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The pinnacle of Falcon journalism

The Pitch

The pinnacle of Falcon journalism

The Pitch

Daylight Savings: a blessing or a curse?

Isabella Nash, Junior Copy Editor
March 10, 2022

For over a century, the U.S. has inconsistently used Daylight Savings Time (DST) to save fuel and electricity. It has now become so normalized that we rarely think twice about how DST affects us before changing our clocks. However, this practice has become outdated and is now causing more consequences than the benefits it aims to create. 

Tall Girl 2 falls short of a mental-health focused coming-of-age film

Corina Karr, CUB In-Depth Editor
March 2, 2022

Tall Girl 2, the sequel to the cringe-filled Tall Girl, was released three days prior to Valentine’s Day; despite its proximity to the day of love, the film’s failed attempt at a relatable coming-of-age...

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Trend-following TikTok users contribute to unsustainable “fast fashion” industry

January 26, 2022

TikTok, in its height of internet popularity, is known for its influential style trends. However, these fashion trends are constantly changing, making it impossible to keep up without purchasing from cheap clothing sites. Instead of funneling money into unethical, environmentally-damaging “fast fashion” companies, trend-following TikTok users should construct their...

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Australia: Hold Djokovic accountable

Henry Pratt, News Editor
January 12, 2022

On Jan. 10, the decision to cancel tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa, amid concerns about his vaccination status ahead of the 2022 Australian Open, was deemed “unreasonable” by an Australian judge. This ruling, in direct defiance of Australia’s immigration policy requiring all travelers to be ...

The future of Drake: recognize, don’t commemorate

October 23, 2021

What is the name of your secondary/high school? 

For any other high school student or graduate, this question is simple. For AWHS students and graduates, however, this question requires more contemplation.

If graduates attended Drake High School and answer “Drake,” they may...

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AWHS 101: Your Official Guide To The Canteen

Dresden Calabrese, Business Manager
October 22, 2021

Picture this: you rush to the school lunch line in order to snag your favorite item, only to find out there are none left. You look around and realize you’re surrounded by so many options you’ve never tried before. You hesitate. Impulsively, you grab the item closest to you. You sit down at your table, take one bite, and instantly drown in regret. 

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AWHS needs inclusive curriculum to create safer environment for students and faculty

Kelsey Riemer, Design Editor
October 21, 2021

*Trigger Warning: This article discusses eating disorders

Anxiety, depression, sexual assault, homophobia, transphobia, anti-Semitism, eating disorders, body image, racism, profiling, and stereotyping - just a few of the many issues that teens face in today’s world. Yet, our school doesn’t seem to educate its faculty...

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The joys of the boys bathroom

Henry Pratt, News Editor
October 7, 2021

The highlight of my day at school is using the boys bathroom. Every menial step in a normal bathroom is enhanced tenfold in this delightful, closet-like heaven. Before I walk through the door – which is always invitingly wide open – a freshman will pop out from behind it, trailing the oh-so-wonderful cotton candy flavored puff from his vape pen as a greeting. 

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June 16, 2021

Last summer, with the murders of innocent Black Americans like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, a nationwide reckoning seemed to take place. Suddenly, white communities that had dismissed the Black Lives Matter movement seemed to finally grasp the meaning of BLM. For a while, ideas that had been formerly deemed too radical-like defunding or abolishment-were...

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COVID-19 and what I once took for granted

Henry Pratt, News Editor
April 30, 2021

After months of shelter in place orders, a family of four is finally able to eat outdoors at their favorite restaurant again. Their plans for Spring Break were cancelled last month, and their plans to travel during the summer have been delayed. After the bitter disappointment of loss of normality, California finally allows restaurants to open for in person dining, outside....

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Societal expectations of leadership excludes introverts, embraces extroverts

Samantha Parr, Editor-in-Chief
April 29, 2021

The world is loud. And introverts? That’s not particularly our cup of tea. However, in a world where extroverts are praised for their bravery, expression, and outgoing personalities, this leaves little room for acknowledgement of the power of introverts. We are led to believe that the only way to be a leader is to be an extrovert. This is simply not true. Extroverts...

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HS 1327 Leadership (STARR, PR, ASB, and AVID)
March 23, 2021

Dear H.S. 1327/Drake

We the students of Associate Student Body, Peer Resource, AVID, and Students Taking Action for Anti-Racism at H.S. 1327/Drake, would like to address the current name change.

As representatives of our school’s student body, we recognize a common trend among our peers: many students would simply like to have a name for their school. Throughout the ongoing process of this...

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