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Julia Dailard

Julia Dailard, Features Editor

Julia Dailard (12) is in her third year as a part of The Nexus. She is passionate about fashion, photography, and advocating for womens’ rights. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time at the beach with friends, thrifting, and traveling. She can also probably guess your astrology sign.

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Teachers lack paid parental leave, struggle as new parents

June 3, 2022

When teacher Sarah Smith* found out in December of 2020 that she was pregnant with her second child, she wasted no time to explore her options for maternity leave. She started the process of requesting...

Left to right: Alex Battikha (9), Toby Sagi (12), and Hudson Kim (9) prepare The Clueless team robot for pre-match inspection, April 22. Each of the 160 robotic teams on-site for Worlds needed their robots to follow specific FTC weight and guidelines for weight and size. restrictions.

FTC places second at Worlds

May 6, 2022

Although April 17 was Easter Sunday and his 18th birthday, first and foremost for Toby Sagi (12), April 17 was also two days away from the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championships. He had already...

Macke seeks answers to chronic pain, finds peace after diagnosis

March 18, 2022

Three years ago as a freshman, Hazel Macke’s (12) school day started out like any other: they woke up at 7:20 a.m., ate breakfast, drove to school with their mom, and attended their first three periods....

Mia Sunahara (12) rehearses one of her new songs in the recording space of her music instructors studio, in preparation for the release of her EP. Inspired by her experiences, Sunahara jots lyrics in her Notes app before composing backing chords to bring the words to life. Photo by Amy Wang.

Sunahara launches music career

January 28, 2022

Before Mia Sunahara (12) could properly speak, she had already begun expressing herself through music—babbling tunes and attempting to recreate any melodies her young mind had absorbed from the surrounding...

Looking Beyond the Lens

Looking Beyond the Lens

December 17, 2021

Jordan Daniels backstage at New York Fashion Week. Photo by Mary Kang. Adriana Lima photographed by Mary Kang. Africa Penalver backstage at Longchamp FW20. Photo by Mary Kang. Jaden Smith photographed...

Students adapt to increased use of technology in classrooms

Students adapt to increased use of technology in classrooms

October 29, 2021

Throughout her freshman and sophomore year, Kaili Contreras (12) would tote her JanSport backpack full of notebooks, a binder, and a sparkly pink pencil pouch to each of her classes. Now as a senior, her...

Body positivity stresses me out

Body positivity stresses me out

October 8, 2021

I can still remember the first moment I became aware of my body and hated how it looked. I was 7.  Standing in my bathroom before stepping into the shower, I began to study my side profile in the...

Kylie Roberts (12) sits with her service dog in the library while working on a homework assignment. After struggling with severe anxiety for most of her life, Roberts started bringing her service dog to campus to help her cope with the high-stress environment of school.

Roberts finds comfort in service dog

September 17, 2021

For Kylie Roberts (12), getting asked questions she doesn’t want to answer has become a regular part of her day-to-day life. “I get that people are curious, but halfway through the day already getting...

Si writes for Union-Tribune, earns scholarship

Si writes for Union-Tribune, earns scholarship

August 27, 2021

Ever since he joined The Nexus his sophomore year, the rest of his staff members knew that the world needed more journalists like YJ Si (12). His editors knew it. His newspaper adviser knew it. Practically...

Gorman grows as leader in ASB

June 14, 2021

Although the 2019 Winter Formal was arranged to give students an escape from their studies and an exciting night of dancing with their friends,  current senior class president Brooke Gorman (12) spent...

Students, graduates share stories of sexual harassment

May 19, 2021

Following the death of Sarah Everard, a UK woman who was kidnapped and murdered on March 3 while walking home from a friend’s house, the UN Women National Committee UK released a study which revealed...

Opinion: Not all men, but nearly all women

Opinion: ‘Not all men,’ but nearly all women

May 19, 2021

So far, 17, if anything, has been a year of transition for me—a transition to freedom, independence, adulthood, and consequently, womanhood. For most of my life, I knew that my ticket to the freedom...

Quarantine offers students opportunity to self-reflect

Quarantine offers students opportunity to self-reflect

March 11, 2021

As we approach one year since we went into lockdown, it’s hard not to look back and think of all that we’ve lost since then. For many, this loss extends from our normal routines to jobs, even to...

Okolo sisters hold fundraiser to purchase racially inclusive books for PUSD libraries

February 11, 2021

Ekene Okolo (11) reads "When Stars are Scattered," one of the books purchased with the money she raised from her fundraiser, to her younger sister on Feb. 10. Photo courtesy of Ekene Okolo. Growing up,...

Social media food trends bring variety to meals at home

Social media food trends bring variety to meals at home

February 11, 2021

Throughout the history of mankind, food has often been treated as more than just sustenance. From expensive delicacies to culturally significant dishes, people often form emotional connections with the...

Opinion: HBOs Euphoria opens dialogue surrounding substance abuse

Opinion: HBO’s Euphoria opens dialogue surrounding substance abuse

January 21, 2021

HBO Max released its pilot episode of the critically acclaimed series Euphoria on June 16, 2019. While the show’s debut received an outpour of praise from audiences for its striking visuals and captivating...

Destiny DoThanh (20) paints the base coat of one of the ten press-on nails shes preparing for her customers order. (Photo by Julia Dailard)

DoThanh (’20) rediscovers passion for art through press-on nail business

November 19, 2020

Holding her paintbrush with a steady hand, a 10-year old Destiny DoThanh (’20) dips into a puddle of gray paint before raising her brush to an 8-by-5 inch canvas, using light feathery strokes to...

Timeline: Presidential candidate Twitter responses to events of 2020

Timeline: Presidential candidate Twitter responses to events of 2020

October 25, 2020

This year, as unprecedented events unfolded one after the other, the two presidential candidates have taken to Twitter to express their views and, in turn, their political opinions and plans for the future. 2020 January...

Narayanan, Paryani, Sengupta hold clothing drive to support wildfire victims

Narayanan, Paryani, Sengupta hold clothing drive to support wildfire victims

October 22, 2020

In light of all the chaos that’s unfolded over the course of 2020, Ananya Narayanan (11) said she felt compelled to seek out community service opportunities that could provide relief to those in need...

Review: Nectar

Review: “Nectar”

October 1, 2020

2.5/5  2.5/5 After almost a year of dropping singles and keeping fans at the edge of their seats, Joji released...

Ong creates nonprofit organization Cards4Kindness to support those impacted by COVID-19

September 2, 2020

In July, Jessica Ong (10) carefully sealed her envelope before addressing it with her favorite blue pen. The address belongs to a man she’s never met before: 72-year-old Cedric Armstrong, who’s been...

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