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Why Travel?

By Charlotte H. ’21 Traveling is truly an adventure. With each visit to a new destination, exciting challenges and surprises await. Having been to over half of the states in the U.S., […]

Spring Musical

By: Sarina D. (’19)
Most of you are probably familiar with the story of the Princess of the Pea, but what you may not have known is that it was turned into a two-act comical, heartwarming, and vibrant musical entitled Once Upon a Mattress. This semester, Crystal students have taken on the fairy tale for their spring musical.

The Parkland Shooting, the Crystal Community’s Response

By: Sarina D. (’20)
February 14th, 2018 will go down as the most memorable Valentine’s Day in American history – and not for its record chocolate and flower sales. Our nation will mark every Valentine’s day from now as another year passed since one of the most devastating and large-scale school shootings in our country’s history. It will mark another year passed since 19-year- old Nikolas Cruz hopped in an Uber on a warm Florida morning, headed to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and pulled out an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle to execute what would be one of the most infamous school shootings in global history. And most importantly, it will mark another year passed since seventeen families were robbed of their loved ones, and since seventeen students and faculty members were suddenly robbed of their lives and futures in the midst of a regular school day.

Letting Go of Trying to be “Normal”

By: Ella R. 
At some point, most of us deal with struggling to fit in or feeling like our true selves won’t be accepted by others. Not only is this, of course, unpleasant to experience, but, if it goes on for a long time, it can make you lose a lot of confidence in yourself and really struggle with who you are, regardless of the source of your insecurities. For many years, I was fixated on trying to fit in with everyone else. Oddly, many of my insecurities have concerned tiny aspects of my life. On my first day of kindergarten, I remember being horribly self-conscious of my backpack, which was a very different style from those of most of the other girls.

Why Track?

By: Marlena B. (’20)
It’s no secret that track is a stressful sport. Most people have likely heard their friends complaining endlessly about the races, the training and all the pain and stress that goes along with it. So why do these people come back year after year despite these challenges? How do they deal with the stress to compete successfully? I decided to interview some current track members to find out.

Get Ready for the Oscars!

By: Caitlin R. (’20)
I don’t know about you, but for the past few weeks I have been desperately trying to find time to watch at least half of the nine nominees for Best Picture, a difficult task considering Crystal’s workload. While I don’t consider myself a movie fanatic, I do always love filling out a ballot for the Oscars and competing with my family to see who can guess the most wins. In past years, I’ve watched zero to one of the movies, and my goal was to have more knowledge about the movies this year. For those like me who don’t have time to watch all nine movies before the Oscars, which are this Sunday the 4th, hopefully this article will help with providing some general info (and some controversies, of course) about the movies up for Best Picture.