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Column: My complex relationship with Archer

An artistic illustration by senior Leslie Castaneda shows Celeste speaking to her younger self. The image portrays the reflective nature of her column, where she writes about what she has learned about identity during high school. After three years, this is her final addition to the Oracle.

By Celeste Ramirez, Multimedia Editor

May 21, 2020

Before I sat down to write this final column, the last addition to my three years on the Oracle, I went all the way back to read my first ever piece,  “Latina Girl in an Archer World.” In the column, I reflected on my first year at Archer, specifically my transition to Archer and the culture shock I experience...

Column: Dear seniors

Official senior class photo of the class of 2020 taken on the first day of school this year. The class has taken identical photos for their past seven years at Archer and was supposed to take a final photo in this exact spot on their graduation day.

By Grace Wilson, Columnist

May 12, 2020

Dear Seniors, Like many of you, I’ve spent the better part of high school fantasizing about the second semester of senior year. And as if my own personal expectations of alleviated stress and culminating traditions haven’t been enough, the ravishing rumors and retellings I’ve heard from senior...

Column: On science, religion and a faith-filled physician

As a new strain of coronavirus overtakes the world, one doctor leans on both her medical and religious backgrounds to address the situation.

By Lena Jones, Columnist

April 8, 2020

Let’s go back to another time, before social distancing and online learning.   On a breezy January morning, the Archer School for Girls launched its 13th annual Diversity Conference. Through the Archer Interfaith Association (AIA), I presented Faith vs. Fact: The Unfortunate War Between Science and Religion, a Diversity Conference workshop meant to bust the myth that sci...

Column: Being a high school senior in the time of COVID-19

On March 13, Archer’s final day in session on campus for the foreseeable future, the majority of the senior class gathered on the front veranda for lunch to cherish their increasingly limited time together. After eating, laughing and even crying, the girls snapped a picture at the front of campus to commemorate their last day for a while as a group.

By Gracie Wilson, Columnist

March 18, 2020

This past week, LAUSD and the majority of Los Angeles independent schools canceled classes for at least two weeks to allay COVID-19 apprehension and prevent virus spread. In these upcoming weeks of remote learning, I will join thousands of high schoolers citywide in an experiment of social distancing.  In this epoch ...

Column: Anti-blackness in the Latinx community

An artistic illustration by senior Leslie Castaneda depicts some of the many different skin tones that are present in the Latinx community. This column covers anti-blackness in the Latinx community, specifically after the controversy surrounding this year's Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show featuring JLo and Shakira.

By Celeste Ramirez, Multimedia Editor

March 17, 2020

When I first watched the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show, I was in awe. Tears welled up in my eyes as I watched Shakira and JLo fiercely sing and dance to songs I jammed out to as a kid. I couldn’t believe they were on the Super Bowl stage being watched by millions of people. Later that evening,...

Column: Goodbye college process, hello sweet freedom

Grace Wilson (‘20) sits at her desk while working at the law firm. She has been working at this office since the end of her junior year in high school.

By Grace Wilson, Columnist

March 5, 2020

It is now March, meaning all of us seniors have submitted our college applications, and while not all of us are quite complete with the process (most admission decisions are released later this month), right now feels like an appropriate time as any to reflect on the college process.  I spent the summer...

Column: Dear Brother

From Temescal Canyon hiking trail in the Pacific Palisades, a layer of smog and air pollution can be seen looming over Los Angeles’ coastal cities.

By Abigale Lischak, Columnist

March 3, 2020

The following is a letter response to various conversations I have had with friends and acquaintances. The letter is written to the metaphorical ‘brother,’ as we are all brothers and sisters in this world. Dear Brother, I strongly believe no person is intentionally and maliciously attempting to harm other peo...

Column: What even is a ‘race card’?

An artistic illustration by senior Leslie Castaneda. The illustration depicts a person of color holding a literal card surrounded by many question marks, symbolizing how senior Celeste Ramirez grapples with the concept of a

By Celeste Ramirez, Multimedia Editor

February 6, 2020

A few weeks ago, a friend and I were talking about our futures and what successful people of color look like. Over the course of the conversation, we began to discuss whether we believed their race played a factor in their success. An example that came up was Rihanna's Fenty Beauty brand. Her brand aims to be inclusive of people of all skin...

Column: On race, Christianity and the battle within

Many African Americans who identify as Christian feel compelled to examine the past, and they recognize that their religion was once used to oppress their racial group.

By Lena Jones, Columnist

February 3, 2020

I remember the moment I realized that I, a Black woman, could be proud to be proud of being an American.  Sunlight shone through the leaves and graced pristine marble at the Arlington National Cemetery; it radiated so intensely that I could not open my eyes without them watering. As I stood before ...

Column: Extinction Past, Present and Future

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is a non-fiction book that details the human existence in an easily digestible way. While it's not a book about environmental activism, learning about the history of the Homo Sapien species is an eye-opening experience, and one I believe should be a fundamental aspect of education.

By Abigale Lischak, Columnist

February 2, 2020

First, second and third-wave feminism. By 10th grade, every Archer girl knows these terms. What about first, second and third wave extinction? Most of us, including me (until two days ago), do not know what these terms mean. According to "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari, these thr...

Column: 2020 — The year, the myth, the legend

Seniors Grace Wilson, Kelsey Thompson and Charley Griffiths pose on the beach during the first sunrise of the new year. The three girls are celebrating their excitement about having arrived in 2020.

By Grace Wilson, Columnist

January 15, 2020

Happy new year, ladies and gentlemen! After much toil and hard work, it seems we have finally made it to the year 2020. To some of us, the start of a new year is an exciting excuse to draft a list of resolutions never to be completed, and to others, it is an arbitrary celebration that a certain amount of time has pa...

Column: It’s beginning to feel a lot like senior year

While reflecting on the first semester of her senior year, Gracie Wilson found that this photo encapsulated her experiences and current emotions in December.

By Grace Wilson, Columnist

December 18, 2019

Why hello there, loyal Oracle readers! Gracie Wilson here, reporting live from the end of the first semester of my senior year. I’ve decided recently that for the remainder of the school year, I will be documenting month-by-month my goings-on and feelings of high school seniorhood.  Let me tell yo...

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