The Paw Print

The Effects of How We View the LGBTQ+ Community
The Pressures Surrounding Advanced Placement Classes

The Pressures Surrounding Advanced Placement Classes

April 15, 2019

Many high schoolers feel an obligation to take mentally demanding and challenging classes, such as Advanced Placement (AP) or college prep classes, even if they have no desire to pursue the subject of classes they are taking. Also, some high schoolers will take advanced classes even if they are ill-prepared for the course.

Freshman Transition Aides Incoming Woodside Students

Freshman Transition Aides Incoming Woodside Students

April 10, 2019

Freshman Transition is when upperclassmen apply to teach valuable lessons to freshman and have to go through training on how to deal with other problems that arise. Then every month or so freshman in their World Studies classes come and talk to the leaders.

Young Conservatives Club Encourages Political Discussions at Woodside

Young Conservatives Club Encourages Political Discussions at Woodside

April 9, 2019

Woodside’s Young Conservatives Club aims to create a politically open environment on campus, especially for those whose views differ from the liberal majority of the Bay Area.

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In the Field With the California Young Birders Club
The Impact of Amanda LeBlanc and San Mateo Rape Trauma Services

The Impact of Amanda LeBlanc and San Mateo Rape Trauma Services

With the rise of the #MeToo movement, many people believe that the sexual assault problem that has been plaguing our country is getting better. And while it is, the problem is nowhere near fixed, especially for survivors.

Redwood City’s Hidden Bookstore Gem

Redwood City’s Hidden Bookstore Gem

In downtown Redwood City, underneath the beautiful glass-domed old courthouse which is now a history museum, “Encore Books on the Square” is a hidden cove of used books. Donations fill the walls of the cave-like bookstore, with cozy, enveloping rooms sprawling further that it seems from the outside. My name is Liam Lee, and I’m a senior at Woodside High School. Encore Books is, in my opinion, just a nice place to be, facing opposite the Fox Theater, Starbucks, and Courthouse Square.

Woodside Grad Robes Go Orange

Woodside Grad Robes Go Orange

For the first time in recent history, all Woodside High School seniors will don the same color robes at graduation.

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Khalid Unites His Music With Cinema in “Free Spirit”
Billie Eilish Stuns With a Haunting Debut Album

Billie Eilish Stuns With a Haunting Debut Album

April 1, 2019

Billie Eilish, a bold, blue-haired 17-year-old from Los Angeles, released her debut album WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? on March 29, 2019, quickly obtaining the top five spots on the U.S. Spotify charts.

Lilly Singh Will Replace Carson Daly as New NBC Talk Show Host

Lilly Singh Will Replace Carson Daly as New NBC Talk Show Host

March 14, 2019

YouTuber Lilly Singh, also known as IISuperwomanII, announced today that she will replace Carson Daly as a NBC talk show host in September, which will make her the only woman to currently host a late-night talk show.

Instagram Ideals: How Social Media Has Worsened Unrealistic Beauty Standards

Instagram Ideals: How Social Media Has Worsened Unrealistic Beauty Standards

March 1, 2019

Throughout history, certain unrealistic beauty standards have been expected of women and social media has only increased that pressure.

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Indian-Americans Continue to Face Underrepresentation
The Effects of How We View the LGBTQ+ Community

The Effects of How We View the LGBTQ+ Community

April 19, 2019

Many people in the LGBTQ+ community feel that they are viewed differently because of their sexuality.

Blackfishing on Social Media

Blackfishing on Social Media

April 19, 2019

I was on Instagram scrolling through my feed as I admired the many beautiful models. I was shocked to find out that many of the models that I was looking at weren’t the race they appeared to be. They were white individuals posing as black, which got me thinking: when does appreciation cross the line into culture appropriation and exploitation? What does it mean when white social media influencers are changing their appearance so drastically that they begin to look like they belong to  a completely different ethnic background? What are we calling individuals who are applying darker skin tone makeup, wearing their hair in traditionally African American hairstyles, and allegedly enhancing their figure in order to achieve that of a black woman’s? Blackfish is the term they’ve been labeled has. Today, we will be discussing effects that blackfishing has and how others feel about it. 

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Young Conservatives Club Encourages Political Discussions at Woodside
U.S. Recognizes Israeli Occupation of Golan Heights

U.S. Recognizes Israeli Occupation of Golan Heights

March 25, 2019

In a controversial move, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation on Monday recognizing Israel’s jurisdiction over the disputed Golan Heights border territory that separates the nation from Syria, its longtime enemy.

Bernie Sanders Tries Again

Bernie Sanders Tries Again

March 22, 2019

In 2016, Bernie Sanders’ run for president was a phenomenon. His rise to prominence on a platform of democratic socialism was a shock to the centrist establishment of the Democratic party. It isn’t...

Fifty Dead After Mass Shooting at Mosques in New Zealand

Fifty Dead After Mass Shooting at Mosques in New Zealand

March 16, 2019

Fifty people were shot and killed by a white supremacist at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, making it New Zealand's deadliest mass shooting since 1943.

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Woodside Girls Lacrosse in the Bay Area
“I Can Do All Things…”

“I Can Do All Things…”

April 9, 2019

Athletes at a young age are told they cannot be athletes and are not good at sports. As a freshman at Woodside High School and an athlete myself, as well as a reporter for the Woodside Paw Print, I have experienced the polar opposite.

High School Athletes Speak About Playing at the Next Level

High School Athletes Speak About Playing at the Next Level

March 15, 2019

Six percent of high school Athletes get to play their sport competitively in college. Today, we’ll focus on the lives of a few high school athletes that are taking time to speak about playing at the next level.

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Looks Can Be Deceiving

March 5, 2019

Kids feel the need to put pressure on themselves due to their parents pressuring them to be successful.

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Technology, Community, or Both
Racism in the Community 

Racism in the Community 

April 10, 2019

Elijah Thornton is a counselor here at Woodside who came from a mixed-race family and has faced racism during his college years.

The LGBTQ Fight Will Continue

The LGBTQ Fight Will Continue

April 9, 2019

In “gay capital”, many youth don’t feel safe telling others or broadcasting who they are. This is large in part due to society as a whole, and the fact that it isn't taught at an early age.

Stigma, Silence, and Slang

Stigma, Silence, and Slang

April 8, 2019

One in five American teens lives with a mental illness, but many face stigma and, as a result, hide their challenges from others. This stigma can also be affected by a unlikely factor, teenage slang.

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Why Being Polite Isn’t Always a Good Thing
Khalid Unites His Music With Cinema in “Free Spirit”

Khalid Unites His Music With Cinema in “Free Spirit”

April 4, 2019

When I first heard Khalid was making a short film based on his new album, I was instantly intrigued. One night only. In theaters. A fan event.

Billie Eilish Stuns With a Haunting Debut Album

Billie Eilish Stuns With a Haunting Debut Album

April 1, 2019

Billie Eilish, a bold, blue-haired 17-year-old from Los Angeles, released her debut album WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? on March 29, 2019, quickly obtaining the top five spots on the U.S. Spotify charts.

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The Voice of the Wildcats
The Voice of the Wildcats