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This image shows the Academic Decathlon team following their scrimmage in November 2020. The team then went on to compete in the Orange County competition, doing so well in it that they were invited to state.

Academic Decathlon Headed to State

Isabella Mahar, Opinion Editor March 2, 2021

The Academic Decathlon team won their division and are going to the state competition being the first team from Capistrano Unified School to be invited.  The team faced many challenges going into the...

Along with Ethnic Studies, Reischl has worked to propose new literature into the classroom. Some of the novels include All American Boys by Jason Reynolds, and March: Book One by John Lewis.

New Ethnic Studies Course Piloted This Year in CUSD

Ella Villar, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 26, 2021

A new course is being piloted within the district-- ethnic studies. The widespread movement for equality and representation highlighted the need for a course dedicated to teaching students about the diverse...

Throughout Unity Week, students and staff were presented with virtual backgrounds to use over zoom. BRIDGES, DIRHA and art students collaborated to create these designs, where Hannah Palmer constructed a piece entitled, Each of Us is a Raindrop in a Beautiful Storm.

UCI DIRHA and BRIDGES Host Second Annual Unity Week

Eva Smedeby, Arts and Entertainment Editor February 26, 2021

In an effort to fight discrimination and welcome diversity, SJHHS hosted the first ever Unity Week February, 2020. Evidently, the circumstances of this year have threatened its 2021 opening, but despite...

The Si family is the latest victim in Ladera Ranch to severe anti-Asian harassment. Neighbors are uniting together to prevent these attacks by waiting in shifts outside of the targeted house. Members of the community often bring food for the volunteers. Pictured is a brown bag of food and case of bottled water with a label in front saying Hate has no home here! In the background, chains are pictured in the driveway, one of the many security measurements the Si family implemented as a deterrent to attacks.

Neighbors Unite to Stop Harassment Towards Local Asian Family

Nikki Iyer, Feature Editor February 23, 2021

For the past few months, the Si family in Ladera Ranch has faced severe Anti-Asian attacks at their home. Through Ring security footage, teenagers are seen pounding on the door and blaring flashlights...

FBI agents raided the home of Russel Taylor early in the morning of January 27th following Taylor’s involvement in protests outside the Capitol during the January 6th riots. Pictured below FBI agents confiscate technology equipment from Taylor’s home and load it into a vehicle.

Homes in the Community Raided for Suspected Capitol Involvement

Sandhya Ganesan and Max Katz February 15, 2021

“At 6am I heard something that sounded like a gunshot. From what I understand now, it was probably not a gunshot, but rather some type of explosive device that is meant to disorient people inside of...

Colleges are now going test optional. What does this mean for students?

Colleges are now going “test optional”. What does this mean for students?

Evan Jones, Staff Writer February 5, 2021

Many colleges have moved towards eliminating the SAT from admission requirements or have made it an “optional” submission. Around half of the four year universities have done this including Stanford...

Free image/jpeg, Resolution: 716x739, File size: 45Kb, Frustrated Student Cartoon

Out With The Old, In With The New

Evan Jones, Staff Writer February 2, 2021

This semester, the district decided to alter the schedules for online and hybrid learning. Prior to this new change, many agreed that the previous district wide schedule was confusing and overall hard...

Lunchtime is usually filled with students packed around tables, lunch activities, pep rallies, and music. Hybrid learning turned the campus into a ghost town and ASB has to create new ways of entertaining the Stallions who are mostly online.

ASB Plans for Creativity and Safety in New Events

Ella Villar, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 1, 2021

With a delayed football season, online school, and no dances, students had to adapt to the pandemic’s effect on school and their social lives. ASB is no exception.  The usual activities of Homecoming,...

The new rebranding was presented at a virtual staff meeting to help publicize the statement.

“Ride for the Brand” Gets a Rebrand

Sandhya Ganesan, News Editor January 25, 2021

Efforts for racial justice have been made both nationally and at a local level, particularly at San Juan Hills, where an on site task force has rebranded the school in efforts to commit to a more equal...


CUSD Cultural Proficiency Plan Update

Samantha Freeman, Staff Writer January 25, 2021

The Cultural Proficiency Plan, approved at the December board meeting, was an important step forward; however, many of its original advocates believed the plan required further revision in order to better...

Following the capitol protests, photos of CUSD teacher Kristine Hostetter at the capitol protests on January 6th were released on the internet. While CUSD declined to make a comment on the investigation, parents of her class have confirmed Hostetter has not been in her classroom since the protests.

Teacher’s Alleged Involvement at Capitol Protest Draws Scrutiny

Nikki Iyer, Feature Editor January 20, 2021

As new information concerning the recent capitol protests and breach are revealed, video evidence of a CUSD teacher, Kristine Hostetter, allegedly attending the protests with her husband, Alan Hostetter...

School second semester is expected to look very similar to first semester, however many of the details are unclear.

The Ins and Outs of Second Semester

Nikki Iyer, Feature Editor November 30, 2020

With 2,872 students enrolled at SJHHS, 54% of students remain on a completely online school schedule. Approximately 660 students are on campus each day. “Starting to bring kids on campus and to see...

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