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Body shape dictates sports performance

Soana Afu, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2017


Filed under Op/Ed, Sports

We all remember the awkward years of middle school. Raging emotions, growth pains, weird smells, sweaty palms and an overall feeling of confusion and anxiety. We are told that this happens to everyone, just at different times and in different ways. It can even happen during the worst of times and in...

It’s OK to not be OK—Vulnerability is a medium for connection

Mackenzie Clarke, Managing Editor

November 15, 2017


Filed under Op/Ed, Showcase

Eyes scanning a test, filling with tears threatening to spill over. Crying in the bathroom, not knowing why and not being able to stop. Strapping on a stoic, cold and unfeeling mask as you’re sitting at a funeral. These are all examples of vulnerability, or rather, how I cover it. I’ve never taken...

Standardized tests deviate students from progressive path

Nick Abraham, Opinion Editor

November 15, 2017


Filed under Op/Ed

As early as middle school, students are told how important standardized test scores are for their futures. Whether it be the SAT or ACT, these scores are an immense factor in the admissions process. Despite the weight these tests carry, they are inaccurate in representing students’ intelligence. These...

Note to self: when it comes to academics, nobody is perfect

Trevor Crowell & Rio Popper, Executive Editor & Copy Editor

November 15, 2017


Filed under Op/Ed

Poet, philosopher and motivational speaker Miley Cyrus once said, “Nobody’s perfect, I gotta work it, again and again, ‘till I get it right.” Great point, Miley! Seriously, though, she’s right. In 2006, when this song was released, we believed her. After all, we were in elementary school;...

Benefits of music reach far outside the band room

Benefits of music reach far outside the band room

Taylor Gayner, Staff Reporter

October 18, 2017


Filed under Op/Ed, Showcase

It isn’t a coincidence that the violin player in your math class understood the quadratic formula before anyone else did. Recent studies from Northwestern University show student musicians are more likely to learn and perform better in school due to their musical training. When I started sixth grade...

Ego should not trump facts when talking politics

Staff Editorial

October 18, 2017


Filed under Op/Ed

Divisiveness and polarization have grabbed this country by the you-know-what. There is no middle ground, no chill and no standard. Everyone hates half the country. The west is out of touch with the south, the south is out of touch with the east and the east is out of touch with the north. Under no circumstances...

Knowing new events will foster new views

Beatrice Bugos

October 18, 2017


Filed under Op/Ed

Every day since fifth grade, I’ve come home to the San Francisco Chronicle to fuel my procrastination of homework. As the years go on, I’ve gotten further into the depths beyond just the first page captions. Maybe it’s just because I’m a journalist, but I’ve come to actively search for news...

Don’t let science draw you from art

Shannon Coan, Feature Editor

October 18, 2017


Filed under Op/Ed

We live in a tech bubble. Within a quick drive are the campuses of Google, Facebook, Apple, and so many other tech giants, creating an abundance of Computer Science and engineering jobs, which seem to be the only paths anyone is considering. But living in Silicon Valley should not limit our options to...

Anti-social social media plagues students

Anti-social social media plagues students

Sam Brook, Staff Reporter

October 18, 2017


Filed under Op/Ed

Finish your homework, check Instagram, finish eating, send streaks, go to the beach, post a cute pic. Whether or not we want to admit it, teens’ lives revolve around social media. Some stress about keeping their feed or losing their streaks and almost every teen has some connection to social media. When...

Make history, not war

Mackenzie Clarke and Benjy Jude

September 13, 2017


Filed under Op/Ed

In the shadow of the march and countermarch in Charlottesville, as well as the White House’s decision to roll back DACA, how do we, as Sequoia, want to be remembered? What does one of the most diverse student bodies in our neighboring districts want to say in response to the legal restrictions of our...

Let’s repect the opposite sex

Sam Brook and Simon Clarke

September 13, 2017


Filed under Op/Ed

What’s up guys?  It’s the girls, and we think there are some things about us that you need to understand. First of all, we are not all basic. We know many of you think of us as b*tches who spend our mornings covering ourselves in makeup and weekend nights drinking. However, there is much mo...

Studying abroad shouldn’t be foreign to students

Aviva Futornick, Online Editor

September 13, 2017


Filed under Op/Ed

Just after the clock struck midnight and we dove into 2017, I stuffed my over-sized bag, hopped on a plane and left Sequoia, my family and my life for a 5-month adventure in France. Four days later I was back in school, but in a new classroom, surrounded by new people and in a new language. I decided...

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