Category Archives: Opinion

Restorative Justice in Marin: Youth Court

In 2015 I signed up for a program called Youth Court at Branson’s Community Engagement Fair. I didn’t come around to attending one of the trials until last month when I found myself free on a Thursday night and decided to try it out. Teenagers

The “Holiday” Spirit

When Branson students hesitantly stepped back onto campus after Thanksgiving break, we were greeted by a cheerful array of holiday decorations. Massive wreaths were hung on the windows of the Commons, red, green, and gold ornaments dangled from the trees in the quad, and several

Cheating in High School Tennis

A basketball player takes one too many steps without dribbling and immediately pauses. “I’m sorry, I travelled!” she announces, handing the ball over to the other team. A baseball player slides into home plate, clinching his team’s victory. “No, you’re out,” the catcher tells him

Thanksgiving: Turkey and Traditions

  In elementary school, every American student learns about the (somewhat unsavory) story behind Thanksgiving. In the fall of 1621 the famous (but arguably cruel) pilgrims of Plymouth Rock feasted with the (unsuspecting) Wampanoag Native Americans. Since that historic date, a well-kept tradition of food,

Time is Fleeting: Sleep Schedules in High School

Senior year has been really busy, and since the end of the summer my sleep habits have devolved into something really unfortunate. Weighed down with homework, college applications, and tennis, I haven’t been able to find much time to sleep. Recently I’ve thought a lot

“Sing Street” Hits Theaters – And Misses

This time of year, it’s often hard for movies made by smaller companies to be heard over the din of big blockbusters. Although this is often accepted as ‘just the way it is,’ many audiences, disillusioned with the pompous, overbearing, and utterly plotless failure that was

Looking Back at It: My Time at Branson

I never thought I’d be sentimental about high school. For so long, I told people how excited I was to go to college and get out of Marin. But, with graduation less than two months away, I find myself conflicted. Branson has been my home