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Swasti Singhai

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Rahul Iyengar (12) digitizes the patient database for the Rangadora Medical Hospital in Bangalore, India. Asides from working on this, Iyengar also shadowed doctors during his month-long internship.

Iyengar interns at hospital in India

September 16, 2022

Rahul Iyengar (12) started his day in the office across the hall from Rangadore Medical Hospital’s dialysis ward in Bangalore, India. In the second out of four rows of tables, Iyengar opened his...

Legal Lapses: Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta

Legal Lapses: Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta

September 16, 2022

On June 29, the Supreme Court erased 200 years of precedent by expanding state jurisdiction to prosecute crimes committed by non-Native Americans against Native Americans in Native American county. Victor...

Corporations exploit internalized colorism

Corporations exploit internalized colorism

August 26, 2022

  The first time I noticed it was in a flea market in India. Bustling crowds, shelves lined with colorful accessories and creams, product advertisements hanging on the walls—in the midst...

XC competes in first meet of season

August 26, 2022

Kaitlyn Arciaga (10) finished third with a time of 12:05 out of 105 runners in cross country’s first meet of the season, the Vaquero Stampede, on Aug. 20 at El Capitan High School.  “This was my...

Legal Lapses: Johnson v. Arteaga-Martinez

Legal Lapses: Johnson v. Arteaga-Martinez

August 26, 2022

Antonio Arteaga-Martinez is a Mexican citizen. First arriving in the United States in 2001, Martinez had gone back to Mexico a decade later only to be beaten by a street gang, prompting his return...

Cellists Zhang, Wu form quartet, qualify for international competition

June 3, 2022

As an eighth-grader, Justin Wu (11) gripped his cello as he stepped into the small music studio. The room that used to be enveloped with the sounds of his instrument alone was now filled with the sounds...

Abortions, guns show political hypocrisy

June 3, 2022

Last week, 19 elementary school children woke up to go to school. Millions of students do, but for those 19, Tuesday was different. Because for the last time, they ate breakfast—maybe cereal, maybe pancakes,...

CAASPP testing is useless

May 6, 2022

On April 15, I celebrated my 10-year anniversary of standardized testing. The CAASPP test I took a few weeks ago was no different than the dozens of others I’ve taken— seemingly unnecessary, time-consuming,...

Students visit college options, seek best match for future selves

May 6, 2022

After spending six hours in the air on a red-eye flight and waiting for delayed connections to Washington D.C., Ananya Narayanan (12) arrived two hours after American University’s admitted students program...

Area Administrator Teri Heard rewards students cashing in their Wolverine Bucks, April 25. Heard is in charge of the Wolverine Bucks program on campus.

[Photo] Wolverine Bucks facilitate positive campus culture

May 6, 2022

Area Administrator Teri Heard rewards students cashing in their Wolverine Bucks, April 25. Heard is in charge of the Wolverine Bucks program on campus.

Rayyan Nasser (12) helps Nirja Trivedi (10) practice for the speech state competition. Both advanced to States, with Nasser competing in Impromtu speech and Trivedi placing 15th in International Extemporaneous speech.

[Photo] Nasser, Trivedi compete in speech state championship

May 6, 2022

Rayyan Nasser (12) helps Nirja Trivedi (10) practice for the speech state competition. Both advanced to States, with Nasser competing in Impromtu speech and Trivedi placing 15th in International Extemporaneous...

Unblurring Boundaries

Unblurring Boundaries

April 8, 2022

Leah* had always admired her teacher for consistently interacting with his students to make sure they understood the material. Leah thought that he was good at helping those who were struggling in...

Ignorance promotes eating disorders

April 8, 2022

I could only stare at the plate of food in front of me: the mere thought of ingesting it was nausea-inducing. I would rather hide in my room all day with my newfound excuse of virtual school than face...

Hawkins inspires underclassmen, forms connections at Unity Day

March 18, 2022

When Keith Hawkins was in high-school more than 30 years ago, as a part of his school’s ASB and leadership programs, he carefully listened to an inspirational speaker from UC Santa Barbara, Phil Boyte....

Cutting Ties: Misinformation Severs Bonds

Cutting Ties: Misinformation Severs Bonds

February 18, 2022

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with cases surging and schools scheduled to reopen, Eileen* wanted to get vaccinated. She believed it was her duty to help curb the virus’ spread, to do whatever...

Gear Up places second at Pacific Ridge

Gear Up places second at Pacific Ridge

January 28, 2022

At 3 a.m., Justin Siu (11) finally finished coding the detection protocol of the GearUp robotic team’s robot. Due to a busy finals week, he said he was unable to code the program until January 14,...

Overworked, burnt-out student feels guilty during moments of relaxation

January 28, 2022

With the number of times I’ve opened my phone, hastily typed in the password, and mindlessly logged in to the StudentVue app, I could probably do it in my sleep. Honestly, I probably have. I genuinely...

Trivedi speaks at International Extemp competitions

January 28, 2022

Every morning before school, Nirja Trivedi (10) opens her laptop to either The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Reuters, Foreign Affairs, Al Jazeera, or the BBC. Some days she...

Markey moves from engineering to law

Markey moves from engineering to law

December 17, 2021

In 2013, Lara Markey was an economics major at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Knowing she wanted to be a lawyer since middle school, she was planning on taking the traditional path...

Okolo interns for House Rep. Scott Peters

Okolo interns for House Rep. Scott Peters

November 19, 2021

Ekene Okolo (12) raised her right hand, solemnly affirming her duty to defend the Constitution of the United States, in faithfully conducting the duties of the office, in taking this obligation freely.  She...

Abby Daines (10) mixes sound during the Alice in Wonderland dress rehearsal, Nov. 15, using a sound board in the tech booth. She carefully monitored the play’s progression and responded to cues in her script alongside Stage Manager Talia Sinder (12). Photo by Amy Wang

Live: Alice in Wonderland

November 19, 2021

Complete with lighting repairs and novel animations displayed through projections, the theater is back since the COVID-19 pandemic closed school with the play “Alice in Wonderland” by Eva La Gallienne...

Mending Matters provides mental health support

Mending Matters provides mental health support

October 29, 2021

After noticing a spike in mental health concerns—specifically, suicidal ideation—PUSD partnered with the non-profit organization Mending Matters this fall to provide students with direct mental...

Concussions affect different aspects of athletes lives beyond the field

October 8, 2021

Two weeks ago, Annabella Mosolgo (12) dove off the three-meter diving board, like she’s done the past three and a half years. She did it not knowing of the harsh impact about to follow, without realizing...

Alexandre Leroy (12) finishes a four-and-a-half mile run at practice. The team is preparing for the next invitational tomorrow.

Cross country team competes at CCA invitational

September 17, 2021

The cross country team competes in a series of races separated by grade, the cross country team at the CCA Invitational, Sept. 4.  Even though it’s early in the season, Alexandre Leroy (12) said...

Return to in-person school escalates COVID-19 anxiety

September 17, 2021

A year ago, Westview was a ghost town. Students and teachers, confined to their screens, rarely ventured out of their homes. It became a new normal, one brought about by the dangers of a pandemic. For...

Band President Katie Jacques joins the trombone section during this practice. Other times, Jacques plays the oboe

[Photo] Marching band adapts after pandemic-induced decrease in student enrollment

September 17, 2021

Band President Katie Jacques joins the trombone section during this practice. Other times, Jacques plays the oboe

Students organize non-profit, create art to empower youth

Students organize non-profit, create art to empower youth

August 27, 2021

When the four co-founders of the Unconfined Project met in the same art studio three years ago, they would have never foreseen the heights their art and creativity would take them and their community.  Gavin...

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