Homestead High School's student newspaper

The Epitaph

Homestead High School's student newspaper

The Epitaph

Homestead High School's student newspaper

The Epitaph

TRANSGENDERS IN SPORTS: Transgender people do not have an unfair leverage in any capacity because they do not have control over their body parts.

Silent battles: transgender athletes in sports

By Shreya Partha and Olivia Shen May 25, 2022

Michael Phelps is an objectively perfect swimmer: hyper-extended joints, double the normal lung capacity, and a disproportionately large torso. Standing as one of the most decorated athletes of all times,...

The beef between Antoan Richardson and Mike Shildt shows whats wrong with baseball.

Raymond Rants

By Raymond Ranbhise May 19, 2022

On April 12, the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 13-2. While this would be nothing out of the ordinary, this game caused a lot of controversy because the Giants broke an unwritten rule to...

Boys varsity swimmers dive into action in a race against Gunn.

HHS swim senior night

By Joss Broward and Macy Li April 17, 2022

Raymond Rants

By raymond ranbhise April 5, 2022

The Seattle Seahawks are dead. After an abysmal 7-10 season, the Seahawks traded away star Quarterback Russell Wilson in a blockbuster trade for the 9th overall pick, the 40th overall pick, a 2022 fifth...

Varsity girls tennis CCS run ends in semifinals

By Raymond Ranbhise, Lindsey Steel, and Vihan Basnayake December 9, 2021

The girls varsity tennis season ended in a 6-1 loss against Menlo Atherton In the CCS semi finals on Nov. 11. The tennis team went 6-9 this season and 4-8 in league play. Despite a rough season, the team...

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: The athletic training team is constantly practicing and developing their skills.

Behind the athletes

By Ariana Tejeda Moreno November 16, 2021

While students attending sports games come to see the team compete, many do not see the operation which is the athletic training program keeping them healthy and prepared to play. The trainers at HHS assist...

Historically small cross country team prepares for intense season

By Joss Broward and Niyatee Jain October 19, 2021

The cross country team meets every day to practice in order to put their best foot forward when competing in events this season. However, this year, the team runs together as their smallest group ever. Typically,...

Meet The Girls Golf Team

Meet The Girls Golf Team

By Christine Kim, Lindsey Steel, and Macy Li October 10, 2021

Click the image to Meet The Girls Golf Team

Successful Start for Sugiyama: Varsity captain Rino Sugiyama is looking forward to the challenge of competition.

Varsity girls tennis strives for their win in upper leagues

Working hard during their practices and ensuring they watch each other carefully in order to improve their mistakes, the varsity girls tennis team is eager to make this season a victorious one.  Varsity...

The ping pong club was successfully founded by Alan Jian and Michael Xiong in 2019 to build upon their similar interest and bring attention to a lesser-known sport, ping pong club public relations officer Alan Jian said in a Zoom interview. 
	“I often play ping pong with my family,” Jian said. “I just have some fun and some time away from my screen just to be moving a little bit, especially during quarantine.”
	Jian said the ping pong club is not a well-known club at HHS since it was only created a year ago, and is still in the process of expanding to the student community.
	“I was one of the founders of this club,” senior Michael Xiong, vice president of the ping pong club said in a Zoom interview. “We actually started applying to this club in our sophomore year. The first time, we failed, and the second time we succeeded.” 
	Xiong also mentioned that although the strength of the club is the free play, quarantine has forced officers to focus more on media videos in relation to ping pong in order for more students to learn about the club.
“I [have] met several people who play ping pong,” Senior James Jian, the ping pong club president said in a Zoom interview. “Many of them actually play really well, and play competitively. I just feel like the school lacks some kind of ping pong culture and theres literally no space for people who play ping pong.”
	In order to assemble and for more people to experience what ping pong is about, James Jiang said he found that he and other officers, along with his friends, contacted teachers to be advisors for the club and then had to gather different equipment.
	Xiong said he was surprised when James Jian told him he was going to create the club.
 	“I know Monta Vista and a bunch of other schools nearby that all have this club,” Xiong said, “and apparently, were missing this, which I think is a really important cultural element.”
	Xiong also said there isn’t much that can be done during this period of the pandemic except to educate members of the club through online meetings. In the future however, there will be more in-person activities.
	“For many discussions I had with different kinds of people, they dont really think of ping pong as as an actual sport, [but] more as a party game,” James Jian said. “Not many people understand that if you learn it competitively, and you try to understand how professionals play, you soon find out that its much harder than many sports out there when it comes to physical abilities and reflexes.”
	James Jian said for right now, the club is recruiting junior officers, and for those who are interested, current officers will guide them before the official officer selection in order to train those who are enthusiastic and prepare them for the officer role.
	“Ping pong is not an extremely popular sport in America and around where we are now,” Alan Jian said. “However, if you were to foster a larger human community, such as some sort of inter-district league with all of the other schools … that would, increase the interest [and would] definitely gain the attention of more people and players.”

Creation of Ping Pong club: Ideas and progress

By Jack Xu September 28, 2021

The ping pong club was successfully founded by Alan Jian and Michael Xiong in 2019 to build upon their similar interest and bring attention to a lesser-known sport, ping pong club public relations officer...

Freshmen on HHS sports

By Ariana Tejeda Moreno and Hope Saena May 29, 2021

With almost an entire year of virtual learning, freshmen have barely gotten a taste of the in-person high school experience. Sports allowed some freshmen to feel closer to HHS while others were expecting...

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