Conquering College Apps, Part II

EmilyJune2015

After completing the research and planning based on “Conquering College Apps, Part I,” what should be done next? Essay writing and interviews are some of the most difficult parts of the application, so part two of my college application advice addresses these concerns: Essay Writing College essay topics vary widely depending on the colleges you choose. However, there are some general questions that could help with your writing. Similar … [Read more...]

Conquering College Apps, Part I

EmilyJune2015

College applications are often the bane of high school students’ existence. Tons of paperwork, essays and payments ominously await incoming seniors and their parents. Though it seems daunting, the process is not that difficult if you plan ahead and start early. Here is part one of my college application advice: Start in the Summer College applications take a lot of brainpower. The prompts are quite challenging, so starting early will give you … [Read more...]

The Truth about AP’s Part II

zheng-emily

Nearly four years ago, I wrote “The Truth about AP’s,” which sparked quite a bit of conversation about the emphasis placed on those exams. Some readers were concerned about my lack of experience in taking those courses and tests because I was a freshman. Now that I am a senior at Arcadia High School and an incoming freshman at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, I am revisiting that article and observing how it has applied to my high school … [Read more...]

Fund AHS Alum’s Art School Dreams

Emily Zheng

Arcadia High School alumni Michelle Kim decided at the beginning of this year to stop attending University of Southern California to pursue what she loves: art. She hopes to one day share her passion with the world by working in film and television programs, but in order to take the next step in becoming a professional artist, Michelle must expand her skills by attending the Art Center College of Design this spring. However, unfortunate events … [Read more...]

AHS: Your Challenge Went Too Far

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Don’t get me wrong: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been a great fundraising strategy. It has raised awareness of the disease to people all over the globe and has brought a total of $112.4 million as of September 12. However, when you're living in California with one of the most severe droughts on record, you should probably think again before doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. During the annual Arcadia High School All-School Assembly on … [Read more...]

Free Fun Flute Club starts Oct. 19

Emily Zheng

Come join Fun Flute Club’s fourth year with free weekly group lessons for elementary school flute students enrolled in their school’s music program! The last three years were amazing. Thank you to the community's continued support! I am looking forward to another great year. Some of Fun Flute Club’s goals are to help elementary school music students master flute technique and tonality, develop a passion for music, and build confidence in … [Read more...]

California Girls State 2014

Emily Zheng

One of the most valuable hidden gems in California, California Girls State is an experience of a lifetime for high school junior girls. Many people, including myself, did not know about this program in-depth before attending, but it is truly a life-changing experience that positively empowers girls and instills the basic ideals and principles of American government. What is Girls State? It is a week-long leadership program of the American Legion … [Read more...]

Serving our students

Emily Zheng

It was ruled less than a week ago in court that California teachers are no longer secured under tenure, laid off on seniority alone, or guaranteed extra job safeguards not enjoyed by other school employees. The seniority system that has protected both effective and ineffective California public school teachers was struck down Tuesday, June 10 and may serve as a model of hiring and firing policies across the nation. Back in 8th grade, I … [Read more...]