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Teen Face: Caity Tremblay

By PAUL PAYNE THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Caity Tremblay wears many hats at Sonoma Valley High School: Newspaper editor, honors student, thespian. But she’s mostly identified by an unofficial role. “People know me as that singing girl,” said Tremblay, a senior who will attend UC Davis this fall. “I walk around singing out loud. It’s something I’ve been doing since preschool. People get highly annoyed.” Tremblay doesn’t put a lot of stock into what other people think. In three years at… Read More »

Bound books us. the Kindle

Bound Books By Caity Tremblay Technology is redefining what it means to communicate. Reading a book is a physical and mental experience, an experience uniquely human, but the tradition of reading in a book is now contending with a new cyber-competitor. Will Amazon’s launch of an e-book reader, the Kindle, replace the classical form of a book? Should it? There is a conceptual dichotomy between the e-book and a physical book, a division more feeling than fact. Physical books have… Read More »

Art with heart: SVHS to India

By Caity Tremblay In our career-driven world art is often disregarded as a trivial practice, but as 25 SVHS artists and 25 orphans in India know, art can be life-changing. “It’s hard to say who got the most enjoyment out of it, the kids or my students,” mused Owen Tuttle, art teacher who promoted the project. Portraits were made by 25 individualized study students (advanced art students), along with select other participants, as an act of kindness towards children on… Read More »

Cheers and jeers

By KC Jeppesen Heckling has long been a part of sports, and will not be quickly removed from the sports world. Both cheering and booing are essential to the spirit of competition. Other SCL schools’ fans make the SVHS players into victims of verbal harassment in the form of heckling, but when those teams come to visit Sonoma they experience no such phenomenon. “The fans from Analy seem to be yelling at us throughout the entire game,” said Dylan Severson,… Read More »

Is cheerleading a sport?

By SAMANTHA SALEK SONOMA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR, 17 Cheerleading is not a sport. At least, that is, according to a federal judge who ruled in July on the matter. But is the issue really that simple? Quinnipiac University, a private college in Hamden, Conn., was put at the center of this bitter debate when several players on the women’s volleyball team and their coach sued when they learned that the team was to be replaced by a cheer squad… Read More »