Written by Natasha Gunion (Features Writer) In the Summer of 2021, many new movies are going to be coming out. Especially because of the pandemic, many producers have had a lot of time to script and film these new films for our enjoyment. Movies such as Cruella, The Conjuring, A Quiet Place II, Peter Rabbit … More A Look Into What will be Coming Into Theaters Near you This Summer!
Written by Lio Rowan (Features Writer) Summer is fast approaching, the skies are clearing and it’s just getting hotter and hotter every day. Schools end on June 3rd, we are so close to freedom! Finals are around the corner too. Make sure to study hard so you can play hard! Now that people are getting … More Fun Things to do in Santa Cruz and the San Jose Area as the days get Warmer
Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) Memorial Day is the celebration and mourning of the individuals who have died serving their duties in the United States military. All wars that America has fought in are included, such as World War I, World War II, The Vietnam War, The Korean War, the wars in Iraq and … More The History of the Memorial Holiday
Written by Ashli Trageser (Features Writer) “Avatar is one of if not the best cartoons I’ve ever seen. It has drama, depth, all that good stuff.” -Konnor Long, another SLVHS student with fantastic taste in cartoons. While the first episode of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” aired in 2005 and the last in 2008, the wonderfully … More A Detailed Review of the Cartoon, “Avatar: The Last Airbender”
Written by Azella LaFever (Features Writer) Lasagna is a fairly easy delicious dinner that can feed lots of people. It is great for dinner for your family and is a classic that everyone should know how to make. This recipe is worth the time it takes to make and worth all the ingredients you need … More A Recipe for Lasagna, a Classic Dinner to Share with Family and Friends
Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) Ever feel super tired or uncomfortably full after dinner and dessert? And do you find that this tends to happen more in the summer with the overwhelming heat? Sometimes we forget about this particular dessert, however, it’s something super customizable and can be a rather refreshing treat for the … More A Fun and Easy Jell-O Recipe to Make This Summer!
Written by Lucas Hede (Features Writer) In the past year gaming has become much more available due to social restrictions from Covid. Hopefully, gaming can continue to evolve in the coming summer months. Here are a few titles that will be released this summer to look out for. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is a … More Upcoming Video Games to Look Forwards to During the Rest of 2021
Written by James Carlos (Features Writer) This past year was undoubtedly a very interesting year for most of us. We have had many things happen, many of which I am sure you know about but we have also had many types of trends that have happened this year as well. In this article, we will … More What was Trending During this School Year?
Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) As the shelter in place orders come to a closing, and the Santa Cruz County Covid-19 cases drop rapidly, there is nothing better to think about than what has, or will be open when all restrictions are lifted. Things like restaurants, theme parks, stores and businesses, and ways of … More Places to Visit Close by After Vaccinations Rise and COVID-19 Cases Drop
Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) Everyone loves a sweet treat and nothing is better than lemon bars. They are so easy to make with friends or family. The crust is very hands-on and it is so much fun to mold it onto the pan and even better it tastes delicious. I recommend making this … More All you Need to Make Delicious Lemon Bars
Written by Lucas Hede (Features Writer) Destiny 2 is an online first-person looter shooter created by Bungie Inc. A sequel to Destiny, Destiny 2 features PvP (player vs player) and PvE (player vs environment) content. With the initial release date being September 2017 the game is still able to stay alive and updated with a … More A Rating of the Very Popular Video Game “Destiny 2”
Written by Sam Hughes So far in the year 2021, there haven’t been too many worthwhile death metal albums, but there have been a few. 2021 has put out some pretty good albums so far which we will be looking into today, from classic bands like Cannibal Corpse and Asphyx to newcomers like Frozen Soul … More A Ranking of Death Metal Albums Released in 2021 so far
Written by Ashli Trageser (Features Writer) “Steven Universe is a show about a magical half-alien boy and his alien guardians. Despite its fun and kid-friendly nature, it deals with many serious topics such as breaking free from your parents’ shadows, colonialism, and trauma. The show also has lots of representation and good life lessons” stated … More “Steven Universe,”A Show for Many Different Ages!
Written by Natasha Gunion (Features Writer) “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” was directed by Ian Samuels and published in 2021. This movie runs an hour and 40 minutes long. It has a review of 4 out of 5 stars and 78% of people rated it a thumbs up on numerous review websites. “The Map … More A Review of the Movie “The Map of Tiny Things”
Written by James Carlos (Features Writer) There are many things to do where we live and especially if you are the type who likes to shop since there are many stores, especially local businesses close to us. Local businesses are very important for our community and the financial health of our county which is why … More A Review of Santa Cruz Skate Works
Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) With spring coming up, we are beginning to find ourselves with beautiful weather; however, some days may be too hot or maybe too cold. Whether or not you prefer hot or cold drinks, this recipe serves well in both categories. Matcha is a kind of finely ground tea that … More An Easy Recipe to Enjoy a Cup of Matcha Tea, Either hot or cold!
Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) As the wonderful holiday of Mothers Day approaches, there are plenty of things that you can do for your mom. Simple acts of kindness or sentimental gifts or just quality time, in general, can really make a day like this a thousand times better. There are plenty of things … More The History of Mother’s Day and how to Celebrate!
Written by Azella LaFever (Features Writer) Macaroni and cheese is a food that everyone in the family can enjoy and what’s best it is super easy to make. Everyone loves boxed macaroni and cheese but homemade macaroni and cheese takes it to another level, but be careful because once you try it you won’t want … More A Tasty Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe to try!
Written by Sam Hughes (Features Writer) The 1990s spawned many new bands in the brutal death metal scene. From New York to California, new sounds and styles of death that were progressively getting heavier, faster, and more technical were coming out. Today we will be taking a look at the top 10 brutal death metal … More The Top Ten Brutal Death Metal Albums, EPs, and Demos from the 1990s
Written by Natasha Gunion (Features Writer) Santa Cruz County consists of many phenomenal restaurants Including some that are open during the pandemic. Listed on multiple social media review sites, lay the most popular and highest-rated restaurants and dining places. Santa Cruz has a wide variety of places to eat at with a range of very … More Some Places to Eat Out at or Get Takeout From in Santa Cruz County
Written by Lucas Hede (Features Writer) Valorant is a free-to-play first-person shooter created by Riot Games. The initial release of this game in beta was huge. Twitch (a live streaming website) hosted drops for a code to unlock a game through watching people play. Valorant was getting several hundred thousand viewers on Twitch as well … More A Look into Valorant – a Free-To-Play Offense and Defense Game
Written by James Carlos (Features Writer) The original 1996 Space Jam was undoubtedly an iconic movie that blended both animation and live-action. Not to mention it starred the legendary Michael Jordan, the most famous basketball player of all time and possibly one of the most famous people to ever live. The film also featured the … More Lebron James to Star in a Looney Tunes Movie – Coming Soon
Written by Lio Rowan (Features Writer) The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is a romantic fantasy book set during the greek heroic age. We follow as the great demigod Achilles and the outcast Patroclus fall in love. After the former prince Patroclus is banished from his kingdom, he is sent to Achilles’ father’s kingdom. … More A Review of the novel “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller
Written by Ashli Trageser (Features Writer) If you’ve been on YouTube at all in the past year, chances are you’ve at least heard of Dream, which is one of the fastest-growing channels in the history of the platform. Dream is a 21-year-old American Minecraft YouTuber with over 20 million subscribers, 10 million of which he … More “Dream SMP” – A Fast Growing Minecraft Youtube Channel
Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) Around this time last year, we went into lockdown due to the outbreak of Covid-19. For a full year, we have been in online learning, which, for most of us, can be really hard to look back on. So, in an effort to brighten the thoughts of students of … More How to Make the Viral Food Trend Cloud Bread
Written by Lucas Hede (Features Writer) April is a big month for gaming with several top-tier products coming out that could help the state of gaming. Hopefully, with these additions, more people will come into the gaming community and start having fun playing games as a hobby. Here is a list of the top three … More Upcoming Video Games for the Month of April
Written by James Carlos (Features Writer) Movie releases as of this time have been slowed down significantly, but there was a recent release of a giant blockbuster movie called Godzilla vs. Kong. If you are unfamiliar with this movie it is the third movie in the “monster verse” trilogy following the events of Kong Skull … More A Student Review of the new Godzilla vs. Kong Movie
Written by Lio Rowan (Features Writer) The House of the Scorpion is a dystopian science fiction book written by Nancy Farmer. The book won the National book award for young people’s literature when it was released in 2002, and the John Newbery medal in 2003. Nancy Farmer started by writing children’s books, many of which … More A Review of the Novel “The House of the Scorpion” Written by Nancy Farmer
Written by Ashli Trageser (Features Writer) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a name that can be recognized throughout all generations, a franchise celebrated regardless of age. There’s the original TV show in 1990 along with the live-action adaptations, the animated kids’ show in 2012, and the newest animated adaptation, “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja … More A Comparison Between the 2018 and 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T.V. Show
Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) Easter, one of the most popular holidays amongst Christians all around the world, has been dated all the way back to the second century. Easter is the holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Right before Easter Sunday occurs is Good Friday, the day when Jesus was crucified. Each … More The History of the Easter Holiday
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
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
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 A Recap of the 2021 Grammy Awards Show
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”
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
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”
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!
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!
Written by Natasha Gunion (Features Writer) Coming 2 America was directed by Craig Brewer, and is the sequel to Coming to America, which was produced in the late 1980s. The movie runs for 1 hour and 50 minutes and is rated PG-13. This movie is about a king in the kingdom of Zamunda. He rejects … More A Review of the Movie “Coming 2 America” –
Written by Ashli Trageser (Features Writers) 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 Show “My Hero Academia “
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
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?
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
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
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!
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
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
Written by Azella LaFever (Features Writer) It is soon to be March and that means a new month of new movies. Many movies are coming out this upcoming month, due to the long stretch of movies that canceled their production being released since the pandemic. I’m very excited to watch as many as I can, … More Looking at Upcoming Movies in March 2021
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
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
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
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
Written By Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) Ever wanted to eat something and drink at the exact same time? Do you like the idea of a sweet and savory beverage that can take form in an endless amount of flavors and mixes? A drink that has become particularly popular with people as more and more Asian-cuisine … More How to Make Boba at Home!
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
Written by Azella LaFever (Features Writer) It is now the middle of February and there are going to be many new exciting movies coming out in February and March. Many movie release dates were pushed back due to COVID 19, due to that there are many highly anticipated movies coming out this month. There are … More A Look Into More Upcoming Movies in 2021
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
Written by James Carlos (Features Writer) In February of 2020 the world shut down, leaving us to quarantine inside of our houses without much to do. Many of us are tired of watching the same shows on tv and playing the same video games over and over again, so here are some things that you … More Rainy day Activities During Quarantine
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
Written by Azella LaFever (Features Writer) With the New Year, there is a brand new selection of movies to come. Many of the movies that were supposed to be released in 2020 were unfortunately delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but because of this many of the new movies that are being released in 2021 … More Some Upcoming Movies to Look For in 2021
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)