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For various students and faculty, jewelry is a way to express values, such as family, sustainability and favorite memories.

Community displays values through jewelry

Eva Marriott-Fabre, Features Editor: Online April 26, 2023

WasteShark is a new aqua drone that removes plastics and other floating debris from the Thames surface. According to Thames21, their organization and the Port of London Authority remove at least 200 tonnes of waste from the Thames each year, much of it being plastic.

Water-cleaning robot prompts discussion on protection of London’s rivers

Maya Fakhry and Zoe Karibian April 17, 2023

WasteShark is a water-based cleaning robot deployed in the River Thames March 18. The fully autonomous drone uses artificial intelligence to navigate through the water, collecting plastic and other types...

Jack Phillips will assume the High School Principal position for the 2023-24 year. Following the resignation of High School Principal Devan Ganeshananthan, Phillips will serve as Principal before the selection of a permanent replacement.

Jack Phillips to serve as interim High School Principal

Nassef Sawiris, Media Team April 7, 2023

Former High School Principal Jack Phillips has been announced as the interim High School Principal for the upcoming academic year. Phillips is set to assume this role for the 2023-24 school year effective...

Prince Harrys memoir Spare is sold for half price at the W.H. Smith store. The book was marked down in price on the day of its release after it was leaked in Spain before the official date, according to Hello Magazine.

Prince Harry’s memoir “Spare” evokes conversation surrounding monarchy, privacy

Sophia Hsu, Reporter April 6, 2023

Lucy Ilyas (’26) said she ran out of class and dashed to the store to purchase the highly anticipated memoir "Spare," by Duke of Sussex Prince Harry Jan. 12. Ilyas said she wanted to see if the many...

Varsity boys basketball head coach Tony Lazare stands on the sidelines during a game against Norwood School Feb. 15. The team won the game 58-46.

New varsity boys basketball head coach reflects on season

Obalolu Edun, Reporter April 3, 2023

Hired by Athletic Director John Farmer, Tony Lazare assumed the varsity boys basketball head coach position in January. The team had a record of 8-0 wins throughout the season when Lazare began coaching...

Following parental complaints, multiple books will be reviewed due to their sexual content, according to Interim Head of School Coreen Hester. Over the past few years, numerous books have been restricted in schools across the U.S. due to their content, according to PEN America.

Parental concern prompts review of library books

Tara Behbehani and Oskar Doepke March 22, 2023

The Mellon Library has removed certain books from circulation following parental complaints, according to an email sent to the school community March 17 by Interim Head of School Coreen Hester. Hester...

The Biden administration approved the Willow Project March 13. The Willow Project entails an oil drilling plan to use the natural resources in Alaska, which will release significant carbon dioxide emissions.

Willow Project approval provokes climate change uncertainty

Leila Meilman, Reporter March 17, 2023

The Biden administration approved the Willow Project March 13, according to The New York Times. The project, an oil drilling plan to access the petroleum found in Alaska’s North Slope, according to CNN....

Social media personality Andrew Tate rose to international fame after videos of his advice to young men on the treatment of women circulated social media, eventually amassing nearly fivemillion followers. Tate was arrested Dec. 30 in Romania on rape and sex trafficking charges. The idolization of Tate in the media has prompted discussion worldwide about combating dangerous rhetoric surrounding sexual assault and violence, according to The New York Times.

Andrew Tate’s arrest prompts conversations around influence, masculinity

Yasmine Rivera, Reporter March 17, 2023

Rowan Hamilton (’26) said she has seen Tate’s influence on the men in her community and his ideals are distorting perceptions of masculinity as a result.  “A lot of teenage boys or men believe...

Teachers were asked not to assign homework or assessments March 7-8 during Holi, according to Assistant Principal Natalie Jaworski. Holi, a Hindu holiday, is meant to symbolize the end of the winter season and the start of spring.

Students receive accomodations during Holi

Laila Taraporevala, Reporter March 17, 2023

To allow for the celebration of the Hindu festival of Holi March 7-8, Assistant Principal Natalie Jaworski said homework and assessments were not assigned. Jaworski said questions have arisen why homework...

Bassel Ojjeh (’25) poses with those affected by the Turkey-Syria earthquake in a camp located in western Syria. Ojjeh founded H.O.P.E Syria, a charity  providing education to children and assisting refugees amid the humanitarian crisis.

Bassel Ojjeh supports Syrian refugee education

Rahil Punshi, Media Team March 14, 2023

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Bassel Ojjeh (’25) said he recalled the detrimental impacts of war occurring in his home country, Syria, inspiring him to tackle the crisis.  “The...

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