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Students Add Unique Twist to the Holidays

December 14, 2007
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During the holidays, somewhere in the world, an iridescent sheet of fluffy, powdered-sugar snow spreads itself on the ground. In one house, a Christmas tree is seen; dazzling, jeweled ornaments hang from its waxy, pin-straight pine needles. In the next house, a spinning dreidel dances lightly across t...

Teachers Look Back on Their Lives as High School Students

Sahil Luthra, Staff Writer
December 14, 2007
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As finals approach, a popular topic of conversation among students is school work. Whining about homework, studying for tests and procrastinating on projects are all common. It is hard to believe that the teachers who now assign them once went through this stressful process, that they were once teenagers, ...

KnitTogether Club Gives Earnings to Village in Burma

Brian Walz, Staff Writer
December 14, 2007
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Weave around each of the pegs attached to the hoop, intertwining soft yarn of different colors. Tie off and flip each bottom loop of yarn over the top one. Push the loops down and unhook the yarn. Begin again, knitting a hat that will raise money to save lives. The KnitTogether Club, which currently mee...

Pardon My French!

Natalie Larsen, Senior Writer
November 21, 2007
Filed under Columns, Features

Some things are as boring as the dust that clings to your TV screen. In my experience, lunch in any school cafeteria is about as exciting as a Tater Tot-flavored coma, with a similar medical aftertaste. When you’re a kid, lunch is a repressed memory and dinner is a valuable Frisbee time. Food is...

Ambassadors Offer New Peer Mentor Program For Freshmen

Nicole Schreiber, Staff Writer
November 21, 2007
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The school’s Ambassadors are developing a new peer mentoring program to help ninth graders feel more comfortable during their transition into high school. “This program is designed for incoming freshmen who the administration thinks may be struggling to bridge the gap between middle school and high...

Classroom Decorations Reveal Teachers’ Personalities

Alex Williamson, Staff Writer
November 21, 2007
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Everything has a story, whether it be that fuzzy stuffed panda on the bed or the line green knicknack sitting beside the computer, and every story deserves to be heard—even teachers’. Yes, behind droning lectures, your teachers can be cool. It seems unheard of, a teacher with a personality and another ...

Club Corner: Future Doctors of America

Meaghan Whitehorn, Staff Writer
November 21, 2007
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To most people, the FDA is known as the Food and Drug Administration, but at the school, it’s the Future Doctors of America Club, which was started this year. The club, founded by sophomore co-presidents Tina Chen and Reena Shah, aims to prepare students who are looking to enter the medical profession....

Disabled Student Overcomes Obstacles

Kelly Wang, Staff Writer
November 21, 2007
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Most people may find dancing, participating during P.E. or even climbing stairs easy tasks, but that is not the case for one of the school’s students. For junior Ya Chin (Ginger) Hsu, even walking is a challenge. Ginger does not stroll around the campus as most students do, but instead must use...

Eye on the Pupil: Sophomore Tricia Cook

Kate Keenan, Staff Writer
November 21, 2007
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Instead of just spending your time at school, listening to ringing bells and the shuffling of students passing in the halls, imagine being on a movie or TV set all day with directors as teachers and script memorization as homework. For sophomore Tricia Cook, this used to be all in a day's work. T...

Autoshop Offers Free Car Checkup

Felix Ong II, Staff Writer
November 21, 2007
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Cars are some of the most cherished things in our society. However, like all material things, cars deteriorate if not properly taken care of. The autoshop classes are trying to remedy this by offering free car checkups to the student body. Students and staff must talk to autoshop teacher Greg Ely...

Ms. Arriada’s Boyfriend Returns Home After a 13-Month Tour in Iraq

Natalie Larsen, Senior Writer
October 19, 2007
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After eight years of military service, Eli Brown, English teacher Arantxa Arriada’s boyfriend, is planning to retire from the army in February of next month and return to the United State. On Friday, October 5, Brown spent some of his weekend back with Arriada’s sophomore World Lit classes, discussing h...

Eye on the Pupil: David Robinson

Doug Sangster, Staff Writer
October 19, 2007
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Cooking is an art form that is not generally very popular within the high school environment. However, entrepreneur and senior David Robinson is trying to change that perspective with his new business. After having enjoyed cooking for years, David recently started his own independent catering service c...

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