Best of 2018-2019
Read the top stories published this year.
Woodside Firefighters Face Unrelenting California Flames
During one distressing week in July more than 1,000 wildfires sparked in California, 15 of which are still blazing today. The Carr, Mendocino Complex, and Donnell fires are the biggest flames sweeping through Central California at this time, all of which are above 50% contained. So far, the Mendocino Complex fire has covered 450,985 acres and prompted mandatory evacuation in three countries, making it ...
Move Aside “The Kissing Booth”: Lana Condor Shines in New Netflix Rom Com
Growing up, I watched High School Musical and Hannah Montana like everyone else. I didn’t realize until elementary school that none of the stars I admired looked like me. Yes, I had role models. No, I didn’t have relatable role models. Over the summer, I worked at a library where I handed out free books to K-12 students. One of the books, Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, caugh...
Population Growth Sparks a Need for Better Public Transportation
Efficient public transportation in the Bay Area becomes more necessary as the amount of commuters increases. The San Francisco Bay Area is a bustling area whose population is rapidly increasing due to the amount of job opportunities. Also, according to the INRIX Global Congestion Ranking, the "City by the Bay" ranks fifth in the world's worst traffic congestion. Not only can this become frustrating...
Dressing for Success: New Dress Code Approved in Alameda After Two Years
A revised dress code for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) permits students to wear almost all types of clothing, raising questions about the stricter dress code of Woodside High School. In hopes of promoting positive self-image and preventing body shaming, the Alameda County Board of Education approved the dress code changes last July. A group of students and staff from Lincoln Middle School began the revisions in 2016; in 2017, they presented their work to the Board of Education with...
The Benefits of Bloom
In eighth grade, while listening to Troye Sivan’s music for the first time, I wondered why it sounded so different from everything I was used to. Then I realized: I had never heard any music about queer people. Growing up, I rarely saw any form of LGBTQ+ representation, and I had never learned about queer historical figures in school. I barely even knew that LGBTQ+ people existed. Even when I did...
Democrats Hope to Pass New Policies After the Midterms
Congressional Democrats hope to retake Congress in the 2018 midterms, aiming to strengthen voting rights, pass gun legislation, end family separation, and protect Mueller’s investigation. According to many pollsters and election prediction databases, Democrats are likely to win control of the House of Representatives in November; hopes of taking the Senate are far more unlikely. Following two years ...
City Council Candidates Weigh in on the Housing Crisis
Campaign signs are popping up as seven candidates begin their battle for three seats on the City Council of Redwood City; following the November 6 midterm elections, the new council members would help shape the city’s future growth. The city council, headed by Mayor Ian Bain, is Redwood City’s legislative body and makes all final policy-related decisions. Each of the seven members serves a fiv...
Juuls in Schools: FDA Announces Teen Vaping “Epidemic”
Nationwide, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is beginning to crack down on teenage use of vaping devices. But at Woodside, it seems the trend is alive as ever. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced in early September that the office would begin escalating efforts to curb teenage vaping, which often involves inhalation from a nicotine device to produce a desired head rush. Gottlieb’s pl...
Meme Page Popularity
The @wwoodsidememes Instagram page was created months ago, and it has been extremely popular among students ever since. Two anonymous Woodside seniors created a school-specific meme account, sharing their first post on August 28th. In order to keep their anonymity, they will be referred to as Admin A and Admin B. “It’s interesting,” Zoe Mason, a Woodside junior. "It’s kind of funny, just...
East Palo Alto Leans Left in Midterms
“If I vote this time, is [President Trump] really going to go away?” Renita Bhartu joked as she headed towards the polls. She is one of hundreds of East Palo Alto residents who showed up at the city’s Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) last Tuesday, November 6, to cast a ballot in the midterm elections. Alongside the rest of California, the polls at the East Palo Alto YMCA opened at...
Social Media Aides Voter Turnout
Many Woodside students were bombarded with push notifications from popular apps like Snapchat, Spotify, and Instagram encouraging them to get out and vote in the midterm elections. The notifications seem to have had an effect: the elections, which took place on Tuesday, November 6, were record-setting. Over 113 million Americans cast their vote, an increase of about 30 million from the midterms back...
This I Believe
Camp Fire Sparks Students to Wear Masks for Protection
Woodside, California is currently in a state of unhealthy air quality with an air index of 184 and visibility of only 2.5 miles. Woodside students have taken to the nurse’s office to acquire barrier masks for some protection against the smoky air. “I’m giving them out to potentially serve as a barrier and protect against all the smoke and bad air that’s been going on because of the fires," Nanette Pa...
Unhealthy Air Quality Interrupts Fundraising Friday
Woodside High Schools’ biannual Fundraising Friday was relocated to the old gym due to the unhealthy air quality caused by multiple wildfires occurring around California. The smoke from wildfires in Paradise and Malibu have polluted the air, making it unhealthy for students to be spending lots of time outside. On Friday, November 9, the leadership classes on campus had to abandon the outdoor quad se...
Harvard Lawsuit Poses a New Threat to Affirmative Action
Deadly Camp Fire Brings Devastation to Butte County
The Camp Fire was one of the most devastating fires in California’s history, burning 153,336 acres of land, destroying over 18,000 homes and structures, and killing 86 people in the process. The deadly blaze started in the small town of Paradise, near Chico in Butte County, eventually decimating the town and quickly spreading to other cities. “It was apocalyptic,” Kevin Scott, a resident of ...
GSA Aims to Eliminate Gendered Graduation Robes
Just before Woodside’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) meeting, Woodside senior Zeejai Leonard borrows a bathroom key from English teacher Tony Mueller. Students who want to use a gender-neutral bathroom have to get a key to unlock it from a teacher and walk to one of the few staff bathrooms available for students of all gender identities to use. Going out of the way to find a gender-neutral bathroom is an experience that many of the members of the GSA are familiar with, and gender politics and issues of identity can be tough to navigate at Woodside.
I-wing Bathroom Closure Causes Inconvenience But Protects from Larger Issue
Imagine you’re in audio class working on music and making some beats when you realize you have to go to the bathroom.
Oval Office or Bust: Nine Democratic Candidates Declare a Presidential Campaign
Nine Democratic candidates have publicly declared a 2020 presidential campaign, 149 have filed to run with the Federal Election Commission, and more are expected to enter.
Sweeter than “Sweetener”: Why We Should Thank Ariana Grande for “thank u, next”
“I can’t stop crying. I love y’all. I hope you enjoy this album. This music, you guys, and my friends saved my life. Love you.” Less than six months after releasing her Grammy-nominated album Sweetener, pop star Ariana Grande released her highly-anticipated fifth studio album thank u, next on February 8, 2019. After a strenuous year that left her name scattered across headlines, Grand...
The Scoop on the College Bribery Scandal
Fifty people were charged in a thread of college bribery scandals unveiled on Tuesday, involving some of television's top-name Hollywood actors. Many top schools including Yale, University of Southern California (USC), and Stanford have been involved in the bribery, and 750 families benefited from these crimes. The main figure behind the scheme was William Singer, a Newport Beach businessman ...
Billie Eilish Stuns With a Haunting Debut Album
“I’ve taken out my Invisalign, and this is the album.” 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. Eilish first rose to fame with her dreamy single “ocean eyes” in 2015, followed by her 2017 debut EP dont smile at me. In...
Khalid Unites His Music With Cinema in “Free Spirit”
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.
Young Conservatives Club Encourages Political Discussions at Woodside
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.
The LGBTQ Fight Will Continue
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
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.
Why Being Polite Isn’t Always a Good Thing
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.
Everything You Missed In Taylor Swift’s “ME!” Music Video
Pop star Taylor Swift is back with her new single “ME!” featuring lead singer Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco, sending fans to scour her new music video for clues about her seventh album.
Avengers: Endgame Smashes Pre-Sales Records on Way to Box Office
Many fans anticipate the new movies’ release on April 26, 2019 which will continue Marvel’s Avengers series running for three hours and two minutes.
Derogatory Language in the Liberal Bay Area
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.
Forty Days Of Controversy
A group of Pro-Life activists has been protesting outside the Redwood City Planned Parenthood since March 6 as part of “40 Days for Life,” creating backlash throughout the community.