Student Spotlight: Living with Coronavirus

By Barbara Norton, Editor-in-Chief As the Coronavirus continues to spread both globally and locally, infection is on everyone’s minds: Are you feeling feverish—or just warm? Is that cough because of allergies… or something more deadly?  Though symptom lists and death rates dominate everything from neighborly conversations to the national news cycle, few people know what it’s like to actually be sick with Coronavirus. We sat … Continue reading Student Spotlight: Living with Coronavirus

Corona Corrects the Environment: Fighting an Invisible Change

Lucy Jones: The miraculous return of dolphins to southern Italy—some of the first positive news many of us heard in the midst of the pandemic. Although Covid-19 has caused global catastrophe—in everyone’s day-to-day lives, in the economy, in the workforce—it has also helped restore and revive aspects of the natural world that might not have been feasible otherwise. With the whole world on pause, carbon … Continue reading Corona Corrects the Environment: Fighting an Invisible Change

The Teacher’s Trouble: Technology

By: Parker Meredith A yellow light cascades over the teacher’s glasses and greying hair. He sits alone in the dark as the soft music plays, and the melodic tapping of his computer keyboard fills the air. It’s Monday night, March 31, 2020. Just two days before students return to learning, this time virtually. The teacher, who struggles greatly with technology, is forced to learn how … Continue reading The Teacher’s Trouble: Technology

Seniors Step into an Unpredictable Workforce

By: Lucy Jones As I watch my sister complete her fourth year of college—now with an unexpected twist—it’s clear the struggle she’s facing: no formal graduation, no chance for celebratory travel and, most alarmingly, a widespread hiring freeze. As for her life’s next venture, only more uncertainty awaits. She’s questioning when and how she’ll be able to get a job. And what will the job … Continue reading Seniors Step into an Unpredictable Workforce

The Novel Nation : Life After A Pandemic

By Charlie Hobin    Like a deer prancing across the highway, the Covid-19 Pandemic brought society across the globe to a screeching halt. Millions lounge around engaged in the infinity of Netflix while questioning, “when will we go back to normal?” Scientists, Politicians, and Pundits of all kinds are unsure of when this emancipation day will arrive, but one thing is certain, this future normal will … Continue reading The Novel Nation : Life After A Pandemic

Compassion in Quarantine: How Spreading Love Can Help Us Survive the Pandemic

By Natasha Visnack Over the past 2 weeks my dining room table has been overtaken with piles of bent sewing pins, bits of loose thread, and a gigantic mint sewing machine. These implements of construction have set up residence, banishing my family and me to eat our sad leftovers at the kitchen counter. Around my buried table disorderly stacks of paisley fabric cling to our … Continue reading Compassion in Quarantine: How Spreading Love Can Help Us Survive the Pandemic

Average Quaran-teens: A Tale of Two Students

By Julia Burdsall and Mimi Dioguardi Student 1: It’s 7:30am and the sound of my sencha alarm violently interrupts my trip to the bikini bottom with my dog. Just like yesterday I am rudely transported back into the reality of living in “quarantine” attempting to finish my junior year strong before the last of my motivation takes its much- deserved sabbatical. I head downstairs to … Continue reading Average Quaran-teens: A Tale of Two Students

How the Office Group Can Help You

By: Hannah Kenneth A stone’s throw away from the home of the Storm lies a secret sanctuary known as the Office Group (TOG), where a handful of students can get some much-needed help and guidance. You may catch these students talking with Betsy Kohler (resident math tutor and faux-mom), heating up some Cup Noodles in the makeshift kitchen or gazing at the U.S. map dotted … Continue reading How the Office Group Can Help You

In the City

By: Jess McComb I stood there in the slight drizzle, slouched under my hood, eyes locked on the pebbled ground as I waited. A streetcar arrived with a quiet clatter, white noise to city dwellers and a peculiar nuance to its visitors. I stepped aboard the car, casually gripping the steel bars as if it were a habit. Greeted by a new environment, my eyes … Continue reading In the City

Trash Bros : Dutch Bros’ waste problem

By Hannah Kenneth Upon returning to school from lunch, Storm students can expect to be greeted by an abundance of things: the smell of car exhaust, half drank Dutch Bros drinks and grease-stained Mcdonalds bags hanging out of overflowing green trash bins. For many, this is the norm and the amount of waste and pollution being created stays under student’s noses.  It’s not news that … Continue reading Trash Bros : Dutch Bros’ waste problem

New Age Politics: Presidential Candidates Turn to Cyber Spaces to Engage With Young Voters

By Charlie Hobin Sixty years ago today, deciding what to watchafter supper came down to the wide variety of threeoptions: NBC, CBS or ABC. Jumping to the present day,Americans are exposed to an infinite amount of mediacoming from an infinite amount of sources.The formation of the internet and the subsequentdiversification of media makes reaching American people,especially younger generations, remarkably complex.According to PEW social trends, millennials … Continue reading New Age Politics: Presidential Candidates Turn to Cyber Spaces to Engage With Young Voters

VSCO Invasion : New Trend Overlaps with Bend Culture

By Barbara Norton Her oversized t-shirt is so baggy it completely covers her tiny shorts. Herluscious blonde locks cascade down her back. The sheer amount of string from herfriendship bracelets and anklets is enough to make a blanket. Scrunchiesoutnumber ponytails in a four to one ratio. This is the VSCO girl. Since June, 2019, the VSCO girl has been spreading like wildfire toall corners of … Continue reading VSCO Invasion : New Trend Overlaps with Bend Culture

Life 360: Big Brother is Watching

By Jess McComb As new tracking app Life360 grows into popularity, the cheap thrills of adolescence are being threatened by increase of consequence. Chris Hulls and Alex Haro founded Life360, amobile tracking app, in 2008. Hulls strived to create a mobile accessible version of the United States government’sReady.gov initiative, a National public service campaign that allows people to locate family members in the event of … Continue reading Life 360: Big Brother is Watching

The wolf within: students embrace their animal identities

In the fresh morning-air, a pack of wolves takes respite beside the Summit High School entrance marquee. The group lays in wet grass, their tails lazily spread out beside them. Suddenly, the Alpha of the pack perks up from her loafing; ears up, she scans her surroundings. She senses something. The first period bell rings to interrupt her gaze, so the pack gathers their backpacks … Continue reading The wolf within: students embrace their animal identities