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Halfway there

Halfway there

Lindsay Ruskin, Staff Writer

January 28, 2020

   High school has not been what I expected.  People told me that friends change and classes get harder, but I didn’t really believe them.  I thought, “Maybe for them, but nothing will change for me.” Well, I was wrong.    Things have changed, and some of my friends have moved groups...

In defense of fanfiction

In defense of fanfiction

Anisa Khatana, Editor in Chief

January 27, 2020

It’s 2 a.m. on a Thursday and I’m slumped over my laptop again, procrastinating and seven thousand words deep in a story about an awkward secret werewolf, his mysterious secret vampire roommate, and the School of Magicks they both attend.    The characters and setting are familiar, cre...

My First Indoor Track Meet

My First Indoor Track Meet

Claire Berlier, Staff Writer

January 26, 2020

Indoor track or outdoor track? Winter or spring? You would think that running inside in the winter is essentially the same thing as running outside in the spring. Until I went to my first indoor track meet, I thought that too. Surprisingly, an athlete needs to pay attention to many differences.   ...

The beauty of diversifying your friend groups

The beauty of diversifying your friend groups

Gaby Pereda, Staff Writer

December 22, 2019

   As teenagers we all have to go through the journey of trying to find a group of people who make us feel at home, or a group of friends that seem to just click for us and allow us to be our true selves. For some, it may be easy; for others, not so much. The creation of friendships and strong bonds...

Star Wars: The Modern Myth

Star Wars: The Modern Myth

Jack Wolfe, PR manager

December 22, 2019

   I have always loved Star Wars, ever since I was a little kid and I will probably still love it till the day I die. While I acknowledge that the franchise is anything but perfect, there is a certain charm to these films that just keeps you invested in every scene.    With what is presumed to be the end of ...

Why I Love Thanksgiving

Why I Love Thanksgiving

Lindsay Ruskin, Staff Writer

December 4, 2019

   When it turns midnight on Nov. 1, most people start getting ready for the holiday season and skip Thanksgiving.  They either forget about the holiday itself, or really just do not care for it—they are ready to get presents.      Thanksgiving for my family does not start at dinnertime, b...

My first Model UN experience

My first Model UN experience

Emma Chi, Staff Writer

November 12, 2019

   20 people all staring at you, all waiting for their chance to speak, your voice barely coming out as a squeak. As daunting as it seems, experiences like these are what make you better and build you up as a person.     At first glance, Model United Nations (MUN) may just seem like any other ...

Surviving Mid Semester Slump

Surviving Mid Semester Slump

Aaditi Lele, Staff Writer

November 11, 2019

It is halfway through the semester and every school day seems to last 10 million hours (How is it still Monday?). Mid-term anxiety is yet to set in but you have finally adjusted to a new school year: What now? Have you found yourself less willing to get out of bed to do school work? Less motivated? We...

The story of an over involved student

The story of an over involved student

Gaby Pereda, Staff Writer

November 11, 2019

Just like a rubber band snaps when it has too much tension, we humans also reach a “snapping” point when the pressure around us just seems like too much. I’m sure if you ask my classmates, friends, family, or teachers, they would all tell you that I am involved in many things, and some of them...

Accepting refugees

Accepting refugees

Emma Chi, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

The acception of refugees has always been a controversial topic. There are countries like Germany, who has once taken in 890,000 refugees in one year; but also, countries like Japan, who only took in 12 refugees last year. There are a variety of reasons why countries make these decisions, but just...

Athlete reflects on season 

Athlete reflects on season 

Harsitha Kalaiarasan, Design Editor

October 30, 2019

Deep breath in, deep breath out. The serve hurtles towards my forehand; in a bid to end the point quickly, I slam the ball into the net person. The ball makes contact with her racquet and lands long. Game, Set, Match. My partner, Mayu Fukuda and I had qualified for the OHSAA State Tennis Championships.  Las...

The power of youth

The power of youth

Aaditi Lele, Staff Writer

October 27, 2019

   Published authors, gun control advocates, climate change activists, genius programmers, and community leaders. My peers for four days at the first meeting of the Youth Collaboratory, a civic youth leadership program launched by Citizen University, could not be described as anything short of invigorati...

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