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It’s not all black or white: reporter struggles with mixed-race identity

It’s not all black or white: reporter struggles with mixed-race identity

Rachael Schmidt, Author

January 8, 2017


Filed under All, Columns

Originally published on November 24, 2015 I arrived at my cousin Angela’s fourteenth birthday party and was the first one there. Her mom is from Malaysia and her dad is German. I immediately gravitated towards her and for the rest of the evening, we exchanged gossip, played guitars and harmoniz...

School summer reading program is valuable, but should be free

January 6, 2017


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EditorialOriginally published on October 15, 2015Why do we need summer reading? English department chair Meredith Santiago put it bluntly: “We don’t want brains turning to jelly over the summer.”“We don’t want brains turning to jelly over the summer.”For years, like other high schools i...

Avoid voluntourism: How service trips can make a difference

Luming Yuan, Author

January 5, 2017


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Originally published on June 17, 2015Illustration by Emily TengAn American high school student stands in front of a crowd of unfamiliar, foreign faces. He begins to feel a bit anxious as he scans the room of students thousands of miles away from his home. Today, this American student is volunteering...

The “picture perfect” high school experience

The “picture perfect” high school experience

Danielle Flores, Author

January 5, 2017


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Originally published on June 2, 2015 When I was young, I always watched cliche high school movies like Bring It On and High School Musical, in which the main characters discovered their true identities in high school and lived the rest of their lives appreciative of their high school experiences. Because o...

Student embraces body positivity, one step at a time

Clarissa Wan, Author

January 5, 2017


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Originally published on June 2, 2015Illustration by Emily TengFor most of my life, I’ve been a bit of a walking contradiction. I’m 5’9” — taller than the average Chinese girl, and I have trouble not standing out. I’d tower over a majority of my friends and relatives, but many times I sorely...

Stop. Procrastinating.

Stop. Procrastinating.

Rayming Liang, Author

January 3, 2017


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Originally published on May 22, 2015 It’s 12 in the morning, and behind me I have a mess of Geology, Advanced Placement United States History and Honors Pre-Calculus homework, strewn all over the edge of my bed, waiting to be completed. In front of me is my laptop, but I don’t have it opened t...

Lifelong vegan shares perspective on the growing meatless diet trend

Jennifer Zhang, Author

January 3, 2017


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Originally published on May 22, 2015Ellen DeGeneres. Ariana Grande. Beyonce and Jay-Z’s new vegan meal service. Veganism is around every corner, everywhere you turn. Nowadays, it seems like everyone is going vegan, a diet that abstains from the consumption of all animal products — dairy, eggs and meat include...

It’s Our Time: Why San Francisco should lower the voting age to 16

Rachael Schmidt, Author

December 19, 2016


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Originally published on April 20, 2015Have you ever wanted to do something so bad but couldn’t because you were too young? That’s what it feels like for the youth who want to make a change in their community, but can’t vote until they’re 18.This year in San Francisco, there is a chance to ...

Senior imparts college admissions advice

December 19, 2016


Filed under All, Letter to the Editor

Letter to the EditorOriginally published on April 15, 2015Dear Editor,As it is now April, I have heard back from all of the colleges that I applied to and although I have tried my best in school, I have been accepted into none of them. Now, I’m not the first person this has happened to, nor will I ...

Why rig the rally? This senior wants to know

Why rig the rally? This senior wants to know

Zoe Kaiser, Author

December 15, 2016


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Originally published on March 24, 2015 Games at the rallies seem to be rigged in favor of the seniors. Have you noticed? It’s not exactly subtle. I remember booing loudly at my first rally as the announcer claimed the seniors had won. I was pretty sure they hadn’t. During my junior year, I ...

My parents’ divorce: growing up in the new social norm

Samantha Wilcox, Author

December 14, 2016


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Originally published on March 2, 2015Illustration by Emily Teng.“Samantha, your mother and I have been divorced for three years, and we haven’t told you until today.” I remember this pivotal moment even though it was seven years ago — I was sitting in the front seat of my dad’s Toyota C...

Nov. 2014 Letter from the editor

November 30, 2016


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By Samantha Wilcox Originally published on November 4, 2014 Dear readers of The Lowell, As many of you may have seen, we mistakenly published a story that was titled “The average SFUSD teacher is absent more than the average student” in our on Oct. 31 print edition. Usually, when a s...

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