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Students Unhappy With Academic Difficulty of History Classes

One AP US History teacher, Joseph Snedeker, lectures his class after a weekend full of chapter note-taking.  Some students disagree with this workload and often feel they need to level down to regular US History in order to succeed.

October 7, 2016

With the recent addition of classes that have a difficulty level easier than AP but harder than regular, there are juniors who feel a class in between AP US history and Regular US would be a better option for them. The past year, SJHHS has created a Spanish 4 class, and English 4 class, which bo...

Taking a Stand for Sitting Down

Taking a Stand for Sitting Down

Brendan Gibson and Luciana Benzan

October 7, 2016

Despite recent debate, students at SJHHS and across the country should not be condemned for expressing their religious or social views by boycotting the Pledge of Allegiance. In 1943 the Supreme Court ruled in West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette that students have the right to sit down during the Pledge of...

Unsatisfactory Self-Driving Cars Roam Streets

Drawing by Bailey Bruton.

Riley Goodfellow, Staff Writer

September 11, 2016

As society in the 1800’s became aware that cars were to be commonly used, many were uncertain if putting their lives in the hands of technology was a good idea. Now, in the twenty-first century, a similar unease is growing at the concept of self-driving cars; technology that is starting to be less of ...

Voting Age Should Remain As Is

Voting Age Should Remain As Is

The Editorial Board

September 4, 2016

A movement to allow 16-year-olds to vote in federal elections has picked up speed after cities such as Takoma Park and Hyattsville, Maryland, have expanded youth involvement in municipal politics. However, re-drawing the line at a federal level, a line that has been in place for 45 years, is neither ...

Women Should Be Included in the Draft

Women Should Be Included in the Draft

Sam Newman, Staff Writer

April 1, 2016

A new controversy revolving around the draft registry, the advantageous theoretical recruitment of United States citizens to serve in the military, has made the federal government question what should be done. After Senator Claire McCaskill questioned the military leaders of the Senate Armed Services...

The Future of America Depends on Free College Education

The Future of America Depends on Free College Education

Cameron Sadeghi, Staff Writer

April 1, 2016

During a time of astronomical student debt in America, it is time for the United States to provide free public college tuition to all students. According to Forbes.com, student loan debt has reached over $1.2 trillion as of 2014. Citizens in Germany, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, and even Icelan...

Free College Plan is Unrealistic

Free College Plan is Unrealistic

Alyssa Mitchell, Staff Writer

March 31, 2016

Students at San Juan Hills High School and nationwide struggle with the affordability of a college education, and often believe that “free” college is the solution to the inability to afford it and to avoid a colossal debt in student loans. As tempting and exciting as it sounds to have a fr...

Senate Republicans Should Consider Obama Nominee

Senate Republicans Should Consider Obama Nominee

Dallas Varner, Staff Writer

March 4, 2016

Following the passing of Justice Scalia, President Obama has appointed Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. On February 13th, Justice Scalia died at the age of 79 while visiting Texas. Scalia was pronounced dead of natural causes, with no autopsy ordered. Scalia was appointed to the court in 1986...

Immigration Then and Now

Olivia Fu, Staff Writer

February 5, 2016

The exploitation of the Irish and the Chinese Exclusion Act in the 19th century. The Japanese internment camps and Mexican Repatriation in the 20th century. Every generation of American history has a group of immigrants who came into the country, but were cut out by the American people. With the cu...

A Chasm to Close for Pay Equity

A Chasm to Close for Pay Equity

Amanda Rooker, News Editor

January 15, 2016

Ignorance, silence, indifference and apathetic attitudes are no longer an option--despite recent strides toward equality, the gender wage gap continues to plague women and families across America. Since the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963, women have been arguing that pay equity and equal opp...

California’s Aid in Dying Law Takes Effect.

Alyssa Mitchell, Staff Writer

January 15, 2016

A new law in California now allows doctors to give lethal dosages of drugs to patients to end their life quickly if they are terminally ill. “The End of Life Option Act” gives patients with a terminal disease, such as cancer and heart disease, the option to end their life and end all suffering...

Taking on the Refugee Crisis

Dallas Varner, Staff Writer

January 15, 2016

One of the most controversial and tragic issues facing the world today is the Syrian Refugee Crisis and how to handle it. Some say that it is our responsibility to let them in and house them, while others do not want to let them into our country. It is sad that millions of people must flee thei...