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Opinion: Reading for mental health

Opinion: Reading for mental health

From the required 15 minutes of reading a day in elementary school to the lengthy and dense literature vaguely about the American dream assigned in later years, reading is always something that is associated in our brains with productivity and success. And although...

Opinion: Let’s revive reading for pleasure

Opinion: Let’s revive reading for pleasure

Remember the days in fifth grade where you could finish a book in one sitting? Or remember in third grade when you could dive into a fantasy world of your choosing? As high schoolers, many of us have lost that love for reading we once had. It’s time to revive our love...

Opinion: Political awareness is the key

Opinion: Political awareness is the key

The lack of political awareness today is really quite drastic. It seems that many Americans simply aren’t equipped to digest the political issues, not to mention filter out the fake news and propaganda from TV or Twitter. We haven’t developed enough critical thinking...

Opinion: Teens and eyesight: what trend are we seeing?

Opinion: Teens and eyesight: what trend are we seeing?

Generally, anything that causes eye strain can lead to damaging your vision. A heavy workload at school can make you burn into the night, and textbooks and worksheets have small print that’s difficult to read. Straining your eyes to study and do homework are a major...

The influence of novels in world language classes

The influence of novels in world language classes

Novels are a large part of FVHS’s English classes, yet in world language classes, books play a very small part of the curriculum, and the classes focus on more short stories or texts. So why are there no novels? The main justification is because of the time and...

Sandhya Menon on Diversity in Literature

Sandhya Menon on Diversity in Literature

Whether it be a simple essay or a full-length novel, writing can be a challenge. Finding the right words to represent your ideas may seem daunting and complex. And the idea you may have for your writing, however brilliant it may seem in your head, must accurately...

Fourth annual YALLWEST event comes to Santa Monica

Fourth annual YALLWEST event comes to Santa Monica

Who said the printed word is a dying art form? Thousands of southern California teens flooded Santa Monica High School on Saturday, May 5 to prove them wrong. The atmosphere at the fourth annual YALLWEST Festival for young adult literature was celebratory. Celebrating...

Meet Erin Buchanan: Reaching for 1,000 books

Meet Erin Buchanan: Reaching for 1,000 books

Erin Buchanan, 10, has set up a goal to read 1,000 books, and this is a perfect goal for her, given that she is an avid reader. Buchanan commented that she hopes this goal will keep her motivation up to read. Since October, Buchanan has managed to read 24 books....