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Dynamic Duo

Dynamic Duo

Connie Ho, Co-Editor-In-Chief

March 4, 2016


Filed under Features

After scrolling through their photos, two girls come upon an old photo of them together, dressed up in glittery dresses and high heels for their eighth grade formal. Memories come rushing back to the girls as they reminisce over the times they spent together over the past six years and how they h...

The Best of Both Worlds: Name Change

Amy Pham, Co-Editor-In-Chief

March 4, 2016


Filed under Features

What name do you go by? JY: Julie (Yang). I think it’s easy. Simple, easy to memorize. SN: I go by Sean (Nguyen). It sounds similar [to my legal name.] I like it, it’s easier for people to say. AD: Anny (Dang). I thought it sounded nice, so I chose it. I was considering it for a while, so I...

Junior anticipates holiday traditions with family

Saschel Moore, Reporter

February 5, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

In most television productions Christmas in the United States is generically portrayed as a season for gift-giving and caroling into the wee hours of the night. However, something that sets the real America apart from its film depictions is the diversity. In Hispanic culture, Christmas is celebrated...

Krismasi Njema, or Merry Christmas, in Swahili

Krismasi Njema, or Merry Christmas, in Swahili

Patty Castillo, Reporter

December 21, 2015


Filed under Features, Showcase

While some may put an Xbox One, the newest iPhone or a Chevy Camaro on their wish list, freshman Isaac McMillen wants something unmaterialistic this holiday season. McMillen’s older sister was given the opportunity to teach science to middle schooler’s in Kenya, Africa and will not be home for the...

A visit from Christmas past

A visit from Christmas past

Beth Mauthe, Copy Editor

December 21, 2015


Filed under Features

The lights on the Christmas tree shone brightly and added a warm and joyful hue to the living room, as his two little boys sat excitedly around the presents surrounding the tree and waited for the okay from him and his wife to begin opening them all. As he watched their little faces glow with excitemen...

Drug expert analyzes chemicals, life

Drug expert analyzes chemicals, life

Hannah Majerczyk, Reporter

December 21, 2015


Filed under Features, Showcase, Staff

Chemistry teacher Juan Campos faces a classroom with rows and rows of desks. In the back are tables full of chemicals for his next class. Campos once used chemicals in a different way. He was a drug analyst, facing many challenges, including keeping his family safe while dealing with criminal cases that...

An Ethiopian Christmas

An Ethiopian Christmas

Eden Amberber, Reporter

December 21, 2015


Filed under Features, Showcase

As everyone sings holiday songs and opens gifts, he half-heartedly participates. He’s anticipating a later Christmas in January. Ethiopian senior Michael Kabtimer celebrates Christmas on Jan. 7, because Ethiopia follows the Coptic calendar, while America follows the Gregorian calendar. The Coptic...

Addiction to the Tunes

Addiction to the Tunes

Patty Castillo, Reporter

November 13, 2015


Filed under Features

Senior Ryan Coronado’s musical journey began at a young age. When night terrors led to trouble sleeping and trouble sleeping led to writing. “I started writing when I was 9, but at first they were just little stories,” Coronado said. “I used to read manga and I’d write my own. I would write ab...

Iva Ray: Woman’s Best Friend

Iva Ray: Woman’s Best Friend

Hannah Majerczyk, Reporter

November 5, 2015


Filed under Features

The room was quiet and dim. A small animal sat under a desk, waiting patiently for its cue to get up. Her name was called, and she knew she could get up and say hello to the new visitors. Her name is Iva Ray. LIGHT Counselor Karen Gordon chose to adopt a golden retriever because she wanted a big dog...

New Staff Members: Intro

New Staff Members: Intro

Miranda Molina, Reporter

November 5, 2015


Filed under Features

Thirty new staff members joined the school in August. Future Teacher Internship teacher Hannah Atmar and ceramics and sculpture teacher Stephanie Shaffer each had their own reasons for choosing their current positions. RE: Why did you take this job? A: Last year was my first year teaching; I really...

High school designer making professional money

High school designer making professional money

Miranda Molina, Reporter

November 5, 2015


Filed under Features

It starts with a sketch and will end with a paycheck. Senior Rachel McIntosh has been designing a logo for a chiropractor who will pay her $500 once the logo is finished. Before working as a designer, McIntosh worked as a commission artist, someone who gets paid for their artwork. Her artwork first...

Acting dreams turn into long life-journey

Acting dreams turn into long life-journey

SaSchel Moore, Reporter

November 4, 2015


Filed under Features

Ever since she was a child, Dr. Cara Cerrone had a dream. Coming from an abusive home where talking could get her into trouble to becoming a chiropractor and getting her doctorate degree is a journey that Cerrone endured with an open mind and a flare of determination. However the harsher vices of life...