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Service and Outdoor Education should go hand in hand

Service and Outdoor Education should go hand in hand

Madeleine Kashkooli March 15, 2024

With the wide variety of exciting Outdoor Education trips available at Poly, it’s always hard to decide which trip to go on. Last year, after much consideration, I put the Santa Barbara trip down as...

The problems with the SAT

The problems with the SAT

Allison Zhang March 15, 2024

The SAT, formerly known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, is coming back. Due to the shutdown of testing centers during the pandemic, many colleges and universities, including all Ivy League and University...

Examining the pressure to change the world single-handedly

Examining the pressure to change the world single-handedly

Anya Matz March 15, 2024

When I was younger and I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I responded that I didn’t know, but I wanted to “do something big.” I felt I would only be fulfilled if I made an appreciable...

Trumps sneakers are a hit — its time for Biden to follow suit

Trump’s sneakers are a hit — it’s time for Biden to follow suit

Clive Burt March 15, 2024

On Feb. 17, Donald Trump unveiled his new shoes at Sneaker Con in Philadelphia. Named the “Never Surrender High-Top,” the shoe features a gold-painted exterior, an American flag, and a large T in the...

Always an angel, never a god: feeling average

Always an angel, never a god: feeling “average”

Miki Chan February 20, 2024

“Always an angel, never a god.” A month ago, I stumbled upon these lyrics from the song “Not Strong Enough” by Boygenius. This line has been interpreted in multiple ways on social media, like constantly...

From Barbies to blush: are kids growing up too fast?

From Barbies to blush: are kids growing up too fast?

Filiz Fish February 20, 2024

In a world where attention spans dwindle to the length of a TikTok video, it’s no surprise that the pace of growing up seems to have hit fast-forward. But as we witness ten-year-olds perusing Sephora...

The overlooked benefits of online gambling

The overlooked benefits of online gambling

Clive Burt February 20, 2024

It was January 25th. The sun covered the entire campus in a blanket of light and warmth. A crisp breeze flowed through the trees, over Haaga House, and onto the sophomore patio. A group of students gathered...

The dangers of conforming to public opinion

Mariel Vargas-vonBreymann February 20, 2024

In a stressful world full of social media, cancel culture and articles analyzing every move of celebrities, we are constantly surrounded by "public opinion." Simply put, public opinion is the opinion that...

The merits of student-chosen project groups

The merits of student-chosen project groups

Allison Zhang January 26, 2024

When teachers allow students to pick their own groups, students often cheer or smile. Why are we so excited by this choice? Does our joy mean that letting students pick their groups benefits them? 
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A more expansive vision of school spirit

Madeleine Kashkooli January 26, 2024

Picture what you think of when you hear the words “school spirit.” Perhaps you imagine a huge, cheering crowd with everyone decked out in school colors. But what sports team is the crowd watching?...

Fueling change: Poly should invest in our future, not fossil fuels

Fueling change: Poly should invest in our future, not fossil fuels

Alexandra Kim January 26, 2024

  The Poly community comprises just 0.00001% of the world’s 8.1 billion population. As climate change continues to wreak irrevocable damage, what can a single school possibly do to shift...

Winter blues: supporting students during this season

Winter blues: supporting students during this season

Anya Patel January 26, 2024

I’ve never been a morning person, but in the summer and early fall, I quickly and enthusiastically climb out of bed to start my day. For years, my time in bed has increased exponentially during the winter...

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