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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

Behind the Print: Staffers explain ins and outs of The Oracle

Chloe Wu and Victor Peng February 17, 2024

Take a behind-the-scenes look at The Oracle through this short video, shot and edited by two of The Oracle’s photographers.

Summer provides opportunities for engagement in local activities

Summer provides opportunities for engagement in local activities

Amann Mahajan and Irene Tsen August 15, 2023

Brandon Seow: Engineering classes A Taser alarm: It may sound slightly odd, but it’s what sophomore Brandon Seow spent six weeks of his summer on. Following a weeklong family vacation to French Polynesia, Seow took two engineering classes in hopes of creating a portfolio before applying to...

Gifted by grants: Community members contribute to installations on Gunn campus

Gifted by grants: Community members contribute to installations on Gunn campus

Vivien Chen, Kenneth Soh, Lita Sone and Irene Tsen March 22, 2023

Class gifts come from the graduating year’s student body and are funded using extra money from class fundraisers. While gifts can fund material improvements to Gunn’s campus, Student Activities Director Lisa Hall has also seen classes use funds to discount apparel or fund future events. “(Funds...

To share or not to share: Grade discussions stem from varied motivations, require balancing consequences

To share or not to share: Grade discussions stem from varied motivations, require balancing consequences

Irene Tsen, Managing Editor February 13, 2023

Grades: a staple in high school life and a cause for comparison, curiosity and—most widely—conversation. According to a survey sent out to Gunn students by The Oracle from Jan. 27 to Feb. 3 with 225 self-selected responses, 97.4% of students discuss grades with their peers, and 18.7% do so daily....

Hockey: Shree Sandilya

Hockey: Shree Sandilya

Irene Tsen, Managing Editor December 6, 2022

Ice hockey player junior Shree Sandilya’s team went almost undefeated last season, making it to the semi-finals in the California Amateur Hockey Association state finals. His record includes a slew of other achievements, from being featured in an NBC segment on Nov. 6 to winning the 18U division...

Figure skating: Keiss Chan and Jenni Yang

Figure skating: Keiss Chan and Jenni Yang

Irene Tsen, Managing Editor December 6, 2022

Sophomore Keiss Chan and senior Jenni Yang stand with their figure skating team on a stage with a Jumbotron in the middle, surrounded by parents and friends in the audience. What follows is the moment that stands out the most to Chan: Her team has just finished its performance on ice and is waiting...

Proposition 1: Abortion

Proposition 1: Abortion

Irene Tsen, Managing Editor October 31, 2022

Proposition 1 is a constitutional referendum proposed by the California State Legislature following the United States Supreme Court’s 2022 Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision that grants states the right to decide abortion legality within their borders. If passed, it would...

Proposition 27: Gambling

Proposition 27: Gambling

Irene Tsen, Managing Editor October 31, 2022

Proposition 27 is a petition about the legalization of online gambling that was placed on the November ballot after it garnered enough signatures. If passed, the proposition would allow licensed Native American tribes and gambling companies to offer online sports betting to those over 21 years...

What’s under the bed: Gunn’s worst fears revealed

What’s under the bed: Gunn’s worst fears revealed

Irene Tsen, Managing Editor October 31, 2022

The passage of time, ketchup, people with large eyes, empty eye sockets and death: these aren’t elements of a horror movie, but some of Gunn students’ worst fears. Some of these fears incapacitate nearly all of us to some degree. For other, rarer fears, it takes having them to truly understand...

The Olympian: Brigitte Peterson

The Olympian: Brigitte Peterson

Irene Tsen, Managing Editor September 23, 2022

Senior Brigitte Peterson has dreamed of leading The Olympian ever since freshman year. After three years of hard work, from half-jokingly and half-lovingly being called the “little sophomore” of the class, she is now the Editor-in-Chief of The Olympian, leading seven students to craft the 2022–2023...

Underclassmen on varsity teams make connections, improve skill

Underclassmen on varsity teams make connections, improve skill

Irene Tsen, Managing Editor May 24, 2022

High school varsity sports inspire tight-knit connections between teammates through intense training sessions and a shared sense of responsibility to the team. The select few underclassmen on varsity team learn the tricks of the trade from upperclassmen and often form close friendships with them. Sophomore...

Charlotte Kaufman, World Languages

Irene Tsen, Managing Editor May 23, 2022

French 1 and 2 and former Spanish teacher Charlotte Kaufman is leaving after two years of teaching at Gunn. During her tenure, Kaufman has been an approachable face on campus. “Students can tell that I enjoy spending time with them and I genuinely care about them,” she said. Her teaching approach...

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