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I broke up a fight

Michyla Lin, Design Editor

September 22, 2017

I broke up a fistfight. That is a sentence I thought I would never have to write, but because of the appalling scene I found myself a witness to, I had to make those words a reality. At about 3:15 p.m. on Sept. 11, an hour later than I usually leave school, I was on my way to my car to finish h...

Summer Reflections: Lessons learned from a summer of STEM

Summer Reflections: Lessons learned from a summer of STEM

Michelle Lum and Hsin Yen Huang

September 22, 2017

STEM summer programs are often considered opportunities for exploration of complex subjects not covered in a traditional high school setting. Students not only grow as budding scientists, but also as people, in personal, social and other aspects. Many high school students regard such programs with utmos...

Summer Reflections: Lessons learned in a foreign classroom

Summer Reflections: Lessons learned in a foreign classroom

Chelsea Li

September 21, 2017

Four rows of tables, attached to well-worn benches, fill the small room, no bigger than my bedroom. The walls, once light green, are peeled and fading, covered with dirt and vestiges of adhesive tape. The only source of light comes from the open windows on two sides of the room, a light breeze drifti...

Revamp Saratoga’s desolate downtown

Revamp Saratoga’s desolate downtown

Shreyas Iyer

May 25, 2017

As I depart for college in Washington D.C., I’ll surely miss many things about my hometown of Saratoga; the people, the weather, the food—but not, however, the downtown. In my mind, the town of Saratoga has always retained the ambience of a quiet, quaint town—a place preferred for its high-end dini...

Pepsi’s commercial sugar coats reality

Pepsi’s commercial sugar coats reality

Jocy He

April 27, 2017

While scrolling through my Instagram feed one day, I came across a Pepsi commercial and noticed the comments section was full of criticism. Naturally, I watched the video, which features pop culture icon Kendall Jenner in the middle of a photoshoot while a protest takes place. She joins after an Asian...

Don’t judge students who take initiative

Don’t judge students who take initiative

Aurelia Yang

April 27, 2017

Whenever students create new clubs or organizations outside of school, brief backlash usually ensues, with judgements of “she’s such a try-hard” or “he’s only doing that to get into a good college” uttered among peers. When I first heard these comments said about some of my peers who took the ...

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