The Pinion

There should be a better use for 20/20

There should be a better use for 20/20

Trent Pham

May 24, 2019


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There should be a better way to use 20/20. Recently, students with a reading level lower than ninth grade have been moved to different 20/20’s and are supposed to read for the entire 40 minutes every day. All other students are required the same 20/20 schedule, which is read for 20 minutes and...

Event Horizon Telescope reveals first image of a black hole

Event Horizon Telescope reveals first image of a black hole

Ryan Vanairsdale, head reporter

May 17, 2019


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On April 10, 2019, scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope project revealed the first picture of a black hole which many people had been talking about. While black holes are predicted in Einstein’s theory of general relativity, this is the first image of a black hole that has ever been captured m...

“Are We Done Yet”

“Are We Done Yet”

Ashanti Brown, reporter

May 17, 2019


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"Are We Done Yet" is a movie about Nick and his wife Suzanne Kingston-Persons, played by Ice Cube and Nia Long. The couple move into a new house to let their children Lindsey and Kevin, played by Aleisha Allen and Philip Bolden, live a better life. They hire a contractor, Chuck Mitchell Jr. played ...

Plastic straws should be banned

Plastic straws should be banned

Ashanti Brown

May 10, 2019


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Social media star, Bretman Rock thinks that the government should ban plastic straws; he’s right. A plastic straw is only used until you’re done drinking your drink, then you just trash it, which is a waste. Such trash endangers sea creatures around our island. In a 2018 TIME article, marine bi...

Black and Gold needs change

Black and Gold needs change

Alexandria Buchanan, editor-in-chief

April 18, 2019


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The Black and Gold has been McKinley High School’s fight song for years. This song is sung just as much as, if not more than our alma mater and can be heard during football games, bus rides and assemblies. Considering Black and Gold is sung by the whole school, it would make sense for the lyrics to ac...

Saying “thank u, next” to the challenges in life

Saying “thank u, next” to the challenges in life

Thompson Wong, assistant editor

April 12, 2019


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It seems like only yesterday that people were waiting with bated breath for Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener” album after her two-year break. Now six months later, “thank u, next” comes along just to prove that Grande is not one to stick to the norm Typically, most artists take the time to relax ...

“In Sight of Stars” Review

“In Sight of Stars” Review

Thompson Wong, assistant editor

March 1, 2019


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On my quest to find a book that did not depict mental illness unrealistically, I came across Gae Polisner’s “In Sight of Stars.” Reviewers raved about the book’s powerful story, realistic depictions and great characters. So I had to get the book to find out if it was all true. I was not disap...

Call our names

Call our names

Alexandria Buchanan, editor-in-chief

March 1, 2019


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McKinley High School administrators seem to pride themselves in potentially being the only school on the island that does not call names during the commencement ceremony. This has caused controversy on campus for years between the students and administration. Four years ago, student Netty Leviticus cr...

Performing Arts Academy at McKinley High School

Performing Arts Academy at McKinley High School

Amoreena Godoy, reporter

February 27, 2019


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Pride and tradition is what McKinley High School stands for, but some students are not able to have pride and passion at school. The school’s academy system allows students to learn about a variety of different career pathways, ranging from finance to engineering. However, it lacks a Performing Arts Academy.  ...

Proposing Alternatives to Accelerated Reading

Proposing Alternatives to Accelerated Reading

Kelvin Ku, assistant editor

February 27, 2019


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AR may not be the only solution