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2017 year in review

December 8, 2017

Written by Grace Tramack JANUARY Jan. 20: Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. February Feb. 5: The New England Patriots defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34 – 28 at the Su- per Bowl LI. New England makes the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, a er being down 21 – 3 by the end of the second quarter. [...]

Student entrepreneurship: senior Sarika Saksena

November 10, 2017

Bridgette Gong Word count: 541   “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” These words by Mahatma Gandhi resonated with senior Sarika Saksena as she built what is now an immensely beneficial organization, Ujala, from scratch. Her organization aims to help underprivileged women in India build their wealth and security by supplying them [...]

Senior Matthew Skowronski runs clothing business

November 9, 2017

Written by Joanna Huang Senior Matthew Skowronski started his online store, Tranquil Clothing, three years ago during his search for a meaningful undertaking. “Basically I wanted to just do something—I felt like I wasn’t really doing much. I was doing extracurricular activities, but it wasn’t very interesting to me,” Skowronski said. [...]

BEAM students learn skills for the future

November 9, 2017

Written by Liza Kolbasov Among the traditional math classes offered at Gunn, one stands out: Business, Entrepreneurship and Math (BEAM), an application math course started in 2014 by math teacher Cristina Florea. This course focuses on teaching students about entrepreneurship and the real-life applications of math, as well as letting them apply [...]

Personal Narrative: Muslim

October 13, 2017

Written by Minna Mughal During my four years at Gunn, I have never personally known another practicing Muslim on campus. I know that I couldn’t possibly be the only Muslim since that’s extremely unlikely. But, unlike the majority of people here, I have never had the chance to connect with someone over shared religious beliefs. First of all, [...]

Personal Narrative on Christianity

October 13, 2017

Written by Kyle Vasquez I grew up going to church and I’ve always believed in God. For me, as long as I believed, I was content with my life. I believed in God when I used to curse out my teachers for waking me up from a good nap. I believed in God when I used to tell my mother how much I hated her. I even believed in God when I felt so [...]

Personal Narrative on Hinduism

October 13, 2017

Written by Arjun Prabhakar Ultimately, Hinduism preaches a quest for truth and dharma—a tenant that governs ethics. Even though I am not a devout Hindu, I was raised in a household that practiced the religion’s principles. e mindset of my Hindu family, which I fully agree with, is that the best way to practice a religion is to live by its [...]

Sources of Strength emphasizes the importance of spirituality

October 13, 2017

Written by Joy Huang The Sources of Strength wheel is often talked about as a tool to seek support during difficult times. One of the eight sources is spirituality, but how exactly can it be implemented into everyday life as a source of strength? To Reach Out, Care, Know (ROCK) club advisor, Sources of Strength leader and English teacher Paul [...]

Personal Narrative on Judaism

October 13, 2017

Written by Chloe Shrager My mother is Christian, but my parents decided to raise me and my two older siblings Jewish. I’ve always known that I am Jewish, and I’ve always been proud of it. However, I never truly took the mental energy to learn what being Jewish meant to myself until my Bat Mitzvah in seventh grade, when I went to Israel for the [...]

Personal Narrative: Religion and spirituality

October 13, 2017

Written by Gursajan Singh I was born a Sikh.  The word “Sikh” itself roughly translates to student.  Me, being the student, means that my teacher could be anybody, from my classroom teacher to even God. One thing that has been taught to Sikhs since the beginning of this fairly modern religion, is that there are always bigger problems than [...]