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The High School Student News Site of The American School in London

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Culture Editor: Print Anahi Pellathy overviews the schools trends. Recently, the school has seen a rise of New Balance shoes, shoulder bags and flared pants.

Trend report: New Balance shoes, shoulder bags, flare jeans

Anahi Pellathy, Culture Editor: Print October 3, 2022

New Balance shoes New Balance, a shoe and athletic clothing retailer founded in 1906, has recently experienced a major spike in popularity. Popular figures for younger generations, such as rapper Jack...

The productivity content-creating community is increasingly active on YouTube and several other social media platforms. Posts on social media can promote positive ideas of balance and wellness, in addition to perpetuating controversial concepts such as hustle culture.

Productivity content on social media influences learning, work environments

Eva Marriott-Fabre, Features Editor: Online September 28, 2022

When browsing the YouTube homepage, one may see tutorials on how to take aesthetic notes, advice for applying to universities and vlogs detailing a “productive day.” Meanwhile, users scroll through...

Accommodating learning styles

September 28, 2022

Abd Saddic said while the productivity community is making strides in accommodating different learning styles, content was more exclusive in the past. “When they started, I’d say definitely it was...


September 28, 2022

Abd Saddic said consumerism and product placement is becoming increasingly more prominent and is problematic as younger generations on social media are susceptible to being influenced by advertisements. “The...

Hustle culture

September 28, 2022

According to Monster, hustle culture is “ the mentality that one must work all day every day in pursuit of their professional goals.” Abd Saddic said hustle culture emphasizes hard work to the extreme.  “The...

Negative aspects

September 28, 2022

While he said there are benefits of having a community on social media sharing productivity-related content, Bhatia said it can often be “staged” and “unrealistic.” He said while many influencers...

Positive aspects

September 28, 2022

Gus Bhatia (’25) said one of the positive aspects of the productivity community on social media is its motivation in becoming successful. “It does serve as a reminder for a lot of people,” he...

Lou Michelson (’24), pictured on the far right, dances in the musical number “What You Want” during a rehearsal Sept. 23 for the High School fall production of “Legally Blonde.” As a new student from California, Michelson received the news she was cast as the lead character, Elle Woods, shortly after the new school year began.

New Grade 11 student cast as lead role in ‘Legally Blonde’ production

Clara Martinez, Lead Culture Editor September 26, 2022

At a quarter to 7 p.m. Sept. 11, Lou Michelson (’24) received the cast list for the High School fall production of “Legally Blonde.” Michelson said she videoed her reaction to its release for fun,...

Opinions Editor: Print Emma Lucas, Culture Editor: Print Anahi Pellathy and Sports Editor: Online Tristan Weiss review açaí restaurants across London. Each editor rates each bowl based on various categories: originality, price, taste and presentation.

The Standard reviews açaí bowls

Emma Lucas, Anahi Pellathy, and Tristan Weiss September 23, 2022

  Music used with permission from iMovie

Lead Sports Editor Spencer Towfighi and Rishi Kurada (’23) discuss Chelsea’s future after the sacking of former manager Thomas Tuchel.

Eagle Eye Football: Chelsea sacks Thomas Tuchel

Spencer Towfighi, Lead Sports Editor September 22, 2022

K2 Teacher John O’Toole stands with one of many Queen Elizabeth II poster portraits hung in his classroom. O’Toole attended the Queen’s lying-in-state ceremony Sept. 16 and spent the 10-day mourning period following her death reflecting on previous encounters with the Queen.

John O’Toole mourns Queen Elizabeth II after 45 years of correspondence

Clara Martinez, Lead Culture Editor September 21, 2022

The final time K2 Teacher John O’Toole saw Queen Elizabeth II, she waved from the Buckingham Palace balcony in 2022. O’Toole said he had camped the night before in hopes of seeing the queen during...

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