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The author strums her acoustic.

The Rise in Guitar Sales During the Pandemic

Stella Mullin '22, Opinion Editor April 11, 2021

In the midst of the pandemic, I found myself picking up instruments I would have never picked up normally. COVID-19 provided the impetus for me to give them a try. I wasn’t the only one -- Shannon Strunk...

Mia Lee 21 and Bridget Panina 24

Freshman Asks, Senior Answers: Social Life & Cocurriculars

Bridget Panina '24 and Mia Lee '21 April 5, 2021

This is Part One of a series that will feature discussion between underclassmen and upperclassmen regarding life at SHC. Each piece will focus on a different aspect of high school life -- this article...

Outside is not only a physical place -- but a place to rejuvenate your mental health and ponder your next moves!


Logan Graves '24 February 8, 2021

Everyone’s felt some pandemic-induced exhaustion at some point this year. Moving school to home has brought plenty of challenges: zoom fatigue, blurred work-life balance, lack of physical activity, and...

Room 505 on SHCs La Salle Campus being prepared for in-person instruction.

Should Schools Reopen?

Nicolette Fischer '22 December 7, 2020

As COVID-19 cases and deaths rise across the country, schools face a common dilemma: should they reopen? As a student, I’m confronting a similar problem. While my mental health is at risk during remote...

I dont believe in global warming

Humans vs. Nature: The Environmental Apocalypse

Isabella Rinaldi '24 November 5, 2020

Nature is something that will never fail us, so why do we continue to damage it? After years of debating, taking part in arguments, understanding possible solutions, and pondering the many possibilities,...

Zoom breakout rooms allow participants to meet in a more intimate environment, but also create awkward situations.

How to “Fix” Breakout Rooms

Stella Mullin '22, Opinion Editor October 28, 2020

Breakout rooms. Let me get this straight, I have to go into a virtual conversation with random students, some of whom I’ve never met before, let alone even seen, and somehow connect, share, and discuss...

Many celebrities, and even high school students, have been subjects of cancel culture.

Cancel Culture: The Stifling of Open Discourse on the Internet

Turin Sheykhzadeh '22 and Theo Mai '23 October 8, 2020

Has anything ever slipped out of your mouth without you meaning it? Have you ever done something you instantly regretted? Everyone has, and these mistakes are important learning opportunities in our development...

I Am Not a Virus

Quiet, but Not Unheard: Racism Against Asians

Amy La '20, Editor-in-Chief May 23, 2020

Amidst the crisis of COVID-19, there has been an increase in discrimination towards East Asian minorities. Plastered across many television screens, as well as social media sites such as Instagram, news...

Seniors find time to have fun and stay studious in the era of mass quarantine; Photo Credit: Ben Rose 20

The Stolen Semester

Ben Rose ‘20 April 29, 2020

“I just wanted a senior year.” Every time I talk to my friends through Discord, Facetime or Instagram, this phrase inevitably makes an appearance. Seniors are bummed. According to Dr. Cannon, we’re...

Photo Credit: SHC Instagram

The Careerization of High School

Margot Hart '22 and Mimi Dineen '22 April 25, 2020

As students sign up for next year’s classes, they weigh many factors that influence their prospective schedules. While some students mention their parents’ or peers’ influences, the primary motivation...

The New Dress Code: No Benefits, Many Drawbacks

The New Dress Code: No Benefits, Many Drawbacks

Eric Coestad '21, Editor-in-Chief January 10, 2020

Introduction This school year, Sacred Heart Cathedral instituted its third dress code in three years.  During my freshman year and for many years prior, students were required to always wear an...

Dress Codes: How They Positively Impact Schools

Dress Codes: How They Positively Impact Schools

Isabel Enriquez '22 and Stella Mullin '22 November 7, 2019

This school year, Sacred Heart Cathedral’s dress code has become much more rigid, mainly due to a desire for more campus safety. Although dress codes restrict self-expression and may be interpreted as...

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