The Student Newspaper of Acalanes High School
By Ben Brekke, Staff Writer // Between dozens of students missing from classrooms and kids returning from quarantine just to find a stack of work waiting on their desks, the Omicron variant of COVID-19 shifted students’ and staff’s school experiences drastically. With cases continuing to climb,
By Gabi Gruber, Online Shadow Editor // Kick off the new year by making some delicious strudels! Enjoy! The instructions are listed below. Ingredients: 2 Granny Smith apples 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons cornstarch 2 teaspoons cinnamon ½ teaspoon kosher salt
// As 2021 began, many people hoped for a possible return to normality. With vaccines becoming more widely available and COVID-19 deaths dropping, the tragedies plaguing 2020 seemed to be coming to an end. However, this year was filled with unprecedented events, beginning with the
By Helen O’Neal and Valentina Penati, Online Shadow Editor and Staff Writer // Acalanes High School’s Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Octet, Choir, and Orchestra performed at the annual Winter Concert on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 in the Acalanes Performing Arts Center. Check
By Ruby Deeming, Staff Writer // With finals week approaching, many students find themselves searching for extra help as they try to raise their grades and eliminate unwanted stress before the end of the semester. The Acalanes High School library hosted their annual Exam Jam
By Connor Faust, Helen O’ Neal, and Kylie Choi, Print Feature Editor, Online Shadow Editor, and Staff Writer // Acalanes is an American high school, in a town with a French name, with a Spanish-Mexican mascot. California is the epitome of a mixed bucket with
By Melina Nath and Henry Hagel, Staff Writers // As many Acalanes High School student-athletes competed in California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) events, one athlete in particular took the high school sports world by storm. She excelled at two sports in one season, breaking course records
By Lulu Levy and Grace Chehlaoui, Staff Writers // Anxiety creeps in as hundreds of seniors spend their late, caffeine-fueled nights balancing homework, extracurricular activities, and college applications in their final months on campus. Many Acalanes High School seniors face various pressures this time of
By Natalie Hiatt, Staff Writer // Acalanes High School Jazz Ensemble, along with members from Las Lomas High School Jazz Ensemble, held a jazz concert on Nov. 16 in the Acalanes Performing Arts Center. Check out the recap below!
By Gabriella Gruber, Online Shadow Editor // With Thanksgiving less than a week away, give thanks to your taste buds with Thanksgiving treats! In this installment of Gruber’s Grubs, Gabriella Gruber bakes pumpkin tarts. Enjoy! The instructions are listed below. Ingredients for tart crust: 2
By Juliet Becker, Online Feature Editor // After being disheartened by the loss of beloved physical education (PE) teacher and coach Chris Huber on Jan. 21, 2020, the Acalanes High School community continues to celebrate his life and his impact on the school. The Acalanes
By Kylie Choi, Staff Writer // Acalanes High School students gathered to make over 300 lunch bags containing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, oranges, granola bars, and water on Nov. 5 before handing them out to homeless people in San Francisco on Nov. 6 for
By The Blueprint Editorial Board The Editorial Board is composed of journalists who share an opinion after conducting collective research and discussion. The Board’s opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Blueprint staff or advisors. A letter from Acalanes Principal Eric Shawn dated Sept.
By Brendan Connelly, Online News Editor // For the first time in ten years, the women’s golf team qualified for the North Coast Section (NCS) championships, scoring their second highest result in Acalanes High School women’s golf history. After finishing their league season with a
By Catherine Lomond, Head Print Section Editor // Social media users curate their online identities and choose the themes, aesthetics, and trends they want other people to perceive them as. Users can embody someone else online and create the dream “you.” Our social media presence
By Arlyne Noguera, Online Graphics Manager // After several months of preparation, the Acalanes High School DramaDons performed John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” every night last week for their annual fall play. Check out the photos below!
Print Copy Editor Asher Meklin conducted this interview for the issue 3 cover story “Across, Beyond, and Through the Binary Universe”. Could you state your name and spell it? My name is Reuben Zellman. Pronouns? I use he or they, either one is fine. How
By Fallon Emmer, Copy Editor // Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Menstrual Equity Act on Oct. 8, requiring free menstrual products in 50 percent of bathrooms in public middle and high schools, community colleges, and the California State University system beginning in the 2022-2023 school
By Gabriella Gruber, Online Shadow Editor // As Halloween quickly approaches, celebrate this year’s spooky season with goblins, ghosts, and Gruber’s Grubs! In the first installment of this new cooking series, Gabriella Gruber bakes a Halloween themed red velvet cake. Enjoy! The instructions are listed
By Zubin Acuña, Staff Writer // To raise awareness about environmental issues and bring students together, Acalanes High School Leadership’s Environmental Board and Student Support Board, in coordination with the Wellness Center, hosted an Environmental Wellness Fair for students in the front quad on Oct. 22.
By Juliet Becker, Online Feature Editor // Throughout distance learning, Acalanes High School’s Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Choir could not perform in a traditional setting due to COVID-19 guidelines. For the first time since the 2019-2020 school year, musicians brought the crowd to their
By Graham Klingler, Videographer // Blueprint asked some varsity athletes a few questions, including how they manage their time and what it means to represent Acalanes High School as an athlete. Check out the video below!
By Kea Yoshinaka and Josephine Teran, Staff Writers // Acalanes High School hosted the “Hero Night” tailgate before the varsity football game against Campolindo High School on Oct. 15 to give thanks to firefighters for their work against wildfires. The tailgate consisted of activities such
By Lulu Levy, Staff Writer Trigger Warning: The following story mentions suicide. // In response to growing rates of teen suicide across the nation, senior Tyler Singh, in coordination with A Brighter Day, organized a concert fundraiser at Acalanes High School in the front quad
By Shrida Pandey, Arlyne Noguera, and Nastia Grits, Head Online Section Editor, Online Graphics Manager, and Photographer // For the first time, Acalanes High School held a school wide celebration of Latine Heritage Month. The month consisted of activities and events showcasing Latine culture and
By Melina Nath and Zack Lara, Staff Writer and Liaison Editor // 456 players with nothing to lose line a barren field overseen by a mechanical doll. Viewers hold their breath as contestants play a simple game of “Red Light, Green Light,” backdropped by an
By Stella Heo and Kayli Harley, Online Editors-in-Chief // The Acalanes Union High School District reinstated Acalanes High School Junior Varsity Football Head Coach Greg Young on Wednesday after placing him on paid administrative leave following an incident during the Sept. 3 junior varsity football
By Brendan Connelly, Online News Editor // As a result of wanting to connect equity leaders more on campus, school administrators created a new equity board this year to improve Acalanes High School diversity work and unite the school as a whole. Headed by Acalanes
By Keith Johnson, Helen O’Neal, Daniel Adri, and August Walker, Head Videographer and Head Liaison Editor, Online Shadow Editor, Liaison Editor, and Staff Writer // Acalanes High School students participated in hallway decorating, lunchtime activities, dodgeball competitions, and a rally to celebrate homecoming last week.
By Tom Bequette, Online Sports Editor The Acalanes High School varsity football team defeated Castlemont High School 56-18 in the homecoming game on Oct. 1 in front of a packed crowd. Acalanes started strong with quarterback and senior Luke Souza firing a pass to wide
By Juliet Becker, Online Feature Editor // As Americans continue to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and most schools across the country return to in-person learning, the question of whether or not there should be vaccine mandates for educators has become a growing debate. The Acalanes Union
By Kea Yoshinaka, Staff Writer // California residents either breathed sighs of relief or groaned after the results of the gubernatorial recall came out on Sept. 14. The Republican-led attempt failed by a large margin, both in the real election and the Acalanes High School
By Juliet Becker and Kea Yoshinaka, Online Feature Editor and Staff Writer // Prolonged lockdowns, unpopular policies, and an unmasked dinner party at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic: the controversies that might cost California Gov. Gavin Newsom his political career. The campaign to recall Newsom,
By Graham Klingler, Photographer // The various student-led clubs at Acalanes High School had the opportunity to spread their messages to the student body and recruit new members on Sept. 10 during Club Day. Check out the video below!
By Helen O’Neal and Kylie Choi, Online Shadow Editor and Photographer // The Acalanes High School womens water polo teams competed at the Acalanes Invitational on Sept. 10 to 11 against several other high schools in Northern California. This was the first home water polo
By Brendan Connelly, Online News Editor // Volunteer Stanley Middle School crossing guard Ashley Dias, 45, was killed in an automobile accident on Sept. 8 on School Street outside Stanley Middle School. Shortly after the school day ended, an SUV struck Dias as he was
By Juliet Becker, Online Feature Editor // After an incident at the varsity football game at Acalanes on Sept. 3, the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) released Greg Young from his position as a junior varsity football coach. Many community members began to discuss
By Stella Heo and Brendan Connelly, Online Editor-in-Chief and Online News Section Editor // With air quality levels above 160 ppm, temperatures reaching 100 degrees, and memories of previous fires in the back of peoples’ minds, this year’s fire season has many students wondering what’s
By Juliet Becker and Melaney Noguera, Online Feature Editor and Cartoonist // The Acalanes High School Wellness Center hosted a carnival on Thursday at lunch in the Freshman Quad, where students could participate in various games and activities, including spikeball, cornhole, a basketball shooting game,
By Gabriella Gruber, Online Shadow Editor // In any school, discussions about equity are crucial to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all students. This past week, Acalanes High School Leadership’s Diversity Board held the first of many discussions on equity. The Diversity
By Keith Johnson, Head Liason Editor and Head Videographer // After over a year in distance and hybrid learning, Acalanes High School students and staff returned to campus fully in-person last week on Aug. 11. Watch the mini-documentary below to see how administrators, teachers, and
By Erin Hambidge, Print Opinion Editor // Current water polo players, returning alumni, and coaches gathered on Aug. 14 to celebrate the Acalanes High School water polo program in an alumni match. The game was part of an annual tradition that began seven years ago
Interviews by Online Sports Editor Tom Bequette. Photos by Head Photographer Mara Korzeniowska. // Acalanes’s instructors Cassidy Mulholland and Kenneth Lorge will coach girls and boys golf for the upcoming 2021-2022 season. They will replace 2020 head coach Dan Weiner and longtime head coach Tim Scott
By Arlyne Noguera, Online Graphics Manager // Acalanes High School Leadership hosted a barbecue for the class of 2022 on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., where students could get food, play games, and relax with friends. Check out the photos below!
By Juliet Becker, Online Feature Editor // The Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) Governing Board announced both in a meeting on August 4 and in a district-wide email that AUHSD students, teachers, and staff members must wear masks indoors. They also implemented several other
By Brendan Connelly, Online News Editor // During the Contra Costa County Championship Swim Meet at Acalanes High School this past weekend, Lafayette police briefly detained and questioned a man who has frequently come onto campuses across the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD). This
By Arlyne Noguera, Online Graphics Manager // After a school year filled with unique circumstances, distance learning, masks, and much more, the class of 2021 graduated on Friday, May 28, in an in-person ceremony on the Acalanes High School track field. Check out the pictures
By Bluepers Staff // In the season finale of season 2 of Bluepers, host Keith Johnson interviews Acalanes High School TikTok star Onn Matalon and Director Zack Lara reviews 7-Eleven snacks. Enjoy!
By Juliet Becker and Connor Faust, Online Feature Editor and Print Feature Editor // This year, Blueprint received 21 awards from the county-wide Dean S. Lesher Foundation, nationwide Quill and Scroll, and the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW). For the fourth consecutive year, the
What is The Azure? The Azure is Acalanes High School Blueprint’s literary magazine. We partner with Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) to publish the winners of Project LPIE, and we accept submissions directly from the Acalanes student body to create this publication. This year, Managing
By Marisa Guerra Echeverria and Lyanne Wang, Print News Editor and Print Feature Editor // Festive homemade signs, floating balloons, and cheering family members greeted Acalanes High School seniors as they drove down Mount Diablo Boulevard in adorned, blue-and-white painted vehicles. As the month of May
By Brendan Connelly, Online News Editor // May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. In order to celebrate this month, Acalanes High School invited Shaan Dasani, a transgender South-Asian American actor and performer, to speak to the community. Leadership hosted a virtual
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// In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day and the amount of work Acalanes High School teachers have put in this school year, Blueprint asked students what they appreciate most about their teachers. Watch the video below!
By Juliet Becker, Online Feature Editor // In a typical, COVID-free setting, people would pack into the theater to watch the DramaDons perform together on stage. In what now feels like a completely different world, audience members sit before their screens to watch the actors take
By Brendan Connelly, Online News Editor // While Homecoming week in April is virtually unheard of, Acalanes High School intends to maintain the hallway decorating tradition and give students the opportunity to celebrate despite COVID-19. As a part of this Homecoming tradition, students in all
By the Board of Inclusive Lafayette // The Board of Inclusive Lafayette asked Blueprint to publicize their viewpoints on housing in Lafayette. There will be a City Council meeting on April 26 at 5:45 p.m. for readers who are interested in attending and learning more.
// The Acalanes High School class of 2021 gathered on the football field on April 15 and April 16 for the annual Senior Breakfast. This year’s breakfast was Hawaiian themed, and seniors received leis, raffle tickets, and their choice of breakfast upon their arrival. Check
By Gabriella Gruber, Online Shadow Editor // The Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) Governing Board unanimously voted on April 14 to continue with the current hybrid model for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year rather than combining cohorts and creating a new schedule
By Brendan Connelly, Online News Editor // Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acalanes High School’s Garden Club cared for the chickens at Acalanes. However, after the return to hybrid instruction, the chicken coop has been broken into three times. The chicken coop in
By Griffin Ruebner, Print Sports Editor // “Silly rabbit! Trix are for kids!” I can’t count the number of times I viewed this silly advertisement and others just like it during my cartoon-watching days. As I sat on the couch, my eyes locked on the rabbit
By Emerson Brown, Print Editor-in-Chief // According to The Trevor Project, transgender youth are five times more likely than their cisgender peers to attempt suicide, and one in three transgender youth have attempted suicide. The Pew Research Center reported that only 30 percent of the
By Stella Heo and Griffin Ruebner, Online Editor-in-Chief and Print Sports Section Editor // The Acalanes High School varsity women’s lacrosse team held a memorial on March 25 to honor Alexa Despins and her battle with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a genetic blood disease. Despins was
By Tom Bequette, Online Sports Editor // Instrumental Music Director Lauren Gibson, Director of Choral Activities Bruce Lengacher, and drama teacher Ed Meehan hosted the COVID Cabaret on March 25 where students presented their self-made musicals to their peers on Zoom. Instead of having a
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By Juliet Becker, Staff Writer // At the fifth meeting of Acalanes High School’s Women in Leadership series on March 18, Associate Superintendent of Educational Services Aida Glimme shared her experiences and challenges as a woman in education, spanning from her childhood to her current
By Noah Glosson, Head Print Section Editor // The wait is finally over. After 476 days since their last game, the Acalanes High School varsity football team returned to action on Saturday, March 13 to play against the Monte Vista High School Mustangs. Football players
By Bluepers Staff // In this episode, host Keith Johnson hosts a debate between two of our staff members. Enjoy!
By Marisa Guerra Echeverria, Staff Writer // After multiple projections, hours of careful planning in meetings, and the gathering of new COVID-19 data, a new projected date for hybrid reopening brings hope after a year of distance learning. In a message sent out on Feb.
By Kayli Harley, Stella Heo, Shrida Pandey, and Asher Meklin, Online Editors-in-Chief, Online News Editor, and Staff Writer // In honor of Black History Month, Blueprint profiled a few Black figures who helped pave the way for the future generations. Enjoy! Gwendolyn Brooks Gwendolyn Brooks
By Erin Hambidge, Staff Writer // Arshay Cooper’s documentary “A Most Beautiful Thing” follows the story of the first African-American high school rowing team in the nation and each member’s life growing up in the West Side of Chicago. The Acalanes High School administration hosted
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By Tom Bequette, Online Sports Editor // The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced on Friday, Feb. 19 that high school sports may start as early as Feb. 26 in parts of California. Contra Costa County (CCC), however, is excluded from this return and must wait
Erin Hambidge, Staff Writer // Acalanes High School Leadership provided students looking to enter into public service with the opportunity to learn more about what the profession entails and how they can make an impact on the world starting at a local level. Lafayette Mayor
By Helen O’Neal and Anastasia Grits, Staff Writers // Elizabeth Brown, the director and case manager at the Housing Authority in Augusta, Ga., met with Acalanes High School students over Zoom on Wednesday, Feb. 17, and shared her experiences with racism and sexism. As part
By Marisa Guerra Echeverria, Staff Writer // As schools approach nearly an entire year of Zoom meetings, asynchronous school work, and a lack of in-person instruction, recent Contra Costa County COVID-19 updates may signal hope for a return to in-person learning. The Acalanes Union High
By Jacque Peacock, Staff Writer // Abby VanMuijen, a University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) alumna, spoke about their academic and professional experiences during the third installment of the Women in Leadership series on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. The series, organized
After a long battle against Parkinson’s disease, Acalanes High School physical education teacher and coach Chris Huber passed away on Jan. 21. In honor of Huber and his impact on the Acalanes community, Blueprint compiled stories, pictures, and “huber-isms” from various members of the community.
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By Stella Heo and Erin Hambidge, Online Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer // For years, many students and parents disapproved of the College Board providing standardized tests that colleges used as measures of students’ capabilities. In response to COVID-19 and the growing criticism, the organization updated
By Erin Hambidge, Staff Writer // In alignment with their goal of creating an inclusive and welcoming campus environment, the Acalanes High School Diversity Board provided students with a place to discuss female-oriented issues. The Diversity Board hosted a meeting on Friday, Jan. 15 to
In a previous publication of this story, Blueprint misquoted varsity basketball player Theo Stoll and incorrectly stated that Stoll is a junior varsity football player. Blueprint has since updated the story. By Tom Bequette, Online Sports Editor // Before the pandemic, the notion of protesting
By Miller Smith, Staff Writer // California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) North Coast Commissioner of Athletics Pat Cruickshank released an update on Jan. 14 stating that high school sports could return as early as Feb. 1 based on COVID-19 tiers if the California Department of Public
By Zack Lara, Staff Writer // In this episode of “Good Ones!”, host Zack Lara discusses the dangers of social media, political misinformation, and how to stay safe online. Enjoy!
By Bluepers Staff // In this episode, host Keith Johnson talks with guests about moving into the new year. Enjoy!
By Liam McGlynn and Shrida Pandey, News Editor and Online News Editor // Democrat Joe Biden won the 2020 Presidential Election, unseating incumbent President Donald Trump. Trump refused to concede to Biden under the pretense of voter fraud in several states and filed 62 lawsuits aimed
// A year ago, when the words “Happy New Year” reverberated worldwide, people celebrated the accomplishment of another finished year and cheered for luck and success in 2020. Yet, as the same words prepare to make their rounds again soon, people will instead be celebrating
By Marisa Guerra Echeverria and Helen O’Neal, Staff Writers // Acalanes High School’s Drama Dons performed several skits in the DramaDons Holiday Special on Tuesday, Dec. 22 on YouTube. Check out the recap below! Click here to watch the full performance.
By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // Although they seem complicated, madeleines are quite simple with the right ingredients. Watch the video below and learn how to make these classic french cookies! Ingredients ¼ cup of butter 2 eggs ⅓ cup of sugar ½ cup
By Emerson Brown and Connor Faust, Opinion Editor and Staff Writer // In previous years, many Acalanes High School instrumentalists never imagined seeing a recording of themselves on-screen while they watched alone from home for the annual winter concert. Acalanes instrumental students performed in their
By Keith Johnson, Head Videographer // The Acalanes High School choir shared a virtual concert over YouTube on Dec. 15. Check out the recap below!
By Brendan Connelly and Griffin Ruebner, Staff Writers // In order to maintain an effective and thoughtful curriculum throughout the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD), proposals for new classes may be made, vetted, and approved. The AUHSD Governing Board unanimously voted to adopt five
By Stella Heo and Kayli Harley, Online Editors-in-Chief // Through racial equity education and community dialogues, the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) worked to create an inclusive and supportive school environment. Despite these efforts, possible acts of racially-motivated hate still plague the community. An
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By Brendan Connelly, Staff Writer // Throughout 2020, the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) worked to create a more inclusive environment for members of the LGBTQ+ community. On a recent panel, student leaders from around the District helped spread this message across California. Leaders
By Shrida Pandey, Marisa Guerra Echeverria, and Lyanne Wang, Online News Editor and Staff Writers // The 2020 United States (U.S.) election cycle brought a historical amount of increased representation and diversity in politics. With the first transgender state senator, the first non-binary state senator, and
By Bluepers Staff // In this episode of Bluepers, host Keith Johnson does a blind monologue, co-director Zack Lara reviews two burgers, and Keith makes a Thanksgiving tier list with special guest George Rogers. Enjoy!
By Brendan Connelly, Staff Writer // Beginning with discussions about race and identity in Academy cohorts at the start of the semester, Acalanes High School students continue to have the opportunity to engage in dialogues to promote inclusivity and understanding in the community. Acalanes Leadership’s
By Stella Heo, Marisa Guerra Echeverria, and Erin Hambidge, Online Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writers // A sea of purple washed over 41 out of 58 California counties this week after a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases spread across the state. This new development comes as
By Tom Bequette, Online Sports Editor // The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced on Tuesday, Nov. 16 that Governor Gavin Newsom and Dr. Mark Ghaly from the California Department of Public Health postponed the release of California’s updated youth sports guidance. CIF competitions will remain
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By Zack Lara, Staff Writer // In this episode of “Good Ones!”, host Zack Lara talks with Acalanes High School students about the presidential election, young voters, and other political topics. Stream it on Spotify and Anchor now. Enjoy!
By Shrida Pandey and Lyanne Wang, Online News Editor and Staff Writer // As citizens all around the country voted through mail-in ballots and at poll booths, students at Acalanes High School participated in their own mock election. The Acalanes library hosted its annual Election
By the Acalanes Democratic Club The Acalanes High School Democratic Club created a voting guide with tips to help voters before Election Day. Check it out below!
By Saylen Cardoni and Arlyne Noguera, Staff Writer and Photographer // Acalanes High School Leadership hosted a haunted hallway on Oct. 30 between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for Acalanes families to walk through. The hallway started in the 500 wing and ended near the
By Julia Poole and Sabrina Agazzi, Online Feature Editor and Copy Editor // Acalanes High School students met with Congressman Mark DeSaulnier via Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 29 to discuss current issues in the United States and the importance of the upcoming election. The 11th
By Bluepers Staff // In this episode of Bluepers, host Keith Johnson talks with some of our staff members about Halloween, conspiracy theories, sports, and more. Enjoy!
By Ethan Wellerstein, Contributing Writer In light of the recent anti-Semitic hate crime in the Lamorinda community, Blueprint opted to repost this piece from 2017 by Acalanes High School alumnus Ethan Wellerstein, class of 2017. I never asked to be Jewish. My parents never consulted
By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // In a nation already divided as Election Day approaches, a vandal spreads hate and fear in Lamorinda. The unknown perpetrator vandalized homes and structures around the community with spray paintings of swastikas this Monday. On some structures, the swastikas
By Aisha Mohanty and Juliet Becker, Staff Writers // Although those under 18 may consider themselves useless during the election period, in reality, they are often the catalyst for major political change in various ways. Below are several methods for Acalanes High School students who
By Shrida Pandey, Lyanne Wang, and Marisa Guerra Echeverria, Online News Editor and Staff Writers // In a time of multiple American crises, including a deadly pandemic and a national political divide, it is crucial now more than ever for Americans to act on their
By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // As students rely on technology now more than ever due to distance learning, days consist of back-to-back Zooms, uploading work through Canvas, and partaking in online activities. This week, however, all of that came to a halt due
By Stella Heo and Sabrina Agazzi, Online Editor-in-Chief and Copy Editor // According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, in 2019, 31 percent of people in leadership roles behind the camera for television shows
By Shrida Pandey and Julia Poole, Online News Editor and Online Feature Editor // With schools now allowed to reopen in Contra Costa County, community members are divided about whether schools should continue with distance learning or return in a hybrid model. The Acalanes Union High
By Aysha Craig, Copy Editor // The Acalanes High School Performing Arts Center, once filled with performers on stage and friends and family in the audience, is emptier than ever. Unable to return to school for music purposes, many students partake in concerts virtually. Several
By Gabriella Gruber and Marisa Guerra Echeverria, Staff Writers // As the United States celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Americans also remember the people who dedicated their lives to the suffrage movement. Their contributions to society are apparent now more than ever
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By Zack Lara, Staff Writer // In the debut episode of the “Good Ones!” podcast, host Zach Lara talks with students, parents, teachers, and other dignified guests about how students can succeed during distance learning, remain active, and prepare for the SAT. Stream it on
By Helen O’Neal, Staff Writer // Some people can find it difficult to stay connected to the community while being isolated in their homes during the pandemic. With Acalanes High School planning to remain in distance learning for the entirety of the first semester, many
By Lue Van Handel, Head Photographer // Many students drove through the Acalanes High School parking lot yesterday between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to collect spirit wear, write thank you notes, and wave to teachers. Check out the pictures below!
By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // With depression and anxiety heightened during the pandemic, mental health awareness is important now more than ever. Acalanes High School teachers and administration found new ways to discuss mental health during distance learning in honor of September being National
By Bluepers Staff // Welcome back to Bluepers! After a short hiatus because of COVID-19, Bluepers is finally back for season two with a brand new host. Enjoy!
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By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // In 2018, the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) Governing Board voted to deny most interdistrict transfers due to budgetary concerns. The decision, which went into effect during the 2019-2020 school year, sparked controversy throughout the Lamorinda community.
By Lyanne Wang, Staff Writer // Following a series of grave incidents posted on social media, many individuals were forced to face something seldom talked about yet experienced by everyone: mental health. The Acalanes High School Wellness Center and the Bring Change to Mind club
By Zach Snyder and Brendan Connelly, Staff Writers // The transition from a boy scout to an Eagle Scout requires hard work, dedication, and leadership. One Acalanes High School junior recently completed the process after revamping portions of the Acalanes campus. Junior Rhett Skvarna demonstrated
By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // During the 2020 protests for George Floyd, people nationwide recognized the inequalities that people of color face in American society. In the Lamorinda community, many students and parents turn to the school system to demand education on racial
A note from Blueprint regarding our second print issue’s planned cover story on Race: One of our main goals as a paper this year is to elevate the voices of students of color. Our initial approach for the cover piece of our second issue was
By Alexandra Ames, Staff Writer // While walking from the fridge to the sofa before watching something on Netflix has become normal exercise for many people during quarantine, two Acalanes High School students have been teaching lacrosse and donating their profits to help the community. Acalanes
By Aysha Craig, Copy Editor // While protests fighting for justice and equality may have simmered down in the Lafayette community, two Acalanes High School clubs push to keep educating students on how to be anti-racist. Acalanes’ Black Student Union (BSU) and Bring Change to Mind
By Anastasia Grits, Staff Writer // Acalanes High School sophomores partook in a scavenger hunt around downtown Lafayette on Aug. 23 and took pictures in front of five preselected locations to compete for gift cards and school merchandise. While Leadership wanted to create a bonding
By Connor Faust, Staff Writer // During a normal year, freshmen would begin their Acalanes High School experience in-person. However, with COVID-19 preventing students from meeting at school, Leadership hosted an online bonding event for the incoming freshmen. New Crew, a Leadership board dedicated to
By Keith Johnson, Head Videographer // Blueprint’s first years documented their first week of academic learning between Aug. 17 and Aug. 21. Watch the recap below!
By Aisha Mohanty and Mara Korzeniowska, Staff Writers // Attempting to replicate the experience of in-person rallies, Acalanes High School Leadership hosted a welcome-back rally on Friday, Aug. 21 via YouTube to commend students who participated in community projects over quarantine, encourage the viewers to
By Shrida Pandey and Griffin Ruebner, Online News Editor and Staff Writer // Many parents look forward to back to school night as a chance to connect with their students’ teachers and learn more about their classes. This year, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise
By Tom Bequette, Online Sports Editor // SportsStars Magazine selected the Acalanes women’s water polo team as their Northern California Team Of The Year on Aug. 17, for their undefeated season last year, the program’s second in a row. The magazine announced on Aug. 6
By Julia Poole, Online Feature Editor // As the Acalanes High School community returns to roaming the “Zoom” halls, students must form connections with peers and new teachers through distance learning for the first time. For decades, freshmen and returning students used the first week
“Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel By Amani Williams, Contributing Writer To Whom It May Concern: Over and over again, I’m told that “we have expanded to teach more of a conclusive history” or “we are reading more books written by
By Keith Johnson, Head Videographer // During the first week of school, Acalanes High School students met in their Academy cohort groups everyday to learn about Canvas and race. Some Blueprinters documented their experience throughout the week. Enjoy!
By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // As demonstrations protesting the murder of George Floyd spread all throughout the nation, multiple videos of students from Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) using various racial slurs and stereotyping of minorities surfaced. Under rising pressure for more education
By Mason Archer, Sports Editor // With the 2020-2021 school year now underway, the California Interscholastic Federation suspended all sports until Dec. 14. Despite the suspension of fall sports, the Acalanes High School Athletic Department plans to conduct camps for various sports during this suspension.
By Keith Johnson, Head Videographer // At the beginning of every school year, Acalanes High School holds Dons Day, where students can go to school to get their class schedules, learn about clubs and fundraisers, and get ready for the upcoming year. However, restrictions due
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // Many community members rallied outside of the Acalanes Union High School District Office yesterday at 4 p.m. to demand for the reinstatement of inter-district transfers, a new accountability program against racism, and a diversified curriculum. Check out the photos
By Tom Bequette, Online Sports Editor // After nearly four months of anticipation, high school sports are officially scheduled to return to Acalanes High School. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) confirmed on Monday, July 20, that high school sports will take place during the 2020-2021
By Miller Smith, Staff Writer Disclaimer: Blueprint is using the term “Redskin” to refer to the team’s name for accuracy. // After decades of protests, countless emails from the public, and criticism from big organizations, including Nike, FedEx, and Pepsi, one of the most controversial team
By Stella Heo, Shrida Pandey, and Aisha Mohanty, Online Editor-in-Chief, Online News Editor, and Staff Writer // After watching the total number of cases of COVID-19 in the United States skyrocket in June and continue to rise as the upcoming school year approaches, students, parents
By Stella Heo and Shrida Pandey, Online Editor-in-Chief and Online News Editor // Instead of soaking up the summer sun, many Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) students, parents, and staff already look ahead to what the 2020-2021 school year will be like in the midst
Online News Editor Shrida Pandey conducted this Blueprint interview with Inclusive Lafayette cofounders Benjamin and Jeremy Levine. Pandey: Why did you start Inclusive Lafayette? Benjamin: We went to the Geroge Floyd protest, and people were chanting, but what they were doing is what we asked
By John Kalil, Contributing Writer // In 1971, the social scientist John Rawls explained what he called the Original Position thought experiment. If we knew what societies looked like, but didn’t know what place we would inhabit in society, what kind of society would we like
By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // What many teens use as a scenic Instagram photo opportunity has been a hub for conflict for nearly a decade. After several meetings and hours of planning, O’Brien Land Company’s “Terraces of Lafayette” Deer Hill project may come
Not White Like You By Ava Moran, Contributing Writer // Blueprint reporters reached out to Miramonte High School senior Ava Moran for comment after hearing her speak at the Lafayette Peaceful Protest on June 7. I don’t want to die and nothing has changed. I
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // It is pathetic that the spread of a 38-second video of brazen, horrifying racist dialogue by Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) students was the catalyst for addressing racism within the Lamorinda community. As a member of this community,
By Liam McGlynn, News Editor // Since the death of George Floyd, organizations across the country have decided to use this moment of reckoning with racial inequity and systemic racism as a catalyst to institute systematic policy changes. During Wednesday’s Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD)
By Stella Heo, Online Editor-in-Chief // With grocery store shelves filling, toilet paper hoarding declining, and community members reverting to their previous habits, many are beginning to question what the upcoming school year will look like. The Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) Governing Board met
By Jamie Lattin, Editor-in-Chief // At first glance, the murder of 46 year-old George Floyd appeared to be just another horrific instance of police brutality. But for a wounded nation, enough was finally enough. Protests swept the country as groups called for increased accountability in
Editor-in-Chief Jamie Lattin conducted this Blueprint interview for the Antiracism in Lamorinda story. To view the story, click here. Lattin: How do you think our district can best support antiracist practices? Bell: I think there’s a lot to that. I think first and foremost is
By Liam McGlynn and Arlyne Noguera, News Editor and Staff Photographer // In honor of George Floyd and other people of color who were killed by police, many Lafayette community members participated in a peaceful protest on Sunday, June 7, at 2 p.m. The protestors
By Jamie Lattin, Editor-in-Chief // The blatancy of racism within our community and schools recently revealed itself in the form of a video that leaked on social media on June 4. In an email to the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) community, Superintendent John Nickerson
By Stella Heo and Kayli Harley, Online Editors-in-Chief // Whether it be fires within a mile radius of the school, a global pandemic, or the removal of a classic tale from the school’s reading list, Acalanes High School’s student-run newspaper, Blueprint, strived to inform the community.
By Julia Poole, Online Feature Editor // Bleachers full of family and friends became small crowds of observers, chairs on the football field turned into a line of students in the hallway, and the hours of glory a typical graduation brings became a few seconds
// We want to recognize the privilege of our platform as members of the free press. We are committed to amplifying Black voices and voices of people of color. We support our fellow students as they fight against racism and will continue to tell their
By Stephanie Liu, Contributing Writer // George Floyd was killed on May 25, 2020, when police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for at least five minutes. Three other police officers stood by while Floyd was suffocating, pleading for his life. One of those police
By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // With COVID-19 limiting in-person activities, students and administration turn to online outlets to reach out to the Acalanes High School community. This year, an annual Acalanes event transitioned from the Performing Arts Center to the internet to promote worldwide
By Kayli Harley and Stella Heo, Online Editors-in-Chief // In Minneapolis, Los Angeles, London, Philadelphia, Miami, Washington D.C., Dallas, San Francisco, and countless other cities across the world, people are protesting for change. Now, Lafayette residents are answering the call for change as well. Many members
By Stella Heo and Tom Bequette, Online Editor-in-Chief and Online Sports Editor // Cheering and applause turned into YouTube comments. Certificates of achievement transformed into video messages. Students and teachers in the stands became faces behind a screen, witnessing the first virtual senior awards ceremony at
By Lue Van Handel, Head Photographer // The class of 2020 paraded around downtown Lafayette last Friday, May 29, at 4 p.m. during the senior car rally. Check out the photos below!
By Kayli Harley, Online Editor-in-Chief // Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Try these delicious French Toast Roll Ups! Here is a video for you to follow. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 or more slices of bread 2 or more strawberries Nutella 1 egg Cinnamon Sugar ..
By Liam McGlynn, News Editor // The COVID-19 pandemic is a situation that most never could have planned for. But with each day followed by the next, many are becoming more adapted to a new environment. Over the past several months, Acalanes High School teachers scrambled
By Aysha Craig and Sabrina Agazzi, Copy Editors // Although many may feel helpless during this time of isolation because of the lack of functioning services worldwide, the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) continues to support those in need. The AUHSD cafeteria staff will
By Alex Ariker, Copy Editor // Religion has historically offered an escape for those suffering in times of uncertainty and dread. However, as social distancing mandates force religious buildings to temporarily close, local religious communities must alter how they worship. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Temple
By Aysha Craig, Copy Editor // As COVID-19 panic continues to spread, unreliable sources plague the internet with fake news and false alarms; in a time of social isolation, the media is increasingly important in keeping people updated and access to accurate information grows more
By Keith Johnson, Head Videographer // Despite the school closure, Acalanes High School Leadership held the end-of-year rally on Friday, May 22 on YouTube to celebrate three retiring teachers, recognize all senior spring athletes, and acknowledge the achievements of the class of 2020. Watch the
By Stella Heo, Online Editor-in-Chief // Cool off during a hot day in the spring or summer with a dalgona matcha latte! Here’s a video for you to follow. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 egg 1 tbsp sugar 1 tsp matcha powder Milk or a substitute .
By Jamie Bishop, Contributing Writer This is an opposing piece in response to Julia Poole’s article, “The U.S. Government Has Failed to Act Under Pressure of Coronavirus.” As reported coronavirus (COVID-19) hospitalization cases start to drop and treatments underway, we as Americans, in the midst
By Emerson Brown, Opinion Editor // As lockdowns persist, schools teach online, and offices remain closed, everyone is faced with the continuing burden of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensemble musicians are faced with a challenge other groups are feeling as well: the necessity for in-person gatherings. Neither
By Zack Lara, Staff Writer // The COVID-19 pandemic stimulated a quarantine culture complete with trends, memes, and activities fit for isolation. Puppy adoptions joined the lineup as families scrambled to keep themselves engaged, but many turned their backs to one crucial detail: ordinary life
By Tom Bequette, Online Sports Editor // Although the 2019-2020 athletic year ended early due to COVID-19, athletic celebrations at Acalanes High School have not come to an end. Acalanes Boosters, parents, and faculty recognized 22 senior athletes recruited to play at the collegiate level during
By Tom Bequette, Online Sports Editor // Not only did the COVID-19 pandemic change school as students knew it, but it also changed the world of professional sports. With team practices canceled, seasons suspended, and players stuck at home, Acalanes High School students got the chance
By Anne Thiselton-Dyer, Staff Writer // For high school seniors, the end of the school year is the last time they can celebrate their successes and hard work together before going their separate ways. Instead of partying with friends, this year’s seniors are confined to
By Zoe Cate, Staff Writer // Do you want to try making some homemade pasta? Try out this recipe! Here’s a video for you to follow. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 cup flour 2 eggs . . Makes 3/4 lb pasta . . Directions Step 1 Spread
By Sabrina Agazzi, Copy Editor // Amongst the COVID-19 updates, White House briefings, and political disputes that currently encompass the world of news, many Acalanes High School seniors found themselves in a news broadcast dedicated to the Class of 2020. The local American Broadcasting Company
By Katrina Ortman, Contributing Writer // Fish swim in the eerily clear canals of Venice, Japanese sika deer wander into urban areas, and coyotes howl through San Franciscan streets. Reports of healthier air quality and reduced nitrogen pollution pour into the media from international scientists.
By Lue Van Handel, Head Photographer // Instead of hazmat suits and masks, seniors prepared to take on a modified graduation with their caps and gowns. In order to prevent gatherings and limit traffic, the school gave students specific time slots to pick up their
By Aisha Mohanty, Staff Writer // As car horns become the new “happy birthday”, face-to-face conversations turn into online interactions, and school courses remain on digital platforms, COVID-19 continues to prompt Acalanes High School Leadership to find virtual substitutes for school activities. Aiming to shed light
By John Kalil, Staff Writer // Despite the challenges of school cancellation and shelter-in-place orders, the show, more specifically the senior end-of-year traditions, must go on. The executive director of pop singer Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, Maya Smith, headlined the second installment of
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Nelson Rogers: Grand Strategy in Catan This piece received first place in Project LPIE’s Science and Engineering category. Ariel Shehter: Soap This piece received second place in Project LPIE’s Science and Engineering category.
Sophie Krayna: Close the Door This piece received first place in Project LPIE’s Sustainable Lafayette category.
Owen Myall: Lamorinda Skate Park Project This piece received first place in Project LPIE’s Community Service category. Kayley Altbaum: Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center This piece received second place in Project LPIE’s Community Service category. Jon Davis: COVID-19 Free Shelter-In-Place Essential Shopping Service This piece received
Zevin Acuna This piece received first place in Project LPIE’s 3-D Art-Applied Design category.
AJ Hesby: Discord My programming project for LPIE was a bot for the voice conferencing application “Discord.” The bot interfaced with the text chat through user commands (e.g. “$play [chosen_song]”). It used Google’s Youtube API to search for videos and to play an audio stream
Blake Levinson: “‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore”This piece received first place in Project LPIE’s Acting category. Madison Payne: “Children of Virtue and Vengeance”This piece received second place in Project LPIE’s Acting category. Keith Johnson: “The Laramie Project”This piece received third place in Project LPIE’s Acting
Brahm Sasner: “Pure Imagination”This piece received first place in Project LPIE’s Instrumental Music category. Stella Heo: Rachmaninoff “Prelude in C Sharp Minor”This piece received second place in Project LPIE’s Instrumental Music category. Andrew Zheng This piece received third place in Project LPIE’s Instrumental Music category.
Blake Levinson: “She Used to be Mine”This piece received first place in Project LPIE’s Vocal Music category. Daisy Ohleyer: “There are Worse Things I Could Do”This piece received second place in Project LPIE’s Vocal Music category. Madison Payne: “Liability”This piece received third place in Project
Jordan Pratt: The Changemakers of the Future This piece received first place in Project LPIE’s Video Production category. Oliver Lane: Live in the Moment This piece received second place in Project LPIE’s Video Production category. Lizzy Xie: Shanghai by Day and by Night This piece
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In the final episode of the Corona Chronicles, some of our senior staff say farewell and reminisce on their fondest memories in Blueprint. Enjoy!
By Sofia Olsson, Staff Writer // Try making these lemon bars while you’re stuck in quarantine! Here’s a video for you to follow. Enjoy! Video edited by Charlotte Glass, Staff Writer Click here for the written directions.
By Julia Poole, Online Feature Editor // Be it musicians, dancers, singers, or 3-D animation designers, Acalanes High School students displayed a multitude of talents at this year’s talent show. Students worked hard to show off their unique talents to the virtual crowd on YouTube. Instead
By Stephanie Liu, Staff Writer // As doctors and nurses put on their masks, politicians take to the media, and families close their doors, students pick up their guitars, grab their paintbrushes, and wield their pens. While COVID-19 and the ensuing shelter-in-place prevent students from
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In today’s episode of the Corona Chronicles, some of our staff show us what they’re cooking. Enjoy!
By Keith Johnson, Head Videographer // Ever since it replaced the lip-syncing app musical.ly in 2018, TikTok has seen a rise in popularity, especially with many teenagers downloading the app in the past year. Many creators on the app gained hundreds of thousands of followers
By Katrina Ortman, Online Arts and Opinion Editor // Uncertainty of the future is now a constant in the lives of Californians, especially as the COVID-19 curve flattens under the eyes of vigilant healthcare workers and state policies. To keep the Bay Area, a major urban
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In episode eighteen of the Corona Chronicles, we hear from some of our amazing Acalanes staff. Enjoy!
By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic progresses into April, the unemployment rate in the United States continues to skyrocket. With five percent of people now unemployed in California, food banks need supplies more than ever. Acalanes High School joined
By Liam McGlynn, News Editor // “Once there was a penguin. And every day, he went for a walk…” And so it began, an improvised story in the first-ever Acalanes High School Zoom improvisation session. In a newly distanced world, teaching has never been harder
By Zoe Cate, Staff Writer // While quarantine may seem like a perfect excuse to lay in bed all day and binge-watch Netflix, it is important to remember to get some form of physical activity during the day. Exercising is extremely beneficial during this time,
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In episode seventeen of the Corona Chronicles, we see some of our staff outside on Earth Day. Enjoy!
By Aisha Mohanty, Staff Writer // As the current Associated Student Body (ASB) representatives hang their hats, several ambitious and spirited individuals take the reins as the student leaders of Acalanes High School. Every year, students elect a new group of ASB officers who supervise
By Catherine Lomond, Feature Editor // During the annual election week held at the end of each school year, class officer candidates typically hang colorful posters in the halls, shower students with pins and stickers, and parade around trying to convince their peers to vote
By Katrina Ortman and Aysha Craig, Online Arts and Opinion Editor and Copy Editor // Between Zoom sessions and mid-day naps, many Acalanes High School students find ample free time to explore hobbies and start new projects. For many, arts and crafts can provide happiness
By Sam Bequette, Staff Writer // Instead of spending their final months of high school celebrating their accomplishments, Acalanes High School seniors find themselves isolated at home. With plans for events like senior ball and graduation up in the air because of the shelter in place,
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In episode fifteen of the Corona Chronicles, we meet the pets of some of our staff. Enjoy!
By Mason Archer and Liam McGlynn, Sports Editor and News Editor // Transitions are never easy. One of the most complicated life changes can be entering a new school. As eighth-graders progress from middle school to high school, this stressful transition places burdens on students
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In episode fourteen of the Corona Chronicles, we learn some facts about one of our staff members and how some of our staff are doing during the quarantine. Enjoy!
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In episode thirteen of the Corona Chronicles, we discover how some of our staff have been spending their time during the shelter-in-place policy. Enjoy!
// Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Acalanes High School community and Lafayette residents rally together to support each other during these difficult times. To bring the community together, Leadership created the Community Can’t Be Canceled campaign and invited students, teachers, and community members to “paint
By Zack Lara, Staff Writer // Students prepare for another month of YouTube tutorials, Zoom calls, and everything in-between as schools forfeit classroom learning in light of a new county instruction. Public health officers and superintendents of six Bay Area counties, including Contra Costa, issued
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In episode twelve of the Corona Chronicles, we catch up with some of our staff and hear about their recent experiences with quarantine. Enjoy!
By Ella Alpert, Arts Editor // Defined in the Oxford English Dictionary, an opinion is “a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.” The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants the inalienable right to this “judgment”. It is
By Emerson Brown and Katrina Ortman, Opinion Editor and Online Arts and Opinion Editor // “Tomorrow there’ll be more of us” echoed through the air as protestors united for the March for Our Lives demonstration in Walnut Creek on March 24, 2018; 2,500 miles away
By Kayli Harley and Stella Heo, Online Editors-in-Chief // Amidst the various uncertainties about the status of the nation’s toilet paper supply and the questions arising about whether or not hygiene existed before this pandemic, a less widespread yet prominent concern circulated throughout the Acalanes
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In episode eleven of the Corona Chronicles, we hear about what some of our staff are doing to cope with quarantine. Enjoy!
By Kayli Harley, Online Editor-in-Chief // “Hope is the sun. It is light. It is passion. It is the fundamental force for life’s blossoming.” – Daisaku Ikeda Hope is the warmth that courses through our veins. It is the light that radiates within us and
By Claire Mueller, Staff Writer // When thinking of Disney, a multitude of images come to mind: theme parks, two mice, or any one of the movies that they released over decades, including classics like “The Lion King,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “The Little Mermaid”. Underneath
By Katrina Ortman, Online Arts and Opinion Editor // Acalanes students first scrambled to adjust to a new shelter-in-place lifestyle, one heavily dependent on the use of technology, when they transitioned to distance learning. After an unprecedented local accident, they adapted yet again to the
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In episode ten of the Corona Chronicles, we celebrate Editor-in-Chief Charlotte Glass’ birthday and hear more about what life is like in quarantine from our staff. Enjoy!
By Zoe Edelman, Head Videographer // It is currently April 2, 2020. At this point, the shelter in place has been active for over two weeks, causing everyone to stay in their homes with limited access to the outdoors besides exercise and running to the
By Tom Bequette, Staff Writer // It’s 2020. By now, you are undoubtedly sick of hearing the ravings of misguided parents or talking heads, claiming that video-games are causing our countries downfall. Sick of how political figures use the idea in an attempt to avoid
By Noah Glosson, Sports Editor // This is getting out of hand. I am not sure how much more the sports world can take. As the Coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League (NHL), Major League
By Sofia Olsson, Copy Editor // Stuck in quarantine? Hey, me too! Since there’s not really anything else to do, here’s a recipe for some amazing lemon bars. It’s a super simple springtime treat that the whole Blueprint staff adores (especially EIC Nelson Rogers). Hopefully
By Zoe Edelman, Head Videographer
By Alex Ariker, Staff Writer // The Bechdel test, named after American cartoonist Allison Bechdel, was created as a simple way to gauge representation of women in a piece of media. For a film to be deemed “woman-friendly”, two female characters must have a conversation
By Zoe Edelman, Head Videographer
By Katrina Ortman, Staff Writer // As the number of local COVID-19 cases continues to increase, so does community pressure on schools to keep students safe, healthy, and learning. After serious deliberation, the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) took the next big step in
By Zoe Edelman, Head Videographer
Stella Heo and Aisha Mohanty, Staff Writers // The history of the LGBTQ+ community represents a history of standing proud in the face of adversity. Although high schoolers throwing out “that’s so gay” in the hallway is not as severe an offense as notorious cases
By Julia Poole, Staff Writer // As the Coronavirus spreads across the world, governments scramble to provide enough support for patients and fearful public. With the virus invading a total of 196 countries and affecting 416,200 people, many citizens want to prevent the spread from
By Anna Yiannkos, Head Photographer // On this episode of Corona Chronicles, Blueprint’s artists display what they have been practicing during shelter-in-place.
By Katrina Ortman, Staff Writer // After over a week of public health warnings, school closures, and distance learning, it seemed like little more could be done to upend the course of normal life further. However, students flocked to their phones, and frantically texted their
By Liam McGlynn, Staff Writer // With an increasing number of cancellations in nearly all aspects of life, the Coronavirus (COVID – 19) claimed another victim as the College Board announced broad changes to the yearly Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The College Board released information
By Zoe Edelman, Head Videographer
Stephanie Liu and Lizzy Xie, Copy Editor and Online News Editor // “I am not a virus. I am human. We are all human.” Acalanes alumnus Abey Lin and senior Sabrina Lin used this recurring message to remind their audience of the inherent humanity
By Liam McGlynn and Catherine Lomond, Staff Writers // Basketball legend Micheal Jordan once said, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” For the women’s soccer team, their chemistry and soccer expertise not only led to a championship but historic results. Powered by
Keith Johnson and Zack Lara, Staff Writers // Acalanes musicals in the past few years included many classic and well-known titles, namely “Cinderella,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” and “Bye Bye Birdie.” This year, Acalanes decided to shake it up with a more obscure production
By Lizzy Xie, Online News Editor //It is only day four of shelter in place, and many are feeling the boredom hit. To help combat this boredom, here’s a list of shows and movies you can watch to take your mind off things. Enjoy! Pandemic
By Zoe Edelman, Head Videographer
Charlie Keohane, Contributing Writer // As a wide-eyed young voter, I eagerly followed the Democratic debates. I marveled at the unprecedented array of diverse candidates with a variety of ages, experiences, and ethnicities. Now, months later, it’s essentially a two-man race, between two white men
By Zoe Edelman, Head Videographer
By Zoe Edelman, Head Videographer
By Zoe Edelman, Head Videographer // As the Coronavirus becomes increasingly more serious and the Bay Area shelter in place begins, Acalanes students are adjusting to a new routine and a new reality. In an attempt to document this time, Blueprinters will videotape themselves daily.
By Nicole Prozan, Opinion Editor // Pictures of Acalanes students at the beach, in San Francisco, and generally out-and-about flood my Instagram feed with captions ranging from “Coronacation” to “3 weeks of spring break!” While the cancellation of school may seem to be an excuse
By Kayli Harley and Stella Heo, Staff Writers // What started with sending bottles of Purell hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to each classroom evolved into a district-wide school closure as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic works its way further into the lives of Acalanes students.
By Zack Lara and Keith Johnson, Staff Writer // Annual Staff vs Student Basketball took place in the Acalanes Big Gym Wednesday, Feb. 26 through Friday, Feb. 28. Watch the recap below!
By Stella Heo, Staff Writer // God help the Asian kid who announces that he or she wants to be an actor. Asian parents generally prefer that their children pursue “stable” STEM careers, and this preference influences the pervasive underrepresentation of Asians in the film
By Ella Alpert, Staff Writer // The sunny spring day erupts into accolades as a wave of uniformly blue caps fly into the air and return to the hands of elated high school graduates. This ceremonial cliché once rang true for students graduating from
By Nicole Prozan, Opinion Editor // Bright-eyed, curious, and diligent, ten-year-old me looked around the 3rd-grade classroom and caught sight of the most notable sign: “no blurting.” In our elementary classrooms, ‘blurting’ (yelling an answer when not called on) was the worst crime one could
By Anne Thiselton-Dyer, Arts Editor // We swim in the deep water of sexism. Engulfed in it, we acclimatize to a culture that makes it easier for some individuals to stay afloat while others sink beneath the waves. Gender inequality — a spectrum covering experiences
By Noah Glosson, Sports Editor // The women’s soccer team watched their historic season come to an end in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Northern California semifinals against Burlingame 1-0 on Thursday, Mar. 5. The fifth seed Lady Dons entered this game having taken down
By John Kalil, Chief Political Correspondent // When former California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill in 2017 to move up the Golden State’s 2020 presidential primaries to Super Tuesday, he had in mind a greater role for Californian voters in the presidential selection process.
By Emerson Brown, Staff Writer // Teachers distribute ballots, students pencil in bubbles, and Bernie, Biden, and Buttigieg accumulate their votes. This is not the California primary, though, this is Acalanes’ simulated election. Students voted in the Acalanes Election Simulation Project on Monday, March
By Keith Johnson, Staff Writer // The Acalanes production of Urinetown comes to the Performing Arts Center Thursday, March 5 through Saturday, March 7 at 7 PM. Tickets can be purchased on the webstore. Watch a sneak peak of the musical below!
// On Saturday, Feb. 29, the number two-seeded Acalanes women’s soccer team won the North Coast Section (NCS) final against the number one-seeded Branson High School. The Dons prevailed in penalty kicks 10-9. They will move on to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) quarterfinals on Tuesday
By Zack Lara and Keith Johnson, Staff Writers // Episode three of Bluepers is finally here! Demetri sits down with senior Daniel Wellerstein to discuss his semester abroad, senior Matt Hess, to learn about the intricacies of Tik Tok fame and Blueprint Sports Editor Noah
By Katrina Ortman, Staff Writer // “Black History Month” flashes in vibrant blue and pink letters in the hallways. Doors brighten up classes with art depicting famous African American figures. Podcasts and diversity ring out during lunchtime clubs. A month-long cultural celebration begins. Historian
By Mason Archer, Staff Writer // Despite winning their first two North Coast Section (NCS) playoff games, the men’s soccer team was unable to outlast Albany in the semi-final game on Feb. 26. After a stressful back and forth during the first ten minutes, neither
By John Kalil, Managing Editor // After a 13-5-3 regular season and two postseason shut-out wins, the women’s soccer team stepped on to the pitch last night with a chance to clinch a spot on to the North Coast Section (NCS) championship match. The
By Tom Bequette, Staff Writer // The men’s lacrosse team opened up their season with a thorough drubbing of Las Lomas 14-3 on Friday night, which the two teams played in honor of former Acalanes lacrosse player Collin Jeffries. Before the game, both teams took
By Ryan Owens, Online Sports Editor // The women’s basketball team fought to the bitter end Friday night, but could not outlast visiting Redwood in the second round of the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs. For Acalanes fans, this game was deja vu, as the
// Random Acts of Kindness Week took place at Acalanes from Tuesday, Feb. 18 through Saturday, Feb. 22. The week emphasized the importance of kindness of campus through various activities and exercises. Watch the recap below!
By Stella Heo, Staff Writer // Posters, flyers, and signs litter the streets of Lafayette, each publicizing different political candidates and measures. Even in front of Acalanes High School, pedestrians, commuters, parents, and students can witness signs for various campaigns. In hopes of getting a
// Without the new hall pass system recently implemented by the administration, Acalanes would be in absolute chaos and utter disarray. Although many students wish to laugh at the newly distributed set of hall passes gifted to each classroom, this approach to hall monitoring is
By Jaedyn Boynton, Contributing Columnist // From Michael Jordan and Maya Angelou, to music and the civil rights movement, American history isn’t history without recognizing the role that Black people have played in it. Though our nation has made great strides toward equality since
By Shrida Pandey, Staff Writer The women’s basketball team crushed Las Lomas 75-38 last Friday night to capture their second consecutive undefeated Diablo Athletic League (DAL) championship. Before tipoff, seniors Kaylee Pond, Lauren Kobashigawa, Lauren Frechman, Mikaela Valerio, and Daphne Ganter stepped out onto the court
By Sabrina Agazzi, Staff Writer // Since Gary Bogue founded it in 1955, the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek has provided countless animals the chance to survive and thrive in a world with changing environments and ecosystems. To continue Bogue’s legacy, the museum created
By Catherine Lomond and Liam McGlynn, Staff Writers // Lafayette maintains the reputation of a safe, family-friendly city. Families from all over the state and nation move to Lafayette to live the idyllic suburban life with great neighborhoods and schools. Unfortunately, with few sporadic crimes
By Kayli Harley, Staff Writer // Acalanes students and teachers are accustomed to false fire alarms blaring at random on campus, but when a monotone voice came over the loudspeaker on Monday during Academy instructing them to shelter in place—implying an intruder or threat on-campus—students
By Charlotte Glass and Sofia Olsson, Editor-in-Chief and Copy Editor // The drastic changes in the college application process over the last 30 years are nothing short of revolutionary. What was once a paper pamphlet that featured an elementary checklist, a brief description of extracurriculars,
// From Monday, Feb. 3 to Friday, Feb. 7, senior psychology students were responsible for taking care of flour babies. Learn about their experience below!
By Emerson Brown, Staff Writer // Since data became available, youth voters have consistently voted the least. Regardless of whether the election is a midterm, primary, or general election, 18 to 29-year-olds always are the least active in elections. Just over 40 percent of young
By Tom Bequette, Staff Writer // Men’s varsity basketball (15-8, 3-6 DFAL) stayed with an explosive Campolindo team, but were ultimately edged out 65-58 in front of a large home crowd Wednesday night who had come to honor their outgoing seniors. Before the game got
By Shrida Pandey, Staff Writer // 2019 has been the year of advances in movies, with improved plots, action, and characters. From classic remakes to entirely new storylines, the film industry is consistently upping the standard of movies. The 92nd Academy Awards will take place
By Stella Heo, Staff Writer // A shutter clicks as a camera takes a photo, capturing the essence of the moment. A mice clacks as a student makes edits to a design. A student mumbles their lines, trying to memorize their script. Music flows from
By Katrina Ortman, Staff Writer // Walking into school, many students expected to attend a program designed to encourage citizenship and community. What they did not expect were the jump roping, the “would-you-rathers,” and many other childhood games along with new connections formed along the
By Tom Bequette, Staff Writer // The Acalanes Varsity men’s basketball team (13-6,1-4 DFAL) came back from a twelve-point deficit to stun College Park 69-62 in front of a raucous home crowd Friday night. The Dons came into the game in desperate need of a
By Emerson Brown, Staff Writer // “No matter how many times you hit the floor when you simply could not find the strength to stand, you rose each time, finding the worth in our heart even when our mind could not,” wrote sophomore Kayli Harley
By Stella Heo, Staff Writer // On Friday, Jan. 17, club day took place in the big gym. Watch the recap below!
By Keith Johnson, Staff Writer // The annual Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) Shakespeare Festival took place at Acalanes on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Watch the recap below!
By Zack Lara and Keith Johnson, Staff Writers // On this episode of Bluepers, Demetri discusses movies, music, and sits down with digital design teacher Chris Busse. Enjoy episode two!
By Natalie Means and Shrida Pandey, Staff Writers // The Acalanes women’s soccer team (7-2-1) fell to the Campolindo Cougars (6-1-1) 2-0 in their rivalry game last Friday night. The Acalanes stands were full of cheering students wearing onesies and holding up signs in support
By John Kalil and Demetri Leones, Managing Editor and Liaison Editor // As a result of years of successful youth education and societal attitude shifts, a 2017 report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that usage of cancer-causing traditional cigarettes by youths decreased
By Kayli Harley, Staff Writer // There are “madmen” in the room. They sit the same as the others in the space, but a barrier of shame and ignorance isolates them. They suffer in silence, yet no one dares to interrupt the quiet. The “madmen”
By Keith Johnson, Staff Writer // On Thursday, Dec. 12, the annual Holiday Choral Concert took place in the Acalanes Preforming Arts Center. Watch the recap below!
By Zack Lara, Staff Writer // On Thursday, Dec. 5, the wind ensemble and orchestra performed numerous holiday tunes in the second part of their two part winter concert series. Watch the recap below!
By Stella Heo and Shrida Pandey, Staff Writers // Students gather in a classroom to read and analyze their class text. White students, Asian students, African American students are of equal rank in the classroom, but once they open their book, the African American students
By Allie Marcu and Shrida Pandey, Staff Writers // Every year in the United States, 40 percent of the food is left untouched. The world wastes 1.3 billion tons of food every year, which accumulates to 1 trillion dollars. However, 925 million people in the
By Keith Johnson, Staff Writer // The annual winter Instrumental Music Concert took place in the Acalanes Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Watch the recap below!
By Mason Archer and Liam McGlynn, Staff Writers // As Acalanes fall sports teams finish up their seasons with North Coast Section (NCS) and state playoff runs, winter sports teams gear up for another strong season. Looking to improve on last year’s campaigns, each team
By Ryan Owens, Online Sports Editor The game of football has continued to evolve in of favor spectacular offensive displays and ridiculous passing numbers. Yet nothing close to an offensive explosion transpired in Kentfield on Saturday, as the Acalanes football team saw their historic season
By Noah Glosson, Sports Editor // What started as a mere possibility two years ago has blossomed into reality. The Women’s Water Polo team is the 2019 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Northern California Division I champions. Led by an offensive explosion, the top-seeded Lady Dons
By Nicole Prozan, Opinion Editor // In this episode of Double NPR, Nicole Prozan and Nelson Rogers have a conversation about the current impeachment trials. Enjoy!
By Daniel Adri and Mason Archer, Staff Writers // A simple extra credit opportunity for Acalanes teacher Kristen Anderson’s government class, escalated quickly into an interview on live television with KTVU. On Thursday Nov. 7, seniors Gavin Jones, Ethan Michon, Jimmy Harrington, and Riley Labrosse
By Zoe Edelman, Head Videographer // Senior Dodgeball took place in the Acalanes big gym from Monday, Nov. 18 through Wednesday Nov. 20. Watch the recap below!
By Zoe Edelman, Head Videographer // Acalanes students got to show off their talents at the annual Open Mic Night this Wednesday, Nov. 20. Watch the recap below!
By Noah Glosson, Sports Editor //Just four days ago, the women’s water polo team earned its 51st straight victory and repeated as North Coast Section (NCS) Open Division Champions. Due to the ravaging Paradise Camp Fire, the NCS title marked the end of a remarkable
By Sam Bequette, Staff Writer // The Acalanes Varsity football team showed up Friday night, taking down Newark Memorial 42-0 in the first round of the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs. The game goes down as Acalanes first shutout of the season, advancing them to
By Jamie Lattin and Binti Sohn, News Editor and Copy Editor The most popular psychoactive drug at Acalanes High School isn’t marijuana or ecstasy. It isn’t shrooms, cocaine, LSD, or any of the other drugs that posters in doctors’ offices sternly warn against. In
By Tom Bequette, Staff Writer // It’s no secret that the Acalanes Varsity Girls Water Polo team is one of the best programs in all of California, but the junior varsity (JV) team achieved similar unprecedented levels of success this season. The girl’s JV squad’s
By Noah Glosson, Sports Editor // In 2018, the men’s water polo team failed to qualify for the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs. After an eventful 2019 campaign, Acalanes captured the ultimate prize in front of an electric crowd at the Heaston Aquatic Center on
John Kalil, Managing Editor // A sunset which covered the sky with pinkish red clouds gave way to night as Mother Nature placed Heaston Aquatic Center at the center of a perfect evening for the North Coast Section (NCS) Women’s Open Division championship match. Riding
By Kayli Harley, Staff writer // The school hallways he once walked through were vacant and still as sirens blared just up the street, breaking the silence of the once normal day. As he braved the frontline, the wind enlarged the flames, worsening the devastation
By Stella Heo, Staff Writer // Kiwis covered the floor. Cardboard boxes and bags were ready to be filled. Student volunteers and their teacher stood ready to organize. As an opportunity for extra credit, history teacher Kristen Anderson invited her senior Government students on Monday,
By Daniel Adri, Staff Writer // With the season at its end, the junior varsity (JV) Women’s Volleyball team (10-4) has many things to look back on and be proud of. The Lady Dons had to win some tough matches over the course of the
By Keith Johnson and Zack Lara, Staff Writers // Welcome to Blueprint online’s first ever talkshow: Bluepers! Blueprint’s very own Demetri Leones sits down to discuss current events, pop culture and all things Acalanes. You can expect special guests, fun segments, and the occasional tangent.
By John Kalil, Managing Editor // Two years and five days ago, the women’s varsity water polo team lost a game. In triple overtime, the Lady Dons fell to Monte Vista 9-8 in the 2017 North Coast Section (NCS) semifinal match. Since that heartbreaking loss,
By Shrida Pandey, Staff Writer // Using phenomenal performances from a core group of players, the Acalanes junior varsity (JV) football team finished their season with a perfect 9-0 record. The team won in dominating fashion, allowing only 18 points the entire season. The Dons
By Mason Archer, Staff Writer // With another solid season under their belt, the junior varsity (JV) men’s water polo team (10-9 overall, 3-5 league) gained some much needed experience as they look to transition into varsity caliber players. Because a significant portion of
By Stephanie Liu, Copy Editor In an increasingly globalized world, and an especially diverse Bay Area community, Acalanes students will interact with many people of different races, ethnicities, religions, sexualities, and genders all their lives. Through CARE week, Acalanes seeks to prepare students for a
By Noah Glosson, Sports Editor // One Down, two to go. The men’s water polo team are now one step closer to attaining a North Coast Section (NCS) Championship. Despite a sluggish first half, the one-seed Dons rallied late against the eight-seed Redwood of Larkspur
John Kalil, Managing Editor In just under 1600 words the First Book of Samuel chronicles the greatest underdog story ever told. The tale of David overcoming long odds to best Goliath inspired a Michelangelo masterpiece and continues to inspire hope within every underdog. Sometimes, however,
By Ella Alpert, Staff Writer // Waking up and running to your window, just in time to see the first snow of the season fall. School is cancelled, and you can spend the day out in the slush. On the East Coast, days like those
By Ryan Owens, Online Sports Editor // The football team picked up an easy victory Friday night over Alhambra 56-7 on a night that was all about the Class of 2020. The Dons were all business from the opening kickoff, with senior Carson Gragg intercepting
By Shrida Pandey, Staff Writer // Acalanes BioTech teacher Sydney Johnson sat down with Blueprint to discuss the devastating affects of the Acalanes power outage on her classroom.
By Kayli Harley, Staff writer// One second tennis players are mindlessly hitting the ball across the net. Two seconds and there is an explosion. Three seconds and the flames spark. Four seconds and kids are racing off the courts. Five seconds and the flames capture the
By Tom Bequette, Staff Writer // The women’s water polo team showed yet again why they are an elite program by becoming the NorCal invitational champions for the second year in a row last weekend. In front of a packed crowd at Sacred Heart High