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We Need to Start Dating Again

We Need to Start Dating Again

Grace Felder, Op-Ed Editor
January 27, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Our generation has kind of screwed up the whole dating thing. I’ll pick you up at 7:00 turns into 7:15 and sending a text saying ‘here’ rather than walking up to the door and meeting the parents at the door. Snapchats, Instagram likes, and Twitter favorites have become acceptable forms of flir...

We Get It, You Vape

We Get It, You Vape

Jill Parriott, Reporter
January 22, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

“This kid is literally twelve,” I muttered as I watched him exhaling a cotton-candy scented cloud of smoke. It was a couple of days later that I realized he was, in fact, vaping. Vaping seems to be the new “cool” thing to do nowadays. All over social media, videos of people doing “vape ...

Gun Violence

Gun Violence

Jewel Gamsby, Features Editor
December 17, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Forty percent of guns bought in the United States are from private exchanges or sellers. Guns purchased by a private third party require no background check, meaning it is incredibly easy for anyone to get their hands on a deadly weapon. Mass shootings have become normalized. According to a study by USA TOD...

CAASPP Tests, First Impressions

CAASPP Tests, First Impressions

David Lopez, Managing Editor
December 15, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Recently, the eleventh grade class at Napa High participated in a practice session of the replacement for the California Standardized testing, the CAASPP tests.   The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress testing system is the system of tests students are going to be taking ...

It’s Just a Cup

It’s Just a Cup

Will Shull, Reporter
December 15, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

I still don’t get it, how does the controversy surrounding Starbucks red cup for the holidays, and it’s lack of Christmas graphics, affect anyone's take on their faith and the holiday of Christmas? It is a coffee cup, not a political statement. In the years past, Starbucks has added unique patterns or Ch...

85 Degrees in December?

85 Degrees in December?

Grace Felder and Audrey Palmer
December 7, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Over Thanksgiving break, we traveled to the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii. While there, we snorkeled, shopped, discovered new coves and beaches, slept in, and relaxed for the first time since summer break. Between the two of us, we have each been to the four main Hawaiian islands, either together or ind...

I Stand With P.P.

I Stand With P.P.

Elena Ingram and Laurel Steinharter
December 7, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Across the country, Planned Parenthood supporters are standing up and fighting for their belief in Pro Choice. On the other hand, anti-abortion activists and their political allies have confronted doctors, nurses, patients and workers from Planned Parenthood in the hopes of shutting down all health car...

Aliens in California

Aliens in California

Grace Felder, Op Ed Editor
November 19, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

On November 7th, a captivating blue orb shot across the Californian horizon creating massive buzz on Twitter. As reported by Google Trends, there were over 100,000 searches for ‘UFO’ on Saturday and 6,510 tweets with the hashtag UFO. Celebrities such as Khloe Kardashian were tweeting their concerns wi...

Severus Snape

Severus Snape

Luz Robles, Reporter
November 17, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

(WARNING: Contains spoilers. Do not read if you have not finished the Harry Potter series. Also, keep in mind most of what I will be bringing up is from the books if you have only seen the movies.) No one who has read the Harry Potter series can admit they expected the plot twist with Snape. Every...

Mascot Debate Letter to the Editor- For Changing It

November 9, 2015
Filed under Editor's Picks, Opinion, Uncategorized

Since I started a petition to change Napa High’s mascot last month, there have been vocal and emotional reactions on both sides of the issue. As a white, non-Native Napa High alumnus, I am disappointed by the ways that Napa High misrepresents Native cultures. I wanted to take a moment to publicly address...

My Little Black Dress Does Not Mean Yes

My Little Black Dress Does Not Mean Yes

Patricia Arriaga-Rivera
November 2, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

“Only girls can be raped.” “Want to hear a rape joke?” “Rape Culture isn’t real.” According to Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) eighty percent of rape victims are under thirty, and over half of that eighty percent are under the age of eighteen. One in every thirty thr...

Mascot Debate Letter to the Editor- For Keeping It

October 30, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Napa High is a school built on 118 years of traditions. The name Indian is an essential part of this school, and we should not waver from it (“Activists target Napa High Indians mascot,” Oct. 22). I am the Drum Major for the Napa High Band. I am the one you see in front of the band at parades, proudly we...

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