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Teachers’ pets

Teachers’ pets

Pierre Dayon and Sasha Nakamura

February 15, 2019


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If you attend Naomi Okada’s Japanese class, you probably know about her two rabbits, Momo and Pudding. What you might not know is that the two met in a rabbit “speed dating” program. Two years ago, Okada was given a white rabbit by a friend who could no longer take care of him. She named the...

HIDDEN GEMS OF LOWELL: Creative Writer Brandon Lo

HIDDEN GEMS OF LOWELL: Creative Writer Brandon Lo

Allison Dummel

February 14, 2019


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Junior Brandon Lo was first introduced to the world of creative writing in third grade, when he started reading books by Rick Riordan. Since then he’s moved from reading the work of other authors to writing stories himself. Lo is currently a member of Lowell’s literary magazine, and despite the acade...

Shakespeare and scene work: An interview with teacher and actress Terry Bamberger

Shakespeare and scene work: An interview with teacher and actress Terry Bamberger

Trevor Higgins

February 4, 2019


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From performing on stage to working with students, Terry Bamberger has experienced a lot over the course of her career. Bamberger is one of Lowell’s English teachers, but she is also an accomplished actress and acting coach. Her career has taken her from working on Hollywood films such as Coffee and Langua...

Familiar faces of Lowell: Maria Aguirre, college counselor

Familiar faces of Lowell: Maria Aguirre, college counselor

Shannon Chang, Allister Xu

January 31, 2019


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When college counselor Maria Aguirre was in college, she realized she had been shortchanged by her own college counselor in high school. Aguirre now feels that the course of her life was significantly changed, because her counselor did not give her the necessary information to successfully navigate t...

Junior raises money for adoption awareness with bluegrass music

Junior raises money for adoption awareness with bluegrass music

Anna Kaplan

January 25, 2019


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When she was a mere 9 months old, junior Helen Ludé boarded a plane in her birthplace of Fangcheng, Guangxi, China that would take her and her newly adoptive parents 6,000 miles and through multiple time zones to the new family’s home in San Francisco. In April 2018, the 16-year-old took a...

Students who give back: Lowell’s zoologists

Students who give back: Lowell’s zoologists

Elyse Foreman

January 22, 2019


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In the last four years, Junior Rita Marsh has spent over 700 hours at the San Francisco Zoo. No, Marsh is not a loyal visitor; she has been working behind the scenes with exotic animals for all of her teenage years. Marsh has volunteered in various programs at the zoo since she was 12 years old....

A City Divided: Understanding segregation in San Francisco

A City Divided: Understanding segregation in San Francisco

Olivia Moss, Columns Editor

January 16, 2019


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Lowell students come from all over the city–from the Mission with its colorful murals, to the Sunset with its foggy beaches, to Noe Valley with its quaint cafes. But while San Francisco’s distinct neighborhoods provide personality and culture, underneath lurks a more sinister issue: segregati...

A Celebration of Life: Lowell community remembers Ms Nickels

A Celebration of Life: Lowell community remembers Ms Nickels

Anna Kaplan, Allison Jou, and Anita Liu

December 4, 2018


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As Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” played on the loudspeaker, more than 150 students, friends and family members of beloved English teacher and yearbook advisor Mary Carolyn Nickels greeted one another with hugs and somber faces as they gathered for a 90-minute celebr...

New year, new staff: Meet your new teachers, part 3 & 4

New year, new staff: Meet your new teachers, part 3 & 4

Joelle Chien, Elyse Foreman, Kate Green, Allison Jou, Lee Wilcox, Valentin Nguyen, Lauren Caldwell, Christina Kan, Christina Johnson, Xinglin Li, Anita Liu, Xaria Lubensky, and Andrea Tran

November 27, 2018


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Annie Huynh, Latin teacher by Lee Wilcox Latin teacher Annie Huynh originally hated the dead language, but developed a fierce passion for it as time went on. A former student teacher at SF State and bona fide Latin scholar, she also enjoys rescuing cats. What were your favorite subjects in...

Familiar faces of Lowell: Rachel Lewis, bookroom secretary

Familiar faces of Lowell: Rachel Lewis, bookroom secretary

Elyse Foreman, Reporter

November 16, 2018


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While most students recognize her as Lowell’s bookroom secretary, Rachel Lewis doesn’t only talk books. “One thing that I wish Lowell students knew about me is that they can come to me whatever their problem is,” Lewis said. “I might not know the answer but I can help you find out what it i...

PE teacher retires after 40 years

PE teacher retires after 40 years

Joelle Chien, Reporter

November 7, 2018


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Milton Axt, the “historian of the [P.E.] department,” in fellow P.E. teacher Cambria Gersten’s words, sat at his desk in the JROTC room. He took out a mailing envelope and shuffled around the index cards inside. Each one had a carefully written quote from influential figures, football players and o...

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