The Silvertip

As the rise in hate crimes continues, more people accept it as a norm within society

In a moment of emergency, students remain careless due to their normalized perception of transgression.

Story by Antonio Morales Leyva, Opinions Editor

October 14, 2019

   A deepening divide plagues the country as hate crimes bombard cities and plague countless members of American society. Hate crime rates have risen since 2016 according to the United States Department of Justice, which leaves many wondering why. From ethnic disputes to atrocities committed against...

Self-identified labels are helping teenagers end negative stereotypes

Harry Potter fans use Pottermore as a way to classify their personality type and identify with others.

Story by Josette Rivera, Staff Writer

May 23, 2019

  Ranging from the Hogwarts House quiz on Pottermore, alignment tests for Dungeons and Dragons, or simple “Which character am I?” quizzes, people have a fixed attraction for labels. This isn’t solely restricted to online affiliations with popular culture; many other common labels exist and n...

Affection should not be exclusive to romantic relationships

D'Andre Jorge (11) and Jayce Jovero (11) dismiss the stigma surrounding male affection as they share a friendly embrace.

Story by Antonio Morales Leyva, Opinions Editor

May 18, 2019

  Many adolescents are driven by a fundamental desire for romantic relationships and have forgotten about a distinct and special type of affection: platonic affection. The idea of platonic affection within a friendship is one many are quick to disregard because of lust or ulterior motives; but platon...

Overwhelming class sizes call for overwhelmed teachers

Overwhelming class sizes call for overwhelmed teachers

Story by Cameron Parker

May 3, 2019

My name is Cameron Parker. I am a senior at Mission Hills High School this year. I have spent the last two years on our campus as an AP Ambassador and this year as the president of the I Am AP program. Through these positions, I have witnessed firsthand and heard through my peers the impacts of large...

Brace yourself for the overwhelming cost of a straight smile

Brace yourself for the overwhelming cost of a straight smile

Story by Brenda Camacho, Staff Writer

May 1, 2019

  When flaunting smiles to friends, many forget the reality that a perfect smile often costs thousands of dollars. While the cost of braces may be high, they can potentially save money in the long run; braces often help prevent detrimental health problems and contribute to the likelihood of someone getti...

The art of not caring

The art of not caring

Story by Mitra Zarinebaf, News Editor

April 10, 2019

  Turn on the news and there is a constant feed of Donald Trump. Scroll through social media and there is ethnic cleansing in China. Read through the newspaper and there are terrorist attacks. The constant information overload can be overbearing—especially as full-time students—for attention spans ...

Underage and under the influence leads to underachievement

When going to parties, many teenagers do not want to engage in drinking but feel an insurmountable amount of pressure. One should never feel afraid to say no to something they do not want to do.

Story by The Editorial Staff

March 19, 2019

  Fingertips carefully grasp the red-plastic cup as loud music continuously pounds in the background. Familiar faces surround the teenager, and due to societal pressure, the cup is raised and a drink is taken.   For many students, the legal drinking age of 21 has long been ignored, and indu...

Student activism activates student learning everywhere

Students are demanding their voices be heard, and are actively participating in political discussions.

Story by ArvinJay Jumalon, News Editor

March 13, 2019

  U.S and world politics have been bleeding into everyday lives; with the government initiating extreme measures and experiments, the future becomes more and more uncertain. But as the political climate gets progressively intense, high school students are starting to formulate passionate opinions o...

Being in the spotlight does not entail having a perfect life

Although pictures may depict a perfect person, there often lies a messy life. Everyone should celebrate the flaws and strengths they carry.

Story by Antonio Morales Leyva

March 5, 2019

  In the realm of social media, it has now become remarkably easy to show the positive sides of one’s life and conceal one’s misfortunes. This is especially true for people with an audience; influencers everywhere have taken it upon themselves to showcase the fun parts of their lives while mask...

Suicide is no joking matter in this age of social media

Leah Carranza (10) encourages students to seek help and talk to their guidance counselor.

Story by Josette Rivera, Staff Writer

February 20, 2019

    In recent years, jokes about serious issues revolving around suicidal thoughts and clinical depression have arisen on social media in the form of memes. The origin of this internet subculture is partly due to the nihilistic outlook on life, the state of the world and humanity. As the young age ...

A 4.0 GPA may not be all it’s cracked up to be

Many students view a 4.0 GPA as an exceptional goal. Others view it as an underachievement.

Story by Antonio Morales Leyva, Opinions Editor

February 19, 2019

In the typical classroom, students are exposed to a competitive learning environment where one’s GPA (grade point average) is placed on oneself for the sole purpose of numerically comparing a student’s intellectual value to their peers’. When the time of applying for college arrives, this number...

The burdens and beauty of dating as a teen

The burdens and beauty of dating as a teen

Story by The Editorial Staff

February 14, 2019

  The holiday of love is rapidly approaching and teenagers are confronting spending Valentine's Day alongside someone special or by themselves. Dozens of roses’ wafting scent and Cupid’s volleys of arrows notably characterize the holiday, but unhealthy feelings often hide behind the glamour. ...

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