Archived Opinion

Moshing: a just school prohibition or a great way to have fun?

Students wait for administration to resume the dance. Photo by Anna Sanchez.

Myah Phillips, Copy Editor

September 1, 2017

 The concept of allowing students to mosh at dances has become a topic of discussion after the pausing of this year’s Highlight dance due to excessive moshing. For those who don’t know, “moshing” is a form of dance that involves violently jumping and deliberately colliding with other dance...

Call to action: climate change

March for Science

Allison Park, A&E Editor

May 2, 2017

Between 2000 and 2009, an average of 55 million people suffered from climate-related disasters annually. Damage costs hit $789 billion in the early 2000’s. While these startling numbers continue to escalate, it is easy for us to step back, ignore the problem and tell ourselves that global warming is...

How TV Shows and Movies Create Unrealistic Standards About High School

Image courtesy of YouTube

Anna Sanchez, Lifestyle Writer, Business Manager

April 28, 2017

With society’s fast-growing technological advancements, children are becoming more exposed to the world through television and film, and with this comes many false perceptions of life. More specifically, tv shows and movies today do not portray high school realistically. These include, but are not li...

Read dis story “howbow dah”

Danielle Bregoli on Dr. Phil.

Madilyn Marks, Staff Writer

April 13, 2017

Teenagers are stereotypically obsessed with social media, but in this generation things are getting way out of hand.  We choose to idolize people on social media sites who aren’t influencing our youth in a positive light. Students should find better role-models to look up to. In today’s culture...

Feminism is more than just a word

Senior Jade Lau at International Women's Day March.

Jamie Ma, Staff Writer

April 11, 2017

In junior high school, I had a tin lunchbox with a picture of Rosie the Riveter printed on the thin metal in that famous bright blue and yellow.  My history teacher and I loved it, but not many other people did. I remember one day in Spanish class, this boy, let’s say his name was Dan, saw my l...

The March for Human Rights Does Not Stop Here

Poster from the Women's March. Photo by Kaya Ortega.

Kaya Ortega, Staff Writer

January 31, 2017

Just one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, two million women around the world gathered in solidarity to march for the preservation of human and civil rights—and let me say, it was incredible. Despite contrary beliefs, the Women’s March was not only meant for women, but all gender...

Lanyards for safety, not discipline

Junior Allison Park wearing her ID on her lanyard.

Lia Abel, Sports Editor

December 13, 2016

Last week, teachers and staff strictly enforced students to wear their ID cards. Students are required to wear them visibly at all times, and those not wearing their IDs will be “swept” and sent to the office. Many students still refuse to wear their lanyards and have looked for ways around wearing ...

Early release or late start?

Early release or late start?

William Hollon, Staff Writer

December 12, 2016

It’s the most obnoxious and ear grating sound in the morning: the alarm clock. It says 6 a.m. You went to bed six and a half hours ago. Why? Because homework, that’s why. The only reason you’re getting up at the crack of dawn and not sleeping in for another hour is because of zero period. ...

Don’t stress about finals!

Don't stress about finals!

Camille Joi, Staff Writer

December 1, 2016

It is those pending two weeks in between Thanksgiving break and Winter break that hold the most anticipation and anxiety for high school students. Teachers start to speed lectures up to squeeze in what they can before the semester ends and students hastily attempt to raise their grades last minute. It’...

The Phoenix won’t rise again

Flyer passed out by

Khang Vinh, Co-Editor-In-Chief

November 17, 2016

Our nation was founded upon the principles of speaking out. We championed civil rights and equality with protests. Sometimes you just cannot stay silent on a certain issue. Sometimes organizing is the only way to spur change. Protesting is a fundamental right in the free world and when executed correct...

VOTE: Don’t stay at home!

VOTE: Don't stay at home!

Meghan Taylor, Copy Editor

October 20, 2016

As Election year rolls around, voters begin listing reasons for not showing up to the polls. One excuse always stands out and drives me insane: ”my vote doesn’t matter.” Sure, statistics might dictate that a single vote will not be the determining factor in an election, but simply hiding behin...

2016 Election: battle of the sexes?

2016 Election: battle of the sexes?

Emma Moyers, Co-Editor-In-Chief

October 18, 2016

It’s well known that this year’s election has been more “competitive” than most, to put it nicely. The 2016 election has been a head-to-head battle between a Republican candidate looking to redeem “the good old days” and a Democratic candidate pushing for equality and a “fair economy.” N...