February 2023

Edition 3

Published February 27, 2023

The Downside of Idolizing Celebrities

Sofia Angileri

In many situations, we view celebrities as zoo animals. Many view celebrity figures as things that are there for our own personal entertainment instead of real people who are just trying to do what makes them happy for a living.

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The Exploitation of Child Actors

Dhruthi Mahesh

“You’re a child who is working. You have a job. That job is a hard job. Everybody thinks being a child star is glamorous. But when you’re on a show, you are often carrying a whole show and you know that,” says Tia Mowry, co-star of the television show “Sister, Sister.” 

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College Board: Stress & Inequities

Dhruthi Mahesh

Every year, millions of students take AP exams, the PSAT, and the SAT- all administered by the College Board. Students pay money to take these exams, and the money goes towards paying AP readers to score the exams, paying qualified individuals to write the exams, and a portion of the money goes towards the organization itself. However, College Board actually profits off students’ stress, and their exams harm underrepresented and minority students’ chances to attend their dream college. 

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Culinary Arts: A Rising Opportunity

Natalie Bachman

It goes without saying that the pandemic impacted the Leigh Community in a multitude of ways. Although the school community is still recovering, the past two years have allowed for new growth – including the introduction of the Culinary Arts program. Taught by Mr. Tony Palma, culinary students investigate a range of topics, ranging from food science to culinary careers. For students interested in culinary professions, or even those simply interested in developing their kitchen skills, the revitalization of the program has proved to be a valuable opportunity.

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Weather: Welcoming Spring

Maya Hardin

Spring in California customarily brings sun, rain, flowers, and allergies. But with climate change altering the weather we ordinarily associate with each season, what should be expected of the spring of 2023?

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Dual Enrollment: A Fantastic Opportunity

Anne Kearns

Thinking about doing Dual Enrollment? Well, here’s what I can tell you from my experience.

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Earthquakes Strike, Cause Damage In Turkey And Syria

Nikitha Srinivasan

Turkey and Syria were hit by 7.8-magnitude earthquakes, with aftershocks measuring 7.5 and 6.3. It spanned 62 miles and destroyed ten cities along the way. Because of their location on the Anatolian plate, Turkey and Syria are among the world’s most active earthquake zones. The plate is frequently “squeezed westward” as a result of the northern collision of the Eurasian and Arabian plates. According to Patricia Martnez-Garzón, a seismologist at a German research center, the plates’ stress has been building up for over a century.

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Routine Tackle Turns into Something Much Greater for the Buffalo Bills Damar Hamlin

Peyton Currie

On January 2nd, just a few days into the 2023 new year, the Buffalo Bills were playing in a divisional game against the Cincinnati Bengals at the Bengal’s home field, Paycor Stadium. Both teams were playing with a competitive manner in an attempt to secure a top conference seed in the upcoming NFL playoffs. However, at 8:55 pm with 5:58 left in the first quarter, the Bengals leading 7-3; Cincinnati star quarterback, Joe Burrow, threw a 13 yard pass to wide receiver, Tee Higgins, who in turn ran forward to midfield where the Buffalo’s own safety Hamlin was waiting.

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California Floods: Splash into 2023!

Devika Bhattacharjya

California started 2023 off with a splash! For the first time in many years, California was in the middle of a passing storm, which caused days of consecutive rain. A storm, called atmospheric rivers, has dumped high amounts of rain on California. Atmospheric rivers are parts of the atmosphere that look long and narrow. Their appearance gives them the name rivers in the sky! These atmospheric rivers carry most of the water vapor that is outside the tropics and then releases this water in the form of rain when it hits land. These rivers are not harmless, but they can cause intense flooding and mudslides. Along with casualties, the atmospheric rivers that passed through in the storm were beneficial to California.

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AP Classes: What To Know

Hayoon Song

AP courses, short for Advanced Placement courses, provide students in high school with the opportunity to take college-level courses. Each AP course has an exam every year in May, and they are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Students scoring three or higher on an AP Exam get course credit in colleges and universities. It is possible to retake an AP Exam, but students must request a replacement or removal of a score if they only want to keep one result. 

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Opinion: Affirmative Action

Anu Venkatesh

Affirmative action is a policy designed to promote diversity and equality in education, employment, and other areas. Today, it is often used by various schools, companies, and organizations. Affirmative action was originally implemented with the hopes of increasing diversity in the workforce and in other such environments. However, many claim that affirmative action does not actually do a good job of promoting diversity; in fact, in many situations, it may add to the opposite occurring.

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Idaho Murderer Poses Campus Safety Issues

Ximena Bonilla

On November 22, 2022, Kaylee Gonclaves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin were murdered in their off-campus residence near the University of Idaho. Their other two roommates survived the murders and called the police hours after the incident. 

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Valentine’s Day: A History

Manasi Sugath

When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of chocolate, flowers, pink and red hearts, and Valentine’s cards. It makes sense that all of those are the most notable parts of Valentine’s Day, because we’ve been handing out cards and receiving candy on February 14th since we were children. But what is the backstory behind Valentine’s Day? Has it always been a day about love and relationships? Or are its roots deeper and more complicated than meets the eye?

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Interview With The Vice President of Leigh Banned Books Club

Kristen Lee

An interview with Sofia Angileri, vice president of the Leigh Banned Books club, who’s also one of Eleight’s staff writers. 

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