Santa Monica High School

Goodbye, Los Angeles

Goodbye, Los Angeles

Dedicated to all the high school seniors who, come September, will be leaving their hometown. Everyone at the party was four freeways away from home, but just one Instagram away from fame. We were born at UCLA. Or Saint Johns. Or Kaiser. We took our first breaths and...

We’re all a little touched: the Salton Sea

We’re all a little touched: the Salton Sea

1 When they look at a map of the Golden State, even without any identifying text, Californians can identify the green of the redwoods far up north, the watery veins of the San Francisco Bay, the expanse of the central valley, and the packed chaos of Los Angeles...

Commentary: In memory of our veterans

Commentary: In memory of our veterans

On Memorial Day weekend my dad took me to the Veterans’ Cemetery to pay our respects. The local Boy Scout troop had placed flags at each head stone. Some of the flags had fallen, just like the soldiers. My dad and I spent two hours straightening the flags. It gave us...

Goodbye, Los Angeles

Column: For the children

Children are the future. So it would follow that educating children would be the most important thing a community could do. But clearly people in Los Angeles don’t care about the children, or the future, enough to get off the couch and vote. When Besty DeVos was...

Democracy in action: Parking lot duty

Democracy in action: Parking lot duty

Recently, Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) hosted a town hall event at my high school, Santa Monica High School. When I heard that he was coming, I looked to see if there was a way that I could volunteer. I have become increasingly more interested in the political...

Goodbye, Los Angeles

The hidden gems of high school

When you Google Santa Monica High School, you find images of the faces we've seen before. The shining smiles that once lit up the fading bulbs of the auditorium and a burning spotlight on the silver screen. Rob Lowe, Robert Downey Jr., Sean Penn, the Rat Pack of the...

Goodbye, Los Angeles

Column: Minorities in government

Back in 2008, when Barack Obama ran his first presidential election against John McCain, two glass ceilings were shattered for the sake of diversity in government. Sarah Palin was the first woman to run for vice president under the republican ticket. This was a...

On the importance of the personal statement

On the importance of the personal statement

I put an Annie’s Mac and Cheese in the microwave. The machine appears to be sentient and judgmental. I back away and sit on a hard Ikea chair, noting that I have two minutes available to think about the things left undone in my life. Why do you do the things you do?...

Baptism of political activism

Baptism of political activism

"Meet at 8 p.m. and we will go from there." At the steps of L.A. City Hall, a pig effigy is raised above the crowd. Two men climb a stoplight and release a Mexican flag to ripple in the wind. “Sí se puede,” the congregation yells up to it. A middle-aged man holds up a...

Protecting endangered species

Protecting endangered species

The news that we humans are destroying the planet should not come as a surprise to anybody. Every year, we tear down large swathes of the environment and hunt animals for sport. Species such as the giraffe, rhino and tiger are hunted for “medicinal ingredients” that...