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Academic Decathlon students gather in math teacher and club adviser Eric Graham’s room as he goes over the procedures for the online essay competition. Although the two JV members don’t take the essay, all nine varsity members compete.
Academic Decathlon Participates in First Competition of the School Year
Sonia Wang, Staff Writer
February 3, 2023
Beyond being able to help current students, alumna and Rice University freshman Claudia Lin said she was eager to participate in the project because she wanted to represent her school and demonstrate the importance of being open to different college experiences. “I remember when I was in high school, and I was just very nervous and very like anxious about what college would look and what the future would look like,” Lin said. “And especially during the college offseason, I was super anxious. So I guess I just wanted to show people that its gonna be okay and at the end of the day, like, there are so many amazing schools out there, and its not just limited to one.”
Alumni Network Connects Graduates and Students
Shaina Taebi, Centerspread Editor
January 12, 2023
Junior and chief communications officer Jasmine Davis and senior and accounting representative Saanvi Mekala present their board to convince other students to buy their products for their mock company Wella, which sells health products to teenagers.
Virtual Enterprise Competes and Wins at Trade Show
Maitri Allani, Staff Writer
December 14, 2022
Students and workers gather at Berkeley, California to protest unfair wages and working conditions as part of a larger UC-wide strike.
Ongoing UC Strikes Create Higher Education Academics History
Hannah Ko
December 12, 2022
Math and computer science teacher Katherine Dillon visits a waterfall in Ninghai, China, where she studied abroad, explored as a tourist and went on a business trip to. “I started traveling because my school had some international trips and being able to communicate with other people in a place where I couldn’t understand very much was really really exciting to me,” Dillon said.
Math and Computer Science Teacher Katherine Dillon Builds Unique Connections as a Five-Language Speaker
Maya Tedini
January 12, 2023
Junior Liz De Maria practices playing her acoustic guitar at home after school. De Maria first began her journey with the ukulele, learning her first song, “Riptide” by Vance Joy, in under four days, according to De Maria.
Junior Liz De Maria Connects Philosophy and Music through Guitar
Arnav Chandan, Sports Editor
January 9, 2023
Senior Charis Kim sketches her original characters Polaris and Aron as she experiments with different design options. Kim draws inspiration for her art from media she consumes, such as movies “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and “The Mitchells vs. the Machines.”
Senior Charis Kim Artistically Expresses Herself Through the Creation of Original Characters
Sonia Wang, Staff Writer
January 3, 2023
Junior Kady Lin and sophomore Carol Chiang hug each other after the annual Secret Sister hosted by Canta Bella members. They both received each other as their Secret Sister and were able to enjoy some snacks like cookies and a “Canta Slay” cake after.
Secret Santa Gifts Students Holiday Joy
Tara Vatandoust, A&E Editor
December 15, 2022
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Math and computer science teacher Katherine Dillon visits a waterfall in Ninghai, China, where she studied abroad, explored as a tourist and went on a business trip to. “I started traveling because my school had some international trips and being able to communicate with other people in a place where I couldn’t understand very much was really really exciting to me,” Dillon said.
Math and Computer Science Teacher Katherine Dillon Builds Unique Connections as a Five-Language Speaker
Maya Tedini
January 12, 2023
How to Spend Second Semester as a Senior
How to Spend Second Semester as a Senior
Arshia Sista, Front Page Editor
January 10, 2023
Press Pause on the Podcast and Open up an Article Instead
Parmin Zamani, Photo Editor
January 30, 2023
Those in favor of tuning into podcasts enjoy the flexibility and productivity offered by the more immersive medium, while fans of articles argue they can gain a deeper understanding in a shorter period of time.
H2H: How Should You Get Your News?
January 30, 2023
Hear Me Out: Here is Why You Should Give Podcasts a Try
Tyler Kim, News Editor
January 30, 2023
Citizens in China have started to break down the ‘wall’ of censorship and political control the Chinese Communist Party has placed upon its citizens. Protests for the removal of Zero-Covid, and more importantly, Chinese President Xi Jinping, reveal a rising wave of young, political dissenters that will shape China’s future political sphere.
Protests in China Are Not about Zero-COVID; They Are About the Chinese Government
Michael Sun, Staff Writer
January 5, 2023
Seniors Lead Boys’ Basketball to Success Against Irvine High
Seniors Lead Boys’ Basketball to Success Against Irvine High
Madeline Chung and Elise Ngo
January 27, 2023
Social studies teacher Wind Ralston takes a photo with the girls golf team to celebrate winning CIF Division 3. “Hes always ready for the team whenever we need it,” sophomore Katie Le said. “If we have a question, hes right there ready to respond through text message or email.”
Wind Ralston Selected As Orange County Girls’ Golf Coach of the Year
Jana Malek, Staff Writer
January 25, 2023
January 2023: Volume 7 Issue 4
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