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Debates over VAPA

Lucero Naranjo, Yesenia Gonzales, and Samantha Anderson

November 4, 2017

Filed under Opinion

Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) courses have always been the subject of debate. Some believe they should have a place as a requirement for graduation while others think they should be considered only as extracurricular activi...

The positivity of peer pressure

John Naranjo and Kimberly Alvarez

November 4, 2017

Filed under Opinion

In most films, shows or literature that take place in a high school, there is generally a time in which a character will fall victim to the biggest bully in the halls: peer pressure. For the most part peer pressure is seen in a...

Gun Control

John Naranjo, Opinion Editor

November 4, 2017

Filed under Opinion

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution has always been the subject of heated political debate. Many gun related tragedies have been a large source of this debate, including the very recent Las Vegas shooting, which as of...

Editorial: The DACA dispute

Kimberly Alvarez, Executive Editor

September 29, 2017

Filed under Opinion

On Sept. 5, the Trump administration declared an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that Barack Obama created in 2012. DACA is a federal government program that grants undocumented immigrants who were brought to ...

Homecoming assembly escorts

Mairead Van Gossen, Editor-in-Chief

September 29, 2017

Filed under Opinion

Homecoming season has officially arrived. Tickets are on sale and clubs are choosing their nominees for the Homecoming court. Students and teachers alike are working hard to organize the events leading up to the dance - namel...

Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps

Yesenia Gonzales, Staffer

September 15, 2017

Filed under Opinion

  The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a federal program sponsored by the United States Armed Forces in high schools all across the United States. This program is enriched with many core values that are usef...

MAP Testing

John Naranjo

October 27, 2016

Filed under Opinion

Technology plays a major role in the lives of almost everyone. In this day and age it’s no surprise that this applies in school as well. For the most part it has made learning and staying connected easier. Some prime examples are...

LGBT in California

Dianara Abarca & Nora Graham

October 27, 2016

Filed under Opinion

Knowing the history of our country plays an essential part in being educated, moving toward the future and making change. It is significantly helpful in this day and age when a record percentage of people now identify as socia...

The pressure to be patriotic

Dianara Abarca & John Naranjo

September 20, 2016

Filed under Opinion

America has been the source of devout patriotism since the day it was established as a country. “Patriotism,” in and of itself, is an iconic word for America, right up there with “freedom,” “hamburgers” and “bald ea...

Editorial: Reaffirming the Rights of Student Journalists

Caleb Ragan, Editor-in-Chief

June 30, 2016

Filed under Opinion

In student journalism nationwide, a certain disconnect between school administration and student journalists is characteristic but late into the 2016 school year this disconnect became apparent to The North Star staff. A Nort...

Stereotypes are televised

February 22, 2016

Filed under A & E, Opinion

In most recent memory, television has been at the peak of both popularity and quality. New hit TV shows like “Transparent” and “Game of Thrones” have become staples in mainstream media and award shows alike. However many...

Speak Another Slanguage

February 22, 2016

Filed under Highlights, Opinion

Slang is the informal use of words that reflects a specific attitude of a culture. It has been around for what seems like forever and is present in the speech of every language. The English language has evolved greatly over time;...

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