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Opinion: Election Day should be a national holiday

Opinion: Election Day should be a national holiday

Nina Heller, Staff Writer

September 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Only 56 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the 2016 election, according to Pew Research. What happened to the other 44 percent? Where did they go? While some may have missed the deadlines to vote and some may be battling voter suppression laws, others just simply don’t have the time. ...

9/11 cannot be forgotten

9/11 cannot be forgotten

Sophie Lynd, Highlander Editor-in-Chief

September 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion

"Where were you on September 11?" Those of us in high school are either too young to remember or weren't even alive yet. I was six months old. Regardless of the fact of whether we can recall that infamous Tuesday morning from our own accounts or not, we must not forget innocent citizens and, in...

You still aren’t special: reflections from a senior

You still aren’t special: reflections from a senior

Nina Heller, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

“You’re not special.” Many of us at Carlmont were welcomed into high school at the beginning of our freshman year with this mantra: You’re not special. I’m now at the beginning of my senior year, and this is one of the most concrete memories I have from my freshman year.   Freshman...

Adulthood comes with maturity rather than age

Adulthood comes with maturity rather than age

Sophie Lynd, Highlander Editor-in-Chief

August 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Upon turning 18, American males are required to register for the military draft. While the last military draft was 45 years ago following the end of the Vietnam War, today's 18-year-olds continue to register to possibly risk their lives for our country. Yet, it is illegal for them to consume alcohol...

Students should consider community college

Students should consider community college

Maya Benjamin, Staff Writer

June 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Harvard, Brown, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Cornell, and Dartmouth. The seven Ivy League colleges in the United States. This past year, students across the country devoted hours to writing essays and filling out lengthy applications. Yet most will not get accepted into...

NFL players have every right to protest during the anthem

NFL players have every right to protest during the anthem

Maya Benjamin, Staff Writer

May 29, 2018


Filed under Opinion

“I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world,” Jackie Robinson said.  In 1972, Robinson published his autobiography “I Never Had it Made," where Robinson revealed that he could never stand and sing the National Anthem as Robinson was...

Colleges are more than what they seem online

Colleges are more than what they seem online

Kathryn Stratz, Staff Writer

May 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Many high school juniors and seniors are researching and choosing colleges to map out their futures. This process is very in-depth and requires a lot of time and energy in order to achieve the "perfect" fit of a college. But actually visiting colleges is crucial when they are front-runners, as colleges...

School vouchers ignore the existing issues of public education

School vouchers ignore the existing issues of public education

Nina Heller, Staff Writer

April 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top News

In the U.S., every child has the right to a public education. Tuition isn’t paid in order to attend public schools, but schools are funded by taxpayers. What else is funded by taxpayers? Diverting public funding away from public schools in order to send lower-income students to private sch...

Siblings are not overrated

Siblings are not overrated

Kathryn Stratz, Staff Writer

April 28, 2018


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"Ugh, my brother is so annoying! I wish that I was an only child!" No, you don't. "You're an only child? Must be so nice!" No, not really. The common perception of being an only child is that it's "better" compared to having siblings. Many people think that siblings only cause stress and...

The intent of prom is lost amid excessive norms

The intent of prom is lost amid excessive norms

Kathryn Stratz, Staff Writer

April 6, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Prom: the highlight of every typical high schooler's experience as a teenager — a night to remember forever, right? Well, our wallets will remember prom, that's for sure. Prom these days has become a huge fiasco, with all the bells and whistles. Not only does this burn a hole in wallets everywhere,...

Being nice to people won’t stop school shootings

Being nice to people won’t stop school shootings

Nina Heller, Staff Writer

April 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top News

What do a smile, a wave, a "hello," and an offer to be someone's partner in a group project all have in common? None of them have ever stopped a school shooting from occurring. After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as students rose up and walked out of class on March 14, there...

Protesting leads to change when positive

Protesting leads to change when positive

Kathryn Stratz, Staff Writer

March 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Protesting. Demonstrating, marching, rallying. The "act of objecting or a gesture of disapproval," according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. The goal of protesting is to change our country by pushing for respect, equality, acceptance, protection, and so much more. It is crucial in this da...

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