To Shmoop or not to Shmoop?

Keilana Lorenzana and Heather Wong
April 27, 2015
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To Shmoop or not to Shmoop? That is the question that all students, regardless of their English class, have contemplated at one point in their high school careers. Why not turn to a website such as Shmoop, Sparknotes, or Cliffsnotes that gives studentsclear, concise summaries and important quotes,... Read more »

Freshmen go mad for ‘Mango’

Freshmen go mad for ‘Mango’

Ashley Amor and Michelle Wang
April 27, 2015
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Most high school English students are all too familiar with the tedious task of required reading. From stories about a full grown man-child and his best friend to unreasonable Shakespearean romance, students are provided with a large variety of novels to develop a distaste for. But there almost always... Read more »

Book ‘catches’ juniors’ interests

Annissa Lai and Adam Jackson
April 27, 2015
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Although there have been many controversies regarding “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, it was one of my favorite junior required readings. Holden Caulfield, the main character of the story, is extremely sarcastic. In one scene, Caulfield compliments a girl in a bar for being really... Read more »

Savage kids warm sophmores’ hearts

Savage kids warm sophmores’ hearts

Saatvika Deshpande and Sabine Hrkalovich
April 27, 2015
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While sophomore year in general is an academic drag of mind-boggling proportions, there’s one bright spot to guide you through the darkness – the Spongebob Squarepants episode, “Club Spongebob.” When Spongebob, Patrick, and Squidward get stranded in a jungle, they must turn to the  powers... Read more »

Seniors charmed by medieval tales

Seniors charmed by medieval tales

Zoe Chan, Staff Writer
April 27, 2015
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Among all the required reading for seniors are classics like “Frankenstein” and “Hamlet,” but my personal favorite is a story - well, several stories - that are relatively unheard of: “The Canterbury Tales” by Geoffrey Chaucer. As a story of storytelling (think Arabian Nights), stories... Read more »

Promposal pressure increases

Promposal pressure increases

Ashley Amor, Staff Writer
March 10, 2015
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With junior prom just around the corner, it’s prime time for some epic, post-worthy promposals. From punny posters to grand romantic gestures, students can be sure to find pictures of happy couples in their Twitter and Instagram feeds in the coming weeks. But the pressure to be post-worthy has... Read more »

Practical prom tips and dragons

Raz Mostaghimi, Staff Writer
March 10, 2015
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  Cal High students have grown up with certain expectations of prom - punch bowls, teary-eyed confessions, romantic slow dances - only to have them ripped apart upon actually attending the dance. As it turns out, prom is hard. It takes the savvy of a couponing mother and the artistic touch... Read more »

Student attending Grammys as a reporter

Student attending Grammys as a reporter

Annissa Bensalah and Chandni Mistry
January 30, 2015
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The Grammy Awards are a magical place where all of the top celebrities and entertainment reporters go to celebrate musicians. And now, it’s a place for Cal High senior Angelica Pollard to shine as a red carpet reporter. Pollard auditioned to be a reporter at the annual awards show through her... Read more »

Cal High students predict Grammy Winners

Annissa Lai, Staff Writer
January 30, 2015
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The beginning of awards season includes one of the biggest events in the music industry, the Grammy Awards. The 57th Annual Grammys will take place on Feb. 8, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will broadcast live on CBS. There will be a total of 83 categories. The winners are supposed to... Read more »

Cal High alumnus’ singing career takes off

Cal High alumnus’ singing career takes off

Brenda Shanahan , Staff Writer
January 30, 2015
Filed under Features, Showcase

Tyler Stimpson is seeing stars. Hollywood stars. The 2013 Cal High graduate auditioned for “American Idol” late last year and recently appeared on the popular FOX television show. He couldn’t reveal all the details about his experience with the show due to not wanting to spoil what might... Read more »