choked her breathing and the ...

Breaking bonds

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By McKenna Hodges and Joseph Lee

February 4, 2020

The signs of a toxic relationship are often overlooked or even ignored. Relationships between friends, family and significant others are sometimes difficult to identify as toxic or harmful. According to research conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU), with American teenagers ages 13 to 18, only...

Targeting faith

Pastor Donald Tittle was directly impacted by the first church shooting in the United States at First Baptist in Daingerfield. This has affected the way his church has handled security precautions. They currently have a police officer and security team on the grounds during church assemblies.

By Reya Mosby, Marcus High School

February 4, 2020

Within the past few years, mass shootings have increased throughout the country. Places of worship have become a target, especially in Texas, the home of the first recorded mass church shooting and the most recent. Dec. 26, 2019 West Freeway Church of Christ, White Settlement, Texas It was Sunday when Ki...

In the name of Grady

Ongoing renovations to Henry W. Grady High School has prompted a debate over the name.

By Charlotte Spears, Henry W. Grady High School

February 3, 2020

In 1923, Willis A. Sutton, Atlanta schools superintendent, called him “the greatest man Atlanta ever produced.” That man’s name has been immortalized on a school building on Charles Allen Drive. But now, Henry Woodfin Grady is at the center of a debate over the significance of the title “Henry...

Iowa caucus preview: how students can get involved this February

Students who can vote in the November election will have the chance to caucus on Feb. 3.

By Natalie Dunlap, Ken Wilbur, and Abby McKeone

February 3, 2020

With just three days left until Iowans will caucus for presidential nominees, the Iowa City area is abuzz with candidate rallies, media coverage and campaign events. Though only a percentage of West's student body will be eligible to caucus on Feb. 3, every interested student can be involved in the process....

Veteran families find community in Bethesda

Whitman parent Paul Krush (left) aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Suez Canal in July of 1993.

By Jesse Rider, Walt Whitman High School

January 31, 2020

Whitman parent veterans have completed years of rigorous training, been stationed across the world and formed lifelong relationships with fellow servicemen. When three veterans reflected on their time in the military, they kept thinking back to the communities that supported them during their time in...

We can hold two ideas at once

SHOCK: Kobe Bryant and eight other people, including his daughter Gianna, died in a helicopter crash Sunday morning

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Shalhevet High School

January 31, 2020

I’ve felt a lot of things over the past few days. I was at first shocked, in complete denial that something could happen to someone I felt almost familiar with. Kobe existed when I was born and throughout my life until now. Living in LA it felt like you were under his domain. He was such an incredible...

Iranian-Americans at school split on issue of border detentions of travelers

BORDER: The Peace Arch, located at the border crossing between the U.S. and Canada in northwest Washington state, was built as a monument to American-Canadian friendship. Earlier this month, American citizens of Iranian descent were detained there for as much as nine hours in a crackdown after the killing of Iranian General Qaxxam Soleimani.

By Sam Rubanowitz and Liad Machmali

January 30, 2020

Learning of new problems for Iranian-Americans at U.S. border crossings, Shalhevet students and faculty of Iranian descent were divided over whether they were being unfairly targeted or whether it was a good idea. In the aftermath of a U.S. drone strike Jan. 3 that killed top Iranian General Qassem...

The roots of fears

“I believe people’s lives are undoubtedly changed by their fears, but not always limited,

By Erin Kee, Carlmont High School

January 30, 2020

It isn't abnormal to wake up with a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. Perhaps it's due to the math test you have during second period or the obtrusive spider you see crawling along the crown molding of your ceiling. Or maybe you can't get yourself out of bed because what if you pick up your...

Man versus machine

During a high school soccer game, players play without a video assistant referee (VAR).

By Tripp Garrish, Carlmont High School

January 29, 2020

In the bottom of the ninth inning, your favorite team has the winning run on second base, with the best player on the team up to bat. As you refocus your eyes onto the TV screen, the batter takes a practice swing. “One ball and two strikes,” the umpire calls out the count. The pitcher winds up...

Student diversity is shown through the different languages at DGS

By Ariel Oh, Kevin Clyde Tate, Isabella Johnsen, Sarah Barber, Alyssa Deplaris, Greyson Martinescu, and Madeline O'Neil

January 29, 2020

DGS is rich in culture and diversity. The student population in 2019/2020 consists of 57.1% white students, 20.5% Hispanic students, 11.7% black students, 7.4% Asian students and .01% Pacific Islander and American Indian students. Not many people think about how many different languages are spoken by...

Remembering the Holocaust

Remembering the Holocaust

By Kirthi Gummadi, Liberty High School - TX

January 28, 2020

In 1933 the world took a dark turn, when the systematic persecution of millions of people occurred because of their ethnic, religious and political views. In 2019, the state of Texas passed Senate Bill 1828, to mark Jan. 27 as Holocaust Remembrance Day. High schools all over Texas will be remem...

Influenza season peaks early

Emergency departments manage many patients with serious complications of the flu, sometimes having to send especially ill patients to the ICU.

By Elise Isakov, Henry W. Grady High School

January 27, 2020

More than 8,000 people in the U.S. have died of influenza this flu season, according to the CDC. According to experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there’s a 90-percent chance the flu season has peaked this winter. Last winter, the flu season claimed an estimated total of 80,000...

Mercy Beyond Borders provides impoverished women with more than an education

Students are hard at work, taking notes while listening to their teacher's lecture.

By Payton Zolck, Carlmont High School

January 27, 2020

A young girl. She has been told her whole life she is something worth less than a cow. By the time she is a teenager, her father and uncles have already picked an older man for her to marry. Despite her dismay, she is pushed into the inevitably of early marriage and early childbirth. She will...

From havoc to healing: The story of a young refugee

Matab Abdaljalil faces a mural in Oakland. Her headscarf and long dress in front of the marijuana reference represent the cultural mixing and differences she experienced when she first moved to the Bay Area in 2015.

By Khalid Kishawi, Carlmont High School

January 24, 2020

Life is hard enough as a high school student. Everything seems like a competition, from trying to get the best grades to facing the pressure from universities to show your talent. However, for millions of youth, life involves watching their hometown turn to rubble as a result of political turmoil....

White by Default

Though we live in a world more diverse than ever before, the majority of popular novels we read are skewed heavily in their characterizations.

By Katie Golden, North Allegheny Senior High School

January 24, 2020

Think about your favorite books. Picture the main characters. How many of those characters are anything other than white? While things are improving across the board for representation in media, some of the most popular fantasy series, such as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson, ...

Little Women: Big message for modern girls

My sisters and I grew up loving the Little Women story.

By Emily Webb, Linganore High School

January 23, 2020

I didn’t just watch the Little Women movie or read the classic novel. I lived the story. When my sisters and I would play Little Women, I was always Meg. Jordan, the next oldest, was Jo, Sarah was Beth, and Megan was Amy. Together, we were the empowered, confident, creative March sisters, and we spent ...

Mind before matter

The power of medical placebos is in the way they blend in, looking like a pill rather than  something else in order to trick the mind into believing that it is medication.

By Maya Kornyeyeva, Carlmont High School

January 23, 2020

Relief beyond measure. All the pain, gone. All the worries, evaporated. But what could have caused this kind of change? What new science was at work inside the body, spreading a sense of freedom throughout the mind? The answer is nothing. Throughout humanity’s existence, stories of miraculous...

Two Different Worlds

During 6th period, Rosalinda Sanchez, 11, reads an English dictionary in the hallway at Mansfield Legacy High School on Jan. 22. The English Language Learners (ELL) learn English through core classes.

By Melissa De La Cruz, Mansfield Legacy High School

January 22, 2020

Original Interview Audio In Spanish Her nerves consumed her body as she walked into the school with her aunt, neither knowing a single word in English. She had one thing on her mind ‘how can I make her understand?’. For junior Rosalinda Sanchez, it seemed like ELL (English Language Learners) teacher...

Emphasis on name-brand colleges causes pressure for students

Stanford is ranked as the sixth best university in America.

By Amber Chia, Carlmont High School

January 22, 2020

The long-awaited letter that would ultimately determine his future arrived in his mailbox. His hands shook as he slowly tore the envelope open, hoping his stats were competitive enough for him to receive admissions at one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. He felt the pressure of attending...

Speak to Silence: Introduction

Speak to Silence tackles eating disorders and oening up tough conversations in its first chapter.

By Susie Seidel, Parkway West High School

January 22, 2020

New Year’s Day, 2018: My first thoughts of the year are consumed by guilt and regret. How could I have eaten so unhealthily yesterday? I shouldn’t have eaten breakfast, and I should’ve asked to go to a restaurant with healthier food. While I had been receiving treatment for anorexia for months...

Pushing boundaries one palette at a time

Coppell High School sophomore Michael Creed adds the finishing touches to his makeup with mascara and fake eyelashes in his bedroom mirror on Jan. 11.  Creed uses makeup as an artistic tool to push gender boundaries.

By Yash Ravula, Coppell High School

January 21, 2020

Highlight poppin’. Eyeliner winged. Face snatched. Coppell High School sophomore Michael Creed, at the mere age of 12 found his love for makeup. Since nothing has stopped him from pursuing it and constantly improving his artistic ability and breaking gender stereotypes. “I was playing with makeup...

A Transition to Tolerance

Unlike my old life in West Virginia, moving to Pennsylvania gave me an opportunity to voice my opinions with the security of acceptance.

By Chloe Mawyer, North Allegheny Senior High School

January 21, 2020

In my old West Virginian hometown, it wasn’t uncommon to see Trump flags flying on the tailgates of trucks. Growing up in a deep red state, I was accustomed to most people assuming a similar political identity. Although many of my new friends in Pennsylvania presume that political divides must be everywhere,...

Bras uplift the spirits of some but not all

There are many different options for bras in terms of style, color, and more.

By Kasey Liu, Carlmont High School

January 17, 2020

Breasts. Breasts are typically covered by bras, which are then covered by shirts. However, many have different opinions on which of these layers should go into their daily outfits. The typical modern bra was created by Ida Rosenthal in 1921 when she opened a bra shop in Manhattan called “Maiden ...

MHSNews | Meet Mel

MHSNews | Meet Mel

By Shon Sayfuddinov, Marquette High School

January 17, 2020

From the classroom to the parking lot, former teacher Mel Carusso made a career change that brought her to Marquette. After leaving a job that she loved, Mel was unsure of where her new position behind the wheel would take her. This story was originally published on Marquette Messenger on January 13, 2020....

As Climate Crisis Worsens, La Salle Curriculum Lags Behind

Junior Isa Sale, along with several other La Salle students, participated in the climate strike on Sept. 20, 2019.

By Maddie Khaw, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School

January 16, 2020

“Our future > your fortune,” read a sign held by junior Isa Sale at a climate change inaction protest in downtown Portland in September 2019. Sale’s sign was one among hundreds of others in the midst of the thousands of activists that day. Other signs said “no place like home” and “ma...

Iranians deal with the effects of Trump’s actions

Anti-war protesters join hundreds of others in the streets of San Francisco.  After an emergency call to action by Bay Area activists, over 300 people showed their solidarity with the Iranian people.

By Khalid Kishawi, Carlmont High School

January 16, 2020

When Farhad Farnia hears his country’s name in news headlines, it never has to do with its 24 UNESCO World Heritage sites, over 4000 years of rich history, or its diverse cuisine. Farhad Farnia is a chef, grandfather, and one of 1 million Iranians living in the United States. He moved to Oklahoma...

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