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AP waivers restored — and numbers of students taking tests rise

Eric Benitez, Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


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With the AP fee exam funding restored this year, students need only worry about one thing: passing the test. The fee waiver was restored as a result of Lodi Unified setting aside district funding. Students who want to take multiple AP exams end up paying hundreds of dollars, as each exam fee is $94....

Environmental science class to install new air quality monitors

Claire Gilliland, Editor-in-Chief

May 30, 2018


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Bear Creek’s environmental science class — led by teacher Isabel Cuerpo — is working on getting a new air quality system, an electronic sign that’s part of the RAAN system, to replace their current system of air quality flags in the front of the school. Bear Creek will be the first high ...

Graduation stoles leave some feeling left out

Lily Tran, Feature Editor

May 30, 2018


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The final hurrah of high school is graduation — students don their best attire and show off their accomplishments in front of all their peers and the school. Often, these accomplishments are touted in the form of cords and stoles that are worn over graduates’ robes. This year, the graduation com...

Flag waving during International Rally leads to free speech clash

Gabi Backus, Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


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When Bear Creek senior Mason Kite, who was just accepted into the Marines, stood up and waved an American flag at the International Rally in March, he probably never thought his actions would lead to a school-wide outcry, reaching so far as the district level. “I was approached by several students...

Principal addresses safety concerns at meeting

Principal addresses safety concerns at meeting

Kaylanie Saldua, Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


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In response to the unease caused by school shootings across the nation, Bear Creek held an informal meeting for parents and students to discuss security measures on Wed., April 11. For a student body that numbers over 2,000, a total of 15 people sat in the library to hear what Bear Creek is doing to...

Letter to My Freshman Self: Giancarlo Lizarraga

Giancarlo Lizarraga, Editor

May 30, 2018


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Dear Freshman Self, When you first entered high school dealing with life was easy.  Getting all A’s in your classes was a given, you managed to make a new batch of friends (you’ll be happy to know that those friends have stayed with you throughout all of high school), and, like always, you lack...

Letter to My Freshman Self: Lily Tran

Lily Tran, Editor

May 30, 2018


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Dear Freshman Lily, My, my, how time flies.  You’re about to graduate, Lily!  It’s been an interesting four years.  Of all the things I’ve learned over these four years, I’d say to expect the unexpected and keep an open mind. You never expected to be involved in a million extracurric...

Letter to My Freshman Self: Kaylanie Saldua

Letter to My Freshman Self: Kaylanie Saldua

Kaylanie Saldua and Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


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Dear Freshman Kaylanie, You’re probably high off of adrenaline from your sprint finish in the cross country meet. Enjoy it while it lasts because you’ll quit your sophmore year. Yeah, you didn’t get that four-year trophy like you hoped you would. Cross country wasn’t the only thing you quit. J...

Letter to My Freshman Self: Kylie Yamada

Letter to My Freshman Self: Kylie Yamada

Kylie Yamada, Editor

May 30, 2018


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Dear Freshman Kylie, Don’t worry.  No other year is nearly as bad as freshman year. I’ll never understand how some people were happy when they first got to high school.  14-year-old Kylie was awkward, unhappy, isolated and lost.  I remember coming to school every day nervous and full of d...

Letter to My Freshman Self: Helen Le

Letter to My Freshman Self: Helen Le

Helen Le, Editor-in-Chief

May 30, 2018


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Dear Freshman Helen, High school. The long-awaited segment of secondary education where the fireworks burst in front of shiny eyes, the hands grasp at opportunities to reshape identities, the actualization of vivid ideas dreamt on a breezy night. New faces, new classes, new teachers, and — most...

Letter to My Freshman Self: Gwendolyn Poole

Letter to My Freshman Self: Gwendolyn Poole

Gwendolyn Poole, Photography Editor

May 30, 2018


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Dear Freshman Gwendolyn, Dang girl, you don’t know it yet, but you’re not gonna be able to recognize yourself senior year. We’ll just ignore the fact that you will actually look like a girl (with long hair, an ability to actually do makeup, and everything), but you’re going to have a sense of...

Letter to My Freshman Self: Gavin Cardoza

Letter to My Freshman Self: Gavin Cardoza

Gavin Cardoza, Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


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Dear Freshman Me, I don’t care if you think you’re ready for high school or not. I didn’t know what to expect from this school year and I don’t think you will either. So sorry, how rude of me, I haven’t introduced myself, and just from the tone it sounds like I’m scolding a stranger. It’...

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