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Hooked on desk hooks

Katherine Sergeeva, Staff Writer

May 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Imagine if your backpack was flung to the ground every day, slowly being covered with the grime and muck of public high school carpets? Picture having to bend awkwardly to the ground every time you need something from your bag. Think of your teacher walking to your desk, only to be tripped by your dirty,...

Teachers: important but undervalued

Jake Hopkins, Staff Writer

May 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Bill Gates, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, what’s something they all have in common? They all had teachers. Teachers are in charge of training the next generation of leaders, inventors and philosophers. They are able to influence and shape the world through the people they teach. Yet, for such an...

Dear Freshman: an open letter

Anthony Alegrete, Senior Writer

May 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Just like all other traumatic incidents, I remember my own experiences as a naïve and nervous ninth grader looking for any sense of comfort and security in this new planet. I was suddenly surrounded by people who could actually drive and were superior because of it. I would get lost from class to class,...

Patriot Pantry vs. L’Cafe

Kelly Jinguji and Mary Russell

May 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Patriot Panty It’s 12:05. You’re standing in the cafeteria with a grumbling stomach, glancing between the two primary options for today’s lunch: DECA’s Patriot Pantry or the L’Café. So? What’s the best option? Clearly, it’s none other than the noteworthy Patriot Pantry. Now, it would...

Video games are digital art

Wyatt Waters, Opinion Editor

May 9, 2017


Filed under Opinion

From ominous, foreboding caves to deep, interstellar space; from nuanced, valiant protagonists to insidious villains; from stories that excite, shock, and thrill to those that shatter even the most stalwart of hearts, video games mean so much more than the sum of their pixels. In the eyes of many, video...

How do I voice my outrage?

Sabrina Suen, Opinion Editor

May 9, 2017


Filed under Opinion

How do I voice my outrage? I’ll be honest. This wasn’t the article I was supposed to write. Maybe I’m breaking some kind of journalistic fourth wall by telling you this, but I need the readers of this paper to know my intentions. I need you to understand that I’m writing this article out of...

Political protests surge as the election sweeps through America

Press Perspective, Opinion Editor

March 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Press Perspective

The Situation So Far On November 9, a change of colossal proportions struck The United States. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in what has been called the greatest upset in modern political history, won enough electoral votes to secure the presidency instead of the expected winner,...

How to participate in serious class discussion: with empathy

Wyatt Waters, Staff Writer

March 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Racism. Religious beliefs. Sexual assault. Depression. Suicide. Over the course of high school, the books we read in English classes expose us to some heavy topics. From the tense discussions of the realities of racism with To Kill a Mockingbird freshman year to Holden Caulfield’s traumatic past in...

Marijuana: a crucial matter of the mind

Wyatt Waters, Opinion Editor

March 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Everyone’s heard something outlandish about marijuana before. “You can’t get addicted to it,” someone might claim, or “It’s safe because it’s legalized.” Regardless of the specific myth, many teens buy into gross misconceptions about using and consuming marijuana or other cannabis products....

Sibling preferences create an unequal learning environment

Annabelle Smith, Staff Writer

March 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I used to have a brother. Before he moved schools, teachers and older students would look at me with a knowing eye, saying, “You’re Ben’s sister?” I reveled in how my older brother’s friends knew my name, and I was blessed to know the truth about future teachers, classes and what school would...

How my brother gave me a headstart

Karinn Sytsma, Staff Writer

March 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Oh, are you Trevor’s sister?” or “Sytsma? You must be Trevor’s little sister,” are the most common phrases I hear every year as teachers take roll for the first time. But these questions and comments don’t bring me down or make me angry like you might expect, because my brother’s attendance...

Beef: the diagonal speed bump of doom

Reegan Weber, Staff Writer

March 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The diagonal speed bump in the front parking lot causes nothing but misery for all drivers who notice their car rocketing into the sky four times instead of twice, as each individual wheel clunks into the bump. Although the intention of a school speed bump is safety, I can only wonder why on earth a...

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