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Teen in business: Junior Bella Morgan creates digital ceramics company Organic Matter Pottery

Junior Bella Morgan, founder of of Organic Matter Pottery, works in the Archer ceramics studio painting a mug.

By Lola Lamberg, News and Features Editor

May 31, 2020

Junior Bella Morgan drives to the UPS store near her house twice a week, a bulky package wrapped in bubble wrap sitting on the passenger seat. A salad bowl, a coffee mug or a dinner plate was made to order earlier that week by a customer elsewhere in the United States. Since November of 2019, Morgan...

Review: Justin Bieber’s album ‘Changes’ reveals his growth as a singer, person

Review: Justin Bieber's album 'Changes' reveals his growth as a singer, person

By Nyah Fernandez, Staff Writer

May 31, 2020

I have loved Justin Bieber ever since I heard his first album, "Justin Bieber My World 2.0," when I was just 7 years old. When I heard that Bieber was coming out with his fifth album, "Changes," I was expecting songs similar to his past albums featuring his youthful voice and soulful music melodies. Instead, we got songs that are heartfelt, showed e...

Review: Netflix Party sparks reconnection among friends during quarantine

The Google Chrome Netflix Party extension is at its peak in popularity among those practicing social distancing. The extension allows users from around the world to sync Netflix videos and chat simultaneously.

By Cydney Johnson, Staff Reporter

May 29, 2020

Ever since quarantine started, many people have been using Netflix Party, a Google Chrome extension that allows users to watch Netflix and chat simultaneously. The extension synchronizes video playback and perfectly mirrors the screen of the person who started the "party." Users have the option to custo...

Review: Netflix’s “Unorthodox” tells a journey of self-exploration with a twist

The promotional image for Netflix's original series

By Nicki Rosenberg, Managing Editor

May 20, 2020

When I think of Judaism as an adolescent, the things that typically come to mind include Bat and Bar Mitzvahs, Hebrew school and Passover dinners. However, Netflix’s new four-part miniseries “Unorthodox” was a wake-up call that Judaism does not look the same for everyone. Released on March 2...

Review: “Outer Banks” makes us nostalgic for pre-quarantine days

The promotional image for the Neflix Original series,

By Allie Worchell

May 20, 2020

“We're the Pogues, and our mission this summer is to have a good time, all the time,” John B. (Chase Stokes), the protagonist in “Outer Banks,” said in the opening scene. One of the biggest Netflix original hits to date, "Outer Banks" has taken over the screens of thousands of teenagers. While...

From Arabic to art: Community explores new hobbies during quarantine

These are some of the pieces Azrialy has made in her free time.

By Cadence Callahan, Staff Reporter

May 18, 2020

On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order due to the COVID- 19 outbreak, which has remained in place since. While at home, many students have picked up new activities and skills to entertain themselves. Students from all grade levels have been experimenting with a variety of new...

Review: Netflix’s ‘Never Have I Ever’ perfectly captures high school adolescence in a unique way

A promotional photo for the Netflix original

By Cadence Callahan, Staff Reporter

May 18, 2020

On April 27, Netflix released the first season of the original show "Never Have I Ever." The show is rated TV-14 and was created by actress Mindy Kailing and writer/producer Lang Fisher. This series follows first-generation Indian American teenager Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) and her b...

Review: Conan Gray proves his place in indie-pop music world with ‘Kid Krow’

Conan Gray's new album,

By Lizette Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

May 15, 2020

In 2013, Conan Gray was a YouTube vlogger speaking about his life in small-town Texas, but don't write him off as just another fad. His debut album "Kid Krow" proved that Gray is a new talent to watch. On March 20, the former Youtube star released a 12-track album that provided insight on his past love, childhood and overall life. Because of...

Review: ‘Home Before Dark’ shines as a mystery with an uncommon type of detective

The Apple TV series

By Avery Fox, Staff Reporter

May 5, 2020

Apple TV released the first season of its original series "Home Before Dark," inspired by the actions of real 9-year-old journalist Hilde Lysiak, on Friday, April 3. The series was created by Dana Fox and Dara Resnik. The mystery aspect of the series made it an intriguing and interesting show to watch. "Home Before Dark" centers around 9-year-old Hilde Lisko, (Brooklynn Prince) who has a photographic memory. At the start of the show, Hilde and her family have just moved from New York to the fictional town of Erie Harbor, Washington. However, when the Liskos get there, Hilde's father Matt...

The show must go on: US play ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ adapts to coronavirus crisis

Sophomore Glorianna Chase takes the stage for a tech rehearsal show while Langdon Janos volunteers to fill in as an interactive audience member. In total, the Upper School play had five shows, all keeping within the 50 people or under order.

By Grace Doyle

April 25, 2020

After months of preparation, the performance of the Upper School play, 'Every Brilliant Thing' by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe, looked different than students and faculty expected. On March 12, just hours before the first performance, Mayor Garcetti "ordered all city departments to postpone or...

Review: Niall Horan’s disappointing album puts the heartbreak in ‘Heartbreak Weather’

Niall Horan's second album was released on March 13, 2020.

By Lizette Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

April 22, 2020

When I heard that former One Direction member Niall Horan would be releasing another album, "Heartbreak Weather," I expected to hear unique songs and catchy melodies. However, after listening to the entirety of the album, I was saddened to see that it was the exact opposite of what was expected. The...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) postpones annual Coachella music festival

The crowd of 2018 Coachella enjoys day two of the festival.

By Cydney Johnson, Staff Reporter

April 15, 2020

With over 99,000 daily festival-goers annually, Coachella is one of the most popular music festivals in the world. Tickets to the event, which began in 1999, sell out within minutes. According to the Los Angeles Times, the festival generates about $403 million dollars of spending in the Coachella Valley area and injects about $106 million dollars in the economy of Indio, California, ...

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