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)
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
Written by Lucas Hede (Features Writer) 2020 was a big year when it comes to gaming with the releases of next-gen consoles, next-gen PC parts, and a bunch of really popular games. Now with 2021, it will be hard to top the games and popularity that 2020 had, but here are some games that are … More What Will Gaming Look Like in 2021?
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
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”
Written by Lio Rowan (Features Writer) Winter has come and it’s cold outside. So cold that puddles of water ice over in the early mornings and our breath is a fog in our faces, as we all stay busy trying to keep warm; stocking up on Hot Cocoa, fuzzy socks, and heated blankets. A whole … More A Warm Soup Recipe for the Winter Months
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
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
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!
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?
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
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
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
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
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
Written by Ashli Trageser (Features Writer) She-Ra is a cartoon that inspired millions of young minds to go on their own journey of self-discovery and come out of their shells. The modern cartoon was created by Noelle Stevenson and had a few morals in mind when being created that made it different from most other … More A Look Into the Inspiring Cartoon “She-Ra”
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
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
Written by Lucas Hede (Features Writer) There are a bunch of upcoming movies that you should watch out for in the next month or two that might catch your eye. The first of which is Wonder Woman 1984. This is a 2 hour and 31 minute film about Wonder Women in the 1980s facing 2 … More Great Movies to Watch For in the Upcoming Months
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
Written by Lucas Hede (Features Writer) In the past few weeks many new updates and events in the gaming community have been released. The first being the game Among Us. This game has soared in popularity the past few months, so much so that they just hit over three million concurrent players this past weekend. … More The Newest Games and Their Updates
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
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
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
Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) As we all sit at home bored out of our minds, what better to do in these times than try something new! These are two fall recipes to try: First, a traditional pumpkin pie recipe (the only thing different about it is the fact that it came from the … More Get Ready for Fall With Some Festive Treats