Every year, numerous school shootings appear on the news causing a mix of emotions such as pain, grief, shock, and the desire for stricter gun laws.
On February 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, 17 people were killed while a few others were wounded. The 19-year-old shooter, Nikolas Cruz, was arrested and is currently in custody. Cruz had been reported by friends and family members for his violent behavior on social media and for possession of a gun but... Read More
Papers and more papers to do. Everyone has to do their job in life. But how do we live with all these exact dates until they're due? Well there are deadlines for all of that.
I like to think of these deadlines as a timeline for my daily life. Deadlines are not just for papers, projects, and stuff. It could be the times you go to school on time. It could be when you go to bed. So I guess you could say it’s your own schedule of your daily routine.
A PBA student works diligently against a... Read More
PBA’s Hoss Election results were recently released and the school is still buzzing from them. Student photographers are busy taking pictures of those selected for this year’s categories such as Most Peaceful, Meme King and Queen, and Persistently Tragic that will be going in the yearbook.
Senior Dillon Tsubota, who was elected for Best Buds with Kurt Villa, was grateful to be chosen for that category since they’ve been friends for years.
“I’ll look back through the yearbook and back into my... Read More
Posted by Shala McKee on Thursday, February 22, 2018
It is February of 2018 and I, Shala McKee, am dying.
The last few brain cells I had left have been sucked into the vortex created by statistics and the distinct brand of confusion that comes from trying to understand the social sciences. This is all courtesy of Steve (don’t worry I’m a senior so I’m allowed to call him that) who is notorious for making seniors question whether or not they really need a high school diploma to carry out their adult lives.
After a grueling six weeks of... Read More
"I could either watch it happen or be a part of it" -- Elon Musk
Elon Musk, the forty-six-year-old South African-born inventor, innovator, scientist, and entrepreneur is pushing boundaries and accomplishing things like no other through his several companies. Along with Tesla and SpaceX, he is the founder of Zip2, Paypal, SolarCity, Hyperloop, Open AI, Neurolink, and the Boring Company, and has amassed a net worth of around twenty billion.
Elon, the man of many dreams has always and still is... Read More
The following vignettes were written by eleventh-grade students as part of a language arts assignment centered around Sandra Cisneros’s seminal novel, The House on Mango Street. Students wrote fifteen vignettes about their lives and, like Cisneros’s, some of them are nostalgic, wistful, contemplative, and hopeful. All of them are personal.
Home Atop the Hill
I always felt slightly uncomfortable when I visited my grandpa’s care home. It was plagued with the scent of sickness and blended food... Read More
Posted by Brandon Yuen on Monday, February 5, 2018
Author's Note: I wrote this multi-part narrative to mirror present-day society and its class system that I feel by nature discriminates against those who are less fortunate. This story is set in Arimathea Spire in the year 2199. After nuclear warfare annihilates the entire planet, the remaining survivors are forced to form a new system of government. Their government revolves around competition, ranking, and skill; however, like in every competition, no one is equal. The story follows James... Read More
Posted by Evelyn Wong on Thursday, January 25, 2018
There are many problems in our world today, but we’re not the only ones suffering. There are several environmental problems such as global warming, pollution, natural resource depletion, overpopulation, and climate change that affect animals and natural resources. A search for solutions is always being done, but we could easily change our lifestyle to be more environmentally friendly.
To reduce the amount of pollution produced, we could be cautious of our actions and think about the impact of... Read More
Posted by Shala McKee on Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Every year, a new group of seniors is formed and given all of the responsibilities that come with that title. As a student who has been at PBA for three and a half years, and someone who has been a senior for almost six months, I’ve learned a thing or two. So here’s a list of advice produce by yours truly that I hope everyone from freshmen to juniors will find refreshing.
1. Be honest
Honesty is probably the easiest thing to preach but the hardest thing to practice. It’s hard to tell the... Read More
Posted by Shala McKee on Thursday, December 14, 2017
The week of Thanksgiving, junior Jocelyn Miyashiro and I said goodbye to the tropical weather of Hawaii and hello to the rainy city of Seattle. We were both going to look at colleges in the area. For Jocey, it was a chance to see both Seattle University and Cornish College of the Arts. I was kicking off my extended college tour of the West Coast with my one of my top choices, Seattle University.
I landed in Seattle on Sunday, a day after Jocey, and while I was dressed appropriately in jeans... Read More