Opinion

SAT or ACT: Take the Right Test

SAT or ACT: Take the Right Test

For many students, choosing between SAT and ACT may be a grey area because all the traditional standards and lack of self-awareness. There is a lot of controversy about whether or not students should dedicate themselves to one test. For many years, taking the SAT has been the norm in the minds of parents and […]

Bucket List: Stairs towards an Unrepenting Life

Bucket List: Stairs towards an Unrepenting Life

“Kick the Bucket,” is an english idiom meaning “to die” originating from the notion that people hanged themselves by standing on a bucket with a rope around their neck and then kick the bucket away. It led me to question, “Will people regret their life the second before they die?” According to “The Top Five […]

Pursuing Your Passions

Pursuing Your Passions

Pursuing your passions is not the easiest thing to do. Since there are many eyes watching, students struggle to embrace their individuality and find what their true passions are. Many people these days tend to be caught up in the influences of society and are confined by the media in what they do and think […]

Community, School, and Church

Students Step Towards a Safer Community

Students Step Towards a Safer Community

Of the more than 185 student clubs at Crescenta Valley High School, one club stands out above the rest. Attracting numerous students of different ethnicities and ages, Best Buds club promotes the equality of all students. Most students are well aware with the concept of bullying, in which one person uses strength or intimidation to […]

Troy NJROTC Drill Competition: A Sobering Success?

Troy NJROTC Drill Competition: A Sobering Success?

Ramona, California – Troy NJROTC’s Team Black, the varsity equivalent of Troy’s drill team, traveled to Ramona High School to compete in a variety of drilling contests. Many NJROTC units from other schools, like La Habra and Troy’s nemesis Westview, also came to compete in the field meet. The field meet included events like Personnel […]

International Student Fellowship

International Student Fellowship

Every Thursday evening, citizens from several different countries meet to share food, conversation, and time. They are international students, hailing from countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia, or Korea, who have come to study at De Anza College in Cupertino. Hosted by Valley Church, International Student Fellowship has been meeting for over ten years.  Part of […]

Society, Politics, Culture, and Lifestyle

A New Semester, A New Goal

A New Semester, A New Goal

At the outset of the new year, many high school students begin to stress about their SATs and college applications, and 2017 may be their last chance to improve their grades and scores. As such, students have adopted new goals for the new year.      Studying constantly has been the one thing that high school students […]

Memes Hold Massive Societal Influence

Memes Hold Massive Societal Influence

Memes Hold Massive Societal Influence Over the past several years, a new online culture has been sweeping through all forms of social media: memes. The original definition of “meme,” as posited by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture.” The second definition provided […]

Unknown Yet Serious Violence Continues in the DRC

Unknown Yet Serious Violence Continues in the DRC

Even before the Democratic Republic of the Congo gained its independence from Belgium in 1960, the rich mineral resources of the central-African country have been of primary interest to both domestic and foreign powers. The DRC holds one of the world’s largest supplies of diamonds, gold, silver, cobalt, uranium, oil, coal, and tropical forests. During […]

Korea, Koreans, and Korean Americans

Serious Teen Smartphone Addiction in South Korea

Serious Teen Smartphone Addiction in South Korea

Recently in South Korea, as the number of teenagers who own smartphones is increasing, the seriousness of the teen smartphone addiction is increasing as well. If you approach a middle or high school, it is not difficult for you to see students looking at their smartphones and texting their friends while walking. The time it […]

Seollal

Seollal

Korean New Year is the first day of the Korean lunar calendar. It is one of the most significant traditional Korean holidays. The celebration lasts three days: before the New Year, New Year’s day, and the day after the New Year. More than just a holiday to mark the beginning of a new year, Seollal […]

The Disbandment of I.O.I Upsets Many Fans

The Disbandment of I.O.I Upsets Many Fans

The popular South Korean girl group, I.O.I is disbanding after a final concert in January. The group consists of eleven members: Sejeong, Yeonjung, Yoojung, Doyeon, Somi, Kyulkyung, Nayoung, Sohye, Mina, Chungha, and Chaeyeon. These eleven girls came from several different companies such as Pledis, MBK, Redline, Fantagio, JYP, JellyFish, and M&H Entertainment. Their most recent […]

Media, Sports, Food, and Entertainment

Water Polo is Not a Joke

Water Polo is Not a Joke

Water polo is not a game that the majority of people enjoy watching. Many people call it “the most boring sport”, “easy”, and “not entertaining.” However, people who are on the team in my high school say that it should be categorized as the most difficult sport. While you have to remain floating in the […]

West Ranch Baseball Freshman Team Aims to Withhold Undefeated Legacy

West Ranch Baseball Freshman Team Aims to Withhold Undefeated Legacy

The West Ranch High School freshman baseball team is attempting to carry on the legacy of the last year’s undefeated team, which had 27 wins. Although this year’s team may not have as much talent as the previous year’s team had, everybody maintains high hopes. Whether it be taking hacks in the cages or doing […]

Harry Potter still a Huge Phenomenon

Harry Potter still a Huge Phenomenon

Harry Potter still a Huge Phenomenon Despite it being years after the Harry Potter movies came to an epic conclusion as the last book in the 7 book series by J.K. Rowling was split into two screen adaptations, the Harry Potter franchise has continued to reach great heights. The most recent of the Harry Potter […]

Science, Technology, Health, and the Environment

Robotic Doctors?

Robotic Doctors?

Artificial intelligence seemed to be a mere myth when it first was used in our society. However, ever since the automaton Deep Blue beat the previous world chess champion, Garry Kasparov, AI has slowly encroached upon various occupations, ranging from online assistants to journalists. One remarkable area in which AI is emerging is the field […]

How Big Data Affects the World

How Big Data Affects the World

As the world shifts towards more innovative ways of gathering, sorting and delivering information, some of the current technologies are in the process of being replaced. For example, handwritten letters are now replaced by emails, and the pen and paper are replaced by the computer and keyboard. One of the key catalysts of this change […]

Victims Every 15 Minutes

Victims Every 15 Minutes

Anyone can be a victim of a car accident anytime, anyday, and anywhere. This past week on January 19th, West Ranch High School participated in “Every 15 Minutes”. It is a program dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of drunk driving to all juniors and seniors in William Hart District. All juniors and seniors […]