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Japanese teacher Kumi Kobayashi reflects on 15 years at Lynbrook

Japanese teacher Kumi Kobayashi reflects on 15 years at Lynbrook

Nicole Ong and Patricia Wei

June 12, 2018


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Every day, Japanese teacher Kumi Kobayashi, known to her students as Kobayashi-sensei, greets her class with a cheerful, “Minasan, ohayogozaimasu!” For the past 15 years, Kobayashi has used her bubbly personality and innovative ideas to become a dynamic language teacher. Her Japanese language students ...

Before I Leave: Senior Isaac Hou shares a story to inspire and show people that they’re not alone

Before I Leave: Senior Isaac Hou shares a story to inspire and show people that they’re not alone

Patricia Wei

May 25, 2018


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When he’s in front of an audience and the music starts playing, senior Isaac Hou’s mind blacks out. As the music plays, the moves come to him—a testament to the hours he’s practiced since his freshman year. He acts out the song, personifying its lyrics and message with his smooth, explosive mo...

Hidden food spots for escaping after finals

Hidden food spots for escaping after finals

Michelle Zemlyak

May 24, 2018


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The last school bell rings as students spill out of their classrooms, celebrating the end of finals and saying their summer goodbyes. They head out to grab a bite or a drink with their friends, but places such as MOD Pizza, Cicero’s and TeaTop quickly become crowded with familiar faces. If you wan...

Trendy and Broke: Thrift Store Challenge

Noela Bae, Clara Fernandes, Divya Nelakonda, and Belinda Zhou

May 24, 2018


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Divya: Model: Shriya Reddy: Casual, Trendy, Comfortable Jacket: $9.15 Dress: $8.75 I was the first to arrive at Goodwill, so I had a look around the store. Hoping to spot some items to snatch as soon as the challenge began, I was dismayed to find the store cluttered and overwhelming. I had no...

How to avoid becoming a finals zombie

How to avoid becoming a finals zombie

Medha Upadhyay

May 24, 2018


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Around this time of year, you can surely feel the impending apocalypse of second-semester finals. Studying for stressful exams can leave you feeling exhausted, and being tired can make you feel grumpy, frustrated and unproductive. This is a vicious cycle, but there are some simple things that can be ...

Advice for high school students

Advice for high school students

Michyla Lin

May 24, 2018


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My favorite aspect of the end of the school year aside from summer break is the opportunity to hit the reset button and think of ways in which I want to improve myself. At the beginning of this school year, I created a bucket list of things I wanted to accomplish before the end of the year. However, a...

Epic Staff take on the Ugly Location challenge

Epic Staff take on the Ugly Location challenge

Chloe Lee, Kelsey Lu, Sadhana Sarma, Ashley Song, Medha Upadhyay, and Diana Xu

May 18, 2018


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Epic Staff members take part in the Ugly Location Challenge, a trend that has been viral on social media. The challenge entails taking aesthetic photos at unconventional locations. Keep reading to see how Epic staff members took on this task.

Famous Dex releases debut album

Famous Dex releases debut album

Hsinyen Huang and Meera Balaji

April 26, 2018


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Chicago rapper Famous Dex,  also known simply as Dex, released his highly anticipated debut album “Dex Meets Dexter” on April 6. The release came after the rapper achieved mainstream recognition with his hits “Pick it Up” and “JAPAN.” The 14 track album includes the aforementioned son...

Maxwell Wang flies to new heights with drones

Maxwell Wang flies to new heights with drones

Justine Chen

April 26, 2018


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Junior Maxwell Wang’s hands move quickly over the buttons of his controller, checking the drone’s battery level and connection signal. The drone’s propellers quickly pick up speed, levitating it away from the rushing river. He dips the drone under a large tree branch, being careful to survey the sur...

Brandless makes their name known

Brandless makes their name known

Nicole Ong

April 26, 2018


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While it can be easy to favor labels such as “organic” or “GMO-free” when looking for high-quality and healthy food, it is also easy to equate cost with high quality. I know that I struggle with this, and when I first heard of “Brandless,” I was shocked to find out that all items on the ...

College is confidential

College is confidential

Michyla Lin

April 26, 2018


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On April 1st, I sat at my dining table locked in a staring contest with a Google spreadsheet highlighted in red, yellow and green. I was losing. This spreadsheet was the source of my anxiety over the past four years of my life, keeping me awake with stress induced insomnia, triggering full blown meltdowns...

Public Arts beautifies community

Public Arts beautifies community

Srinidhi Seshadri

March 29, 2018


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A group of students crowd around the blank wall on the side of the children’s museum. Two students  discuss the design, their hands moving enthusiastically as they describe their vision for the wall. Another dips her brush into bright blue paint to begin working on the wall, exercising caution...

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