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Special Report

CHS Poetry Slam

Nico Chilla and Leo Rassieur

How long did you prepare for your piece, and what was the preparation like?

Amruta Talwalkar:

We had about 2 weeks to draft and complete our poems in our VMC classes. The two weeks were well over enough time for me to write at least three or four drafts of my poem. Before we began writing our final poems we had a couple weeks leading up to the drafting process to get familiar with a couple slam poetry techniques that we could possibly use in our poems. After the poems were drafted we had a few days to perform and review our poems with our peers.

 

Impana Murthy:

I had to practice for class, so I had it memorized. But in terms of hand gestures and motions, it kind of has to come naturally. I can't really choreograph movements, so I just did whatever I felt was necessary to bring out the message of the poem.



What topic was your piece about? Why did you choose that topic?

Amruta Talwalkar:

My piece was about me pursuing a career in acting and how difficult it is for an Indian-American female to make it big in Hollywood cinema. This is a huge part of my life right now and something I'm really passionate about.

 

Impana Murthy:

My piece was about assimilating into a new country/culture and the reactions of people from the two cultures I am a part of — American and Indian. It also was about cultural identity in a globalised world.


Millen Fan:

My topic was bullying and how it personally affected me. I chose this topic because I've never openly talked about my past. I normally just bury the past because now I have this happy-go-lucky attitude and so no one really expects anything like that from me.

 

William Suh:

My piece was about that when you're down you can come back with hard effort. I chose this topic because it just fit my magic.

 

Tasha Wang:

My piece was about brokenness. How we're all broken, but sometimes we think that we're the only people going through a certain thing, when in reality most of the people in our lives are fighting battles we know nothing about. It’s about how we try to hide our broken pieces because we feel like we need to, but we really don't, and also about how the world is broken, and that love is the only thing that can fix it. A line in my poem is "you can't save people, you can only love them," and I think it's very true. We just need more love in this world for people. I chose this topic, because it's something I want people to know — that we're all broken and we’re not alone. It's something I experienced first hand in my life, after all my poem was about my best friend and my ex-girlfriend. She was in so much pain, but I was the first person who loved and cared enough to ask. And that's scary. The fact that some people spend everyday in pain and no one notices or cares. People need to realize loving on people can completely and utterly change their life.


What makes poetry slam a unique experience compared to other mediums of speaking/writing?

 

Impana Murthy:

Slam poetry is more of a performance art form than essays or written prose, so it's a lot easier to show emotion, which allows you to make the poem funny, sad, sarcastic, etc. — stuff that might be lost in translation when it's written down. Also, you get to have a "conversation" with the audience because it's an audience based performance. They react to you and you react to them.

 

Tasha Wang:

I think a poetry slam can make more of an impact than other forms of speech/writing because it's a performance unlike a regular speech and often times the poems are about topics the speaker is passionate about. It's like watching passion come to life. I personally love watching slam poetry for this reason. I love poetry in general, because it's the same alphabet we're all using, but poetry uses certain words to make you feel something. And slam poetry is even better sometimes because hearing a poem read powerfully out loud can leave a bigger impact on the audience.

 

 

 

Unity Vigil

Melinda Sun, Catherine Seok, Jenn Zaratain, Aishwarya Laddha

       During Wednesday tutorial, students with a wide range of political views gathered in the quad for a “Unity Vigil.” Due to the whirlwind of emotions over the presidential election, sophomore Luna Conrad, senior Rebecca Nissen, senior Yatziri Arias and sophomore Tamara Zafer — representatives from the Gender-Sexuality Alliance, Latino Student Union, and Muslim Student Association — decided to organize an open discussion.

       According to the coordinators, however, the event was intended to be nonpartisan. Arranged as an “open mic” forum, the vigil allowed anyone to come onto the stage and share their thoughts with the crowd. The audience was a mix of those who supported the vigil and others who opposed it, as well as students who sided with Trump or Hillary. Students spoke passionately about their opinions, discussing topics such as national disunity, racial violence and discrimination, and inclusion. Participants voiced their fear for what is to come in Donald Trump’s term.

       While the idea for the vigil seemed to center around feelings of discontent from the election, several students offered opposing views and expressed frustration with the Trump protests around the nation and marginalization of Trump supporters. They argued that ideological intolerance on campus was equally problematic, and asked for people to keep an open mind to differing ideas. Members from both political sides criticized the protests as counterproductive.

 

 

Tino Reacts to Trump's Victory

CHS Prospector

After one of the biggest upsets in political history Donald Trump has become the president-elect of the United States. Some celebrated, some grieved and many were surprised by the outcome.

The Unreliability of Election Polls

Utkarsh Tandon

     For the past several days we have been nervously checking election predictions to prepare ourselves for the announcement of America’s new president. Now we finally have the results — but were they at all what we expected?  

     Prediction websites made broad claims such as, “Clinton has a 72.54% chance of winning,” but they also backed these numbers with detailed analysis of swing states and which ones would make the definitive difference. Now that the election has completely unfolded, it is possible to analyze the accuracy of these predictions — not necessarily whether the winner was correctly predicted, but whether the number crunching behind these swing state projections was accurate.

     To begin, the diagram below depicts what analysts at FiveThirtyEight (statistics website) predicted a couple hours before polling closed

Courtesy of FiveThirtyEight

Courtesy of FiveThirtyEight

 

     The above infographic clearly shows that Clinton had all the swing states under her belt: Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and even Florida. But when polls closed and results poured out, she lost each and every one of those states. Although Clinton won a few predicted tight swing states such as Nevada, she lost in states such as Wisconsin and Michigan — states that FiveThirtyEight gave low weightage in deciding the election. However, in reality these states were the ones that made all the difference in the end. Predictions were thoroughly different from the actual outcome; the two below graphs illustrate the extent to which these differences materialized. Graph 1 delineates the discrepancies in predicted swing state importance to the election, and Graph 2 depicts the overall error in ballot count predictions over the 50 states.

 

By Utkarsh Tandon

By Utkarsh Tandon

Predicted Importance is taken from FiveThirtyEight’s “chance of tipping election.” Final Importance is a calculated number using weights of electoral votes, previous victories by party and closeness of final results. Both follow similar numerical methods to display correlation, but Final Importance considers final results and surprise factors behind outcomes.

Graph 2:

By Utkarsh Tandon

By Utkarsh Tandon

Predicted Vote Win Percent is taken from FiveThirtyEight and Final Vote Win Percent is taken from Associated Press.

Wisconsin, as well as Michigan, turned out to be highly important in tipping the election, which few predicted since Obama easily won the states in the ‘08 and ‘12 elections. FiveThirtyEight gave Wisconsin a small 4.8% chance in tipping the election as it originally gave Clinton a 85.3% advantage in winning the state. In reality however, Trump won Wisconsin with a slim one point lead, which defied all predictions. Additionally, Pennsylvania’s outcome was a major surprise, and had a similarly significant influence in tipping to the election in Trump’s favor. One interesting trend seen in Graph 2 is that FiveThirtyEight accurately predicted vote distributions to the exact percent for many states that Clinton was assured to win. But for even slightly contested states and states that Trump was assured to win, they were significantly incorrect in their predictions. This shows a potential reason for error that analysts weighted predictions from previous year Democrat successes more heavily than current policies and regional demographics. Although error to some extent is expected, analysts displayed an inability to classify relative swing state importance and had a sizable 7.23 percent error in predictions across the 50 states. This effectively shows that current systems are inadequate in providing accurate predictions, especially in unique and ground-breaking elections such as this one.

 

     The primary reason the election went in Trump’s favor was because many previous Obama voters shifted their opinion from a structured policy to a more revolutionary way of running the country due to higher levels of unemployment among voters. Many felt that radical change would be the only method of bringing their jobs back —  something that Trump strongly pushed for in his campaign.

     Only two out of dozens of well regarded newspapers predicted a Trump victory. Most sources had given Clinton over a 70% chance of winning the election, and the highly regarded Nate Silver, who had accurately predicted all 50 states in the previous presidential election, was considerably wrong on four major swing states. This election clearly goes down as one of the most unexpected Presidential victories in U.S. history. What Trump will do in the future is unclear, but the 2016 election sheds important light on the volatile nature of our country’s opinions — to the extent that even the most reputable statisticians cannot accurately predict its end result.

CalGames 2016

Justine Qiu

The Cupertino High robotics team went to CalGames this weekend at Fremont High. They placed fifth at quarterfinals, great job guys!

Amal Mehta: Ultra-marathoner

Erin Song and Saagar Sanghavi

SAN FRANCISCO - On July 31, senior Amal Mehta completed an ultramarathon, covering over 52 miles in a single run. While an incredible feat on its own, Amal not only ran for the physical test but also to raise money for his own non-profit, Grameen Pragati (ગ્રામીણ પ્રગતિ, literally, Rural Progress), an initiative that Mehta himself started during his sophomore year to provide hope and light for villages in India. Through participating in the run, Mehta raised $2400 fundraising through his friends and family.

Mehta has run lengthy races before; in past years, he participated with a team in The Relay, a 200-mile race. An individual ultramarathon, however, posed a new challenge for Mehta.  

“This race requires a tremendous amount of stamina compared to the 200 mile relay because [it] is not broken into separate chunks of distance,” Mehta said in an interview conducted before his race. “I haven't run such a long distance continuously before, and I’m hoping that I'll be able to do it within nine to 11 hours,” said Mehta.

To prepare for the race, Mehta not only ran extensively but also trained through swimming and traveling distances approximately close to that of his ultra-marathon.

Metha ran regularly in middle school and saw his passion as a way to fundraise.

“I really like running because it’s fun pushing my limits and staying fit,” Mehta said. “I wanted to raise funds through running races since it was enjoyable way to help my cause.”

Mehta was inspired to start Grameen Pragati after visiting his village in India five years ago.

“I realized that a lot of school children didn’t have access to light during the night, which took away many hours of their day that they could spend working on their education or doing chores,” Mehta said. “Some families use kerosene lanterns, which is a detrimental risk to the family's health and the environment.”

After the race, Mehta recounted his experience.

“It isn't just twice as hard as a marathon, it’s possibly three to four times as hard because you get more sore and tired the more you run,” Mehta said. “The race was difficult because I didn’t train as much as I would have liked, and I hurt my knee two weeks before. After the race, I was very sore and hurt a part of my posterior knee.”

Mehta seeks to utilize his passion as an avid cyclist and backpacker to raise funds towards his cause as well.

Said Mehta, “I am really interested in backpacking and cycling as well, so long distance funding trips like that may happen some time in the future.”

As crowds cheer on Mehta’s endless, passion-driven run to alleviate conditions for people in India, Mehta continues to take countless steps to better himself, his community, and the world.

For more information about the ultra-marathon in which Mehta ran, go to

http://www.thesfmarathon.com/the-races/ultramarathon/

 

2016 Graduation

Jennifer Zaratan

       The Cupertino High School class of 2016 said their final goodbyes this week at the baccalaureate and graduation ceremony. Cupertino Orchestra and Cappella choir gave their very last performances, followed by student speeches from Allan Wu, Pia Mandrekar and class president, Nikita Devdhar. Congratulations to the class of 2016 pioneers, and good luck in all your future endeavors!

All photos by Jenn Zaratan

Student Anxiety - A Persisting Force

Erin Song and Jay Shroff

Stress. It is a common word in the vocabulary of the average student and one that is repeated almost like a mantra within the CHS school population. Whether it stems from grades, personal drama, overexertion, or a combination of all three, stress has become an inevitable part of student life. However, whether this stress is all but a normal part of the high school experience or an unhealthy side effect of living in a competitive environment is up to the interpretation of the student. A recent survey of 146 students conducted by The Prospector has revealed that a majority of students feel overly stressed by the competitive nature of their schools.

Stress Frequency Among Students Per Week

Data collected by The Prospector. Sample size of 146 students.

 

It is clear from the responses above that students are frequently stressed out.  Other data from the survey also indicates that academics are not the only trigger for anxiety.  Extracurricular activities, such as clubs and sports, cause students to feel even more pressure.  

Responses to the survey also reveal that the issue of stress is not exclusive to any particular school. In fact, several students have brought up similar problems within the FUHSD school district.

With a majority of students dedicating their four years of high school to working towards an admission to a “good” university, it can be difficult to pursue hobbies that are not typically featured on college applications. Junior Olivia Shearin from Cupertino High School notes that the competitively academic nature of CHS makes it difficult to spend time on cosplay, a main hobby of hers. This year’s finals week coincides with Fanime, a major anime expos event in which participants cosplay as different characters. 

“Fanime is my major event of the year because it’s one of the few times when I get to meet my friends from other states or parts of California, and I feel like the changed finals schedule is interfering with that, as I was really hopeful that a few of the finals would be moved ahead of the schedule,” Shearin said. “It’s stressful to have a non-academic hobby in Cupertino schools.”

Despite the pressure on students to pursue “academic” hobbies, Shearin has resolved to continue enjoying cosplay, as it has provided several opportunities to relax and meet new people. Said Shearin, “People kind of look down on me for wasting my time, but it’s one of my personal goals to continue pursuing personal interests even though it’s junior year.”


The school has certainly taken commendable efforts to reduce the issue of stress within the student body. A junior at Cupertino noted that “the school did try to reduce stress by inviting Judie-Lycott Haimes for her speech, but I didn’t think it was as effective as [the school] may have hoped.” Other attempts by CHS to reduce stress at school include the survey taken by Stanford University and the subsequent meeting with staff and parents that followed to discuss the data, as well as 

Several schools within the area have also noticed the high levels of stress among students. Monta Vista High School, for example, has taken strides to reduce student stress on campus by holding Ole Day, which worked to help Monta Vista students relax in a variety of ways such as offering free ice cream to students and bringing therapy dogs on campus. Said Monta Vista senior Flora Xia, “A few years back, some students got a team of statisticians to give a survey to the entire school regarding stress. It revealed that Monta Vista kids were very stressed and felt that they couldn’t talk about it to anyone on the campus.” Ever since the faculty has discovered the issue, it has taken steps to alleviate the students of the pressure placed on students to constantly strive for perfection. At the same time, the ASB of Fremont High School organized a “stress-less” week before finals last year, where they scheduled events such as a movie night, yoga classes, and even a karaoke session the week before finals were set to begin.

Said Xia, “The purpose of Ole Day was to give students a chance to have a ‘fun’ day to relax. Teachers were encouraged to make their lesson plans as fun as possible, the school played music over the speakers instead of using bells, and they brought in therapy dogs and cats for the students to pet.”

Despite some arguments from students that one day cannot eliminate the stress placed on high school students, Xia expresses appreciation towards the Monta Vista faculty for attempting to help its students. “Of course, it didn’t magically get rid of all my stress, but it made my day a little nicer, and that’s what matters.”

The competitive academic nature of the area has proven a difficult obstacle to tackle in the effort to reduce the pressure placed on Bay Area students. However, with recent efforts to alleviate that tension, there is some hope on students realizing the importance of enjoying the high school experience.

 

Cherry Blossom Festival Photo Gallery

Catherine Seok


The annual Cherry Blossom Festival, organized by the city of Cupertino, took place from April 23 to 24 at Memorial Park. During the festival, the community gathered to celebrate Japanese culture with performances, food, and arts and crafts. The event funded Cupertino Sister City Committee, a non-profit organization that facilitates the foreign exchange program between Cupertino and Toyokawa.


All images courtesy of Catherine Seok

Skateboarders at Tino

Allison Lo

Hidden in the nooks and crannies of the school, the skateboarding community is an often overlooked aspect of Cupertino culture. Students can sometimes be spotted around school, on the street and in open lots with their boards, spending time with others have the same interest. Some might see skateboarding as just a way of getting around, but for others, it is a sport that has no rules — a medium of expression. For skateboarders like freshmen Hector Morestin and Omar Sibih, skateboarding is a way to hang out with friends while having fun with a favorite hobby.  

Q: How did you get into skateboarding?
Morestin: After I moved from France to the U.S., I met a friend who started skateboarding. I went to the skate park with him once, and he was skateboarding, and I thought that was really cool. My parents found a summer camp, which is how I started learning.

Q: What do you like about it?
Morestin: I like it because I can meet a ton of people at the skate park who share the same passion as me. So I try to practice a little bit every day, and I’m trying to get good enough to get sponsored [by skateboarding companies].

Q: What does skateboarding mean to you?
Morestin: I just see it as something I do in my free time. I make videos with my friends, which is really fun. We film vlog-type videos, where we’ll meet up in the morning and film ourselves skating and talking about stuff.

Courtesy of Brianna Lingofelter

Courtesy of Brianna Lingofelter

Q: What’s your favorite trick?
Sibih: The tre flip, which is when the board turns 360 degrees and flips. It can be challenging to get the full rotation though.
Morestin: I like [tre] flips because they were the hardest for me to learn. Now that I’ve learned it, I can do it almost every try, and it’s super fun.

Q: How do you learn skateboarding tricks?
Morestin: I usually just watch a bunch of YouTube tutorials. The tutorials teach you how to do the tricks and talk about [other skateboarders’] preferences. So I take all the different ideas I learn about and combine them to learn tricks. 

Q: Who have you learned from the most?
Sibih: I’ve learned a lot from a YouTuber named Aaron Kyro, who’s a sponsored skater from the Bay Area. It’s motivating to see how far he’s come, since he was once young like me and really progressed a lot.

Q: How would you describe the skating community at Tino?
Sibih: Pretty much anyone who has a skateboard — they can come with us. We all just skate together. No matter how bad you are or how good you are, we’ll teach you.

Courtesy of Cory Eklund

Courtesy of Cory Eklund

Q: Are there any stereotypes associated with skateboarding?
Sibih: Yeah. People think that all skateboarders smoke, do bad things and get bad grades, which isn’t true. I usually just try to ignore the negative feedback.

Q: What are the best and worst parts about skateboarding?
Morestin: The best part is that once you land [a trick], you get this awesome feeling of accomplishment. Learning tricks is also challenging. A lot of the times, I’ll get frustrated. Doing tricks just doesn’t work out sometimes, but I’ll always keep trying until I get it.

Despite the negative stereotypes that skateboarders often face, the skateboarding culture at Tino has developed into a welcoming community where skaters of different levels can bond over their shared hobby. Skateboarding may not always be recognized as a conventional hobby, but it is definitely one that has brought all kinds of students together. 

 

Thumbnail Image Courtesy of Ncapamaggio

The Legacy of Alan Rickman

Caroline Gee

On Jan. 14th, Alan Rickman passed away among friends and family after a short battle with cancer. An English actor and director, Rickman is primarily known for his roles as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series. Rickman first received praise for his role as Vicomte de Valmont in the stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. Since then, Rickman has gone on to play a wide variety of characters in films: the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Harry in Love Actually, Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, and Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest. Although celebrated for his superb acting skills, Rickman has also been admired off-screen as a deeply caring and empathetic person. His distinguished film roles and his compassionate personality have inspired numerous CHS students as they grew up watching him perform. 
 
Watch The Prospector’s video featuring CHS students’ reactions to Alan Rickman’s career and recent death. 

 

David Bowie - Remembering the Music

Alex Shieh

On Jan. 10th, David Bowie died at age 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer. Due to his infinitely musical transformations, Bowie was often known as one of the most influential singer-songwriter and producer of his time, teaching generations of musicians about the power of drama, images, and persona. While Bowie’s personality and character changed dramatically from time to time, his songs were almost always about being an outsider. In 1969, Bowie published his first hit song, “Space Oddity”. In the following years, Bowie published many more singles, two of which made it to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100, “Fame” in 1975 and “Let’s Dance” in 1983. In 1998, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On Jan. 8th, two days before he died and also his birthday, Bowie published his final album, Blackstar, which is currently No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. 

While Bowie undoubtedly influenced many musicians, he also served as an important model for his fans. In fact, several of these fans are teachers at CHS. Watch The Prospector's video highlighting various teacher's reactions to Bowie's legacy and recent death.

 

Project RISE

Alex Shieh

Numerous homeless shelters in downtown San Jose are filled with underprivileged children eager to learn. However, they often lack the resources to do so. With this reality in mind, Project RISE was created. Project RISE, organized by junior Aishwarya Laddha and junior Jehannaz Dastoor, is a Cupertino FBLA Community Service Project partnered with Family Supportive Housing Shelter that aims to provide service, awareness, and financial aid to homeless shelters.

Said Dastoor, “An important thing about this project is that it really give kids the chance in our affluent community to reach out to people in communities that are not as fortunate as ours. It’s really an eye-opening experience for both sides.”

On Thursday, Dec. 10th, Laddha, Dastoor, and three other students traveled for the third time this year to a homeless shelter in downtown San Jose. There, they exposed the children to science through several lessons and experiments, hoping to educate and inspire. Being teachers for a group of young children seemed simple at first, but the students soon realized that it was a strenuous task. Not only did they have to dedicate a significant amount of time to teaching, but also patiently deal with the energetic group of children.

 ”I think it’s difficult because they’re elementary school kids. They don’t have a high attention span [...] so it’s hard to create a lesson where they’re going to want to do whatever we’re trying to teach them,” said junior Ananya Venkatesh, one of the student teachers and student in charge of lesson planning. 

Driven to provide these underprivileged children with an unforgettable learning opportunity, these CHS students were determined to formulate lesson plans for each visit. The entire process may have been exhausting, but the effort paid off in the end. 

“It was just very rewarding because the kids got so excited whenever we started a lesson. And once we started an experiment, everyone got so into it,” sophomore Binaisha Dastoor, another one of the student teachers, said, “ At the same time, [this project] made me become more aware of what underprivileged children are going through.”

Added Jehannaz Dastoor, “One thing I definitely learned is that children are our society’s most valuable resource. They’re so incredibly enthusiastic and eager to learn. I feel like if every single child is given the opportunity and resources, every one of them would be able to succeed and pursue their goals.”

In addition to the service aspect where the students created life-skill workshops that taught the students valuable skills, Project RISE also involves awareness and fundraising.  This part of the project was done through holiday caroling on December 23rd. In addition, there will be a Needs-Based drive where students can donate blankets, comforters, and pillowcases in January. Currently, Project RISE is still in its early stages. But while it may seem small and insignificant right now, its impacts will undoubtedly be remarkable in the future. 

 

What Are You Thankful For?

Lily Marvin and Amy Zeng

Additional Comments:

Ms. Schaetzke: “I’m thankful for all my wonderful students and beautiful California weather.”

Jeehoon Park (12): "I’m thankful for great friends, #Gordon Iwagaki, the Dynasty bros and my girlfriend."

Mansas Gogineni (11): "I’m thankful for my friends and family."

Aditya Singh (10): "I’m so thankful that my friends haven’t stepped on my brand new converse shoes."

Phillip Nguyen-Dang (9): "I'm thankful for all of my friends because without them high school wouldn’t be the same."

 

Thumbnail Image Courtesy of Pixabay.

“The End of the World: With Prom to Follow" Review

Allison Lo, Jay Shroff, and Amy Zeng

Last Friday, Cupertino Actors Theater, or CAT, opened with their new production, The End of the World (with Prom to Follow). Three staff members from The Prospector attended the play on its opening night (thanks to complimentary tickets from the CAT). Here’s what we thought:

The End of the World follows a group of students who wake up one day to find that everyone they know, except for those who attend Charles M. Russell High School, have disappeared overnight. The play takes place in the town of Great Falls, Montana and focuses on the lives of typical high school students as the world comes to an end. In addition to the challenge of getting along across different social cliques, the students face apocalypse in the form of an “approaching white light,” which represents the transition into maturity experienced by all teenagers. Similar to Lord of the Flies, the characters are forced to find a way to govern themselves and prevent anarchy.

CAT’s performance last year in Cabaret was widely acclaimed for the dramatic intensity of its plot and the professionalism of its actors. While Cabaret set the bar high for drama performances at Tino, CAT actors continue to meet and even exceed the audience’s expectations with impressive musical and acting abilities in The End of the World (with Prom to Follow).

The blending of humor and serious events throughout the production shows that the actors of CAT are equally skilled in both comedic and dramatic performances. The characters, especially the main characters Julie, Terrell, and Tom, are effectively portrayed as realistically flawed teenagers with conflicting ideas on the self-governing of the student body. The play touches on complex relationships between friends, couples, enemies, and especially shows the dynamics of a high school love triangle. The show itself was further enhanced by the expertise of the crew members. Technicians did a great job of putting together sound, lighting, and other effects. The light that surrounded the town was an integral part of the show, and light technicians did a great job of visually representing the "Light", slowly encapsulating the town and the students.

Maybe it’s because we’re journalists ourselves, but we think that we’re speaking for everyone when we say that Shelly and Sheldon, the editor-in-chief siblings of the school newspaper are the best characters since Emcee from Cabaret. It was obvious from the crowd’s reactions every time they swiveled onto the stage in their chairs that they were definitely the audience’s favorites.

Over the past few months, CAT has put together a show that is funny, entertaining and meaningful. We walked away from The End of the World smiling, but also thinking about the deep questions from the play: “What does dying mean?” “What is on the other side of the light?” and “Does God exist?” are thoughts that draw audience members into the show. The End of the World is like an M&M: it’s a great play with a coating of really funny and relevant humor surrounding deeper meaning on the inside. If you love M&Ms, I’m sure you’ll love The End of the World too.

 

Evolution of Student Life

Alex Shieh

Hover over the pictures below to view direct quotes:

Each generation of students is defined by its own set of traditions and while some of these trends may remain from one generation to the next, countless are replaced.

Courtesy of Jason Muñoz

Courtesy of Jason Muñoz

Said Kyle Fitzpatrick, a teacher that has been working at Cupertino High School for more than a decade, “there are different pressures, different systematic things that happen, and cultural shifts of course, but the biggest one [currently] I think is the intensity of high school. It is a national thing but I think it’s more tended towards here in Cupertino.”

Susan Rocha, a current teacher that attended Cupertino High School as a student, expanded upon her experience as a student in comparison to recent years. “Things were easier then. School was a lot more enjoyable and it wasn’t all about getting A’s and doing well on the SAT, those type of things. People were a little more carefree,” Rocha said.

However, some teachers believe the current student population works well together to combat the increased intensity of high school. “I think we are more of a collaborative community, like collaborative learning is big now […] that was not so much the case when I was in high school,” said Yukari Salazar. “We were all very [independent] and if you failed, you kind of just failed on your own.”

Courtesy of Ethan Qi

Courtesy of Ethan Qi

The general atmosphere of their days at school was not the only highlight of teachers’ memories.  There were also trends in clothing that are particularly interesting using today’s standards.  

“I remember people would peg their pants [tightly roll the cloth at the ankle] and girls would often wear shoulder pads under their shirts.” said Rocha, “Nowadays, I think clothing is a lot tighter. But back then, it was a lot bigger.”

One trend in particular really caught Mrs. Salazar’s attention.  She noted how in recent years “the smarter you are, the more accepted you are in social circles. I feel like in my high school, the smarter you are, the more taken advantaged you were and picked on. So it was really hard to be smart, like you didn’t want to look smart.“ 

Whether it’s pegging pants to look cool or attempting to not appear intelligent in order to be accepted into social circles, these trends have evolved over time. In fact, they are what makes one generation different from another.



Gallery Courtesy of Ethan Qi and Amy Zeng.

 

Preserving Memories of Tino

Catherine Seok

Ever wonder what our beloved school looked like thirty years ago?  Wes Morse, a well known faculty member on campus, gave an inside scoop on the meaning behind his wall of Tino history inside the ASB room.