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Junior among top pianists

Junior among top pianists

Annissa Lai, Staff Writer

June 5, 2015

Fingers glide across the keyboard with such fluidity, so beautifully, that it strikes chords of emotions as the audience watches him play. They are breathless. He plays with such passion that it seems as if magic is being performed with his fingers as he touches the keys. His fingers glide quickly,...

Book ‘catches’ juniors’ interests

Annissa Lai and Adam Jackson

April 27, 2015

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...

Tensions rise in ‘Insurgent’

Tensions rise in ‘Insurgent’

Annissa Lai, Staff Writer

March 10, 2015

One of the hottest upcoming movies this year is “Insurgent,” the second installment in the “Divergent” trilogy by Veronica Roth, that comes out March 20. “Insurgent” will star many of the main characters that were in “Divergent,” such as Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley),...

Cal High students predict Grammy Winners

Annissa Lai, Staff Writer

January 30, 2015

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...

Recent albums receive mixed reviews

Annissa Lai and Michelle Wang

November 21, 2014

One Direction's "Four" One Direction is back and sure to please millions of fans with their fourth album, “Four,” which was released Monday. This English-Irish pop boy band formed after members Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson finished third on Britain’s “The X Fac...

Taylor Swift Shakes Off Her Old Style

Annissa Lai, Staff Writer

November 3, 2014

If you haven’t heard Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” yet, you’ve definitely been living under a rock. This month alone, it was the most overplayed radio song pretty much everywhere. Fans of Swift’s past four albums: “Taylor Swift,” “Fearless,” “Speak Now,” and “Red” will very ea...

Formal dances are too costly

Formal dances are too costly

Annissa Lai, Staff Writer

April 10, 2014

Big dances call for big costs. But are these costs, which seem to grow each year, justifiable? Prom costs can easily exceed $250 at the cheapest, and that’s just covering a ticket, limo, dress, and shoes.  Throw in the price of going to a salon to get hair, makeup and nails done, as well as...

Chinese government needs to take responsibility for pollution

Chinese government needs to take responsibility for pollution

Annissa Lai, Staff Writer

February 28, 2014

Many people can recall when China hosted the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and issued an order to close down factories and regulate traffic to improve the air quality for the duration of the event. Taking into account the high level of pollution in China, this helped tremendously. Before and after...

College Applications Overpriced

Annissa Lai, Staff Writer

January 16, 2014

Most people don’t want to spend $1,000 on something that will most likely not even yield any rewards. But that is what senior Kelsey Williams will spend on her college applications this year. “I know you have to pay people to read the apps, but I don’t think it should be that expensive,”...

Lavigne is back and full of bad-girl ethos

Lavigne is back and full of bad-girl ethos

Annissa Lai, Staff Writer

November 22, 2013

Avril Lavigne returns to her punk roots in her new self-titled album, “Avril Lavigne,” released on Nov. 5. The good news for Lavigne fans is she is edgier than ever despite 12 years in the business. The Canadian singer-songwriter, now 29, debuted on the music scene at 17, and recorded the albums...