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Amador’s missing mascot

Amador’s missing mascot

Esha Chawla, Staff Writer

September 29, 2016


Filed under Opinion

In every stereotypical high school movie, there are cheerleaders, jocks, nerds, goths...and a dressed-up mascot. Amador Valley high school seems to be missing exactly that. “A long time ago, they had the mascot running around with the Don outfit and the big head,” said Mr. Simms, a biology ...

Teacher Housing Crisis

Teacher Housing Crisis

Sanika Samel, Staff Writer

September 15, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

This year, Amador welcomed 25 new teachers on campus. We’re especially lucky to have them, because the Bay Area is experiencing a shortage of teachers. With the price of rent steadily increasing in Pleasanton, many teachers are struggling to live on a public service salary, in a phenomenon now kn...

“Amadump” Valley

“Amadump” Valley

Mariamane Akopyan, Editor-in-Chief

August 8, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Amador Valley high school prides itself on its academic excellence, high AP scores, and great reputation throughout the Bay Area. Parents flock to Pleasanton to give their kids the chance to attend Amador. However, the actual campus is not living up to the standards and expectations of a high-achievin...

Kanye West, fashion designer?

Kanye West, fashion designer?

Staff Writer

August 8, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

One of the things that I find most puzzling about celebrities today is their unabashed confidence in their abilities to do absolutely anything. I mean, celebrities tend to be know for their egos and thanks to the internet, we can often see glimpses of just how big those egos can get.   But this ne...

A criticism of standardized testing

A criticism of standardized testing

Madhumitha Krishnan, Online Editor

June 6, 2016


Filed under Opinion

George Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” policy aimed to help every child have an education. This was, of course, by implementing new testing procedures. Children, starting from the age of 5, have been bombarded with a variety of tests. Stress levels have soared, and the public school system is wrecking...

Are standardized test scores useful indicators of progress?

Nicole Morote, Editor-in-Chief

June 3, 2016


Filed under Opinion

For students, standardized testing is one of the most universally criticized aspects of a high school education. To some extent, this aversion makes sense: a 2015 study by the Council of the Great City Schools showed that the average American student takes 112 standardized tests between grades K...

Death with Dignity: Our Right to Die

Death with Dignity: Our Right to Die

Morgan Werder

December 18, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill young woman from Portland, Oregon, made headlines recently as the poster child for the The Right to Die. After being diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, she decided that she would not let her illness dictate the way she would die and she took to social media to...

The Era of 1989

The Era of 1989

Katie Grant, Staff Writer

December 9, 2014


Filed under News, Opinion, Pop Culture

By just age fourteen, she had gotten her own record deal.  At age 24, she has won over 228 awards, been nominated 438 times, and honored by the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Her new album has sold over 1.3 million copies in just the first week, a record that has not been touched since 2002. Her name...

Taylor Not-So-Swift

Taylor Not-So-Swift

Mrinalini Narayan, Staff Writer

December 8, 2014


Filed under News, Opinion, Pop Culture

Taylor Swift has currently removed all of her music from Spotify simply because she believed she was not producing enough money. From country to pop, Taylor swift’s genre of music would be categorized as “unknown.” Her sudden change in genre has worked towards her favor with over 1.287 million...

Was Scottish Independence a Good Idea?

Erin Walsh, Staff Writer

October 14, 2014


Filed under Opinion

The Scottish referendum vote occurred on September 18th, but questions still remain as to what would have happened if the Scottish gained independence. As for the US, its a decision that benefits us more than independence would have. . The United Kingdom is a strong ally of the United States, and...

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks

Nicole Morote, Jr. Editor-in-Chief

April 14, 2014


Filed under Opinion

In 1980, about 1 in 10,000 children in the United States were reported to have an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. Today, it’s 1 in 68, according to USA Today. There are various organizations that claim to be working towards a better future for people affected with ASD. One of the most influential o...

Franco’s inappropriate flirtation could just be publicity stunt

Shriya Bhindwale, Features Editor

April 13, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Pop Culture

I have always considered James Franco one of the most intelligent actors of our time -- he went to Columbia School of Arts, teaches classes at the University of California, Los Angeles in his free time, and hits the trifecta of entertainment: acting, directing/producing, and musical theater. Perhaps...

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