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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...

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...

Experiencing the spotlight

McKinley High School varsity players (left to right) Francis Leasiolagi, Ezekiel Samuelu, Travis Tanuvasa-Filipo, Alexandria Buchanan, Stephen Martin, Damian Tinay, Kinson Esa, Zephaniah Vulivalu, Iulio Atonio, Jomari Locquiao and Tamatoa Aga. Photo by DePaul (Mutu) Leuta.

Alexandria Buchanan, editor

October 4, 2017

Ever since Aug. 19, I have had interviews, articles and recognition for simply scoring a touchdown. This newfound “spotlight” has been focused on “McKinley’s girl quarterback” or “Alexandria Buchanan from McKinley,” and I don’t believe it is right for me to have so much attention. M...