The Epitaph

From my POV: Family is never lost

From my POV: Family is never lost

By Elaine Huang

April 29, 2020

Family is most commonly defined as a group of people united by the ties of marriage, blood or adoption. When one talks about their family, it usually consists of their spouse, parents, children or siblings. Although most children are born into loving homes, some are forced to seek another family outside ...

From my POV: Dear quiet people

By Hana Baig

May 30, 2019

Quiet people are quiet for different reasons. Some people suffer from anxiety that lead to their unconsented stifled voice. Some simply may not desire to talk. Others are somewhere in between, a blend of factors defining their quietness — the quiet being a part of their nature. My quietness fal...

The incurable disease of senioritis

By Tanner Leone

May 2, 2018

T here reaches a point in every teen’s life when one realizes their high school is ending. This is called senioritis, and it might as well be an actual, clinical disease. The early symptoms seem normal. Hitting the submit button on the last college application and beginning to hear back from sc...

From my POV: Rose Parade

By Leiyonee Bosé

January 17, 2018

Hearts racing, we waited on the streets in the cold. In just a few minutes, we would step onto Colorado Boulevard. Waiting for us would be thousands of pedestrians and millions of viewers watching from their TV sets. It has been over a year since the band directors first announced that the marching...

From my POV: The Great American Eclipse

The moon covers the sun as totality nears in solar eclipse

By Kira Garlick

August 22, 2017

I traveled a round trip of 1,575 miles in four days to see two minutes of total darkness in late August, for the first total solar eclipse in America since 1918. And I almost didn’t go. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for science, nature and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I still hesitated at...

From my POV: Down in the dumps

APES students get a tour of SMaRT facility

By Kira Garlick

March 25, 2017

I nstead of going to class this morning, I saw a herd of goats grazing peacefully on a hill. It may have seemed cute, but the grassy hillside was covering something people don’t normally think about: the trash they created. As part of the AP Environmental Science class, I was lucky to go on a fi...

From my POV: Building an iPhone Game

From my POV: Building an iPhone Game

By Andrew Zhou

November 6, 2016

When you tell people you’ve built and launched a game onto the App Store, you’re often associated with the words “nerd” or “geek.” But, in reality, there’s so much more to being a iPhone game developer than many people realize. When people ask me about the process I went through when I cr...

From my POV: Being adopted in the Silicon Valley

By Indira Cockerill

October 13, 2016

  When you think of ‘minority,’ think of me. People associate the word ‘minority’ with being from a foreign country or of an uncommon race. What people do not take into consideration is people who are adopted. I found my way to Silicon Valley from Kazakhstan at age three after being adopted by a caucasi...

My POV: Living off the grid

By Kira Garlick

May 13, 2016

If I could advise anyone to take some time away from the Internet, I’d say go for it. But I would also say it is nearly impossible. I challenged myself to go a whole week without using the Internet, including no emails, SchoolLoop and (gasp) iMessage. So many people wondered how I made it throu...

From my POV: Growing up under a dictator

From my POV: Growing up under a dictator

By Mila Sviderskaya

April 27, 2016

I If I tell people, “I grew up in a dictatorship,” they’re usually confused and don’t believe me at first. Well, I grew up in a country literally labeled “Europe’s Last Dictatorship.” I lived in Belarus, which has been ruled by the same dictator for 22 years, until I was 10, and still vis...

From my POV: What it means to be transgender and what it means to speak up

By Donnie Denome

February 4, 2016

I owe a lot to The Epitaph, but I think my largest debt is that I figured out that I was transgender from an article. Emi Kamezaki’s article, “The ‘T’ is not silent,” published in November 2013, was not without fault but still gave me a name for the unrest I was feeling. I saw myself in the studen...

From my POV: Being a human Etch-A-Sketch

Photo by Jeanna Totah

By Jeanna Totah

February 3, 2016

For many children, going for a swim during a hot summer day is a normal activity. For someone who struggles with sensitive skin, like myself, the consequence of going into a chlorine-filled pool is annoying dry and itchy skin. Growing up, I always knew I had sensitive skin and often encountere...