The Official Student-Run Newspaper of California High School

The Californian

The Official Student-Run Newspaper of California High School

The Californian

The Official Student-Run Newspaper of California High School

The Californian


Scanners accompanied by designated computers have been installed in classrooms for students to use to check into class.

New attendance scanners have mixed results

Vedant Desikamani and Ylin Zhu November 18, 2022

Cal High’s new ID scanners were implemented in October with the purpose of streamlining the attendance system. But they have created attendance errors, false tardies and other issues as students and...

Sophomore Pi Stephenson catches a softball. Stephenson started a foundation to sponsor girls who can’t afford to purchase the expensive gear needed to play the sport.

Softball player creates new opportunities for young girls

Sophia Liu, Staff Writer November 18, 2022

Girls who have dreamed about playing softball locally can now discover their full potential thanks to Cal High sophomore Pi Stephenson’s Play Like Pi Foundation. Founded by Stephenson last October,...

A Cal High student exits the back parking lot in their car onto the traffic route.

Teens’ driving skills don’t have to be juvenile

Asiyah Ally, Social Media Team Member November 18, 2022

Ever since senior Bonisha Maitra was hit by a teenage driver when she was little, she has been afraid to drive. Maitra recalled that her dad was driving through an intersection when the teen driver ran...

Sophomore Aidan Dube reads the book “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah with other students in his English class.

English novels leave lasting impact

Kathir Rajesh Kannan and Nidhay Mahavadi November 18, 2022

Reading English novels such as “Maus” and “Animal Farm” changed sophomore Hritvik Hooda’s worldview. “[The books] showed how hard the Jewish people were in the fight to survive and it gives...

Cal High senior Arpita Gupta chairs the San Ramon Teen Council, which represents teen interests in the city. She has been part of the council for the past two years.

Arpita Gupta advocates for local teens

Pranav Khosla, Ayaan Karan, and Carson Pfotenhauer November 18, 2022

Cal High senior Arpita Gupta works tirelessly to represent San Ramon teens as the new chair of this year’s Teen Council. The Teen Council is an advisory committee to the city government and comprises...

Head custodian Roberto Manrique buffs the commons floor. He has worked at Cal High since 2007. Before coming to Cal, Manrique was a postal worker in his native country, Peru.

Head custodian keeps Cal clean

Zaki Humayun and Dhruv Kommuri November 18, 2022

It’s a dirty job at times, but Cal High head custodian Roberto Manrique has been doing it for 16 years. Manrique and his team of custodians work tirelessly to clean up the constant mess students leave...

Senior Kian Kasad sets up an antenna to connect with the International Space Station at an Astronomy Club event.

Clubs making a big impact on campus

Sia Lele, Staff Writer November 18, 2022

Many Cal High clubs are hosting bigger events that impact student life this year. Some of these clubs include Interact, AeroAstro, the American Cancer Society Club (ACS), and the Astronomy Club. Here’s...

New AP Lit teacher Wade Wilgus lectures his class. Rotating substitutes taught the class before he started on Sept. 7.

AP classes affected by teacher shortage

Rohan Iyer, Staff Writer October 13, 2022

Senior Spandan Kottakota never expected that the AP Physics class he signed up for last year would be canceled because no teacher could be hired. “The week right before school started I got an email...

Cal High’s library displays some of America’s most banned books during its annual celebration of Banned Books Week.

Parents push to ban LGBTQ books

Sophia Liu, Staff Writer October 13, 2022

Local parents have pressured San Ramon Valley Unified School District and other nearby districts to ban books with LGBTQ content as a wider trend of queer book banning that is spreading across the country. “Carry...

President Biden’s loan forgiveness plan will relieve up to $20,000 in debt for eligible Americans.

Joe Biden starts loan forgiveness plan

Jacqueline Guerrero, Staff Writer October 13, 2022

In August, President Joe Biden and his administration devised a three-step loan forgiveness plan to help pay off up to $20,000 of college debt for eligible Americans. The plan aims to prevent the cost...

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