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Signed, sealed, delivered: Senior Andrea Campos-Ralston signs letter of intent, commits to play Division I volleyball

Signed, sealed, delivered: Senior Andrea Campos-Ralston signs letter of intent, commits to play Division I volleyball

By Rio Hundley, Sports Editor

December 21, 2019

With her longtime coach Lainey Gera and her parents at her side, Andrea Campos-Ralston signed her National Letter of Intent on Monday, Nov. 11. From the amphitheater's stands, other Archer students watched and filmed the event. Archer Athletics Director Kim Smith invited the community to witness the...

Photo Essay: Through the eyes of Kimberly Tuxpan

Photo Essay: Through the eyes of Kimberly Tuxpan

By Celeste Ramirez, Multimedia Editor

December 6, 2019

This photo essay is the first of a new series called "Through the eyes of." This series will feature students, faculty and staff at Archer and use photo, audio and video to depict their individual experience at Archer. This essay uses images paired with audio. Senior Kimberly Tuxpan sits at a whe...

Junior varsity volleyball improves skills, ‘creates positive dynamic’

Junior varsity volleyball improves skills, ‘creates positive dynamic’

By Allie Worchell, Voices Editor

December 4, 2019

Faith Soriano ‘22, an outside hitter on the junior varsity volleyball team, ran to pass the ball at an Oct. 3 game. Suddenly, she forgot she was playing front row and sprinted back to the position only for the volleyball to hit her in the face.  "It was crazy, and it was so embarrassing because a l...

Students of color reflect on code-switching at Archer

Students of color reflect on code-switching at Archer

By Celeste Ramirez, Multimedia Editor

June 7, 2019

The upper school watched the film "The Hate U Give" during the annual Archer Diversity Conference on Jan. 29. The film sparked conversations both on and off campus. At Archer, clubs such as BSU and Hermanas Unidas hosted meetings a few days after the conference, while in the media, an Atlantic article ca...

In response to human trafficking, organizations focus on empowerment, liberation

In response to human trafficking, organizations focus on empowerment, liberation

By Allie Worchell, Multimedia Editor

June 7, 2019

Tassi* came to Los Angeles hoping for a better life. She had been living in a small farming village in Indonesia when a "hero" showed up. He told her that if she came to the United States there was going to be a wonderful job and a place for her to live. Little did she know that this was the groomi...

‘It gave my mind back to me’: UCLA OCD program changes lives one kid at a time

‘It gave my mind back to me’: UCLA OCD program changes lives one kid at a time

By Rio Hundley, Staff Writer

June 6, 2019

Though UCLA is known for its sports teams and academic rigor, it also changes the lives of young people in less traditional ways. UCLA's Adolescent OCD Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) has helped hundreds of young people living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  Though the program has ...

Political discourse ‘messy’ but ‘valuable’ in school communities, national politics

Political discourse ‘messy’ but ‘valuable’ in school communities, national politics

By Anna Brodsky, Editor-in-Chief

June 6, 2019

In February of 2016, The Higher Education Research Initiative at UCLA released a study that found that the highest share of college students since 1973 consider themselves left of center in terms of political ideology. Such sentiment is shared at Archer, where, according to an Oracle survey of the stude...

‘I felt broken’: Anti-Semitism impacts students in Newport Harbor, Alameda schools

‘I felt broken’: Anti-Semitism impacts students in Newport Harbor, Alameda schools

By Lola Lamberg, Voices Editor

June 5, 2019

At a high school party on March 2, smiling Newport Harbor High School students gathered around plastic red cups laid on a table in the shape of a swastika. Along with the swastika, eight teens in the photo performed a Nazi salute for the camera. The morning after, pictures taken at the event were circl...

Camila Blank wins international violin competition

Camila Blank wins international violin competition

By Anna Brodsky, Editor-in-Chief

June 2, 2019

When seventh-grader Camila Blank's mother first told her that she had won the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition, Blank was "really surprised." "I thought my mom was joking," Blank said. "I didn't think I could do it." American Protégé is an organization that aims to showcas...

Veganism impacts American, Angeleno culture

Veganism impacts American, Angeleno culture

By Liz Haltrecht

May 30, 2019

Fifty thousand. This is the number of fast food chains in America. According to a study conducted by National Center for Health Statistics between 2013 and 2016, 36.6% of adults consumed fast food on a given day. According to the Huffington Post, Americans consume 50 billion burgers a year. However,...

Record resurgence: Vinyl records offer nostalgia, new experience

Record resurgence: Vinyl records offer nostalgia, new experience

By Amelia Stone, Staff Writer

May 30, 2019

If you find yourself sorting through albums of various music genres as the faded sound of classic rock music plays in the background, you may be at a record shop. While the phonograph, the first version of the vinyl record, was invented in 1877, the style of music listening is making a comeback, ...

Librarian, archivist Jacque Giebel treasure-hunts through Archer history

Librarian, archivist Jacque Giebel treasure-hunts through Archer history

By Rio Hundley and Chloe Richards

May 23, 2019

During any given lunch or X-Block, almost every nook and cranny of Archer's library is full. However, there is one space unknown to most of the Archer community. Inside this small closet lies the physical manifestation of Archer's history: the archives. "I've been able to create an archive from the...

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