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Photoshoots fill quarantine time

Charlotte Weiss, Feature Chief

May 21, 2020

   Throughout quarantine, many people on the app TikTok have begun to do at home photoshoots. From bringing a mirror outside to taping flowers to your face, TikTok users have seen it all. Since quarantine, the app TikTok has been used more and more to try and cure adolescents’ boredom through ...

COVID-19 cancelled your summer job—now what?

Senior Paul Whaley, an employee at Jet’s Pizza,  is one of many people who have continued to work during the COVID-19 pandemic at essential businesses. Applying for a job at an essential business is one alternative way for teens who have lost a different job due to the coronavirus to make money. Whaley explained how his job has changed significantly since the pandemic began, since the restaurant has “switched to curbside pickup to minimize contact for everyone...allowed for customers to choose a contactless delivery option, [and] we all have to be wearing masks and gloves.”

Allison McElroy, Trends Chief

May 20, 2020

   Getting a summer job is a common way for high school students to make money in their free time. But what do you do when a summer job is no longer possible? Due to the coronavirus pandemic, 31 percent of surveyed SHS students have already been laid off from their summer jobs, and many more are ...

Celebrating in quarantine

Gaby Pereda, Staff Writer

May 5, 2020

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Taylors win big with humorous parody

FAMILY FUN. During quarantine the Taylors have not let up on their musical endeavors, singing originals and covers as Mason Taylor strums his mandolin, Chris Taylor plucking his guitar in the back. Recently, one of their parody videos, titled “COVID-19” won an online talent competition, the family recieving a $10,000 prize. “We hope we made you smile!” said JJ Taylor, mom to freshman Maxwell Taylor.

Deeya Prakash, Opinion Chief

April 28, 2020

  As far back as he can remember, freshman Maxwell Taylor’s family has always been musically inclined. Whether it be his father’s guitar strumming, his brother’s mandolin tuning, or both of his sisters’ shower singing, Taylor was born and raised in a home that was never quiet. But it was not unt...

Cookies for kindness

Cookies for kindness

Katie Mott, staff writer

April 26, 2020

   In these unprecedented times, we are all searching for sparks of happiness in our day to day lives. However, for those struggling to get by in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, finding these moments of glee can be hard to come by.      Luckily for the Sycamore community, this is where Sycamore ...

Stella finds expression through instagram

EXPRESSION. Darren Stella, a student in the Sycamore TIP House and a writer, has an Instagram account where he posts his poetry. Stella has autism and is mostly nonverbal, but uses writing as a way to express himself.

Allison McElroy, Trends Chief

April 25, 2020

   Darren Stella is a student in the Sycamore TIP House. Stella has autism and is mostly nonverbal, but that does not mean he does not have anything to say; in fact, it is the opposite.     Stella enjoys writing using the Rapid Prompting Method, and for around two years, he has had an Instagram...

Staying Productive during Quarantine 

 STAYING ORGANIZED. During such unpredictable times, it is crucial to still stay on top of your game by maintaining a to-do list and keeping yourself organized. For example, having a place set to work or study keeps your mindset to only work in that area, compared to doing all the work on your bed.

Bhaavya Jha, Broadcast Editor

April 21, 2020

   Back when we still had normal school days, I would wake up at five in the morning. But ever since online classes have begun, I have been waking up at noon. I was frustrated with my sleep cycle because not only was it messing up my circadian rhythm, but also my entire day. So, I decided that eno...

SHS seniors in solidarity

SENIOR SOLIDARITY. To come together under difficult circumstances, two seniors, Lindsey Stevens and Kennedy Archer, decided to compile a senior video. Showcasing the bond of the senior class, the video has spread quickly around social media. With so much uncertainty for senior activities, they hope the video will help the senior class come together despite the challenges they have faced.

Aaditi Lele, Staff Writer

April 18, 2020

   One last performance. One last season. One last game. One last competition. One last goodbye. For the class of 2020, all of these “lasts” hang in the balance of a rocky senior year. In light of the circumstances brought on by Covid-19, celebrating an end to their Sycamore journeys has been diff...

What to know for the NFL draft

With sports no longer taking place as of right now, one thing is for sure—the NFL draft will still happen on April 25th.

Gabby Khodadad, Sports Broadcaster

April 16, 2020

   With the NFL and college seasons still up in the air due to the current crisis, one thing is for sure—the NFL Draft will still happen. The NFL draft is an annual event that allows former college athletes to be recruited into the National Football League (NFL). This year's event was supposed to ta...

Panic buying

PANIC BUYING. Throughout the past month or so, people all around the world have been visiting grocery stores and bought out most supplies related to the prevention of coronavirus such as hand sanitizer or face masks. However, even though toilet paper doesn’t really help us in any way against the coronavirus, both its intrinsic and extrinsic value seemed to jump up. But why? Is it a mentality that you need to take some action when the world is out of control? Or other reasons such as logistics?

Emma Chi, Staff Writer

April 12, 2020

   People all around the world have been panic buying countless items recently, namely canned goods, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper. What has stood out the most, however, is the stockpiling of toilet paper, as we see the toilet paper shelves being emptied in almost every supermarket here in the U...

Keeping up with the coronavirus

CAPTION: FAKE NEWS. As social media progresses and expands, teenagers are more exposed to fake news than ever. And in the current COVID-19 era, this could mean a lot of trouble.

Linya Guo, Arts and Entertainment Chief

April 12, 2020

   It’s no secret that formerly print news has started spreading onto social media. From the New York Times to the Washington Post, all the publication giants have gradually migrated to promoting on various social platforms.    With this change, teenagers have started becoming more exposed to current e...

Stuck at home…far from home

STRANDED IN PERU. Sophomore Chloe Gordon works on her schoolwork while quarantined at a hotel in Cusco, Peru. The Gordon family became stranded in Peru along with thousands of other Americans after the president closed the borders on March 15.  “Until this trip, I took everyday freedoms such as going on runs, driving in a car, and my house for granted. For maybe the first six or seven days I was really relaxed and needed a break. Then I was starting to get stressed out because of online school and I just had my iPad to do school on. So it was really hard to do the work in a timely manner,” said Chloe Gordon, 10.

Allison McElroy, Trends Chief

April 1, 2020

   People around the world have been lamenting long days stuck at home as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. But imagine being quarantined in an unfamiliar place, far from home. That is the situation thousands of Americans have found themselves in, including SHS English teacher Mrs. Johanna Gordon, so...

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