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Settling the score: senior grades the school’s performance

Tyson Fraley, Staff Reporter
May 31, 2017
Filed under Op/Ed

Social: The sense of community that the administration takes pride in is essentially surface-level. There’s a type of de-facto segregation—both in race and academic pathways—evident at lunch, where the MPR divides our campus in two. On the ‘El Camino’ side, you see white students; on the...

Editor Farewell: So long, Sequoia

Editor Farewell: So long, Sequoia

Xavier Boluna, Editor in Chief
May 31, 2017
Filed under Op/Ed, Showcase

Okay Seniors, this is it. By my count, we’ve been at Sequoia for exactly 715 days; in other words, about ¼ the study time realistically needed to earn the IB Diploma. We have (unlike our gel pens) survived hundreds of tests, sleepless nights and a small forest’s-worth of B-pages. We’ve contended...

“13 Reasons Why”misses mark on high school suicide reality

“13 Reasons Why”misses mark on high school suicide reality

Sam Brook and Nick Abraham
May 31, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Op/Ed, Showcase

“13 Reasons Why” has drawn much attention from high school students in the past few months and has been in the center of many classroom discussions between students and teachers. This show, an adaption of the book by Jay Asher, centers around the thirteen tapes left behind by a fictional 17-year-o...

Opt to oppose opinions, not people

Opt to oppose opinions, not people

Rio Popper, Online Editor
May 31, 2017
Filed under Op/Ed, Showcase

We can be forgiven for ignoring the meaning of the word democrat without the capitalized ‘D’ and the word republican without the capitalized ‘R’. Most of us studied the lower-case words in our eighth-grade history classes and promptly forgot them. These words, as infrequently spoken as they are,...

For One Week, I got the right amount of sleep

For One Week, I got the right amount of sleep

Sam Brook, Staff Reporter
April 26, 2017
Filed under Op/Ed, Showcase

Going into this challenge, I am prepared for the worst. I do not think I will be able to get a full nine hours of sleep every night with the amount of homework and time I put into track practice. I am willing to try, though, because maybe my efforts will lead to fewer yawns and smaller eye bags. Day On...

For One Week, I gave up self-deprecation

For One Week, I gave up self-deprecation

Darien Daly, Staff Reporter
April 26, 2017
Filed under Op/Ed, Showcase

This week, I plan to give up self deprecation in hopes of becoming a more positive person. One of my biggest flaws is that I can be really hard on myself. One of the main reasons teens are self destructive is because of the fear of not being good enough. Day One I have started the day positively and have n...

For One Week, I stopped drinking soda & juice

For One Week, I stopped drinking soda & juice

Carolina Michel, Staff Reporter
April 26, 2017
Filed under Op/Ed, Showcase

I plan on spending one week without soda or juice. I drink soda and juice on a daily basis—about six to eight times a week, maybe even more. I can practically hear my body crying out in agony, hating me. I drink water less than I do soda. I’ve heard that water extremely helps your body. Soda and...

For One Week, I drank a full 2 liters of water per day

Zack Rosenblatt, Copy Editor
April 26, 2017
Filed under Op/Ed, Showcase

Similar to pretty much every teen on the face of the earth, I feel myself wishing that tomorrow will bring clearer skin to my face. Though I do feel fortunate that I have clearer skin than some of my peers, there is always that nagging annoyance when a small red spot shows up.   I do make it ...

For One Week, I stopped using my phone

For One Week, I stopped using my phone

Maddie Reynolds, Online Editor
April 26, 2017
Filed under Op/Ed, Showcase

If I’m not using my phone to listen to music, I’m checking my Snapchat. If not that, I’m scrolling through Instagram. If still not that, I’m texting my parents, taking advantage of the modern miracle that is instant messaging. Teens in the United States spend an average of nine hours a day usin...

Shame on you for slut shaming

Sam Brook and Darien Daly
March 17, 2017
Filed under Op/Ed

Girls are constantly called out for being too prudish or too sexy. If a girl wears a long dress, she's conservative. If a girl is proud and confident about her body, she's a slut. She can never win in male eyes, and quite frankly, she shouldn’t aspire to. In contrast, when word gets out that a boy ...

Teach teens to toke safely: The kids are not all high, but they will be

Mars Svec-Burdick, Opinion Editor
February 15, 2017
Filed under Op/Ed

In California, we already have more dispensaries than Starbucks locales, and prop 64 hasn’t even hit yet. The day I turn 18, if I so choose, I can walk into a clinic and walk out with a card that gives me legal access to a wonderland of THC. Right now, if I really tried, someone could deal me an illegal...

Writing away sexist language one word at a time

Writing away sexist language one word at a time

Beatrice Bugos, Feature Editor
February 15, 2017
Filed under Op/Ed, Showcase

There are lots of words we say or hear in our everyday lives that we brush off as normal language, but what if these words are actually hurting one another? When I walk through the hallways, I often hear people referring to other classmates as  “b***h” and “h*e”. People are calling their ...

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