The Californian

There is hope for Venezuela

Sabrina Contreras, Staff Writer

April 30, 2019

  Beautiful beaches, mountains that are full of life, warm bread with coffee, cheese on everything, intense card games, awfully translated TV shows, and the sweetest mangoes. If I told a stranger that these were the things that represent Venezuela to me, they would either think I’m crazy or they...

Bribes undermine hard-working students

Californian Staff, The voice of Cal High

March 26, 2019

The month of March means one thing for seniors: college decisions.  At any given moment students can be found either crying tears of joy or pain as the rejection and acceptance emails roll in.  But there’s been something that made this season particularly frustrating. A truth has been revea...

Potential 2020 presidential candidates emerge

Potential 2020 presidential candidates emerge

Ben Rettig, Staff Writer

March 26, 2019

Our nation’s presidential election will be coming up fast, and this race is shaping up to be quite the stunner...or not. The current field is shaping up to be largely Democratic, a move that could drastically hurt the party if votes are spread among a plethora of candidates.  Nevertheless, both parties will come up with a plan to f...

Doors open for gender equality in sports

Californian Staff, Voice of California High School

March 26, 2019

High school football standout Toni Harris is breaking down gender barriers in an era where women have become more prominent in the sports industry.  Harris announced on Feb. 26 her decision to continue her football career playing free safety at Central Methodist University, an NAIA program, mak...

CAASPP fails to adequately test students

CAASPP fails to adequately test students

Izzy Belof, Online Editor

March 26, 2019

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)  is an exam that is ridiculed by many.  After all, why should students waste their energy on a test that doesn’t benefit them, especially when they’re preparing for the SAT or ACT? Students’ disregard of the CAASPP s...

Government shutdown violates Trump’s campaign promises

Staff Editorial, The Voice of Cal High

February 12, 2019

For now, the government shutdown is over. But for the everyday government worker, the shutdown left a scorching path in its wake, leaving more than 800,000 federal workers without pay for 35 days. A report released on Feb. 4 by the nonpartisan CongressionalBudget Office found that the econo...

Anti-vaccine movement endangers students’ lives

Staff Editorial, The Voice of Cal High

February 12, 2019

When the first vaccine was created in 1796, people were resistant to the idea. But in1955 the polio vaccine and its widespread use led to a fall in US cases from more than 50,000 in 1952 to zero reported in 1966. While the safety of vaccines was then unchallenged, a recent movement among people...

Teen language and humor disguises warning signs

Teen language and humor disguises warning signs

Brynn Kan, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019

During a time of high stress and anxiety, teenagers often turn to humor to express themselves. Consequently, this often leads to over dramatic ex- pressions that undermine and normalize the severity of serioustopics such as suicide and rape. Recently, I had a friend say that he wanted to ...

Prep school fraud is sad

Prep school fraud is sad

Gina Wu, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019

Behind the laptop sits an African American student dressed in gear from an elite university. Around the student is a crowd of fellow classmates witnessing the most suspenseful moment ofa high schooler’s life: opening a college acceptance letter. The second of tension just be- fore the webp...

Finals schedule makes sense

Staff Editorial, The Voice of California HIgh School

December 18, 2018

With changing district credit requirements, many students are not taking classes after lunch during fifth or sixth periods. As a result, the last day of the traditional finals schedule when these two classes used to meet would have seen a significant number of students off campus. Because of this,...