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Editorial: Guidelines on Wednesdays, deadlines, class time necessary for remote learning

Students are swamped on Wednesdays with homework, extracurricular activities and club meetings.

Epic Staff

October 7, 2020

Students and teachers alike have struggled to adapt to remote learning. To support students, a school-wide set of guidelines to clarify the expectations of Wednesday asynchronous time would help students, parents and teachers understand its necessity and have direct, positive effects on learning.  C...

Lynbrook’s symbolic structures

The history and significance of Lynbrook’s iconic symbols spans many generations of Vikings.

Emma Cionca and Emma Constable

October 7, 2020

While Lynbrook may be known for its high-achieving student body and diverse schoolwide traditions, its structural symbols celebrate the pride and honor of all past, present and future Vikings. Such symbolic landmarks include the iconic mural at the front of the school, recently taken down in accordan...

Who is that girl I see?

Who is that girl I see?

Katie Chen

October 7, 2020

Lack of meaningful representation of diverse characters is a glaring pitfall in Western media. After years of searching for narratives that reflect my own, I was finally able to live vicariously through Mulan in Disney’s latest live-action film, whose priceless tale has recently become distorted b...

Exploring filial piety in Asian cultures

Exploring filial piety in Asian cultures

Shamita Gurusu and Lillian Fu

October 7, 2020

Commonly practiced in Asian families, filial piety consists of the virtues of respect, obedience and supportive care given to one’s ancestors and elder family members. It provides a basic structure for familial life and serves to build strong bonds within families. Even though this concept has been pr...

Lynbrook awarded highest number of National Merit Semifinalists in California

Graphic Illustration by Priyanka Anand. 
This year, 79 Lynbrook seniors received the National Merit Semifinalist Award.

Priyanka Anand

October 7, 2020

This year, 79 students from the Lynbrook Class of 2021 have received a National Merit Semifinalist award, making Lynbrook the school with most Semifinalists in Calif. These students have qualified to apply to be a finalist and may be awarded a scholarship through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (...

Young voters: How voices go unheard in politics

Despite strong political opinions, young voters are often missing from voting lines.

Elena Williams and Jason Shan

October 7, 2020

It’s not that they’re not opinionated — they are — and it’s not because they refuse to engage — they do. So why is it that young voters, an increasingly distinct coalition, suffer from disappointing turnouts election after election? From the 1960 election onward, average voter turnouts for Americ...

Remote learning tests student and teacher patience

All teachers and students must remember that the challenges they face are not all that different and that patience for each other is essential during this time.

Diana Kohr and Elizabeth Park

October 7, 2020

Bloodshot, bleary eyes. Screaming children in the background.  Faulty internet and bandwidth overloads. Mountains of homework. Mountains of work to grade. Patience levels tested to the verge of exhaustion.  This is the reality of remote school for both teachers and students. ...

Issue 1: Letter from the Editors

Elena Williams and Anusha Kothari

October 7, 2020

Dear Readers,  We join you reporting live on the ground today — from our bedrooms in a tiny Zoom box.  As student journalists, we are keenly aware that our roles in the community have changed drastically from last year. Campus news is no longer campus news.  But Lynbrook is still a school...

Mid-Autumn Festival in mid-quarantine: A new moon of challenges

“Zhong qiu Jie”, also known as the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional holiday that celebrates family togetherness; however, social distancing restrictions this year pose new challenges for families celebrating this holiday.

Christy Yu

October 7, 2020

In a traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, also known as zhong qiu jie or the Moon Festival, family members who live apart gather together around the dinner table, eat mooncakes and moon gaze, called shang yue in Chinese. However, with the new norm of social distancing, many families had to ad...

Lynbrook choir attends virtual concert AVoice4Peace

Lynbrook choirs sing “Ukukholwa” (faith) as their portion of “Ukuthula”.

Amy Liu

October 7, 2020

In honor of the International Day of Peace, choirs around the world gathered on Sep. 21 to sing Ukuthula, a traditional South African hymn of peace. AVoice4Peace is a world-wide peace awareness project, and this year, all FUHSD choirs participated in their live virtual concert. Founded in 2014 by ...

Testing, testing: A history of the SAT

Throughout its history, the SAT has struggled to define what it means to assess academic ability.

Renee Ge

October 7, 2020

School closures. Canceled SATs. Test-optional or test-blind college applications. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, standardized testing was ubiquitous to the high school experience — millions of students took the SAT and ACT, which were administered nearly monthly, each year. However, the pandemic hal...

Libraries open virtual doors

An illuminated tablet on a dark library shelf.

Stella Huang

October 7, 2020

Libraries, one of the most essential student resource centers, have been largely affected by the global pandemic. However, many local libraries, including Lynbrook’s, are working hard to make their many resources available to the general public. “Before, I took advantage of the library resources by going th...