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Posted by Sage Hottendorf on Thursday, April 19, 2018
Who are all these people in wigs and costumes that seem to miss Halloween by months? Maybe even a year? What is so grand about making weapons or selling drawings of their favorite characters? Or, bartering with people? Well my friend, that’s the aspect of conventions. Welcome to an anime/comic convention. Anime/comic conventions are formally what the public would say is a "nerdfest." The air of the convention fills the lungs and swells the hearts of many convention goers. The cosplay fills the... Read More
Posted by Shala McKee on Monday, April 16, 2018
Sometimes I hate myself. I think my voice is too loud and I take up too much space. I think my thoughts are too opinionated and my eyes too fierce. I think I occupy space that I don’t deserve, like a mansion in the middle of a trailer park. Then I look at my sister, wonder why she asks so many question, talks to so many people. I want her to be quiet in the presence of others, to speak only when spoken to. Next I move to my mom, wondering why she thinks she has the right to disagree with... Read More
Posted by Blake Nuuanu on Friday, April 13, 2018
Welcome to Blake’s (sort of) Perplexing Puzzles II. There’s not much different from last year. The thing is, however, is that the puzzles are all connected to the final puzzle. The solutions will not be revealed until after the final puzzle. Go for it! You’re in a mysterious, dark, empty place. There’s a long hallway in front of you, with a mysterious man a few feet away from you. It’s like you’re in a weird, strange dream. “Welcome back.” Welcome back? To what? “It’s been a while, hasn’t... Read More
Posted by Sage Hottendorf on Thursday, March 22, 2018
Dressed in stripes of black and white, the ball in my hands ready to throw  up, my hand twitches in nervousness and excitement. I smile at the other official. The buzzer buzzes to get the teams on the court. One red, the other white. I signal to start the game by throwing the ball high and the ball is hit. I quickly get into position and the race to score has begun. Running to the baseline, I look at the players who quickly come down the court. One dribbling down the court with an easy pace,... Read More
Posted by Evelyn Wong on Thursday, March 22, 2018
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
Posted by Tony Cheng on Thursday, March 15, 2018
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
Posted by Evelyn Wong on Thursday, March 1, 2018
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
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018
"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
Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2018
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

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