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
Posted by Evelyn Wong on Thursday, December 14, 2017
Pacific Buddhist Academy is dedicated to peace, and that dedication can be found in the school’s green olive branch logo.
Both the color and the olive branch itself are symbols of peace -- the olive branch has been known to represent peace since ancient times, when the Greeks worshipped Irene, the goddess of peace, who was fond of olives.
Early Christians, similarly, used the dove and olive branch as peace symbols. According to the story of Noah and the flood, a dove with an olive branch... Read More
Posted by Evelyn Wong on Monday, November 20, 2017
Meat isn’t on the menu for all the students at PBA.
There are currently three students on campus who are either vegan or vegetarian. This lifestyle choice has roots in Buddhism -- according to tradition, on the sixteenth day of every month, a vegan or vegetarian meal is eaten to celebrate the death of Shinran Shonin, the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.
For senior Shala McKee, striving to become a vegetarian was influenced by the school’s commitment to peace and the interdependence of all... Read More