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...

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...

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 ...

Dear College Board, you really suck

Dear College Board, you really suck

Siddhant Gupta, Managing Editor

February 12, 2019

Dear College Board, Thank you for being the na-tion’s leading education basednonpro t association dedicated to preparing, inspiring, andconnecting students to college. Ever since you created the rst American College Entrance Exam for multiple colleges in 1899, you have made high scho...

Prep school fraud is sad

Prep school fraud is sad

Gina Wu, Reporter

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...

College application costs are a money grab

Staff Editorial, The Voice of California High School

December 18, 2018

As getting into college is becoming more and more competitive because of an explosion in the number of applicants, colleges have found a way to profit at the expense of students.   It is common knowledge that college tuition can be absurdly high and can leave many students in debt for much o...

Tests before finals hurt student performance

Tests before finals hurt student performance

Isabella Belof, Staff Writer

December 18, 2018

Cramming isn’t the ideal way to absorb information, but scheduling tests right before finals week seems to encourage this method of studying.  As the end of the semester approaches this year, it seems too many teachers feel pressured to finish their current unit as quickly as possible. ...

Should race be considered in college apps?

Should race be considered in college apps?

Jenna Lyons and Ceci Musgrove

October 16, 2018

YES:  SAT score, GPA, extracurricular activities, personal essays. Should a student’s race be grouped with these as criteria for getting into college? Over the summer, previously made guidelines that promoted the consideration of race on applications were removed, meaning universities are...