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Local teen spreads awareness of fentanyl epidemic through non-profit charity

Henry Pratt, News Editor
May 18, 2022

Q&A with Avery Kalafatas Meet fentanyl, the new leading cause of death for Americans aged 18-45. This synthetic opioid, which is 100 times stronger than morphine, is now a favorite of drug cartels that lace it into fake prescription pills to heighten their effect. These pills, which contain dangerous concentrations of fentanyl, are then sold through social media to unknowing users, who often have...

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How sports affect student self-image

Ila Rees and Delaney Fair
May 17, 2022

Though sports are an important part of many students’ lives, they also have negative effects when it comes to how athletes perceive their bodies. Student athletes at AWHS believe that their teams and coaches hold high standards for how their bodies should look. More importantly, they believe meeting those standards is impossible. To some student athletes, unachievable fitness body types can also...

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True fascinations: what’s up with the true crime obsession?

Georgia Schroeder, Copy Editor
May 17, 2022

Criminal behavior can spark great fascination. No matter how gruesome, wide-eyed crime fanatics seek opportunities to get a deeper look into the reality of crime. True crime, a genre of in-depth investigations into real criminal cases, is followed for various reasons. Whether it be to learn preventative measures from victims, studying for a career, or pure curiosity. It appears in the form of podcasts,...

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Student mental health resources are abundant; what about teachers?

Corina Karr, CUB In-Depth Editor
May 17, 2022

Although teachers constantly appear anxiety-free for their students, a study from the research organization Rand Corporation found that more than 75 percent of teachers reported frequent job-related stress, compared to 40 percent of other working adults (2021). Low wages, overwhelming workloads, and student interaction are a few of many stress-inducing matters teachers grapple with. The pandemic has...

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Differing parenting styles correlate to children’s mental health

Kyra Featherstone, CUB Website and Social Manager
May 8, 2022

A student's mental health can deteriorate for many reasons; from the pressures of school, to social anxiety, to issues in their home lives. Some students, unbeknownst to their peers, live amongst pressing family dynamics, such as parents setting unrealistically high standards for their children. The methods parents use to direct their children throughout life have an immense impact on the child, oftentimes...

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PE: A necessary class for a well-rounded education?

Chloe Levenson
April 29, 2022

The debate surrounding the necessity of PE in private and public schools is making headlines. A few years ago, our Editor in Chief Samatha Parr covered the topic in her opinion article, “Physical education should not be a high school requirement.” The pro-PE side argues that PE improves motor skills and increases muscle strength and endurance. On the other hand, the anti-PE side argues the class...

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COVID-19 cases increase after lifting of mask in-school mandate

Dylan Carson, Business Manager
April 19, 2022

Governor Gavin Newson (D) lifted the indoor mask mandate for California K-12 schools on March 11 after declining COVID-19 cases. Starting Monday, March 14, the mask mandate inside classrooms was lifted at Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD), giving students the option to attend school with or without masks. While dropping the masks brings a new sense of normalcy, this sudden change also creates...

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Invasion in Ukraine hits close to home at the pump

Ellis Chamberlin, Sports Editor
March 23, 2022

As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 20, European nations and the U.S have imposed heavy economic sanctions against Russia. On Sunday, Mar. 6, President Biden signed an executive order banning the import of all Russian oil and natural gas into the U.S. The ban has caused the global price of crude oil to spike to over 100 dollars a barrel in recent weeks, the highest price since 2012,...

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Mask mandate removal met with enthusiasm among Archie Williams community

Charlie Gaebe
March 22, 2022

California’s state-wide public school mask mandate was officially terminated Saturday, Mar. 12, and replaced with a “strong recommendation” from state health officials. The first week of school after the mask mandate removal resulted in most students refraining from wearing a face covering, with a small percentage still using them. AWHS staff also took advantage of this new option, as many teachers...

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Is AWHS a “stoner school?”

Henry Pratt and Corina Karr
March 22, 2022

Ever since its legalization in 2016, marijuana has become more widely available for recreational users. Although it’s not legal to buy or consume marijuana until the age of 21, Tamalpais Unified High School District (TUHSD) high school students have found themselves in a recent surge of marijuana usage.  According to the Missouri State Medical Association, levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC),...

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Remembering the life and legacy of Eleanor Hill, former Drake educator

Samantha Parr, Editor-in-Chief
March 15, 2022

With her powerful demeanor and inspiring mentorship, Eleanor Leith Hill was a highly respected and cherished presence as an educator at Sir Francis Drake High School from 1984 to 1999. Eleanor passed away around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 7, due to congestive heart failure, at the age of 84 years old. Eleanor, who was the head of the Drake English department and a legendary advisor of the journalism...

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The unheard impact of distance learning on students with impaired hearing

Neve Marin Rue Galmarini and Ezra Thaler
March 14, 2022

As a key aspect of learning, many students rely on communication with teachers and classmates to help them complete their assignments and work on group projects. However, for students across the world who have impaired hearing, communication is an obstacle to overcome.  According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, around 0.03 percent of children in the United...

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