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Are you bored during lockdown?

Are you bored during lockdown?

Mark Ontolan, reporter

May 23, 2020

The coronavirus canceled your spring break plans, sporting events, concerts and late night rendezvous. While restrictions are slowly being lifted, we are still facing a summer with no schoolwork but plenty of time at home. When boredom strikes, it’s going to call for some serious creativity. Here a...

Mixed Media Madness: Color Pencils

Mixed Media Madness: Color Pencils

Kelly Cheng, reporter

May 18, 2020

Although I love art, I’m not always a big fan of coloring. After just a short while, my hands can get extremely tired. I procrastinate, and that’s how I forget to finish coloring the piece. Also, my color pencils often get dull really fast. Sharpening colored pencils can be a struggle. But, there's...

Mixed Media Madness: My first time using a drawing tablet

Mixed Media Madness: My first time using a drawing tablet

Kelly Cheng, reporter

April 30, 2020

When I first started drawing digitally, it was on my small phone. My fingers slid across the screen repeatedly and it was a huge struggle until I got the hang of it. Not too long ago, a friend of mine bought a digital drawing tablet called Wacom Intuos S. It is a small size tablet meant for beginners. ...

My fur-friends and me during lockdown

My fur-friends and me during lockdown

Joesph Brown, reporter

April 30, 2020

Let me start with introducing you to my Auntie’s dog Sassy. She is still a puppy. Can you believe that this big animal is still a puppy?  Sassy was actually going to be sent to the Humane Society because her original owners were moving into a smaller apartment where no animals were allowed. My...

Life as a student journalist: TIPCUP and the LQTQ format

Pinion staffers from 2017 bundle copies of the paper to give out to students and staff.

An Vo, editor

April 22, 2020

Elements of Newsworthiness For an article to be considered newsworthy, it must meet at least three TIPCUP standards. Timeliness - is the story published around when an event took place or is going to take place? After all, the word “news” has the word “new” in it. Impact - will the s...

Vo’s Concerns: COVID-19

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

An Vo, editor

April 7, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has taken over the lives of many worldwide and is ruining our society. It causes people to have difficulty in having a normal lifestyle and results in things like remote education and being ordered to stay at home. Events and meetings have been canceled due to the COVID-19. Inst...

Life as a student journalist: Story Ideas and Pitch Sessions

Editors from the 2018 Pinion staff, Anela Chavez and Alexandria Buchanan lead a pitch session and offer feedback to reporters.

An Vo, editor

March 26, 2020

Finding story ideas Many reporters find it difficult to come up with story ideas. There are, however, many ways to find story ideas.  There are many events happening around the world and at McKinley High School that readers worldwide may find interesting. You can find story ideas by visiti...

Why I am in band

Being in a band or orchestra requires commitment and dedication.

Karen Huynh, guest writer

March 19, 2020

Everyone has reasons they do what they do. I did everything purely because my older cousins did them. My whole life, I was always told to do everything that they did. They were the smart ones, always being shown off by everyone. “Shawn does really well in math; now he’s moved up a class.” “Paula w...

Vo’s Interests: Flute

The flute is one of many instruments used in a band. It is a part of the woodwind family and produces sound by blowing air across its mouthpiece.

An Vo, editor

March 1, 2020

Studying music has been my passion since I joined the Central Intermediate’s band during sixth grade. I chose to play the flute because the sounds produced from the instrument made me reminisce about my childhood. I would watch a video of a musician playing the flute and replay parts of the video w...

Mixed Media Madness: Sketchbooks

Mixed Media Madness: Sketchbooks

Kelly Cheng, reporter

February 12, 2020

Let’s just say, not every page in my sketchbook is neat, fancy, or perfect. I either have the best linearts or hideous faces and non-proportional anatomy drawn everywhere. It’s safe to say that many princesses and fairies in my old sketchbooks could use a redraw. As I slowly watched every printer paper disa...