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Designer Babies

Designer Babies

Luz Robles, Reporter
March 18, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase

Out of everything designable, from clothes to houses, could you believe we’re living in a world where the topic is babies and whether or not we should choose which one we end up with? Well here it is: “designer babies.” These “designer babies” are an actual debatable concept, and they’...

Behind the Scenes: Journalism from a Journalist Point of View

Behind the Scenes: Journalism from a Journalist Point of View

Patricia Arriaga-Rivera, Reporter
March 18, 2016
Filed under Features

You know all those stories on The Beat of the Drum? And those students you occasionally see roaming school with a camera around their neck? They’re the ones behind the movie reviews, sports scores, opinions, and facts in these stories. They’re the journalism class. From meeting deadlines to simpl...

Help Your Animals

Help Your Animals

Kate-Lynn Kent, Social Media Czar
March 16, 2016
Filed under Features

The fact not many of us are aware of is that 2.7 million shelter animals are euthanized every year. No one would suspect a shelter, which is defined as, “something that covers or affords protection,” to be the site of the end of so many innocent animal lives. Although most people generally do not know the ex...

Leap Year

Leap Year

Gabriella Picard, Features Editor
February 29, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase

Leap years are necessary to keep the planet aligned with Earth’s revolutions around the sun. While the calendar assumes the Earth revolves around the sun every 365 days, it actually takes Earth a bit longer being 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds. If the calendar did not add this extra day ever...

How to be Flexible

How to be Flexible

Grace Felder, Editor
February 26, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase

Defying the stereotype of a dumb, blonde cheerleader. Malia Lake crushes this old way of thinking of cheerleaders, or in our case, spiritleaders. Malia is doing exceptionally well in school with a 4.5 GPA and at the same time, being a JV Spiritleader. Malia has been dancing since she was in seco...

Female Color Guards

Yunuen Camarena, Reporter
February 24, 2016
Filed under Features

Color guard can be found in high schools. Color guard uses props, along with movement, to express dynamic passages in the music accompanying the marching band. Female teens use flags, most often to express band's song/show theme with colors/shapes along with some genres of dance/acting along with manipu...

Love Your Roots

Love Your Roots

Gabriella Picard, Features Editor
February 8, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase

In the 1800's there was a bigger African American community in Napa, California, than there was in Vallejo, California. Josh Graham is a junior at Napa High School who moved from Jamaica at age fourteen. When asked why he thinks people moved out of Napa in the 1900s, he stated, “It probably just ...

Wildcat comes roaring back

Wildcat comes roaring back

February 1, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase, Video

Freshest Cosmetics

Freshest Cosmetics

Grace Felder, Op-Ed Editor
January 15, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase

What is so appealing about scrubbing weird dirt and plants on your face? What’s so exciting about having multicolored, sparkly bath? If you want to know the answer, just ask anyone who has ever been to a Lush store. Lush cosmetics uses 100 percent vegetarian, fresh ingredients and fights animal testing simul...

Early Graduation: Kylee Malley

Early Graduation: Kylee Malley

Laurel Steinharter, Managing Editor
December 15, 2015
Filed under Features, Showcase

Five. The number of days Kylee Malley, senior at Napa High is counting down until graduation. Malley has attended Napa High for all four years of high school. She has been part of the girls Volleyball team for four years, the Napa girls Softball team for three years and was part of the choir for two y...

Christmas Lights!

Christmas Lights!

Jill Parriott, Reporter
December 14, 2015
Filed under Features, Showcase

With Christmas just around the corner, houses all around Napa are putting up their decorative lights. This tradition started in 1880 when Thomas Edison had decided to put up the world’s first electrically illuminated Christmas tree to boost his invention of electric light bulbs. Ever since then pe...

The T in LGBT

The T in LGBT

Patricia Arriaga-Rivera, Reporter
December 7, 2015
Filed under Features

According to The Guardian, every three days a person under the transgender umbrella is murdered. What is the transgender or trans* umbrella? Well, besides transgender people which are from female to male and vise versa there are other genders which differ from cisgender. These genders are, but not ...

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