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Ultimate Frisbee: ASL’s new club sport

Kira Crutcher, Sports Editor: Print April 29, 2021

The community reflects on George Floyds death after the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin. Floyds murder spurred a wave of worldwide protests over the summer of 2020.

Derek Chauvin verdict provokes discussion surrounding US criminal justice system

Clara Martinez, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

“State of Minnesota – plaintiff – versus Derek Michael Chauvin – defendant,” Hennepin County, Minnesota Judge Peter Cahill said, according to ITV News. Cahill read the verdict as he peeled...

Ben Perrin (’19) plays basketball with kids at the St. John’s Wood Adventure Playground pre-pandemic. The community partnership, now at the site called the St. John’s Wood Adventure Playhub, is the first to return in person, running Monday through Friday.

Community partnerships return in person

Cameron Spurr, Lead News Editor April 28, 2021

After more than a year away, community partnerships returned April 26. This week, students have been visiting the St. John’s Wood Adventure Playhub, formerly known as the Adventure Playground. Health...

Kingston Bridges (’24), Sam Hamilton (’23), Brian Lewis (’22) and Basmah Alfayez (’21) are new to the High School this year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Now having made it to the final quarter of the school year, these students reflect on the experience of being new during this unusual year.

Pandemic affects new student experiences

Anahi Pellathy, Staff Writer April 26, 2021

Restrictions due to the COVID-19 have impacted many facets of student life in the High School. The experience of new students has been particularly affected as the pandemic has altered many of the usual...

Rachel Brooks (’22) and Zein Blanks (’22) are the new co-presidents of the Social Justice Council. The SJC held presidential elections April 20.

SJC elects new co-presidents

Nick Zirinis, Staff Writer April 22, 2021

The Social Justice Council held elections for co-presidents April 20, with the final decision announced April 21. The newly elected co-presidents are Zein Blanks (’22) and Rachel Brooks (’22) who won...

StuCo held their first in-person meeting this year, where they planned school events for the end of the year. Student organizations are now permitted to meet in person on campus as of April 19.

Admin permits student organizations to meet on campus

Sajah Ali, News Editor: Online April 22, 2021

Student organizations are now allowed to meet in-person on-campus from 8:05 to 8:45 a.m. and from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. as of April 19, per Director of Student Life James Perry. Clubs that wish to meet must...

Sara Khan (’24) acts in a musical at her previous school. Acting and performing arts have always played a significant role in Khan’s life.

Sara Khan acts to express herself

Zainab Shafqat Adil, Culture Editor: Print April 15, 2021

For Sara Khan (’24), acting has always been a significant aspect of her life. She said since she was a toddler, she had always expressed an interest in performing arts.  “I was super outgoing as...

This Chinese Magnolia in Hyde Park is an example of “restoring our earth” which is this year’s Earth Day theme. To compensate for the destruction that climate change has caused, below are five actions that will help to repair nature and biodiversity.

Environment, explained: top 5 changes you can make in light of Earth Day

Eden Leavey, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

Hello, and welcome back to Environment, explained. As Earth Day is quickly approaching, my second article for this column will be dedicated to how the holiday first emerged and what actions can be taken...

Pages 82-83 of ‘Sapiens A Graphic History’ by Yuval Noah Harari, David Vandermeulen (co-writer) and Daniel Casanave (illustrator).  Using comical dialogue and illustrations, Doctor Fiction explains to Zoe, Hariri’s niece, the theory of the ‘collective myth’ as the foundation of society.

‘Sapiens A Graphic History’ illustrates how civilization thrives thanks to collective myths

Antoine Warnery, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

“Sapiens: A brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari retraces the history of humanity, and what made humans the world's dominant species. For those apprehensive of a 512 page history book retracing...

As variants drive an increase in COVID-19 cases in other countries, the U.K. may be at risk of a third wave. Multiple other countries have already experienced a third wave of the virus and more restrictions.

Possibility of third wave in UK causes uncertainty among students

Sophia Bassi, Staff Writer April 7, 2021

Jan. 5 marked the reinstatement of a national lockdown in the U.K. – life was put on pause as various restrictions were enforced across the nation. Although said restrictions are currently being lifted,...

Model UN delegates raise their country plaques in the 2020 West London Conference. This year, the conference was hosted virtually via Zoom March 27, and it provided participants the opportunity to practice debate skills and gain additional experience with conference preparation and structure.

Model UN attends virtual West London Conference

Grace Hamilton, Culture Editor: Online March 29, 2021

Members of the Model United Nations team attended the virtual West London Conference March 27. The conference, hosted through Zoom, included participants from schools across West London and was organized...

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