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

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 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

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

“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 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

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

Netflix Adds New Series While Pulling Old Shows in December

Every month, Netflix rolls out and brings in new movies, television shows, and original movies and series. New things that are being added are: 8 Mile, Astro Boy, Battle, Bride of Chucky, Christine, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Crossroads: One Two Jaga, Friday, Friday After Next, Hellboy, Man vs Wild with Sunny Leone: Season … More Netflix Adds New Series While Pulling Old Shows in December

Activities for SLV students Over Winter Break

Winter break is rapidly approaching, luckily there are many fun, festive, and electric activities to partake in. There are so many possibilities when it comes to winter activities. With activities ranging from Santa Cruz to Santa Clara, this winter break will surely not be a boring one. Ice skating is always a great way to … More Activities for SLV students Over Winter Break

San Lorenzo Valley High School Student’s Favorite Horror Movies to Watch

The beloved holiday, Halloween, is quickly approaching. The need for the best horror movies has never been greater. Some horror movies that students at our school suggest for Halloween 2018 include: The Witch, The Conjuring, A Quiet Place, Hereditary, and Scream. Damian Cardenas, a freshman at SLV high school recommends the gothic film, Hereditary, “My … More San Lorenzo Valley High School Student’s Favorite Horror Movies to Watch

A Spooky Halloween Adventure for Everyone at Great America

Are you looking for something to do for this spooky season? Well, I highly suggest going to Great America’s Halloween Haunt. The whole park is transformed into a Halloween themed park with scary monsters and villains jumping out at you at every corner. The park has eight horror themed mazes such as Chaos House, Roadkill … More A Spooky Halloween Adventure for Everyone at Great America

A Look into ‘American Horror Story ‘ Season 8: Apocalypse

The eighth season of the Emmy award winning, anthology television series, American Horror Story, fires off with something all too realistically scary within the first fifteen minutes of the first episode of this season: Nuclear Warfare. Season 8, Apocalypse, is a crossover between the very popular seasons Murder House and Coven, which are seasons one … More A Look into ‘American Horror Story ‘ Season 8: Apocalypse

A Sneak Peek at the Toronto Film Festival

by Hannah Zolezzi The Toronto International Film Festival, a major event on the movie festival circuit, is underway. It’s facing some uncertainty now that Piers Handling has announced that he will end his 23-year run as chief executive and step down after next year. Mr. Handling brought the festival, commonly known as TIFF, into international … More A Sneak Peek at the Toronto Film Festival

Student Directed Play, “A Haunting We Will Go,” is on Track to be a Great Success

by Madison Reger A thrilling new production is coming to SLVHS this fall. “A Haunting We Will Go” directed by two of our seniors, Nick Payne and Jennifer Rodriguez, will be hitting the PAC October 26th. Student produced plays have had tremendous success over the years here at SLV, and this one is on track … More Student Directed Play, “A Haunting We Will Go,” is on Track to be a Great Success

Fans Eagerly Wait for Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of years of setup across multiple Marvel Cinematic Universe flicks and will bring together the most iconic heroes from the last 10 years of movies to face one, all-powerful evil. Naturally, the process of making the movie has been complicated, and during a Q&A at a fan event, directors … More Fans Eagerly Wait for Avengers: Infinity War

A Quiet Place – The Newest, and Most Quiet Horror Movie

If they can’t hear you, they can’t hunt you – that is the tagline for the new, upcoming thriller/horror movie, A Quiet Place, out in theatres on April 6th, 2018. Starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, who do not only play husband and wife in this film but are also married in reality. A Quiet … More A Quiet Place – The Newest, and Most Quiet Horror Movie

Classic Movies are the Highest Grossing Films, with Black Panther Following Closely

Many people talk about how big movies are these days, and the income that they make, but they are nothing compared to the movies of older time. Since 1940, the famous and well-known movie Pinocchio has made a total of $1,386,198,614. However, that does not even make the top ten of the highest grossing films … More Classic Movies are the Highest Grossing Films, with Black Panther Following Closely

I, Tonya: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

“I, Tonya” revisits — with verve, intelligence, scathing humor and more than a touch of sadness — the bizarre 1994 attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan by goons associated with the camp of Kerrigan’s rival, Tonya Harding. If dredging up that tough subject all these years later seems news-worthy,, you should also know that the … More I, Tonya: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Riverdale Brings a Fresh New Twist on Archie

While retaining the enjoyable cheesiness of the original Archie comics, the new series Riverdale loads its storyline with new characters and complications. The show has managed to capture the spirit of familiar characters – Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead – within the atmosphere of a series that combines the classic story arc of a murder … More Riverdale Brings a Fresh New Twist on Archie

Brief Synopsis on Kingsmen: The Golden Circle

A year has passed since Gary “Eggsy” Unwin and the secret agency Kingsman saved the world from Richmond Valentine’s neurological wave broadcast. He has since taken his late mentor Harry Hart’s title of Galahad and lives with Crown Princess Tilde of Sweden. On his way home he is ambushed by Charlie Hesketh, a former Kingsman … More Brief Synopsis on Kingsmen: The Golden Circle

San Lorenzo Valley High School Comes Together as a Family for Homecoming

During the last week of September, the entire San Lorenzo Valley high school comes together as a family, eulogizing the school with spirit. Between the week filled with celebratory spirit days, the commemoratory rally, and the enjoyable homecoming dance, the school did a great job with this year’s homecoming. “I really liked how everyone came … More San Lorenzo Valley High School Comes Together as a Family for Homecoming

The rise of XXXTenticion and how he differs from most rappers

Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, better known by his stage name XXXTentacion, is an American rapper from Lauderhill, Florida. He is best known for his breakthrough song “Look at Me”. The 19-year-old stands apart from other SoundCloud rappers. Despite the controversy in year’s XXL Freshman cypher: while Playboi Carti, Ugly God, and Madeintyo bounce around and hype … More The rise of XXXTenticion and how he differs from most rappers

The powerful message, disappointing acts, and heartfelt reunions of the VMAs

Shining lights, A-list celebrities, and blasting music were all a part of The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards that were held on August 27 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, honoring music videos released between June 25, 2016, and June 23, 2017. It was hosted by Katy Perry. Logic brought his powerful message of suicide … More The powerful message, disappointing acts, and heartfelt reunions of the VMAs

The squiggly eyebrow trend that is blowing up all over social media

“Squiggly Brows” are one of the most bizarre beauty trends popping up on the internet right now. This new trend seems to be a replacement for the “feather eyebrow” trend that was popular earlier this year. A beauty blogger that goes by the Instagram name of @PromiseTamang posted a photograph of herself on August 21st … More The squiggly eyebrow trend that is blowing up all over social media

Plus Ultra! My Hero Academia is Taking Over

In a world where everyone has a superpower, has being extraordinary… become normal? The hit new series My Hero Academia features a universe where 80% of the population possesses a “Quirk.” Ranging from control over fire to frog-like characteristics, having unusual abilities is considered normal. Occupations specifically for those with Quirks have even opened up, … More Plus Ultra! My Hero Academia is Taking Over

Thrash Metal band, Havok, releases new album

March 2017 is a busy month for music, especially Denver Thrash Metal band, Havok. Havok, formed in 2005, released their first album in 2009, with subsequent albums released in 2011, and 2013. Havok, despite close inspiration from bands such as Anthrax, Megadeth, and D.R.I., retains a unique identity, mixing the iconic sound of ‘80s Thrash … More Thrash Metal band, Havok, releases new album

A student review of latest box office and Oscar-nominated hit Get Out

A satirical take on the racial imbalance in the United States, Get Out is an unexpected hit from new director Jordan Peele. Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya, travels from his African American community to a white suburban neighborhood to meet his girlfriend’s family. He soon realizes that the family has some twisted games in store … More A student review of latest box office and Oscar-nominated hit Get Out

Diversity at the Oscars comes as welcome surprise to movie fans

In contrast to previous years’ Oscars, this year moviegoers are rejoicing for the large growth in black nominees after a 2 year drought known as #OscarsSoWhite. The past two years the Oscars have been on the receiving line of discontent with their choices of nominees, who have been prominently white. A “drought”, as some people … More Diversity at the Oscars comes as welcome surprise to movie fans

Team Fluff Runs off with the win in Puppy Bowl 2017

Not interested in watching football? What if the players had tails and floppy ears? The Puppy Bowl is the television program to watch this Super Bowl Sunday. The Puppy Bowl is an event that takes place every year at the same time as the Super Bowl and airs on Animal Planet. There are twelve episodes. … More Team Fluff Runs off with the win in Puppy Bowl 2017

Festive holiday events fill the Valley this December

Holiday events in Santa Cruz County: Find tree lightings, parades, train rides, light displays and Santa events near you. Celebrate the holiday season and enjoy playful, thoughtful and unique family traditions. Check out this list for fabulous and festive ways to celebrate the holiday in Santa Cruz. Tree-lightings in Felton, Boulder Creek and Scotts Valley … More Festive holiday events fill the Valley this December

The only thing Samsung does right is prove Apple is best

The phone called the “best phone yet” is, in reality, one of the biggest fails a smartphone company has ever created. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has gone up in flames (literally). The Note 7 was released on August 19, 2016 and were originally very sought after and anticipated. However, soon after the release, the … More The only thing Samsung does right is prove Apple is best

Worth the watch: ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’

Ouija: Origin of Evil creates a classic horror movie atmosphere with it’s 1960’s setting and chilling storyline. The film takes viewers back in time to Los Angeles of 1967, focusing on a family of con artist ‘psychics’ who get a taste of their own medicine when they become haunted by spirits from a ouija board. … More Worth the watch: ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’

The Thanksgiving Dog Show Wows Crowd As Well as Judges

If watching football on Thanksgiving is not your thing, then change the channel and watch man’s best friend take the center stage on Thanksgiving Day at noon in Philadelphia. Granted, The National Dog Show is different from the Puppy Bowl, and the cuteness factor may not be the same, but it is still worth it … More The Thanksgiving Dog Show Wows Crowd As Well as Judges

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children Movie Review

Quickly topping the box office charts this weekend, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children delivered an entertaining experience, along with an easy-to-watch feeling. Fitting of infamous director Tim Burton’s style, the film takes viewers on an imaginative and visually intricate journey through the lives of ‘peculiar’ children. Adapted from the novel by author Ransom Riggs, … More Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children Movie Review

A lively and enjoyable homecoming creates lasting memories for all

From the first day of spirit week, Tie Dye Monday, to ten o’clock on Saturday night, the students at SLVHS showed mass amounts of Homecoming spirit. Homecoming spirit week consisted of Tie Dye Monday, Tee Off Tuesday, Workout Wednesday, Toga Thursday, and Red and Black Friday. The Homecoming game and dance were Saturday night. The … More A lively and enjoyable homecoming creates lasting memories for all

SLV’s First Jazz Band is Off and Running Strong

After years of SLVHS lacking a widely diverse music program, music director Dan Lingenfelter decided enough was enough, and has created our school’s very first jazz band in order to challenge the musically talented at SLVHS. The members of the band include: Jordan Y. playing flute and piano, Jarod R. on flute and tenor saxophone, … More SLV’s First Jazz Band is Off and Running Strong

New policy and scheduling of this year’s after school drama program

For theater in the coming school year at SLVHS, “Grease is the word.” On a busy Friday morning, Will Guilford, high school drama director, was thrilled to announce that the spring show for the 2016- 17 school year will be the popular musical “Grease”. Information regarding auditions for “Grease” will be available later this year … More New policy and scheduling of this year’s after school drama program