Why I Write Stories

By: Taylor H. (’21)
I always wish I could have two lives; one where I try my best to succeed and one where I can just do whatever I want. Coming from an Asian family, it’s always been expected that I would put forth my best effort in this life to succeed. This means always studying hard, always thinking before I speak. There’s never been an appropriate time to “mess up” or act on impulse.

Behind the Scenes: Kidnap 2017

By: Amy Z. (‘19)
What really happened that Monday morning a few weeks ago when all upperclassmen seemingly disappeared from campus after a half-hearted, unexplained two-minute appearance onstage?

Traveling Stories – Elephants, Rainstorms, and Turkish Baths

By: Ella Rehman (‘19)
Traveling internationally can be an incredibly fun and rewarding experience. I’ve been lucky enough to have had many opportunities to see the world, and I have so many amazing memories of meeting new people, experiencing other cultures, relaxing, and learning. Here are a few of my favorites from over the years…

All about Halloween

By: Caitlin R. (’20)
Halloween. When we hear this word, what comes to mind? Maybe ghosts, candy, trick-or-treating, costumes, scary movies, and having a scary, but fun night with friends. We have all celebrated Halloween like this our whole lives, without even knowing where these traditions come from.

Why Beauty Standards Are Wrong

By: Taylor H. (’21)
It’s no secret that each region of the world has their own beauty standards. For example, in Western Culture, it’s all about having curves, being tan, and having big lips. In stark contrast, beauty standards in Korea are focused on being skinny and pale and having big eyes (think Kpop idols). What’s considered beautiful in one region will often reflect what a culture values.

Crystal’s New Diversity and Equity Initiatives; An Interview with Ms. Wade

By: Sarina D. (‘19)
This year, Crystal’s diversity and equity initiatives are at an all-time high, with a new program focused on continuity throughout the high-school experience and preparing students for the world not just academically but as open-minded and thoughtful human beings. At the center of these initiatives is the director of a new position dedicated predominantly to equity and social justice here in our community–Ms. Wade.

Crazy Fall Facts

By: Marlena B. (’20)
-Europeans eat around 46 pounds of apples annually
-Starbucks has sold over 200 million pumpkin spice lattes in the last 11 years (that’s around $80 million in revenue)
-Jack O’ Lanterns came from Irish immigrants coming to America

Rihanna Has Done It Again

By: Gracie H. (’18)
We all know Rihanna as an award winning singer and songwriter, street style influencer and feminist icon, but Rihanna just hit it out of the park with the release of her new makeup line. Fenty Beauty is strongly focused on inclusivity. Typically, when a brand launches a new face product, it’s released in five to ten shades which mainly cater to lighter complexions. Companies fail to realize that there are hundreds of skin colors and skin tones to take into consideration, so their limited shade range limits the amount of people who can buy their product. Well, not Rihanna. She released a whopping 40 shades to cater to every skin tone.