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A Guide to the Perfect Thanksgiving Table

Families from every part of the United States have their own Thanksgiving traditions, many of which include unique recipes. From something as classic as pumpkin pie, to a variety of cultural foods, Thanksgiving dinner is guaranteed to bring people together.
November 25, 2020

A typical Thanksgiving dinner consists of roast turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, bread, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Though most prefer to have a Thanksgiving dinner...

Ariana Grande Releases Third Hit Album in Past Two Years

While Grande has been able to produce a number of popular songs, “positions,” “34+35” and “pov” from her new album “Positions” are currently ranked in the top 50 songs of the Billboard Hot 100.
November 23, 2020

From "Sweetener," an album all about love and lust, to "thank u, next," an album about grief and heartbreak, Grammy award-winning artist Ariana Grande has shown remarkable range and proven that she is...

Three Thankful Movies to Watch this November

“You’ve Got Mail” proved to be one of Tom Hanks’ best romantic films.
November 19, 2020

Whether you are baking your turkey, mashing your potatoes or buttering your bread this year, find some time to watch a Thanksgiving movie with your family that will leave you feeling more thankful. Here...

Senior Grace Hong Sets No Limits for Creativity

I tend to fill the paper a lot. Instead of just focusing on one main part, I like adding a lot of details and filling up the composition,” senior Grace Hong said.
November 18, 2020

Early in February, senior Grace Hong was distinguished with a Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her multimedia piece “Form of Body and Mind.” According to the competition’s...

Resilience: Volume 5 Issue 1

Resilience: Volume 5 Issue 1
November 16, 2020

Two Sticks and a Bucket Lend Musical Opportunities Amid Constraints

As a precaution against COVID-19, instrumental music teacher Kyle Traska sprays a series of bucket drums with cleaning solvent after a Wind Ensemble rehearsal. With one assigned to each student, the buckets offer unique flexibility in both maintenance and curriculum.
November 13, 2020

Wind Ensemble students take their seats outside the theater, gathering around instrumental music conductor Kyle Traska. No sound of brass instruments tuning or woodwinds trilling fills today’s air; instead,...

Viewers and Experts Weigh Health Risks of Theater Reopenings

After six months of COVID-19 restrictions caused the failure and bankruptcy of multiple movie theaters, corporations have started to lift shutdowns by showing movies at limited capacity.
November 12, 2020

Movie theater corporations such as Cinemark, Regal and AMC began to reopen their doors in late August following six months of shutdowns due to COVID-19 restrictions and have recently began to show new...

Pandemic Scales Down Halloween Celebrations

Junior Kate Brooks and senior Isaac Yang dressed up in creative costumes that also incorporated their masks to ensure they were both following CDC health guidelines.
November 6, 2020

For many people, Halloween is all about going door-to-door and receiving candy, or walking neighborhood streets in costume surrounded by other large groups, but the health guidelines put in place by the...

Dance Chassés into First Jazz Combo

Before reviewing what they learned the previous class, dancers quickly perform a stretch routine along to one or two songs.
November 6, 2020

After clearing out garages to find space to dance and submitting video assignments, dancers of all levels are now back in the dance studio. By tradition, they are starting by learning a jazz combination...

Drive-In Movie Theaters Resurge Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

A drive-in movie theater is held in Primm, Nevada in June. Americans have been flocking to drive-ins ever since the pandemic cast doubt on indoor movie theaters.
November 4, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought back the decades-old tradition of drive-in movie theaters, as large chains such as Regal and AMC continue to suffer economically. Drive-in movie theaters can...

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