High Tide

Free runner

Free runner

Heather Lee, Staff Writer

March 16, 2019


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Steadying himself on the metal beams, senior Marcellus Finklea prepares to do a backflip over a bridge, the traffic rumbling below him. Calmly, he walks up the beams and stands on top, adjusting his feet. He launches himself into the air and sticks the landing. The sport, parkour, created by Dav...

Surveillance at school

Reem Chamas and Trina Kolas

March 16, 2019


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The twenty-first century was when the concept of total privacy officially died. If it’s on the internet, almost anyone can access it. From looking at a person’s search history to tracking down someone’s social security number, nothing anyone does nowadays is truly private anymore. And a school e...

An unbelizebale teacher

Nadia Bidarian, Staff Writer

February 25, 2019


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To some, biology teacher Kelly Lewis may be considered a daredevil- he has skydived, snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, and explored the rainforests of Costa Rica, just to name a few activities. But in reality, he simply loves learning. “My to-do list changes all the time, and if I hear about somet...

Subtracting hate

Subtracting hate

Sangjun Lee, Staff Writer

February 25, 2019


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After over a month of planning their positivity awareness campaign, sophomores Caroline Landry and Katie Lee launched their new merchandise last Thursday. “Absolute Positivity is our campaign to spread positivity throughout school,” Landry said. “In the face of prevalent bullying and negativity, thes...

Leading a double life

Meghan Jacob, Staff Writer

February 21, 2019


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Growing up in the middle of an Egyptian and Canadian household is what freshman biology teacher Salwa Sabet has been living with since childhood. Sabet’s mother was raised in Canada and her father grew up in Egypt, which gave Sabet many unusual hardships as a kid. “I definitely had moments ...

Sticks and stones

Heather Lee, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019


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*For anonymity, sources will be referred to as John Doe and Marie Major. Students are desensitized to offensive language, and it’s time to talk about it.   Teenagers are not known for being very careful with their words, and most pick up and use language without considering the impact. This...

Two different Worlds

Hunter Shank, Staff Writer

December 21, 2018


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Senior Fuma Ueno was a Japanese resident for the first 7 years of his life. In Japan, students don’t have the same rights that they do here. In Japanese schooling systems, students also have a lot more responsibility. “We didn’t have janitors to clean our classrooms, instead students were in char...

Going pro

Taylor Quaye, Staff Writer

December 21, 2018


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From high school musician to world class marching participant, junior Julian Quevedo was offered a Drum Corps International (DCI) contract to play in the A corps of Santa Clara Vanguard. Santa Clara Vanguard is a drum and bugle corps marching band that consists of brass, percussion and horn instru...

Fight to the finish

Martha Farah, Features Editor

December 19, 2018


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Competition: the fire that fuels victory individually and as a team. Girls’ varsity basketball coach, Marcelo Enriquez, believes that there is a high level of competitiveness on the team due to the athletes’ devotion to the sport. “Competition definitely motivates them to want to be the b...

Playing his truth

Taylor Quaye, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


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With five instruments under his belt, sophomore Juninho Paniouchkine doesn’t plan on stopping there. Despite the challenges being both a musician and student, Paciouchkine has been able to keep his love for music alive. After almost six years playing, Paniouchkine plays the oboe, flute, clarinet...

Let loose

Nadia Bidarian, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


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After a long, stressful day at school, freshman Ryland Doersam sits through agonizing, two hour long traffic to get to his final destination: Millennium Dance Complex in Studio City. There, Doersam can let go of his stress and inhibitions, and just dance. Doersam takes hip hop classes at Mille...

Sound Waves

Sangjun Lee, Staff Writer

October 20, 2018


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After months of mapping out designs and ideas with scientists and mentors, senior John Forbes looks forward to the upcoming November launch of his new subscription-based app  MyndSetter. “The name ‘Myndsetter’ relates to how this app uses music to set people’s minds from an unwanted menta...