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The Student News Site of Henry M. Gunn High School

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Required ethnic studies course to be implemented beginning fall 2025

Required ethnic studies course to be implemented beginning fall 2025

Violet Tivol, Reporter October 30, 2023

On Sept. 12, the PAUSD school board recommended that district staff implement the soon-to-be required ethnic studies course in fall 2025 as a graduation requirement for the Class of 2029. Although this...

Germany: Junior Ella Brueser

Germany: Junior Ella Brueser

Madison Yue, Features Editor April 17, 2023

Eating a hot dog smothered with mayo and ketchup was just one of the experiences that has stood out to junior Ella Brueser during her time in the U.S. so far. As an exchange student from Berlin, Germany,...

Junior Jose Morales honors indigenous culture through traditional dances, symbolic adornments

Junior Jose Morales honors indigenous culture through traditional dances, symbolic adornments

Madison Yue, Features Editor March 20, 2023

Six-year-old junior Jose Morales was looking for toys to play with when he instead found “coatlicue,” a collection of his grandfather’s indigenous artifacts. Since then, he has learned more about...

What’s in a name: Mispronunciation of names compromises underlying meaning, traditions

What’s in a name: Mispronunciation of names compromises underlying meaning, traditions

Madison Yue, Features Editor February 13, 2023

As a young kid, Wellness Outreach Worker Rosie (roh-z) Castillo scanned the Disneyland keychains to find her name. But even the happiest place on earth didn’t have a keychain for her. This small yet...

Campus organizations host Black History Month events, promote African American achievements

Campus organizations host Black History Month events, promote African American achievements

Vivien Chen, Lifestyle Editor February 13, 2023

The Student Executive Council (SEC) and Student Equity Committee are hosting a variety of Black History Month events to teach students and staff more about Black history and culture. Black History Month...

Senior Arezoo Ghasemzadeh

Senior Arezoo Ghasemzadeh

Madison Yue, Features Editor December 2, 2022

Senior Arezoo Ghasemzadeh wakes up at 6 a.m. two school days a week to attend her 6:30 a.m. weightlifting class—just one of her outlets in dealing with stress. “The pressure of earning good grades,...

Senior Sanjana Rao: ‘Star Trek’ Memorabilia

Senior Sanjana Rao: ‘Star Trek’ Memorabilia

Madison Yue, Features Editor November 2, 2022

At three years old, senior Sanjana Rao loved watching rerun episodes of “Star Trek” and the endless possibilities each episode presented. “‘Star Trek’ gave me hope as a little kid,” Rao said....

Dance, cheer teams prepare for homecoming

Dance, cheer teams prepare for homecoming

Sophia Hwangbo, Online Editor, Photographer September 24, 2022

During Homecoming Week in October, hundreds of students, dressed in their respective class colors and themes, come together to cheer on their classes, waving big banners and shouting encouragement to their...

Spirit Commissioner: Nico Ross

Spirit Commissioner: Nico Ross

Madison Yue, Features Editor September 23, 2022

Decked out in multiple leis, a Hawaiian shirt and a sun hat, Spirit Commissioner senior Nico Ross shows his spirit for the Fall Sports Rally’s tropical theme—just a glimpse into what a dress-up theme...

Marc Igler

Madison Yue, Features Editor May 23, 2022

English teacher Marc Igler is retiring after teaching at Gunn for 21 years, coaching the boys’ golf team for nine years and being an active member in the Palo Alto Educators Association. After working...

A Year in Sports: Gunn athletics races through 2022

A Year in Sports: Gunn athletics races through 2022

Madison Yue, Features Editor May 20, 2022

Senior running back Filippi Montes sprints in the open field during a game against Fremont High School on Oct. 29. Gunn won with a score of 50-20. Senior wrestler Amar Srivastava is surrounded by teammates...

Disney’s representation of minorities should be more proactive

Disney’s representation of minorities should be more proactive

Madison Yue, Features Editor April 18, 2022

Many childhood memories are filled with Disney images: hugging a Winnie the Pooh stuffed animal, listening to a parent reading a Mickey Mouse story, watching a Toy Story movie and riding the “It’s...

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