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Cerritos’ NMSQT semi-finalists

by DEVINA MUNI

The National Merit Scholar test, better known as the NMSQT, is a standardized test taken by tenth and eleventh graders that is administered by the College Board. Approximately 3.5 million students take it annually. It is an academic competition used to earn scholarships and recognition by attaining certain high scores. The PSAT is used to determine  one’s eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program, which is how the “NMSQT” got its name.
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Trick or Treat, give me 840 hot dogs to eat

by ANASTASIA HAN

Sweaty hands in gloves were set to make 840 hot dogs from 3:30pm to 5:00pm inside Artesia Park’s kitchen on Halloween. The trains of aluminum foil never ceased to end until the enormous plastic bags of buns were empty. Mountains of steaming sausages piled onto large, deep, silver trays and were placed into hot dog buns through an assembly line by volunteers, the Artesia Lions International volunteers (LEOS).

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A Step in the Right Direction: Adopt, Don’t Shop

by SHREYA SHANTHARAJ

California has officially become the first state to formally ban the pet store sale of puppy mill dogs. Puppy mills are largely known as commercial dog breeding operations where profit is held at a higher status than the actual well-being of the animals. Most puppies that come from puppy mills are usually sold at the age of eight weeks – pretty much an open invitation to all sorts of health problems. Even worse, female dogs are used as reproductive machines in these institutions as they are bred at every given opportunity, often with no regard to necessary recovery time that often pose as huge health risks. Although legislation has been passed in the past to improve these conditions, such as the federal Animal Welfare Act of 1966, the standards required by them are extremely minimal, if any.

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Stories behind a teacher’s desk

by NISA SYED

The common notion is that relationships are built by communication. Socializing is a fundamental part for the majority, without a doubt.  Making conversation with our teachers is easier for some, difficult for others. Situations vary between teachers and students; it can be  easier to have “real talk” with a teacher when a motive is clear.

As I took a trip to room 307 and 311, my motive: the search for unique desks (yes, desks) here at Cerritos High School. I asked around, and I came to a consensus: Mrs. Harding (room 307) and Mr. Stecher (room 311), both a part of the history department, have unique desks. With one eye open, I e-mailed Ms. Harding and Mr. Stecher to schedule an interview.

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Walker’s senior year

by ALINA DAS

Senior year is not only special for the Class of 2018, but for Mr. Walker as well. Being principal comes with a busy schedule, yet Mr. Walker took time out of his day to talk about his experience as principal of Cerritos High, for what is now his fourth year. Mr. Walker still recalls his first impression of CHS during his first day on campus as principal.

“It’s something everybody knows already, and it’s just how great the students are here at Cerritos. The first time I was on the Cerritos campus was during registration, and the first person who came out and said ‘that’s a really cool tie!’ You know what they say, first impressions last forever,” Walker said.

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Get the scoop: New study hacks

by SHREYA SHANTHARAJ

As high school students, test-taking is a part of our everyday life, but what if there were ways to make this dreaded task a little bit easier? Well, according to studies, there are “hacks” that’ll make studying for a test a bit more bearable. To start off, you need to realize what your biggest obstacle is when studying. For many, it’s themselves; if this sounds like you, consider downloading apps such as SelfControl or Cold Turkey that allow you to block websites and apps for periods of time to help you stay focused. (Get the apps here: https://selfcontrolapp.com/or and https://getcoldturkey.com) Continue reading “Get the scoop: New study hacks”

Student feature: Nethmi D’Alwis

by SETU PATEL

The Distinguished Young Women Program, also known as DYW, was first founded in 1958 to honor high-school girls by rewarding them with scholarships for college. This year’s Cerritos-Artesia DYW competition was held on Sunday, April 30, at Whitney High School. At that competition, Senior Nethmi D’Alwis won the official title and proceeded to move onto the state level. Continue reading “Student feature: Nethmi D’Alwis”

CHS welcomes an abundance of new clubs

by IRIS LIN

From Chikara to Octagon to World Vision to HOSA, Cerritos High School’s enthusiastic club representatives kick off yet another school year with the annual Club Week.  Taking place in the quad during the week of September 18, this celebratory occasion gives students the opportunity to learn about the variety of clubs offered at CHS.  In addition to the veteran organizations on campus, the 2017-2018 school year is embracing six new clubs to the community as well.  

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Excuse me, ridiculous excuses coming through

by ANASTASIA HAN

Teachers always hear the “I left it at home” and “I forgot,” but on occasion they hear completely absurd excuses. Throughout their careers, teachers encountered interesting and ludicrous responses to students’ absences, tardies, and homework.

English teacher Mr. Hind, discussed a particular student who did not do his homework in a previous school in which he worked. The student’s parent decided to excuse her son from missing homework because on that day he had been arrested for joyriding. Continue reading “Excuse me, ridiculous excuses coming through”