Arcadia High School

Column: Let the summer begin

Column: Let the summer begin

One day before the end of elementary school, on a carpet that smelled of leftover pizza and lint, my fifth-grade class reminisced on the nature of grade school and shared our summer plans.  Sixth grade was on the horizon, after all, and everyone had ambitions to...

Opinion: Bring politics to the dinner table

Opinion: Bring politics to the dinner table

Growing up, you might have heard your family members remind each other not to bring politics to the dinner table, especially at gatherings with members of your distant family. In fact, in America, almost everyone knows the unspoken rule of “no politics at the dinner...

Column: ‘Mansplaining’ and gender in the classroom

Column: ‘Mansplaining’ and gender in the classroom

I was my first grade teacher’s favorite student. Every week, Ms. Holland gave a Milky Way candy bar to the most well-behaved student in class, and I won more than anyone. She told other students to behave like me — to raise their hands before speaking and to always...

Q&A with Congresswoman Judy Chu

Q&A with Congresswoman Judy Chu

For millions of young Americans, the past year has been by far the most remarkable time in recent history. Not only are we living through a once-in-a-century global pandemic, but many of us also became acutely aware of the social-political upheavals in our nation....

Podcast: Speak Louder — Episode 1

Podcast: Speak Louder — Episode 1

There are over 21 million teenagers in America, and we have already become an integral voting bloc in elections. By consciously seeking to inform ourselves on a whole manner of domestic and international socio-political issues, we would be able to make informed...

Reluctance, division and the COVID-19 vaccine

Reluctance, division and the COVID-19 vaccine

On December 18, 2020, Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were among the first Americans to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The Vice President reported that he “did not feel a thing.”...

Column: California burning — The fire in my backyard

Column: California burning — The fire in my backyard

When you catch the coronavirus, you experience coughing and shortness of breath, usually accompanied by bad headaches, a sore throat and congestion. Later comes a high fever, occasional chills, a sudden loss of taste and smell. You feel tired and nauseous; your immune...