The student news site of The Archer School for Girls

The Oracle

About

Oracle_logoThe Archer School for Girls is a contemporary girls school in Los Angeles serving grades 6-12. The Oracle is Archer’s student-run news site, which we update dynamically September through the beginning of June. Archer upper school students who have taken or are currently enrolled in the 21st Century Journalist class are responsible for all aspects of the Oracle.

Student media at Archer connects directly to the school’s mission to “strengthen girls’ voices” and “promote challenge-seeking and support risk-taking” in order to “graduate courageous, committed, and ethical young women.”

For these purposes, as well as to teach students responsibility by empowering them to make and defend their own decisions, student news media at the Archer School for Girls are designated open forums for student expression where students make all final decisions of content. Therefore, student material published on The Oracle may not reflect the opinions or policies of The Archer School for Girls, and neither school employees nor the school itself are legally responsible for its content.

The Oracle goes on summer hiatus from early June through late August.

Oracle Mission Statement

As a student-run publication, the Oracle’s mission is to provide a forum that encourages authentic voices and discussion in our increasingly diverse educational community. We serve as a resource for the Archer community and beyond to report relevant, interesting and newsworthy information. The Oracle staff is committed to fostering critical thinking in our reporting as well as providing students’ perspectives. Through these endeavors, we strive to strengthen student voices.

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Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief: Anika Bhavnani became a member of the Oracle staff in 2015. She was promoted to co-Voices editor in 2016 and was promoted to Editor-in-Chief for the 2016-2017 school year. She is president of the Diversity Board, an Archer Ambassador and member of the Speech and Debate Team. During the summer of 2016, she attended the National Student Leadership Conference for Journalism.

 

 

Managing Editor/News & Features Editor: Eloise Rollins-Fife joined the Oracle staff in 2015 and was promoted to co-Voices editor in 2016. She became the Managing/News & Features Editor for 2016-2017. She regularly participates in Archer musical theater and is an executive member of the Model UN club. She also enjoys working and volunteering outside of school. In her free time, she can be found catching up on current events and watching sitcoms.

 

Culture Editor: Alexandra Chang joined The Oracle as a contributing writer in 2014 and became the Culture Editor in 2016. She is a member of the tennis team and enjoys writing for her lifestyle website, The Zeitgeist. In her free time, she loves designing pieces for her clothing line and reading everything from The New York Times to Us Weekly. She is also passionate about volunteering at The Peninsula Humane Society.

 

 

Sports Editor: Cybele Zhang joined the Oracle writing staff in 2015 and was promoted to Sports Editor as a sophomore. Over the summer of 2016, she interned at the Asian Journal, an international Filipino newspaper. She has been part of Archer’s Dance Company since 2012, where she is the current Middle School Captain Coordinator. Zhang is a member of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Culture Club and participates in Archer chapters of the Junior Classical League and Feed2Suceed Fund. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball and watching sports.

Multimedia Editor: Nelly Rouzroch joined the Oracle Staff during the 2015 year and became the new Multimedia Editor in 2016. She attended Ignite Journalism University in summer 2016 to focus on how multimedia can enhance journalistic storytelling. She is in Dance Company and has been a part of Archer’s Dance Troupe since 2012. She loves anything related to music and Buzzed.

 

Voices Editor: Cat Oriel joined the Oracle staff as a contributing writer in 2015 and was promoted to Voices Editor in 2017. She is a part of Archer’s varsity volleyball team, co-founder of the Feed2SucceedFund Archer Chapter, a member of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Culture Club and is the scheduling manager of the Arrow Store. She was named the Middle School Poet Laureate in 2013 and the World Language Poet Laureate in 2015. Her other interests include graphic design and dogs.

Staff Writers

Anna Brodsky joined the Oracle in 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, swimming, and baking. This year, she is excited to participate in the Speech and Debate Team, Orchestra, and Choir, in addition to serving on the Honor Education Council and co-leading the Harry Potter Club.

 

 

Ella Frey is excited to be a new staff writer for the Oracle. She is a member of the I Am club and Sustainability club. She is participating on the Archer Dance Troupe. She is also a member of the equestrian team.

 

 

 

Logan Connors joined the Oracle writing staff in 2015. She is on the varsity equestrian team and has been riding for 12 years. She is a member of the Best Buddies Club and volunteers at the Mesereau Free Legal Clinic.

 

 

 

Alice Grainge joined the Oracle writing staff in 2016. She interned as a print editor at The Hollywood Reporter in summer 2016, which inspired her to join the Oracle. She is also part of the Community Service Squad. In her free time, she loves to create outfits and donate them to different charities through her charity, Olivia & Alice, which she co-founded in 2013.

 

 

Liz Haltrecht joined the Oracle staff in 2016. She is a member of the Archer swim team. In her free time, she loves to travel with her family and spend time with her friends.   

 

 

 

Eden Motzkin joined the Oracle staff in 2016. She enjoys being a member of the Best Buddies Club, Community Service Club, and Generation of Change Club in addition to volunteering at the Found Animals Foundation. She is also a player on Archer’s beach volleyball team.

 

 

 

12-smith-harleyHarley Quinn Smith, the newest addition to the 2016 Oracle staff, is very excited to be a part of journalism this year. She has been an Archer student since the sixth grade and is now beginning her senior year. Her passions include writing, acting and advocating for the better treatment of animals.

 

 

Sara Weitz has been going to Archer since the sixth grade and joined the Oracle in 2016. She has run on the Archer cross country team for six years and the track team for five. Outside of Archer, she volunteers through Teen Line and works at Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream.

 

 

 

Maya Wernick joined the Oracle in 2016. She is a member of Archer’s Student Council, Model United Nations Club, and is an Archer Ambassador. She can often be found volunteering with special-needs kids or re-watching old 90s TV shows.

 

 

Columnists

Isabel Adler writes a column on daily life in the Archer community. Since sixth grade, she has been actively involved in the Archer community in Jane Austen Society, Debate, Orchestra, the Oracle and in other ways. She loves to read, discuss politics, and eat anything with sugar in it.

 

 

Anna Allgeyer became an Oracle columnist in 2016. Her column focuses on food in relation to the life of an Archer Girl.  She hopes to write about food related current events and trends, and is looking forward to writing about the occasional indulgence and culinary seasonal crazes.

 

 

 

Stella Gage became a columnist for the Oracle in 2016. Her column focuses on exploring social justice issues through a feminist lens.

 

 

 

 

Audrey Koh became an Oracle columnist in 2016. Her column focuses on popular culture and current social issues through a social justice lens, focusing on race, gender, class and more. She plays violin in the Upper School Orchestra and is a member of the Ambassador Leadership Team, the Girls Empowering Girls Leadership Team, the Pillars of Salt staff, the debate team and the Community Service Board.

 

 

Ciel Torres writes a political column for the Oracle.

 

 

 

 

Adviser

Kristin Taylor teaches The 21st Century Journalist at the beginning and advanced level. She is a strong proponent of student voices and believes journalism teaches skills needed in all aspects of professional life. She has been an English teacher since 1997 and began teaching at Archer in 2006. A Certified Journalism Educator (CJE), she is a JEA member and a 2014 ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute Fellow. She is also a Nationally Board Certified English teacher. She is currently pursuing a Masters in journalism through Kent State University. 

Professional Memberships

The Oracle is a member of the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).

The student news site of The Archer School for Girls