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Review: Not saying “thank u, next” to this album

Review: Not saying “thank u, next” to this album

By Liz Haltrecht

March 17, 2019

When Ariana Grande released the album "Sweetener" in August of 2018 about her engagement to Pete Davidson, her fans had no idea that only four months later, Davidson and Grande would break off their engagement, and Grande would release "thank u, next, " an exploration of lost love. Grande is a world-famous pop star who began her career on Broadway at 15 years old in the musical "13."  She the...

“AFTERMATH” album showcases senior Stella Smyth’s musical, life journey

“AFTERMATH” album showcases senior Stella Smyth’s musical, life journey

By Liz Haltrecht, Culture Editor

March 3, 2019

Between meeting with Peer Support, working with the Honor Education Council and volunteering at Teen Line, senior Stella Smyth has made time to focus on her passion for music by self-producing a full musical album. Smyth's album, titled "AFTERMATH," is a collection of nine tracks. Her main inspiration came f...

Schools around America celebrate Scholastic Journalism Week, importance of #StudentVoices

Schools around America celebrate Scholastic Journalism Week, importance of #StudentVoices

By Allie Worchell and Rio Hundley

February 28, 2019

From Feb. 18-24, the Journalism Education Association (JEA) hosted Scholastic Journalism Week.  JEA's mission is to "support free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, by promoting professionalism, by encouraging and rewarding student excellence a...

Varsity soccer wins first two games of playoffs, reflects on season

Varsity soccer wins first two games of playoffs, reflects on season

By Amelia Stone and Ella Frey

February 11, 2019

After an hour and a half game in cold weather, the Archer varsity soccer team stood in unison as junior Sophie Larbalestier took what would be the winning penalty kick in the first round of the CIF playoffs. "When I was walking up to take the [penalty kick,] I was nervous," Larbalestier said. "It...

Billie Eilish’s music, persona ‘inspiring’ for students

Billie Eilish’s music, persona ‘inspiring’ for students

By Thea Leimone, Staff Writer

February 5, 2019

Twelve million Instagram followers. Eighteen songs. Six songs on Billboard's Top 100. This is Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell, a 16-year-old singer and songwriter. Eilish is 'breaking stereotypes' of the archetypal teen singer and redefining pop music as Gen Z's next big thing. The Oracle sat down with Archer students to hear about their react...

18 of ’18: Oracle staff’s top songs of 2018

18 of ’18: Oracle staff’s top songs of 2018

By Oracle Staff

February 2, 2019

Some of the songs featured on this list contain explicit language and subject matters. We recommend the "clean" playlist below for younger readers.  As the first month of 2019 wraps up, the Oracle staff wants to share 18 of our favorite and songs of the past year for you to add to your playli...

Review: Sasha Sloan’s ‘Loser’ breaks stigma around discussing mental health

Review: Sasha Sloan’s ‘Loser’ breaks stigma around discussing mental health

By Emma London, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019

Growing up in a society that has the tendency to sweep mental health issues under the rug, Sasha Sloan’s extended player [EP] "Loser" is a refreshing reminder that we are not alone in our sadness. Sloan’s rise to fame is admittedly a rather strange one. In 2014, an image of her family home with the wo...

On the water: Junior Charley Griffiths participates in crew as coxswain, learns life lessons

On the water: Junior Charley Griffiths participates in crew as coxswain, learns life lessons

By Molly Goldberg, Sports Editor

December 7, 2018

After school each day, while other Archer athletes head to the courts and the fields for hours of sports practice, junior Charley Griffiths heads to Marina del Rey. Griffiths is a coxswain on The Marina Aquatic Center junior rowing team. Dubbed MAC, the team is a competitive club program for high school student...

Students, faculty, staff travel to Nashville for NAIS diversity conferences

Students, faculty, staff travel to Nashville for NAIS diversity conferences

By Anna Brodsky, Editor-in-Chief

December 6, 2018

Validating. Empowering. Eye-opening. Emotional. Brave. Truth. These were the words that junior Hannah Kim and fitness and wellness teacher Amelia Mathis used to describe their experiences at the National Association of Independent Schools' diversity conferences last week. Six students and five facul...

ONE archive exhibit ‘educates’ Archer community on LGBTQ+ civil rights

ONE archive exhibit ‘educates’ Archer community on LGBTQ+ civil rights

By Nicki Rosenberg and Allie Worchell

November 14, 2018

In honor of National Coming Out Day in October, Archer hosted the ONE Archives LGBTQ+ Civil Rights history panels. According to its website, the ONE Archives Foundation is dedicated to telling the accurate and authentic stories, history and culture of the LGBTQ community through public exhibitions, e...

Archer students head to polls, vote in midterm elections

Archer students head to polls, vote in midterm elections

By Ella Frey and Amelia Stone

November 7, 2018

The 26th Amendment to the Constitution gives American citizens 18 years and older the right to vote. On Tuesday, November 6 – the date of the 2018 midterm elections — eligible Archer seniors headed to their local polling places to fill out ballots for the first time. They voted on issues ranging fro...

Creeping it real: Community celebrates Halloween, embraces atmosphere of ‘joy’

Creeping it real: Community celebrates Halloween, embraces atmosphere of ‘joy’

By Allie Worchell, Chloe Richards, and Thea Leimone

November 1, 2018

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, the Archer community celebrated Halloween with a Student Council-run festival in the courtyard and a haunted house presented by the senior class. Classes were shortened and students had an extended lunch period in which to visit the courtyard celebration, which had activities including...

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