Published April 14th, 2021
The Return To Campus
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, most of our school year has been conducted online. Some students hoped to return to campus in person at the beginning of the second semester, but due to the increasing rate of transmission, the possibility of returning was pushed back to later in the year.
Image: Señora Dhanani’s classroom prepared for hybrid learning
Athletics During A Pandemic
This year, due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, school sports have been postponed. At Leigh, some athletic programs such as Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football and Water Polo, and Tennis are just a few of the sports that have begun. Golf (both girls and boys), Tennis (both), Baseball, Softball, Track & Field, Swim & Dive, Badminton, Boys Volleyball, Wrestling (both), Soccer (both), Basketball, are all starting to receive gear and play games in April and May. Water polo is so far the only sport that’s season has ended and all other sports have started their tryouts during their official day on March 22nd, but several already held workouts since February. Nonetheless, what exactly determines which programs were safe to start?
Teen Pandemic Outlook
As a pandemic surges, many can’t help but realize the varying opinions with regards to protective measures. Society has continually noted that teenagers often don’t adhere to protective protocols, but a recent survey sent out to the school indicates that most teens are actually taking these protective measures. Rather, the few students who aren’t have caught the community’s attention.
According to a 2019 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, teenagers 13-18 spend an average of 6.5 hours a day on screens even before the pandemic struck. Now, high school students are forced to take classes online and factor in more time in front of a computer. During the pandemic, especially, most social interaction takes place over text or video call. Some extracurricular activities would also have moved online, causing many, including teenagers, to spend both productive and recreational time on a device. While many people, including myself, have spent hours scrolling through social media on their phones, scientists and engineers have been at work designing new technology.
Review: The Couple Next Door
Do you like solving puzzles? Do you like finding clues throughout a movie or book while having a feeling of suspense rising in you? Are you one of those people who are thrilled to see a mystery is finally solved? If you answered yes to all of these questions, then The Couple Next Door is the right book for you, which is available as a paperback and hardcover on Amazon, and online on Kindle and Apple Book app.
The Longhorn Robotics Team
Danwanth Jeyakumar and Andrew Choi
We are Longhorn Robotics Team #13274, the official robotics team of Leigh High School since 2017. The team is composed of a diverse group of students of all ages and backgrounds who currently attend Leigh High School. The primary goal of the club is to teach people about competitive robotics and robotics in general. We prepare students for FTC (First® Tech Challenge) which we have usually around February. This year we will be competing in a qualifying tournament on April 10th.
COVID Is Changing Leigh’s Performing Arts
From concert ensembles to theater, many students have found themselves at home within Leigh’s performing arts department. During a typical school year, students dedicate large chunks of their time to these activities; however, as the pandemic surges, students and teachers alike have to develop creative ways in which to pursue the activities virtually.
COVID Vaccination Updates
President Biden told reporters about 90% of adults in the U.S. will be eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations by April 19 (April 15 for California) and will also be eligible to even get them within five miles from their homes. As of April 11th, there are 70.7 million Americans who are fully vaccinated and a total of 183 million doses have been given out. In other words, 21.5% of the population is vaccinated.
Excessive Screen Time
The pandemic and distance learning has brought many challenges for students, and some concerns as well regarding the amount of time students are spending on electronic devices. Some health experts and parents are currently voicing their concerns on one of the negative impacts of distance learning: excessive screen time.
Opinion: Leigh Shouldn’t Be Ranking Students
Every so often, a student logs into Aeries and sees a statistic perhaps even more ominous than their GPA or letter grades – their class rank. As of right now, Leigh still still ranks their students, even though many other high schools have stopped, due to the undue stress and unhealthy competition that stems from it.
Review: Attack on Titan
Have you ever watched or heard of the anime series Attack on Titan? If you haven’t you are missing out on a tremendously great success of story and show. I personally find this anime (from WIT and Mappa) to be a huge staple of anime and shows in general, and I believe that, along with its latest release of season four, one of the biggest and most anticipated anime releases ever, it is one of the greatest achievements in the show and film industry. This is simply because it is awfully realistic.
Freshman Eliana Cheruki shares part two of her comic series, Rebellion. Part one can be viewed HERE.