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Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

The Oracle

Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

The Oracle

Romanticizing holidays creates unrealistic expectations

Romanticizing holidays creates unrealistic expectations

Michelle Koo and Carly Liao December 2, 2022

Twinkling Christmas lights, snow-capped landscapes, crackling fireplaces and the whistle of a Christmas carol through the air a classic holiday film opening. Packed with joy and nostalgia, the holidays are believed to be full of family traditions, romantic confessions and friendship. Media and pop culture...

Staff Sports: Carly takes a swing at tennis

Staff Sports: Carly takes a swing at tennis

Carly Liao, Forum Editor September 23, 2022

For years, I distinguished myself in icebreaker discussions with three go-to fun facts: I go to Gunn, I write for The Oracle and I do track and cross country. The sports I participate in have been an integral part of my identity since freshman year, making it all the more unfortunate that runners have...

Best: P-Building

Best: P-Building

Carly Liao, Forum Editor September 23, 2022

The P-Building’s placement as the best building on campus has nothing to do with the fact that The Oracle’s headquarters are located there, but everything to do with the fact that it is objectively the best building at Gunn. Situated right across from Spangenberg Theater, the P-Building shares all...

The Dillon/Owen Family

The Dillon/Owen Family

Carly Liao, Forum Editor April 22, 2022

For the Dillon/Owen family, attending Gunn is not an experience that ends after just four years: it is a family tradition. Freshman Cameron Owen’s mom and aunts have all represented Gunn during their high school years. Cameron Owen has found many similarities between his family’s high school experiences...

Incorporating modern poetry into the English curriculum offers alternative perspective to students

Incorporating modern poetry into the English curriculum offers alternative perspective to students

Carly Liao, Forum Editor March 8, 2022

In a typical English class at Gunn, the poetry studied is often written centuries ago. Students find themselves deconstructing Shakespeare’s sonnets, parsing out Whitman and learning the styles and devices of old poetry. Modern poetry, which is broadly defined as poems written in the 21st century,...

Junior Kyle Reyes, senior Catherine Liang express creativity through ceramics

Junior Kyle Reyes, senior Catherine Liang express creativity through ceramics

Carly Liao, Forum Editor December 10, 2021

On Google Images, the first results that appear when searching “ceramics” are simple bowls, vases and mugs. However, high school ceramics is more than creating functional household items. Junior Kyle Reyes and senior Catherine Liang push the bounds of creativity through this versatile medium. Reyes...

Staffers debate greatest music genre: Sea shanties

Staffers debate greatest music genre: Sea shanties

Carly Liao, Forum Editor December 10, 2021

In a time of isolation, people need something to connect with others. For many, that connection comes in the unexpected form of sea shanties. Sea shanties are a subgenre of folk music that were originally created to accompany the repetitive work seamen faced. All the workers on one ship would...

Día de los Muertos: Inés García

Carly Liao, Forum Editor October 25, 2021

Senior Inés García is excited to share Día de los Muertos this year with both her family and the Gunn community. García believes that Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is meant to be a day of celebration rather than a day of mourning. “It’s a chance to remember our ancestors...

Phoebe Li: Fencing

Phoebe Li: Fencing

Carly Liao, Forum Editor September 24, 2021

If you’ve ever seen the movie “The Princess Bride,” you are definitely familiar with fencing. Contrary to the movies however, fencing isn’t just exhilarating sword fights, according to junior fencer Phoebe Li. There are three types of traditional fencing weapons: épée, sabre and foil. Li has...

The Magic Tree House series

The Magic Tree House series

Carly Liao, Forum Editor September 22, 2021

Most people can name one book series from elementary school that helped shape their childhood forever. For me, that book series was “Magic Tree House” by Mary Pope Osborne, which follows siblings Jack and Annie through their adventures with a time-traveling tree house. In every book, the tree house...

Students, staff participate in unique, educational activities over summer: Katherine Ja

Students, staff participate in unique, educational activities over summer: Katherine Ja

Carly Liao, Forum Editor August 20, 2021

After several months at home, many Gunn students and staff took the opportunity to travel over summer. English teacher Katherine Ja visited Barcelona, Spain, with the study abroad program Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Despite waning public concern about the pandemic, there...

Dos and donts of interacting in person

Do’s and don’ts of interacting in person

Carly Liao, Forum Editor July 4, 2021

1. Do: Have an exit strategy Remember the three p’s of ending a social interaction: parents, practice and pets. If these fail, give the most dramatic excuse you can think of. 2. Don't: Talk for too long After 10 minutes of talking, the casual chat starts to become more of an actual conversation,...

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