The Epic

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...

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.

Collegeboard: A Monopoly

Collegeboard: A Monopoly

Tzen-hao Ng

May 17, 2018


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The U.S. has a long history of breaking monopolies. When John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil and Andrew Carnegie’s U.S. Steel dominated the oil and steel markets in the 19th and 20th centuries, respectively, they were eventually broken down by anti-monopoly and antitrust measures. Monopolies stifle com...

Future collegiate athletes celebrate commitments to colleges

Future collegiate athletes celebrate commitments to colleges

Nicole Ong, Srinidhi Seshadri, and Patricia Wei

May 11, 2018


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Meet five Lynbrook seniors who will be continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level: Andrew Shao, Angela Liu, Amy Steinmetz, Juney Lee and Nathan Lee. Shao and Liu, track and field athletes, will be attending MIT and Scripps College, respectively; Steinmetz has a place on the UC Irvine volleyball...

Students dance to the beat at the Valkyries Spring Show

Students dance to the beat at the Valkyries Spring Show

Srinidhi Seshadri

May 9, 2018


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Students performed at the Valkyries Spring Show held at Lynbrook High School on May 4, 2018. There were performances from the school dance team, the Valkyries, as well as other students who volunteered to perform, songs and dances. Watch this short recap video of all the performances:     Take a look at ...

Vaping: A Q&A with a health professional

Vaping: A Q&A with a health professional

April 26, 2018


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In this Q&A, Nick Goldenson, a doctoral student in the USC Health, Behavior and Addiction Laboratory (USC-HEAL) discusses vaping based on the existing scientific literature, particularly the 2018 National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s (NASEM) report on the Public Health Con...

New California bill aims to outlaw conversion therapy

New California bill aims to outlaw conversion therapy

Hatim Saifee

April 21, 2018


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 Taking major steps to solidify the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, Assembly member Evan Low (D-Cupertino) has proposed Assembly Bill 2943, which seeks to declare conversion therapy a fraudulent practice in the state of California. The California Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee v...

Lessons learned from technology in movies

Lessons learned from technology in movies

Medha Upadhyay

April 17, 2018


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These days, movies all seem to be be casting one key player: technology. Surprised? Don’t be. Technology has been woven into the very fabric of several recent movies. But this is not just a trend. It shows that today’s young adults know what technology abuse looks like, and how to conquer it. De...

Impact of Buddhism on the development of identity

Impact of Buddhism on the development of identity

Tzen-hao Ng

April 14, 2018


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Often, one can hear horror stories about overly-religious parents dictating the lives of their children, who may not know anything of a life outside of religion.  Or, one may hear of cults, of ritual and witchcraft, that can end in brainwashing, a la Scientology, or destruction, as with Jonesto...

Kennedy Miedema: wrestling for more than just herself

Kennedy Miedema: wrestling for more than just herself

Aileen Xue

April 12, 2018


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Before every wrestling meet, senior Kennedy Miedema calls her grandma who lives in Minnesota. Her grandma, who is battling lung cancer, tells her how she may not be able to see her graduate from high school or college, get married, have kids or even start a life for herself. When her hand is raised after w...

Why I hate April Fool’s Day

Why I hate April Fool’s Day

Belinda Zhou

April 9, 2018


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It’s only 9 a.m. and your best friend has called you and divulged to you her pregnancy. When you awoke from your slumber, your father was dangling a pair of car keys to your dream car, the $123,600 matte black Mercedes Benz G-Wagon, in front of your groggy face. Your customarily deadpan older siste...

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