The Fourth Estate

Juuling: A New kind of Smoking

Juuling: A New kind of Smoking

Kelly Bickett

April 23, 2018


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Over the past few years, the U.S. has seen a decrease in the use of cigarettes and an increase in the use of e-cigarettes, also called vapes. Most recently, there has been a spike in the use of a new vape product called the Juul.  The Juul is barely 9cm long and 1.5cm wide, the size and weight o...

Day Zero: a City Without Water

Day Zero: a City Without Water

Kendall White

April 17, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Drought continues to be a very common, close and real concept to all of us who live in Santa Barbara. Over the past couple of years, we have all had to shorten showers, limit washing machine cycles and ultimately do our best to conserve water. However, the drought we face does not compare to ...

The Price of Christmas

The Price of Christmas

Itziar de Pedro

February 21, 2018


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Everyone dreams about ‘the most wonderful time of the year’.The weeks leading up to Christmas Day are full of energy, with people eager to spend time with their loved ones and kids buzzing with excitement. But it seems like consumerism is devouring this spirit and making the holidays stres...

Grade Inflation

Grade Inflation

Aura Carlson and Phoebe Stein

February 9, 2018


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According to a study done by Michael Hurwitz of the College Board and Jason Lee of the Uni- versity of Georgia,“In 1998, 38.9 percent of kids in high school had an average grade of an A,” but by 2016, “the average number of students with A’s had increased to 47 percent.” Needless...

Mission to Mars

Patrick Otte

February 9, 2018


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Mission to Mars was a series of thirty-minute presentations done by 8th graders under the circumstances if they were to travel to Mars and successfully colonize the planet. Approximately sixty to eighty people attended Mission to Mars, five teachers, and many parents. Every team consisted of six pan...

Unspeakable Tragedy Brings Forth Unmeasurable Help

Unspeakable Tragedy Brings Forth Unmeasurable Help

Carina Tedesco

February 8, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Laguna Blanca’s core values of Character and Community proved to be more than just words in times of local devastation. From high school students to faculty members, the Owls took much of their own time and energy to volunteer in helping victims of the Thomas Fire and mudslides. The night...

Southern Hurricanes Create Turmoil

Southern Hurricanes Create Turmoil

Annelle King

February 7, 2018


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In 2017 hurricanes affected so many people on coastlines as well as some people in the Laguna community. Seniors Mackenzie Kinsella and Kelly Bicket both have connections with people that were hit by the hurricanes. Kelly has a house in Florida and was hit by both hurricane Matthew and Irma. Hurricane Mat...

An Interview with Heart Surgeon Dr. Dominic Tedesco

An Interview with Heart Surgeon Dr. Dominic Tedesco

Caylin Zimmerman

January 21, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Cardiothoracic surgeon and Medical Director of Cardiac Surgery at Com- munity Memorial Hospital, Dr.Tedesco, talks about his journey to becoming a surgeon and what his job is like now. Dr.Tedesco has been recognized as one of the Los Angeles area’s top doctors, according to Los Angeles Magazine. H...

Hugh Hefner: The Good, The Bad and the Bunny

Hugh Hefner: The Good, The Bad and the Bunny

Carina Tedesco

January 21, 2018


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When a celebrity passes, our society must decide how we will remember him or her. Typically, we choose to to recognize the best qualities of the dead and selectively forget their flaws. Although it is respectful and important to appreciate the positive contributions of the deceased, in order to not repeat...

Homecoming!

Homecoming!

Sofia Fouroohimartin

October 17, 2017


Filed under Feature, News

Homecoming is just around the corner, set for this Saturday, October 21st. This year’s dance is Disco themed and sure to be a blast. Student Council President, Camila Lemere jokes “We’re all gonna need to cool down on Sunday because of that Saturday Night Fever." Tickets for the event are 15$ p...

Changing Schools

Changing Schools

Annelle King

October 17, 2017


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Abby Corpuz Senior Abby Corpuz left Laguna Blanca to go to Dos Pueblos for freshman and sophomore year. She found that it was really difficult to leave the Laguna community and have to find her way around at a much larger school and find new friends. Even though she was able to find a friend group, s...

An Interview with New Teacher Kelly Baeza

An Interview with New Teacher Kelly Baeza

Aura Carlson and Rose Houglet

August 31, 2017


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What's your name? Do you have a nickname? (Do you prefer Ms. or Mrs.?)  Kelly Baeza. I prefer Ms. Baeza or Ms. B What subjects do you teach? Math   What did you teach before coming to Laguna? I have taught math at Dos Pueblos, San Marcos, Santa Barbara Junior High, La Cumbre and La Cue...