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Should you adopt a pet during the pandemic?

This is a great time to give an animal a new home.
Story by Malia Brame, Staff Writer September 14, 2020

The massive spread of the novel Coronavirus has left many stuck in their homes and altered what was considered the “norm.” This abrupt interruption allowed newfound anxieties and uncertainties to erupt,...

Backpacks, books, pens, and masks

Students are seen wearing masks for their safe transition back to school.
Story by Avery Huffer, Staff Writer September 12, 2020

In the midst of a global pandemic, should a student be penalized for wearing midriff-exposing clothing, but not for refusing to wear a mask? Absolutely not. As the possibility of in-person classes increases,...

Joseph Kamandy combats the ‘gamer’ image

Boy standing outside in front of tree
Story by Antonio Morales Leyva, Opinions Editor June 10, 2020

Upon meeting Joseph Kamandy, many see the poster child for a stereotypical gamer—the kid who can only communicate in Fortnite dances and who cannot seem to pack on enough deodorant. But though he has...

Castro leads by example on campus

Castro leads by example on campus
Story by Sophia Perun, Features Editor June 8, 2020

From her community on campus to her community in San Marcos, Angelee Castro has dedicated numerous hours into impacting the lives around her. With humility as a strong suit, Castro does not allow her achievements...

Mata gets a kick out of his college football dream

Ezekeal Mata is thrilled to be playing for his dream team, the LSU Tigers.
Story by Joseph Kamandy, Multimedia Editor May 29, 2020

   With a positive charisma blended with raw talent and unapologetic sportsmanship, Ezekeal Mata makes for an unparalleled athlete to keep an eye on under the stadium lights. Hard working, dedicated,...

Ovalle will make “Sher” to “lock” in his passion for Criminology

George Ovalle looks forward to investigating the mysteries of criminal behavior.
Story by Joseph Kamandy, Multimedia Editor May 29, 2020

   Dreaming of making a difference in the world and aspiring to use his passions to journey him through any hardship, George Ovalle has always been the charismatic “younger brother” one can turn...

“Cell-fies” aren’t the only cells Brenda Camacho will be analyzing

Brenda Camacho is excited to venture into the world of biology as she prepares to head off to college in the fall.
Story by Antonio Morales Leyva, Opinions Editor May 27, 2020

   Voted ‘Most likely to become a model’ her Freshman year of high school, Brenda Camacho has proven to be more than just a pretty face. While her perfectly combed hair and carefully curated outfits...

Jorge enjoys his time now and will “fix it in post” later

D'Andre Jorge is ready to embark on his brightly lit path toward Standford University.
Story by Joseph Kamandy, Multimedia Editor May 15, 2020

   An upcoming red carpet attendee, or maybe the future recipient of the Academy Award for Best Director, D’Andre Jorge thrives with his creatively-driven mindset and passion towards the arts of media.     “I...

Lisa mixes lab and law in a radical reaction

Lisa expresses excitement as she prepares to spend the next four years of her life at UCSD
Story by Hannah Larson, Grizzly Den Editor May 14, 2020

     As a leader at Mission Hills and in San Marcos, Lisa Nguyen tackles life with enthusiasm and pours herself into everything she does.    “One of my favorite organizations within the...

Dismiss the health of students and students will miss school: amend the pupil attendance policy in California

Mental health days become more normalized as people begin to recognize mental wellbeing as a valid excuse for an absence.
Story by Salma Ramirez, Co-Editor in Chief April 30, 2020

   School. Study. Sleep. Eat. Repeat. Hardwired to perform well in school, students can hardly catch a break as they experience prolonged periods of stress and neglect their health to achieve the outstanding...

Letters to the Editor

April 30, 2020

The Silvertip supports the discussion of issues that matter to the community of San Marcos. To join the conversation, letters must include a full name and be 150 words or less. The Silvertip has the right...

Homework is the new classwork: COVID-19’s impact on students

Students are each affected differently by the school's closure, and the circumstance has left the student body confused as to what will be done to put the community back on track.
Story by The Editorial Staff April 2, 2020

   Swapping 6 a.m. alarms and overcrowded classrooms for endless snoozing and movie marathons amidst the COVID-19 outbreak posed an instantly gratifying solution to the stress students were facing in...

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