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California Fights Fire

California Fights Fire

Jared Caldwell, Staff Writer

October 10, 2017


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    Another natural disaster has struck the United States. At around 12 o’clock on October 8th, a fire began to spread rapidly across the Napa/Sonoma area.     As of October 10th, more than 14 fires have have destroyed at least 1,500 structures, covering a collective 57,000 acres across Cali...

Las Positas Locked Down

Las Positas Locked Down

Donny Collinson, Eve Schiano, and Ellaina Samimi

October 4, 2017


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UPDATE: The student involved had only brought a nerf gun onto campus, but his actions alarmed a teacher who contacted campus security. The police were called in to question the student before he was released.     Earlier today, Las Positas College went into lockdown because a suspicious man walked...

Amador Valley named National Blue Ribbon School

Amador Valley named National Blue Ribbon School

Dominick Mazotti, Staff Writer

September 29, 2017


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   Yesterday, the US Secretary of Education announced the Amador Valley High School was a 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools (NBRS) award recipient.  AV is the only high school in the Bay Area to receive this recognition, and it is one of only 8 CA high schools to receive this honor.     In an em...

Disappointing silence on 9/11

Disappointing silence on 9/11

Elizabeth Kostalnick, Staff Writer

September 20, 2017


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    On September 11, 2001, terror wreaked havoc on the east coast of the United states. Four hijacked planes crashed into buildings full of people. This was the greatest attack on the U.S. mainland in recent history.     Surprisingly, on the anniversary of 9/11 this year, there was little to no mention o...

Google’s Internal Error

Google’s Internal Error

Maddie Dutra, Page Editor

August 30, 2017


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     In early August, Google’s Senior Software Engineer James Damore stirred up quite the online hostility after writing a memo that has now gone viral.      The memo, titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” suggests that psychological differences deem men more fit than women f...

Mr. Thiel’s Memorial

Mr. Thiel’s Memorial

Samara Ayoob-Ahamd, Page Editor

August 28, 2017


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On June 3rd, 2018, one day after Amador seniors graduated, science teacher Eric Thiel passed away. It was one day after his retirement. He was 65. Within the next week, someone broke into campus and painted a memorial to Thiel next to his room. To the dismay of many students and teachers, the memorial...

6 Things Every Freshman Should Know About Starting School at AV

6 Things Every Freshman Should Know About Starting School at AV

Fiona McHugh, Page Editor

August 11, 2017


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The jump from middle school to high school is one of the biggest changes a student can go through.  Amador Valley is a great high school, but there are definitely some things students should know that will help make their transition to AV smoother. Here are 6 things that every freshman should know ...

The hefty cost of Senior Ditch Day

The hefty cost of Senior Ditch Day

Esha Chawla, Staff Writers

May 30, 2017


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Similar to how Ferris Bueller in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  fakes an illness to get out of school, hundreds of seniors every year call in sick the day after Senior Ball in what has become famously known as “Senior Ditch Day.” On Senior Ditch Day, seniors hope to make some final memories with thei...

AV DECA DONminates at ICDC

AV DECA DONminates at ICDC

Mark Liu, Politics Editor

May 24, 2017


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    From April 24-27, Amador Valley DECA competed at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim. With nearly 20,000 competitors, it is the largest pre-college business competition event in the world. AV DECA DONminated the competition with 21 of 26 competitors making it to finals (top 20), 1...

Students’ social media addiction

Students’ social media addiction

Sanika Samel, Staff Writers

May 22, 2017


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After a long and stressful day at school, we’re all tempted to get back home and spend the rest of the day on our phone or on TV, catching up on new episodes or reading the latest gossip. Social media plays a big role in our lives, and many of us find ourselves addicted to it, whether users realize it...

Going beyond senior service hours

Going beyond senior service hours

Cole Torquemada and Emily Twisselmann, Staff Writers

May 22, 2017


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For the past few school years, graduating Amador seniors have been required to complete 20 hours of community service. Many seem to agree that there’s a good reason for this requirement, too. In general, the benefits of required service hours outweigh the drawbacks.     “The purpose of the...

Cyberattacks hit globally

Mayank Sharma, Staff Writer

May 16, 2017


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In the past few days, global cyberattacks have flooded the world, resulting in data being held hostage for over 200,000 computers. These attacks hit hospitals, FedEx, Nissan, Russian banks, and average consumers, as well as a variety of other places. Specifically, only unupdated Windows computers were h...

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