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‘We are the kids who are spearheading change’: Youth in Government fosters politically engaged youth

Ford McDill, a rising senior at Harvard Westlake, ran for president at the East Valley delegation for the 2020-2021 YMCA Youth in Government program. According to junior Leo Hecht,

By London Sinclair, Staff Writer

June 7, 2020

High school students throughout the nation are assembling, marching and using their voices to speak up on issues such as the Youth Climate Strike, immigrant rights, March for Our Lives and the Black Lives Matter movements. Despite the stereotype, that teens are too attached to social media to pay...

‘Every kid is more than a number’: Educators, students express perspectives on grading systems

Tenth grade students Chidimma Nwafor, Alexa Marsh and Andrea Ramirez study for a chemistry final. They are helping each other through practice problems from their chemistry packets.

By Nyah Fernandez, Staff Writer

June 7, 2020

After a seven hour school day and a two hour cross country or track pratice, sophomore Chidimma Nwafor arrives home and begins her homework. Nwafor estimates she spends four hours on homework per night. This student-athlete maintains balance with her homework and practice with strategic management which...

‘It would just be nice to see someone who looked like me’: Community members reflect on Archer diversity

This illustration depicts two teachers of color in a classroom with eager students. As of now 23% of Archer's faculty identify a POC. Digital illustration: Molly Solowitz.

By Cadence Callahan, Staff Reporter

June 6, 2020

During Archer's annual Diversity Conference, a school day focused on educating and promoting diversity, students were given the option to split into their affinity groups and debrief after watching the documentary "Documented." During Black Student Union's [BSU] debrief, the conversation led to students a...

Archer sixth grader Yasmine Haddad shares global insight on COVID-19

This screenshot is from the title screen of sixth grader Yasmine Haddad's video about how children around the world are impacted by COVID-19.

By Nyah Fernandez, Multimedia Editor

May 31, 2020

Sixth grader Yasmine Haddad knew how she was being impacted by the novel coronavirus, but she wondered how other children around the world felt. To find an answer, she completed a project where she interviewed children around the world to see how COVID-19 has impacted their lives. On Jan. 31, 2020, Pres...

‘Not adequate enough’: Los Angeles residents reflect on city’s beauty standards

In this photo staged by junior Emily Eshel, a girl stands on a scale that reads

By Chloe Fidler, Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

From flashy cars to green juices, West Los Angeles can seem like the perfect place to live. The Santa Monica beach always bustles with people because it is basically sunny year-round, and Rodeo drive is full of tourists and luxury shops. According to a U.S. News and World Report survey, Los Angeles is the ...

Do uniforms really create socioeconomic equity?: Designer items while in uniform

One of the most prominent brands on campus is Gucci. This Archer student is wearing Gucci Ace leather sneakers, which are listed on the Gucci site for $590.

By Cydney Johnson, Staff Reporter

May 21, 2020

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, almost half of all high school students wear a school uniform. Uniforms have grown in popularity annually since 1996, when then-president Bill Clinton said that school uniforms would give students the opportunity to "evaluate themselves by what they...

Photo Essay: Through the eyes of Addison Lee

Seniors Norah Adler and Addison Lee at the Global Climate Strike earlier this school year.

By Celeste Ramirez, Multimedia Editor

May 21, 2020

This photo essay is a part of the Oracle photo essay series called “Through the eyes of.” This series features students, faculty and staff at Archer and uses photo, audio and video to depict their individual experience at Archer. This particular photo essay uses text, images and video.  Last year, ju...

ACTing in a pandemic: COVID-19 causes ACT, SAT cancellations, impacting juniors’ college process

Junior Lola Lamberg's various SAT practice books stack on top of each other, along with her calculator. Lamberg used these practice books as a study resource for the SAT exam that was supposed to take place this month but has been postponed due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak.

By Vaughan Anoa'i and Nyah Fernandez

May 19, 2020

On the evening of Friday, March 13, junior Gaby Ayala received a surprising and frustrating notification — one that would change her entire college process as she knew it. "I was notified the night before that I couldn't take my SAT exam," Ayala said. "It’s frustrating how I was practicing for a ...

Junior Ava Thompson founds FaceTime Storytime volunteer service

A seven year old listens to junior Ava Thompson read Dr. Seuss'

By Anna Brodsky, Editor-in-Chief

May 18, 2020

Inspiration comes in many forms — and for junior Ava Thompson, it came from a meeting with a teacher and a bag of childhood books from her garage. At the end of March, Thompson had the idea to found FaceTime Storytime, a volunteer service in which teenagers read to younger children over video chat....

Heightism affects athletics, media portrayal, romantic relationships in contemporary society

This illustration depicts the effects and various stages of heightism that members of the Archer community and beyond can experience. Additionally, this image demonstrates the greater effect that heightism has within our society, considering it doesn't only affect one group or type of people. This illustration was created by graphic design artist and sophomore Molly Solowitz.

By Vaughan Anoa'i, Staff Reporter

May 11, 2020

In our society, the effects of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia have become prevalent topics of discussion, whether that be in Twitter threads or break room conversations. However, according to 5 foot 11 sophomore Shaun Milton, one form of discrimination is often "overlooked" and "pushed aside": height...

Cash, Community, COVID-19: Is Archer economically impacted by the novel coronavirus?

A liquor store in Sheffield, UK posts a sign reminding customers to social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although businesses that provide essential services like food or healthcare are permitted to stay open, millions of people, including members of the Archer community, face financial uncertainty and job insecurity.

By Rio Hundley and Vaughan Anoa'i

May 7, 2020

Although students switched to remote learning on Tuesday, March 17, quarantine could not protect all members of the Archer community from the spreading influence of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Along with a downturn in the stock market and nationwide grocery shortages, individuals, families and organizati...

Students of color, mentors reflect on Archer’s admissions process, diversity

An artistic illustration by Leslie Castaneda. The graphic represents students of color standing in front of the entrance of Archer.

By Lizette Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

May 7, 2020

In the interest of full disclosure, Lizette Gonzalez is a part of Young Eisner Scholars, one of the non-profit organizations mentioned in the piece. When freshman Helen Solis began going to informational meetings about a non-profit organization called "A Better Chance," she hoped she would be accepted into th...

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