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Words of wisdom for underclassmen

Words of wisdom for underclassmen

Senior editors share advice about school, friends and life

With a combined 12 years of experience at Cal High, we put our collective brains together to dispense some sage advice for those of you who still have a year or more of high school to finish. Isabelle,...

The College Board has not been especially forgiving to students when it comes to AP testing during the pandemic.

Mixed feelings about the new AP testing schedule

Many students also feel unprepared because of remote learning
Nimisa Panda, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

Many AP students found out this year that they had less than four months to decide if they wanted to take the AP test in May. Before the pandemic, the deadline to sign up and pay was from late January...

Minority musicians such as Korean group BTS have to work to work 10 times harder in order to receive the recognition they deserve.

The ‘Scammys’ are at it again

BTS snub is added to the growing list that clearly shows the Grammys racial bias
Michelle Nguyen, Features Editor March 26, 2021

"Let's work even harder this year!" These were the first words that BTS’s rapper, SUGA, shared with his fans after BTS did not win the Grammy earlier this month for Best Duo/Group Performance and...

Despite introducing its first Southeast Asian princess in Raya and the Last Dragon, Disney fails to realize through the films representation that not all people of Asian descent are entirely the same.

‘Raya and The Last Dragon’ raises questions over authenticity and representation

Michelle Nguyen , Features Editor March 12, 2021

Disney has always done an iffy job when it comes to legitimate representation, and their latest film, “Raya and The Last Dragon”, is no exception. Despite the film’s nod to many Southeast Asian...

It’s time to check out these K-Drama shows

Editors share their favorite titles from across the world to spice up lonely quarantine lives
Christine Oh, Kate Hong, and Michelle Nguyen December 16, 2020

Winter time has finally arrived with the chilly, rainy weather and jolly holiday music filling the air. Yet here we are, still stuck in quarantine with another stay-at-home lock-down order in place.  We...

The quest for more representation meets a new roadblock, and that is transforming people of color for the majority of their films.

Representation without transformation

New Pixar movie 'Soul' had so much potential before following a problematic trope
Michelle Nguyen, Features Editor December 16, 2020

Representation matters, but after watching the trailer of Pixar’s new movie “Soul,” scheduled for  release on Christmas day, people were left irritated. While it is the first-ever Pixar movie...

During Cal Highs fall drama show, Help Desk, Candence Spencer, left, has her call to the help desk answered by Devin Addiego. Unfortunately, Addiegos character, Boffo the clown, is of no help because Spencers character is afraid of clowns. The virtual show was recorded beforehand and made available for viewing last Thursday and Friday.

First virtual drama show, “Help Desk”, delivers lots of laughs

Michelle Nguyen, Features Editor November 8, 2020

COVID-19 has stolen the spotlight from the drama kids, but even a global pandemic can’t stop Cal High’s drama department.  As they say, the show must go on. The drama program’s Theater...

Democratic challenger Joe Biden hopes to return to the White House after servicing as vice president for eight years under President Obama.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will restore civility to the White House

Saachi Sharma, Staff Writer October 31, 2020

The 2020 presidential election is one of the most crucial elections in decades.  The outcome will either secure a strong future filled with opportunity and prosperity for generations of Americans...

President Donald Trump is hoping to be re-elected on Nov. 3.

Trump will make America even greater than he already has

Rayan Grib, Guest Writer October 30, 2020

With the 2020 election upon us, you might not be sure which candidate you would like to support. There are many reasons why you should support President Donald Trump, despite how the media portrays...

K-pop giant BTS is one of many bands that has benefitted from virtual concerts.

Online concerts replace live music shows during pandemic

Music artists find a new solution of virtual shows to support themselves
Michelle Nguyen, Features Editor September 30, 2020

With the popularity of online streaming, many artists find it hard to keep afloat as physical and downloadable sales plummet.  Before Miss Corona took over the charts, musicians resorted to touring...

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