Category: Features

Nathan Hale's pep band plays during half time as Hale's varsity girls play against Eastside Catholic on January 6th.

What about pep band?

by Milla Miller On the evening of one of the many Nathan Hale varsity basketball games, people are everywhere. Cheerleaders stand on the sidelines and security stands ready along either end of the gym. Front and center on one side of the bleachers sit about 30 students holding various wind instruments, from flutes to tubas, surrounded by yellow caution tape. […]

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Controversial Christmas Parties

Controversial Christmas Parties

by Elie Nowlis The winter season means cold weather, fires, a two-week break, and, for many people, Christmas. In the last couple days before vacation, teachers usually give up on teaching and decide to give students a break and let them throw parties in class. Although this may seem innocent, it can actually be very controversial. Holidays parties are something […]

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"Any flag with a hammer and sickle is something I like"

Those who Hale communism

by Stanley Godfrey   “Fidel Castro is Dead!” Is what president elect Donald Trump said on his twitter Friday November 25th, quickly following the news announcing that the Cuban communist leader had died. Heated arguments about whether he was a hero or a villain spiraled across major news outlets the day of his death. Much of the hate towards him […]

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One Less Problem on the Path to Graduation

One Less Problem on the Path to Graduation

by Elie Nowlis As teenagers, there’s a lot of things we have to worry about. We have to juggle homework, tests, sports, hobbies, family, and jobs, all while trying to maintain a social life. That’s why the prospect of community service hours can seem so daunting. Sixty hours is no small number, especially with the threat of not being unable […]

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The Power of Food

The Power of Food

by Elie Nowlis Grandma’s recipe coconut lemon jalapenos. This may not seem like a typical food you would find at a food bank, but these spicy treats fit right in with the mod podge of produce, desserts, and household staples that fill the back room of the University District Food Bank. The atmosphere is friendly and light. Soothing music plays […]

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The lowest number of employees are high school students

Putting in work

by Thea Derby Jobs, a necessity to get by for nearly everyone. We all know that after many years of schooling you’re expected to get a job. Some students haven’t even really thought about it, others have only thought about possibilities, and then there are the students that are already employed. Stanley Godfrey, a junior at Nathan Hale, has been […]

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Conventional wisdom on Thanksgiving has been shaped by years of patriotism.

Myth Busters: Thanksgiving

by Anna Schactler Here in the United States, we interpret Thanksgiving as a day to commemorate the Pilgrims coming to America, right? Wrong. Over the centuries, we have built up an interpretation of this holiday that is far from it’s original meaning. For most people, Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for all that we have and to spend […]

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Counselors’ Chaotic Commencement

Eighty students pack into the Hale counseling office and turn in their schedule change request forms. Each student anticipates a long wait and the chance of being denied, or acquiring yet another useless gym credit when you’re forced to remain in racquet sports for the rest of the semester. During the first weeks of school, behind the red line in […]

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History teachers Tim Ames and Tony Renouard have chosen to keep their personal politics completely out of the classrooms.

Moral questions; teaching Trump

If there is one thing that both liberals and conservatives can agree on, it’s that the 2016 election will go down in history as one of the most polarizing in recent memory. From Hillary Clinton’s emails to Donald Trump’s sexual assault allegations, the controversies just keep coming. The question for Hale teachers: how do you take a balanced approach to […]

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Each homecoming, people make astonishing discoveries when they learn their peers are in a completely different grade than they originally thought. With freshman wearing red, sophomores in white, juniors in blue, and seniors in black and gold it is easy to group students by grade.

Clash of Classes

by Elie Nowlis Homecoming comes around every year, bringing with it spirit, creativity, and a lot of competition. There are as many philosophies on school spirit as there are spirit days, ranging from die hard Raiders to those who could care less. This brings up an important question. What exactly is school spirit? According to Ms. Ackerman, a student teacher […]

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