The Epitaph

Adopting a pet can boost your well-being

A new addition to the family is a great way to bring happiness to everyone.

By Christine Kim

May 26, 2020

Everyone experiences stress and deals with it in their own way. However, adopting a pet is shown to significantly help with anxiety, depression and overall mental well-being, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Junior Hannah McGoran adopted a dog right before the COVID-19 pandemic, welcoming a new and exciting experience. ...

VIDEO: Dear students, we miss you. Love, the HHS staff

VIDEO: Dear students, we miss you. Love, the HHS staff

May 14, 2020

Last week, the staff put together a collection of photos - most taken from home - to create a special message for HHS students. Individual photos, featuring teachers, administration and office staff, each feature one word in a several-sentence message for students. The message reads: "Homestead student...

How to set up a bullet journal

How to set up a bullet journal

By Sara Shohoud

May 5, 2020

The boredom of quarantine has gotten to me. I have been passing time binge-watching Netflix shows and staying up for hours on end watching mediocre TikToks. I realized that I wanted to use this free time to be productive, and so I decided to start a bullet journal.  I had started one in the past but never comm...

Teachers celebrate students with virtual ‘We miss you neighborhood drive-by’

The neighborhood drive-by was canceled, but that didn't stop HHS teachers from sharing their love.

By Allen Zhang

May 2, 2020

Teachers and staff members, led by band teacher John Burn and assistant principal Brian Dong, worked together to plan an elaborate parade route through the HHS neighborhood boundaries, as a way to say "we miss you" to students. The parade drive-by, which was scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, May 1, wa...

Students and staff use their free time to pick up new hobbies

Trying new things can be a positive distraction from being at home constantly.

By Karuna Chandran and Madhavi Karthik

April 29, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreaks can be stress-inducing for many people, according to the CDC. However, according to the Australian Government Department of Health, learning a new hobby can offset this stress and improve mental wellbeing.  Freshman Elizabeth Kunz said in a phone interview she started learning t...

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 ...

Fears all over campus

Everyone is afraid of something, and those fears might bring out the  weakness in them, so learning how to control them will help you out.

By Seoyoung Hwang

April 22, 2020

It is normal and common for people to have fears — for some, the fears are minor, while for others they are more serious. Usually, fears reflect the interests and experiences of that person, and a bad phobia for one person might not seem to affect others.  Freshman Krittika Iyengar has a fear of...

Spreading kindness in our community

Students and staff are spreading their kindness to the community as well as in Homestead.

By Seoyoung Hwang

April 21, 2020

The world isn’t always full of unicorns and rainbows. There are many events and disasters that can darken someone’s life. To offset the darkness, clubs on campus are created with the intention of bringing light by spreading kindness to those who need help. Key Club president and senior Chianie Chi and h...

New normal

New normal

By Amber Birrell

April 10, 2020

Family. They have been there since day one. They are the people who support you when you go through hardships and celebrate your accomplishments with you. Today, the definition of family has shifted from simply meaning people who share your DNA. Adoption  Adoption gives people an opportunity to be a paren...

Small businesses hurt by local legislation, coronavirus pandemic

Small businesses hurt by local legislation, coronavirus pandemic

By Miya Liu

April 10, 2020

The shelter-in-place order put forth due to COVID-19 concerns affects the entire community. Even with federal economic aid, many local businesses will not be able to bounce back.  Country Gourmet — a local restaurant one mile away from HHS — closed its doors after 34 years of business. The re...

Parent, student dynamic enhanced during lockdown

Due to COVID-19, many families are ordered to stay home, where they complete their work and school as well as spend some family time.

By Seoyoung Hwang and Christine Kim

April 9, 2020

Due to the shelter-in-place order set in place by the state of California, many parents have been forced to work from home, either due to work closures or having to look after their kids because of school closures.  Freshman Mae Richardson said she and her entire family have had to stay home due to ...

Family: a myriad of meanings

Family: a myriad of meanings

By Ritaja Subrahmanya

April 8, 2020

Human beings need connection. The connections formed from friendships and community often evolve into something else: a family. However, a family can be so much more than the traditional definition.  “Family is a group of people that live with you in your heart,” freshman Leslie Gray said. “E...