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Space Tourism Heats Up

Space Tourism Heats Up

Jinling Wang, art by Claire Tolles November 17, 2021

Space tourism is something that used to be seen as a cool getaway in a science-fiction story rather than reality, but as a new age in science is rising, it is causing many changes in that opinion. Space...

Murky Materials

Murky Materials

Jackson Baltes Art by Claire Tolls November 17, 2021

It’s no secret that the fashion industry is no stranger to controversies. Household brand names such as H&M, Urban Outfitters, and Forever 21 have been accused of designing cheap and trendy clothing...

Tesla landing in Germany Sparks Competition With the Biggest Automaker in the World: Volkswagen

Tesla landing in Germany Sparks Competition With the Biggest Automaker in the World: Volkswagen

Aden Meisel, Art by Owen Noble October 28, 2021

‘Das Auto’ – the German tagline which quite literally translates to “the car” – belongs to the distinguished brand of the world’s largest car manufacturer: Volkswagen. Based in Wolfsburg,...

Lower School Bear Sighting

Owen Noble, Webmaster October 1, 2021

Although we don't think the LBS mascot will change, Swoop might have a run for his money! A bear wandered through the Lower School campus causing a modified lockdown as students showed up to school. The...

An Artist and His Dog

An Artist and His Dog

Tara Broucqsault September 30, 2021

Laguna Visual Art Teacher Dug Uyesaka and his adorable pup, Palmer, are featured in a new book entitled "Santa Barbara Artists and Their Dogs," which was created by The Art Council of the Westmont Ridley-Tree...

Governor Gavin Newsom speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California.

Newsom Defeats Recall

Luca D'Agruma, News Editor September 14, 2021

Santa Barbara: Governor Gavin Newsom defeated a tumultuous recall campaign Tuesday as all the major networks called the race for him, affirming that Democrats will maintain their dominance in the Golden...

Mask-wearing freshmen gather in front of the George Floyd mural in downtown Santa Barbara.

Urban Studies Unit Takes Students Downtown and to the Gainey Ranch

Nikki Mielcarek and Cierra Nervo June 4, 2021

The Downtown Trip to Santa Barbara (DTSB), part of the Urban Studies interdisciplinary unit for ninth-grade, is the result of the collaboration of three teachers: Ashley Tidey, Amanda Whalen and Kevin...

Portfolio Gets a Reboot

Portfolio Gets a Reboot

Dare Fitzpatrick June 4, 2021

This year’s Portfolio is different from the format of previous years. Rather than being a print magazine composed only of visual and written art, the 2021 Portfolio includes extensive online submissions. Behind...

The April Moon

The April Moon

The April Moon Have you ever heard of a pink moon? The pink moon only happens in April, as it is the first full moon of Spring. Luckily, there was a chance to see it on April 26.. The area around the...

Why We Need to Pass the Wyoming Rule

Why We Need to Pass the Wyoming Rule

Luca D'Agruma, News Editor April 29, 2021

On April 26, the Census results revealed which states gained and lost congressional seats in the House of Representatives. For the first time, California has lost a district. However, it is profoundly...

Fourth Estate Staff Inducted to NSPA 2021 Honor Roll

Fourth Estate Staff Inducted to NSPA 2021 Honor Roll

art by Owen Noble April 16, 2021

NSPA Journalism Honor Roll named 1,400 student journalists recognized for academic excellence MINNEAPOLIS — National Scholastic Press Association, the nation’s largest association for high school,...

The Battle Over the SALT Cap

The Battle Over the SALT Cap

Luca D'Agruma, art by Owen Noble, Staff April 14, 2021

Seven Democratic governors, including Governor Newsom, set the stage for a major fight over what will be contained in President Biden’s upcoming infrastructure bill. In a joint statement addressed to...

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