Portola High School

Column: A ‘Love Letter’ to poetry

Column: A ‘Love Letter’ to poetry

Like satin, the syllables slip off of structured stanzas, stumbling then settling into the softened recesses of my heart. I swallow, and then this art, this poem, plummets, like stone, like a cherry pit, into the round of my stomach. This is it: what we have lost to...

Citizen of the world: Gina Cardini

Citizen of the world: Gina Cardini

“It's beautiful being a citizen of the world. That's what I call myself, because I don't really have a home or a place to call my home,” Gina Cardini said. Over Zoom, I watch as a wistful smile blooms across senior Gina Cardini’s face after she shares this...

The rise of Clubhouse

The rise of Clubhouse

Clubhouse, a newly emerging social media mobile application, has been rapidly growing in popularity worldwide. This new, invite-only platform, based on voice, has lured many famous individuals, from Elon Musk to Bill Gates, to help stir engaging and relevant...

Opinion: Is technology dumbing down language?

Opinion: Is technology dumbing down language?

From the moment I discovered the internet and its boundless avenues of exploration, I quickly learned that the difference between phrases like “thx” and “thank you” can go a long way when it comes to meaningful communication. In the rapid onslaught of technology,...

Opinion: Coin shortage in stores is a problem

Opinion: Coin shortage in stores is a problem

A few days ago, I went to the restaurant Lemonade and they had a sign saying “no cash.” The same thing happened to me in McDonalds and the more I look around, it seems like more businesses are going cashless. Is it all just a coincidence? According to the LA Times,...

Opinion: The unspoken dangers of cancel culture

Opinion: The unspoken dangers of cancel culture

A well-known trait of social media is how fast trends come and go. In a mere matter of hours, a new slang term ingrains itself into teenage vernacular or an internet meme rises to fame. Cancel culture, the quick mass withdrawal of support for influencers or anyone in...

Opinion: The power of misinformation

Opinion: The power of misinformation

In a Vox interview conducted by Sean Illing, Emil Thorson mentioned that among all types of misinformation, medical misinformation is the most dangerous for the public while the connection for politician misinformation “is much weaker.” But what happens when political...