• Young People In Quarantine: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
    “It’s like you’re practically living through history, Kanchan.”, was the first thing my mother told me as I logged into my third period on Zoom. I rubbed my eyes, which had become perpetually blurry after my exponential increase in daily screen time. Every day became Pajama Day, where I drowsily took calculus notes from the […]
  • Virtual Poetry Slam to Break Quarantine Monotony
    In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, people often feel trapped within their own homes, forced to confront the despair and the anxiety of a global pandemic on a day-to-day basis. Separated by facial masks and closed doors, we have to find ways to bring our community together. That’s why as Pleasanton’s Teen Poet Laureate, […]
  • My Experience At A Bernie Sanders Rally
    I walked in a skeptic, I walked out a little bit less of one: my experience at a Bernie Sanders rally. When we arrived at 9:30 in the morning, the line in front of the San Jose Convention Center stretched around the block. Sounds smells, and sights competed for our attention––the lively chatter of anticipation, […]
  • COVID-19’s Impact on Technology
    The current coronavirus pandemic has a huge impact on technology and can greatly disrupt current technological developments. The initial shutdown of electronics factories in China already lead to a great slowdown in production for many tech companies, leading to weeks and even months of delay before the product can be put onto shelves in stores […]
  • St. Patrick’s Day – History
    By Daniel Cha March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day, which is one of the most celebrated days in the United States, despite the fact that it is not an official holiday. Shamrocks, large festivals and parades, and wearing green have become a part of American culture. However, it is relatively little-known why St. Patrick’s Day […]
  • The Winners, The Losers, and Everything in Between
    By: Sonali Mudunuri Amid concerns about the global pandemic, which has caused massive sweeps of anxiety and paranoia to wash over the nation, it is crucial now more than ever for all eligible voting citizens to turn to a leader that will not only inspire and rejuvenate the nation, but set in forth concrete plans […]
  • Curry’s Comeback Game
    On Golden State Warriors’ game against Phoenix Suns on October 30th, 2019, Stephen Curry suffered a fractured left hand and began to rehabilitate. After 127 days, Stephen Curry was back on Warriors’ game against Toronto Raptors on March 5th, 2020. In 27 minutes, Stephen Curry scored 23 points (6 of 16 field goals) and made […]
  • Impeachment Dies An Expected End
    Just about 2 weeks ago, President Trump was formally acquitted of the two articles of impeachment against him, mostly on party lines. This, of course, came as a surprise to no one. In our divided political climate, a vote on party lines––and by extension, an acquittal––was inevitable. But why then, did Democrats do it in […]
  • Gene Editing: Biotech’s New Superpower
    Bioethics is a muddy field to trek, embalming the intricate nuances of philosophy into rapid innovation. With recent advances – specifically the launch of genetic modifying molecular machinery known as CRISPR-Cas9 – the argument has officially exploded. Genetic engineering is not an entirely new concept though, genetic engineers have been able to launch novel genes […]
  • Poland: An International Dillema
    by Suhani Narayan Poland is known for committing unethical atrocities, especially in terms of police brutality and locking up their citizens when they speak against their government.The United States has been looking for setting a precedent of stopping authoritarian regimes and attempting to prevent other countries from following Poland’s lead, and urging the EU to […]
  • Keep A Lookout For Wuhan’s Coronavirus
    A new virus called the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been identified as the cause of a disease outbreak that began in China. The disease is called COVID-19. It has spread to 29 countries around the world and 1 international conveyance (the “Diamond Princess” cruise ship currently harbored in Yokohama, Japan). Among 71,450 cases, 1,776 […]
  • The Winners, The Losers, & Everything in Between
    by: Sonali Mudunuri This year has already been an eventful one in terms of the current Trump administration and the recent Democratic campaigns. The first week of February saw such incidents as President Trump’s State of the Union Address, as well as polling mishaps in Iowa, but most importantly, the eighth Democratic debate took place. […]
  • Supercharging The Effort To Change Our Charging Cables
    The EU parliament has officially voted to push the standardization of mobile device chargers in the EU despite Apple’s protests. All mobile devices, whether made by Apple, Huawei, or anyone in between needs to have the same charger. Currently it is unclear whether the EU wants to standardize the charger itself and allow different ports on […]
  • Remembering Kobe Bryant
     On January 26th, a helicopter with nine people on board crashed in Calabasas. The famous basketball player Kobe Bryant and his second oldest daughter Gianna were among the victims of this crash. The helicopter was headed toward the Mamba Sports Academy where Kobe Bryant coached Gianna’s team. The cause of this helicopter crash is still […]
  • The American Flu
    So far this season, the flu has killed nearly 2,000 people in 30 states, including 19 children, according to the centers for disease control and prevention. In its weekly update on Friday, the Center for Disease Control said the number of flu cases was rising in nearly every state, with a total of more than […]
  • In Honor of MLK Day
    January 20, 2020 is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday which marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leaders legacy. It’s a federal holiday designated as a day of national service to spread and inspire Americans to improve their communities. It’s seen as a day to promote equal […]
  • The Winners, The Losers, & Everything in Between
    By: Sonali Mudunuri Picture Credit: Jordan Gale, New York Times With our current president’s term drawing to a close, the Democratic Party is beginning to crack down on the Democratic frontrunners for the upcoming November elections. Since the party originally had such a wide berth of candidates (who have either dropped out or simply not […]
  • Environment at stake
    Discarded Plastic Forms An Ecosystem At Sea Marine student Elizabeth Lopez maneuvered a huge steel claw off the coast of San Diego. Her research confirms the presence of the plastisphere-a manmade ecosystem of plastic debris. The plastisphere was created due to the large amounts of plastic debris deposited. 70 pounds of plastic is generated by […]
  • The Tri-Valley Homelessness Crisis
    As the economic divide widens across the country, millions of financially unstable citizens are falling through the cracks. Although homelessness is nothing new in America’s hyper-capitalist climate, more and more families are at the mercy of our streets. In California alone, there are currently more than five million people who are food insecure, and roughly […]
  • When Justice Doesn’t Prevail
    John Brookins was just 28 years old when he was convicted of a crime that he did not commit. On December 20th, 1990, Brookins bore witness to the murder of a friend, by the name of Sheila Ginsberg. For the last 29 years, he has been in prison for her murder, despite the fact that he […]
  • New Year, New Quarry Lane Expo!
    On January 26th, 2020 from 1 PM-4 PM, Quarry Lane hosted an open house that welcomed families interested in attending the school. Unlike previous open house events, the school administration replaced the word “open house” with “expo,” making the event have a fresh and new sound. The open house event started off smoothly with the high […]
  • Hong Kong Protests
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  • Egypt and America — A Brief History
    Egypt–––home of sun-scorched sand and towering ancient pyramids. It also has a historically crucial relationship with the United States. The United States has had diplomatic relations with Egypt for almost a hundred years––relations were first established in 1922, soon after Egypt gained independence from Great Britain. The modern US-Egypt relationship can be traced back to the […]
  • The World is on Fire
    2019 has been a momentous year for democracy. Although it might not seem like it to many in the western world, 2019 has seen millions of people across the world find their voice and use it to march, fight, and vote for democracy. Perhaps the most visible example of this is in Hong Kong; in […]
  • Gratitud, Gente y Generosidad: La Cena De Beneficios 2019
    Hace dos semanas, el club de español celebró una cena hermosa de beneficios en la Villa de Quarry Lane. Estudiantes de la Señora Salamanca y el Señor Mercado y la Señora Perez, miembros de la facultad, y familiares se reunieron para relajarse y disfrutar de la noche. La cena incluía comida deliciosa de nuestro favorito, […]
  • NFL: New Season, New Game
    Over the course of the recent NFL season, a great deal of turbidity and volatility has beset most teams (with certain exceptions, such as the extremely consistent Dolphins and Bengals). Teams who were considered “Super Bowl favorites” have become second rate, and teams who seemed destined to mediocrity have arisen to never before seen heights. […]
  • The More, The Merrier: QLS Teachers Host Diwali Celebration
    Photo Credit: Anjali Kalidindi Diwali video: check out how our staff chose to celebrate this holiday! Diwali or Deepawali is the festival of lights that is celebrated all over India. Every year, over the course of a few days ranging from late October to early November, families all over the world rejoice the return of […]
  • Tech News Recap
    Late October proved to have a lot of news, with the announcement of new tech and news of VPNs being hacked. These are some of the major news: NordVPN Hacked On October 21st, NordVPN, a popular VPN service announced that they had been attacked a few months prior to the announcement. The company states that […]
  • QLS Open House 2019
    Photo credits : Anjali Kalidindi On November 3rd, Quarry Lane kicked off the first Open House of the school year with a bang! Held on a Sunday afternoon from 1 pm to 4, the event was an amazing experience for everyone included, from the students who showcased the various programs offered at this school to […]
  • STOMP Out Bullying
    October is National Bullying Prevention month! As this was initiated by PACER in 2006, it’s an amazing time for schools and organizations to help raise awareness about bullying. By raising awareness and talking to students, we can make an impact. Its a way to reach out to communities, schools, and families all over the world […]
  • The Best Days of My Life
    Ahoy! I’m Manthan Shah and I’m back with another article. Today, as of when I wrote this article (November 5th), is Bryan Adams’s 60th birthday. I’ve been a huge fan of his music, so I felt I’d write something about him.Growing up in an Indian household, I primarily listened to Indian music. My parents had an […]
  • Halloween at Quarry Lane
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  • Space Exploration: Not Because It’s Easy, But Because It’s Expensive
    From its accidental formation to its political and social development, America has always been defined as a nation of frontiers. European settlers once traversed the “New World” in search of wealth and glory, thus discovering North America in the first place. Rugged individualists like Buffalo Bill Cody tamed the Wild, Wild, West on horseback. The […]
  • Vaping: A Not So Silent Killer
    Vaping, or e-cigarettes have been marketed as a form of ‘healthy smoking’ to teenagers since its invention in the mid-2000s. Instead of exhaling a dark cloud of nicotine, isn’t poofing out a colorful cloud of food flavoring so much more appealing? Charged with regular USB cables, vape pens are made fully accessible to the average […]
  • The Quarry Lane Girls Varsity Volleyball Playoffs
    For the first time in Quarry Lane history, the Girls Varsity Volleyball team qualified for NCS Playoffs, a competitive bracket that pairs the top sixteen teams of the league division. The bracket decides the champions of the league through a strict single elimination. The Varsity’s culmination of hard work, long practices, and frequent games came […]
  • Climate Change: Why It’s A Threat and What You Can Do About It
    On February 26th, 2015, Oklahoma’s Senator Jim Inhofe brought a snowball onto the Senate floor. Climate change, he argued, didn’t exist. How could it exist, when it was cold enough outside on a winter morning in DC to snow? For years since, politicians have evaded and outright denied the issue of climate change. Beholden to […]
  • Abortion: A Divided America
    Women are half of the country and are perfectly capable of making their own choices. Women must be given rights that allow them to have complete control over their bodies. The recent laws passed in many countries have taken away that right. Abortion has been made illegal in states like Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, […]
  • Impeachment – The Latest and Greatest in the Scandal
    by Sonali Mudunuri Donald Trump’s possible impeachment — the charging of a public officer with misconduct — has been a hot political topic over the last few months, and the time is nearing for the House’s first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry, which will take place starting mid-November. As the inquiry continues, let’s review […]
  • Hoco 2019: What a Night!
    On October 12th, Quarry Lane had its first homecoming dance in the foyer and gym. The theme appeared to be centered around cards. The school had a poker table where people could play blackjack with Mr. Nguyen. This seemed to be one of the favorites of this dance as many people crowded around the table […]
  • Power? Power? IS MY POWER ON? PG&E Blackout
    A significant portion of Californians were in a state of panic for good reason last week. They bought emergency water, flashlights, and dried foods, in preparation for the chance that their power would be cut. Californians also checked the PG&E blackout zones map, up to the point that the website kept on crashing because of […]
  • Music To My Ears: The ‘You Matter’ Tour
    On October 26, 2019, Casey McQuillen came to Quarry Lane to perform her “You Matter” concert in the afternoon. Casey McQuillen is a native of Boston who gained her fame through American Idol. She had performed on American Idol Season 13. She performed for most of the afternoon after third period ended around 2:20 to […]
  • VolleyBall : Another Day, Another Game
    Our volleyball team has proved itself as a true champion against rival after rival. They are not only determined but surpass their goals. Cheer them on at their games and show some Cougar pride.  Go Cougars!
  • 2020 United States Presidential election
    The 2020 U.S. presidential election begins. On June 18,  President Trump will formally announce his candidacy in Florida. A week later, the first democratic debate will begin. What does the upcoming US election mean for Chinese relations? If the Democrats defeat the Republicans, is there any chance of a sharp turn in China and America’s relations? Can […]
  • QLS Pep Rallies
     Our pep rallies bring an exciting and positive vibe to the school. Pep Rallies are held to bring school spirit and the Quarry Lane community together. All high schoolers from grades 9-12 attend to show their spirit! Our pep rallies are organized to involve students as well as have them participate in fun games and […]
  • Recycling
    Original Art by Anoushka Prashanth Recycling when the only thing you really know is ‘plastic vs. non-plastic’ is a lot like taking a multiple choice exam for a sketchy class. One answer definitely sounds wrong (let’s recycle diapers…!), Another option is eliminated on a grammar technicality (please read the signs above bins if there are […]
  • Why the Electoral College is Undemocratic
    by Akaash Babu The 2016 election saw a lot of outrage at the seemingly undemocratic result of the electoral college. Many questioned the democracy of a system that rendered such an undemocratic result. But the reality is that the Electoral College was designed to be undemocratic. Alexander Hamilton (in Federalist Paper no. 68) explained how […]
  • Guantanamo Bay: A Controversy
    By Suhani Narayan Guantanamo Bay is a controversial mark in US politics: it stands on Cuban soil and has been deemed a violation of human rights. It stands as a symbol of injustice and abuse, so much, in fact, that some countries use it as propaganda against the United States. The very ideals of our […]