January 19, 2020

With Christmas Comes Nostalgia -

Monday, December 9, 2019

November Book Recommendations -

Monday, December 9, 2019

SMHS Mateobotics Gears Up for the Season -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Leap from High School to College Sports -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Mateo Comes up Short: 2019 Little Big Game -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Master of Self-Deprecating Humor -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

How Old is “Too Old” for Trick-or-Treating? -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

We Need to Get Serious About Shootings -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

How Boyan Slat Is Helping Solve The Great Pacific Garbage Patch -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Youtube’s Yankovic turned Chinese TikTok Star: Bart Baker -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

#TeamTrees -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Varsity Football -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

CA Bill Pushes School Start Times Back -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Why the Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars movie -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Pros and Cons of Energy Drinks -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Movies to Watch during Halloween -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Bearcats Strike for Climate -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A Personal Account On Vaping -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Girls Water Polo Resumes Winning Ways -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Running into the 2019 season -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

In Defense of the Electoral College

After the resounding defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election by president-elect Donald Trump, many Clinton supporters have signed petitions to abolish the electoral college and have America become a direct democracy. Even one of California’s Senators, Barbara Boxer, has proposed laws to abolish the electoral college through a constitutional amendment. This would not be a great idea considering that direct democracies are not always, and, in fact, very rarely ever are, good things. The only two modern direct democracies in the world are Switzerland and Greece, the latter of which is facing terrible economic collapse and a…

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Trump’s Presidential Plans

On January 20th President Elect Donald Trump will be sworn into office, assume the position of POTUS (President of the United States) and make this country great again. Although it is only December, and he hasn’t entered office yet, this hasn’t stopped many  from protesting and, in the case of Portland, rioting because their candidate had lost the fair election. The reasons that those who supported Clinton have started protesting, however, is far more interesting than the protests themselves; those who support Clinton claim that Trump is a racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist and whatever other kinds of bigotry they…

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How Old is Too Old to Believe in Santa Claus?

As children, everyone is brought up differently. After all, we are all different people. Setting up cookies and milk on Christmas Eve or waking up in the morning for presents make up some of my happiest childhood memories. Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, believing in Santa Claus is a source of hope for children all over the world. According to a poll on CBS News, “A whopping 84 percent of grown-ups were once children trusted in Santa’s magic, and lots cling to it still.”  With the 2016 holidays coming up, children are already beginning to write their letters to…

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Climate Change is a Heated Topic

It is possible that we have already gone past the point of return, before some of us have even realized that climate change isn’t a hoax. But, global warming? How absurd― obviously “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” If this sounds familiar, then you may recognize the tweet of your future president, Donald Trump. I would beg to differ with this statement. Personally, I believe the estimated 97% of climate scientists (according to NASA) who do recognize the effects of global warming, over the news broadcasters that…

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Time to Turn Off the Holiday Music

Holiday music; some play it all year round, and some get annoyed by it even during the holiday season. Many, like Emely Morales, believe that holiday music can be played all year round, and July would be the appropriate time to start listening and start celebrating.  Others, like Jarrett Nelson, feel that holiday music does not belong until December 1st and must be stopped playing by December 31st leaving the celebrating solely to that one month. Even though most songs during the holidays are over played, some classics never get old.  At the top of the list, from the Odyssey…

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Students Are Drowning in Homework

Disclaimer: Personally, I am an advocate of hard work and practice; I believe classwork and homework, when done with the intention of learning (and not merely getting it done), is advantageous and necessary for a student. However, I also firmly believe that the general workload for high school students is quite far from advantageous and necessary– in fact, it is the opposite. We are teenagers, not work machines. We are humans, not robots who can sacrifice their lives for a good grade. We are adolescents, and we should not be drowning in mental breakdowns, stress, and sleep deprivation. Perhaps if…

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Black Lives Matter Over All Lives Matter

The debate between the All Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter movements is familiar to many, and although the fact that this debate even exists is entirely controversial, the one thing people seem to agree on is how hard it is to talk about. This is especially true for friends or loved ones who may have opinions that you don’t understand or that trouble you. Many people choose not to ever talk about this topic. After all, it is much easier to just ignore problems in the world that do not affect you, in an effort to avoid confrontation and…

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Western Feminism Has Outgrown It’s Use

Feminism has been around since the 1830s and has since become more and more entrenched in everyone’s lives. Though the movement has accomplished great things in the past, this does not make it immune to questions in the modern day. This is what I will be looking at in this article. For the purposes of this article, however, I will not be looking at any kind of perceived rape culture due to the backlash it received in my last article and may be saved for another article in the future. So for this article, I will be examining the validity…

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Teachers Should be able to Share their Political Beliefs

As well as being educators, teachers are also humans. They have opinions, ideas, beliefs– and that leads to bias, no matter who you are or how hard you try to remain neutral. People question whether or not teachers should be allowed to share their political views to their students. Right now, the law is that, although teachers can discuss political topics, they cannot explicitly state their own beliefs. Even if they haven’t explicitly told you their beliefs, I’m sure you could guess your teacher’s political beliefs. Why? “It’s impossible to teach without bias,” said Martin Ortega, history teacher. “Bias is…

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Ethical Choice: Save Animals or End Hunger

Many people have a soft spot for animals in need. These suffering domestic creatures can seem defenseless, innocent and desperate to become best friend. The desire to care for animals has driven two thirds of Americans to own a pet, according to ASPCA. Our passion for domestic animals ties a bond between humans, canines and felines. They make us feel closer to nature and living creatures. Animals form new friendships that are based off of trust and loyalty. Pets become part of the family, many times replacing family members and children. Although having a pet in the family has its…

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