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Juniors Test the Common Core

Juniors Test the Common Core

Story by Daniel Ballard, Staff Writer

March 28, 2014

While the seniors and freshman slept in and the sophomores were mid-way through their CAHSEE tests March 18, 102 juniors spent their enhanced late start voluntarily taking the Common Core math assessment. But why forgo such a loss for a simple non-mandatory exam? According to Assistant Principal D...

Writer’s Block Slam

Writer’s Block Slam

Story by Madeleine Karydes, Staff Writer

March 25, 2014

A creative crowd of students and teachers wandered into the library Thursday for an evening of poetry and performance put on by the Writer’s Block Club. Led by seniors Kendra Brust and Chelsea Kanzler, the slam kicked off at 6 p.m. after the enthusiastic attendees settled into their seats. “I...

“Divergent” Diverges From the Usual Turnout

“Divergent” Diverges From the Usual Turnout

Story by Sophie Peeler and Melody Sobhani

March 21, 2014

What if you had to make one choice to determine the rest of your life? That choice would determine the one trait, the one defining virtue that you would have to embody forever. Are you selfless, brave, kind, intelligent, or truthful? Veronica Roth’s bestselling, utopian novel, “Divergent,” follows...

Taking a Spin Around the Gym

Taking a Spin Around the Gym

Story by Madison Hougard, Staff Writer

March 11, 2014

With the weekend forecast set to be sunny and 75, the only logical place for me to spend my Saturday morning was at the gym. While on rare occasion you will find me there, the gym is home to a pastime I sometimes enjoy: spin class. Spin class really should be considered a sport, maybe even a contact...

Fresh Faces

Fresh Faces

Story by Katie McPherson, Elise Gout, Joseph Swit, Sam Winter, Elise Echeverria, Kira Elliott, Katrina Olsen, and Sara Portnoy

February 28, 2014

Claire Brady Can you describe your rock climbing? How often do you do it for? Where do you do it? I rock climb at minimum twice a week, but usually more. I have had weeks were I climb every single day, for the whole day. I climb both indoors and outdoors, but, like most rock climbers, I prefer clim...

How to: Bargain Basics

How to: Bargain Basics

Story by Annie Smith, Staff Writer

February 28, 2014

Living in a society so driven by consumerism and commercialism, it’s easy to get swept up in the idea of spend, spend, spend. For those of us ladies who are unemployed, spending all our money on college applications, or simply bored, here are some fashion tips on how to save money by spending cash...

Teacher Tidbit: February 2014

Teacher Tidbit: February 2014

Story by Tacy Manis, Photo Editor

February 28, 2014

After visiting Peru with his wife last year, social science teacher Kevin Witt gave his son the middle name Condor. In Incan mythology, the condor represents the upper world of the gods and the entrance to Machu Picchu has a shrine to this condor spirit. Tourists are encouraged to make a wish at the...

The Canyon Crest Academy Writers Conference: Part 1

The Canyon Crest Academy Writers Conference: Part 1

Story by Katrina Olsen, Kira Elliott, Kate Sequeira, Sophie Peeler, and Hana Chen

February 25, 2014

“I am dorkily excited that there are kids that already recognize that they want to be writers,” keynote speaker Kristin Elizabeth Clark starts the fourth annual Canyon Crest Academy Writers Conference, Saturday Feb. 22nd. The CCA Writers Club hosted their teen writer’s conference, complete with keyn...

The Canyon Crest Academy Writers Conference: Part 2

The Canyon Crest Academy Writers Conference: Part 2

Story by Kate Sequeira, Sophie Peeler, and Hana Chen

February 25, 2014

“I am dorkily excited that there are kids that already recognize that they want to be writers,” keynote speaker Kristin Elizabeth Clark starts the fourth annual Canyon Crest Academy Writers Conference, Saturday Feb. 22nd. The CCA Writers Club hosted their teen writer’s conference, complete w...

Flag Football 2014

Flag Football 2014

Story by Linden Amundsen, Staff Writer

February 4, 2014

  For a school so adamantly against football, SDA’s flag football game was a resounding success. Perhaps it was the innate avoidance of the original sport that led to the generous turn out, after all who doesn’t want to live on the edge, to break the trend, to swim against the current. Senior...

How to: Keep New Year’s Resolutions

How to: Keep New Year’s Resolutions

Story by Mycha Ayala, Staff Writer

January 10, 2014

Everyone loves getting into the holiday fad of making their goals for the upcoming year, whether it is to actually better themselves or just convince people that they are bettering themselves. Most people like to make resolutions that seem to be unattainable, such as trying to make themselves something...

SDA Student Awarded for Charity

SDA Student Awarded for Charity

Story by Sierra Zounes, Online Editor

January 6, 2014

Senior Keri Jucha was 18 hours away from death back in 2007. She suffered from a brain abscess: puss in the brain that caused her to speak only gibberish and immobilized her right leg. Jucha spent five hours in surgery, and nine additional days in Rady Children’s hospital. She was given another chance...

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