Seniors elect speaker for Ring Ceremony

To continue the tradition established last year, the Class of 2020 elected English teacher Sara Cohen as their faculty speaker. Cohen will deliver the closing speech at this year’s Senior Ceremony on Sept. 15. “I’m extremely honored to have been chosen to speak,” Cohen said. “[I’m] totally surprised. I had to read the email from […]

The Right to Kill

The Right to Kill

When Alex Poe ’20 visited the Santa Monica Promenade, one of her regular hangout spots, last week, her trip quickly went south. As she walked from store to store, Poe began to notice fearful shop attendants closing their businesses due to a potential security violation. Reminded of all the recent headlines about shootings on the […]

A Need for Nicotine: Teenage Nicotine Addiction

A Need for Nicotine: Teenage Nicotine Addiction

For three months during her sophomore year, Billie* ’20 couldn’t get through a 45 minute period without vaping. What started out as a small desire she would satisfy sporadically throughout the week quickly escalated into a need to use her Juul when she woke up, while she was in the car, between passing periods and […]

Ode to the throne

Beware. Spoilers ahead.Season 3. Episode 9. Lively music and welcoming toasts fill the atmosphere of Lord Walder Frey’s great dining hall as members of the Northern army, led by House Stark, enjoy a night of apparent bliss and celebrate the wedding between House Tully and House Frey. Fans are able to finally relax and savor […]

Don’t Stop Believing: Conspiracy Theories

Don’t Stop Believing: Conspiracy Theories

Abraham Gallardo ’20 may seem crazy, but he swears he isn’t. Standing in an empty Rugby classroom, Gallardo wildly gestured at the chalkboard filled with arrows and names, explaining how it was possible for Hitler to have escaped to Argentina. Gallardo is not the only one who believes in such theories. Conspiracy theories have become […]

A-broadening Perspectives: School Year Abroad

A-broadening Perspectives: School Year Abroad

Kristina Riordan ’19 could feel everyone’s eyes on her. Surrounded by 17-year-olds speaking rapidly in an Italian dialect she couldn’t understand, Riordan was briefly overwhelmed with terror. The prospect of spending nine months at the traditional Italian high school felt more daunting than ever, she said. However, within a few weeks, Riordan felt fully immersed […]

Resist reading summaries

There is nothing wrong with reading an online summary for a chapter of a book that there was no time to read the night before. Given the intense daily workload many students face from both academics and extracurriculars, some occasionally use online summaries as a replacement for completing their English homework. The issue arises when […]

Dancing in the Starry Night

Sophia Nuñez ’20 frantically grabbed the costume box as she got ready to run onto the stage, excited for her upcoming dance. As the lights came up, she began her Lady Gaga dance, trying to mimic the performer’s unique persona in this year’s annual Dance Concert. “We spend hours even after rehearsal ends practicing and […]

Powering Down: Government Shutdown

Powering Down: Government Shutdown

For over 30 days, Tailor Gutierrez, a contact representative for the International Revenue Service, worked without pay, struggling to support herself financially without her daily income. Gutierrez had no way to get money she needed for her basic necessities, and since her job is labeled as “non-pay essential,” she was unable to file for unemployment […]

Government shutdown impacts school community

Government shutdown impacts school community

When Sam’s* friends first told him about the government shutdown during winter break, he was initially shocked by the news. His disbelief, however, quickly turned into concern as he thought about the thousands of government employees who would be without pay. The government shutdown began at midnight on Dec. 21, which caused all non-essential federal […]