Exploring American’s small world of dating and answering the age old question: is high school dating important? Ananya Balaji Staff Writer “W Rizz.” “Pulling ‘female dogs.’” “Got no game.” If you eavesdropped on some conversations around American’s rotunda this past Valentine’s Day week, I can almost guarantee you had heard at least one of these […]
OPINION: In Defense of Romance
The Hunger Games is not a romance novel. The Great Gatsby is. Which one are you more embarrassed to read? Reva Gokhale Staff Writer It’s not that you won’t admit to liking romance novels; it’s the fact that you feel as though it has to be admitted, rather than announced, shared, or declared. And it’s […]
A Forever Flower
Delving into the history of an American High School student’s small crochet flower business Kelly Wang Staff Writer A sweet present for your loved one or an anticipating question to ask them on a date, flowers are an universal symbol for love. But their beauty is short-lasting—as with any living thing. Madyson Tran, a sophomore […]
Exploring the Real World of Journalism
An interview with Demian Bulwa, Director of News from the San Francisco Chronicle on awareness and controversy. Jessica Le Staff Writer Just hearing the words “current events” brings up traumatizing memories for the upperclassmen of American High School and anticipatory fear for the underclassmen. Interpreted in the context of AP English Language news summaries and […]
Spirit Week is a Dying Flame
When underclassmen usurp upperclassmen in Spirit Week, what happens then? Vincent Nghiem Staff Writer Mention this year’s Spirit Week to the juniors, and you might induce within them a sensation akin to post-traumatic stress disorder: hours of video editing, tireless, fruitless efforts to urge people to keep coming to dance practices, and working long hours […]
Two Racial Slurs. One Missing Teacher. A Classroom Left Adrift.
Nearly 6 months ago, an incident occurred which left a classroom without a teacher. 6 months later, the students describe what happened. Emyr Ortiz, Nami Nair, Darcy Chew, Shreya Daschoudhary, Mata Elangovan Staff Writers Every so often, a familiar headline pops up in the news: “Teacher Fired After Racist Incident in US High School.” Many […]
On the Field with Marching Band
After taking home the gold seven times this season, Marching Band gives a glimpse into what it takes. Surya Chelliah, Alfred Ukudeev-Freeman Staff Writers “Mr. Wong has a hands-off approach. And it works.” Says saxophonist Dhruv Sharma (12) It’s a complicated, coordinated effort, but Mr. Wong has found a particular method for carrying out band […]
Lore of AHS: Mr. Millard
Exploring the infamous room of Mr. Millard’s Computer Science class Alfred Ukudeev-Freeman Staff Writer The room is bustling with chatter, kids on their phones, messing around on their computers. That is until “the GOAT Mr. Millard,” as Revant Patel (11) calls him, walks into the classroom. “A lotta kids have Fortnite loaded on their screens […]
Satire: “Great Ex-pee-tations”
The state of student bathrooms at American are an astounding feat of the students and administration of American High – SATIRE Vaishnavi Kurupath Staff Writer “To flush, or not to flush” is the most pressing question of our time. The bathrooms at American High have been spotlighted for their notoriously questionable conditions. However, these complaints […]
When Can We Come In?
Behind the disarray of the Homecoming Dance’s entrance wait times. Surya Chelliah Staff Writer Flashing lights, loud music, meeting friends, dancing, and making memories; all part of the appeal of the Homecoming dance, but was any of this worth the nearly ninety-minute-long line some students waited through on October 22? According to an email blast […]
The “American” Journey of VAISH and THE ROACHEZ
Early beginnings offer only a glimpse of these young artists’ musical futures. Alfred Ukudeev-Freema Staff Writer “One day I was bored, and I was like, sh—, I’ma make some music. So I made some music.” Vaishnav Desabhatla (11) is his name, but everybody calls him VAISH. He started back in quarantine, rapping over pre-made beats […]
ROP: Is It Worth It?
‘A closer look into the everyday activities of our ROP students Sierra Dellenbaugh Staff Writer A bus arrives and students flood out, trying to remember which teachers are chill enough to let them in for FLEX over 40 minutes late. This is the reality of students in regional occupational programs (ROP), but although coming to […]