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PHOTO COURTESY OF SAMMIE HALL

Surf’s up

Brecker and Hall use Instagram to showcase their photos of the surf team
Sarah Shurtleff, Staff Writer February 18, 2021

Surfing is a way of life in the South Bay. For Sammie Hall and Sam Brecker, this has been one of their “favorite” activities for many years. Hall was inspired to start surfing at the age of seven...

CASA in Action held a rally to support the Immigration Reform bill on Jan. 27, 2021, at the National Mall in Washington DC, USA. PHOTO BY LENIN NOLLY/SIPA USA

Pro/Con: Biden’s Immigration Reform Bill

Does the US Citizenship Act of 2021 adequately address current issues regarding immigration?
Rachel King and Sara Miyake-Singer February 14, 2021

Pro: by Rachel King With thousands of visa seekers stranded at the US-Mexico border and many more living in the US with no legal status, it is no secret the immigration system needs reform. Unfortunately,...

ILLUSTRATION BY CECILIA APITZ

Setting the bar on social media

For upcoming college students, social media adds unnecessary pressures and unrealistic expectations for their applications
Sara Stienecker , Online Editor February 9, 2021

It’s no secret the college application process is stressful. Curating a list of extracurriculars, writing personal statements and supplements, and actually figuring out where to apply are all things...

PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALEC SWENOR

“I want this brand to be something very different:” Alec Swenor initiates his own clothing brand

Called Etc., Swenor's brand kicks off in the beginning stages
Sarah Shurtleff, Staff Writer February 9, 2021

Swenor is creating a clothing brand called Etc. Although his clothing line has not officially made its debut, he is working on creating graphics based on current streetwear concepts. “Right now, I...

ILLUSTRATION BY KATELYN PERRY

Follow the Leader

Student leaders in mock trial, softball and yearbook find ways to lead programs during pandemic
Sara Miyake-Singer, Hadeel Azzam, and Nikki Reid February 9, 2021

After the abrupt stop of in-person learning in the 2019-2020 school year, many programs had a difficult time transitioning into the new school year. For the new student leaders who have taken over programs,...

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Staying Afloat

Aquarium of the Pacific relies on support from the community to cover costs
Erika Glass, Staff Writer February 8, 2021

The Aquarium of the Pacific, the Long Beach based aquarium many South Bay students visited on elementary school field trips, has been faced with its own sets of challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. In...

Bloomer spoke at a student board meeting about student involvement in local issues. PHOTO COURTESY OF MADELEINE BLOOMER.

Bloomer appointed to SoCal Regional Director of Beach Cities High School Democrats

Senior Madeleine Bloomer uses her platform to advocate for student voices in politics
Nikko Englund, Staff Writer February 7, 2021

High School Democrats of America (HSDA) is a national political organization for youth across the country interested in becoming active within the American political system. Senior Madeleine Bloomer, who...

Pandemic Professionals: District nurse Gaillard takes on new responsibilities

Pandemic Professionals: District nurse Gaillard takes on new responsibilities

Gaillard focuses on implementing safety procedures during hybrid learning
Ethan Lerner, Staff Writer February 7, 2021

Pandemics spawn problems in a workplace, especially if you’re a health care professional, but so far none that RBUSD School District nurse Catherine Gaillard hasn’t been able to overcome. In March...

Ziegler has been the adviser for both yearbook and journalism at RUHS for over three decades. PHOTO FROM JOURNALISM EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

Mitch Ziegler named the H.L. Hall National Yearbook Adviser of the Year

After 31 years of being the adviser for "The Pilot," Ziegler wins honor for exemplary work from the past year and throughout his career
Rachel King, Staff Writer February 7, 2021

When friends and colleagues started popping into the waiting room for RUHS journalism and yearbook adviser Mitch Ziegler's fifth period yearbook class, he knew something was up. They had come to congratulate...

Barclay is a new teacher at RUHS, though he has been teaching history for 10 years. PHOTO FROM RUHS WEBSITE

Richard Barclay: New teacher, new challenges

Barclay, AP European History and US History teacher, spends his first year at RUHS online
Rome Kanouse, Staff Writer February 3, 2021

Richard Barclay joined RUHS staff at the beginning of this school year to teach AP European History and 11th grade U.S. History. While this isn’t his first time teaching, it is his first time teaching...

ILLUSTRATION BY CECILIA APITZ

Living in Amsterdam

Ortadeveci spends time with family in the Netherlands while attending RUHS
Simra Zargar, Staff Writer February 2, 2021

Last year, the pandemic thwarted many peoples’ summer vacation plans amidst the surge of COVID-19 in the U.S. On the contrary, sophomore Kai Ortadeveci’s family felt traveling to Amsterdam was “justified,”...

ILLUSTRATION BY KATELYN PERRY

Academic Ailment

RUHS Student tested positive for COVID-19
Emilie Takahashi, Staff Writer February 1, 2021

The RUHS student had a “bad cough” and a runny nose for the first two or three days, and for the next four days they “felt perfectly fine.” Then the next week, they lost their sense of taste and...

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