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Honoring a local veteran: Clarke Bugbee’s experience in the navy

Maddie Biegel and Ava Wilson
November 12, 2021

Every year on Nov. 11, all throughout the country people celebrate Veterans Days, a Federal Holiday meant to honor those who have served in the U.S. military. Veterans Day is a day to commemorate  all veterans, especially those in our community. Clarke Bugbee is an AWHS science teacher who served in the U.S. Navy for five years. He joined the service in 1984, when he was 17 years old.  Bugbee...

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“Every parent’s worst nightmare”:  fentanyl epidemic overtakes teens

Henry Pratt, News Editor
November 1, 2021

Trevor Leopold was a freshman at Redwood High School when he first smoked marijuana and began experimenting with illicit drugs. Moving from school to school, in and out of the Tamalpais Unified High School District [TUHSD], he eventually graduated from Tamalpais High School in 2019, and was admitted to Sonoma State. He was found dead in his dorm shortly thereafter on November 17, 2019, after buying...

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Back to the stage: BottleRock Napa Valley and Sock Monster

Kelsey Riemer and Isabella Nash
October 27, 2021

Being in a band is the ultimate dream for some musicians. However, no matter the age or experience of an artist, the pandemic served as unprecedented territory. Whether it meant having extra time to practice, not going on tours for almost two years, or anything in between, both student and professional bands experienced unique circumstances during COVID-19. Recently, however, many bands have...

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Students seek education on complicated history of new school mascot

Genevieve Peterson and Isabella Nash
October 26, 2021

When Sir Francis Drake High School became Archie Williams High School (AWHS), the school’s mascot traded its eye-patch and pirate hat for wings and talons. But, what do students actually know about the animal that now serves as their mascot?  Known as one of the fastest animals on the planet, peregrine falcons are quite adaptable. These birds can be found in dry, arid deserts, and also in the...

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AWHS students contemplate continuation of Caitlyn Jenner’s political career after California recall election

Isabella Welter Vazquez
October 25, 2021

Caitlyn Jenner is one of few well-known members of the transgender community. She is a public figure who has been in the limelight for almost 50 years as an Olympic athlete and media personality. Jenner has recently become politically active and uses her existing platform to promote her political career.  Many voters were surprised to see Jenner running as a Republican in the California recall...

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Teenage mental health declines during COVID-19 isolation

Neve Marin Rue Galmarini
October 23, 2021

In order to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, teenagers began distance learning from their homes. During this time, teenage suicide attempts and depression numbers rose greatly, reflecting a greater issue of teenage mental health deteriorating during the lockdown. According to ScienceAlert, socially isolated teens are less able to deal with stressful situations and often do not interact well...

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AWHS leadership groups join forces in “ASAP”

Genevieve Peterson, Website and Social Media Editor
October 22, 2021

AWHS leadership is composed of four groups, all focused on different goals: Associated Student Body (ASB) focuses on budgeting and event planning, Students Taking Action Against Racism (STAAR) strives to create a safe campus environment for minority students, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) helps students prepare for college, and Peer Resource (PR) focuses on peer support and education...

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ASB president Margaret Young aims to help AWHS community take flight

Georgia Schroeder, Copy Editor
October 21, 2021

As the Associated Student Body (ASB) president Margaret Young steps into her new role, she anticipates building a supportive and spirited student body. Due to the lack of school dances, rallies, and sports events during COVID-19, the 2020-2021 school year had an absence of community involvement. This year, Margaret and ASB plan to create an environment of inclusivity and community.  “I remember...

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AWHS freshmen engage in vaping

Genevieve Peterson and Brynn Galaich
October 3, 2021

Across the country, vaping has become popular among many teens. AWHS is not an exception to this, as many students have been using this unsafe and highly addictive substance. A vape, or e-cigarette, is an electronic device providing a drug that users inhale. Vapes often contain nicotine, but they can also contain marijuana, LSD, and Ketamine, all substances that cause different user experiences...

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COVID-19 makes increasing teacher salaries even more necessary

Mia DeNunzio
September 24, 2021

The teachers in the Tamalpais Unified High School District (TUHSD) work more than they are paid for. They deal with complaints from parents and accommodate students with many different backgrounds. Often, they spend time outside of their work hours grading tests, papers, and a variety of assignments. Teachers have always worked hard, but during COVID-19, they have labored even more than before, and...

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AWHS Drama steps back into the spotlight

Brody Rhodes
September 23, 2021

After almost two years in the COVID-19 pandemic, AWHS performers are finally able to return to the Little Theater stage.  Jasper Thelin, the AWHS Drama teacher, felt distant from his students over the pandemic. Drama students, both “novice and experienced,” were able to challenge themselves during COVID-19 by acting at home. They preserved and stayed strong to come back to this community.  “Being...

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AWHS students find joy through COVID-19

Kyra Featherstone
September 23, 2021

On Mar. 13, 2020, schools across the U.S shut down due to COVID-19, uprooting students' normal routines. With in-person school out of the question, AWHS students searched for activities to restore a sense of normalcy during an unpredictable time. Now, as AWHS begins a new school year, students reflect over the past year and examine what brought them joy during the pandemic.   AWHS senior Sadie...

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