The Bruin Voice

Memes and other mental health jokes worrisome

Amara Del Prato, Entertainment Editor

September 20, 2019

In the longstanding fight against the stigmatization of mental health, it seems that finally Generation Z has thrown the last punch.  Students talk openly about mental health, posting about their sessions with their therapists and making lighthearted memes about mental health struggles. However, so...

Excessive Screen Time Links to mental health in teens

Charumati Rogers, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

Sweep aside the hair of an average teen today and, surprisingly, one might find an odd growth: a skull horn. Located at the base of the skull, this odd growth results from constantly looking down at a smartphone. Studies have also shown that physical disorders, such as brain problems and o...

Is it time to close the GATE?

Deepika Sahota, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

Many Bear Creek students spent their elementary and middle school years in a GATE — Gifted and Talented Education — program. Although the program seeks to label children who exhibit an advanced learning pace as gifted and separate them from their non-gifted peers, it is unclear whether the ...

Oregon students lead grass-roots effort to pass ‘mental health’ legislation

Grace Gremel, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

Sometimes students stay home “ill” when what they are really feeling isn’t an impending cold or the shivers from a full-blown flu bug — instead, they just need a mental break. Oregon now permits students to miss school days for mental health reasons. Passed in June, the new law t...

Colleges use AP exam scores to assess student readiness

Michael Thomas, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

In a generation that claims to be overworked and overtested by schools, some notable private schools are answering that call and moving away from Advanced Placement tests. This change comes as both a relief and a shock to the average lethargic high school student at Bear Creek and high sch...

College Board rolls out content, exam changes

Adan Banks, Sports Editor

September 20, 2019

​College Board, the private organization in charge of administering college standardized tests and providing aid to students in the college search process, has announced major changes to many aspects of the Advanced Placement program that will take effect this year.  These changes will impact both teach...

Four obscure and prestigious additional AP programs shock students

Ryan Flores, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

Advanced Placement (AP) typically allows students to take college-level courses in high school. However, many students are unaware of the four additional programs that AP offers. The AP Capstone Award is awarded to students who complete research projects and pass the exam within the AP Semin...

Teachers adjust grades based on AP scores

Thomas Bun, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are mostly structured to prepare students for the AP exam in hopes of obtaining college credits for their efforts. Those who don’t attempt the exam, either because of the cost or because they simply don’t feel prepared, leave some teachers to resort to other ...

Disney Plus competes with Netflix and Hulu in streaming war

Disney Plus competes with Netflix and Hulu in streaming war

Devyn Inong, Feature Editor

June 16, 2019

Say goodbye to logging onto Netflix and watching “Incredibles 2” in fifth period. The Walt Disney Company has decided to pull all of its content off of the popular streaming service in favor of developing a site of its own — Disney Plus. Prepared to launch Nov. 12 of this year, Disney Plus is...

Student overcomes suicidal thoughts and hospitalization

Bailey Kirkeby, News Editor, Managing Editor, Entertainment Columnist

June 10, 2019

He was stripped of his electronics. The laces from his clothing and shoes were removed so neither he nor other patients could use them. His doctors forced him to take antidepressants despite his declination. These gruesome undertakings were the reality of Jayden Jones, a senior at Bear Creek who was...

Risky business: starting a career in the adult entertainment industry

Risky business: starting a career in the adult entertainment industry

Bailey Kirkeby, Managing Editor, News Editor

May 3, 2019

Throughout their high school years, students are often told to follow their dreams and pursue what they love.  Despite encountering obstacles — such as a difficult freshman year and leaving her house — Caitlin Fink, an 18-year-old senior at Bear Creek who recently started a career in adult enter...

Teachers deal with daily struggles outside classroom walls

Bailey Kirkeby, News Editor

April 26, 2019

In addition to the stress and anxiety of keeping up with schoolwork, many students also deal with personal struggles outside of the classroom, such as health issues and family losses. However, the many struggles that teachers face are often overlooked. Near the end of last summer, as the new school...

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