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A look at the prescription drug presence on campus

March 14, 2016

Written by Michael Chen, Tone Lee and Lena Ye Susie Holloway, a Gunn senior whose name has been changed to protect her identity, glances at the clock. It is getting late. She cannot focus and feels a wave of drowsiness flood her. With multiple tests the next day, loads of homework and not much time, she is pushed to the limit. Looking at the tiny [...]

Students draw motivation to stay active from numerous sources

November 16, 2015

Written by Emma Chiao and Michael Chen Published in the November 6, 2015 issue Recovery Varsity runner junior Claire Hu was injured her freshmen year during the cross country season. She had been running since sixth grade after her parents encouraged her to try something new. Despite the setback of the injury, Hu didn’t let it stop her. Instead, [...]

Junior Brendan Creemer raises awareness for Usher syndrome

October 8, 2015

Written by Michael Chen Published in the October 8, 2015 issue This year, a new organization is on the rise on Gunn campus: one dedicated to fundraising for scientific research. Science for Sight, an organization started by junior Bren- dan Creemer, is a nonprofit, student-run group working to raise money for Usher syndrome research. Usher [...]

New TOSAs take on administrative, leadership tasks

September 14, 2015

Written by Michael Chen Published in the September 11, 2015 issue Gunn has hired several new teachers as Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSA) this year. As TOSAs, staff members are assigned specific administrative tasks in addition to teaching classes, and according to Principal Dr. Denise Herrmann, the system is designed to place classroom [...]

Sports are a potential solution to student stress

September 9, 2015

Written by Michael Chen In light of recent events, the Gunn community is focusing its efforts on trying to help students tackle stress. The community is implementing solutions to reduce academic stress by cutting down student workloads and streamlining the study process. However, trying to lighten workloads is not the only way to deal with stress. [...]

Gunn hosts annual blood drive

March 20, 2015

Written by Michael Chen Student Executive Council (SEC) recently organized the annual Blood Drive at Gunn. The drive, which takes place during school hours, aims to collect blood donations for community hospitals and raise awareness on the importance of donating blood. According to Stanford Blood Center’s Volunteer Services Manager Shaguna [...]

Gunn hosts trivia hunt

February 6, 2015

Written by Michael Chen This past weekend, Gunn students participated in the annual Millard Fillmore Trivia Hunt. This competition took place between Gunn, Castilleja, Carlmont and Woodside. It involved students researching trivia questions and finding written sources to back answers. Science teacher Dr. Heather Mellows, the organizer of the event [...]

TAB takes up Toys for Kids program

December 11, 2014

Written by Michael Chen The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is running Toys for Kids, a toy drive that collects toys for underprivileged children, from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15. The mission of the toy drive is to provide underprivileged children in small, local organizations with gifts for the holidays. TAB has placed multiple donation bins around Palo Alto, [...]

TAB takes up Toys for Kids program

December 5, 2014

Written by Michael Chen The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will be running Toys for Kids, a toy drive that collects toys for underprivileged children, from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15. The mission of the toy drive is to provide underprivileged children in small, local organizations with gifts for the holidays. The TAB has placed multiple donation bins around [...]

Bandwagoners deserve to be accepted

November 19, 2014

Written by Michael Chen In sports, a bandwagoner is someone who associates with some team or player after that team starts gaining popularity and exhibiting success. They are usually seen as copycats who follow the crowd, and the word bandwagoner generally denotes some feelings of contempt for a person with loose team loyalties. But despite the [...]