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Starbucks reveals a new fall menu for the changing weather

Starbucks reveals a new fall menu for the changing weather

Jessica Son and Gaby Lesmana

October 11, 2020

   On Aug. 25, Starbucks treated coffee enthusiasts with a special surprise: the fall menu. Famous for the iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL), the menu has varied throughout the years while still bringing back classics. For some people, August may seem too early to start thinking about fall. However, f...

Quaran-Queens: How West Ranch students use their time in quarantine to foster positive change in the community

L-R: Shaira Busnawi, Raushni Chowdhury, Krisha Nair

Emily Yoon, A&E Editor

October 8, 2020

Quarantine: Formerly a scary, foreign concept, it’s been a reality for seven months now. Some of us baked countless loaves of focaccia. Some of us impulsively dyed our hair. Some of us downloaded Duolingo in hopes of learning a new language, received a barrage of aggressive alerts from the Owl, and decide...

How COVID-19 has affected small businesses

How COVID-19 has affected small businesses

Haley Choe, Staff Writer

October 1, 2020

In mid-March of 2020, California implemented a mandatory shutdown as the coronavirus took over the nation like an unpredictable storm, causing chaos for small businesses.   As multiple safety precautions, such as at-home social distancing and the closing of non-essential businesses were ena...

A Day in the Life of a Virtual Student

A Day in the Life of a Virtual Student

Gaby Lesmana, Emily Chang, and Ashley Park

October 1, 2020

With distance-learning becoming a longtime reality, students have adjusted their lifestyles to a safe educational environment. To obtain an insight on a typical online school daily schedule, The Paw Print had a chance to interview senior ASB member, student and Girl Scout Riley Blaugrund.   6:40...

Politics and TikTok are merging: is this alarming or a breakthrough?

Politics and TikTok are merging: is this alarming or a breakthrough?

Jaeeun Park and Lauren Guss

September 29, 2020

   Over 800 million people from around the world inhabit the energetic, positive and fast-paced world of Tiktok, but the app holds more than just videos of dancing and P.O.V.s. A political side has emerged on the video-sharing app and has even threatened the presidential election through its ties to Ch...

Senior Jessamine Jin publishes original novel, donates proceeds

Senior Jessamine Jin publishes original novel, donates proceeds

Alyssa Chang and Brooke Johnston

September 25, 2020

   Senior Jessamine Jin hasn’t always been an open book. However, on July 24, she introduced her secret talent to the world: she published a novel.     The young author’s novel, “The Fallen Angel,” is a dark fantasy centered on Seraphina, a witty demon on a mission, and Kato, an angel ...

West Ranch High School holds a drive-thru graduation to honor the Class of 2020

West Ranch High School holds a drive-thru graduation to honor the Class of 2020

Jasmine Wongphatarakul, Staff Writer

June 4, 2020

   West Ranch High School held a special drive-thru graduation at Central Park to celebrate the Class of 2020 today. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., graduates arrived at their designated times with their caps, gowns and facemasks.     As cars entered the back of the park, a stage was set up to the righ...

Quarantine marks a significant change in students’ academic ethics

Mia Ouyang, Staff Writer

May 27, 2020

   It’s safe to say that the coronavirus lockdown has affected everybody. Work has been replaced by Zoom calls (if one’s job was kept at all), and school has been replaced by online assignments and testing.    As students settle into the transition from classrooms to websites, there has been...

West Ranch STEM clubs pave the way for future innovation

West Ranch STEM clubs pave the way for future innovation

Emily Chang, Arts and Entertainment Editor

May 27, 2020

Deep in the core of the 500 building on a normal Monday afternoon, budding computer scientists would furiously type away at their computers while the rest of the school chatted outside and ate their lunch. Meanwhile, gleaming robots sat in the dark in the portable classrooms downstairs, waiting to be unfur...

Six feet Supplies, a local non-profit, gives back to the community during global pandemic

Christina Riel and Krysta Mendoza, both juniors at West Ranch.

Chika Winston and Ashley Park

May 16, 2020

COVID-19 has affected many worldwide, with countries being forced into lockdown, schools shutting down and people living in constant fear. People with compromised immune systems are forced to stay at home in fear that they will get the virus if they make contact with the outside world.  Despite the...

Coronavirus can’t stop the coronation of the 2020 Prom King and Queen

Coronavirus can't stop the coronation of the 2020 Prom King and Queen

Alyssa Chang and Brooke Johnston

May 13, 2020

   Prom: an important milestone during seniors’ long journey of high school. For the class of 2020, the journey has been one full of unexpected twists and turns, yet, despite the strange circumstances in quarantine, West Ranch still found a way to honor its persevering seniors.    Alexa Spitzer ...

Distance learning: how local students and teachers are affected by the new system

Jaeeun Park, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

   As the world’s medical workers and researchers struggle to control the COVID-19 pandemic, ordinary civilians feel the strain of this disaster in their everyday lives. A new system for education during social distancing called “distance learning” has brought with it both benefits and drawb...

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