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News and opinion from local teens

Omar Khan, 16

Its About Time What is the best superpower? Is it the ability to fly? The ability to sling webs from your wrists? The ability to read minds? As good as those may be, they are hardly close to the best superpower: the ability to control time. The possibilities are as endless as time itself; where do I even begin? For one, you wouldn’t need to study for any tests. Just pause time, go check your notes for the answer, unpause,… Read More »

Jessica Tang, 16

The New Racism A recent study published by the Washington Post in late June 2015 revealed that non-Hispanic white millennials were pretty much just as racist as their predecessors when it came to being prejudiced against blacks. With the recent rash of police attacks explicitly targeting the black community, I can’t really say that I’m surprised. There’s this idea that race doesn’t matter anymore in this shiny new modern society of ours. If recent news hasn’t yet convinced you that… Read More »

Ella Ban, 16

Sleepwalking Sleep has been a violent, dual experience for as long as I can remember. When I was eleven, my parents would wake up almost every night to the sound of my screams. When I was twelve, I snuck into my sister’s room and hid in her closet until she woke up. When I was thirteen I attempted to leave the house overnight; my dad caught me, half-asleep, trying to break the lock on our front door. For years I… Read More »

Annie Gallo, 16

*NOT* A Pretty Face Ladies, grab a mirror and take a good, long look. Like what you see? No? It wouldn’t be a very surprising answer. Research appearing in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence has shown that a girl’s self-esteem goes into a steep decline beginning at age 12 and doesn’t improve until around the age of 20. The fashion and makeup industries convince girls to compare themselves to beauty standards set by airbrushed models, while body positivity campaigns… Read More »

Jordan Boehning, 16

Are We Alone? As you look into the night sky from your bedroom window, what do you see? A night sky and stars, but what else is beyond?  Astronomers have concluded that there could be as many as 40 billion Earth-sized planets within the Milky Way Galaxy alone. With an estimated one hundred billion galaxies in the universe, anything is possible. So does this mean that aliens are real? Perhaps, but it is still uncertain. Whether you’re hiding behind a… Read More »

Kate Hoover, 16

Chasing Mavericks The window opened on January 1. Now all there is left to do, for the next three months, is wait. Internationally elite surfers rush to Half Moon Bay within this three month window in the hopes of experiencing what the surf spot is known for: a half a mile off of the coast — surrounded by jagged rocks and the ever-present threat of a great white shark — mountainous, 50 to 100 foot waves rise and break. The… Read More »

Matt Cotter, 16

#GamGate #GamerGate has been one of the most controversial hashtags in the past year. What started as a movement dedicated to unveiling problems with gaming journalism has quickly been derided by critics as misogynistic and hurtful, claims gamers were using Anonymous-like tactics to attack those who disagreed with the movement. And I’m going to defend it. Now, before you stop reading this, let me clarify. I am not defending those within the movement who have used misogyny and general hate… Read More »

Jessica Tang, 16

Unjustifiable Backlash The Charlie Hebdo shooting is a crime against freedom of speech, and a tragedy. But the backlash against the French Muslim community is something that never should have happened. Since the incident, two Muslim places of worship in two separate towns were fired upon; three grenades were thrown at a mosque; someone shot at another mosque shortly after evening prayers; and a small explosion occurred in a shop near yet another mosque. The outright violence against the Muslim… Read More »

Ryan Chavez, 16

I Might Be Jesus At 7:25 a.m. the morning of Christmas in 1997, a baby boy emerged out of the womb of a woman in pain, in a grotesque process of life we call childbirth. Don’t picture that. Instead, picture yourself tearing “A Christmas Story” wrapping paper off of a 10 pound present on Christmas morning while listening to the angelic voice of Mariah Carey singing “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” You have waited patiently for nine months… Read More »

Lauren Gonzales, 16

Low-key Punk Rock   When I was younger, my favorite band was Blink-182. That was the theme song of my awkward transition into teenage-hood and its punk rock aesthetic symbolized my 12 year old self rebelling. I honestly considered myself a “rocker chick,” because, let’s face it, I was. The dark eyeliner I wore and the 2 sizes too small skinny jeans I wore were a result of the music I was listening to. The sweet tunes of Fall Out… Read More »