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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...

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...

Colette Brown (’23) wraps herself during her aerial silks class. Brown said she has partaken in trapeze and aerial circus since Grade 8 and hopes to continue exploring her passion.

Colette Brown explores sense of self through trapeze, aerial circus

Rudi Chamria, Lead Features Editor September 6, 2022

After attending the renowned circus show Cirque du Soleil and watching the hit musical “The Greatest Showman,” Colette Brown (’23) said she quickly realized trapeze and aerial circus was her calling.  Brown...

Members of the student body feel as if they have not seen significant efforts by the administration to improve sustainability. In response, faculty members reveal behind-the-scenes efforts to reduce the school’s carbon emissions.

Students, faculty reflect on sustainability, carbon neutrality efforts

Nick Zirinis and Antoine Warnery June 17, 2022

In recent years, a growing global awareness of environmental issues has increased the public’s involvement with climate change protests and other forms of activism, per The Independent. Subsequently,...

Priya Shah (’22) presents her Advanced Independent Research Colloquium poster at the Research Symposium June 7. Throughout the research process, she overcame challenges and experienced highlights before presenting the cancer research project she conducted to students and faculty.

Priya Shah encounters challenges, victories through cancer research

Sophia Bateman, Staff Writer June 17, 2022

Among students researching various topics in the Advanced Independent Research Colloquium class, Priya Shah (’22) conducted cancer research.  The Advanced Independent Research Colloquium class enables...

Zal Rimer (’25) selects a pre-packaged food item in the cafeteria. Pre-packaged items were re-implemented amid the pandemic to mitigate germ exposure, but the catering staff plans to return to their goal of reducing plastic consumption in the 2022-23 school year.

COVID-19 mitigation hinders sustainability progress in cafeteria

Nassef Sawiris, Staff Writer June 15, 2022

In past years, the cafeteria set goals to reduce plastic consumption and subsequently lower the school’s carbon footprint. However, to limit COVID-19 exposure at the start of the pandemic, the cafeteria...

With an increasing global interest in the world of cryptocurrency, students and faculty share their thoughts and experiences around the novel market. Engagement with cryptocurrency in the High School is prevalent, as multiple investigative clubs and individual crypto traders have emerged on campus.

Cryptocurrency presents economic opportunities, becomes social phenomena

Annika Skorski, Staff Writer June 15, 2022

In tandem with a global infatuation with cryptocurrency, students have begun to invest in, research and trade the currency. In fact, two new crypto-centric clubs – the Blockchain Club and Crypto Investment...

Computer science students and teachers provide suggestions for summer opportunities through both their past experiences and plans for future accomplishments.

Guest submission: Computer science students, teachers reflect on skill-building opportunities

Benjamin Nilson, Guest Writer June 1, 2022

Over the summer, the school provides many opportunities for students to build their computer science skills beyond the classroom. Students have discovered their passion for computer science through various...

Internalized misogyny can pressure women to have an aversion to items and concepts associated with feminity, from the color pink to long nail extensions. Students and faculty share thoughts and experiences with the impact of internalized misogyny on self-expression, pursuing interests and the “not like other girls” phenomenon.

Internalized misogyny limits female self-expression, success

Eva Marriott-Fabre, Features Editor: Online May 25, 2022

Computer Science Teacher Livia Piloto said internalized misogyny is the phenomenon when women subconsciously feel hatred for other women in addition to feminine concepts. “It's something that a lot...

Many High School students have created and run businesses that reflect their passions. Through developing these businesses, they have overcome challenges, learned valuable skills and set future goals.

High School students cultivate passions through self-created businesses

Sophia Bassi, Vittoria Di Meo, and Anna Reznick May 17, 2022

Throughout high school, students are often encouraged to explore their passions. Some students take their interests and apply them to create businesses in their respective fields. Many plan to continue...

Pets – whether dogs, cats or goats – can provide a sense of comfort for many in their various shapes and forms. Students and faculty share stories about their pets, from the origin of their names to their favorite hobbies.

Community shares love for pets

Antoine Warnery, Opinions Editor: Online May 11, 2022

Although early humans first sought to domesticate animals as a means of survival, animals have shifted to become companions as well. This love for pets is apparent among many student and faculty members....

Mary Bracht (P’24) attends the Alderney Literary Festival, an annual gathering celebrating historical literature from March 29 to 31, 2019. Bracht’s debut novel, “White Chrysanthemum,” was published in 2018.

Mary Bracht illuminates forgotten injustice of comfort women in ‘White Chrysanthemum’

Eden Leavey, Features Editor: Print May 4, 2022

From 1932 to 1945, the Imperial Japanese Army took approximately 200,000 Asian girls and women to live in brothels where they were sexually assaulted by soldiers several times a day, per the Asian Women’s...

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