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

“CLUE” – The Online Student Directed SLVHS Play

Written by Ashley Trageser (Features Writer) “CLUE” is a murder mystery/comedy, and this is the Broadway high school version, which has multiple different endings, so each show will be different from the last,” said Lennon Lilienthal Wynn, director of SLV’s very own student-directed play. “It’s a comedy, but also a murder mystery, and it engages … More “CLUE” – The Online Student Directed SLVHS Play

What to Eat or Do in Santa Cruz and in the Valley During Quarantine

Written by Zachary Reaves (Features Editor) Due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has been plaguing us for the last 6 months, many places have needed to close down due to the national quarantine. However, recently several local establishments have been reopened to some effect. Specifically, there are multiple restaurants, parks, and entertainment services that are … More What to Eat or Do in Santa Cruz and in the Valley During Quarantine

Movie Updates You May Have Missed During Quarantine

Written by Zachary Reaves (Features Editor) Since the last school year, there have been several big movie releases. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most if not all of the films released in this time have had to be released straight to home video or one of the many streaming services available online. Nonetheless, there has … More Movie Updates You May Have Missed During Quarantine

Where the 2020 Presidential Race Stands Now

Written by Pablo Reid (News Writer) Now that both presidential primaries are effectively over, Joe Biden and Donald Trump will be the presidential candidates in the 2020 election, which will take place on November 3rd, if everything goes right. Both candidates have the majority of their party’s support, but the year has not been easy: … More Where the 2020 Presidential Race Stands Now

The Final Episodes of the Documentary, The Last Dance Brings it all Together

Written by Braidan Lewis (Features Writer) Watching The Last Dance episodes nine & ten was a surreal moment for me, going into it felt like how the Bulls did going into that final season, you knew it was going to be over after this. Knowing this though didn’t make it any less entertaining, but in … More The Final Episodes of the Documentary, The Last Dance Brings it all Together

Mother’s Day was a Little Different This Year With our County Sheltering-in-Place

Written by Micah Jewell (Features Writer) On September 10, 2020, we gave love and affection, honoring all of the mother figures in our lives, by showing how much we care about them. Although it is disappointing that this year’s Mothers Day was spent under quarantine regulations, we hope that it was still enjoyable and special. … More Mother’s Day was a Little Different This Year With our County Sheltering-in-Place

A Couple fun and Different Ways to Workout and Keep Yourself Healthy

Written by Natalie Hunter (Features Writer) We’ve been in quarantine for almost three months now and most of us eating junk food and binge-watching Netflix, but now summer is just around the corner! Although we still most likely will not be able to enjoy many outdoor summer activities as usual, now is the perfect time … More A Couple fun and Different Ways to Workout and Keep Yourself Healthy

How People are Planning to Spend Their Summer Despite Being in Quarantine

Written by Sierra Mattair (Features Writer) Summer of 2020 is just around the corner and despite COVID-19 and the quarantine it brought with it students at SLVHS are very excited for this summer. Although we may still be social distancing, many people still have ideas of what they can do to make the most out … More How People are Planning to Spend Their Summer Despite Being in Quarantine

The Popular new hit Series, Outer Banks Keeps you on Your Toes With all the Action

Written by Sierra Bullock (Features Writer) Surviving this quarantine must be hard for everyone. This is a difficult time and lots of people are struggling with finding what to do to keep themselves busy during these tough times. A big one that I’m sure everyone has resorted to is watching shows and movies. There must … More The Popular new hit Series, Outer Banks Keeps you on Your Toes With all the Action

A Review: The Movie, Scoob! Gets Added to the Classic Scooby-Doo Series

Written by Zach Reaves (Features Writer) As kids, almost everyone had at least one or two cartoons that they watched and loved. Fans of the classic Hanna-Barbera series Scooby-Doo were pleased to hear that the series would be getting a new animated film adaptation this Spring. Scoob! was released on May 25, 2020 with a … More A Review: The Movie, Scoob! Gets Added to the Classic Scooby-Doo Series

A Perfect Sweet Treat to Make at Home as it Gets Hotter and Hotter

Written by Cherise Gombatz (Features Writer) Ice cream is actually super easy and there are many different ways and flavors to make. The first way is the “two ingredient method.”  All you need is two cups of chilled heavy cream and one can of sweetened condensed milk, you can also add different flavors of extract … More A Perfect Sweet Treat to Make at Home as it Gets Hotter and Hotter

What SLVHS Will be Doing For the 2020/2021 Sports Season is Uncertain

Written by Kaylah Perez and Ryan Hodge (Sports Writers) The 2019/20 school year at San Lorenzo Valley High School is starting to wrap up, and now we are talking about potential changes for the upcoming year. It may be very different than usual, but we can get through it together! With everything going on around … More What SLVHS Will be Doing For the 2020/2021 Sports Season is Uncertain

Some Sweet Things to Make That Will Remind you of Summer

Written by Cherise Gombatz (Features Writer) During quarantine we are all learning new recipes. These recipes are both very easy and very tasty. Both recipes are very flexible and super fun for groups or just for you! Since summer is coming up I decided to choose a classic summer favorite but quicker and easier to … More Some Sweet Things to Make That Will Remind you of Summer

A Series About Michael Jordan is Named the Most Popular Documentary

Written by Braidan Lewis (Features Writer) The Last Dance documentary recounting the Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls just passed another Netflix original “Tiger King” as the most popular documentary of 2020. Every episode is different and presents something capturing right off the start, as the beginning of episode five when we see a … More A Series About Michael Jordan is Named the Most Popular Documentary

Drake’s Newest Album, Dark Lane Demo Tapes Drops

Written by Micah Jewell (Features Writer) Imagine dropping an album and within the first twenty-four hours, almost all of the fourteen songs that are on the album are on the Billboard Hot 100. This is no one other than Drake who is no stranger to the rap game with multiple platinum projects and holding the … More Drake’s Newest Album, Dark Lane Demo Tapes Drops

Books to Check out if You’re in Need of Something new to Read

Written by Natalie Hunter (Features Writer) Two months into quarantine and you’re probably already running out of things to do. You have probably already binge watched at least ten shows on Netflix, spent at least twenty hours on TikTok, tried at least one new recipe, and started at least one new art project. But what … More Books to Check out if You’re in Need of Something new to Read

The Popular Chloe Ting Online Workouts That People are Loving During Quarantine

Written by Sierra Mattair and Sierra Bullock (Features Writers) The shelter-in-place restrictions have changed the lives of many people.  Being active is very good for your physical and mental health, but for many people, it has been very difficult to stay active and keep in shape during this time in quarantine due to sports being … More The Popular Chloe Ting Online Workouts That People are Loving During Quarantine

Want a way to Watch Plays at Home? Check out The Drama Online Library

Written by Charlotte Gunion (Features Writer) Are you bored in quarantine and searching for new sources of entertainment? Are you interested in streaming plays right in front of you? If so, keep reading! The Drama Online Library is an incredible website that we all have access to! This website provides hundreds of plays that are … More Want a way to Watch Plays at Home? Check out The Drama Online Library

Senior Spotlights

Written by Charlotte Gunion (Features Writer) Amidst all of the CoronaVirus chaos, High School seniors worldwide are being shorted of one of their most important milestones. Senior year is what our childhoods lead up to. We all have dreamt of that final year in high school and everything that comes with it. Prom, graduation, college, … More Senior Spotlights