The Spectrum

Push for middle schoolers on varsity

Sophie Skallerud '18 in the midst of a match against St. Paul Academy.

Payton Crosby, Ava Olson, and Sonia Baig

October 3, 2017

You have just finished your first high school tryout. Though you’re just a seventh grader, you left your heart and soul on the field. Now it’s the waiting game: will that email pop up into your inbox saying you’ve made the varsity team? It can go two ways. You make varsity as a middle schooler, o...

Isaac’s Input: Stubborness

Isaac's Input: Stubborness

Isaac Gittleman, Columnist

April 28, 2017

You’re in a heated argument with someone that has been going on for fifteen minutes. You realized five minutes ago that you are wrong, but something urges you to keep going and try to win this argument even though you know that you’re wrong. This urge is stubbornness and it permeates our school and has af...

Isaac’s Input: Posture

Isaac Gittleman, Columnist

March 24, 2017

Do your parents ever heckle you about your bad posture? Do you subsequently work to improve your posture or watch it deteriorate? In fact, our generation has staggeringly horrible posture and a large percentage of teenagers suffer from this problem. Good posture helps maintain the natural distribution of pressure...

Connor Yu ‘18 starts initiative to improve feminine hygiene products

The feminine hygine prodct dispensers are already open and free to use, however, Connor Yu believes that they should be better quality products.

Grace Vojta, Staff Writer

December 8, 2016

Connor Yu '18, a junior Forum representative, has recently taken initiative to improve the quality of the feminine hygiene products in the school’s female and gender non-conforming restrooms. “A friend came to me and told me about how the quality of the feminine hygiene products was really low. Becau...

Emotional honesty

Fatiya Kedir, Staff Writer

September 29, 2016

“Be a man!” Everyone has heard this phrase, whether it was from their teachers, parents, coaches, or fellow classmates. But outside being a noun to describe an identity, why does this phrase hold a great amount of emotional and social meaning? Integrity, sincerity, and truth were all frequently repeated wor...

Emily’s Eyes on Summer Jobs

Emily's Eyes on Summer Jobs

Emily Hykes, Opinions Columnist

September 29, 2016

Finishing up my sophomore year, my parents made it clear that they wanted me to get a summer job. I was reluctant at first… I didn’t want to give up any of my long-awaited, precious free time to any extra work. After toiling with the idea for a few weeks I submitted an application to Sebastian J...

Polyglots Unite

Michael Dejoras '17 and Jimmy Gruver '17 both went on the Cuba trip this past summer.

Bennett Mattson, Staff Writer

September 28, 2016

¡Hola! Hello! Bonjour! Hallo! Salam! I just greeted you in Spanish, English, French, Dutch, and Azerbaijani. Why? To emphasize the fact that learning a second, third, fourth, or even fifth language is immensely beneficial to your standing in the world around you. Sure, you’ll probably only speak Az...

The problem with our lunchroom

The problem with our lunchroom

Chapel Puckett, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 28, 2016

Healthy eating behavior is one of the most important habits that people must form at a young age. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition states, “Dietary habits established in childhood often carry into adulthood, so teaching children how to eat healthy at a young age will hel...

Escapism: Our unwitting superpower

Escapism: Our unwitting superpower

Eva Berezovsky, Staff Writer

March 19, 2016

Sometimes you don't even need to get out of your seat to escape school.

Trump’s Appeal

Students at the Iowa caucus pose with a Trump flag at the January 31st rally.

Willy Verneris, Staff Writer

March 18, 2016

Trump’s road to the nomination is one to keep an eye on.

The media is too harsh―even on celebrities

The media is too harsh―even on celebrities

March 18, 2016

Comedy at the expense of others negatively influences young minds.


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Hazel DeHarpporte, Staff Writer

March 18, 2016

Sometimes JV can be the perfect fit.

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