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

Controverisal Oscar nominations elicit anger

Controverisal Oscar nominations elicit anger

Sophia Stern, Business Manager, Social Media Editor March 10, 2022

At the annual Academy Awards, industry professionals and filmmakers come together to celebrate the best movies made that year. Simultaneously, viewers at home anxiously hope for their favorite films to win while praying that that one popular film—the award show villain—doesn’t. The award show...

Con—Should Students Pursue the Middle College Pathway?

Con—Should Students Pursue the Middle College Pathway?

Sophia Stern, Business Manager, Social Media Editor March 8, 2022

The Middle College program is often seen as a viable option for students who have struggled in Gunn’s environment or want to pursue college credits in order to get a head start before attending university. However, Middle College is not a one-size-fits-all fix for students who want to pursue an alternative...

Romantic comedies to make your Valentine’s Day special

Romantic comedies to make your Valentine’s Day special

Sophia Stern, Business Manager, Social Media Editor February 11, 2022

“When Harry Met Sally” tackles the question of whether men and women can be “just friends.” Although the actual answer to the question is subjective, this movie paints a sweet picture of a friendship that gradually turns into something more. The New Year’s kiss at the end of this movie is heartwarming...

Marek Hertzler: College Transfer

Marek Hertzler: College Transfer

Sophia Stern, Business Manager, Social Media Editor February 11, 2022

When faced with the choice of where he would attend college in 2020, Gunn alumnus Marek Hertzler was unsatisfied with his options after receiving decisions from the schools he applied to. Instead of settling for a school that didn’t seem like a perfect fit for him, Hertzler decided to attend Foothill...

Gunn Style Watch: Senior Anna Toksvig shows off Gunn fashion

Gunn Style Watch: Senior Anna Toksvig shows off Gunn fashion

Sophia Stern, Business Manager, Social Media Editor December 10, 2021

Senior Anna Toksvig is constantly scanning Gunn’s campus, searching for students in cool vintage pieces or funky accessories to feature on the Instagram account @gunnstylewatch. Gunn Style Watch was founded in 2017 by former Gunn student Dajiana Huang with the purpose of showcasing students’ unique...

Trick-or-Treating As Teens Is Acceptable

Trick-or-Treating As Teens Is Acceptable

Sophia Stern, Business Manager, Social Media Editor October 22, 2021

Once we start growing up, we start to wonder about the right way to spend Halloween. After years of trick-or-treating, teens start to ask, “Are we too old for this?” There is no right age to stop trick-or-treating. Even if it can feel like you’re out of place walking down the streets of your...

Hidden gems: The garden

Hidden gems: The garden

Sophia Stern, Business Manager, Social Media Editor September 20, 2021

One of the best spots to hide away at Gunn is the garden, located right outside the K-2 classroom. The garden has benches and chairs and is enclosed with large sunflowers, making it the perfect spot to spend a prep period or get some work done. The garden is maintained by the Organic Garden...

Back-to-school fashion: Sophia Stern

Back-to-school fashion: Sophia Stern

Sophia Stern, Business Manager, Social Media Editor August 20, 2021

At school, my outfits are a reflection of my attitude; I put in the most effort to look nice on the first day, but as the year goes on, my motivation to dress up diminishes. However, since I haven’t had many opportunities to show off my favorite clothes in the past year, I am looking forward to picking...

NextDoor highlights Palo Altos privilege

NextDoor highlights Palo Alto’s privilege

Sophia Stern, Business Manager, Social Media Editor July 4, 2021

When users open the Palo Alto feed on the neighborhood social networking site NextDoor, a multitude of posts pop up. Some seek advice. Some ask about the dining in the area. Some look for the best afterschool program. Aside from these queries, however, there are a surprising number of complaints, many...

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Dating over Zoom presents viable, if subpar, alternative

Sophia Stern, Business Manager, Social Media Editor February 18, 2021

Blind dates are always awkward: there’s the anticipation of who will be sitting across from you, the question of if you’ll like them and what to talk about. Blind dating on Zoom is even more uncomfortable—but has now become somewhat of a norm in our  current society, where we can no longer safely...

Karna Nisewaner

Karna Nisewaner

Sophia Stern, Business Manager, Social Media Editor November 12, 2020

Karna Nisewaner, a parent of two elementary school students in the district and former Chair of the Palo Alto Community Child Care board, is running for the School Board this November on a platform of district transparency. Nisewaner decided to run after feeling dissatisfied by the school board’s...

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