How Will Coronavirus Shape the Future of Standardized Testing?

By Wesley Gilbride, Staff Writer Standardized testing and the college admission process can now be added to the growing list of procedures and norms that have been upended by the coronavirus. High schoolers, already drowning in stress and existential crises are now questioning the future of the SAT and the ACT as these tests pertain to the college admissions process.  The pandemic has caused many … Continue reading How Will Coronavirus Shape the Future of Standardized Testing?

Into the Night; How One Junior Team Raced for 24 Hours Straight

By Natasha Visnack, Crest Editor (Left to right: Curran Jacobs, Jack Billowitz, Reid Farmer, Will Fogarty, Quinn Farmer, Jenna Raymond) In late September, a group of unassuming middle and high schoolers completed what many adults would never dare attempt—a 24-hour mountain bike race. While parent volunteers looked on from the team campsite, five junior competitors raced together through day and night for the Oregon 24 … Continue reading Into the Night; How One Junior Team Raced for 24 Hours Straight

What You Need to Know About Mail-in Ballots This Year

By Thomas Schwiebert, Opinions Editor Throughout this election season, President Trump’s administration has repeatedly called into question the efficacy and fairness of the 2020 election. With Covid-19 eliminating the possibility of a number of polling stations across the United States, many states are turning to mail-in voting: the primary target of contestation by President Trump. Despite the tirade of attacks against this long-proven system of … Continue reading What You Need to Know About Mail-in Ballots This Year

Good News June

By: Hannah Kenneth No one can overlook the overwhelming struggle, pain, and fear that has overshadowed this year. The media is ultra accessible today, stretching to almost every social media platform, making it so that you never miss a beat and almost always know whats going on in the world. It is often hard to escape the terrible news, both domestically and abroad. I have … Continue reading Good News June

Bend Protests Peacefully to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

By: Ellie Skjersaa On Tuesday, June second, Bend Oregon had the biggest protest that it’s ever seen. Thousands of individuals from across the community came together in support of the movement, black lives matter. It was truly amazing to see the passion people had in their voices and in their hearts. During a time where police brutality is still present and where black people across … Continue reading Bend Protests Peacefully to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

Virtual Graduation: Pandemic Protocol

By: Brooke Leggat With the end of our eventful school year approaching, the Bend-laPine school district has opted for a collaboration of both virtual and “drive through” concepts of graduation ceremonies, generating a plethora of mixed feelings from students and parents in its wake.  The original blueprint for this year’s graduation had been conclusively virtual with strict state guidelines set in to equate social distancing, … Continue reading Virtual Graduation: Pandemic Protocol

What Will the Summer Bring?

By: Sasha Stringer As quickly as the coronavirus outbreak has been maturing, the question of what summer will look like in Bend has been on every resident’s mind.  With the prime vacation season approaching, many are wondering whether to pursue their travel plans to the Oregon coast, or to stay hunkered at home to float the river everyday and continue supporting local restaurants.  “For Bend … Continue reading What Will the Summer Bring?

A Summer Without Tourists

By: Hannah Kenneth The Bend Oregon summer: Bonta Gelato (famed for fun flavors and wafting scents of vanilla waffle cones), guitar strumming from a concert in the nearby Old Mill, hippies congregating in Drake Park and the smell of burgers and beer emitted from the famed Deschutes brewery. Not to mention California license plates scattered throughout from those visiting the growing town and its businesses. … Continue reading A Summer Without Tourists

How Are Sparrows Chosen?

By: Viansa Reid Storm students and Thunder contestants are hard at work raising money for Tytan Neff, this year’s Storm Sparrow. But what happens to the other families who applied to be a Sparrow but weren’t selected? “[The families that aren’t selected] are very few and far between,” said Nancy Childers, the Regional Director of Sparrow. “I’ve been with Sparrow for a total of almost … Continue reading How Are Sparrows Chosen?

Mock Trial Storms State

By: Madison Chambers In a sea of black blazers and white button downs, only one group of students represented Central Oregon at the State Mock Trial Competition. Those students were Summit’s Mock Trial team, who previously won first place in the Regional Mock Trial Competition. Summit Mock Trial dedicated countless hours to preparing for the State level of competition. “State was definitely a higher level … Continue reading Mock Trial Storms State

Natural Disasters: Expect to See More

By: Thomas Schwiebert A devastating tornado swept through northern Tennessee early on Tuesday, March 3rd, leaving the city in shambles, with at least 24 dead and 38 missing.  According to AccuWeather, this tornado is the most deadly since 2013, when 24 people were killed in the small town of Moore, Oklahoma. While tornados of this magnitude are a rare tragedy, scientists say that we can … Continue reading Natural Disasters: Expect to See More

What Else is COVID-19 Killing?

By: Parker Meredith At this point, everyone has heard of Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The virus that is believed to have started in an open-air market in Wuhan, China, has begun to spread rapidly. Scientists are unsure of the total damage this disease could bring, however some people have drawn comparisons between it and the Bubonic Plague. Just about three months after it was … Continue reading What Else is COVID-19 Killing?

Rubbish Renewed Fashion Show raises environmental awareness

By India Slodki What started as a fundraiser for an alternative education program, is turning into an annual city-wide staple, a fashion-centered event that everyone in the community can enjoy. Scheduled for Jan. 25, the 10th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show is bound to be a thought-provoking, inspiring showcase of amazing local talent. Held as a fundraiser for REALMS, the show encourages people to … Continue reading Rubbish Renewed Fashion Show raises environmental awareness

Kristy Knoll becomes the new Dean of Students

By Madison Chambers As of Nov. 4th, a new dean position was incorporated into school’s administration team, the role is now filled by Kristy Knoll. Knoll will continue to teach her fifth through seventh period classes but a different teacher, Colin Price, will take over periods one through four while Knoll completes her duties as dean.  “Mr. Price has several years of experience as an … Continue reading Kristy Knoll becomes the new Dean of Students

New president steps up for 2019-20 school year

By Isabel Max For the first time in over a decade, the student body elected an all-female executive board to the 2019-20 school year student council. The council is decidedly led by Annie Maskill, who steps up to her position as school president after winning the approval of her peers in a June campaign effort. “Annie brings a great communicable and approachable personality to the … Continue reading New president steps up for 2019-20 school year

Q&A: Lanyards with Principal Michael McDonald

Interview by Madison Chambers Q: What is the reasoning for implementing the lanyard identification? A: “To carry identification, “is a professional standard now. When you go to college you have to carry your I.D. with you at all times … another reason is that I want every adult in this building to know who the students are, I think that is really important, especially for … Continue reading Q&A: Lanyards with Principal Michael McDonald

Orange United – Mental Health Initiative

By Lucy Jones Junior Charlie Hobin recently created Orange United as a resolution to combat the issues regarding mental health. The initiative commenced with the nationwide movement of school safety in the wake of the Parkland shooting. Hobin soon realized that Orange United should focus on the improvement of student’s mental health rather than the broad topic of safety. “We, as students, all care about … Continue reading Orange United – Mental Health Initiative

Charlotte Van Valkenburg, celebrated robotics coach, dies at age 51

By Fiona Max Charlotte Van Valkenburg was in every sense of the word, an anomaly. As the supervisor and engineer of Chaos Theory, the school’s award winning robotics team, Coach Valkenburg never tired as a leader. Valkenburg founded Chaos Theory in the fall of 2013, knowing that funding the program would not be easy. The coach had no intention of finances limiting the team’s opportunities. … Continue reading Charlotte Van Valkenburg, celebrated robotics coach, dies at age 51

Climate crisis comes home

By Kennedy Storandt On Friday, Sept. 20, the Oregon Youth Climate Strike met at the corner of Newport Avenue and Wall Street in protest against global climate change.  The strike drew hundreds of people to the downtown intersection as men and women of all ages gathered.  Among the crowd, an abounding number of Storm students could be found holding signs demanding political action for climate … Continue reading Climate crisis comes home