Scheduling problems lead to angry students

Senior Margaret Bussineau wanted to take Humanities. And she wanted to take IB French as well. But because Humanities is only offered during a first and second hour block and because IB French is only offered first hour, Bussineau had to settle with a Upper Class Seminar, or UCS, an English class for juniors and seniors. Like many students, Bussineau is the victim of a master schedule that leaves teachers, students, counselors and administrators stressed and often hampers students who want to take multiple, academically-challenging courses. “I really don’t enjoy…

Returning to the top

They’ve been sixth in the state for two years running and the mens water polo team hopes to continue the tradition. However, according to Assistant Coach Andrew Leonard, the loss of graduated players and the lack of a big senior class, the team’s position in the state will be more difficult to maintain. Last year, co-captains Max Merriman and Michael Garcia brought the team to states with a win against the higher-ranked Skyline team. This year, the varsity team consisted of seniors, juniors and sophomores; however, there are fewer seniors…

Sophomore with Down syndrome named class homecoming queen

Meet sophomore homecoming queen Alana Schwartz.  She is 17 years old and a sophomore.  She has Down syndrome, a mild case, which means that while she has a learning disability, she doesn’t have any of the heart problems associated with the condition. One day Alana was sitting in front of sophomore Sam Bremmer on the bus.  Alana was singing and having fun as usual. “I wondered how she would react if she were homecoming queen,” Bremmer said. This is why Bremmer decided to do something special for Alana. Bremmer emailed…

Students wish they could go elsewhere for lunch

He would escape if he could, but he’s stuck there like he is every other day. Just dreaming of what it would be like if he were allowed to leave. Chicken sandwich, some fries and a milk all make it onto the tray. Same options as every other day of the week. Still thinking of all the other foods out there that he could have, junior Scott VandenHeuvel carries his food out to his table where he can sit and talk to his friends. “There’s more stuff out in town…

School lunch actually makes me sick of pizza

School lunches are the worst.  My first year I loved the variety that they had and how they changed it up every day. However, by senior year, I am completely sick of the food that I have pretty much eaten every day for four years. My freshman year I loved the cookies, but now they seem like greasy, disgusting, undercooked pieces of fat that taste delicious. I am disgusted by them, but I continue to eat at least one every two weeks.  And I don’t understand why. Also I don’t…

Mens soccer hopes to return to states

The mens soccer team is coming off a season in which they went to states and finished in the final four. Currently ranked sixth in the state with an 8-3-1 record, the possibility of returning to states isn’t out of the question according to Coach Scott Forester who thinks it’s hard to consider the postseason yet. Forester said, “With three weeks left in the regular season, it’s hard to think that far ahead.” Senior Owen Brooks agrees. “It’s hard not to look ahead, but that’s definitely a mindset we have…