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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, ...

30 Archer students recognized in Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards

Art pieces hang on the art hallway walls. Thirty Archer students were recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious national program for teens in grades seven to 12.

By Celeste Ramirez, Multimedia Editor

April 2, 2020

Every year, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognizes teens in grades seven to 12 for "works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision," according to the official website. This year, 30 Archer students spanning grades eight to 12 received either a gold key, silver key or honorable...

Music, motivation, middle school: Grades 6 through 8 express their love for music through a cappella

Soloists Amelia Lewinson and Rose Morris perform middle school a cappella's arrangement of Stitches at the Winter Concert, which took place in January. The middle school a cappella group is fairly new, but has already managed to impress many of their upper school classmates.

By Rio Hundley, Sports Editor

April 1, 2020

The melodies of Jessie J's "Who You Are," the Beatles' "Blackbird" and Shawn Mendes' "Stitches" reverberate through the admissions hallway. But something is different: middle school students are not singing with a track but instead creating the beat and background music with their own voices in an a cap...

Review: ‘To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love you’ didn’t need to happen

Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky), Lana Condor (Lara Jean) and John Ambrose (Jordan Burchett) pose for a promotional poster.

By Allie Worchell, Voices Editor

March 22, 2020

After Netflix released what is arguably its most successful romantic comedy to date, "To All the Boys I've Loved Before," its successor "To All the Boys: P.S. I Love You" had big shoes to fill. Let’s put it this way. We didn’t need a sequel.  Released on Feb. 12, 2020, the movie is based on the second book...

Review: Anyone could be watching ‘YOU,’ season 2

One of Netflix's promotional photos for the launch of season two. The show follows Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) on his hunt for love.

By Cadence Callahan, Staff Reporter

March 19, 2020

Netflix released the second season of its original series "You" on Thursday, Dec. 26.  The psychological thriller is centered around serial killer and stalker Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley). Created by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, the show caught my attention because of the many memes posted on TikTok and I...

‘Mirage’ uses dance to change classic fairy tale narratives, promotes feminism

This year's theme for the Night of Dance was 'Mirage' which used dance to re-imagine classic fairy tales. Dance captain Kelsey Thompson ('20) was inspired by modern feminist ideals when creating the show's theme.

By Nicki Rosenberg, Managing Editor

March 8, 2020

Archer students, parents, faculty, family and friends fill the audience at The Broad Stage. The lights dim, and the words "Once Upon a Time" are projected on the screen, drawing the audience into the tale that is Archer’s annual Night of Dance. This was the scene on Feb. 18 and 19, the nights ...

‘The Tropics’ exhibit in Eastern Star Gallery promotes connection with nature, environment

Senior Chloe Powers supports her fellow seniors by visiting 'The Tropics'  installation.

By London Sinclair, Staff Reporter

March 5, 2020

Archer girls looking to "relax" and "recenter" could do so in the tropical oasis inside The Eastern Star Gallery from Feb. 13-19. Seniors Charlotte Smith, Riley Adams, Molly Goldberg and Nicki Rosenberg and juniors Olivia Rosen and Sarah Tiles brought a tropical environment to Archer with an imm...

Community shares strategies, opinions regarding Disney’s new streaming service

During her free time at school, freshman Maya Kakani explores Disney's new streaming service, Disney Plus, on her school laptop. Disney Plus features old and new shows and movies from not only the Disney universe.

By Lizette Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

March 1, 2020

When freshman Maya Kakani first heard that Disney would create its own streaming service, she felt excited to relive childhood memories. She immediately signed up. "I was really excited because I love old Disney shows, and a lot of them got taken off Netflix a couple of years," Kakani said. "I was...

Actor Keith David performs, presents about Macbeth to ninth grade English students

David reads lines from Act 3 Scene 3 from Macbeth and shows students the importance of understanding the emotions in the text.

By Lizette Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

February 23, 2020

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, actor Keith David visited the freshman class to talk about understanding Shakespeare's language and performed scenes from the play "Macbeth". David acted in films such as "Platoon," "Crash," "Barbershop" and more. He also performed scenes from Macbeth during college. David gave advice and tips to ...

Faculty, staff, students showcase different cultures during Diversity Conference performances

Sisters, Maddie Fenster '20 and Dani Fenster '23 model traditional clothing from South Korea during the Asian clothing fashion runway.

By Jessica Jimenez

February 18, 2020

From musical numbers to dances to fashion shows, this year's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference was filled with multiple performances meant to showcase aspects of culture. On Jan. 29, the Archer community saw these performances that connected with the theme of this year's conference: Our Complexities,...

Op-Ed: The Oscars (for once) didn’t disappoint

The Academy Awards, and the gold Oscar statue which punctuates them, have long been a symbol of cinematic excellence. However, the Academy has been criticized for snubbing female creators, and creators of color. In a yearly awards show renowned for being awkward and disappointing, the 2020 Oscars surprised me.

By Rio Hundley, Sports Editor

February 18, 2020

When I flipped to ABC at 5 p.m. Sunday night, I expected to be disappointed. I braced myself of another year of overpriced glitzy dresses, awkward teleprompter one-liners and makeup artists and costume designers struggling to finish their speeches before being played off stage. Most of all, I was read...

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