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Some teachers argue that cellphones distract students during class, making it challenging for students to learn. According to English Teacher Christopher Moore, following the English department cellphone policy of placing phones elsewhere allowed for deeper learning.

Students, teachers consider phone usage in class

Ayra Ansari, Reporter June 14, 2024

Social Studies Teacher Lanting Xu allows students to possess their cellphones in her classroom. However, Xu said she has noticed students focus less when they have their cellphones in sight. “Students...

Head of School Matthew Horvat, Interim High School Principal Jack Phillips, Board of Trustees Chair Erin Roth and Lord Mayor of Westminster Robert Rigby present the Class of 2024 at the graduation ceremony June 8. Phillips said the Class of 2024 learned to harness each student’s unique differences into a unified asset. “The idea that they didn’t have school spirit started to change pretty quickly towards the end,” Phillips said. “Rather than seeing that as a deficit, they began to see their strengths and see that they really have a lot to offer.”

Class of 2024 graduates at Central Hall Westminster

Giulia Scolari, Features Editor: Online June 11, 2024

Video by Oskar Doepke

Zoe Weiler (’24) presents her workshop titled “The Choice of Being Human: The Future of Manipulating Genetics” June 5. Weiler said she selected the information to include in her workshop on the basis of what would be most “appealing and interesting” to the student body.

Students participate in Human Rights Symposium

Giulia Scolari, Features Editor: Online June 11, 2024

Renewable energy sources are being used at an increasing rate across the world, according to Irena. Community members discussed the benefits and drawbacks of the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

Community discusses transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy

Alexander Sawan and Meher Sareen June 10, 2024

For Model United Nations Club Co-President Aris Perrotis (’25), the recent rise in renewable energy goes beyond the climate crisis. Perrotis said implementing renewable energy sources can increase various...

Ethan Rhodes (’25) dribbles a basketball on the school playground. Rhodes played basketball on the JJV team.

Ethan Rhodes reflects on passion for basketball

Tarek Ahmad, Reporter June 7, 2024

JJV basketball player Ethan Rhodes (’25) has been playing basketball since he was eight years old. Although he fell in love with the sport, when he reached age 13, he said several inconveniences prevented...

Many students have a tendency to ignore the dangers of online data privacy due to having little prior education on the subject. This has left students vulnerable to data breaches and misinformation.

Students require education on dangers of data, online privacy

Mayuko Kawase, Reporter June 7, 2024

When I open my laptop to complete my daily BuzzFeed quizzes, I get stopped by the pop-up question: “Accept all cookies or reject all cookies?” Which should I select? Should I click “show purposes”...

Prithvi Srivastava (’24) works on testing and programming his prosthetic hand. He has worked on crafting the prototype since the start of the school year.

Prithvi Srivastava tests innovative limits crafting prosthetic hand

Raj Chamria, Reporter June 6, 2024

Prithvi Srivastava (’24) began designing a prosthetic hand in his Advanced Design Thinking Apprenticeship class at the beginning of the 2023-24 school year. Srivastava became interested in creating the...

Bryan Bresee of Clemson University is hoisted into the air by his teammates after a successful safety. Clemson beat Boston College 34-28 on their home soil of Memorial Stadium Oct. 31, 2020.

College football enters new era with playoff expansion

Colton Stenson, Media Team June 5, 2024

College football, run by the National Collegiate Athletic Association dates back to 1869, although the current playoff structure was established in 2014. Under this system, the College Football Playoff...

Jared McCain plays basketball for Duke University. This year, he led them to the Elite Eight in the NCAA March Madness tournament.

Star athlete Jared McCain redefines presence of athletes on social media

Raj Chamria, Reporter June 5, 2024

Over recent months, Jared McCain, a guard for the Duke men’s basketball team, has revolutionized college athletes’ presence on social media by posting numerous videos to his TikTok and Instagram accounts....

Students at Columbia University protest the current violence in Gaza, demanding an end to the conflict. The demonstrations drew significant attention to the ongoing crisis. Photo courtesy of John Towfighi.

Solidarity encampments take over college campuses

Ayra Ansari and Seya Sawiris June 4, 2024

Students staged a ‘Gaza solidarity encampment’ in support of Palestine where students began protesting on campus after Columbia University President Minouche Shafik held a hearing addressing anti-Semitism...

The schools finances have suffered following the high U.K. inflation rate, COVID-19 pandemic, HM Revenue penalties and more. This article was originally published in The Standards March 2024 issue.

Following the Funds: An inside look into the High School’s finances

Sophia Bateman and Oskar Doepke June 3, 2024

Head of School Matthew Horvat said after the U.K. inflation rate surged to 11.1% in October 2022, according the Office for National Statistics, the school’s finances suffered. “For the last couple...

The high school yearbook, Sojourner, released at the end of the school year, documents the events, activities and students of the school year. Founded in 1960, the publication was originally named Gateway. Covers courtesy of Sojourner.

Capturing memories: A dive into the High School’s yearbook

Zoe Karibian and Inez Stephenson June 3, 2024

“There's just nothing quite like it, as far as the depth of learning that happens when you're really engaged in a creative project like this,” Yearbook Adviser Lina Densley said. Since taking on...

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