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Two Staff Members Awarded for Excellence

Two Staff Members Awarded for Excellence

Helena Hu and Ajinkya Rane

February 20, 2020

Plant supervisor Leo Diego and literary and language arts teacher Jeanne Jelnick were named in top 25 and top ten, respectively, for Parenting OC Magazine’s Top Teachers and Employees Awards on Jan. 6, with the award ceremony taking place on Feb. 5 at Bowers Museum.   A committee of Parenting OC staff and past...

Presenters Showcase Passions from Calmness to Careers

Presenters Showcase Passions from Calmness to Careers

Jenny Won, Assistant A&E Editor

February 18, 2020

As the fourth annual Passion Day approaches on Feb. 21, student and teacher speakers alike are preparing to share the topics and interests that shape their identities. With 46% of speakers being student speakers, the largest proportion in the history of the event, this year’s Passion Day will provi...

The Real ID: What Is It?

The Real ID: What Is It?

Julia Kim, Opinion Editor

February 5, 2020

Seniors Win CA-45 Congressional App Challenge

Seniors Win CA-45 Congressional App Challenge

Kate Hayashi and Maya Sabbaghian

February 4, 2020

Congresswoman Katie Porter recognized one winner and three runners-up for the CA-45 District’s annual Congressional App Challenge at her Orange County office on Jan. 25. Seniors  Jimmy Kang and Stephanie Zhang won first place for their app, Blossom. Seniors Patrick Cui, Brian Hawkins and Matthew ...

Coronavirus Concerns in Irvine – How Worried Should Students Be?

Coronavirus Concerns in Irvine – How Worried Should Students Be?

Ryne Dunman, Contributing Writer

February 3, 2020

The novel coronavirus has affected over 17,000 people across 23 countries with a report of 369 fatalities, as of Feb. 3. The city of Wuhan, China claims most of the affected patients and casualties and is believed to be the origin of the strain, according to the New York Post. On Jan. 26, the Center...

Divisive Worldwide Protests Bring Unexpected Unity

Divisive Worldwide Protests Bring Unexpected Unity

Ajinkya Rane and Ki Joon Lee

January 22, 2020

Voices of protest rose up against corruption in Hong Kong, Latin America, Catalonia and other countries throughout 2019, and the passionate demonstrators from around the world have collectively created an international community of believers in equality and justice. Although these protests sought to invoke...

1.25 Billion Animals Killed as Australia’s Megafires Continue

1.25 Billion Animals Killed as Australia’s Megafires Continue

Minnah Tanzeen and Krisha Konchadi

January 21, 2020

Following a lengthy dry spell in Australia, a megafire has destroyed 6.3 million hectares of land as of Jan. 10. The 135 bushfires that have been raging since September across New South Wales and Victoria have merged into one large megafire as high winds continue to exacerbate the problem, according to NPR. ...

Teachers Break Barriers Through Interdisciplinary Learning Projects

Teachers Break Barriers Through Interdisciplinary Learning Projects

Charlotte Cao, Bia Shok, and Lauren Hsu

January 20, 2020

The 1920s: Literary & Language Arts and Social Studies Sophomore Honors American History and American Literature classes will host a collaborative project centered around American culture in the 1920s. In Honors American History, students will research a historical figure from this time period to r...

Democrats Attempt to Reach Common Ground

Democrats Attempt to Reach Common Ground

Junhee Ryu, Business Team

January 14, 2020

The seventh Democratic debate, hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register, will take place on Jan. 14 at Drake University, where six candidates (Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren) will present their stances on national issues such as climate change a...

China Calls Muslim Detention Camps ‘Humane’ Among International Outrage

China Calls Muslim Detention Camps ‘Humane’ Among International Outrage

Minnah Tanzeen, Staff Writer

January 9, 2020

On Jan. 8, a United States government commission led an effort to convince the Trump administration to put sanctions on China due to the country’s human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims, according to the Washington Post. The commission, which is headed by Representative Jim McGovern from Massac...

President Donald Trump Impeached for Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Justice

President Donald Trump Impeached for Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Justice

Jenny Won, Assistant A&E Editor

January 9, 2020

The House of Representatives voted on December 18, 2019 to impeach Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, for abuse of power and obstruction of justice. This makes Trump the third U.S. president ever to be impeached, following Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1999. The d...

Social Studies Department Blocks Out Grades Over Winter Break

Social Studies Department Blocks Out Grades Over Winter Break

Manan Mendiratta and Annie Qiao

December 20, 2019

Over winter break, the entire social studies department will be blacking out grades on Aeries in an attempt to decrease grade-related stress and prepare students for college, where students are also blocked from viewing their grades after final exams. “The grade really isn’t going to change at...

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