Shmacking the System

"Ivy League or bust. That’s what everyone says.” Palo Alto High School junior Kelly Swanson is one of the millions of high school students beginning his or her yearlong journey of finding the college that he o...
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Tricks of a Paly cheater

In last year’s Advanced Placement (AP) Physics C class, Ben grabbed a test off the teacher’s desk, found the previous AP question’s answers online, programmed the answers into his TI-89 calculator the night bef...

Common Core State Standards

What is the Common Core? While eager first graders were once required to “demonstrate comprehension by identifying answers in the text,” under the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), they are now expected ...

Spotlight: In my opinion slut-shaming must stop

A note to the reader: This article is not promoting casual sex and dressing revealingly. However, it is not condemning it either. We are not saying that one perspective on sex is any more “right” or “moral” tha...

The Social Divide

Author's Note I first became interested in exploring Paly’s social divide after passing “The Wall” as I rushed to my 6th period Chemistry class one day. While I walked beside the Student Center, a girl paces a...
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When I Grow Up

What do you want to do when you grow up? Adults have incessantly asked this question to children and teenagers. When we were younger, our aspirations ranged from the President of the United States to firemen, b...