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An Interview with New Teacher SheriAnn Simpson

An Interview with New Teacher SheriAnn Simpson

Rose Houglet

August 30, 2017


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What’s your name? Do you have a nickname?  My first name is SheriAnn and my last name is Simpson. Most students call me Dr. Simpson, but Ms. Is fine, too!   What subject(s) do you teach? I teach Spanish. I also usually teach one or two courses a year as an adjunct professor in a Gr...

Cuomo’s College Controversy

Cuomo’s College Controversy

Julia Fay

May 18, 2017


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Free college tuition. This idea has become increasingly popular and was one of Bernie Sanders’s biggest campaign promises. His idea, that “every person in this country… should be able to get all the education they need regardless of... income” has gained popularity among some state and local...

Left Behind

Left Behind

Luke Smillie

May 18, 2017


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Recently, I had the pleasure of viewing a documentary directed by a young lmmaker named Natalie Johns. e lm centers around the problem of mass incar- ceration in the United States of America. It was immensely inspiring, moving and heartbreaking. America is an incarcerated country. We so...

A Life Online

A Life Online

Ava Morouse

May 8, 2017


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“Hi! My name’s Sofia, and welcome to my YouTube channel!” A bubbly Sofia waves at the camera as the video begins. Sophomore Sofia Martin has been creating YouTube videos since fifth grade, and she continues to incorporate social media into her everyday life; whether it be making ‘internet friends’...

Around the World with Regan

Around the World with Regan

Natasha Heyer

April 17, 2017


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Sophomore Regan Williams is no stranger to exploring the wider world. In Williams’ sixth grade year, she took a class called “Work Cultures and Religions” in which she quickly became fascinated with different countries and religions throughout the world. Her enthusiasm for this class was...

A Letter From the Short People

A Letter From the Short People

Aura Carlson and Kailea Hieshima

April 12, 2017


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Dear Tall People, We were all short at one time. But then you all grew. And we didn’t. Our “growth spurt” didn’t happen like we thought it would. Our dreams of being tall have long since perished, and now we’re stuck here rotting as the lowly armrest of the rest of humanity. And there’s...

Surviving the Best Friend Breakup

Surviving the Best Friend Breakup

Mathew Goldsholl

March 20, 2017


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Most of us have, during our lives, reached a point in a friendship that becomes plagued with anger, fights, silences, extended silences, one-sided bad-mouthing, mutual bad-mouthing and/or violence (hopefully not). If you haven’t, and you don’t relate to the subject, good, count yourself lucky. But...

Sitting Down With Sofia

Sitting Down With Sofia

Ava Morouse

February 21, 2017


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“Hi! My name’s Sofia, and welcome to my YouTube channel!” A bubbly Sofia waves at the camera as the video begins. Laguna sophomore Sofia Martin-Fouroohi has been creating YouTube videos since fifth grade, and continues to incorporate social media into her everyday life; whether it be making ‘internet...

New Teachers Arrive

New Teachers Arrive

Sydney Edgecomb

January 30, 2017


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Megan Shellabarger joins the Laguna Blanca faculty serving in the role of Early Kindergarten Instructional Assistant. She holds a BA degree from Pepperdine University, and brings along elementary classroom teaching experience. Megan looks forward to getting to know our community and assistin...

Stance of the Staff: AI

Stance of the Staff: AI

The Fourth Estate Staff

January 23, 2017


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In recent years, it has become apparent that machines are growing smarter, which most of the staff agrees could be a problem in the future. The ultimate aim for Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is to create machines that can eventually solve problems and achieve goals as well as if not better than humans...

Holiday Traditions: Laguna Style

Holiday Traditions: Laguna Style

Clara Hillis and Natasha Heyer

January 12, 2017


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“The family stays together and eats traditional foods, [like] fried rice. People do charity, like giving food to people who have less...and praying together in a big field or stadium. is past time, after the prayer, we played a soccer game. It was a fun game, and the Christians played the ...

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