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Competitive bowling brings new meaning to high school students

Competitive bowling brings new meaning to high school students

By Camelia Coffman, Whitney HS, Rocklin, Calif.

December 9, 2014

Youth Bowling can be considered a sport, however, it can also be a means for students to earn scholarship money for college.

Scientists study comets hoping to unlock secrets to origin of universe

Scientists study comets hoping to unlock secrets to origin of universe

By Athena Quddus, Adolfo Camarillo HS, Camarillo, Calif.

December 9, 2014

After over a decade since its launch in 2004, the spacecraft Rosetta successfully reached comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (comet C-G) on Nov. 12, 2014, making it the first spacecraft in history to ever successfully land on a comet. Dr. Claudia Alexander, JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratories)/ NASA (National Aerona...

Working at polls opens student’s eyes to diversity of voters

Working at polls opens student’s eyes to diversity of voters

By Emma Pinsky, Kirby School, Santa Cruz, Calif.

December 2, 2014

It’s six in the morning, the fluorescent lights are buzzing incessantly, and there’s a plastic American flag duct taped to the wall. This is democracy. On Tuesday, Nov. 4, voters across the nation swarmed to their geographically assigned precincts to cast their lots in various senatorial, gubernatorial,...

Runners trounce through mud at the Gladiator Rock’n Run

Runners trounce through mud at the Gladiator Rock’n Run

By Luis Sy, Clark Magnet HS, La Crescenta, Calif.

November 26, 2014

The Gladiator Rock’n Run features a 5-, 6- and 10-kilometer race with numerous obstacles, and is held in major cities across the United States.

‘1989’ is Taylor Swift’s best business decision

‘1989’ is Taylor Swift’s best business decision

By Gillian Allen, Carlsbad HS, Carlsbad, Calif.

November 24, 2014

“1989” is a statement of the star’s maturity: she has grown up from the world of fairytales and princess gowns and recognizes that band-aids don’t fix bullet holes, and sometimes you have to walk away.

College-crazed juniors up the competition: For the Class of 2016, A- becomes the new F

College-crazed juniors up the competition: For the Class of 2016, A- becomes the new F

By Maxwell Shukuya, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, Calif.

November 12, 2014

At junior Zoë Bowlus's September birthday party, a group of her close friends surround an outdoor table on a cool summer night. But her friends aren't discussing Taylor Swift's new hit or the latest episode of "American Horror Story." Instead their conversation is a parent's dream. It's almost too...

Checking in with chess

Checking in with chess

By Ericka Shin, Clark Magnet HS, La Crescenta, Calif.

November 4, 2014

“Why would you do that?” asked senior Elizabeth Abramyan. “You’re clearly putting your bishop in danger. Try this,” Abramyan suggested to fellow senior and opponent chess player Joshua Valerio as she highlighted a better move for him during an impulsive lunch game. According to the United States Chess Federation, ...

California school explores tunnels in community

By Devin Wickstrom, A. A. Stagg HS, Stockton, Calif.

October 31, 2014

The Delta “Twin” Tunnels of Stockton, California, are explored, as well as the effects they’ll have if they are built.

No need to eat meat if we’ve got vegetables

No need to eat meat if we’ve got vegetables

By Elen Hakoupiani, Clark Magnet HS, La Crescenta, Calif.

October 24, 2014

Imagine saving more than 8 billion animals a year, just in the United States, by shutting out the animal food industry which includes clothing, cosmetics and home goods produced by slaughtered animals. Well, during the summer, I came across a video on YouTube called "Why You Should Consider Being a Vegetarian,"...

Tortilla Babies: Alumna Katharine Harlan makes your kid cute enough to eat

Tortilla Babies: Alumna Katharine Harlan makes your kid cute enough to eat

By Maxwell Shukuya, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, Calif.

October 23, 2014

Katharine Harlan, ’99, single-handedly turned blankets into gold. No, she didn’t conjure up King Midas or Rumpelstiltskin — instead, Harlan conjured up cute. Yes, cute. She cooked up Bon Vivant Baby, a business that produces food-inspired swaddling blankets with names like “Lil’ Eggroll...

Basedmojis offers different alternative emojis

Basedmojis offers different alternative emojis

By Yousef Fatehpour, Daniel Pearl Magnet HS, Van Nuys, Calif.

October 22, 2014

Hip-Hop/Cultural icon Brandon McCartney, or as the public knows him as Lil B, has taken his message of positivity beyond music into the technological world with his new app: Basedmojis. Lil B has challenged professional basketball player Kevin Durant to a one on one. He’s released over 3,000 songs in h...

Powder Puff introduces unique perspectives for students on football field

Powder Puff introduces unique perspectives for students on football field

By Joel Timms, Whitney HS, Rocklin, Calif.

October 16, 2014

The powder puff games allow for a unique opportunity for genders to essentially switch roles, with boys taking on cheer leading positions on the sidelines and girls heading onto the football field.

AP Spanish class works around lack of materials

AP Spanish class works around lack of materials

By Alexus Plascencia, A. A. Stagg HS, Stockton, Calif.

October 14, 2014

Money is an issue. The class isn’t. With cooperative students, and the teacher carefully planning out what needs to be taught, both students and teacher expect the class to run smoothly.

Know the score: Seniors reflect on cost of SAT preparation

Know the score: Seniors reflect on cost of SAT preparation

By Mimi Evans, Dougherty Valley HS, San Ramon, Calif.

October 13, 2014

Note: Student names have been changed. Oliver, a current senior, was singled out. His free diagnostic test indicated that he would already score over a 2100 on the SAT, and so he was placed in Elite’s SAT 2100 Plus Program. Unlike the Elite Boot Camp, in which students attend class four or fi...

‘The Perfect Score Project’ proves to be a must-have guide to the SAT

‘The Perfect Score Project’ proves to be a must-have guide to the SAT

By Shreya Mathur, Dublin HS, Dublin, Calif.

October 13, 2014

Wanting to fuel her son’s motivation to succeed, she plunges into the world of test prep -- 12 months, 7 SATs, and a goal to earn a perfect score while uncovering its secret path.

So you’re too cool for Coke?

So you’re too cool for Coke?

By Aishwarya Nadgauda, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, Calif.

October 9, 2014

Coca-Cola launched the “Share a Coke” campaign in the United States this summer, but only 33 percent of high schoolers have names featured in the popular campaign.

Turning up the heat: Classroom temperatures cause early school dismissal

Turning up the heat: Classroom temperatures cause early school dismissal

By Amy Shim, Adolfo Camarillo HS, Camarillo, Calif.

October 6, 2014

During hot and dry conditions normal during late summer and early fall, classroom temperatures often exceed 85 degrees and go as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The future of fashion starts with Yellow House

The future of fashion starts with Yellow House

By Alex Hall, Carlsbad HS, Carlsbad, Calif.

September 29, 2014

Aspiring fashion designers, Lizzy Grove and Megan Jenkins, have their own Carlsbad home-based bathing suit line: Yellow House Bikinis. The girls started making their bikinis in fashion class here at CHS just last year and have managed to exceed their expectations. “We were in fashion class toge...

Wait – my Tanakh teacher is a singing astronaut?

Wait – my Tanakh teacher is a singing astronaut?

By Maayan Waldman, Shalhevet High School, Los Angeles

September 15, 2014

A member of the Maccabeats -- the famous Yeshiva University singing group -- is working part-time at Shalhevet this year while he creates his own solo music album in Los Angeles.

At Habitat house, a day of sun, sweat and spackle

At Habitat house, a day of sun, sweat and spackle

By Tamar Willis, Shalhevet HS, Los Angeles

June 5, 2014

The smell of sunscreen, sweat and sawdust permeated the air at 3305 Magnolia Avenue in Lynwood on Apr. 9. Instead of sitting in classes that day, seniors were lifting planks, spackling and sanding at a construction site in Lynwood, southern L.A. County, as part of the school’s new “Impact14” community...

School begins replacing AP courses with new advanced courses

School begins replacing AP courses with new advanced courses

By Alexa Fishman and Sigal Spitzer

June 2, 2014

Beginning next fall, Shalhevet will begin eliminating Advanced Placement courses in the hope of replacing all of them with advanced courses offering more depth, critical thinking and problem-solving, administrators announced May 1. Two new courses will kick off the program next fall: Advanced Biology,...

Fires break out in North County

Fires break out in North County

By Elizabeth Tarangelo, San Dieguito Academy, Encinitas, Calif.

May 22, 2014

SDA students stepped out of their second period classes today to the sight of an ominous cloud of black smoke. Due to the hot, dry conditions that California has been experiencing over the past several days, there have been several wind-driven brush fires started throughout San Diego County. Tuesday’s...

Dieting dudes: Young men seek ways to drop pounds, too

Dieting dudes: Young men seek ways to drop pounds, too

By Maxwell Shukuya, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, Calif.

May 13, 2014

Pick up any Cosmopolitan magazine from the past month and chances are you’ll see two teasers: 1) “75 Sex Moves Men Crave” and 2) “4 Steps to a Flat Belly.” Now turn to the past 20 issues of GQ. While there’s the occasional “Amp Up Your Sex Appeal” article, not one cover story addresses...

Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi visits United States

Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi visits United States

By Allen Dishigrikyan, Clark Magnet HS, La Crescenta, Calif.

May 12, 2014

Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan teenager, broke the vicious cycle of life in the slums through the ancient game of chess.

Yeshivah Gedolah covers Sterling’s name on its sports pavilion

Yeshivah Gedolah covers Sterling’s name on its sports pavilion

By Mati Hurwitz, Shalhevet HS, Los Angeles

May 8, 2014

Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles covered up the “Donald T. Sterling Pavilion” sign on its building Monday, April 28, after news broke of the donor’s widely criticized comments to his girlfriend on a recording obtained by TMZ. The school doesn’t “condone his remarks,” according to a secretary...

Lending a hand in the family business

Lending a hand in the family business

By David Olvera-Sanchez, Clark Magnet HS, La Crescenta, Calif.

May 7, 2014

After finishing their classes earlier than other students (due to the lessened class requirements), many seniors utilize this extra chunk of time to relax with friends or catch up on homework. However, senior Ani Sinanyan has little time to waste because every day she goes straight from school to work...

Too many tests? Juniors bombarded in fourth quarter

Too many tests? Juniors bombarded in fourth quarter

By Celine Lopez, A. A. Stagg High School, Stockton, Calif.

May 6, 2014

“It just seems like too much.” This is response heard over and over again when juniors, teachers, and administrators alike were asked how they feel about the overload of tests juniors have been taking this spring in such a short period of time. When asked the same question, almost every student...

Dropping the formula, finding the voice: Eastern students study a Western approach to art

Dropping the formula, finding the voice: Eastern students study a Western approach to art

By Zoe Bowlus, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, Calif.

April 30, 2014

When senior Cissy Shi signed up for teacher Patricia Kelly’s studio art class her sophomore year, she was concerned she wouldn’t be able to keep up. “I thought I needed extra help,” she said. So she started studying with Richard Yang, her cousin’s private art tutor. Yang is an independent...

Student designer combines ingenuity and fashion

Student designer combines ingenuity and fashion

By Emily Wong, Diamond Bar HS, Diamond Bar, Calif.

April 28, 2014

Whether making a dress from empty cans or constructing an animal with only wire, Nancy Ai epitomizes ingenuity. What started as a hobby blossomed into something bigger, something that distinguished her from the average art enthusiast. Wanting to help the environment but lacking money to purchase new...

More than just cat videos: YouTube videos supplement classroom learning

More than just cat videos: YouTube videos supplement classroom learning

By Aishwarya Nadgauda, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, Calif.

April 25, 2014

A foolproof way to procrastinate is by going on YouTube and spending hours watching videos of cats, video games, babies… this list goes on. But while some videos cause homework to go unfinished for hours, others serve as a second set of teachers for SCDS students. Watching videos on the channels...

Coaches take on twice the teaching load

Coaches take on twice the teaching load

By Serene Gallardo, Downey HS, Downey, Calif.

April 24, 2014

At Downey High, teachers tend to take on twice as much as expected – that is, alongside teaching curriculum courses, they take hand in coaching a team. Managing both classrooms full of students and a sports team is double duty, but these teachers are willing to go the distance. The process to apply...

Substitute teachers bring rich backgrounds to classrooms

Substitute teachers bring rich backgrounds to classrooms

By Emily Leung and Frances Wu

April 23, 2014

Substitute teachers are always a nice change for Diamond Bar High School students, but their temporary stay in the classroom gives students little time to learn more about them. Although regular teachers have an entire year develop a close relationship with their students, substitute teachers don’t...

‘An Abundance of Katherines’ worth the read

‘An Abundance of Katherines’ worth the read

By Grace Li, Dublin HS, Dublin, Calif.

April 22, 2014

"An Abundance of Katherines" by John Green details the pitiful relationships of Colin Singleton, an anagram-obsessed child prodigy who has just been dumped by his nineteenth Katherine. The peculiar thing about Singleton is that he only dates girls named Katherine, hence the title. Heartbroken and tired...

Drought: Santa Cruz region faces tough decisions as water shortage continues

Drought: Santa Cruz region faces tough decisions as water shortage continues

By Ava Poen, Kirby School, Santa Cruz, Calif.

April 21, 2014

Verticillium wilt is a monster. The pathogen wreaks havoc on strawberries--shriveling stems, yellowing leaves, stunting growth, and damaging plant tissue. Swanton Berry Farm kills this pervasive soil pathogen with a carefully executed five-year crop rotation. Across their five farms, Swanton follows thi...

California students take proactive approach against underage drinking

California students take proactive approach against underage drinking

By Jamie Jordan, Vista del Lago HS, Folsom, Calif.

April 17, 2014

Teenagers and alcohol. Most likely, this combination sounds dismal, but Folsom Cordova teens are changing the conversation. Students involved with Club Live at Folsom and Sutter Middle Schools and Friday Night Live at Vista del Lago High School recently participated in the filming of an educational...

Doing the dishes: Ceramic studio offers a home for artists and kids

Doing the dishes: Ceramic studio offers a home for artists and kids

By Gillian Weatherford, Kirby School, Santa Cruz, Calif.

April 2, 2014

"Technically, petroglyphs are made by scratching away at rocks. It’s pictographs that are when you paint on the rock,” Jennifer Kurtz Rubin explains. “But with a little creative license, it can apply to ceramics too.” Rubin and her husband Michael founded the Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge in 1993, cele...

Recipe: How to make vanilla macarons

Recipe: How to make vanilla macarons

By Jessica Chang and Priscilla Pan

March 10, 2014

Ahh macarons. (Not macaroons, mind you. Those are mounds made of shredded coconut.) Have you ever drooled over them in a bakery window? (psht… we don’t know what you’re talking about). Those cute little sandwiches with their complementary feet might seem intimidating (and they sort of are), but...

“The Winter’s Tale,” a Shakespeare B-side

“The Winter’s Tale,” a Shakespeare B-side

By Elizabeth Tarangelo, San Dieguito Academy, Encinitas, Calif.

March 7, 2014

If you find yourself debating on whether to go see the new movie “Winter’s Tale” at Edwards San Marcos or the timeless play “The Winter’s Tale” at The Old Globe, the latter is undeniably the better choice. Something of a Shakespeare B-side, “The Winter’s Tale” is one of the last pl...

The unfair criticism of Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham on covers

The unfair criticism of Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham on covers

By Meilan Steimle, Harker Upper School, San Jose, Calif.

March 5, 2014

I’ll be honest: I don’t really follow the high fashion world. But even I was anticipating this month’s issues of Elle and Vogue, which are showcasing Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham on their covers. In an age where female directors are a rarity, Kaling and Dunham stand out, both for directing, writi...

Standing stable: Student performs on horseback

Standing stable: Student performs on horseback

By Hayley Poore, Viking, Palo Alto HS, Palo Alto, Calif.

March 3, 2014

When most people think of horseback riding, they think of sitting on a saddle. For Irene Ezran (‘14), however, riding a horse consists of standing and doing tricks to the beat of music on a horse’s back while it moves in a circle. Equestrian vaulting, or simply vaulting, is a combination of dance and ...

On mosque visit, class views a different culture of the Middle East

On mosque visit, class views a different culture of the Middle East

By Alexa Fishman, Shalhevet HS, Los Angeles

February 28, 2014

Seven juniors spent an afternoon looking at Middle Eastern culture through the lens of a local mosque, on a field trip last month to Culver City that was part of their Modern Middle East class. Jewish History teacher Mr. Jason Feld brought the students to the King Fahad Mosque, located on Washington...

Clowning around: Upper School students have fun with young buddies

Clowning around: Upper School students have fun with young buddies

By Apoorva Rangan, Harker Upper School, San Jose, Calif.

February 21, 2014

School isn’t usually associated with clowning around. But at yesterday’s “Clown Day” for the 11th and 4th grade Eagle Buddies, the students watched clowns perform and learned some circus skills of their own. After lunch, students were treated to a show from individually hired performers,...

“The Lego Movie” not missing any pieces

“The Lego Movie” not missing any pieces

By Sam Winter, San Dieguito Academy, Encinitas, Calif.

February 18, 2014

Where can the Justice League meet the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons, Gandalf, Dumbledore, and Chewbacca? When can social commentary, partial nudity, and several on-screen decapitations pass with just a PG rating? How can I have fallen so in love with a two-hour toy commercial? "The Lego Movie" was really made for lovers...

Freshman runningback trio stands out

Freshman runningback trio stands out

By Andrew Balazs, Gregori HS, Modesto, Calif.

February 13, 2014

The very first opening kickoff at Lanphear Stadium proved to be a special moment. Nikko Rodriguez caught the ball at the twenty- five yard line started running towards the opponent’s sideline. He saw an opening and then juked the kicker and from there it was off to the races. Rodriguez won the race by a...

Breakdancing helps student come out of shell

Breakdancing helps student come out of shell

By Clara Harrington and Maddie Kinnaman

February 12, 2014

  Although backflips, backspins and headspins may be generic words that distinguish breakdancing, but its history and cultural impact are largely unknown. When breakdancing first gained popularity, the tradition of dance battles had already been established; it was strong among street gangs i...

New California law gives transgender students choices

By Lauren Gargiulo, Campanile, Palo Alto HS, Palo Alto, Calif.

February 10, 2014

On Jan. 1, the California State Legislature implemented a new law that allows transgender students from kindergarten to 12th grade in public schools to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender that they identify with. In addition, the new law also allows students to take part in gender-sp...

Students tutors help English learners to pass CAHSEE

Students tutors help English learners to pass CAHSEE

By William Alexander, A. A. Stagg High School, Stockton, Calif.

February 5, 2014

Rapid Spanish is spoken from a few tables away. The sight is of eight people, and three of them seem to be helping the rest. As you lean in for a closer look, you see practice CAHSEE tests. The five, who are being tutored, are reading and writing with obvious enthusiasm. The tutors seem to have a li...

Think you’re spoiled? Watch ‘#Richkids of Beverly Hills’ and think again

Think you’re spoiled? Watch ‘#Richkids of Beverly Hills’ and think again

By Manson Tung, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, Calif.

February 4, 2014

Imagine if your life consisted of lunches, private jets, Birkin bags, yachting and club tabs the price of half a high-school career at Country Day. If it sounds like the type of voyeurism you’d be interested in, "#RichKids of Beverly Hills" is the show for you. That’s right, #; as in this show is a social-med...

A couple of keepers

A couple of keepers

By Christian Doll, Gregori HS, Modesto, Calif.

February 4, 2014

Seniors Taylor O’Brien and Robbie Harmelink have only one issue in their relationship: who’s the better soccer player? “She’s better at some parts,” said Harmelink, “but overall, I would rather have me on a team.” “I have better hand eye coordination and footwork, so I’m a better...

From Brazil to America: School security guard shares journey

From Brazil to America: School security guard shares journey

By Emma Veidt, Carlsbad HS, Carlsbad, Calif.

January 29, 2014

Every day, security guards wearing neon yellow jackets ride around the school on their bikes or in their golf carts. Some stop during lunch and chat with kids about their classes. Others race the seagulls to the trash while students continue to nibble their sandwiches. These guards are familiar face...

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