The Paw Print

Derogatory Language in the Liberal Bay Area

The N-word, R-word, homophobic slurs, and other offensive language can be heard in the hallways and classrooms at school.
The liberal Bay Area fosters acceptance and equality but high schoolers still commonly use derogatory terms and slurs.
May 7, 2019
Derogatory language is common in teens' lives, and though its use has decreased, especially in liberal areas such as the Bay Area, high schoolers still face slurs and offensive language in their communities. Students at Woodside are aware of the negative effects of demeaning language and have a plan to stop it.

Stories of Immigrants

Stories of Immigrants
April 20, 2019
Growing up, I always wondered what is was like for other families, considering I was part of a Hispanic family. My parents are immigrants who came from Mexico and I’ve always admired hearing people’s stories about how they came to the United States.

High School Mental Health

Although unconventional, one student draws tick marks as a method of calming herself.
High schoolers use a number of coping mechanisms when dealing with anxiety and depression.
April 19, 2019
Anxiety rates among middle and high school students have increased by two percent since 2012. As of 2011, one in 20 teens in the United States suffers from mental health issues. There are many high school students that go through their day to day lives with anxiety and depression that goes unnoticed. A Palo Alto High School (PALY) freshman, who prefers to remain unnamed and, starting at young age, has struggled with her mental health, shares her story.

Man’s Best Friend

Dogs are one of the most popular pets in the United States.
Household pets, especially dogs, are playing an increasingly large role in Californians' lives.
April 19, 2019
It's estimated that around 78 million dogs are owned as pets in the United States alone, not to mention service dogs, guard dogs, and unclaimed pets. With that being said, there was recently a ban on walking dogs in the capital of Ira, which could have many potential effects if it were to reach the United States, including the significant impact our furry friends have on us and our mental health.

Indian-Americans Continue to Face Underrepresentation

Demi girls stand by each other.
Despite the growing representation of minority races in the media, Indian-Americans still face challenges.
April 19, 2019
Shoba Narayan was the first South Asian woman on Broadway in 15 years. Lack of representation is still an issue.

The Effects of How We View the LGBTQ+ Community

Zeejai Leonard poses with a pride flag.
People in the LGBTQ+ community are affected by how we talk about them.
April 19, 2019
Many people in the LGBTQ+ community feel that they are viewed differently because of their sexuality.

Blackfishing on Social Media

Woodside junior Noelia Arteaga.
Appropriation and Exploitation
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. 

Technology, Community, or Both

The Boy Scouts forms one popular youth group that encourages its members to volunteer.
How do Bay Area teens respond to volunteering, and where do their values lie: their community or their technology?
April 15, 2019
Silicon Valley, often considered the tech capital of the world, is the birthplace of Facebook, electric cars, and iPhones. With all the technology constantly in such easy access, sometimes it can be hard for Silicon Valley citizens to look up from their screens and really see the world around them. This is why volunteering is so important; it teaches people to engage with the happenings around them and look outside of social media. But how do Bay Area teens respond to volunteering, and where do their values lie: their community or their technology?

The Pressures Surrounding Advanced Placement Classes

AP classes increase the stress that highs schoolers feel.
Many high schoolers feel obliged to take as many AP classes as possible, even if those who have been through high school discourage it.
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.

Why Being Polite Isn’t Always a Good Thing

This is the local Starbucks, located in Redwood City, where Lee and Postlewaite were approached.
Women often feel pressured to act polite in situations or around people that make them feel uncomfortable.
April 14, 2019
We’re 16-year-old teenage girls, so naturally, we were at our local Starbucks, working on a school project. We were having a conversation when a 20-something-year-old man approached us and asked if we had Uber.
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