Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

The Oracle

Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

The Oracle

Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

The Oracle

Student input to be considered in appointing new principal following resignation

icarolinesro May 27, 2017

Written by Clara Kieschnick-Llamas and Caroline Ro On May 24, Principal Dr. Denise Herrmann announced her resignation from Gunn to take a position as Associate Superintendent for Instructional Services in the Fremont Unified School District. Herrmann announced her resignation to students in a Schoology...

Students make a splash in water sports: water skiing

Students make a splash in water sports: water skiing

clarakieschnickllamas May 27, 2017

Written by Clara Kieschnick-Llamas People strapping skis to their feet and flying across the water may not be a very common sport, but it has been in junior Mollie Sampson’s family for generations. For Sampson, water skiing became somewhat of a tradition and she skied for the first time when she...

Staffers critique various protein supplements

Staffers critique various protein supplements

clarakieschnickllamas March 31, 2017

Written by Clara Kieschnick-Llamas QuestBar: S’mores This bar is a great option if you hate yourself. I have no idea who thought that this tastes like s’mores, but it definitely doesn’t. The texture and the taste resemble mass-manufactured, compressed baby food. The taste just gets worse as time...

by Cheryl Kao

Junior Advait Arun shares political opinions through blog

clarakieschnickllamas March 3, 2017

Written by Clara Kieschnick-Llamas Junior Advait Arun began his online blog “Fruminous” in November 2016, and it has since gained popularity in the local community. Arun chose the word “Fruminous” from the nonsense poem “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll. On the website, it is described...

Senior Kevin Ji selected for Michelle Obamas Educational Advisory Board

Senior Kevin Ji selected for Michelle Obama’s Educational Advisory Board

clarakieschnickllamas February 3, 2017

Written by Clara Kieschnick-Llamas On Friday, Jan. 6, senior Kevin Ji went to Washington D.C. to partake in a meeting with other members of Michelle Obama’s Better Make Room Student Advisory Board. Better Make Room is an organization connected to the White House’s Reach Higher initiative. Its...

School board elects to report weighted GPA on transcripts

clarakieschnickllamas December 2, 2016

Written by Clara Kieschnick-Llamas On Tuesday, Nov. 1, the Palo Alto Unified School District Board decided to report weighted grade point averages (GPAs) on mid-year transcripts for current seniors. Over the past few weeks, there have been heated debates over the positives and negative effects...

Psychology teacher Warren Collier reflects on NaNoWriMo experience

Psychology teacher Warren Collier reflects on ‘NaNoWriMo’ experience

clarakieschnickllamas November 4, 2016

Written by Clara Kieschnick-Llamas Psychology teacher Warren Collier has taken part in NaNoWriMo for the past three years. This year, however, Collier will focus on editing one of his previous novels rather than writing a new one. Collier often thought about writing a novel, but never had the motivation...

Todd Collins runs for PAUSD school board

Todd Collins runs for PAUSD school board

clarakieschnickllamas November 4, 2016

Written by Clara Kieschnick-Llamas Todd Collins has served as Secretary of Treasury on the Parent-Teacher Association at both Terman Middle School and Gunn. He also spent four years on the Strong Schools Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee. With many years of experience on committees, Collins...

Microaggressions can be taken too far

Microaggressions can be taken too far

clarakieschnickllamas October 11, 2016

Written by Clara Kieschnick-Llamas Asking someone where they’re from, which used to be a simple, commonly-asked question, is now considered offensive by many people. Microaggressions—casual degradations of any socially marginalized group—have been blown out of proportion in the last...

How to do International Journalism: NorCal Media Convention

clarakieschnickllamas September 24, 2016

Written by Clara Kieschnick-Llamas Not so much an instructional session, freelance journalist Rebecca Byerly mainly discussed her career as an international crisis correspondent. Byerly grew up in a town in North Carolina. She was inspired to become an international crisis journalist after 9/11: she...

Computer science requested as graduation requirement

clarakieschnickllamas September 9, 2016

By Clara Kieschnick-Llamas Due to the increase of lines of work involving computer science, there has been a recent movement to make computer science a graduation requirement at Gunn. Last year, eight administrators and teachers met regularly and had a meeting with the district office about the...

One Acts Behind the Scenes: Paint and Construction

clarakieschnickllamas May 20, 2016

Written by Clara Kieschnick One Acts’ paint and construction crews are planning a very simple stage due to the frequent changes in scenery and the general nature of the selected plays being performed. “For One Acts, all we really have to do is pull some furniture in addition to building a couple...

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