What Students at SLVHS are Looking Forwards to During Spring Break – Keeping COVID Cautions in Mind

Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) Spring Break is coming up which means that we all get time off from school. With the Covid-19 vaccine rolling out, more people are getting vaccinated every day. However, this is the older age range, which puts a lot of worry off of sick, old, or people working as … More What Students at SLVHS are Looking Forwards to During Spring Break – Keeping COVID Cautions in Mind

The History Behind the Holiday St. Patrick’s Day

Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) Saint Patrick’s day is an annual, cultural holiday that is primarily celebrated by people of Irish descent but is also celebrated by people of other cultures. This holiday was dedicated to Saint Patrick, the greatest patron saint of Ireland. The celebration occurs on Saint Patrick’s death date, which was … More The History Behind the Holiday St. Patrick’s Day

How to Make a Yummy Pasta Dish Popularized by the Social Media App “Tik-Tok”

Written by Azella LaFever (Features Writer) Since the COVID-19 lockdown officially started one year ago there is not much to do. Being at the house for so long there isn’t anything new and exciting to do but one fun thing to do is cook. There are endless possibilities with cooking. You can cook breakfast, lunch, … More How to Make a Yummy Pasta Dish Popularized by the Social Media App “Tik-Tok”

How Death Metal has Changed Throughout the Years and What it Might Look Like in the Future

Written by Sam Hughes (Features Writer) Death metal has existed for thirty-plus years, and throughout the decades we’ve been able to see how it’s progressed, changed, and evolved. I’ve always categorized the different types of death metal, and today we will be going over the different categories or waves of death metal that have occurred … More How Death Metal has Changed Throughout the Years and What it Might Look Like in the Future

A Review of the Popular Japanese Anime “My Hero Academia”

Written by Ashli Trageser (Features Writer) Similar to “The Promised Neverland,” which was reviewed a few issues back, “My Hero Academia” is another Japanese anime that would be great to start with if you’re new to the genre. With the release of season five just around the corner, now is as great a time as … More A Review of the Popular Japanese Anime “My Hero Academia”

How to Make Corned Beef and Cabbage for this St. Patrick’s Day!

Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) A common underlying theme of holidays is food. Whether or not it’s candy or a full-blown feast, food has been used as a tradition of celebration for centuries and the month of March is known for Saint Patrick’s Day. This holiday consists of tons of green-themed foods, alcoholic beverages, … More How to Make Corned Beef and Cabbage for this St. Patrick’s Day!

Marinis, a Great Local Business to Visit for Taffy!

Written by Azella LaFever (Features Writer) Marinis candy store is a locally owned business handed down from generation to generation and has something for everyone in the family. It opened in 1980 and has rows of homemade chocolate, taffy, and caramel. Marini’s has many different locations in Santa Cruz; they have one on the wharf, … More Marinis, a Great Local Business to Visit for Taffy!

A Review a of the Playstation 5 Along With Games to Go With it

Written by Lucas Hede (Features Writer) The state of play for the Playstation 5 came out a bit ago and left quite a lot to be desired. After waiting months people were excited to see what new stuff Sony had come up with for the PlayStation. Sony had said before it was going to focus … More A Review a of the Playstation 5 Along With Games to Go With it

What is Coming and What is Leaving Netflix This March?

Written by James Carlos (Features Writer) Netflix has become a savior for many people during this time as we are all at home with nothing much to do. The streaming service has been known to bring new movies and tv shows but unfortunately gets rid of some of their precious media. So in the article, … More What is Coming and What is Leaving Netflix This March?

February is Black History Month – Here’s a Deeper Dive Into What it is all About

Written by Natasha Gunion (Features Writer) Black History Month was started in 1926 by President Gerald Ford. This was created because Gerald Ford wanted to honor all of the hard work that was neglected over the years. Black History Month starts on February second of every year to celebrate and honor African American history and … More February is Black History Month – Here’s a Deeper Dive Into What it is all About

“WandaVison” and Other Upcoming Marvel TV Shows

Written by James Carlos (Features Writer)   Marvel has become one of the most iconic pop culture franchises ever since their first live-action movie in 2008. Since then the franchise has grossed over 22 billion dollars from all of its films and been bought by Disney. If you are one of the many fans of … More “WandaVison” and Other Upcoming Marvel TV Shows

How to Make a Crunchwrap from Taco Bell at Home!

Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) When it comes to fast-food chains, Taco Bell is a well-known favorite amongst the public. Their menu presents lots of unique items like nacho cheese fries and icy drinks called “freezes” that can come in flavors like Baja Blast. However, a common menu item that cannot be found anywhere … More How to Make a Crunchwrap from Taco Bell at Home!

A Review of Boulder Creek Pizza Pub in the Local San Lorenzo Valley Area

Written by Lio Rowan (Features Writer) The Boulder Creek Pizza Pub is a centerpiece of our little town. Opened in 2012, it feels like they’ve been a part of our town forever. Originally opened by Justin Acton, this Pizza Pub is special, they are proud supporters and donors to the San Lorenzo Valley Museum, Boulder … More A Review of Boulder Creek Pizza Pub in the Local San Lorenzo Valley Area

What Mardi Gras Looks Like in 2021 During a World-Wide Pandemic

Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) Mardi Gras is an annual carnival practice full of food and goods, to celebrate the start of the fasting season for many Christian individuals. Mardi Gras can also be known as its French translation, Fat Tuesday. This is referring to the last day of eating more rich foods, before … More What Mardi Gras Looks Like in 2021 During a World-Wide Pandemic

Nintendo Launches New “Direct”- A Series of Live Shows and More

Written by Lucas Hede (Features Writer) On the seventeenth of February Nintendo had their first director of the year. It has been quite a while since the last official Nintendo direct due to Covid 19 and the restrictions that come with it. Nintendo fans were hoping for a lot of different things and updates on … More Nintendo Launches New “Direct”- A Series of Live Shows and More

Reddit Users Blow Up GME Stock – Messes with Hedge- Fund Owners

Written by Lucas Hede (Features Writer) In late January, early February 2021 a bunch of people from the now very popular subreddit WallStreetBets caught wind that hedge funds were going to be selling GME (Gamestop) stock and rebuying when they were lower. In an effort to anger the one percent they all decided to buy … More Reddit Users Blow Up GME Stock – Messes with Hedge- Fund Owners

Sweet Treats and Savory Meals to Make for Valentine’s Day This Year

Written by Natasha Gunion (Features Writer) It’s a tradition to always find a tasty Valentine’s Day treat for yourself, or a loved one. Cookies, brownies, cake, cupcakes, you name it. Anything can be Valentine’s Day treat. There are countless ideas out there from chocolate-covered pretzels to a three-layered cake. It doesn’t have to be the … More Sweet Treats and Savory Meals to Make for Valentine’s Day This Year

Ideas for how to Celebrate This Year’s Valentine’s Day

Written by Lio Rowan (Features Writer) Valentine’s day is around the corner, and many people feel discouraged. Unable to celebrate with their significant other because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s striking and sad. However, something we often fail to remember is that Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romance. It’s true! You can celebrate love and … More Ideas for how to Celebrate This Year’s Valentine’s Day

Check In With Your Mental Health During These Hard Times

Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) Skills like decision making, acting on events, and social interactions are impaired by unhealthy mental health states. In a world with so many problems, issues, and imperfections, the ability to make good healthy decisions is very much so needed. Without a healthy mental state, it could potentially bring impulsive, … More Check In With Your Mental Health During These Hard Times

Safe Ways to Stay Entertained during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by Natasha Gunion (Features Writer) During this pandemic, it has left us quarantined at home, with not much to do. People have found many ways to keep busy during this time. For example, picking up new hobbies and finding ways to stay busy such as cooking, staying organized and being productive, improving your mental … More Safe Ways to Stay Entertained during the COVID-19 Pandemic

New Year’s Resolutions at San Lorenzo Valley High School

Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) New Year’s has always been a time of the year where we look to start over or renew ourselves. People urge themselves to look forward to what the upcoming year has to offer to them and how they can better themself. 2020 was an extremely difficult year for all … More New Year’s Resolutions at San Lorenzo Valley High School

Local Santa Cruz County Restaurants to Get Food From (Safely)

Written by Natasha Gunion (Features Writer) During this pandemic, people have picked up many new hobbies, including baking and cooking. Although that can be very fun, it is always nice to eat out and try different restaurants and or food places. Now that we are asked to stay inside as much as possible, some personal … More Local Santa Cruz County Restaurants to Get Food From (Safely)

Local Businesses to Support in Santa Cruz County During the Pandemic

Written by James Carlos It is no secret that people our age love shopping, but due to global events, some of our favorite stores have been shut down or are on the brink of closing down. Santa Cruz is known for its unique and fun local businesses, so if you are looking for a small … More Local Businesses to Support in Santa Cruz County During the Pandemic

Bringing in 2021 With the New York Times Square Ball Drop – COVID Edition

Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) The annual New York Times Square in-person ball drop was canceled for the first time in the last 77 years. Due to Covid-19, the New Years’ tradition of the ball drop was held online and Times Square remained almost completely empty. This would be the first time of an … More Bringing in 2021 With the New York Times Square Ball Drop – COVID Edition

Looking for a Cartoon to Watch? Try “Star vs. the Forces of Evil”

Written by Ashli Trageser (Features Writer) “Star vs. the Forces of Evil” may sound like the name of a wholesome cartoon primarily for kids, (which it is, for the most part) but it also touches on themes of racism and bigotry, along with the premature stress of a teenager inheriting an entire kingdom. The show … More Looking for a Cartoon to Watch? Try “Star vs. the Forces of Evil”

Safe Activities to do for the Holidays Amidst the Pandemic

Written by James Carlos (Features Writer) The year 2020 has been one of the strangest and most uncertain years in recent history with a global pandemic plaguing the United States and with the holidays right around the corner, many wonder what Christmas is going to look like this year. The state of California recently mandated … More Safe Activities to do for the Holidays Amidst the Pandemic

Keeping up Christmas Traditions During Hard Times

Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) With Christmas coming into the picture, common yearly traditions such as Christmas trees, ornaments, stockings, food, and movies should not be forgotten about, no matter our circumstances involving Coronavirus and the lockdown. Christmas trees are one of the best parts of Christmas; the smell of the leaves filling the … More Keeping up Christmas Traditions During Hard Times

A Tasty Cookie Recipe to Try This Holiday Season!

Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) Something festive that a lot of families tend to do around the holidays is decorating cookies. Whether or not the cookies are left for Santa or eaten for dessert, we can all agree that the process of decorating them can be super fun as well as baking the cookies … More A Tasty Cookie Recipe to Try This Holiday Season!

Who is Behind the Works of Classic Christmas Entertainment?

Written by Konnor Long (Features Writer)  As we enter the holiday season, we find ourselves surrounded by the timeless entertainment that is holiday media. The public eye is once again flooded with the cheery lighting, hot chocolate, and classic holiday songs and movies that we’ve come to know and love (or grow quickly tired of). … More Who is Behind the Works of Classic Christmas Entertainment?

Some D.I.Y Decorations That are Perfect for the Holiday Season

Written by Lio Rowan (Features Writer) It’s finally December, which means for some of us, a rush to decorate for the holidays. However, it’s not exactly safe to be shopping for decorations right now, and some of us have even lost our decorations or ornaments. All hope is not lost, there is a plethora of … More Some D.I.Y Decorations That are Perfect for the Holiday Season

Some Movies to Check Out Over the Upcoming Holiday Season

Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) During this holiday season, with Thanksgiving coming around the corner and Christmas shortly after, here are some movies to watch on the nights of celebration on these fun next few holidays. Starting with our up and coming holiday Thanksgiving, two movies to sit down and watch after celebrating the … More Some Movies to Check Out Over the Upcoming Holiday Season

A Great Fall Recipe for Mini Pumpkin Pies

Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) Fall and Winter give us a great chance to bake with our families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. There’s the regular savory main course and afterward comes all the desserts. A popular favorite among Fall and Winter desserts is pumpkin pie, however, you can create a twist with this traditional … More A Great Fall Recipe for Mini Pumpkin Pies

Looking to Dine out in The Valley? Look no Further Than Casa Nostra

Written By Lio Rowan (Features Writer) Ristorante Casa Nostra in Ben Lomand is an exciting Italian restaurant that opened in 2012. The striking redwoods that surrounded the place gave it an air of privacy and an almost cozy winter feeling. We walked up the wheelchair-accessible ramp and found beautiful planters around the entrance, and beautiful … More Looking to Dine out in The Valley? Look no Further Than Casa Nostra

The Long Awaited Release of the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X is Finally Here

Written by Lucas Hede (Features Writer) Brand new consoles are OUT! The Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X are now available for purchase if you can find them in stock. They both support 4k and 8k TVs alike with 60 fps, both having custom graphics cards and 16 gigabytes of memory. Both also feature Ryzen’s … More The Long Awaited Release of the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X is Finally Here

Amusement Parks may be Able to Reopen Soon Depending on Surrounding COVID Cases

Written by Lio Rowan (Features Writer) On Tuesday, October 20th, the state of California issued new theme park reopening guidelines. This was part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. According to the regulations, larger theme parks such as Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood won’t be able to reopen until their respective counties … More Amusement Parks may be Able to Reopen Soon Depending on Surrounding COVID Cases

Checking in With Ourselves and our Mental Health

Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) Skills like decision making, acting on events, and social interactions are impaired by unhealthy mental health states. In a world with so many problems, issues, and imperfections, the ability to make good healthy decisions is very much so needed. Without a healthy mental state, it could potentially bring impulsive, … More Checking in With Ourselves and our Mental Health

How do SLVHS Students Cope During the Power Outages?

Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) Here in The Valley, we are headed into winter which usually means very cold and stormy weather. Stormy weather which directly leads to power outages amongst the families of students at San Lorenzo Valley High School. When the wifi goes out, so do a lot of things we do … More How do SLVHS Students Cope During the Power Outages?

“The Owl House” – A new Cartoon full of Minority Representation

Written by Ashli Trageser (Features Writer) “The Owl House” is a relatively new show created by Dana Terrace, and has been making the rounds as one of the most popular new cartoons out there. Only one season is public so far, but it’s already well-known for its well-animated action scenes, minority representation, and intriguing cast. … More “The Owl House” – A new Cartoon full of Minority Representation

The Creepiest Halloween Movies to Binge This Season

Written by Lio Rowan (Features Writer) It’s finally October! The month of screams, scares, Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Among Us cosplays. The perfect time for a horror movie binge! Start a video call with friends and get ready to jump. Here are the top five creepiest and crawliest horror movies that will leave you checking … More The Creepiest Halloween Movies to Binge This Season

Beautiful and Educational Books to Read to Learn About the Black Lives Matter Movement

Written by Kayla Lammers (Features Writer)The BLM movement has been around since 2013, when Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old boy, was shot and killed in Florida. Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi formed the Black Lives Matter Network. Their mission is to “eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence … More Beautiful and Educational Books to Read to Learn About the Black Lives Matter Movement

What SLVHS Students Are Planning on Doing This COVID Ridden Halloween

Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) When COVID-19 first hit, we as a nation did not expect it to last as long as it has. But now, we are approaching Halloween, a time of year many people favor out of the holiday season. This year, there is much debate on whether or not children should … More What SLVHS Students Are Planning on Doing This COVID Ridden Halloween

SLVHS Students Share on Their Halloween Costume Ideas This Year

Written by Ashli Trageser (Features Writer) Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic still wreaking havoc on our country, traditional Halloween festivities such as trick-or-treating are very much up in the air. Participating in such activities is strongly advised against this year due to the current circumstances, however there is one Halloween tradition that seems to … More SLVHS Students Share on Their Halloween Costume Ideas This Year

Where to Eat in San Lorenzo Valley During COVID-19

Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) While some resturaunts offer only curbside pickup, some takeout, some delivery, it’s always nice to know what’s open. These are some of the many restaurants available in local areas like Ben Lomond, Felton, and Scotts Valley. To begin, here are some restaurants that offer ordinary takeout in our local … More Where to Eat in San Lorenzo Valley During COVID-19

A Look Into the Dark History of the Brookdale Lodge

Written by Konnor Long (Features Writer) The Brookdale Lodge has been a staple of the San Lorenzo Valley for decades, hosting the likes of Marylin Monroe, President Herbert Hoover, and James Dean. It was first cemented as a mainstay in local history when Judge James Harvey Logan, perhaps known more famously as the creator of … More A Look Into the Dark History of the Brookdale Lodge

Get Cozy with a Warm Drink at The White Raven

Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) Fall is now here which means we get to wear cozy sweaters and enjoy hot drinks. A particular popular drink during this time of year is the typical Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. Starbucks is many people’s go-to place for a quick coffee drink, however, we cannot forget about … More Get Cozy with a Warm Drink at The White Raven

‘The Social Dilemma’ – A Documentary on Social Media Use and How it Affects Us

Written by Kayla Lammers (Features Writer) With the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma growing in popularity, there are many disputes about social media and the problems we face. The big claim of this documentary is the brainwashing and control social media platforms have over us. The Social Dilemma shows a boy being controlled by real … More ‘The Social Dilemma’ – A Documentary on Social Media Use and How it Affects Us