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Summers becoming stressful for students

Summers becoming stressful for students

By Madhavi Karthik and Erin Loh

July 5, 2020

The school year has ended, but stress continues to build for many students.  Junior Yelin Tahk said during the summer, relaxation should be made more of a priority than college preparation. “I know that's not exactly the reality in Silicon Valley, because [of] all the pressure from college,...

Adapting to a new type of summer vacation

Summer travel is almost at a standstill, as the world is dealing with a global-scale pandemic.

By Karuna Chandran and Lia Klebanov

June 30, 2020

COVID-19 has caused many students to completely change their initial summer plans. To adapt to the situation at hand, several programs popular with high school students have shifted online. Sophomore Brevin Reed said in a Zoom interview that working with the adjustments was harder than anticipate...

Teen driving: in-depth

Teen driving: in-depth

By Jane Park

June 15, 2020

Permit to License: A Simple Guideline for Teen Drivers Getting a driver's license has long been a rite of passage for teens. For many, driving is the first step toward independence. It is important to learn how to drive because most people use cars to travel to work, home and anywhere else. Drivi...

Combatting struggles of homeless, underprivileged

With the combined efforts of many students in the HHS community, more and more hope is being provided to the homeless and the underprivileged.

By Macy Li

June 15, 2020

With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of stay-at-home orders, the frenzied lives of many have come to a halt. For the vast majority of students, school and work now happen at home, within the confined safety of their walls. However, while many lives have slowed down, each day...

The dangers of shopping during a pandemic

When people run out of supplies they have to make the decision whether to make do or risk getting infected at a grocery store.

By Ritaja Subrahmanya

May 31, 2020

Grocery shopping, something most people do on a weekly basis, has changed drastically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to CNN, workers are most at risk for contracting coronavirus. However, shoppers face risks, too. Freshman Elise Vambenepe said her family has been buying groceries more often because they...

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...