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Mock Trial makes history, heads to LA for states

HHS Mock Trial became county champions after defeating CHS in the county finals.

By Nitya Kashyap and Allen Zhang

March 2, 2020

Mock Trial made history on Feb. 25 after defeating CHS to become county champions. For the first time in Mock Trial history, the team made it to the Santa Clara County finals held in the Old Courthouse in San Jose and won, defense attorney and senior Katie Rizkalla said.   “We have re...

Future plans, personal interests to be considered during course selection

By Bryan Ruiz

March 2, 2020

The online window for course selection opens today on Infinite Campus and closes on Tuesday, March 11, according to the HHS website. As students consider their course selection options and, in particular taking difficult classes, they should keep in mind their level of interest while making that dec...

Future Entrepreneurship Challenge prepares students for careers in business, engineering

By Shreya Partha

February 25, 2020

Bay Area Youth Career Opportunities (BAYCO), a local student-run organization that connects youth with career opportunities, and the FUHSD Foundation introduced last month the Future Entrepreneurship Challenge - a startup competition for high school students. The event ran through workshops held on J...

Multicultural night showcases campus diversity

13-year-old tradition allows students to learn about various cultures, ethnicities through performances and booths.

By Anika Karody

February 25, 2020

Multicultural night showcases the diversity and cultures of students and staff through performances, cultural food and a fashion show. This year, the event was held in the cafeteria on Friday, Feb. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees were charged an entrance fee of $3 with ASB and $5 without. “[It’s] ...

Administration bans ‘Homestead Assassin’ game amidst safety concerns

Administration bans 'Homestead Assassin' game amidst safety concerns

By Shruti Magesh, with additional reporting by Jacqueline Beaufore, Seo Young Hwang and Ritaja Subrahmanya

February 16, 2020

Imitation weapons, stripping, videotaping without permission among safety concerns cited in banning of “Homestead Assassin” The “Homestead Assassin” game was shut down by the administration last week due to potential safety issues and a violation of school rules, according to an email sent by ...

Fires continue to tear through California

Combined with the threat of an impending major earthquake, California wildfires are a growing issue that have affected many and will likely continue to do so.

By Leila Salam and Dexter Tatsukawa

December 18, 2019

W hether direct or indirect, the fires in California have had a number of effects on the state’s residents. This has not gone unnoticed by the district, which has had to contend with these difficulties. For example, PG&E’s power cuts were a situation that was of great concern for school admin...

New club application gets rid of rubric, signatures, presentations

The new club application process begins with figuring out the purpose for your club and expanding from there.

By Katelynn Ngo

December 10, 2019

Clubs offer students paths through which they can explore new experiences and find their passions. In an attempt to make opening new paths easier and give students more options, the club application process has been streamlined for ease of use. New additions to the process include a checklist, rat...

Cubing competition allows students to test skills

Samrudh Shenoy (11) and Lior Kishinevsky (12) focus on solving Rubik’s Cubes and compete for the shortest solve time.

By Allen Zhang

November 19, 2019

Cubing Club held its first competition, allowing students to experience a competitive atmosphere and to test their cubing skills against others.  During the competition, held on Nov. 8 after school, participants attempted to solve a mixed-up Rubik’s Cube in the shortest amount of time. For a typica...

Boba with Berman informs students about Bay Area issues

Berman tries boba for the first time, saying it was tasty after a few sips. He had never tried boba until Wednesday night.

By Jane Park

November 5, 2019

Assemblymember Marc Berman hosted the first Boba with Berman Youth Town Hall last Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the FHS cafeteria, where high school students had the opportunity to enjoy free boba and provide input on local issues.  Berman discussed issues relevant to the Bay Area, such as clean ...

Turf fields pose potential health risks

Encapsulated tire crumbs, which make up the infill of artificial turfs across FUHSD, can reach temperatures of up to 160 degrees on hot days.

By Katelynn Ngo, Shreya Partha, and Sahil Venkatesan

September 27, 2019

Artificial grass, commonly known as turf, has become a staple for at least 5,500 high school fields across the nation, according to the Synthetic Turf Council, and is what athletes regularly play and practice on.  However, research has found a link between playing on turf fields and developing h...

Changes made in leadership meant to improve reachability toward student body

ASB social manager Ori Brutman, along with ASB president Lior Kishinevsky are an essential part of the leadership team.

By Katelynn Ngo

September 26, 2019

Leadership has decided to implement new changes this year, to be put into place immediately.  Last year, students in leadership were randomly assigned to committees, in which they were required to create two events a semester. ASB president and senior Lior Kishinevsky said he decided this system ...